U-S Representative for Minnesota’s 4th District Betty McCollum will be watching today’s inauguration from her home in St. Paul…

“The National Guard was coming in, all the barriers were going in and I talked to Capitol police and I would’ve had to be presented with ID and everything every time I stepped out of my door literally, so I decided to come home and get some good work done.”

McCollum says her decision was not fear-based and she’s confident the inauguration will be “totally secure.”

In the wake of recent violence and divisiveness leading up to today, Congresswoman McCollum wants today’s inauguration to be a fresh start for the country…

“I hope that the Republicans and Democrats really take to heart a call to unity, we know that we have traditions in this country, we know that we have wounds to be healed.”

McCollum adds:

“The best way to heal a wound is to clean it out and realize that there’s been an injury.”

Republican Congressman Pete Stauber for Minnesota’s 8th District joined a minority of Republicans earlier this month to vote in favor of certifying the election. On this inauguration day and in the wake of the recent siege of the U-S Capitol, Stauber says elected officials should celebrate our commonalities, not our differences:

“And I think that that’s the way that we go about healing as a nation, every one of us takes responsibility for our actions and know that we are not Republicans, or Democrats or Independents or Libertarians, we are Americans first and foremost.”

Senator Tina Smith is attending today’s inauguration…

“I do feel safe being there, I think there will be significant security there and it will be a safe place to be.”

Smith is optimistic about the future, but preparing for the inauguration, she says…

“It’s incredible what it looks like around Washington, with fencing and barbed wire, and thousands of troops literally marching on the capitol grounds. it’s heartbreaking to see actually, to think that this has happened as a result of this domestic terrorism.”