Call Before You Dig

Whether you're planning construction, gardening, landscaping, fencing or any type of digging around your home, you must call Gopher State One Call (GSOC) to locate buried electric, natural gas, telephone or utility lines. Coming in contact with utility lines can be extremely dangerous or fatal. And, repairs to damaged lines can be costly.

The call to GSOC should be made at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the start of digging. Calls can be made between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For quicker service, residents should call Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Caution: Some lines on your property may not be utility-owned. These are considered private facilities. You are responsible for these private utility lines. Utilities will usually not mark these lines. Private lines include those running from the meter pedestal to a house, a power line to a garage, gas lines to a grill or pool heater, or LP lines.

If you are unaware of the location of private lines on your property, you will need to hire a line locator. Check your local phone directory or call GSOC for a list of locators statewide.

Minnesota Common Ground Alliance

Minnesota Power’s parent company, ALLETE, has entered an agreement to be acquired by a partnership led by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Global Infrastructure Partners and start the process to become a private company.

This transaction will not change our operations, strategy or shared purpose and values, and it is business as usual for all of us at Minnesota Power. Learn more at