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Tickets to see President Barack Obama's speech in St. Paul on Wednesday will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Monday morning, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Obama will speak around noon Wednesday at St. Paul's newly renovated Union Depot transportation hub to discuss transportation and transit issues.

Tickets to the event are free, and will be available Monday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Union Depot, Suite 120. Tickets are limited to one per person.

The White House said a "limited" number of tickets are available, but didn't provide specifics.

Obama will announce a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs and restore “crumbling roads and bridges,” according to the Star Tribune.

The Union Depot recently returned to service as a regional hub for Metro Transit, Jefferson Lines, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Megabus, and will be home later this year to an Amtrak terminal.

Obama’s appearance is part of a series of events being planned by the White House this week tied to the economy, manufacturing and jobs. The president described 2014 his “year of action” in his State of the Union speech last month.

Doors are scheduled to open for the president’s appearance at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Attendees must pass through airport-like security and cannot bring backpacks, signs or banners.

Obama’s appearance will come a week after Vice President Joe Biden visited Minneapolis to attend a fundraiser and meet with residents to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

The president last visited Minnesota in February 2013.

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