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Wadena deputies arrest 4 pipeline demonstrators

Four individuals were locked through each track of the heavy equipment. A specialized cut team was dispatched to the scene to remove the individuals. They were removed from the equipment about 5 hours after the initial 911 call..

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NIMROD — Four people who live out of state were arrested Monday, May 24, following a report of demonstrators on the Line 3 pipeline right of way in section 6 of Huntersville Township, north of Nimrod and east of Menahga.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 12:33 p.m., where the reporting party stated there were 30 individuals demonstrating and some of them were climbing on equipment located at the work site.

Law enforcement arrived on scene and the demonstrators were near the equipment. It was soon learned an equipment operator was trapped in the equipment by the demonstrators, according to a news release.

Deputies went to the equipment and safely moved the employee from the equipment and escorted him back through the demonstrators. It was then learned four individuals secured themselves to the equipment using immobilization devices, the sheriff’s office reported.

Dispersal orders were given to the group of demonstrators trespassing on pipeline property.

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Most left the area but the four individuals remained secured to the equipment. The individuals were locked through each track of the heavy equipment. A specialized cut team was dispatched to the scene to remove the individuals. The four individuals were removed by 5:37 p.m. from the equipment. One needed to be cut and the remaining three freed themselves. All four were offered medical treatment, but they all denied the request. Deputies observed no visible injuries in the removal process.

The four people — a 29-year-old Texas man, a 25-year-old Texas man, a 25-year-old New Orleans man and a 22-year-old New York woman — are in the Wadena County Jail awaiting possible charges of trespassing and obstructing the legal process to be reviewed by the Wadena County Attorney’s Office.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Hubbard and Beltrami County sheriff’s offices, North Memorial Health Ambulance and Tri-County Ambulance.

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