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People prepare for President Trump's visit in Rochester

Some say they'll avoid downtown completely, others say his visit won't affect their daily routine.

Posted: Oct 3, 2018 8:03 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2018 10:48 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – President Donald Trump’s visit to the city will bring major transportation changes, such as road closures, on Thursday.

Some tell KIMT they will be avoiding downtown completely, and others don’t think it will affect them at all.

“I think tomorrow it would be wise to allow yourself a lot of extra time to get where you're going,” Tracy McCray, of Rochester, said, “both in the morning and in the afternoon and all the way around.”

McCray tells KIMT she walks to work. The president’s trip doesn’t inconvenience her, but she said it is a cause for concern.

“I know that the president goes and does a lot of these rallies all around the country, and it's been fine every night,” McCray said, “but I know that there's a lot of emotions and I am concerned about public safety.”

Regenia Smalley doesn’t plan to protest, but others are getting ready with signs in hand.

“I’m kind of staying away because I don't really like our current president,” Smalley, of Rochester, said. “I'd prefer not to have to listen to him.”

Sue Hommerding, of Rochester, is planning to protest.

“He's welcome, you know,” Hommerding said, “but I just wish he displayed different characteristics.”

Whether you work downtown or even go to school, many people in the city are anxiously awaiting the president’s visit.

“I am kinda excited to see him in person,” Jack Vang, a student at the University of Minnesota Rochester, said. “Some things that he actually does I don't support, but he's our president so I feel the need that i have to support him.”

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