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Minnesotans Prepare To Be a Part of History During Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2017 05:05 AM

People from across Minnesota are busy planning their travel to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump Friday. 

Rebecca Brannon of Eden Prairie worked on the President-Elect's campaign for Minnesota. She's glad she'll be able to see all that hard work pay off. Now she's busy packing. 

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"It's been a roller coaster of a ride for the last year being involved in the campaign and the rallies. The energy. So reality is setting in. It's almost surreal. You think back to a year ago, no one thought he would be president. I, on the other hand, believed it would happen," Rebecca Bannon, of Eden Prairie, said. 

Former State Senate Majority leader Amy Koch will also be in the crowd on Inauguration Day.  For Koch this is something she's wanted to be a part of for years. 

"It's just always been something that's on my bucket list and the opportunity happened to arise and this is going to be quite an inauguration," Koch said. 

There will be a big Minnesota presence in D.C. Friday.  

Minneapolis ranks fourth in flights heading to DC, according to travel website Orbitz.com.

Those attending Friday are paying a high price for accommodations.

Travel website Trivago says the average hotel room price per night for the inauguration is just over $2,000, which is a 927 percent increase from a usual night.

On top of hotels, Airbnb is seeing ten times the demand for rooms as it did in 2013.

Plus, forget a one night stay, many hotels and Airbnb rentals require multi-night stays to book. 

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Lindsey Brown & Brett Hoffland

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