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Thousands expected when MSU Mankato implodes dorm

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Thousands of gawkers are expected Saturday morning in Mankato when Minnesota State University implodes the tallest buildings in town – the twin towers that are the Gage dormitories, the Mankato Free Press reports.

The nondescript 12-story, mid-1960s buildings will be razed by 300 pounds of dynamite strategically placed on the first, third and eighth floors, KEYC reports.

The implosion is part of the university's master plan. New dorms have been constructed. "The two new state-of-the-art residence buildings we have opened within the last few years are just one example of the green footprint and ‘global solutions' we are developing for our campus,” University President Richard Davenport said in April when the implosion was announced.

The 135-foot towers, closed in August 2012, have housed more than 50,000 students in the last 47 years, university officials say. Many are wistful and sad to see the bland-looking high-rise demolished. "Will always love and forever miss my first home away from home," said one former resident on a Facebook page called "I used to live in Gage Towers."

The university plans a carnival-like atmosphere for the 9:30 a.m. Saturday event, which is expected to last just a few seconds. Gage student mailboxes and Gage T-shirts will be among the commemorative items for sale, the Free Press notes.

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