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BAGLEY, Minn. — A judge Tuesday, Oct. 9, dismissed the case against three environmental activists who were charged with damaging a northern Minnesota pipeline in 2016. The defendants, who have referred to themselves as "valve turners," shut off the valves of two Enbridge Energy Co. pipelines near Leonard in Clearwater County in October 2016 as a way to protest the oil industry's contribution to climate change. The action was part of a coordinated effort across several states.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Police Department has identified the man who died Sunday at BSU as 19-year-old Isaac Jon Morris of Cokato, a small town about 50 miles west of Minneapolis. According to a statement released Tuesday by the police department, Morris died after falling from the seventh floor of BSU’s Tamarack Hall, which is 12 floors high. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said Morris subsequently died from “significant internal head trauma.” Police have ruled the fall as an accident.
TENSTRIKE, Minn. — A local hunter got a glimpse of something he didn't necessarily expect wandering through his corner of the woods when he went out to hunt earlier this year. Scott Anderson was in his deer stand in the Tenstrike area the Sunday of rifle opener, Nov. 5, when a pack of 11 wolves came wandering in front of him. Although he'd heard wolves howling in the area throughout the years hunting at the location, he'd never actually seen any.