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UPDATE: Trump Rally no longer being held at McNeilus Steel

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UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued a statement Thursday regarding his office's role in planning Trump's visit to Minnesota Friday.

"Yesterday my office, along with MDH and MDLI, participated in a call with officials from the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the Rochester airport, and a representative of the RNC.

We and our State partners educated them on their responsibilities for holding a safe, compliant event. After the call, we asked the RNC in writing for a COVID preparedness plan. We did not receive a response.

This morning, upon hearing the event was moving to Dodge Center, we asked the Trump campaign, RNC, and McNeilus Steel for a COVID preparedness plan. We did not receive a response.

Now we have learned the event has moved again. We did not cancel this event: indeed, we have no authority to cancel events and have never cancelled an event."

Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Local leaders have confirmed McNeilus Steel is no longer hosting the rally for President Trump on Friday.

There are conflicting reports on if the event will be held at the Rochester International Airport as previously planned.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information.


DODGE CENTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A campaign event President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold on Friday is moving from the Rochester International Airport to a nearby location.

On Thursday, the Trump campaign announced the president is scheduled to hold a campaign event at RST on Friday.

According to a Rochester city official, the president is still planning to land at and depart from RST, but the rally will take place at McNeilus in Dodge Center.

A KTTC reporter at McNeilus Steel Inc said preparations are underway for Friday's rally.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton tweeted on Thursday, "We (airport) received payment in advance. They let us know this morning that they’d found another venue - no explanation that I’m aware of."

Norton said multiple agencies were trying to figure out ways to allow more people to attend the rally at the Rochester International Airport.

KTTC is still working to confirm these details with the Trump campaign.

The Trump campaign also announced plans to hold rallies earlier in the day on Friday in Waterford Township, Michigan, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Biden campaign announced on Thursday that Joe Biden will be making an appearance in St. Paul on Friday.


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