8:09 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Trump wraps up his speech, exiting the stage to the song Y.M.C.A.

-Hannah Olson

8 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Trump is still speaking as attendees begin to line up to file out of the airport. He no longer has any scheduled engagements to attend after the Bemidji rally.

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Attendees begin to file out of the rally at 7:50 p.m., but Trump is still speaking. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)
Attendees begin to file out of the rally at 7:50 p.m., but Trump is still speaking. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)

- Hannah Olson

6:50 p.m. News breaks of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death.

Unless Trump was told prior to deplaning, it seems he may have been unaware during the speech. This adds even more weight to the upcoming election, as whoever wins will likely appoint her replacement. A voice from the crowd shouted, “Ginsberg just died!”

- Hannah Olson

6:20 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Trump begins speaking at rally.

President Donald Trump speaks to hundreds at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during a stop on his “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
President Donald Trump speaks to hundreds at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during a stop on his “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

6:08 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Trump deplanes and takes the stage amidst a cheering crowd as "God Bless the USA" blares over the loud speakers.

President Donald Trump deplanes at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during a stop on his “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
President Donald Trump deplanes at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during a stop on his “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

-Annalise Braught

6:02 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Air Force One lands at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
Air Force One lands at Bemidji Aviation Services on Friday during President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

Air Force One touches down at Bemidji Regional Airport. Crowds are cheering!

-Annalise Braught

4:23 p.m., Trump rally at airport

As the crowd continues to pile in, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, greets the crowd with an invocation. After he speaks, former Beltrami County Commissioner and longtime advocate for veterans, Joe Vene, performs the national anthem.

-Hannah Olson

4:10 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Rally attendees make their way through the entry line on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour stop at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
Rally attendees make their way through the entry line on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour stop at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)


Rally attendees take their seats on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour stop at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
Rally attendees take their seats on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s “Great American Comeback” tour stop at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

Seats are full and the crowd is moving to the edges of the seating area. It is unclear how many more will be able to squeeze into the hanger.

-Annalise Braught

3:37 p.m., Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, Md.

President Trump departs Joint Base Andrews on Air Force One en route to Bemidji. He is approximately 30 minutes behind schedule.

3 p.m., Trump rally at airport

Trump rally attendees enter Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of Trumps speech at 6 p.m. Friday.  (Annalise Braught/Bemidji Pioneer)
Trump rally attendees enter Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of Trumps speech at 6 p.m. Friday. (Annalise Braught/Bemidji Pioneer)

Trump rally attendees enter Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of Trumps speech at 6 p.m. Friday. (Annalise Braught/Bemidji Pioneer)
Trump rally attendees enter Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of Trumps speech at 6 p.m. Friday. (Annalise Braught/Bemidji Pioneer)

Lines are long and seats are filling up at the rally at Bemidji Aviation Services. People were required to have masks on and their temperatures checked to enter the event. A lot of the seats in the arena area are full, lots more people still outside waiting in line that will be able to stand around the perimeter of the seating area.

-Annalise Braught

2:30 p.m., downtown Bemidji

Supporters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden line the downtown streets for Indivisible Bemidji's Reaffirmation of Minnesota Citizenship Values rally on Friday afternoon in Bemidji. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)
Supporters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden line the downtown streets for Indivisible Bemidji's Reaffirmation of Minnesota Citizenship Values rally on Friday afternoon in Bemidji. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)

Hundreds take to the sidewalks along Bemidji Avenue as part of Indivisible Bemidji’s “Reaffirmation of Minnesota Citizenship Values” rally. Participants stretched from Second Street to 16th Street in a blue wave of support for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

-Micah Friez

2 p.m., downtown Bemidji

Bo Ernst arrives in Bemidji from Orr, Minn., on Friday afternoon. Ernst had decorated his white truck with red lettering in support of President Donald Trump. (Bria Barton / Bemidji Pioneer)
Bo Ernst arrives in Bemidji from Orr, Minn., on Friday afternoon. Ernst had decorated his white truck with red lettering in support of President Donald Trump. (Bria Barton / Bemidji Pioneer)

Bo Ernst arrives in Bemidji from Orr, Minn. Ernst had decorated his white truck with red lettering in support of President Donald Trump. Ernst drove through at least eight towns Friday, with Bemidji being his last stop.

-Bria Barton

1:30 p.m., downtown Bemidji

Melody Kirkpatrick sets up signs for “Knitting for Justice,” an everyday activity in which she knits while peacefully protesting what she calls injustices in the world, in downtown Bemidji. (Bria Barton / Bemidji Pioneer)
Melody Kirkpatrick sets up signs for “Knitting for Justice,” an everyday activity in which she knits while peacefully protesting what she calls injustices in the world, in downtown Bemidji. (Bria Barton / Bemidji Pioneer)

Melody Kirkpatrick sets up signs for “Knitting for Justice,” an everyday activity in which she knits while peacefully protesting what she calls injustices in the world. Nearby, Trump supporter Jerry Hemstad holds up a Trump 2020 flag for passing vehicles. “Everyone knows that I sit out here,” Kirkpatrick said. “All these cars honking could very well be for me.”

