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Thursday, April 21, 2016 N/Warren Town and. :ocn , e VS : Page, S even: MidAmerican Energy Reminds Customers to Call 811 Before Digging April is National Safe Digging Month - a time to re- mind customers to always call 811 before excavating or digging. A simple call to 811 can prevent hit lines, dam- aged infrastructure, power outages, costly fines and in some cases, serious injury. "April is the month when outdoor digging projects begin in earnest," said Adam Wright, vice president, gas delivery for MidAmerican Energy. "From small do-it- yourself tasks to large construction jobs, every digging project requires a call to 811 - it's quick easy and pro- vides for the safety of excavators and homeowners." Every six minutes in the U.S., an underground util- ity line is damaged because someone started digging without first calling 811. This toll-free number automati- cally connects callers who plan to dig with their state's one call center. Professionals are then sent to the dig site to locate and mark underground power lines, gas lines and other utilities with flags or paint. Customers can also submit a locate request online by visiting their one call center's website. People are required to call 811 at least 48 hours be- fore beginning any digging project. Wright said it's not only important to your safety, it's the law. "Even the smallest dent or scratch to an underground facility can put those doing the digging and their neighbors at risK" he said. "The law applies to professional contractors as well as homeowners and includes a wide array of out- door projects, such as grading, trenching, tiling, ditch- ing, drilling, auguring, tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing, driving stakes or poles, and the demolition of structures." Tips for safe digging: Know what's below. Call 811 or make an online re- quest at least 48 hours before digging to have under- ground lines marked. Projects large and small require a call. This in- cludes activities such as planting trees, building decks, and installing a fence or mailbox. Dig with care. The horizontal location of under- ground utilities will be marked, but their depth will not be. Any time you suspect unmarked hazards or if you must dig near a marked utility line, hand dig the area carefully. Backfill the soil gently to avoid damaging any utilities. If an underground facility is struck: Leave the area immediately and tell others to stay away. Call 911 and then call 811 to report the incident. Report even minor damage; what looks harmless a specific location, cus- can cause big trouble. If 811 is not available in tomers should call: Illinois - 800-892-0123 Iowa - 800-292-8989 Nebraska - 800-331-5666 i South Dakota - 800-781-7474 Seek Input on Literacy Standards April public forums scheduled; survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise has announced he's seeking input from Iowans on the state's literacy stan- dards for students in kin- dergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced two public forums on April 25- 26 and an online survey following a state panel's recommendation to seek public feedback on the cur- rent literacy standards. The standards outline learning expectations for English-language arts and for literacy in history, so- cial studies, science, and other technical subjects. Iowa's academic stan- dards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor's Executive Order 83. "Standards are about setting consistent, rigor- ous learning goals state wide and leaving deci- sions about curriculum and teaching to local school administrators and teachers," Wise said. "If our goal is to make sure Iowa students are ready for college and career training after high school, we must have clear, consis- tent statewide standards that are right for our state. That's why public input is such a critical part of this review process." The review of literacy standards began in Febru- ary, when Wise convened the Literacy Standards Re- view Team, made up of education and business leaders. Team members decided to seek input from Iowans on the current lit- Residents should make arrangements with a private eracy standards. locate company to mark privately owned lines not Feedback from the pub- owned byla Utility. 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The public forum sites and details are as fol- lows: Monday, April 25, 4:30- 6:30 p.m.: Valley High School Media Center, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Grinnell Senior High School, 1333 Sunset St., Grinnell. To read Iowa's aca- demic standards, visit iowacore.gov. Gustafson Welcomes University of Iowa College of Education :~):: This past week, Rep. Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming) welcomed Lois Gray and Claire Hagedorn to the Iowa House of Representatives. Gray, Interim Director for the Office of Strategic Communications at the College of Education, and Hagedorn, a student at the College of Education, were visiting the Capitol to talk to legislators during Hawkeye Caucus Day on the Hill. Pictured are Lois Gray (Iowa City), Claire Hagedorn (formerly of Des Moines), and Rep. Stan Gustafson (Cumming). Photo submitted. Gustafson Welcomes University of Iowa Student Government This past week, Rep. Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming) welcomed University of Iowa Student Government members to the Iowa House of Representatives. The stu- dents were visiting the Capitol to talk to legislators during Hawkeye Caucus Day on the Hill. Pictured are students from the University of Iowa Student Govern- ment and Rep. Stan Gustafson (Cumming). Photo submitted. Public invited to wade into 'The Dam Debate' The time has come for an important community discussion on the fate of the dams in downtown Des Moines, starting with a cen- tral question: What would people like to be able to do on the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines? The public is invited to participate in "The Dam Debate," being hosted by The Des Moines Register, starting at noon, Tuesda April 26, at Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, in the main floor meeting room wing. 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