· Oct. 1, 2015: The St. Paul District relocates its Waukesha, Wisconsin, regulatory office to Brookfield, Wisconsin.
· Oct. 2, 1989: The St. Paul District completes construction of an erosion control project on a portion of the Zumbro River at Jarrett and Millville, Minnesota.
· Oct. 3, 1996: Connie Brantner at Lock and Dam 4 in Alma, Wisconsin, reacts quickly to hearing that a towboat employee has lost consciousness. Because of Brantner’s efforts the woman, who had a brain aneurysm, survives.
· Oct. 4, 1869: The Eastman Tunnel collapses, eventually leading to the construction of St. Anthony Falls Dam by St. Paul District engineers.
· Oct. 5, 1898: The Third Infantry of Fort Snelling sends 80 men to Leech Lake to protect the Leech Lake Dam and its dam tender at the request of St. Paul District Commander Maj. Frederic Abbot, who hears a rumor that Native Americans plan to destroy the government dam. The ensuing confrontation that results, the Battle of Sugar Point, has been called the “last Indian uprising in the United States.”
· Oct. 5, 1933: The St. Paul District awards a contract to the Merritt-Chapmen & Whitney Corporation for the construction of the dam at Lock and Dam 5 in Fountain City, Wisconsin.
· Oct. 5, 2003: Most of the St. Paul District’s civilian personnel advisory center staff begin report to the Army’s new Civilian Human Resources Agency.
· Oct. 6, 1978: The St. Paul District and the city of Winona, Minnesota, sign a local cooperation agreement to build a flood control project.
· Oct. 6, 2003: St. Paul District officials celebrate the start of a completion of a new flood damage reduction project in Wahpeton, North Dakota, at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
· Oct. 7, 1933: The St. Paul District awards a contract to the United Construction Company for completion of a dam at Lock and Dam 4 in Alma, Wisconsin.
· Oct. 7, 2001: The U.S. officially launches Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and begins its Global War on Terror. By 2016, more than 125 employees volunteer to deploy in support of the U.S. Army.
· Oct. 9, 1903: Carpenters are pulling out bolts and rods of out of the coffer dam and piling lumber at Lock and Dam 2 construction site.
· Oct. 10, 1992: Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa, hosts an open house for German Fest that attracts more than 2,100 visitors.
· Oct. 11, 1891: Exactly 456 logs are delivered to our Sandy Dam in McGregor, Minnesota, by Knox & D’Loaittre.
· Oct. 11, 1998: The planning function is transferred from Engineering and Planning Division to form the new Planning, Programs and Project Management Division.
· Oct. 12, 1993: Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Edward Dickey visits nine Environmental Management Program projects in the St. Paul District in two days.
· Oct. 12, 1996: The Water Resources Development Act passes. It allows for the beneficial use of dredged materials as well as deauthorizes the La Farge, Wisconsin, flood control project.
· Oct. 12, 2007: The St. Paul District celebrates the completion of the Spring Lake Islands Habitat Rehabilitation Enhancement Project with a ribbon cutting. The new island complex is located near Buffalo City, Wisconsin.
· Oct. 13, 1985: The St. Paul District participates in a project completion and dedication ceremony for the Winona, Minnesota, Flood Control Project at Levee Park in Winona.
· Oct. 13, 1990: St. Paul District natural resources staff Frank Star is in Phoenix, Arizona, to receive the National Society for Park Resource’s Founders’ Award for Meritorious Service. The award is for his development of a membership database.
· Oct. 14, 1903: Men are working at repairing the cableway track on the Lock and Dam 2 construction site.
· Oct. 15, 1966: The National Historic Preservation Act passes, mandating federal agencies do a Section 106 review prior to completing a project. Additionally, the Department of Transportation is established and some duties of the Corps, such as regulating the location of vessels at anchor, is transferred to this new agency.
· Oct. 15, 1993: The St. Paul District headquarters is moved to the Sibley building located at 190 East 5th Street. Previously, the district headquarters was located in the St. Paul Post Office at 180 Kellogg Boulevard. Upon their arrival, an expanded computer network awaits employees.
· Oct. 15, 2009: The Mississippi Valley Division reorganizes its planning community by creating two regional planning divisions: the Regional Planning Division North, which includes the St. Paul, Rock Island and St. Louis districts, and the Regional Planning Division South, which includes the Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts. St. Paul District is chosen as the home of Regional Planning Division North, and Tom Crump is chosen as its first chief.
· Oct. 15, 2013: The St. Paul District announces it will close its regulatory offices due to the absence of available federal funding in a government-wide shutdown.
· Oct. 16, 1928: The St. Paul District awards a contract for the construction of Lock and Dam 2 in Hastings, Minnesota. It is the first large Corps project to be constructed by private contractors in the district. Previous large projects had been built with government plant and contract labor.
· Oct. 17, 1989: St. Paul District officials are in Mankato, Minnesota, attending a project completion and dedication ceremony for the Mankato-North Mankato-Le Hillier Flood Control Project.
· Oct. 18, 1972: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or Clean Water Act, passes, giving the Corps regulatory jurisdiction of dredge or fill material in waters of the U.S.
· Oct. 18, 1978: The St. Paul District participates in a project dedication ceremony held at the Ramada Inn in Minot, North Dakota, to dedicate the completion of the Souris River Channel Improvement Project.
· Oct. 18, 2002: St. Paul District representatives celebrate the completion of the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Project with a public dedication ceremony and open house in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. The project is part of the Environmental Management Program.
