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An empty bank that’s now owned by the city provided a perfect training spot for the region’s law enforcement tactical response team Tuesday.

A plain panel truck surrounded by officers dressed in tactical gear, an armored car, an ambulance, several squad cars and even a team of firefighters with a ladder truck caught the eye of people traveling through downtown.

What they couldn’t see was what was going on inside the former U.S. Bank at the intersection of South Second and East Walnut streets in the heart of downtown Mankato.

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Members of the Minnesota River Valley Tactical Response Team were going through scenarios for armed robberies, hostage situations and emergency rescues from dangerous situations. Signs around the area told passersby that police training was taking place.

Source: Dan Nienaber for Mankato Free Press

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