Expect increased law enforcement presence during Trump’s visit, says Chief of Police

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin says his department has been working closely with the U.S. Secret Service ahead of Trump’s planned visit to Bemidji Aviation this Friday.

According to a release, the enhanced law enforcement presence will help ensure safety and assist with traffic control.

The Secret Service has established a security zone which will encompass a large area of the properties between Bemidji Aviation and U.S. Highway 2.

This zone will restrict both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, as well as restricts the possession of all firearms, for both permit holders and off-duty licensed law enforcement officials.

“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,” said Mastin.

“Please remember that Minnesota Governor’s order 20-81 requires face coverings and social distancing.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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