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Corps of Engineers recognizes Cottage Grove, Minn., resident

Published March 17, 2014
Mike Knoff was selected as one of the St. Paul District's three 2013 Civil Servants of the Year.

Mike Knoff was selected as one of the St. Paul District's three 2013 Civil Servants of the Year.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, selected Cottage Grove, Minn., resident Michael Knoff as one of its three Civil Servants of the Year this year.

The St. Paul District presents this award annually to the top three or four of its 700 employees. Knoff, who's worked for the Corps of Engineers for more than 29 years, is chief of the Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch at the district’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.

Knoff received this award in recognition of his outstanding leadership abilities, technical competence and professional commitment. “Mike [Knoff] filled in a crucial gap in executive leadership for the St. Paul District during the latter half of 2013 by serving as the district’s acting deputy commander for six months. During this time, he provided continuity and direction for the district, while seamlessly transitioning in a new commander,’” said Michael Bart, the district’s chief of engineering.

Knoff will receive his award at the 37th Annual Minnesota Federal Civil Servant of the Year Awards in St. Paul, Minn., May 2.

The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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