Carlton County communities celebrate National Night Out

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday, Aug. 6

Grayson Allen, 5, enjoys playing in the bubble machine at Esko's National Night Out at Northridge Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Her sister Reese, 17 months, also enjoyed playing under the watchful eye of their parents, Ashley and Bo Allen. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Despite the late summer heat, hundreds of people gathered in communities across Carlton County to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The largest crowd gathered in the Cloquet’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Cloquet Police Department sponsored the event that featured a farm animal petting zoo, inflatables and even a chance to play street hockey with Minnesota Wilderness players. In addition, Duluth-based Whiskey Trail played music while CPD officers and volunteers served hotdogs and and snacks.

In Carlton, a crowd gathered in DNR Park to enjoy the sunshine and a cookout in an event sponsored by Carlton Community Education. Kids checked out animals from Lake Superior Zoo and saw demonstrations about how pollution can make its way into a community’s water supply.

Other celebrations were held in Moose Lake, Esko and Barnum.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. All 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide celebrate NNO.


Photos: 2019 National Night Out in Carlton County Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Veterans Memorial in Cloquet, DNR Park in Carlton and Northridge Park in Esko.

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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