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Move-in commences with few hitches

Move-in at Minnesota State Mankato commences with few hitches -- except long waits for elevators.

By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 8/19/2011]

Count Ryan Benhardus among the courageous few.

He was a relatively early arrival during move-in day Thursday at the Minnesota State Mankato campus. By 10:30 a.m., he was beginning to lug his belongings into Gage Residence Hall, well ahead of many of the 3,000 or so students expected to do the same.

But unlike the vast majority of his fellow first-year classmates, Benhardus chose to move in the hard way: alone and sans elevator.

The Jorstads opted for a more conventional move-in method, shuffling Nick’s belongings into the Julia Sears Residence Hall with a wheeled cart. The first-year student from Maple Grove will live on the second floor and said he’s planning to study biology.

After a year off from school, Nick Jorstad said he was excited to return; his dad, Dave, said he was anxious to let him.

To welcome students to campus, a smattering of activities are scheduled through the weekend with classes beginning Monday.

Minnesota State Mankato officials estimated that more than 4,000 vehicles accompanied the first-year students on move-in day and hundreds of student volunteers were on-hand to direct traffic, help unpack cars and answer questions.

The university expects enrollment for 2011-12 to top 15,000, although the final tally won’t be official until September. If that’s the case, it would represent one of the largest enrollment totals since the 1990s (Minnesota State Mankato set the all-time high with 16,526 in 1990).

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