Man in Ku Klux Klan costume walks into Wild Rice Bar

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HORACE, N.D. (Valley News Live) - 6:00pm update:

People are upset after a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan Halloween costume went into area bars over the weekend.

Ashley Goulet was at the Wild Rice Bar in Horace when the man walked in. "Very ignorant." She says it crossed the line and shouldn’t be tolerated, even on Halloween. "At all times it should be something that you should say no to."

Goulet snapped a picture and put it on Snapchat. "Pretty ashamed of him if he is a member of our community." She thinks the bar should have kicked him out. "It's not something to be proud of, no one is better than anyone else."

Wild Rice Bar owner, Bruce Schauer showed Valley News Live video surveillance of that night. The man in the KKK costume showed up in a party bus, and walked into the bar. Then video shows him taking pictures with others there drinking. He never tried to get a drink himself, but Schauer says they wouldn't have served him with the mask on. "Strict policy that they got a mask that covers their face they have to take it off to determine their age."

The man didn't get kicked out, he left on his own after about a half hour, never removing the mask or showing his face.
Schauer says he agrees with those who are upset about the costume. "Very bad taste, I mean we don't condone that. Number one, it was Halloween, not an excuse, but very bad taste to say the least."

We put the picture of the man in the KKK costume on our Facebook page. Multiple people tell us they spotted the man at other bars around the area that night as well.

Original Story:

Some people are upset about a Halloween costume that showed up at a local bar over the weekend.

A man dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan was seen at the Wild Rice Bar. “We were very disgusted,” says Ashley Goulet, who took the picture and put it on her Snapchat. “It’s just ignorant.”

“We were getting ready to leave and there were people taking pictures with this man fully dressed up in the Klansman uniform.” Goulet says the costume should not be tolerated. “It’s not something to be proud of, no one is better than anyone else.”

Goulet says the man was being served at the bar, and she believes he should have been kicked out. “I wouldn’t care to go back to that establishment again if that’s the kind of people that they are going to serve.”

The manager at the Wild Rice Bar says he believes the man in the costume came on a party bus full of people. He added that they do not condone the costume.