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Keep SAFETY at the top of your spring home improvement project list


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.– Whether landscaping or planting trees, shrubs or flowers this spring, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone “safety first” and to call 8-1-1 or click to contact GOPHER STATE ONE CALL before any projects involving digging begins. Utility locate specialists will come to the requestor’s home, locate and mark all underground utility services in yards free of charge. No matter where residents live, the natural gas, electric, cable TV, water and sewer lines may be buried underground.

The 8-1-1 GOPHER STATE ONE CALL is a coordinated, one call center that was established to keep digging accidents from happening. At least two working days are required for locates prior to beginning a digging project.

“Contacting 8-1-1 is a state law and it requires notifying GOPHER STATE ONE CALL before you excavate, grade, trench, dig, drill, auger, tunnel, scrape or plow,” said Jeff Larson, Senior External Affairs Manager at Minnesota Energy Resources. “Excavation means anything that moves, removes or displaces earth, rock or other material in or on the ground. Residents are reminded to leave an 18-inch buffer zone on each side of a marked facility,” added Larson.

Projects that require a call could also include installing fence posts, digging a post hole for your mailbox, posting temporary yard signs, pounding stakes for temporary party tents and building a deck.

Nationwide, a utility line is damaged once every three minutes and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of the homeowner or professional excavator to call 8-1-1.

The misconception is most home owners think the 8-1-1 hotline only applies to contractors who use large construction-style power digging equipment. The unfortunate result, according to Larson, may be serious injuries and disruption to natural gas or other utility service to entire neighborhoods.

Minnesota Energy Resources has 4,500 miles of underground natural gas pipeline and about 203,800 lateral services going to homes and businesses in Minnesota. This year marks the 26th anniversary of excavation safety in Minnesota.

Either dial 8-1-1 or submit a locate request through the email-a-locate system on line at GOPHER STATE ONE CALL http://www.gopherstateonecall.org/. Additional safety information is available on the Minnesota Energy Resources website [Read the Rest]

Minnesota ranks second in U.S. for bicycle-friendly states

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists today announced that Minnesota ranks as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. Minnesota has consistently ranked in the top five since 2008. “Thi ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County resumes May 5

Wed, May 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 26 between Highway 16 and the Iowa border as crews work to complete a road resurfacing project that started last year. Work is expected to begin on Monday, May 5, weather ..... 
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Temporary Highway 52 detour in Rochester scheduled in one week

Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – In one week, motorists will encounter a temporary three-day detour on Highway 52 at 55th Street Northwest in Rochester as demolition work takes place on the bridge over the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transp ..... 
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Pay attention! One-in-four crashes blamed on driver distraction

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The chance of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone increased as Minnesota law enforcement agencies across the state focused on distracted driving education and enforcement April 11-20. Nearly 400 Minnesota agencies are added ex ..... 
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Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose increased frac sand mining & favor two-year moratorium for SE MN Earth Day frac sand event at the State Capitol

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. - Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and ..... 
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Employment makes solid gains in March

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades. DEED announced today that Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in March, while the unemployme ..... 
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MNsure selects Deloitte to oversee project management

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) to provide key project management support for the state’s health insurance marketplace. ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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