Eight arrested after Line 3 protests Saturday

Featured photo: Line 3 protest near Hill City. Photo credit to Heidi Nielson-Meade.

Eight were arrested after several hours of protesting the Line 3 pipeline Saturday near Hill City.

According to a release from the Northern Lights Task Force, over 150 arrived in two buses and personal vehicles to oppose the installation of the pipeline on the Great River Road in Aitkin County.

“They were met by Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department staff who took the time to explain to them the areas clearly marked as the 1st Amendment rights area,” said the release.

“This is a large area where people can exercise their 1stAmendment rights while remaining safe from traffic and machinery.”

After blocking both the Great River Road then moving to Highway 169, ultimately seven protesters were booked in jail on the gross misdemeanor charge of trespassing on critical infrastructure, and one was cited and released for failing to leave an unlawful assembly.

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