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Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday: Rochester or Dodge Center?

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

So what's the official word about Friday's rally with President Donald Trump in Minnesota?

The rally was originally scheduled to be held at the Rochester International Airport, then reportedly relocated to two business properties, encompassing parts of Sominn Machinery Sales and McNeilus Steel in nearby Dodge Center.

However, it then emerged on Friday that it won't be held there after all and is shifting back to Rochester.

According to the Post Bulletin, one of the Dodge Center business owners claimed that the governor's office blocked the campaign rally from happening there due to crowd size limitation. The governor's office and the Minnesota Department of Health denied that allegation when asked by KSTP.

The office of Attorney General Keith Ellison also said it didn't block the event, saying in such situations it asks business owners for its "COVID preparedness plan" but that in this instance it didn't receive a response, and added that it has no authority to cancel events.

Regardless, the rally will now be limited to a maximum of 250 people at the Rochester airport. FOX 9 confirmed the crowd size limit via a Rochester city attorney. The 250 limit meets Minnesota's protocols of Gov. Tim Walz's executive actions amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

With the Trump campaign rally scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden will hold a drive-up rally at a yet-to-be announced location in St. Paul at 3:45 p.m. Friday. 

The move back to Rochester came after enough seating for more than 6,000 people was already in the process of being erected, amid rumors that a crowd of up to 25,000 were expected for the rally.

Rochester Mayor Kim Norton on Thursday expressed concerns over the planned rally at the airport, tweeting: "Campaign events are expected to adhere to state guidelines for gathering, masking and distancing. Keeping people safe from COVID is vital during this time of increased spread & it is paramount that we protect our healthcare workers and community."

It comes after previous campaign rallies held by Trump in Duluth and Bemidji appeared to show a crowd of fans in excess of the 250 limit on crowd gathering sizes.

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Minnesota has seen record levels of COVID-19 in recent days, including a single-day record of 2,872 new cases reported Thursday. 

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