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Couple and 2 daughters all students in Mankato this fall

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Belle Plaine couple who never earned bachelor’s degrees are on campus at Minnesota State University in Mankato with their daughters this fall.

Holly and Jim Halloran took college courses in the past but decided to follow daughters Katie, 21, and Kristen, 18, as they pursued college degrees.

Holly, who had worked for an insurance company and later stayed at home with her children, will soon graduate with a degree in social work. Jim, who owns an appliance store in Shakopee, started pursuing a degree in social studies and education this semester.

Holly had been thinking about returning to school and decided it would be a good time when Kristen began taking classes at Normandale Community College at age 16.

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"I felt really nervous about sending a 16-year-old to college," Holly said. "So we both went together."

After earning an associate’s degree, Holly ended up at Minnesota State with her daughters.

Jim had planned to wait to attend college until his wife finished but saw he was missing out on all the fun. So far, being older than most of the students hasn’t bothered him.

"I feel accepted," he said.

The Hallorans won’t all be on campus together for long — Katie plans to graduate at the end of the semester with a psychology degree.

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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com

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