The Second Season: Road Construction, Agricultural Excavation, and Backyard Projects

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The second season is here! Road construction, agricultural excavation and backyard projects are in full swing.  At Gopher State One Call (GSOC) we know that there is already a lot of excavation activity in Minnesota. GSOC took slightly over 90,000 tickets this April. This compares to just under 60,000 last April and over 100,000 last May. So, if you have seen road signs pop up like tulips or blossom like dandelions, you are enjoying spring in Minnesota. You may also be enjoying spring in Minnesota by starting the backyard project that you put off from last fall.  If you farm, you may be repairing drain tile.  All in all, spring in Minnesota is so brief but oh so busy.

With all the activities and projects that you have planned this spring, it is important to have safety as part of your plans.  Slowing down in road construction zones, driving defensively, looking out for motorcycles are just a few of the things you should plan to do while driving.  For your agricultural or back yard digging projects, clicking or calling GSOC before you dig should be a key step in your planning.


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We at GSOC are here to help you have safe projects; from road construction to planting the tree in your backyard. If landscaping is on the horizon and you hire a landscaper, be sure they click or call GSOC before digging. If you are a DIYer, be sure that you call GSOC but remember to call at least 48 hours prior to when you want to start the project, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This provides time for the underground facility operators to have their lines marked.  Also remember that if you own private facilities, such as gas or electric lines to a garage, pool, shop, or out building, you are responsible for locating these lines.  If you have hired a landscaper, they should ask you where your private lines are located. If you need help locating the private lines, a list of contract locators can be found on the GSOC website at These same requirements apply to the repair of drain tile or other agricultural excavation.

To help you, we at GSOC have a resource center.  They can help you with such things as website issues, E-Ticket submission issues, and ticket search issues.  The resource center is not able help you with individual ticket entry or updating tickets. You can reach the Resource Center at 651-681-7326 or via email at To submit or update a ticket on line go to or

Click or call before you dig.  Let us help you have a safe project.

Barbara M. Cederberg

Chief Operations Officer