Tuesday, January 23, 2018


legislative update

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MN CGA Free Damage Prevention Meetings

Every year the MN Regional Common Ground Alliance offers FREE Damage Prevention Meetings to prepare your crews for the coming construction season and review best practices in Call Before You Dig.

These sessions are located across the state in the winter and early spring. To find one near you and reserve your spot, visit the MN CGA website here.

The Benefits of Being a Vikings Fan!

Trying always to look on the bright side of things, I have thought of a few benefits we can enjoy with our season-ending loss to the Eagles.

We are the NFC North Champions… the Packers are not (sorry Packer fans… OK, not really).

We got to witness some amazing football this season, including the “Minnesota Miracle” and recall that feeling of an unexpected win in the final seconds of a game – that was exciting! We got to experience the best regular season record the Vikings have ever had in their history (13-3)!

We have three pretty good free agent quarterbacks to choose from for next year.

We have a world class stadium (even though I don’t like it… football should not be played in a “glass terrarium”) that will be highlighted, along with our state, in 10 days.

One warning to the Eagles though…

– Stephanie


MUCA Member Update

Governor Dayton Proposes $1.5 Billion in Public Works

Governor Dayton released his proposal for $1.5 billion in spending on public works projects.

Learn more here.

Planet Underground Episode 7: Excavators (with Locators) Are the Solution

Planet Underground takes to the streets of St. Paul, MN, with experienced Xcel Energy locator Frank Mariano, one of only several hundred utility-employed locators in the U.S. who are assigned to protect buried infrastructure in urban cores. Across the country, fiber installations are on the rise, along with safety concerns.

We also go onsite with Jon Moulton and Joshua Richard of Q3 Contracting. Working with their own locators provides the extra time and close communication to best apply the specialized knowledge of their locators as they accurately mark underground infrastructure. Employing locators as part of the construction team provides a return on investment for utility contractors working in older, crowded below ground environments.

Share the video with your team here.

Membership Renewal Thanks!

Many thanks to Chard Tiling, G.F. Jedlicki, Hardrives, and Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) for renewing your investment in your association for 2018!

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.

2018 Training Opportunities!


Five-Minute Foreman – there are still some open seats for this valuable session! This program provides concrete lessons for field leader improvement. It makes an immediate impact on field operations, and teaches your leaders what to do and say to get better results from their crews and on their projects.

Class is limited to 70 people. To learn more and register, click here.

NEW! Diversity & Inclusion Success in Construction – learn how to make a difference! How do you build trust with those who do not have similar backgrounds? What strategies can be employed to ensure positive workplace connections, establish relationships and intentionally create a more inclusive environment?

BrainSkills@Work will share content based on neuroscience findings, including valuable techniques and tools for creating a more inclusive environment.

*This is a great opportunity to improve your Good Faith Efforts by ensuring your crew leaders are learning new skills in this area!

Register here. Class is limited to 70 people.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Erosion Control Site Management Certification – Register here
  • Five-Minute Foreman Leader Workshop – Register here
  • NEW: Diversity & Inclusion Success in Construction – 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: info@muca.org