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Construction has begun all over town after a bit of a rocky start.

"So far this year, we've had above average normal rain. It's kind of a challenge to get everything flowing. But we're making the best of it, and we're making progress on all of our projects," says Northern Improvement project manager Bruce Thompson.

But before any of those projects could break ground, one thing needed to get done.

"Anytime you do any excavation, you should call North Dakota One Call because that's why it's called one call. You make one call into the call center, they will notify all of the utilities in that area of the excavation," says education director Chad Olson, North Dakota One Call.

Not doing so could have a disastrous effect.

"I've seen pictures and stuff. If you hit some high pressured gas lines or high voltage power lines, there's an explosion that could happen. Which, heaven forbid, anybody has that, but it's never good," says Thompson.

With all the extra construction, employees at one call are keeping busy.

"Last year to this year, we're probably up about 35 percent. We were slower in the spring because of the weather. But now, because of that, they're trying to make up for lost time," says Olson.

Olson says the area is marked with flags to indicate a power or gas line, and once the area is cleared you have 10 days to dig.

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