Rev. Kopp expresses concern ahead of Trump’s visit

Ahead of yesterday’s statewide call with the DFL, where lawmakers and activists spoke out against Trump, citing what they believe are damaging policies to communities like Bemidji, United Methodist Reverend Rob Kopp expressed his worry about the upcoming Trump rally this afternoon.

Kopp was a panelist on that call, as was 5A House Representative John Persell, who represents Bemidji, and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, who is from Bemidji.

Kopp explained that in a crisis like COVID-19, leaders have two opportunities, to reduce danger in as many ways as possible, and to unite the country. 

Kopp shared that one of the first COVID deaths in Beltrami County was one of his parishioners.

The President will be at Bemidji Aviation today at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

Kopp’s views are his own, and may not represent the church’s.


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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