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Enbridge project could affect Minnesota deer hunting access

Hunters can expect roadway changes and construction crews and equipment along a pipeline project in northern Minnesota this firearms deer season.

The Enbridge Energy project stretches from the North Dakota border through Thief River Falls, Clearbrook, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids, Minn., to Superior, Wis., including the Chippewa National Forest.

Jeff Wiklund, senior compliance specialist for Enbridge Energy, said hunters may encounter right-of-ways that have changed or closed because of the project.

"We are also asking hunters to be careful and cautious around our employees, construction traffic and periodic congestion on roadways," Wiklund said.

Maps of the construction area are available at many sports and retail outlets frequented by hunters. Enbridge also will be informing landowners along the pipeline corridor that work will continue during the deer season.

Minnesota's firearms deer season opens Saturday.