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District staff, tribes gather to remember Big Sandy Lake tragedy
Around 200 people gathered at the district’s Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area, near McGregor, Minn., July 31 to honor and remember a tragedy that occurred 163 years ago.
District team earns national value engineering honors
The district earned another national-level award for engineering earlier this summer at a summit in Arlington, Va. The value engineering team received the national award from the Society of American Value Engineers, or SAVE, International organization during the SAVE Value Summit June 26.
Corps of Engineers presents Grand Forks, N.D., resident with National Water Safety award
Maj. Gen. John Peabody, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division commander, presented Carma Hanson of Grand Forks Safe Kids a National Water Safety award on behalf of the National Water Safety Congress at the Grand Forks, N.D., airport July 31.
District engineers use robots for STEM Outreach
One of the challenges we face as a nation is getting kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, in order to develop the problem solvers of the future. One way I am helping to meet that challenge is by mentoring a high school robotic team, The Fighting Calculators. The Fighting Calculators participate in the FIRST Robotic Competition, a program where high school students build robots and then compete against other high school teams. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, encourages STEM education through a suite of robotic competitions, ranging from FIRST Lego League for elementary school kids up to FIRST Robotic Competition for high school teams. FIRST Robotics is the fastest growing sport in the nation. In Minnesota, there are now more high school robotics teams than high school hockey teams!
Lake Ashtabula park rangers partner with local school to plant trees, celebrate the outdoors
District staff from Lake Ashtabula, near Valley City, N.D., and faculty and students from Jefferson Elementary School in Valley City, celebrated the National Kids to Parks Day at the park May 16.
District employee supports North Dakota flood fight and saves a puppy along the way
When Paul Machajewski, operations, left his home near Winona, Minn., earlier this spring to serve as an emergency operations construction representative for the work being done in and around Fargo, N.D., rescuing a puppy wasn’t even a thought on his mind.
Walking on water
Walking on water? Not quite. One aspect of the Corps of Engineers not often seen is our Environmental Management Program.
Corps of Engineers holds dedication ceremony for Lock and Dam 3 navigation safety project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, conducted a project dedication ceremony and open house at Lock and Dam 3, near Red Wing, Minn., on May 31 at 9 a.m.
Little Hoot Island tree planting
On May 23, 2013, 19 tree planters representing individual volunteers, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Section of the Corps of Engineers, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings.
Prescribed burn conducted at Leech Lake
This week, local, state, tribal and federal officials conducted a series of prescribed burns of “wet meadows” on public property along Leech Lake and Boy rivers, near the City of Federal Dam, Minn.
Heckendorf finds travel, learning opportunities while working in Brazil
Geotechnical engineer Kurt Heckendorf recently returned from a six-month trip to Brasilia, the capitol of Brazil, where he lived and worked alongside the local population.
Headwaters reservoirs: Water management provides flood risk reduction, recreation
Regulating the Mississippi River Headwaters reservoirs takes a lot of coordination, monitoring and science, according to Brian Johnson, Mississippi River Headwaters water control engineer.
Spring is near - Ice surveys begin on Lake Pepin
A few district employees from the channels and harbors section are getting the opportunity to take
District finds opportunity during drought, completes repair work at Minneapolis lock
Drought isn’t all bad. Low flows on the Upper Mississippi River provided the district an opportunity
Dewatering a lock and dam
For the fourth time since it was put into service in 1936, Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wis.,
Headwaters reservoirs: Streams, dreams and navigation
The late 1800s were challenging times for people living in the Midwest. Flour millers in the
District employees volunteer, support wounded warrior deer hunt at Eau Galle Park
What started as an idea a little more than six months ago, came to fruition Dec. 8 in the woods
Corps of Engineers will close Lock and Dam 6 this winter for maintenance work
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is closing Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau,
Periodic Inspections keep infrastructure working
The district’s water control structures, such as the 13 locks and dams on the Mississippi River, undergo a number of site-specific inspections and assessments. The inspections ensure the structures are safe and reliable for the navigation industry. After all of the inspections and assessments are completed, a periodic inspection report is created. The district completed seven inspection reports on locks and dams and reservoirs this year.
Bosse navigation charts in the new century
As commercial navigation becomes more dependent upon electronic technology, the use of paper navigation charts like the hand written ones completed by Henry Bosse in the early 1900s and used on the Dredge Thomson until 2005 are becoming a thing of the past.