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



K-12 Teacher News: GEOFEST and Other Training

By Sara Damon, Stillwater Area Schools




Exhibitors are wanted for the first annual GEOFEST conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE), Saturday, October 28, 2006 at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. Several workshop strands will focus on integrating GIS, GPS and remote sensing into the K-12 curriculum. The workshop is FREE, as is lunch to exhibitors. For conference details and registration information, see


Getting Started with Geotechnologies Course


This two-day course will introduce middle and high school teachers to geotechnologies as tools for geographic inquiry. Learn how students can use GIS, GPS and remote sensing to ask and answer spatial questions at a variety of scales. Create one or more classroom-ready lessons correlated to state academic standards in geography.


Day 1:  Four-session Geotechnology strand at GEOFEST conference, Saturday, October 28, 2006, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota


Day 2:  Follow-up session, Saturday, December 2, 2006, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota


1 semester credit is available through Hamline University Graduate School of Education. Course assignment required to earn graduate credit. Tuition $106. Instructor: Sara Damon, Stillwater Area Schools. Online registration available soon through Hamline University. For more information, contact Sara Damon at


Google Earth For Teachers Group


An informal group of K-12 teachers has begun meeting periodically to brainstorm and share classroom applications of Google Earth. In addition, a Google Earth For Teachers Yahoo Group has been established. If interested in joining the Yahoo Group or attending the next meeting, contact Aaron Doering at


Firewise Teacher Trainings


More than 50 educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin have completed summer Firewise Teacher Trainings co-sponsored by MAGE and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firewise Program. Firewise is a national and state program designed to reduce the risk of wildfire to homes on the edge of urban areas. Minnesota middle and high school students are using GIS and GPS to identify areas of high wildfire risk in their communities and collaborating with local fire departments to communicate wildfire risk mitigation strategies to local governments and homeowners. New teachers welcome! For more information, see