Charges announced in Backus pipe storage yard protest arrest

Protester who dangled from tripod before arrest identified

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A protester, identified in a news release as Emma Harrison, was taken into custody after suspending herself for several hours in a wooden tripod blocking access to a pipe storage yard near Backus. Travis Grimler / Forum News Service

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the protester who dangled from a wooden tripod for several hours before being taken down and arrested Monday, Dec. 28, outside of Backus at a pipe storage yard on County Road 113 in protest of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

Identified as Emma Harrison in a news release, Burch said Tuesday, Dec. 29, her full name is Emma Jean Bergman-Harrison, of St. Paul. She has been charged with obstructing the legal process and trespass.

The tripod was blocking an access to a pipe storage yard for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 project. Bergman-Harrison had tools designed to make it difficult to remove her from the tripod.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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