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Published March 15, 2012, 06:22 PM

Alerus Puts Finishing Touches on Plans for Clinton's Visit

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Alerus Center is putting the finishing touches on preparations for former President Bill Clinton's visit. The Democratic Convention begins Friday, but the big day is Saturday when Clinton arrives.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Alerus Center is putting the finishing touches on preparations for former President Bill Clinton's visit. The Democratic Convention begins Friday, but the big day is Saturday when Clinton arrives.

If there is such thing as over-preparing, the Alerus Center has done just that.

They've set up schedules for exact times for when Clinton will enter the door to what he'll be eating for lunch--And the excitement for the former President's visit has just begun.

Plans are being pinned into place as the Alerus Center preps for more than 7,000 people.

"With him comes a lot of responsibility, a lot of preparation," said the Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, Andy Zabel.

The last time Clinton payed a visit was during the flood of '97. Not just democrats, but republicans as well are excited to welcome the former President to Grand Forks.

"Excitement is building, you can feel it, its palpable," said the Executive Director of the Alerus Center, Cheryl Swanson.

With only 48 hours left until Clinton arrives, some last minute adjustments could be made, just to make sure everything goes as planned.

"It's still dynamic and tomorrow there could still be tweeks and changes," said Swanson.

Every moment has to be planned out, but more importantly, keeping the president safe is of the utmost importance.

"Security will surround clinton himself more so than the facility," said Swanson.

"That's all kind of part of the gig when you bring someone like President Clinton in here," said Zabel.

People are coming from all over the upper Midwest to listen to the former president's keynote address and pay their respects for someone who helped Grand Forks through one of its most trying times.

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