AGC | Weekly Update August 9, 2019


August 9, 2019
STP Registration Open
Registration is now open for September/October Supervisory Training Program (STP) classes. Click below for more information and to register.
Unit 1 - Leadership
Unit 3 - Planning & Scheduling
Unit 4 - Contract Documents
Leadership Blueprint 2019/20
Nominations for the 2019/20 Leadership Blueprint series are now being accepted. Year six of the Blueprint series will begin November 7 and end April 9. Content was reviewed and refined by the Leadership Blueprint Council, a newly formed group of Blueprint alumni and emerging leaders who have yet to participate in the Blueprint series. More information on the Council will be available following further development and refinement.
Created in 2014, The Leadership Blueprint is anchored by Ken Bradford, author of "Fearless and Persuasive Speaking" and found of the Leaders Course. Ken leads students through the principles of human relations and effective speaking. Class exercises, tied to real life experiences, stretch and equip students with added confidence and lifelong skills. Interested in more information about the series? Click the video and hear directly from prior participantsand nominators. Contact Merry Beckmann at or 651-796-2187 with questions.
St. Croix River Crossing Centennial Event
The AGC centennial celebration continues on September 12 with a tour of the St. Croix Crossing bridge, from the water! Join us aboard the Express Andiamo and hear the facts and figures that went into building this extraordinary bridge. The Andiamo will depart from Stillwater at the St. Croix Boat & Packet dock at 4:30 pm. Boarding begins at 4:00 pm. Ticket price includes the cruise, food and one beverage ticket. Registration is now open.
Sporting Clays Fundraiser
Registration is now open for our annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser.  Funds raised at this event benefit AGC's scholarship program. This year's event will be held at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club on Wednesday, September 18. This event always sells out, so register early, even if you don't have the names of everyone on your team. Registration and information about sponsorship opportunities are available here.
Marketing and Communications Workshop
On September 18, Mercury Creative Group will offer "Cut the Clutter," a two-hour workshop designed to help companies of any size become better communicators with current and potential customers. Mercury is the company AGC worked with last year to rebrand, create our new website, and update how we communicate with members. Details and registration are available here.
Minneapolis Wage Theft Ordinance
On August 8, the Minneapolis City Council adopted its own Wage Theft ordinance, adding notice and other requirements for employers on top of those in Minnesota's Wage Theft law that became effective July 1.  The city ordinance will be effective January 1 and will require employers to satisfy the city's wage theft requirements for all employees who work at least 80 hours in a year within the geographical boundaries of Minneapolis, regardless of the location of the employer.  Mark Mathison of Gray Plant Mooty has blogged in The Modern Workplace, explaining the additional requirements and remedies imposed by the Minneapolis law. 
Introducing AGC's New App
AGC of Minnesota is pleased to introduce a new tool to help our members stay connected to AGC and one another - the AGC app! Keep up with the latest news, register for events, discuss issues with other AGC members in online forums, and find useful resources...all with a tap. To get connected:
  1. Download the "AGC Connection" app from iTunes or Google Play
  2. Create an account at, if you don't already have one (this is through AGC of America, not AGC of Minnesota)
  3. Log in to the app once with your AGC of America credentials and start using

To encourage the download and use of the app, a drawing will be held on August 30 for a $200 American Express gift card.  Everyone who has downloaded the app at that time will be eligible to win. 

