Protester convicted on misdemeanors after jury trial

One pipeline protester was convicted of unlawful assembly and obstructing a public right of way after a jury trial earlier this week.

According to a release from the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office,  25-year-old Brock Hefel of Iowa was tried Aug. 3. and 4 and was found guilty on both misdemeanor offenses relating to his opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in June.

Sentencing will be at a later date.

Hefel was also arrested last week after climbing into a 1,500-foot pipe segment and locking down with another protester in a sleeping dragon device.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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