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Enbridge says Line 3 work is complete; oil to begin moving through pipeline on Friday

Plus: U of M faculty want stronger COVID-19 protections on campus; Minnesota secretary of state says election officials face threats, vitriol; M Health Fairview mental health staff vote to unionize; and more.

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline materials to be buried near Park Rapids
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Enbridge Line 3 pipeline materials that have since been buried near Park Rapids.
No pipe dream. The AP reports (via KARE):Enbridge says the upgrade and expansion of its Line 3 pipeline across Minnesota is complete and will become operational on Friday. … The project was completed despite stiff opposition from local tribes, environmentalists and others, saying that the 337-mile pipeline violated treaty rights, would worsen climate change and would risk spills.”

Faculty health concerns at the U. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “At the University of Minnesota, hundreds of faculty and staff say the school system has not taken strong enough coronavirus precautions as the state sees a spike in cases linked to the delta variant. … The U of M is only allowing instructors who themselves are immunocompromised to teach online.

Election judge dread. In Axios Twin Cities, Torey Van Oot reports:Election officials across Minnesota are facing threats and vitriol from voters questioning the 2020 results, leading some local administrators to consider early retirement, … ‘There is real anxiety out there among people who run elections,’ Simon said. ‘And it’s deeply disturbing.’”

Landslide election. WCCO reports:Hundreds of mental health workers from M Health Fairview have overwhelmingly voted to unionize. … Of the workers who voted in the election, 98% voted yes to join the union. … According to SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, the main issues the health care workers cite is safety, wages and ‘having a voice since they are the most patient-facing staff in the mental and behavioral health field.’”

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