President Donald Trump will be campaigning in Rochester as part of a barnstorming tour of the Midwest in the waning days of the election campaign.

Trump will be speaking at 5 p.m. Friday at the Rochester International Airport, 7600 Helgerson Drive SW. The stop will be the last in a swing through Midwestern states, including Waterford Township, Mich., and Green Bay, Wis. Doors open at 2 p.m.

The confirmation of Trump's visit to Rochester comes on the heels of a number of hints that the campaign was eyeing a visit to Med City.

On Tuesday, the Mankato Free Press reported that the Trump campaign had pulled its advance team at Mankato Regional Airport after deciding against a Friday rally featuring the president in an airport hangar.

"We just got word that they're going to Rochester," The Free Press article quoted an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation.

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This morning, former Republican Congressman Gil Gutknecht sent out an email to his GOP network that Trump would be making Rochester a stop in the final days of the campaign.

"I heard a rumor (from a very good source) that Air Force One would be dropping down in Rochester on Friday. No other specifics," Gutneckt said in his email.

With COVID-19 surging, the announcement of the event is giving rise to fears that Trump is bringing a superspreader event to the heart of a medical community. Rochester Mayor Kim Norton emphasized in a tweet Wednesday that "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," Norton said.

At a Rochester City Council meeting Wednesday evening, council member Michael Wojcik expressed concern that the Trump campaign would not adhere to the 250-person state limit for events.

"We know that's been violated at other events. How do we protect our community, so we don't become another super-spreader event?" he said.

City Attorney Jason Loos said the campaign signed a contract in Duluth with established capacity. He said he may look at adding a fine if rules are violated, but that it might be in vain.

"Realistically speaking, anything we put in there, I suspect they will say, 'Send us the bill,' and that's probably the last we hear of it," he said.

"They are providing $1 million in insurance," he added.

Norton said she talked to Duluth's mayor, who said the city chose not to put law enforcement in a difficult position.

Certainly, Trump has made no secret that he hankers for the state's 10 electoral votes. Ever since barely losing the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump has expressed regrets for not putting more time in a state that he saw as winnable.

State Sen. Dave Senjem recalled Trump's current campaign manager, Bill Stepien, saying that Trump had an "insatiable appetite wanting to win Minnesota going back to 2016."

"It sounded like they had a pretty strong debate in those final days in 2016 about him wanting to come to Minnesota and his campaign staff deciding that he should go somewhere else. And it's been in his craw ever since, even to 2018," Senjem said.

When Trump spoke in Rochester two years ago, it stuck the city with a significant bill for staff time and other expenses. Norton said she was told that the airport is requiring pay in advance "so that doesn't happen again."

"The incredible amount of staff time that goes into assuring a safe & secure event, does not qualify for reimbursed, however," Norton said.