CANNON FALLS, Minn. (WCCO) — The town of Cannon Falls is getting ready for a Presidential Visit from Barack Obama.

The small town of about 4,000 people is just south of the Twin Cities. The President will be there on Monday to host a town hall style meeting about the economy and jobs.

WCCO-TV had a crew in the town on Friday, and people there are excited about the buzz it’s creating.

Obama will host the event at Hannah’s Bend Park, normally a disc golf course. And it’s not the first time the people of Cannon Falls will have hosted a U.S. president.

Economics are on the mind of 13-year-old Cole Zimmerman as he and his buddy sold sweet corn for a few extra bucks on Friday. That’s a good thing, because when President Obama comes to Zimmerman’s hometown on Monday, he will be all about economics.

“I think it’s actually pretty cool because I’ve actually kind of wanted to meet him,” Zimmerman said. “He seems kind of like a cool guy.”

That pretty much sums up the feeling around Cannon Falls. Being a Republican or Democrat doesn’t matter right now, it’s been about 80 years since the town has experienced something like this.

“There hasn’t been a president around here since President (Calvin) Coolidge was here back in, I don’t know, 1928 or something,” said Darlene Kalow with the Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls.

Calvin Coolidge, the 3oth president of the United States, was there eight decades ago.

“I think it’s really neat. Why Cannon Falls I don’t know, but it’s kind of cool to have Cannon Falls put on the map,” said Amy Cassidy of Cannon Falls.

Rumor has it, a couple of Obama’s people were looking for a town to stop in during his economic bus tour that will take him through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. They stopped there for lunch, and on Wednesday the city got a call from the White House.

“This is real exciting. For a sitting president to come to a town of 4,200 people is really exciting,” said Cannon Falls Mayor Robby Robinson.

People interested in attending the meeting must have a ticket, which you can get by showing up to Cannon Falls City Hall at 1 p.m. Sunday. There will be a limited number of free tickets that will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Comments (26)
  1. Dave says:

    I hear they’re sprucing up the municipal sewage plant for his visit.

    1. insignificant says:

      perhaps chest wader sales in cannon falls may help someones’ economy,eh?

      1. Michele Bachmann Caught Using Taxpayer Money For Rallies says:

        Michele Bachmann Caught Using Taxpayer Money For Rallies

        1. O'Reilly warns Bachmann about economic disaster. says:

          O’Reilly Warns Rep. Michele Bachmann On Debt Fight: ‘You Are The Renegade Here’ – 07/12/11

    2. Municipal Dunk Tank says:

      Are they doing an apple dunking tank for the President? Sounds like a great tradition for Obama to start! The fund raiser could help balance the budget.

      He could ask for $1 million per dunk! We would only need 6 million dunks at $1 million each to cover the money he borrowed and wasted during his presidency alone! At a million bucks each, it would only take him 112 years without an breaks — just for the debt he incurred during his watch!

      1. buzzcut says:

        Sorry, no apple dunking tank in Cannon Falls. I’ll see at Eastside Park at 6 p.m. Monday for Bible study just off of Highway 19 just look for the guy with a guitar. Bible study will free your soul man.

      2. Barb Caddy says:

        Interesting focus, you should go back at least 8 years when we had a surplus but President Bush saw to it to put it in the tank and handed this administration more than a budget crisis.

        1. Phid says:

          How long will that blame game work? Every president takes on problems from his predecessor. Real leaders do well with what they are given; they don’t blame blame blame to excuse lack of performance.

          1. hard rains says:

            maybe they should

      3. Mr Independent says:

        Very iintesresting perspective, it seems like we jumping into the trigger pull and shooting the man up without understanding our political rethoric however we never do that when it is a white/republican president. We had 5 billion surplus when president Bush took over the office and he saw that as too much to tuggle with. President Obama was left with a mess in the oval office and he tried to fix it but republicans prettymuch made it looks like the president is spedning the cash and getting the country into a debt when in fact the republicans are the ones spedning it. Why is it that the wealthiest do not get taxed and we the poor do pay the nation’s debt? Food for thoughts since ya want to blame Obama, Barack Hussein

  2. Where is Mr. Obama's budget? says:

    Ask Mr. President the following:
    1. Where is his @#$@#$ Budget!
    2. What are his plans to save Social Security and Medicare. Raise taxes?
    3. Why does he think the stock market accelerated it’s fall by 200 points as he was speaking? Perhaps due to a lack of confidence in his Economic leadership?

    Can someone please ask him to kindly resign. We’d be better off with anyone else. Hillary? Please help!

    1. truth hurts says:

      You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

    2. No Guts says:

      No guts…get your a s s in Cannon Falls on Sunday and Monday.

  3. An American says:

    It will be set up with controlled questions ~ a pack of lies once again.

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      Controlled audience also…….. just part of the BO…..”Magical Mystery Tour”……
      No Plan, No Leadership, No facts, No Priority, No Vision for the country. Typical Democrat. BO should donate his $1 Billion in fundraisers to pay back the debt HE created in his first 90 days. Hey lefties… when is his next tee time?

      1. hard rains says:

        sounds like you are describing repubs

    2. No Guts says:

      An American is making excuses why he will not go to Cannon Falls. No guts, buddy, no guts.

  4. Phid says:

    “I think it’s actually pretty cool because I’ve actually kind of wanted to meet him,” Zimmerman said. “He seems kind of like a cool guy.”

    Yes, Obama does seem like “a cool guy”. People seem to think that, especially young folks. Heck, that seems to be why he was elected in the first place. The problem is that “cool guys” can’t necessarily lead a country, get an economy rolling, or know how to govern.

  5. Pete says:

    What a contrast, Cal Cool and Obama. One had biggest surplus and one has biggest debt.

  6. hard rains says:

    Yes, Obama had to pick up a tremendous weight left behind from the previous debacle

    1. Sinbad says:

      and made it worse. Higher debt, higher unemployment, higher gas prices, higher budget, more regulations, higher taxes, lower growth, lower rating, lower wages, etc. etc. etc. This is what you get when you get a anti business president in a capitaliistic economy.

  7. nobama says:

    Barry is nothing but a FRAUD and a FAILURE!!! Impeach this turd for crimes against the constitution and our country!!!

  8. Who Cares says:

    Just added Cannon Falls to the town I won’t move to

    1. truth hurts says:

      WHO Cares doesn’t like the GOP or white people as that’s what the city is…plus, low Hispanic population.

  9. JoyousMN says:

    God the vitriol here is just amazing.

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