-Bria Barton

1:30 p.m., downtown Bemidji

Jerry Hemstad, 67, of Bemidji waves a Trump flag in front of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in downtown Bemidji on Friday afternoon. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)
Jerry Hemstad, 67, of Bemidji waves a Trump flag in front of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in downtown Bemidji on Friday afternoon. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)

Jerry Hemstad, 67, of Bemidji faithfully holds up a Trump flag in front of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and waves to the honking cars passing by. Hemstad said he’s been there for about three hours. “My legs and arms are getting a little tired. But it’s worth it,” he said. He isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be stationed downtown. “I gotta go to the rally.”

-Micah Friez

Noon, Trump rally at airport

Hundreds wait in line at Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of President Trump's rally tonight. (Submitted photo)
Hundreds wait in line at Bemidji Aviation Services ahead of President Trump's rally tonight. (Submitted photo)

Hundreds of people are waiting in line at the venue waiting for doors to open at 3 p.m. for this evening's rally at Bemidji Aviation Services. Attendees will have to go through TSA style security and have their temperatures checked and be wearing a mask in order for them to enter the gathering.

11:30 a.m., Trump rally at airport

A rally attendee has their temperature taken Friday morning ahead of President Trump's rally. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)
A rally attendee has their temperature taken Friday morning ahead of President Trump's rally. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)

Rally attendees receive masks and have their temperatures taken as they begin to arrive at Bemidji Aviation Services for this evening's event.

-Todd Keute

11:15 a.m., Bemidji Ave.

BSU students protest on Bemidji Ave. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)
BSU students protest on Bemidji Ave. (Hannah Olson / Bemidji Pioneer)

Several BSU students, many who are members of the Black Student Union are standing with “white silence is violence and Black Lives Matter” signs in front of a house on Bemidji Ave.

Zoe Christensen, head of BSU’s Black Student Union, said the group wasn’t out for any specific organization, “we just live here,” she said. One student expressed that she was only 16 or 17 during the last election, and was happy she could vote in this one.

-Hannah Olson

10:45 a.m., Bemidji Aviation Services

A look at the venue for tonight's event with President Trump at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)
A look at the venue for tonight's event with President Trump at Bemidji Aviation Services. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)

Officials do a pre-check of media space for local coverage of this evening's event at Bemidji Aviation Services.

-Todd Keute

10:41 a.m., Bemidji Aviation Services

Rally attendees will be able to watch President Trump's speech tonight on a big screen located outside the main venue. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)
Rally attendees will be able to watch President Trump's speech tonight on a big screen located outside the main venue. (Todd Keute / Bemidji Pioneer)

A big screen has been set up outside the venue for tonight’s event.

-Todd Keute

10:20 a.m., downtown Bemidji

(Micah Friez/Bemidji Pioneer)
(Micah Friez/Bemidji Pioneer)

On the other side of town, the patriotic tractor entourage and the Minnesota Loggers & Truckers for Trump pass by Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox with horns blaring, encouraging other vehicles to join in.

-Bria Barton

10:20 a.m., Sanford Bemidji Medical Center parking lot

Buses are being loaded up with people and the line is moving fast. Probably over 1,000 people are lined up and ready to go to the airport. School buses can hold 40, busline buses can hold 50.

-Annalise Braught

10 a.m., Sanford Bemidji Medical Center parking lot

Hundreds of people wait in line ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally on Friday in Bemidji. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
Hundreds of people wait in line ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally on Friday in Bemidji. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

A man sits in a folding chair around 10 a.m. while waiting in line ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally in Bemidji. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
A man sits in a folding chair around 10 a.m. while waiting in line ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally in Bemidji. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)


Steve May got in line with his car at 6:50 this morning and spent half an hour in line waiting to park. He’s one of several hundred who have been in line since early this morning waiting to board a bus to the airport to see Trump.

-Annalise Braught

9:45 a.m., U.S. Highway 2

Law enforcement blocks Moberg Drive NW leading to the airport ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally on Friday in Bemidji. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
Law enforcement blocks Moberg Drive NW leading to the airport ahead of President Donald Trump’s 6 p.m. rally on Friday in Bemidji. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

Law enforcement have the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Moberg Drive NW blocked off leading to the Bemidji Regional Airport in preparation for Trump's visit.

-Annalise Braught

9:30 a.m., Pete's Place West

The tractor parade makes its way down U.S. Highway 2. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)
The tractor parade makes its way down U.S. Highway 2. (Micah Friez / Bemidji Pioneer)

Minnesota Loggers & Truckers for Trump complete the trek from Bagley and barrel into town alongside the tractor parade.

-Micah Friez

8:45 a.m., Pete’s Place West

Tractors and side by sides line up Friday morning at Pete’s Place West in preparation to parade through town. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
Tractors and side by sides line up Friday morning at Pete’s Place West in preparation to parade through town. (Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

Tractors and side by sides adorned with Donald Trump flags and signs line up in the Pete’s Place West parking lot.

-Bria Barton

8:30 a.m., downtown Bemidji

A crew from NBC broadcasts from downtown Bemidji at 9 a.m. Friday morning near the Historic Chief Theater ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
A crew from NBC broadcasts from downtown Bemidji at 9 a.m. Friday morning near the Historic Chief Theater ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)


A crew from NBC broadcasts from downtown Bemidji in front of the Historic Chief Theater.

-Jillian Gandsey