Summer 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Spring Workshops
Award Nominations
Scholarship Winners

Right of Way Maps Online
More Photos via WMS

Governor's Council
Applications FY08
Commendation Nominations


County GIS Association
Ramsey 2006 Orthos
Utility User Group

SSURGO update
Web Soil Survey v.2
2010 Census Tracts
2010 Census Address Update
Land Cover Website
Satellite Mission

Higher Education
U of M GIS Job Fair
St. Mary's Update

Other Places
Seamless Photos/Topos
WI GIS Coordination
City GIS Sites
Climate Change Risk
Projections Poster
European GPS Update
1507 Map of World


Minnesota County GIS Association

By Jane Mueller, Beltrami County GIS Director/E911 Coordinator


The Land Records Modernization Committee of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information has been working to form a Minnesota County GIS Association (MCGISA). The mission of the association is to advance GIS technology in Minnesota county governments by providing leadership support and advocacy.




Goals of the association include:

  • Foster support and awareness to public officials;
  • Cultivate growth through workshops, meetings and seminars;
  • Provide a forum to share knowledge, experience and information among members;
  • Act as a voice on Minnesota County GIS policy decisions; and
  • Support development and implementation of standards.


MCGISA will function in sub-regions of the state. Each sub-region will work on issues related to them. It is the hope of this group to have a representative from every county who together will act as general members of MCGISA with voting privileges. Other individuals interested in membership may do so as associated non-voting members.


Information Meetings


Information meetings are being held across the state with various user groups to inform county staff about the goals, mission and overall intent of the association and get their feedback. The first meeting was at the end of January in St. Cloud with the statewide Regional Development Organization GIS group and the Central Minnesota GIS Users group. In April, a meeting was held in Slayton with the Southwest Minnesota GIS Users group. The next meeting is planned for May 8 in Bagley for the northern counties of Minnesota with metro and southern meetings yet to be formalized. Formation of MCGISA is expected to come together with a kick-off meeting planned for Thursday evening, October 11 at the annual GIS/LIS conference in Rochester.


More information


Anyone wanting more information on MCGISA and upcoming meetings is encouraged to contact Brian Armstrong at or 218-998-8310 or Charlie Kost at or 507-537-6371.


Information on the Land Records Modernization Committee, including MCGISA Subcommittee meeting minutes, is at: