4 Line 3 protesters arrested for trespassing, public nuisance on Enbridge site north of Park Rapids
Four people were arrested Wednesday morning for trespassing on Enbridge property and protesting the Line 3 pipeline.
The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office said it received a trespassing complaint on the property off of 300th Street, about 15 miles north of Park Rapids, at 9:34 a.m. There, authorities found about 20 people inside a fenced in property site.
According to the sheriff’s office, some protesters appeared to be tampering with heavy equipment and many were holding anti-Line 3 flags and banners. Deputies gave them an order to vacate and all but two people left. The sheriff’s office said the remaining two people chained themselves to a piece of heavy equipment and refused to leave.
They were freed from the equipment by law enforcement and then arrested for trespassing and obstructing the legal process. The sheriff’s office identified them as 24-year old Mira Grinsfelder, of Minneapolis, and 20-year old Elizabeth Foy, of St Paul.
The others who left the property then moved to the middle of a roadway where they continued to protest. The sheriff’s office again notified them that they’d have to move because blocking a public roadway is illegal but the group remained.
Officers then took two people into custody and the rest of the group quickly left. The two arrested were identified as 27-year old Shawn Etsitty, of Mentmore, N.M. and 24-year old Andrew Miles, of Minneapolis.