Local law enforcement agencies join Northern Lights Task Force

Local law enforcement agencies have been named to a task force around the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement.

According to a release, the Northern Lights Task Force began four years ago, with numerous law enforcement leaders discussing a joint public safety response, becoming concrete with mutual aid agreements and other plans.

Law enforcement from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Cass counties are reportedly part of this task force.

The mission statement for the task force is:

“To provide a safe environment that protects life, property and free speech through a respectful approach by well-trained, disciplined peace officers relating to the lawful activities conducted by those who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights in Minnesota.”

Protesters of the pipeline, the self-proclaimed water protectors, have held ceremony in the path of the multi-billion-dollar project that will cross numerous watersheds and wetlands in northern Minnesota.

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 family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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