A lot has happened in the last year – especially when it comes to the Line 3 pipeline.

Less than 12 months ago, construction began on the project to replace the aging Line 3 pipeline system. This more-than-60-year-old pipeline was determined to be in great need of repair back in 2015, and after six years of efforts by Enbridge, the ball finally got rolling in December 2020.

It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, we were still months away from construction beginning, and today the project is complete. Enbridge recently announced that it completed the Line 3 pipeline project in less than a year.

Most Minnesotans have been hearing about Line 3 for years and years, but it’s more than just what we hear in the news. We’ve participated in some of the dozens of open forums and town halls. We’ve had friends or friends’ businesses get hired to work on the pipeline and serve as contractors on the project. We’ve made friends with the workers and see the local economic boost because of this project and the thousands of jobs it has provided.

While the majority of Minnesotans support the Line 3 pipeline project, those of us in northern Minnesota have lived and breathed this project and witnessed the benefits it has brought in such a short amount of time.

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And the benefits will only become more significant in the coming years.

This project being complete is an amazing accomplishment. The fact it was done in less than a year is absolutely astonishing.

Craig Larson

Lake George, Minnesota

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