The Basin Electric subsidiary joined 23 other pipeline and utility companies from across the state in sponsoring the 811 Day booth.
“We sponsored the event as part of our Public Awareness Program,” said Kurt Dutchuk, Dakota Gas pipeline supervisor. “It’s a great way to get the ‘Call Before You Dig’ word out to the general public. We had more than 5,000 people visit the tent from all walks of life.”
Those visiting the tent saw the 811 chopper (motorcycle) built by Paul Jr. Designs, as well as the 811 truck, a heavy equipment simulator and a hydro-vac truck, which was used to demonstrate safe digging technologies.
Dutchuk, Lora Wallender, Lewis Hinckley and Kelly Neameyer tended to the booth for Dakota Gas.
This was the first year for the 811 Day tent at the State Fair. Ryan Schmaltz, director of education and public relations for North Dakota One Call, was excited to see the participation at the tent and indicated it will be there again next year.