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Opponents of Enbridge's Line 3 construction mount last stand at river's edge

While legal challenges continue, protesters aim to stand in the way


December 10, 2020

Star Tribune

Aitkin County Sheriff Dan Guida politely asked Joshua Roy and the other protestors to move over to the side for a few moments while the Line 3 workers flattened a chunk of land nearby.

PALISADE, MINN. – Drumming and singing rose from the snowy banks of the Mississippi River on Wednesday morning while heavy machinery beeped and revved in the distance. A dozen protesters prayed by the river as the state's largest construction project, the $2.6 billion Enbridge oil pipeline, continued its early stages in rural Aitkin County.

"I'll be a great-grandmother soon, so that is what I'm standing for - for those generations that are coming," said Tania Aubid, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a local resident who carried a bullhorn and chiding pipeline workers for being there.

Aubid's voice carried through the trees and under the power lines near where the pipeline - a replacement for Enbridge's aging and deteriorating Line 3 - is being constructed as workers carried on, their vests and equipment spread out and visible to the horizon west of the river.


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