President Donald Trump is headed to Bemidji Friday evening for a campaign rally at the local airport. He’s expected to draw huge crowds, and probably some protesters.
Bemidji is Trump country, but it’s also divided and agitated.
Look no further than Martha Vetter’s front yard. On a Wednesday afternoon, she strolled through a small forest of homemade political signs along her rural road south of Bemidji. The signs didn’t used to be so numerous. She started out with just two. One for Joe Biden. One for Black Lives Matter.
“The first one that got stolen was the Black Lives Matter sign,” she said. “Then the Biden-Harris got stolen.”
Vetter, 79, taught high school literature for decades. She’s not easily bullied. She got out some tagboard and a pen and went to work.
“On one side was ‘Thou shalt not steal,’” she said. “The other said Black Lives Matter. Well that got stolen. So then I thought, I have a lot of poster paper, and I like to make…