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Contact Gopher State One Call (GSOC) before starting any excavation project. Whether the project is large or small, if you are using machine-powered equipment or just a shovel and rake to plant a garden, get your work area marked. Contacting GSOC in advance helps you and your loved ones dig safely while avoiding costly damages to underground facilities. You must contact GSOC at least 48 hours (not including weekends and holidays) in advance of your plans to excavate or dig.

Use GSOC this time and every time because you never know what’s below.

Remember these tips for safer digging:

  • Pre-mark the proposed dig area with white paint or flags.
  • Call 811 or go online to submit your locate request before you dig. There is no charge for the service.
  • Wait the required amount of time (typically two business days).
  • Respect the marks and do not move any flags.
  • Dig with care. Avoid digging on top of or within 18–24 inches on all sides of utility marks, which may mean moving your digging project to another part of your yard.

Have the following information ready before calling or submitting a ticket online:

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • The type of work you will be doing
  • The address, county and intersecting street of the dig location
  • Where you will be digging on the property
  • When you plan to dig
  • Mark the dig area with white paint, flags, or stakes before locators arrive.

After submitting a GCOC locate request, underground lines will be marked by their respective utilities; however, locators do not mark private lines such as service to outbuildings, underground sprinkler systems or a gas line to a grill, for example. Private lines are the responsibility of the homeowner.  If you have private electric lines that need to be located, you may contact our office at 218-634-2202 in Baudette or 218-278-6658 in Littlefork to have your private electric lines located for a fee.