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Charges dropped in pipeline property dispute

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A northwestern Wisconsin man who was arrested for trespassing on his own property no longer faces charges.

During a pretrial hearing in Douglas County Monday, 27-year-old Jeremy Engelking learned prosecutors will not pursue a disorderly conduct charge against him. A trespassing charge was dropped earlier.

Engelking wound up in jail after confronting a work crew building a pipeline across his property last year. He told the workers they had no right to be on his property because he hadn’t been compensated by the pipeline builder, Enbridge Energy Partners, for an easement.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Engelking is considering a civil lawsuit now that the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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