· Oct. 19, 1989: The Loma Prieta earthquake happens in northern California, and, within 48 hours, 10 St. Paul District employees deploy to assist in damage assessments.
· Oct. 19, 1992: St. Paul District and Crookston city officials sit down for their first coordination meeting. The district and this city have recently signed an agreement to begin the first cost-shared feasibility study in the North Central Division.
· Oct. 20, 1971: The St. Paul District participates in a ground breaking ceremony for the Minot, North Dakota, flood control project.
· Oct. 20, 1886: At the St. Paul District’s Pokegama Lake site, one of the employees spends a portion of his day hunting for a place to gauge river anchor ice forming underneath the surface on river.
· Oct. 21, 1978: President Jimmy Carter signs the Inland Waterway Authorization Act, directing the Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission to compile a comprehensive master plan for the management of the Upper Mississippi River system.
· Oct. 21, 1980: The St. Paul District participates in a ground breaking ceremony for the Lake Rebecca Wildlife and Recreation Enhancement Project in Hastings, Minnesota.
· Oct. 21, 1993: St. Paul District Area Resource Manager Dick Otto accepts the National Society for Park Resources William Penn Mott, Jr., Award for Excellence on behalf of the St. Paul District’s Recreation Wok Group of the River Resources Forum in San Jose, California. The award recognized interagency cooperation on the Mississippi River.
· Oct. 21, 1988: Congress authorizes the construction of the Grand Forks, North Dakota/East Grand Forks Minnesota, Flood Damage Reduction Project.
· Oct. 22, 1934: The St. Paul District awards a contract Spencer, White and Prentic, Inc. for the construction of a dam at Lock and Dam 6 in Trempealeau, Wisconsin.
· Oct. 22, 1978: The St. Paul District dive team responds to a miter gate malfunction at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa, in the afternoon. Within hours, they are able to remove a towboat rachet in the pintle area. Navigation is back on track before midnight.
· Oct. 22, 2001: Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers visits St. Paul District and holds a town hall meeting.
· Oct. 23, 1962: The Flood Control Act of 1962 is passed. It authorizes the building of a flood control project in Guttenberg, Iowa.
· Oct. 23, 1972: The Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act is passed. Section 103 provides the Secretary of the Army with permit authority over the transportation of dredged material for the purpose of dumping in ocean waters.
· Oct. 24, 1920: The Rock Island District completes an experimental ore towing trip starting down river from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Winona, Minnesota and encounters no trouble. The fleet consists of the dredge Taber, acting as towboat, drawing 4.5 feet, two steel barges and carrying 625 tons of iron ore and one fuel flat.
· Oct. 24, 1984: Maureen Sullivan, equal opportunity specialist, receives the Federal Women’s Program Manager of the Year for the Twin Cities area at an event sponsored by the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota.
· Oct. 24, 2000: St. Paul District employee Doris Sullivan receives the Corps of Engineers Landscape Architect of the Year award at the Senior Leaders Conference.
· Oct. 25, 1999: A down-bound empty barge hits the guide wall at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa, causing significant damage to both the wall and a lock operator shelter. Navigation resumes in three hours.
· Oct. 26, 1996: The National Invasive Species Act passes. It amends the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to direct the Assistant Secretary of the Army to develop a program of research, technology development and demonstration for the environmentally sound control of zebra mussels in and around public facilities.
· Oct. 27, 1987: The St. Paul District hosts a three day national workshop on the beneficial uses of dredged material in St. Paul, Minnesota. More than 250 people from the U.S. and Canada attended, representing numerous government agencies.
· Oct. 27, 2007: The St. Paul District and the city of Dawson, Minnesota, sign a project cooperation agreement to build a flood damage reduction project.
· Oct. 28, 1937: The Launch Kettle, assigned to the Dredge Thompson, catches on fire after being refueled and is destroyed. The operator lives by jumping overboard.
· Oct. 28, 1981: St. Paul District employee Gary Ratz dies of an accident at work and is found on the deck of the Derrickbarge Hauser. According to district safety officer Ron Scott, he was crushed between the counterweight of the crane and other equipment stored on the deck.
· Oct. 28, 2005: The St. Paul District christens the Cranebarge Richard W. Leonard at Lock and Dam 1 in Minneapolis. Leonard’s daughter, Georgia Rose breaks a champagne bottle on the cranebarge to complete the christening.
· Oct. 29, 1964: The city of South St. Paul provides the St. Paul District with land and assurances of local cooperation needed to begin building a flood control project.
· Oct. 29, 2010: The St. Paul District issues a Section 404 permit to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the first segment of the planned high speed rail project between Milwaukee and Madison, in Wisconsin.
· Oct. 30, 1996: A steady wind out of the west northwest blowing between 40 and 50 miles per hour abruptly changes direction and 10 pontoon barges break away from the Dredge Thompson, sending pipes to the bottom of the river.
· Oct. 30, 2013: The Office of the Secretary of Defense recognizes St. Paul District accountant DeLisa Kviz as its Outstanding Department of Defense Employee/Service Member with a Disability Award in Washington, D.C.
· Oct. 31, 1905: A severe storm causes major damage to the revetment dike and protection boom at Winnibigoshish Dam.
· Oct. 31, 1936: A St. Paul District contractor completes the dredging of a turning basin and placing of embankment along the harbor line in St. Paul, Minnesota.