The Bemidji Police Department learned today that the President of the United States will be speaking at Bemidji Aviation at 6pm. The Bemidji Police Department has been working closely with the United States Secret Service to ensure the safety of everyone who attends this event.
The Secret Service has established a security zone which encompass all of the property south of the Bemidji / Beltrami Regional Airport to Hwy 2. This includes all properties along Molberg Drive NW, Gillette Drive NW, Comfort Drive NW, Hanger Drive NW and Norris Ct. NW. This security zone will prohibit both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in this area on this date. There will be no ingress on Gillette Drive due to construction. Businesses in this area have been contacted by the Secret Service.
We have been informed by the Secret Service that there will be NO ON-SITE PARKING. Those individuals who have received tickets will be bused to Bemidji Aviation and they will receive notification by the event organizer regarding the remote parking location. There will be a lot of extra traffic in the area and we ask that everyone slow down and plan ahead. To prevent accidents and increase public safety there will be no parking allowed along the shoulder or ditches of U.S. Hwy 2, U.S. Hwy 71 and Beltrami County Road 9 except for authorized emergency vehicles. As a reminder, this security zone restricts the possession of all firearms. This includes valid permit to carry holders and off-duty licensed law enforcement officals. People who attend the event with firearms will be denied admission under federal authority.
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.
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.
Mike Mastin, Chief of Police