The Carlton County Sheriff's Office is requesting information on the owner and occupants of a vehicle believed to be tied to a suspicious package report that prompted an evacuation of an area west of Cloquet on Friday.
According to a news release issued Saturday night, the car, which was last seen near Ditchbank Road near the Enbridge Line 3 worksite around noon Friday on the Fond du Lac Reservation, is a silver or light gray Toyota. The Camry or Corolla, believed to be a 2013 model, had a state of Virginia license plate number UEU9422.
Authorities determined no explosives were found Friday in a suspicious package thrown into the pipeline construction area, but Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said the investigation wasn't over, and that state statutes and federal regulations address the placement of replica devices used to cause fear or panic.
Anyone who sees the vehicle in their community is asked to call 911. Those with additional information regarding the vehicle are encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Friday's events prompted the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's Reservation Business Committee to issue a statement Saturday that said "the incident created widespread public safety concerns" and asked "outside protesters" to respect its sovereign authority.
"The Reservation Business Committee, as the governing body of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, recognizes that not everybody agrees with its decision to enter into a right-of-way agreement with Enbridge for 13.2 miles within the borders of Fond du Lac," the committee said. "The Reservation Business Committee’s decision was carefully considered and was made through the Band’s sovereign authority. We insist that outside protestors respect that authority.”
This story was updated at 5:05 p.m. Feb. 21 with quotes from the Fond du Lac Band. It was originally posted at 9:12 p.m. Feb. 20.