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PHOTOS: National Night Out 2014

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With more than 1,470 National Night Out events registered in Minneapolis alone, many Minnesotans will spend a summer night meeting their neighbors and local emergency responders on Tuesday night.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she is "thrilled" that once again, Minneapolis is the No. 1 city in America when it comes to participating in the 31st annual National Night Out, shattering the previous record. This year, there will be about 25 registered events for every square mile in the city.

MAP: Where are the National Night Out events in Minneapolis?

In the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights, neighbors joined together for a "Night to Unite" and flew flags on top of their cars. Officers from nearby departments, including the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, attended celebrations in the community so that Mendota Heights officers could attend the visitation for Officer Scott Patrick, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop last week.

MORE: Goodbyes begin for slain Mendota Heights officer

"We realize how risky this job can be," Cmdr. John Grant said. "If this happens in your own back yard, it really hits home."

At Joseph's Grill on the south side of St. Paul, folks were revved up about the Night to Unite -- and they brought in a bunch of classic cars as a way to raise money for the Patrick family while they get to know their neighbors a little better. Meanwhile, the owner of TK's Coffee in Mendota Heights used the time to find common ground with the cops who hang out at his coffee shop. Not only is a black band covering Patrick's badge visible on the digital screens behind the counter, but Tony Koury can hardly keep up with the request for the window clings he's handing out to customers.

"Most will put them on their cars tomorrow," he explained. "A lot of our officers have put them on their vehicles for tomorrow's procession."

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