Did you know that August 11th is national 811 Day? For some, this day marks the near-end of summer. For stakeholders in damage prevention, it serves as a great reminder for everyone to contact their local 811 notification center prior to any excavating projects and get underground lines marked. North Dakota One Call (NDOC) is North Dakota’s notification center, so when you plan an excavation project, contact NDOC 48 hours in advance, excluding weekends and holidays, before you begin any digging.
NDOC partnered with the Bismarck Larks to host an “811 Day at the Ballpark” event, where they handed out 811 baseball caps to attendees. The first 100 participants who filed a locate ticket with NDOC before the game were eligible to receive two free tickets to the baseball game on August 11th, 2018 by taking their locate ticket to the Larks front office or by submitting their information online. The promotion was called “Dig for Cash”, and every submission was automatically entered for a chance to dig for $5,000 in cash on the field during the game. This year’s “Dig for Cash” winner was Eric Koster. He walked away with nearly $3,000!
In the end, the Bismarck Larks stood victorious against the Duluth Huskies with a final score of 7-1. This partnership presented a great opportunity to promote the damage prevention message to a new audience. Take the first step in the safe digging process by always filing a locate request online or by phone before breaking the surface of the ground. It’s FREE, EASY, and the LAW!