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

Published Feb. 16, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Miss., 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.

The 2011 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 to only approximately 10 personnel at the Division level throughout the entire Corps of Engineers. Nishek will now compete Corps wide for the singular national version of this award.

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

“Loren sets the standard,” said Mike Evenson, the district’s western area engineer. “Through his leadership, construction knowledge and unrelenting work ethic he has accomplished a significant amount of construction placement in the Devils Lake Basin under some unique challenges.”

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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