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Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Minnesota State University, Mankato and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Minnesota State University, Mankato include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This list contains graduates like David Backes and Glen Taylor.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Minnesota State University, Mankato?” and “Which celebrities are Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni?”
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Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Businessperson
Glen A. Taylor is an American businessman who is the majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves National Basketball Association team, owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team and a ...more
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Yonassan Gershom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Pacifist, Rabbi, Writer
Yonassan Gershom is a Rabbi and writer who was ordained in the Jewish Renewal movement during the 1980s and is now a follower of Breslov Hasidism. He was associated with the early days of the ...more
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Andy Welti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Teacher
Andy J. Welti was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A Democrat, he was first elected in 2004, defeating four-term incumbent Republican Bill Kuisle. Just 24 years of age at the ...more
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Allen U. Lenzmeier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson
Allen U. Lenzmeier has been a director of Best Buy since February 2001 and is currently Vice Chairman, serving on a part-time basis to support its international expansion. Prior to his promotion ...more
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John M. Zwach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Teacher
John Matthew Zwach Sr. was a United States Representative from Minnesota. He was born in Gales Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. He attended the public schools and graduated from Milroy High ...more
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Leo Foley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Law enforcement officer, Legislator, Lawyer
Leo T. Foley is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 47, which includes portions of Anoka and Hennepin counties in the northern Twin Cities ...more
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David Backes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete
David Anthony Backes is an American professional ice hockey center and right winger and captain of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. After two seasons of junior with the Lincoln ...more
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Ryan Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Ryan Carter Ice Hockey Player, Athlete
Ryan Michael Carter is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
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Tim Walz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Politician, Teacher
Timothy James "Tim" Walz is an American politician and member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party who has served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional ...more
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Brad Nessler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Announcer, Sports commentator
Bradley "Brad" Nessler is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college basketball and college football games for ESPN with occasional appearances on ABC. He has also called ...more
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Cedric Yarbrough is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
Cedric Yarbrough is an American comedian and actor. He starred on the Comedy Central television series Reno 911! as Deputy S. Jones.
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Marc Trestman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Coach, American football player
Marc Marlyn Trestman is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. Trestman has also served as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of ...more
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Melissa Peterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Comedian, Producer, Actor
Melissa Margaret Peterman is an American actress and comedienne who is best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba. Currently, Peterman stars as Bonnie Wheeler in ...more
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David Bly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Teacher
David Bly is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 20B, which includes ...more
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Lynn Wardlow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Legislator
Lynn D. Wardlow is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he represented District 38B from 2003-2009. The district includes over half of the city of Eagan in Dakota ...more
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Howard Olson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Farmer, Legislator
Howard D. Olson was a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota Senate. A Democrat, Olson was first elected in 1970, and was re-elected in 1972 and 1976. During his first six years, he ...more
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Rebecca Fjelland Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Rebecca Fjelland Davis Novelist, Writer
Rebecca Fjelland Davis is an American novelist and children's book author who lives in Minnesota. She is currently an instructor at South Central College in Mankato, where she teaches ...more
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Adrienne Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Adrienne Armstrong Businessperson
Adrienne Armstrong is the co-owner of Adeline Records, Adeline Street, and Atomic Garden. She was engaged to Janis Figure and Libido Boyz frontman Billy Bisson. She married Green Day frontman ...more
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Steven Wagner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Steven Wagner
Steven Lee Wagner is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, who currently plays for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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John Benson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Teacher
John H. Benson is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 44B, which includes ...more
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Grant Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Grant Stevenson
Grant Thomas Stevenson is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks during the 2005–06 season.
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Tim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Financial adviser, Legislator
Timothy J. "Tim" Kelly is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 21A, which ...more
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Greg Davids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Insurance broker, Legislator, Teacher
Gregory Michael "Greg" Davids is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 28B, ...more
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Kathy Sheran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Registered nurse, Legislator, Teacher
Kathleen J. "Kathy" Sheran is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represents District 19, which ...more
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Larry Haws is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Teacher
Larry W. Haws was a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 15B, which includes portions of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in ...more