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Update: A memorial event for George Floyd held in St. Cloud

People gathered Friday in St. Cloud to remember George Floyd and call for change in the state.

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People leave flowers at the Memorial for George Floyd on Friday at the Lake George Pavilion in St. Cloud. Some retail stores closed at 5 p.m. Friday ahead of the Memorial for George Floyd organized by UniteCloud at 5 p.m. Friday. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

ST. CLOUD — People started to drop off flowers at the Lake George Pavilion here Friday in remembrance of George Floyd, who lost his life Monday while being arrested by a Minneapolis police officer.

A smattering of people began hanging around the pavilion about 5 p.m., most sticking to the six-foot distancing with masks requirement requested by the event organizers with UniteCloud.

The Memorial for George Floyd was scheduled here from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

No speeches are planned due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the flower memorials will be brought to the Minneapolis memorial location of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, according to event organizers.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis had advised UniteCloud organizers not hold the memorial event due to concerns related to protests and violence that have been happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Some retail St. Cloud stores closed at 5 p.m. or earlier Friday due to precautions concerning possible protests. Here is a partial list of businesses that closed early Friday before the memorial event:

  • Aldi grocery store in Waite Park, closed early, boarded up its doors and windows.

  • Cashwise grocery stores in St. Cloud and Waite Park, closed early.

  • Coborn’s grocery store on Cooper Avenue, closed early.

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, closed at 3 p.m.

  • Holiday Convenience Store on Highway 10 and in Waite Park, closed at 5 p.m.

  • Lunds & Byerlys grocery store, closed at 5 p.m.

  • Olde Brick House restaurant and bar, closed, doors and windows boarded up.

  • Mr. Nice Guys smoke shop, closed early, doors and windows boarded up.

  • Nick’s Discount Liquor, closed early, doors and windows boarded up.

  • St. Cloud Walmart closed at 5 p.m.

  • Searles on Fifth restaurant and bar, closed.

  • Both Target Store locations closed at 5 p.m. The east-side location boarded up its entrance.

  • Walgreens drugstore on 25th and Division, closed

  • Wedding Day Jewelers, closed at 2 p.m.

Tom Elliott contributed to this story.

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People gather at the Memorial for George Floyd on Friday, May 29, at the Lake George Pavilion in St. Cloud. Some retail stores closed at 5 p.m. Friday ahead of the Memorial for George Floyd organized by UniteCloud. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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