AUDIO: Commissioner Olson comments on Tuesday’s meeting

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners had a lively meeting Tuesday, which included a presentation from an organization known as “Respect Minnesota.”

The work session agenda item was a pledge, with many other cities, counties, unions, industries, and Enbridge signing on.

During the meeting, Chair of the Board Commissioner Reed Olson said he wished the representative wasn’t there, sparking some social media backlash.

Olson, in a later interview, said he did so because he felt the “Respect Minnesota” was a well-done public relations campaign, not a grassroots organization, and that the board has traditionally veered away from any discussions on Line 3.

Listen to the full interview with Commissioner Olson here:

View the Beltrami County Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting here. The “Respect Minnesota” discussion took place between the 20- and 37-minute marks.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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