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As Line 3 construction rolls on, river crossings draw pipeline resisters


Shanai Matteson, an artist and community organizer who grew up in Palisade, stands at the site where the Line 3 oil pipeline will cross underneath the Mississippi River. Matteson moved back to the area about a year ago and is staying at the welcome center. She recently rode her bike along the entire Line 3 pipeline route from Superior, Wis., to the North Dakota border, stopping at nearly all of the water crossing locations. Kirsti Marohn | MPR News

Thick, leafy ferns skirt the edge of the Mississippi River in a rural area in Aitkin County. The river's waters reflect the tree-lined banks as it winds through oxbow bends.

At a clearing, posted signs warn against trespassing, and the sound of heavy equipment drifts across the river. It's at this site where the Enbridge Energy company plans to bore underneath the Mississippi to install its new Line 3 oil pipeline.

Shanai Matteson, an artist and community organizer, finds herself coming to this place, along a narrow path through a dense forest of maple and birch, often.


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