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LIVE UPDATES: Winnebago Industries preps for the vice president

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Employees make their way to their seats in advance of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Winnebago Industries in Forest City in mid-June.

Our staff is out covering the visit of Vice President Mike Pence in North Iowa. You can follow their tweets here, or keep checking back -- we'll add photos, video and other information to this story as it develops.

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12:50 p.m. - Forest City Mayor Barney Ruiter weighs in on Vice President Pence's visit.

12:25 p.m. - Employees at Winnebago are making their way to their very carefully placed chairs ahead of Pence's remarks, set for 2 p.m.

12:05 p.m. -- Protesters are beginning to gather in Forest City.

11:55 a.m. -- It's lunch at Sally's on Clark Street for the governor and the vice president. The place rates four stars on eight reviews, according to Yelp. If you haven't been, the pie's pretty good, but bring cash. They don't take checks or credit card. Hope someone told the VP.

11:31 a.m. -- A phalanx of black SUVs have descended on Clark Street in Forest City, presumably Vice President Pence on his way to lunch with Gov. Reynolds.

VP Mike Pence and Gov. Kim Reynolds

"Welcome back!," Gov. Kim Reynolds said to Vice President Mike Pence as he hit the tarmac in Mason City.

11:25 a.m. - Vice President Pence has arrived (at 10:49 a.m.), waving to the folks at the airport from Air Force Two. He was greeted by Gov. Kim Reynolds, First Gentleman Kevin Reynolds and State Sen. Randy Feenstra.

"Welcome back," Gov. Reynolds shouted to Pence at the bottom of the stairs from Air Force Two, according to pool reporter Gordon Lubold of The Wall Street Journal.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Kim Reynolds has arrived at the Mason City Airport.

10:25 a.m. - No local Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mason City Airport, says Globe Gazette reporter Gunnar Davis. The local Facebook page, Mason City For Justice, has a post organizing protesters for the VP's visit to Winnebago Industries in Forest City this afternoon.

9:45 a.m. - 15 or so Trump supporters are gathered at the Mason City Airport to welcome Vice President Mike Pence, due to arrive around 10:50 a.m.

“I think they’re totally wrong. They’re being led by people that are not patriotic. They don’t care about the country, all they care about is looting. It doesn’t have anything to do with George Floyd’s death. It’s atrocious. It’s abhorrent. They’re thugs,” said Nancy Rockman, a member of the Cerro Gordo County GOP, of protesters.

Young Trump supporter

Alexis, 11, of Mason City, came out with her dad in support of Mike Pence ahead of his arrival in Mason City. She's also twice delivered the Pledge of Allegiance ahead at the start of the Iowa House session.

Nancy Paine

Nancy Paine came out to the Mason City Airport ahead of Pence's arrival in support the Trump administration.  


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