FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



NorthStar Mapper: Explore Minnesota with Maps Online

By Nancy Rader and Chris Cialek, Land Management Information Center


LMIC has developed a new mapping website to help users quickly find and view key data layers for their area of interest, wherever that may be in Minnesota. NorthStar Mapper lets you browse air photos, land cover, topographic maps and a variety of other GIS data layers.


With NorthStar Mapper, users can:

  • Navigate directly to a county, city, civil or public land survey (PLS) township
  • View a customized attribute report on any spot they identify
  • Find the elevation of any point
  • Display a full PLS description for any township/range/section
  • Define an area from which vector or raster data layers can be clipped, zipped and downloaded to their computer
  • Find the legislative districts of an area and link to Legislators’ websites
  • Save a map graphic to use in a report
  • Bookmark and share URLs of noteworthy views

The site employs two web mapping environments to display and deliver data: ArcIMS for vector and land use/cover layers, and OGC-compliant Web Mapping Services (WMS) for orthophotography and USGS topographic maps (DRGs).


The current release of NorthStar Mapper is intended to provide basic layers and functions of interest to a broad audience. Its design will allow LMIC to increase the number of data layers offered and provide more functions in the future. Since the site can draw upon data outside LMIC, it can also be expanded to include layers shared by other organizations.


Find NorthStar Mapper at: