Chief Mastin provides more updates to upcoming POTUS visit

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin issued an update on what attendees of Friday’s presidential visit can expect.

According to a release, there will be no on-site parking available, and ticket holders will be bussed in.

Ticket holders will be notified of the remote parking location, according to Mastin.

The Secret Service established a security zone which encompasses all of the property south of the Bemidji Regional Airport to Highway 2, which includes all properties along Moberg, Gillette, Comfort and Hangar Drives, as well as and Norris Court.

No parking will be allowed on the shoulder or ditches of Highway 2, Highway 71 or County Road 9, except for authorized emergency vehicles.

Mastin reminds the public that no firearms will be allowed inside the security zone, including those with permit to carries and off-duty law enforcement officials.

“We have heard from many people who just want to see Air Force One. Please keep in mind that the best viewing may not be at the airport but from other locations throughout the city during landing and take-off. It is recommended to select locations for viewing ahead of time,” said the release.

“With any political event we anticipate that there will be attendees who support the speaker and there will be attendees who do not. In the name of public safety we ask that everyone avoid conflict and respect other points of view. Also, please remember that Minnesota Governors order 20-81 requires face coverings and social distancing.”


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