Electrical Safety Tips


Caution, Powerlines Overhead!

Overhead power lines carry thousands of volts of electricity. Accidental contact with one of these wires may result in serious injury or death as well as equipment damage. Almost all of these accidents can be avoided with a greater awareness for overhead power lines and by incorporating safe electrical practices with your work or play. Always keep your tools, equipment, and yourself at least 10 feet from overhead power lines. Know the height of all equipment. Completely lower equipment before transporting.

Look Up When Planting Trees

To avoid power disruptions, blinking lights, maintenance costs and service calls, never plant trees near overhead power lines. Mature trees can be no less than 10 feet from the path under and near power lines. Call Nodak to have underground wires located. Tree roots can cause damage to underground wires. Nodak’s personnel need room to work safely on underground devices. Keep shrubs and structures 12 feet away from front side and three feet from other sides of the devices.

Call Before You Dig!

Many homes and businesses have a combination of underground utilities located in their yards, such as electricity, water, telephone, and cable TV. The locations of the utilities are very important when performing landscaping or digging in your yard. We will locate and mark the underground electrical lines at no charge. If an electric line is found damaged or if you damage it, clear the area and call the utility company immediately! Remember, call the one-call locate number number, before you dig! The number is 811. That’s it, just 811, before you dig.

Electrical Emergencies

Accidents involving electrical lines or wires require special precautions to prevent further injury. Until the power source has been turned off or removed, always consider an electrical wire or downed power line energized and maintain a safe distance from it. Do not touch anyone in contact with a downed power line. Call for emergency medical assistance and contact Nodak immediately.


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August 27th, 9:52 am

Grand Forks crew will be working on a substation on the south of Grand Forks this morning.
There may be a brief power interruption with possible blinks.
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August 21st, 8:48 am

Minnkota, dignitaries celebrate completion of historic line
Power Cooperative’s Center to Grand Forks 345-kV Transmission Line
commemoration event was scheduled to be at the Prairie substation southwest of
Grand Forks on Aug. 18, but threatening weather forced the event inside.
project has been delayed over the years as a result of weather, so it's only
fitting today that we have the announcement of its completion inside instead of
outside," said Mac McLennan, Minnkota president & CEO. "That's
true to form as it relates to this project."
comments came during the celebration of the 250-mile, $353 million line, which
is the longest project ever built inside the borders of North Dakota and
Minnkota's largest investment in transmission facilities.
dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R.-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kevin
Cramer, R-N.D., spoke during the event at the Grand Forks Alerus Center.
new transmission line will help to provide efficient power for our growing communities
and economy," Hoeven said. "This project is a good example of the
energy infrastructure investments that we need to build a brighter energy
future for our state and our nation."
250-mile line began service Aug. 7, transporting energy from the Young Station
to the Prairie substation and providing grid reliability and long-term growth
needs to the northern Red River Valley and beyond.
dignitaries who spoke included North Dakota Public Service Commission Chair
Brian Kalk, PSC Commissioner Randy Christmann and Ryan Nagle, representing U.S.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Hennes, the project manager for the Center to Grand Forks line, applauded
Minnkota workers for supporting and guiding project contractors such as
Tri-State Drilling (foundations) and Michels Power (structures and line
Minnkota staff need to be recognized for the extra burden carried by many who
this project added to their existing maintenance and construction project
workload,” Hennes said. “My hat is off to all who helped guide this project to
Russ Okeson, vice chair of the Minnkota board, said the project
will add stability and reliability to not only Minnkota’s energy system, but
also improves the economic health of the region.
“When we think about the cooperative principles and values
that all cooperatives were founded on, this generation can truly be proud of
the contribution this project will add to that legacy,” Okeson said.
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