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In Clearwater County, sheriff aims to keep peace amid Line 3 resistance


Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson confers with Dawn Goodwin and other leaders of a Line 3 resistance camp along the Mississippi River near Shevlin, Minn., on June 14. Halverson visited the camp several times and gave pipeline opponents time to pack and leave peacefully before issuing a handful of citations for trespassing. Kirsti Marohn | MPR News

On a sweltering day in mid-June, Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson arrived at the spot where Enbridges's Line 3 oil pipeline is expected to cross underneath the Mississippi River, not far from its headwaters.

About a hundred opponents of Line 3 - who call themselves water protectors - had been camped along the pipeline's path for a week, holding prayer ceremonies by the river.

Halverson told the water protectors that they needed to leave that day. Enbridge had given notice that the campers were trespassing, and asked the sheriff to evict them. But he gave them the day to pack up, and shook hands with tribal leaders.


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