Board of Directors 

Next GSOC Board Meeting, Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, 9:00 AM.
**This will be a video conference meeting**

If you would like to be invited to this meeting, please contact Barb Cederberg GSOC COO at 651-681-7303 or at Barbara.cederberg@gopherstateonecall.org.


Gopher State One Call is recruiting for Board membership and/or user's group participation. In particular, GSOC seeks subject matter expertise from Greater Minnesota investor owned utilities, municipal water and sewer systems, the agricultural industry particularly expertise concerning drain tiles and excavations, the pipeline industry and other industry sectors not currently represented on GSOC’s Board. View the Call for Applications providing more detail below. Thank you for your interest in serving the underground safety stakeholders in Minnesota.

Gopher State One Call is a non-member Minnesota nonprofit corporation with oversight provided by its Board of Directors, consisting of Directors from a wide spectrum of damage prevention industry stakeholders. For further information, history and background, see the Board Election Policy.


  • Mar. 3, 2021 - Minutes
  • Feb. 3, 2021 - Minutes
  • Jan. 13, 2021 - APPROVED
  • Nov. 18, 2020 - Minutes
  • Nov. 12, 2020 - APPROVED

Highlights: March 3, 2021

  • Summary Minutes: Upon motion made and duly seconded, the Board elected the following to serve on the Board for 2021: Chris Fry, Tom Hoffman, Dave hunstad, Phil Lesnar, Dan Munthe, Jason Ponciano, Sam Richert, Mark Sellin, Jim Smith, Ray Starr, Joe Thill, Ben Wallace, Patrick Warden, Ward Westphal

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Highlights: Feb. 3, 2021

  • Summary Minutes: A discussion then took place regarding Board composition, committees and officers. Upon motion made and duly seconded, the following officers were elected for 2021: Dave Hunstad – Chair, Keith Novy – Vice Chair, Tom Hoffman – Treasurer, Ward Westphal – Secretary.

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Highlights: January 13, 2021

  • Chair’s Report: Dave Hunstad welcomed everyone. He reminded the Board that the next meeting would be a governance only closed session to be held on February 3 at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom videoconference.
  • Legislative Report: Dean Parker gave a brief legislative report summarizing legislative activity of the previous session.
  • Chief Operations Officer Report: Barb Cederberg gave a brief summary of the 2020 excavation season. There were over 941,000 tickets, a new GSOC record. This was an approximately 10.9% increase.
  • MnOPS Update: Jon Wolfgram advised the Board that the last 216D meeting held during the 4th quarter yielded no proposed statutory changes at this time but discussions will continue. 3 meetings are anticipated in order to discuss Minnesota statutes 216D during 2021.
  • OCC Report: Kimberly Boyd advised the Board that the work from home model remains successful. Approximately 46 CSRs continue to work from home with 6 in the office.
  • PR/Awareness Report: Olivia Philips advised the Board that OCC’s creative unit has assisted in developing videos for the damage prevention meetings this spring.

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Highlights: November 18, 2020

  • Approval of Financial Projection, Change in Investment Policy and Reserves: Kevin Moore and Tom Hoffman then reviewed the remainder of the financial projection with the Board. After discussion, upon separate motions, duly made and seconded, the Board approved the 2021 Financial Projection, the Change in Investment Policy and restriction of certain reserves for unique initiatives for outreach for public awareness and communication, for advancing industry technology and for building refurbishment.

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Highlights: November 12, 2020

  • Chair’s Report: Dave Hunstad welcomed the Board and guests. He observed that the Board would probably continue to meet virtually for a while despite the hope a vaccine will be approved soon.
  • Legislative Report: Dean Parker provided a brief legislative report. Currently, it does not appear that there will be changes in the leadership of the committees that oversee changes to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216D.
  • MnOPS Update: Jon Wolfgram indicated that MnOPS continues to perform inspections despite the pandemic. Three vacancies now exist due to retirements. MnOPS is looking for one new inspector and will create two damage prevention positions for investigations and inspections.
  • OCC Report: Kimberly Boyd advised the Board that the work from home model continues to be successful with a slight increase in the number of people working at the notification center. This year, the notification center is keeping seasonal staff longer and adding some additional staff.
  • PR/Awareness Report: Olivia Jensen Phillips reviewed the awareness activities for 2020 with the Board. Overall, the engagement with Star Tribune Companies for online awareness messaging has been viewed as being very successful.

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