Mankato firefighters' efforts to protect homes and community members is reflected in its recent ranking.
The city's Insurance Services Offices rating was recently upgraded from a three to a two.
High ISO ratings, like the city of Mankato's, indicate that a community's fire response system is prepared to prevent and respond to incidents, which can result in lower fire loss.
Over 43,000 cities nationwide receive an ISO rating, but only four percent rank '2' or better.
City Manager Pat Hentges credits a number of things for the high rating, including the city's partnership with Blue Earth County's 911 dispatch.
Even with the high rank, Hentges says he expects continuous improvements in public safety services, including expanded training for employees and volunteers.
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A man has died after a fire in an apartment building early Wednesday morning in West St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to authorities, around 4:30 a.m., the South Metro Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in an apartment building in the 1300 block of Kruse Street. When they arrived, firefighters found a fire in a third floor apartment with an unresponsive male inside.
He was quickly moved outside where responders provided medical treatment. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association says an alleged arsonist who set fire to the front door of a home in the neighborhood may have done so because of signs placed in the front yard.
The association said the home on the 600 block of Sixth Street Southeast had a Black Lives Matter sign and a Sen. Paul Wellstone sign. Both signs were burned, along with the wooden door and frame.
Both the homeowner and a police inspector suggested the campaign signs as a possible motive.
"While yard signs are sometimes stolen or tampered with in election season, arson is a significantly more troubling crime," the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association wrote in a release. "To set fire to a home and yard signs with gasoline is alarming."
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