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Bemidji police investigating shooting at Enbridge building, no one hurt

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 super...

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Two windows are covered up Friday morning, Feb. 23, at the Enbridge building in Bemidji. Police are investigating after shots were fired at the front door and windows of the building. Maggi Stivers / Forum News Service
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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Police here are investigating after shots were fired at the front door and windows of Enbridge’s Bemidji office.

According to a news release from Enbridge’s communications supervisor Shannon Gustafson, Enbridge employees arrived at the building in Bemidji’s industrial park on Wednesday morning, Feb. 22, and discovered the shots.

No one was injured and police are investigating the incident as a drive-by shooting, Gustafson said.

“This incident was reckless and extremely dangerous,” Gustafson said in the release. “This criminal activity puts people at risk. Enbridge takes this activity very seriously and fully supports the prosecution of all of those involved.”

As of Thursday morning, the Enbridge office’s front windows were covered with black plastic and damage from a shotgun blast was visible.

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Enbridge, a Canadian energy company, has been involved in a number of high-profile oil pipeline projects both locally and out of state. Enbridge is currently working to replace Line 3, a pipeline that runs from Alberta, Canada, through northern Minnesota to Superior, Wis. The company’s efforts have been met with opposition by local activists including Honor the Earth, a Native-led environmentalist group.

In August, Enbridge also announced an agreement to acquire an equity interest in the Bakken Pipeline System that includes two projects, one of which is the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Honor the Earth founder Winona LaDuke said Thursday the group didn’t know who is responsible for firing the shots.

Bemidji police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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