WINTER 2006-7

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference Wrap-up
From the Chair
Scholarship Competition Results
Conference Auction Results
What is GISP?
GIS Rules of Conduct
MN GIS Speakers Bureau
North Carolinian Attends Conference

2006 Air Photos
Geospatial Services Survey
Gopher State One Call

Governor's Council
Committee Priorities 

MetroGIS DataFinder Improved
Housing/Jobs Mapping Site
Metro Land Conversion

GIS for Surveyors

2010 Census Address Program
2010 Census Options
National Land Cover Database 

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update CEU's

GITA Announces Scholarship

Other Places
Benefits of Parcel WMS



Scholarship Competition Results

By Banette Kritzky, Scholarship Committee Chair


The Scholarship Committee is very proud to announce the 2006 first-place winners of the scholarship competition at the Consortium’s annual conference:


  • Claudia Cacares, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota ($1,250)
    Using GIS in the Honduran Avian Influenza Emergency Preparedness Plan

  • Joel Larson, Macalester College ($1,000)
    Food Security in Urban America: A model based on Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Jared Cruz, Anoka-Ramsey Community College ($500)
    The Spotted Salamander in Minnesota: An analysis of breeding habitat near Saint Croix and Nemadji State Forests


In addition to the above awards, each of the following students received $200 for their efforts in the competition:


Bemidji State University - Joey Wade

Fond du Lac Community College - Paul Malinka

Itasca Community College - Casey Souder

Minnesota State University, Mankato (graduate) - Lyle Petrick

St. Cloud State University (undergraduate) - Jake Galzki

University of Minnesota (graduate) - Jessica Fendos

University of Minnesota (undergraduate) - Justin Becknell

University of Minnesota – Duluth (undergraduate) - Jim Lind


Unfortunately, two students who planned to compete were in summer accidents and were unable to participate; best wishes for a full recovery go to Jonathan Thornburg from Mankato State, and Kaleb Stromberg from St. Thomas.


This year’s participants once again performed outstandingly, and all should be commended for their poise, professionalism and confidence.


A big thank you to all who assisted with the competition:  Will Craig, Rebecca Foster, Chad Martini, Marty Mitchell, Paul Olson, Sally Wakefield, and Fei Yuan.


For more information on the Consortium’s scholarship program, see To volunteer to help with the committee, contact Banette Kritzky at or 651-602-7905.