Protesters gather at Line 3 construction site in Aitkin County


January 12, 2021

Gio Cerise, left, of the White Earth Nation comforts Dawn Goodwin as they watch workers resume construction on the Line 3 pipeline in Aitkin County, Minn., on Saturday, Jan. 9. (Ben Hovland for MPR News)

PALISADE, Minn. - Opponents of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project gathered Saturday, Jan. 9, in northern Minnesota to protest its construction across northern Minnesota.

By mid-morning, a couple hundred people had gathered near Palisade in Aitkin County, where the controversial pipeline Enbridge Energy is building is expected to cross under the Mississippi River.

Opponents of the project, who call themselves water protectors, carried signs and walked down a county road. Some Native women danced in jingle dresses, a healing tradition.


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