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Prevailing Wage Survey from DOLI

Posted By Tim Power, MNLA Government Affairs Director, Friday, April 18, 2014
MNLA Contractor Members –

Many of you may have received a mailing from Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), regarding their prevailing wage survey for Commercial, Highway/Heavy, and Residential construction projects. MNLA member participation in this survey is voluntary, but your participation and your numbers will help to keep your county’s prevailing wage rates closer to your reality. MNLA encourages your participation if you have done construction projects in these categories. I have highlighted DOLI’s e-mailed instructions below on how to proceed if you cannot locate your mailed survey request. Thanks for your consideration, and have a great spring!

Tim Power
Government Affairs Director
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association


This is a reminder that Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry’s wage survey to determine the state’s prevailing wages is currently underway. 

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is currently surveying wage rates paid on Commercial, Highway/Heavy, and Residential construction projects in all 87 counties to determine prevailing wage rates.Your participation in the survey is voluntary. 


If you are interested in your wage rates prevailing on the state prevailing wage certification, please submit wage surveys for public and/or private construction work performed between April 7, 2013 and June 5, 2014.   We encourage surveys to be submitted online.  You will need a “pin” and a “key” for online submittals. This information can be found on the address label of the survey form mailed to you. Please contact our office if you are unable to locate your pin & key and we will assist you. If you are unable to submit surveys online, please return the completed survey form via US mail.  Surveys will be accepted through June 5, 2014.

Respond to the survey electronically or download survey forms at :

To be included in this survey, all reports or projects must be returned within 60 days, by close of business June 5, 2014Failure to submit a report means that you do not participate in establishing the prevailing wage rate in your area.

Should you need assistance with the form, please contact DOLI at 651-284-5091.  Our mailing address is 443 Lafayette Rd, #400, St. Paul, MN 55155.

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Top Takeaways: Landscape Design Networking Meeting

Posted By MNLA, Thursday, March 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
March 6, 2014 |10:30am  - Location: MNLA Office
Meeting Topic: Technology for Landscape Designers (drafting, sketching, managing time, measuring, other)  
Take Aways:
1) Digitally generated plans can be superior to hand drawing in at least two regards:
First, changes are made dramatically easier and more efficiently with digital drawings.
Second, digital plans can be transmitted electronically saving valuable time and potentially cutting down on on-site meetings.
2) Using County/Government generated GIS maps where available are great ways to get a start on base plans and also to get they lay of the land prior to meeting with clients.
3) A possible resource for advertising is – this website takes you through the process of taking advantage of as much free advertising via the internet as possible.
4) The jury is still out on how Notebook computers may be of value to landscape designers. Potential uses include on-site access to portfolios and specific product info, sketching, estimating and billing.

Tags:  landscape design  top takeaways 

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Top Takeaways: Landscape Design Networking Meeting

Posted By MNLA, Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
February 6, 2014, 10:30 AM - Stafford Library, Woodbury
Top Takeaways
  •  The group shared ideas on potential landscape design oriented speakers for next year’s Expo and other education events. 
  •  The group discussed the landscape design awards and expressed interest in helping to guide future awards efforts.
  • The group shared ideas on a possible landscape tour this year.

Tags:  landscape design  top takeaways 

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Top Takeaways: MNLA Landscape/Hardscape Contractor Networking Meeting

Posted By MNLA, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1/8/2013 - Dunn Bros. lounge, Northern Green Expo
The group discussed future meeting topics which included:
  1. Biggest challenges of 2013
  2. Healthcare
  3. Garden center/contractor relationship
  4. Hardscape supplier/contractor relationship
  5. Best Practices for tree planting depth
  6. Best Practices for employee retention
  7. Insurances

Tags:  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  top takeaways 

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Utility Locate Troublesheet

Posted By MNLA, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
Remember, if  you damage a utility line, it is your responsibility to notify the utility owner directly. This form is for MNLA information-gathering purposes only.

This form should be given to all of your foreman. Fill out the same day a problem occurs and fax/email back to MNLA.

 Attached Files:

Tags:  irrigation  landscape contractor  landscape management  utility locate 

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Defining a Bona Fide Contractor

Posted By MNLA, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
MNLA provides the following information to wholesale suppliers and consumers as a set of consistent guidelines for identifying legitimate landscape professionals who install, design or maintain landscape features such as plants, paver patios, retaining walls, and irrigation systems.

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Tags:  hardscape contractor  irrigation  landscape contractor 

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