- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission has been awarded a $10,000 grant to promote safe digging practices across the state.

Rep. Kevin Cramer announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Wednesday.

The funds will be used to support a billboard advertising campaign encouraging North Dakota residents to utilize the state’s one-call notification system before beginning any excavation work.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration started awarding the grants in 1995, following a series of accidents caused by excavation damage to underground facilities.

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