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Call before you dig -- underground lines pose danger

Great River Energy urges homeowners to be aware of underground hazards associated with digging when working on outdoor home projects.

Underground power lines can be just as dangerous as overhead power lines, according to Great River Energy. Avoid serious injury and property damage by calling 811 before digging to have underground facilities marked.

Striking an underground facility can lead to personal injury, repair costs, penalties, delays and inconvenient outages.

● Minnesota state law requires everyone who intends to excavate to contact Gopher State One Call at 811 or 1-800-252-1166 at least two full working days in advance. It is a free service.

● During those 48 hours, the utility companies will mark the approximate location of their facilities.

● It is your responsibility to dig in a careful and prudent manner. If you damage a line, you may be financially responsible for repairs.

Homeowners may also submit dig information at

Great River Energy is a non-profit electric cooperative owned by 28-member distribution cooperatives located from outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities, up to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota and down to the farming communities in the southwest part of Minnesota.

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