Obama to headline rally at U-Minnesota

Hitting Northrop Mall

MPR’s Capitol View blog reports that President Obama will be visiting Northrop Mall at the University of Minnesota a week from tomorrow for a DFL rally to support DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton:

St. Paul-President Obama will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to headline a rally for Democratic-Farmer-Labor party gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The rally will be the kick-off of the DFL’s Get Out the Vote campaign on behalf of Mark Dayton and his Lieutenant Governor running mate Yvonne Prettner Solon, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and State Auditor Rebecca Otto. The event will be held at Northrop Mall at the University of Minnesota and will begin at 1PM. For updates please sign-up at dfl.org.

University of Minnesota spokesman Dan Wolter said in a statement:

The University of Minnesota is excited to welcome President Obama to campus on October 23. It’s a rare and unique honor to host the President of the United States, and President Obama’s visit will give our students and the entire university community a unique opportunity to see and hear a historic figure.

The last sitting President to visit was President George W. Bush in July 2002, who met privately with researchers in the Academic Health Center. The last time a sitting President appeared at the University for a public event was in 1911 when William Howard Taft visited campus.

A Gopher football game is also scheduled for October 23, so campus will be bustling with activity. Plans are in the works to address parking, building access, security and a variety of other issues and will be made public early next week.