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Looking Back on the 2022 811 5K Run/Walk

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The 2022 811 5K Run/Walk turned what could’ve been a typical Saturday morning into an exciting event focused on spreading the word about safe digging. Gopher State One Call (GSOC) along with a variety of utility-focused sponsors, including CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy, brought the event to life on August 13, 2022 at Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis. This year, the 811 5K attracted around 100 participants — aged 10 to 70+ years old — from across the Twin Cities and the surrounding suburbs.

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Meet Tickets: Working Better Together

“On my tombstone, it will say, ‘someone needs to write this down.’”
—AJ Clark
Manager of Locate Solutions
Badger Infrastructure Solutions

In his 16 years in the industry, AJ Clark has seen it all—from working on excavation projects, to locating for utilities, to his current responsibility for managing locate solutions across the United States for Badger Infrastructure Solutions. In an industry where mistakes can cost millions, he knows what it takes to get excavators and facility owners on the same page.

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Summer News, Tips & Reminders

Please take a moment to review the following GSOC reminders, suggestions and tips to help you process tickets more efficiently. We look forward to your feedback and continued support!


Online Dashboard of GSOC Ticketing Statistics

GSOC announces the availability of online dashboards for detailed ticketing statistics. Ticketing data can be searched by date, ticket type(s) and counties.

You can view the dashboard here.

GSOC welcomes any feedback and suggestions — please send your input to barbara.cederberg@gopherstateonecall.org


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2022 811 5K Run/Walk

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Join us for a safety day @ Bde Maka Ska on 8/13/22 at 8:11A.M. 

The 811 5K run/walk is a public awareness event that hopes to spread the word about safe digging and damage prevention awareness. A free kids run is scheduled after the race. Participants can also enjoy snacks, water, a variety of safety-themed games and kids medals. All net proceeds are donated to the Twin Cities Firefighters Operation Warm, a non-profit organization that provides new, warm winter coats for Minnesota children in need.

The 811 run is sponsored by Gopher State One Call (GSOC), Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy (CNP)

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Learn From the Unexpected with Eric Kolcinski of Centerpoint Energy

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The damage prevention industry isn’t always predictable, but Gopher State One Call believes that we can all learn from those unexpected moments and be safer for it.

That’s why we’ve introduced our Learn from the Unexpected series. These videos—featuring Minnesota damage prevention professionals just like you—will allow community members to share their stories so that we can all work smarter and safer, and help the industry grow.

Head to the Learn from the Unexpected website to check out our second video, featuring Eric Kolcinski, a damage prevention coordinator for CenterPoint Energy. In it, Eric explains how excavators can avoid the unexpected by being prepared in case of a buried utility damage.

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