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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

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Lyndon Carlson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Lyndon Carlson Legislator, Teacher Lyndon R. Carlson, Sr. is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 45A, ...more

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Mark Buesgens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Mark Buesgens Legislator, Teacher Mark William Buesgens is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 35B, which includes portions of Scott County in the southern Twin ...more

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Bob Bruer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Bob Bruer American football player Robert Anthony Bruer is a former American football player and coach. He played tight end in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings from 1979 until

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Pat Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Pat Garofalo Network administrator, Legislator Patrick Lee "Pat" Garofalo is an American politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 58B, ...more

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Linda Higgins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Writer Linda Higgins is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota Senate who represents District 59, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, which is in the ...more

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Gary Kubly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Pastor, Legislator Gary W. Kubly was a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 20, which includes portions of Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, ...more

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Roger Reinert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Teacher Roger Jonathon Reinert is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represents District 7, which includes St. Louis ...more

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Tracy Beckman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Politician, Official Tracy L. Beckman is a Minnesota politician and is a former member of the Minnesota Senate from southern Minnesota. First elected in 1986 in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s “firestorm” that ...more

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Dennis Hejlik is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Dennis Hejlik Lieutenant General Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC was the commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Europe and United States Marine Corps Forces Command. Until early 2008, Hejlik commanded the newly ...more

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Chris Swedzinski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Farmer, Legislator Christopher "Chris" Swedzinski is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District ...more

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Laura Brod is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator Laura Brod née Morris is a Minnesota politician, a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented ...more

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Rod Searle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Rod Searle Rodney Newell "Rod" Searle, Sr. was a Minnesota farmer, insurance agent, and public servant. Born and raised in urban New Jersey, Searle moved to rural Minnesota in 1947 with his wife ...more

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Allen Quist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Professor, Farmer Allen J. Quist is a Minnesota politician, a former state representative, and a two-time candidate for governor of the state.

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David M. Jennings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
David M. Jennings Legislator David M. Jennings is a former Minnesota politician, a former member of the Republican Party, a former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and the former superintendent of Eastern ...more

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Richard C. Nash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Richard C. Nash Major General Richard C. Nash is the current Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, having been appointed to that position by the Governor of Minnesota in 2010. Nash has previously ...more

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Robin Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Robin Brown Legislator, Teacher Robin K. Brown is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, she represented District 27A, ...more

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Scott Newman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Legislator, Attorney at law Scott J. Newman is Minnesota attorney, politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 18, which includes portions of McLeod, ...more

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Rich Murray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Financial adviser, Legislator Richard J. "Rich" Murray is a Minnesota politician and was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2011-2013. Murray, a Republican, who represented District 27A, which ...more

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Katy Olson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Farmer, Political Activist Catherina "Katy" Gaalswyk Olson was a Minnesota politician and was a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from southwestern Minnesota.

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Bob Barrett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Bob Barrett Legislator Robert "Bob" Barrett is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 32B, which ...more

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Gene Glynn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Gene Glynn Manager Eugene Patrick Glynn is an American professional baseball coach and a former minor league manager and second baseman. Named the 2015 third base coach of the Minnesota Twins on November 12, 2014, ...more

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Roger Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Roger Cooper Politician, Teacher Roger M. Cooper is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from southwestern Minnesota. First elected in 1986 in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s ...more

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Lee Aase is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Lee Aase Lee Aase is an American pioneer in using social media tools in the hospital environment, and is an advocate for social media adoption in health care.

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William A. Sederburg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
William A. Sederburg Politician William A. Sederburg is an American university president and politician. He is a senior scholar at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Sederburg was commissioner of the ...more

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Christopher McDonald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni
Christopher McDonald