BRANDON TOWNSHIP — Katy Bodenmiller wasn’t planning on becoming an activist. She thinks of herself as simply “a freelance graphic designer who loves to garden.”

Nor did she pay a great deal of attention two years ago when an oil pipeline belonging to an Alberta-based company called Enbridge burst near Marshall and sent an estimated 843,444 gallons of thick, tar-sands crude into the Kalamazoo River.

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