Trump's visit to Fargo: What you need to know

FARGO -- In late June, President Donald Trump visited Fargo and held a campaign rally for Rep. Kevin Cramer at Scheels Arena with a crowd of about 6,000 people.
President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Forum file photo

FARGO - In late June, President Donald Trump visited Fargo and held a campaign rally for Rep. Kevin Cramer at Scheels Arena with a crowd of about 6,000 people.

Trump returns to Fargo Friday, Sept. 7, but this time to attend what organizers are calling a private “VIP Reception and Fundraiser” for Cramer, a Republican who’s aiming to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in November.

The president is expected to land at Hector International Airport around midday, and from there he will head to Delta Hotels by Marriott in south Fargo for the fundraiser. Tickets for the event are $1,000 per couple, according to Cramer’s campaign website.

Expect some roads to be closed off along the motorcade route, said Fargo Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson. The roads will open up shortly after the motorcade passes, he said.

Although the motorcade route isn’t released due to security reasons, Anderson said people can expect a 15-20 minute delay along any path the motorcade takes.

Along with the Fargo Police Department, the West Fargo Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol will be helping with security.

As with the president’s last visit to Fargo, protests are expected.  

The Red River Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Northern Prairie Socialists are planning an “Anti-Trump Uprising Rally #2: Kava-NOPE” protest outside the hotel.

Jamaal Abegaz, a protest organizer and a founding member of Northern Prairie, said he doesn’t expect the turnout to be as large as last time due to the relatively short notice and less time to plan the protest.

The protest is expected to raise concerns about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh “is poised to do a lot of harm to civil rights in the country,” Abegaz said. “We are not going to take it lying down.”

Trump will also travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday to campaign for Republican candidate Kristi Noem in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Trump’s Fargo visit Friday may not be his last swing through North Dakota.

According to WZFG radio, Trump will return to hold a public rally in the two to three weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Although the exact location isn’t determined, the rally will be held at a large public venue, the radio station reported.

Asked about a possible upcoming rally, a Cramer campaign spokesman referred The Forum to the White House, and a spokesperson there declined to comment.