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Man arrested in connection with pipe bombs discovered in northwest Minn.

Eric James Reinbold

OKLEE, Minn.—A 41-year-old Minnesota man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection to a cache of pipe bombs found on a rural property in northwest Minnesota last weekend.

Officers with the Red Lake and Pennington County sheriff's offices and the regional drug task force arrested Eric James Reinbold at his residence north of Oklee, and he was taken to the Pennington County jail, according to a news release from Red Lake County.

He faces charges of felony possession of explosives and violation of a probation agreement, the statement from the Sheriff's Office said.

That office confirmed that the arrest was connected to a stockpile of homemade explosives discovered by a landowner Sunday. A sheriff's deputy "found several pipe bombs, in a container, hidden in a rubble pile on the complainant's property," according to a news release Tuesday.

The bombs were described as pipe devices packed with explosive material that would detonate under pressure. Red Lake County Sheriff Mitch Bernstein said the devices were made from commonly available material.

Reinbold was involved in an armed standoff in June 2015 with multiple law agencies at his home after reportedly ramming a pickup into a car occupied by his wife and children. During that incident, officers set up a perimeter around his home after Reinbold hid in some nearby woods and refused to come out without a weapon. He turned himself in days later after authorities issued a warrant for him.

He pleaded guilty in 2016 to second-degree assault and endangerment of a child by firearm access. He received a stay of adjudication for the assault charge and was sentenced to five years of probation, according to court documents.

The Friday news release from Red Lake County did not say what connected Reinbold to the pipe bomb investigation. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance Monday.

The explosives discovery is still under investigation, according to the Red Lake County Sheriff.

Christopher Bjorke

Christopher Bjorke is the content editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald have included covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry. 

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