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Hancock school custodian Aaron Solvie, right, gave a tour of the school to members of West Central SWAT before a training exercise at the school in Hancock. Forum News Service photo

Regional SWAT trains for dangerous calls in rural areas


HANCOCK — A December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school brought home the reality that crime can strike in rural areas and small towns.

Some may assume these areas don’t have all the resources available in more populated cities to combat such situations, but an initiative started in west central Minnesota in 2007 has made it possible for rural residents to have the best protection and emergency response force available.

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