2017 GSOC News

The 811 Run Returns to MN - July

Staking University at GSOC Recap - May 2017 - July

Why are there Flags and Paint in my Yard? - June

Radon - An Underground Danger - June

Spring and Summer Safety Tips - May

National Safe Digging Month Recap - May

Visit Staking University at GSOC - April

Spring Safe Digging Reminders - April

Celebrate National Safe Digging Month this April! - March

MS216D Stakeholder Review Meetings - March

2016 Annual Report

Celebrating 10 Years of 811 - February

Minnesota Damage Prevention Meetings - February

IMAP: An Online Database Management System - January

The 2017 Northern Midwest Users' Group Meeting - January


2016 GSOC News

Do You Know Your Ticket Type? - December

Visit GSOC at Northern Green! - December

Private Facilities - Are They On Your Property? - November

White Marking in the Winter - November

2016 Day of the Dozers Recap - October

October Fire Prevention Week - October

Fall Harvest - September

Fall Projects - September

Visit GSOC at the 2016 MN State Fair! - August

Happy 811 Day from GSOC! - August

Planning to Put Up a Sign? Contact GSOC! - July

Visit GSOC at the 2016 Minnesota Farmfest - July

Pipeline Markers - June

Staking University at GSOC - June

Are You Completing a Landscaping Project this Spring? - May

Homeowner Online Locate Request: Designed for Homeowners - May

The "Do's and Don'ts" of Hand Digging - April

GSOC Welcomes the 9th Anniversary of Safe Digging Month - April

April is Safe Digging Month - April 6

Governor's Proclamation for April Safe Digging Month - April 1

The 2016 Northern Green Expo - March

I’m a Minnesota Farmer: Do I Really Need to Contact Gopher State One Call Before I Dig? - March

Back to Basics: What you need to know about Gopher State One Call - February 29

GSOC 2016: What you need to know about the new operational changes - February 24

2015 GSOC News

Attention GSOC Excavators - Important Information Regarding GSOC’s Transition to the New System - Transition Details. Effective December 30th at 6:00 pm - December 16

Attention Facility Operators - Important Information Regarding GSOC’s Transition to the New System - Transition Details. Effective December 30th at 6:00 pm - December 16

What Farmers and Landowners Need to Know about Private Underground Facilities - September 2

Gopher State One Call Launches "GSOC 2016" Website - September 1

Gopher State One Call Inaugurates "GSOC 2016" Transition - August 18

Locator Safety Awareness Week July 27 - August 2, 2015 - July 23

Gopher State One Call Contracts with One Call Concepts for Minnesota One Call Excavation Notification Center Services - June 26

Boundary Survey - An Important Non-excavation Ticket - May 28

The Second Season: Road Construction, Agricultural Excavation, and Backyard Projects - May 7

April 2015 Marks the 8th National Safe Digging Month! - April 1

Minnesota Damage Prevention Meetings - March 6

Spring Starts February 25th at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show! - February 23

A Message From Barb Cederberg, COO - February 5

Appointment of Barbara M. Cederberg as Chief Operations Officer of Gopher State One Call - January 20

2014 GSOC News

Your Input is Key to Regional CGA Success - June 4

A New and Improved GSOC - June 2

Message From the President of GSOC - May 5

2013 GSOC News

MN Department of Public Safety Announces New Fire Marshal- December 4

New MNDOT Procedures - October 21

GSOC Yardsticks - An Annual Hit With MN Fair Goers - September 10

Ensure Your Safety After the Storm - July 2

The Minnesota 811 Run - Your Guaranteed Personal Best! - June 28

GSOC Yardsticks are Out of This World! - June 26

The Dangers of Working in the Summer Heat - June 21

Minnesota Utility Contractors Association’s 33rd Annual Jeff Hanson Memorial Golf Outing - June 19

Gopher State One Call Welcomes New Public Relations and Marketing Specialist! - May 23

Gopher State One Call's 2013 Safe Digging Reminders - May 6

Silent Auction and Benefit for Kevin Grutzmacher - April 26

Gopher State One Call Celebrates Sixth Annual National Safe Digging Month - April 3

Download the New GSOC App! - February 18

Gopher State One Call Releases New Damage Prevention Mobile App for Apple and Android Platforms - February 18

2012 GSOC News

Fax Submission Program Termination - December 7

Explosive Locate Requests - November 28

Sign-Post Ahead: A ‘Vote' for Excavation Safety - October 16

Gopher State One Call's Mobile Suite is Complete - July 24

Join Gopher State One Call at Farmfest - June 1

Locator Certification Class at GSOC - May 4

Gopher State One Call Celebrates Fifth Annual National Safe Digging Month - March 27

GSOC Expands Your Smartphone Options - March 2


MN 216D Review

DownloadMS216D Stakeholder Review Meeting Minutes Adobe Acrobat document [251.1 KB]

2016-2017 Minnesota Statute 216D Stakeholder Review

To All Minnesota Underground Facility Stakeholders,

Please join us for the next MS216D stakeholder review meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at Connexus Energy, 14601 Ramsey Blvd. NW, Ramsey, MN 55303. The meeting is scheduled for 10am – 3:30pm (noon break for lunch).

