Residents urged to check before digging

Published 3:03 am Thursday, May 16, 2013

Minnesota Energy Resources is reminding local residents to call the 8-1-1 Gopher State One Call hotline before they begin any project involving digging this summer. This includes homeowners doing things such as digging a garden.

The 8-1-1 Gopher State One Call is a coordinated, one call center that was established to keep everyone safe. Utility locate specialists will come to a home, locate and mark all underground utility services in the yard free of charge.

At least two working days are required for locates prior to beginning a digging project.

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Residents should call well in advance of a project start date to get locates done. Either dial 8-1-1 or submit a locate request through the email-a-locate system on line at Additional safety information is available on the Minnesota Energy Resources website