Crosscurrents - Fall 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, talks about the challenges and opportunities the Corps of Engineers faces in the future during a town hall at the district’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sept. 1.
FARGO, N.D. - Mark Wilmes, is the new St. Paul District recreation and natural resources chief.
Resident engineer Scott Baker, center, during the weekly progress meeting and site visit Aug. 11, 2015, for the Harper’s Slough project. The Harper’s Slough Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project, located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, was planned and designed under the authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program. It will protect five existing islands and construct an additional seven islands using material from the backwater and main channel. The program emphasizes habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects and long-term resource monitoring. Project component includes dredging backwater areas and channels, constructing dikes, creating and stabilizing islands and controlling side channel flows and water levels. Once the project is completed, the project will be turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who manages the refuge.
ROSEAU, Minn. - From left, state Rep. Dan Fabian, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, St. Paul District Commander Col. Dan Koprowski, Roseau, Minn., Mayor Jeffry Peolowski, state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, Mark Karl of Polaris Industries, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources representative Kent Lokkesmoe, dedicated the Roseau Flood Risk Management project Aug.18.

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News and Notes - The Back Page


• Congratulations Sierra Keenan (Schroeder), planning, and her husband, Andy Keenan, on their marriage Sept. 28 in Minneapolis. She just graduated from the Corps’ planning associates class of 2013, too.
• Congratulations Marlene Blevins, executive office, and her husband, Jim, on the birth of their grandson, Luke William Lambert. Proud parents Alex and Beth (Blevins) Lambert welcomed Aug. 31. He was 7 lbs., 4 oz., and 21 inches.
• Congratulations Donna Beck, planning, on her 3rd place medal at the 10-kilometer Get Ready to Rock in White Bear Lake, Minn. It was her first race.
• Congratulations Katie Opsahl, planning, on her acceptance to the Corps’ planning associates class of 2014.

Logistics team recognized for fuel usage

For the second year in a row, the St. Paul District leads the Corps in E85 fuel usage. In fiscal year 2013, the district’s 59 E85-compatible vehicles used 7,491 gallons of the alternative fuel. This was almost 25 percent increase from 2012, when district vehicles consumed 6,012 gallons. The next district behind St. Paul for E85 consumption was Omaha District with 5,600 gallons.

Mike McGarvey, logistics management chief, warned about comparisons, though. “This isn’t quite like going apples to apples,” he used as a comparison. “Our access to alternative fuel is that much greater than other districts.”

Still, the logistics office worked hard to lessen the inconvenience to district employees. Inside the car’s log book is a listing of E85 stations in alphabetical order by city and state. There are also smartphone apps available.

E85 fuel is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Seasonal/New Hires

Travis Brantner, deckhand, operations, Fountain City, Wis.
Channing Helgeson, deckhand, operations, Fountain City, Wis.
Dale Rud, deckhand, operations, Fountain City, Wis.

Golf League wraps up another season

2013 Golf League

The St. Paul District golf league wrapped up another season this month with a final round at White Eagle Golf Course in Hudson, Wis.

Gull Lake staff support fishing organization

Gull Lake staff, along with Bobber the water safety dog, recently provided 125 anglers with disabilities, 60 care attendants, 69 volunteer fishing guides and a whole bunch of volunteers water safety items and a "good luck" send off before they hit the lake for a great day of fishing. The staff worked with Fishing Has No Boundaries®, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing, to support the event. The organization enables thousands of individuals with disabilities the ability to participate in the sport of fishing. It also opens up dreams for persons with disabilities that might not otherwise experience what you or I might just take for granted, said Mary Kay Larson, Gull Lake Recreation Area site manager.

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