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Devils Lake, N.D., resident wins national Corps of Engineers construction award

Published June 29, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Headquarters recently announced its selection of Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District employee and Devils Lake, N.D., resident Loren Nishek as the recipient of its 2011 Construction Hard Hat of the Year Award.

Nishek received the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division Hard Hat Award in February 2011, making him a contender for the national level award.

The Construction Hard Hat of the Year Award is given out annually by the Corps of Engineers to recognize excellence in construction quality management by its construction field personnel. Nishek was chosen as the recipient over contenders from 10 other divisional offices across the entire Corps of Engineers.

Nishek, who's worked for the Corps of Engineers for 17 years, is a senior project engineer in the district's construction branch. Nishek was recognized for his actions as project engineer in the Western Area Devils Lake Resident Office, where he has provided leadership for construction efforts associated with numerous Corps of Engineers’ contracts in the Devils Lake Basin.

"Loren Nishek has provided critical leadership for the last couple of years in the Devils Lake Basin in constructing numerous projects under unique circumstances,” said Mike Evenson, the district’s western area engineer. “Those who have worked with him fully recognize and respect his capabilities and standards of excellence, whether outside or inside the Corps of Engineers.”

Nishek will be recognized in August at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Senior Leaders Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see


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