100-mile trek for higher education

Minnesota House and Senate DFL legislators stood in unity with Minnesota State University students on their 100-mile walk from Minnesota State Mankato to the Capitol to raise awareness of the need for affordable higher education.

The Minnesota State student walkers say lawmakers need to realize the impact their decisions make on higher education affordability and access – and the future of Minnesota. According to the group, the average student debt in Minnesota is nearly $32,000, the fifth highest in the nation. In addition, students have yearly increases in tuition and budget cuts on their minds. This week they walked the walk to talk about it.

The students, who represent Mankato, Moorhead, Bemidji, Winona, and St. Cloud, left Minnesota State Mankato on Sunday morning and walked for four days to reach the State Capitol on Wednesday. Legislators walked with the students for the last leg of their journey in solidarity for increased higher education funding.

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