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Minnesota: No penalty for health violations by Trump Bemidji rally organizers


September 22, 2020

Rally attendees take photos of Air Force One as it lands at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during President Donald Trump's "Great American Comeback" tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

ROCHESTER, Minn. - State health officials conceded on Monday, Sept. 21, that a visit by President Donald Trump to Bemidji on Friday, Sept. 18, ignored state requirements to limit attendance to outdoor events to 250 persons, guidance that Gov. Tim Walz had outlined in a public letter early last week.

Estimates placed the actual number in Bemidji to see Trump at 2,000, and there appeared to have been no formal social distancing.

While restaurants and bars that ignore crowd limit guidance have faced the risk of fines and other penalties, health officials during a media call Monday would not comment on any repercussions for the organizers of the Trump rally, or the airfield that hosted the event.


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