Update: Trump arrives at Amsoil Arena for rally
After participating in a mining roundtable discussion in front of about 200 people at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, President Donald Trump has made his way to Amsoil Arena for his scheduled rally.
The crowd has become quieter in anticipation of Trump's speech, which was scheduled to begin around 6:30 p.m.
Thousands of people have packed into the arena, filling the floor in front of the stage and seats. Before they were let in hundreds of people were in the dark due to a power outage, and in what was described as excruciating heat in the Northwest Passage section of the skywalk as they waited in line this afternoon to get into the rally.
The passage has no air conditioning and some estimated the temperature inside at more than 100 degrees.
The line of Trump supporters ran from Amsoil Arena across the Northwest Passage and Interstate 35 into the Duluth Transit Center and then out into the Duluth Transportation Center ramp.
A power outage exacerbated the sweltering conditions
The DECC was included in the outage reported at 2:36 p.m. by Minnesota Power. The outage affected more than 5,600 customers, according to the utility. It affected the harbor, Canal Park and the East and Central hillsides, said Amy Rutledge, Minnesota Power spokeswoman.
Given the circumstances, the utility made Amsoil Arena its first priority and restored power there within a half-hour, Rutledge said. Secret Service officials were kept informed by Brad Ochs, Allete senior vice president, she said.
By late afternoon, power had been restored to all but 48 customers in the Garfield Avenue area, Rutledge said. It was expected all power would be restored by 10 p.m.
The outage was caused by an equipment failure in a substation, she said.
Air Force One landed at Duluth International Airport shortly before 5 p.m. with the president aboard.
Around 5:30 p.m. the Duluth News Tribune had received multiple reports of the Blatnik Bridge being closed. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, they are unaware of any bridge closure, but if it is closed it would most likely be for Trump's motorcade.