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Fond du Lac leaders call for outside protester respect following suspicious device incident

CARLTON CO., MN-- The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has issued a statement following Friday's suspicious device incident.

"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," said the FDL Reservation Business Committee in a written statement Saturday.

"The Reservation Business Committee's decision was carefully considered and was made through the Band's sovereign authority. We insist that outside protesters respect that authority."

The event caused widespread panic and public safety concerns.

According to the Carlton County Sheriff, 40 residents that lived within a 1/2 mile of the potential threat were evacuated Friday.

"We will push for the maximum charging and penalties for everyone involved in these types of crimes," said Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake in a Saturday press release.

Photo via Carlton County Sheriff's office

On Saturday, the Carlton County Sheriff's office asked the public for assistance finding a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident.

The car is described as a 2013 Toyota Camry or Corolla that is either silver or light grey in color with Virginia state license plate UEU-9422.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was last seen on Ditchbank Rd, near a pipeline worksite around 12 P.M. on Friday, February 19th.

If you see the vehicle in your community, please call 911.

If you have additional information regarding the vehicle, you are encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tips may be submitted electronically at www.CrimeStoppers.org.

Natalie Grant

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