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Line 3 protesters arrested, charged with trespassing in Carlton County

Protesters opposed to the construction of Enbridge Energy's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline were arrested and charged with trespassing in Carlton County Tuesday.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of protestors in Twin Lakes Township off County Road 61 at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning and found seven people refusing to leave private property, Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

In a separate new release, Honor the Earth, a Native American-led environmental group, said the property is used to store materials for Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline.

Early Tuesday morning the pipeline opponents, who call themselves “water protectors,” erected a 25-foot tall tipi with someone “locked” to the top of it. The group intended to block trucks carrying pipe into storage area, Honor the Earth said.

The Sheriff’s office said they arrested the “individuals who refused to voluntarily leave.”

Andrew Acque, 36, of Duluth and Malia Geewai Hulleman, 24, of Kaneohe, Hawaii were charged with trespassing while Margaret Christine Sager, 22, of Owatonna was charged with trespassing and obstructing the legal process, Lake said.

All three were released on bail pending future court appearances, Lake said.