High-rise dorm imploded at MSU Mankato

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MANKATO, Minn. - Two high-rise dormitory towers at Minnesota State University-Mankato were imploded early Saturday.

The 12-story towers of the Gage Residence Community came down after a speech from the university's president, Richard Davenport.

KARE 11 Chief Meteorologist Belinda Jensen attended MSU Mankato and lived in Gage Halls for two years.

She recalls watching the 1987 World Series in the dorm. She says residents hung Homer Hankies out the windows to celebrate.

Officials say the site will be redeveloped for parking. Two new buildings have already replaced the dormitory, after the university decided it was cheaper to build new, more modern on-campus housing than rehabilitate the old complex.

It is estimated the Gage Towers were home to more than 50,000 students since they opened in 1965. The complex closed last August after the Minnesota Vikings' training camp.

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