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Pipeline protest to stop in Pine River, Backus

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A traveling protest against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline that would cross northern Minnesota will stop in Baxter, Pine River and Backus.


The Honor the Earth protest is part of a series of events running through Aug. 25 that will include a horse ride, music performances, potluck picnics and information sessions.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the event will start with a Love Water Not Oil Horse Ride for Mother Earth from East Lake to Baxter's Northland Arboretum. At about 3 p.m., there will be a media event where riders will be available to discuss their ride. Organizers said the timing of the media event will be flexible to accommodate the needs of the horses.

A community potluck (contributed potluck items are appreciated) is scheduled for 5 p.m. Honor the Earth executive director Winona LaDuke will speak at a Sandpiper information session at 6 p.m. Live music is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the arboretum featuring Frank Waln, Pura Fe and Sonny Johnson.

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the horse ride will travel from Gull Lake to Pine River. A media event with riders is set for about 1 p.m. at a location that is to be determined. The timing of the media event will be flexible to accommodate the needs of the horses.

At 6 p.m., LaDuke will speak at an information session at Pine River-Backus High School. Live music featuring Waln and Johnson is set for 7 p.m. at the high school.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the horse riders will travel from Pine River to Hackensack. Media availability (depending on the horses' needs) is scheduled for about 1 p.m. at the Corner Store in Backus. Live music is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, featuring Johnson and Annie Humphrey and special guests.

After a break for a few days, the campaign will continue with a ride from Walker to Park Rapids on Aug. 25.