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MUCA Member Updates - November 22, 2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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MN CGA Best Practices

Best Practice 5-5: Facility Relocations

Practice Statement: The excavator coordinates work that requires temporary or permanent interruption of a facility owner/operator’s service with the affected facility owner/operator in all cases.

Practice Description: Any temporary or permanent interruption requires the active participation by the facility owner/operator and the excavator to ensure protection of facilities through a joint preplanning meeting or conference call. One call centers note on the ticket any special contractor requests for a joint meeting that require the facility owner/operator to initiate the process.

Plenty to Be Thankful For!

The Cornucopia is a fitting symbol for celebrating the feast of Thanksgiving.

I’ll bet many of us spend a lot of energy and time thinking and talking about those things that seem to work against us – compliance, regulations, contracts, changes, challenges, demands on the job and at home. There never seems to be enough time to get everything handled, as something new always comes up.

Enjoy the fall season, as you reflect on all you have to be Thankful For. Mine all begin with ‘H’. Here they are:

HIM (the Hebrew)
Hot Tub
Heroes (Veterans!)

I could go on… Heart, Hands, Hearing, Hemoglobin, and Hospitals are all nice to have too.

May your Cornucopia be overflowing!

Wishing you and yours a Horn full of Happiness!


"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

-John F. Kennedy

MUCA Member Update

Many Thanks for a Great Annual Meeting!

What a fantastic evening! One hundred and forty MUCA members and industry friends celebrated at Mystic Lake with great food, excellent exhibits, and a fantastic keynote with John Sweeney from Brave New Workshop.

Congratulations to 2016 Golden Backhoe Award recipient Matt Brenteson, Brenteson Companies, and to Gary Carlson Equipment Company for the Associate of the Year Award. We also ratified our Slate of Officers and Directors elected to serve on the MUCA Board for 2017. See more photos here!

A Big Thanks To Our Sponsors and Vendors!

Gold: The Builders Group, Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmerman, Road Machinery & Supplies

Silver: Magney Construction, EJ, FS3, Inc., Ziegler Cat

Bronze: Hancock Concrete Products

Program: Neenah Foundry

Reception: Michels Corporation

Vendors: Allstate Peterbilt Group, County Materials, Empire Bucket, FS3, Inc., Jager Outdoors, Gary Carlson Equipment Company, Olson Construction Law, Tri-State Pump & Control, United Rentals Trench Safety, Utility Sales Associates.

Thank You for Renewing!

THANKS to Kothrade Sewer, Water & Excavating, Seaton|Peters|Revnew and Vortech Hydro Vac for investing in your Association for 2017!

To join or renew, simply log in to the MUCA Membership page on the website. You’ll need your login and password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

Contractors who renew in November receive 2 Free Training Credits!

Construction Benchmarking Report

Thanks to MUCA Member CliftonAllenLarson for sharing this report! Contractors who recognize and understand industry trends will be better positioned to create opportunities in the future. The 2016 Construction Benchmark Report summarizes data from 327 construction companies that have operations throughout the United States. Drawing on data from their financial information, the report looks at several catalysts currently at work in the industry.

MPCA Offers $400,000 to Clean Up Big, Old, Diesel Engines

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for its Clean Diesel grant funding –to improve their fleets and everyone’s air quality.

29th Annual Construction Law Update

Thursday, December 8, 7:30-10:30 AM
Stinson Leonard Street, Fifth Street Towers
150 S 5th Street, Suite 2300, Minneapolis

Join us for continental breakfast and this fast-paced discussion on the latest trends, topics and laws affecting all facets of the construction industry.

See the Full Agenda here. Register Here.


Employee Handbook Seminar

Thursday, December 16, 8 -10 AM
Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport/MOA
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington

Hosted by Seaton|Peters|Revnew. Attorney Greg Peters will discuss practical tips and legal considerations based upon recent case law regarding items that should be included and not included in your employee handbook, and updates for your current handbook.

Topics include: WESA and Paid Sick Leave Updates; EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity); Anti-Harassment; At-Will Disclaimers; Payroll/Overtime/Hours/Breaks; Absenteeism; Privacy; Electronic Communications; Various Leaves/Paid Time Off; Employee Benefits; Discipline/Work Rules and Acknowledgement.

To register, please visit the Seaton|Peters|Revnew website and hit submit, then wait for the PayPal screen to pop up. If you would prefer to mail in a check, simply fill out the form and bypass the online payment option. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Gross at 952-921-4610 or

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Erosion Control Site Management — Register Here

  • Pipelayers Certification Training — Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email:

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