SRI and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Is there someone you work with who personifies the attributes of Skill, Responsibility, and Integrity? Or whose outstanding contributions to the industry over an extensive career might earn them recognition with the Lifetime Achievement award? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 SRI and Lifetime Achievement awards, to be presented at a Recognition Dinner being held at the Saint Paul Intercontinental Hotel on October 24The deadline for submitting nominations is September 9. The application is available here.
Ongoing CenturyLink Issues
As many of you are well aware, issues with CenturyLink's locating services continue to be a pervasive public hazard since they switched their locate services from USIC to DirectSat. CenturyLink made a promise to the industry that they would be "caught up" by June 15.  AGC continues to learn from its contractor members and Gopher State One Call (GSOC) they are still thousands of locates behind schedule.  Contractors who reach out to AGC say the locate issue is now spreading to other utilities.  This makes it hard for your company to perform the jobs it was hired to do and, more importantly, is a public safety issue.
The constant contact that you have made with AGC and the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS) has allowed MNOPS to begin administrative proceedings against CenturyLink.  A pre-hearing telephone conference is scheduled for August 21 at 9:30 am. AGC will be on the conference call to listen to the pre-hearing conversation. You can review the Notice and Order for a Prehearing Conference here.
In the meantime, AGC continues to have dialogue with the Department of Public Safety and its Office of Pipeline Safety.  Laura Ziegler and Lisa Frenette have met with the following:
  • Office of Governor Tim Walz
  • Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety
  • Gopher State One Call
  • City Engineers Association of Minnesota
  • Labor and their lobbyists
  • USIC (locating Services
We will be meeting with the county engineers in the near future. 
AGC continues to ask for your help in creating documentation on egregious behavior by CenturyLink, or any other utility that breaks the law.  Please take the time to respond to your locate issues by doing the following:
1.  Create documentation by taking photos and keeping records with the date and time of any and all issues you are having with a locate ticket with any facility your company has contracted with.
2.  Create invoices that keep track of lost downtime and wages.
3.  Call 1-800-667-9963 for any issues with a CenturyLink locate ticket. It is a direct number to inquire about open and recently completed locate requests. A contact sheet with CenturyLink Underground Facility Contacts is available here.   
  • For "Emergency" tickets, this is a phone call to the number listed for the requestor to make the excavator aware of the expected completion window.
  • For "Meet" tickets, this is an auto message or text with notification that we are running behind, along with a way to reach us for more information.
5.  Laura Ziegler ( and Lisa Frenette ( are compiling records of these serious incidences, so please forward a copy of your documents to us so we have this important information as we move forward on regulatory issues.
Contact Laura or Lisa if you have questions about the above.
Employee Survey
AGC of America is asking employees at all levels within AGC member companies to complete a brief survey, available here. Unlike surveys that measure company workforce needs and issues, this survey focuses on employees and their individual needs and perceptions of the work they do.
AGC of Minnesota Staff Want to Visit You
During this AGC of Minnesota centennial year, the AGC staff and centennial sponsors will travel around the state, visiting members where you are. Think root beer floats made with 1919 root beer (of course).  Will you be conducting a safety day for your staff? Perhaps a summer company picnic? Maybe your firm will be celebrating an anniversary this year. Whatever the event - or for no specific reason - , please let us know so we can put you on the schedule. We're coming your way!
Contact Merry Beckmann at 612-796-2187 or for more information and to put your firm on the calendar. This centennial year belongs to you, our members! 
Centennial Bronze Sponsorships - Available to All Members
AGC of Minnesota is still looking for bronze sponsors. Your bronze sponsorship (available to affiliate members) will help defray the costs of upcoming centennial events and bring recognition to your firm. Contact Merry Beckmann at 612-796-2187 or  for more information. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime sponsorship opportunity!
We would like to thank the following, who have already pledged their support of our centennial celebrations with a bronze sponsorship: Adolfson & Peterson Construction; Advanced Masonry Restoration, Inc.; Ames Construction, Inc.; Association of Women Contractors; Blattner Energy, Inc.; Bituminous Roadways, Inc.; Bolander; Danny's Construction Company, LLC; Diamond Surface Inc.; Egan Company; Enebak Construction Company; FPI Paving Contractors, Inc.; George F. Cook Construction Company; Graham Construction Services, Inc.; Grazzini Brothers & Company; Hasslen Construction Company, Inc.; Hoffman Construction Company; JE Dunn Construction Company; J.R. Jensen Construction Company; Jorgenson Construction, Inc.; Knutson Construction Services; Kraemer North America, LLC; Kraus-Anderson Construction Company; Lakehead Constructors, Inc.; Lunda Construction Company; Magney Construction, Inc.; The Mathiowetz Construction Company; C.S. McCrossan, Inc.; McGough Construction; M.G. McGrath, Inc.; McNamara Contracting, Inc.; Molin Concrete Products Company; Mortenson Construction; PCL Construction Services, Inc.; Park Construction Co.; Rachel Contracting, Inc.; Rice Lake Construction Group; Ryan Companies US, Inc.; S & R Reinforcing, Inc.; Twin City Tile & Marble Co.; Ulland Brothers, Inc.; Viant Crane, LLC; and Woody's Rebar Co., Inc.

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