Career-Readiness Training Grants available

Apprenticeship Minnesota at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announces the availability of $290,000 in grant funding to support career-readiness/pre-apprenticeship programming to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. DLI seeks program proposals that serve demographics currently underrepresented in apprenticeship.

Grant applications are due Dec. 10, 2020. Learn more about the grant and apply.


A webinar to help with questions and provide additional information about the funding opportunity is 3 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2020.

Funding goals

Apprenticeship Minnesota believes that Registered Apprenticeship continues to be a path to a great career and economic security for Minnesotans. It is committed to opening the door of career opportunities to all by supporting diversity recruitment and career pathway strategies that provide for quality learning, preparation for and connection to Registered Apprenticeship programs. This funding supports the development and delivery of career-readiness training with the goal of targeting and serving people of color, Indigenous, veterans, disabled, women\ and youth 18 to 24 years of age — demographics that currently represent less than one-quarter of apprentices actively training in Minnesota.


This funding opportunity is made possible through U.S. Department of Labor grants to DLI to facilitate and support the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship in Minnesota.

Notice of intent to adopt rules without a public hearing

Notice of intent to adopt rules without a public hearing

Minnesota Rules Chapter 4714

The Minnesota Plumbing Board intends to adopt permanent rules governing the Minnesota Plumbing Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 4714. The following document is published in the Oct. 26, 2020, edition of the State Register:

  • Dual Notice: Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without a Public Hearing Unless 25 or More Persons Requests a Hearing, and Notice of Hearing if 25 or More Requests for Hearing are Received.

The Dual Notice provides details about the hearing and cancellation of hearing.

Links to the Dual Notice, proposed rules and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness are available in the rulemaking docket along with other information about the status of the rulemaking proceeding.

The comment period for this rulemaking ends at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2020.

Building a fence? Contact 811 first.

 Did you know that fence builders are required to contact 811 at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to installing a fence? While the common misconception about 811 is it’s only for large-scale digging, safe dig laws across the country require a locate request prior to any earth-moving or earth-disturbing activities. This includes using a post hole digger, driving in form pins, digging shallow holes with a hand shovel or even removing structures out of the soil such as an old fence or tree.

Beyond the legal requirements of contacting 811, having the utilities on your work site located is good for business and your safety. Knowing the approximate location of underground utilities helps you plan your job appropriately, dig safely around these facilities and avoid costly project delays, utility damages and potential state fines.

Before requesting utility locates, gather the following details about the job site to provide to 811:

  • City, county and township
  • Project location (include street address and nearest cross street)
  • Type and extent of work (indicate if you are only working in the front, rear or side of property)
  • Project start date and time

Next, make the free call to 811 or submit a free request online at After submitting a request to 811, document your ticket number and list of utility companies in the area of your project. Trained technicians will mark the location of buried utilities with colored flags, stakes and/or paint, at no cost to you.

To speed up the physical process of locating your job site, mark the perimeter of your planned work area with white paint or flags. This tells the trained locating technician where you plan to work and helps that person avoid locating areas of a property that you won’t be working in. For example, if you’re building a fence in the backyard, mark the perimeter of the backyard with white paint indicating you don’t need buried utilities in the front or side yards located.

After waiting the state-required 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays), you can begin your project. Avoid damaging, moving or altering the paint and flags. If marks become faded or destroyed, submit another request to 811.

In Minnesota, locate tickets expire after 14 days of your job site being marked. If your work on the job site will last longer than 14 days, contact 811 for a remark a few days before your marks expire.