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Published October 29, 2012, 05:12 PM

Preparation for a presidential visit

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Preparing for a presidential visit is not an easy task.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Preparing for a presidential visit is not an easy task.

Crews usually have days to get a venue ready, but The Fargo Civic Center just found out this morning about the Clinton visit.

Doors just opened, so people are rushing to find a spot. Since it's free, and open to the public, the Civic is expecting a crowd of more than 3 thousand people, not exactly an quick set-up.

Jacobsen: "It got a phone call at home, saying this is what's happening tonight. I was like oh, okay.."

What a way to wake up. A call telling Rick Jacobsen that, in less than 12 hours, this empty venue needed to be packed with chairs and decorated. That's because one of the biggest political powerhouses in the nation, former President Bill Clinton, is coming to rally for U.S. Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp at the Fargo Civic Center.

It has to be ready, up to the Secret Services' standards.

Jacobsen: "They go through under the stage, make sure there is nothing underneath there that could be combustable, restrooms, nobody hiding."

The Civic isn't alone. Heitkamp has been busy, taking a second to stop by Jay Thomas' show on WDAY 970 AM, telling us the rally is all about early voting.

Heitkamp: "He is going to rock the house, and get excited about exercising that wonderful thing we call the right to vote."

Heitkamp's campaign could use the boost. The most recent poll says she's trailing 5 points behind Republican Representative Rick Berg.

Heitkamp: "When he called and said 'I think I might be able to come, do you think it would help?' I said 'absolutely it will help.' He just graciously accepted our invitation."

At the very least, it'll bring momentum to Heitkamp's campaign. Just take a look at all these signs crews are hanging up. And judging by the amount of chairs, it has the potential to be a packed house.

If you want to go tonight, here's what you need to know. It's free, and open to anyone. It's at the Fargo Civic Center, and starts at 7.

It's already filling up fast, so to guarantee a spot, I'd show up early.