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Three Students to Walk from Mankato to State Capitol

Walk an effort to focus on higher education funding.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-7-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Three Minnesota State University, Mankato student leaders will walk 97 miles from Mankato to the state capitol steps in St. Paul, Minn., from Saturday, May 11 to Tuesday, May 14 in an effort to draw attention to the importance of higher education funding.

The students plan to meet Governor Mark Dayton and approximately 10 other students on the Capitol steps at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 and then spend the day lobbying various legislators for higher educating funding.

The three students making the walk include junior David Schieler (center in photo), current student body vice president from Tomah, Wis., senior Michael Hanson (left in photo), current student senator from Apple Valley, Minn., and junior Trevor Granberg (not pictured), current student senator from Worthing, S.D..

“We are walking to the capitol to demonstrate the sincere need of funding for higher education in the state of Minnesota,” said Schieler. “The hopes of walking are to bring to the public’s eye some of the issues often forgotten or dismissed about higher education—rising costs associated with instruction, and a recent trend of decreasing state support.”

Schieler said funding the $97 million request made by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System would benefit students throughout the state.

“This would assure better equipment, better professors, more Minnesota workforce internships, and more scholarships, while improving access to the state grant,” said Schieler. “Our hope is to demonstrate the earnest need for funding felt by all Minnesota students, who are each incurring record setting levels of student debt, and to draw attention to the financial constraints imposed on the rest of our lives by a recent legislative trend of decreasing state support.”

The students will walk the Sakatah-Singing Hills Trail from Mankato to Faribault, through the communities of Madison Lake, Elysian, Waterville and Morristown. They’ll be walking through Apple Valley, Eagan, Mendota Heights and West St. Paul to the State Capitol. Hertz is providing a “pace car” for the walk. The pace car driver is Moriah Miles, state chair for the Minnesota State University Student Association.

John Bulcock, assistant director of student activities at Minnesota State Mankato, said that many individuals and businesses along the way have graciously offered assistance to the students. Bulcock said the assistance includes meals and overnight stays, and he said the students were thankful for the sponsors noted in the itinerary below.

The route for the walk is at and itinerary for the walk is as follows:

Friday, May 10

  • 11 a.m. Send-off photo opportunity at Ellis Avenue Gateway on campus (Media are invited.)

Participants in Friday's send-off photo opportunity from the Minnesota State Mankato administration will include Linda Baer, interim vice president for academic affairs, and David Jones, vice president for student affairs.

Saturday, May 11

  • 7 a.m. Depart Minnesota State Mankato campus from Centennial Student Union (University Catering to provide send-off meal)
  • 2 p.m. (est.) Lunch at Tucker’s Tavern in Elysian, Minn. (Provided by retired Minnesota State Mankato staff member Jayne Larsen)
  • 7 p.m. (est.) Overnight stay between Waterville, Minn., and Morristown, Minn. (Meals, accommodations provided by Waterville area residents and businesses.)

Sunday, May 12

  • 7 a.m. Depart Waterville/Morristown
  • Noon (est.) Lunch provided by Hy-Vee in Faribault, Minn.
  • 10 p.m. (est.) Overnight stay in Lakeville, Minn., with accommodations provided by Holiday Inn, Lakeville

Monday, May 13

  • 9 a.m. Depart Lakeville
  • 1 p.m. (est.) Lunch in Eagan provided by Axel’s Bonfire
  • 5 p.m. (est.) Dinner in Mendota Heights, provided by Moose Country of Lilydale
  • 8 p.m. (est.) Overnight at Kelly Inn in St. Paul

Tuesday, May 14

  • 9 a.m. Reception at Kelly Inn (Senator Kathy Sheran will be in attendance.)
  • 10 a.m. Depart Kelly Inn
  • 10:15 a.m. Arrive on Capitol steps (Governor Mark Dayton will meet students.) Meet with legislators throughout the morning and afternoon
  • 4 p.m. Depart St. Paul to return to Mankato

For more information, please contact David Schieler, vice president of the Minnesota State Student Association, by email at

Minnesota State Mankato student leaders made similar walks from Mankato to St. Paul in both 2010 and 2011.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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