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Madison alder arrested during Dakota Access pipeline protest

Mandan, N. D. - The Morton County Sheriff's Department said Madison Alder Rebecca Kemble was among 27 people arrested Oct. 10 during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Kemble, who represents District 18, was arrested for four misdemeanors, including criminal trespass, engaging in riot, resisting arrest and destruction of evidence, according to sheriff's department spokesman Rob Keller.

The alder was released on a $1,500 bond, and a Morton County court date for Kemble is scheduled for Jan. 12.

On Monday, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said they received calls that two protesters locked themselves to DAPL equipment near St. Anthony, North Dakota. The two persons were arrested and face felony charges of reckless endangerment and misdemeanor charges including disorderly conduct.

Approximately two hours later, police said they were notified of a large convoy of around 100 vehicles that were assembling near St. Anthony. The department said they arrested 24 people after they did not follow orders to leave. Those arrested face a variety of charges including engaging in riot and criminal trespass.

Monday's arrest brings the to-date total to 123 since August. Protesters have been gathering in North Dakota against the pipeline project, which many said passes over sacred grounds and is a threat to the environment.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office recently announced that its sending 10 deputies to help law enforcement in North Dakota manage the crowds.

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