Call Before Digging

Call Before Digging


Call 811 to Know What’s Below!

You only need to make one free, easy call to get your utility lines marked and help protect you from injury and expense from accidental contact with buried utility cable. Easy to remember, 811 is a new federally mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number that avoids confusion.  You can also go online at

Whether you are a professional excavator or a do-it-yourself homeowner, you need to call 811 every time before you start an excavation or digging project. One phone call to 811 quickly and easily begins the process of locating and marking the underground utility lines near your digging project. Calling 811 before you dig helps protect you from injury, expensive damage to utility infrastructure and penalties.

Calling 811 puts your phone call into a national call center from which it will be directed to Minnesota’s Gopher State One Call center. This quick and efficient one call service notifies the appropriate local utilities, which then send locators or locate technicians to the requested site to mark the approximate location of underground lines. Of course, you can still call Gopher State One Call directly at (800) 252-1166.

Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services will mark its buried electric lines up to the electric service meter for FREE! From that point on, the power lines are considered private facilities and must be located by the property owner. Freeborn-Mower Cooperative does not locate these private power lines for several reasons.

Advance Notice:
48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays
Number of days in advance of a digging project that you need to notify the one call center of your intent to dig.

Marks Valid:
14 calendar days
Defines the period of time the facility marks (paint, flags, stakes, etc.) are valid according to state law or practice.


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