Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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LEONARD, Minn. —Four activists accused of tampering with Enbridge-owned pipeline facility near Leonard in northwest Minnesota will be allowed to argue at trial that they felt they had no choice but to commit the crime. Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined a request from the Clearwater County Attorney's office to review an April ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that paved the way for the protesters to present a "necessity defense." A necessity defense is used to shield people who must break the law in order to prevent greater harm.
RED LAKE, Minn.—The Red Lake Tribal Council voted Tuesday, March 13, to remove Enbridge-owned oil pipelines from its land. The unanimous vote came two months after the council agreed to rescind a resolution accepting a land swap agreement with the Canadian energy company. That Jan. 9 vote paved the way for Tuesday's action, according to Red Lake Representative Robert Smith.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Conflicting priorities clashed during two meetings Tuesday, Oct. 17, to gather public input for Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. More than 400 people attended as community members testified in front of administrative law judge Ann O'Reilly, who will compile the comments and make a recommendation to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the project moving forward.
ST. PAUL—The former Bemidji Middle School assistant principal accused of having sexual conversations with—and who received sexual photos of—children may have as many as 50 victims, according to federal court documents.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Two people are at large and four are in custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff near Cass Lake. According a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received a call at 3:40 a.m. March 16 from a “distraught” woman reporting she needed help. Sheriff Phil Hodapp said that while it was initially believed the woman had been held in a house at gunpoint, no one had actually been held captive.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Despite community searches and investigations by law enforcement, a 13-year-old International Falls boy remained missing as of Monday evening. Gary Tilander was last seen at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 600 block of Mississippi Avenue in Bemidji. Tilander's cousin, Brittany Reuter, said he was staying at a foster home through Evergreen Youth and Family Services. Evergreen's youth crisis shelter is in the area. "He walked out at 8:30 in the morning," Reuter said. "Since then we haven't seen him, heard from him, nothing."
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Police are investigating after shots were fired at the front door and windows of the Enbridge's Bemidji office sometime prior to employees arriving Wednesday, Feb. 22. According to a news release from Enbridge's communications supervisor Shannon Gustafson, Enbridge employees arrived at the office on Wednesday morning and discovered the shots. No one was injured and police are investigating the incident as a drive-by shooting, Gustafson said.