Eleven arrested for trespassing at Bemidji Enbridge office

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Eleven protesters were arrested Friday after locking themselves to a fence at the Industrial Park.

Bemidji Police Officers that responded around 7 that morning reportedly asked them to leave the property voluntarily, before eleven were placed under arrest and removed from the locking devices.

In a release from the “water protectors,” 11 locked themselves to one another in front of the Bemidji Enbridge office to protest the company “bulldozing through Minnesota wetlands, watersheds and Anishinaabe treaty territory as lawsuits led by three Ojibwe tribes opposed to Line 3 remain pending.”

The Court of Appeals heard arguments a few weeks ago on whether or not Enbridge demonstrated a need for the pipeline and its oil product.

The eleven were arrested for trespassing on private property and obstructing the legal process, all misdemeanors.

The Bemidji Police Department was assisted by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance Service, Minnesota State Patrol and the Beltrami County Jail.

Work on the 330-mile pipeline through northern Minnesota is on a planned pause until early June.

Once completed, which is expected later this year, the line will transport an average 760,000 barrels of crude oil per day.


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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