National Night Out rally

NEW ULM – A good-sized crowd attended a celebration of unity for public safety and well- being Monday at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

“It continues to grow, with something new each year,” said National Night Out rally co-coordinator Corporal Julie Duehring of the New Ulm Police Department.

“There is something for everyone – good food, music and lots of attractions.”

A demonstration of a kitchen, flash-over grease fire by the New Ulm Fire Department drew the attention of many people early in the evening. A cup of water was remotely poured over a burning pot containing one inch of hot grease, creating a huge flame.

“Always set a timer and carry a pot holder or wooden spoon. Have something handy nearby to put out a kitchen fire, like a damp rag or cookie sheet,” said New Ulm Fire Marshal Trent Zabel. “Know the fastest and safety escape routes from your residence. Don’t forget to replace smoke detector batteries, have a CO2 detector, and have a good fire extinguisher near your escape route, not near the stove.”

Zabel said it’s best to use a proper cooker to deep fry food outside the residence, not in the garage.

“Don’t pour water on a grease fire or use a fire extinguisher on it. It’ll just make it worse,” Zabel said. “

A distracted driving demonstration included use of cell phones and golf carts.

“It’s just so dangerous to use a cell phone while driving,” Duehring said. “It takes only a few seconds of distraction to kill yourself and/or someone else.”

Brown County TRIAD (seniors and law enforcement together) distributed information on community policing and increasing safety and awareness for seniors. Safety tips included using safe, dead bolt locks; having solid wood or steel reinforced doors; installing outdoor, flood lights with motion detection to deter burglars and vandals and never allowing strangers in your home.

The Brown County TRIAD will take part in a national TRIAD convention Sept. 18 to 20 at Jackpot Junction Hotel/Casino.

The Brown County Humane Society promoted dog ownership benefits including helping kids fight off allergies; remain calm; provide emotional support, companionship and unconditional love; and helping kids maintain a healthy weight by exercising the pets and doing dog ownership chores.

Neighborhood safety tips for parents include knowing where your kids are, helping them learn important phone numbers, setting limits on where they can go, getting to know their friends, choosing a neighborhood “safe house,” teaching kids to settle arguments with words, not fists, and working with neighbors.

The Brown County General Crime Program offers free, confidential services to assist victims of assault, burglary, robbery, forgery/fraud, embezzlement, theft, criminal damage to property, harassment, terroristic threats, DUI/DWI crashes, hate and bias crimes, survivors of homicide victims, motor vehicle theft, arson, and disorderly conduct. For more information, call 233-6665.

The Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) program provides safety and healing to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with support, education, advocacy, and shelter. Visit

The Take It To the Box Prescription Take Back Program offers 24/7 disposal at New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield Police departments. For more information, visit

Neighborhoods are encouraged to hold picnics on Tuesday, Aug. 6 in order to get to know each other and discuss safety issues.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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