President Barack Obama is visiting Minnesota to unveil a job initiative for veterans, and to attend fundraisers in Minneapolis. Obama arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International just before 11:00am Friday morning. The president was joined on Air Force One for the trip to Minnesota by First District Congressman Tim Walz.
Obama is scheduled to speak at noon Friday at Honeywell's International Campus in Golden Valley. He is expected to tout an initiative to help veterans more easily qualify for high-demand jobs in manufacturing and other fields such as logistics and information technology. Administration officials say many soldiers and sailors get on-the-job training that make academic or vocational degrees unnecessary.
Later, Obama is attending three fundraisers at the downtown Minneapolis restaurant owned by the sons of Gov. Mark Dayton. Luncheon tickets at The Bachelor Farmer cost $5,000, followed by two small roundtables with respective costs of $40,000 and $50,000 per person.
Proceeds go to Obama's campaign and other Democratic campaign efforts.