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Tonight's Homecoming Events Cancelled Because of Weather

The bonfire, light show and fireworks scheduled for Monday evening (Oct. 2) have been cancelled.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-2-2016

Mankato, Minn. – All of tonight’s scheduled Homecoming events at Minnesota State University, Mankato—including the bonfire, light show and fireworks—have been cancelled because of a weather forecast that includes the possibility of a thunderstorm and high winds.

Homecoming events on campus will resume Tuesday with “Maverick Pride Day.” It will be in the Centennial Mall and Lincoln Lounge with music and free food and beverages from local vendors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday’s featured events include the “Fire and Ice Food Eating Contest” in Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge from 12-1 p.m. Food in this year’s contest includes ice cream and hot wings. Near the Hearth Lounge, free cupcakes will be served to celebrate Founders Day, which recognizes the University’s founding on Oct. 7, 1868. This year’s celebration marks the 149th anniversary of the University.

A complete list of Homecoming events is available online. For more information, contact Christina Nathan, Student Events Team partnerships and homecoming promotions chair, by email at or by phone at 507-380-6076.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to display their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations.

Founders Day celebrates the founding of the institution. Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, with a purpose of instructing students in the science and art of teaching. The first class graduated in June 1870 with 10 students. More information on the history of the institution is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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