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Duluth prepares for visit of President Donald Trump

A number of counter protest events will be held in the city.
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President Donald Trump will arrive in Duluth tomorrow for a rally in front of thousands of supporters, while counter-protesters demonstrate elsewhere on city streets.

The president is holding a "Make America Great Again" rally at 8,500-capacity Amsoil Arena, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. and the event getting underway at 6:30 p.m.

The Trump campaign's decision to appear in Duluth comes ahead of what is expected to be another incredibly tight 8th Congressional District election this November, particularly with DFL Rep. Rick Nolan retiring.

Before the rally, the White House has announced that Trump will attend a round-table event with four local elected officials, six representatives from the mining and steel industry and Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis.

The discussion is billed as "promoting and protecting American workers."

Notable by his absence is Rep. Erik Paulsen, who had in recent days stated opposition to some of the president's policies, namely the separation of immigrant children from their families near the Mexican border.

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Counter protests planned

On the day of the rally, there will be a number of counter-protests going on in Duluth in opposition to the president's administration.

A list of the events, which started on Monday, continued on Tuesday and will culminate on Wednesday, can be found on the Forward Coalition Facebook page.

There will be a march past the president's motorcade before a rally at the Duluth Civic Center 4:30-6:30 p.m.

At the same time, a Soulstice Peace Rally, billed as a non-partisan event, will be held at Leif Erickson Park.

Also planned is a Blue Wave Rise and Resist Rally from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Place Park.

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