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Call Before You Dig


Contact Gopher State One Call

(at least 48 hours before digging begins)

Many of Beltrami Electric’s power lines are buried underground, and an underground power line can be just as dangerous as an overhead power line. Protect yourself and your property by contacting Gopher State One Call before digging.

Note: Gopher State One Call is not responsible for contacting locators to paint or flag your private facilities.  Private underground facilities, or customer-owned facilities, are those that were installed behind or after the meter.


  • Online: Gopher State One Call Web site (link is external)811 Logo

  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Contact at least two working days prior to excavation

  • Gopher State One Call services are free for homeowners

  • By phone: 811 or 1-800-252-1166


Collect the following information before calling

  • Your name, address and telephone 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 or stakes before locators arrive

Why call

  • Minnesota state law requires you to call

  • Protect yourself and others

  • Decrease the chance of underground damage and monetary loss


Do you have private facilities that you need located?

Since most private facilities are not listed on GSOC, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to hire someone to locate their private underground facilities. Private underground facilities, or customer-owned facilities, are those facilities that were installed behind or after the meter. Also, if overhead distribution lines serve the property and the power is then distributed on the property by underground service facilities, those service facilities may be considered private. If the homeowner’s electric meter is located on the property line, then that electric line from the meter to the house is considered privately owned and will not be located.

Where are private facilities found?

Private facilities are found everywhere, including single-family homes, multi-family housing units, industrial areas, trailer parks, shopping centers and sometimes in the road right-of-way. Other private facilities can include: natural gas farm taps, natural gas or propane gas underground piping to buildings, gas grills and pool heaters, private water systems, data communication lines, underground sprinkler systems, invisible fences and many others. Unless the property owner participates as a member of Gopher State One Call, private or customer-owned facilities will not be marked or notified. If you have a question on whether a facility in your excavation area is considered private or not, please contact that local utility office.

Whose responsibility is it to locate private facilities?

When a property owner or tenant has any type of private underground facility, they are responsible to locate those facilities, or hire someone to locate them. Within the Beltrami Electric service area you may contact Cooperative Development at (218) 444-1143, and their locators will locate the lines for a fee.

No one should ever remove flags before work is completed as they are there to mark lines for the safety of all digging in the area.

If you come in contact with an underground utility, evacuate the area for safety, notify your utility provider and do not attempt to fix the problem yourself.

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