Three protesters arrested in Wadena County

Three pipeline protesters were arrested Thursday in Wadena County for trespassing.

According to a release from the Northern Lights Task Force, law enforcement responded to a report of 30 people demonstrating with some climbing on equipment and pipes at an Enbridge work site.

Most of the demonstrators got off the equipment upon law enforcement arrival, but three remained inside the pipe, and stayed for about six hours.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Menahga Police Department, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-County Ambulance, who medically cleared the suspects before their transport to jail.

The Northern Lights Task Force is the mutual aid network across northern Minnesota law enforcement agencies formed to respond to potential protests along the Line 3 route.


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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