Archive: 2013
  • October

    Mississippi River Commission visits the district, gains a basin understanding

    The Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI made an appearance in the St. Paul District Aug. 9 to 12 as part of the
  • Corps, partners build Mississippi River islands to protect aquatic habitat

    A series of recently restored islands nestled along the Mississippi River near Lansing, Iowa, were
  • Battle of Gettysburg 150 years later: District’s first commander was battle hero

    In 1866 following the Civil War, Gouverneur Kimble Warren was assigned to St. Paul, Minn., as the
  • Team nears finish line on Devils Lake, N.D., emergency work

    The St. Paul District will substantially complete its emergency flood risk management project in
  • District attorney earns national award

    St. Paul District lawyer Damon Roberts, counsel, was recently selected as the 2013 Joseph W. Kimbel Award recipient.
  • September

    District foresters turn island into large Petri dish

    The district recently finished a three-year reforestation project with a massive planting of 7,000 trees. The Gores Reforestation Project is intended to enhance wildlife habitat and manage invasive species on a Mississippi River island located near Red Wing, Minn., which is public land managed by the Corps. Reed canary grass, an invasive, has slowly been taking over this island.
  • Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

    St. Paul District employees took on the August heat and humidity during Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, August 27, to spread the word about the district’s missions. More than 94,000 people passed through the turnstiles on what would be the warmest day recorded in the fair’s history.
  • Koprowski takes the helm

    About 350 people gathered at the district’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., June 19 to say farewell to the outgoing commander while welcoming the new one into the district’s family.
  • Teamwork helps district repair damages to Lock and Dam 5A gate

    A tow heading downriver struck and severely damaged a miter gate at Lock and Dam 5A near Winona, Minn., May 16.
  • Visitors get hands-on opportunity during Lock and Dam 1 open house

    The St. Paul District hosted its annual open house at Lock and Dam 1 in Minneapolis in conjunction with the annual Highland Fest, celebrated by the St. Paul, Minn., Highland neighborhood, July 19.
  • 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.
  • August

    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.
  • July

    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.
  • June

    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.
  • May

    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.