Click here for the meeting minutes from the October 7th meeting. Also available is the draft language developed from the 2013 MS216D stakeholder review meeting for your reference. The agenda topics will be provided in the near future prior to January 19th, 2017.
We encourage all stakeholders in the underground utility and excavation community to participate and offer their feedback so that we can thoroughly address any areas of improvement regarding Minnesota’s One Call law. If you are a member of or have a contact with the following groups, this is your opportunity to be heard!

  • Pipeline operators
  • Underground utility owners
  • Professional excavators (contractors)
  • Utility locators
  • One call center operations
  • Municipalities
  • Homeowners
  • Landscaping and nursery companies
  • Fencing companies
  • Professional union and organizations representatives (MUCA, LICA, Local 49’ers Union, MNAGC, MNLA, etc...)

Feel free to contact Jon Wolfgram or Mike Mendiola at the MN Office of Pipeline Safety if you have any questions. Also, please forward this information to those who wish to be included in the meeting.

For those who wish to attend remotely, please use the following information:

2016 MS216D Stakeholder Review
Thursday, January 19, 2017
10:00 am | Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00) | 5 hrs 30 mins

Meeting number: 746 226 014
Meeting password: OPS216D#
Follow this link to join the meeting.

Conference call-in information:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-742-5095 (US)
Conference Code: 822 697 9377




Click HERE to view the GSOC 2016 Website!



Boundary Survey - An Important Non-excavation Ticket


Click or call before you dig!      Know what's below!

www.gopherstateonecall.org    1-800-252-1166      651-454-0002    811


According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the construction industry added 6,600 jobs in the month of April. Over the last year, the construction trade has increased employment by 5%, the largest yearly increase of all the industry segments reported by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This increase in the number of construction workers is evident by the building projects and road construction most of us see every day.

            Did you know that for almost every commercial building site, multiple occupancy property and multi-family community that the architects, engineers and design professionals working on those projects require licensed land surveyors to have existing underground facilities shown in boundary and topographical surveys? This is according to Connie Villari, Licensed Surveyor in Minnesota and President of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. For example, as schools and businesses develop plans for additions, the location of underground facilities provides the opportunity to identify what adjustments to the plan may have to be made to minimize the expense and difficulty of relocating underground facilities.


Survey location


            Road construction also requires extensive preplanning.  Highway and round-about construction may require the relocation of underground facilities such as pipelines, gas lines, electrical lines and sewer lines.  The existing and proposed locations of these underground facilities are considered by the designers and engineers at an early stage in order to reduce cost due to identification of underground lines late in the project. According to Julie Greene, Transportation Generalist Senior and Utility Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) District 7, Mn/DOT has increased its scrutiny of these issues and desires utility location information even on preliminary design documents.





            For these reasons, Minnesota law requires operators to respond to a surveyor’s notice. The Minnesota One Call Excavation Notice System, Minnesota Statutes, 216D.04, Subdivision 3(b) specifies what is required of facility operators for Boundary Survey notices. The statute states that within 96 hours or the time specified in the notice, whichever is later, after receiving a notice for a Boundary Survey from Gopher State One Call, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the underground facility operator is required, unless otherwise agreed to between the land surveyor and facility operator, to locate and mark or otherwise provide the approximate horizontal location of the underground facilities of the operator.

            Licensed surveyors request Boundary Survey non-excavation tickets as an important part of their work in the preplanning and design of buildings and roads in Minnesota.  As the construction industry continues to add jobs, it is the designers, architects and engineers of these construction projects who will request that underground facilities be shown in boundary and topographical surveys. The Boundary Survey Ticket is an important step to effectively optimize the expenditure of construction costs in Minnesota. Underground facility operators are reminded to give these notification requests appropriate priority and to respond in accordance with state law requirements.

Remember - no excavation can be done on a Boundary Survey Ticket.  A standard excavation notice request must be made prior to any actual excavation.


Barbara M. Cederberg

Chief Operations Officer

Gopher State One Call