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Student leaders walk to St. Paul for higher ed

Nine Minnesota State Mankato students walked the 88 miles from Mankato to the state Capitol in St. Paul to highlight the need for state funding for higher education.

2011-05-13
By Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio reporter [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 5/13/2011]

Nine Minnesota State Mankato students walked the 88 miles from Mankato to the state Capitol in St. Paul to highlight the need for state funding for higher education.

The students started their trek Monday and arrived Thursday. They avoided Tuesday night’s nasty weather, were stopped by police in Lakeville (who were following up on a report of suspicious activity) and saw “some random guy” walking out of the woods.

“From our point of view, it’s important to invest in higher education because we are the future,” said Moriah Miles, a junior studying pre-law and international relations. “We’re the work force of tomorrow. We’re going to make this economy.”

Gov. Mark Dayton and several DFL lawmakers were on hand to greet the students after they climbed the Capitol steps.

“I will do everything I can to protect the funding for Minnesota State Mankato and other higher education institutions,” Dayton told the students.

Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, and Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato, also welcomed the students.

It’s still unknown what the fate of higher education funding or most other budget matters will be.

For the complete Free Press story read Friday's print edition or go to http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x264249608/MSU-student-walk-88-miles-for-higher-ed?mailingdate=201105130600.

For more Free Press news go to the e-edition at http://mankatofreepress.mn.newsmemory.com/.

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