Fall 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Student Scholarship Competition
Our 50th Issue

LMIC Budget Restored
Parcel Inventory Updated
Monument Coordinates in Feet

Governor's Council
New Members
Annual Report
Regional Collaboration Panel

Met Council Map Site
MetroGIS Address Dataset

New Funding for Land Data
GeoMoose Web Mapping
Hennepin Co. Mobile Assessor Tool
Remote Aircraft Photography
Clay Co. Addresses

USGS Maps in GeoPDF
Free Landsat Images
TerraLook Free Imagery
NOAA Satellites
USGS Resources for Teachers

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
Geography, History Online

ESRI Map Help

Google Earth Pro Grants

Other Places
Bring Back Geography!
New Parcel Study
MAPPS Loses Lawsuit


Student Scholarship Competition News

By Banette Kritzky, Scholarship Chair


During the Consortium’s 2007 fall conference in Rochester, we will again host a student scholarship winner competition. If you did not have an opportunity to watch last year’s bright and enthusiastic students, let me invite you to attend this year’s competition on October 11 and 12.


Each student scholarship winner receives a complimentary registration to the annual conference (worth $230) and will be presented a certificate at the awards luncheon on Thursday. The competition winners will be recognized during the Friday luncheon.


The competition tracks will be as follows – look for room locations in the conference program:


  1. Undergraduate Competition:
    1. Thursday afternoon       1:30 – 3:00
    2. Thursday afternoon       3:30 – 5:00

  1. Poster Competition:
    1. Thursday during vendor reception
    2. The posters will be on display in the map gallery; the timing of the poster competition is still being determined

  1. Graduate Competition:
    1. Friday morning 8:30 – 10:00

Prizes for each of the competitions are as follows:

1st Prize 2nd Prize
  • Graduate Students – paper and presentation
  • Undergraduate Students – presentation
  • Community College Students – poster
In addition, those student winners who participate in the competition, but do not win a prize in their category, will receive $200.


Each category will be judged on presentation and substance and must be based on an original research project. Below is a list of the topics that the students will present:


2007 Graduate Competitors:


Andrew Moore – Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Integration of Retail Site Location Analysis, Spatial Interaction Models and Geographic Information Systems

Jason Menard – University of Minnesota

Anisotropic Least-Cost Modeling of Roman Roads in Cumbria, United Kingdom using ArcGIS and Idrisi


Kurt Swendson – St. Mary’s University

A Comparative Analysis of Programming Languages for GIS


Kunwar Krishna Veer Singh, St. Cloud State University

No information yet received


2007 Undergraduate Competitors:

Mark Balwanz – Minnesota State University, Mankato

Improving the Efficiency of the Twin Cities Park and Ride System Using GIS


Michael Boucher – Bemidji

Tumen River Project: Application of GIS in exploring the economic potentials


Breanna Duffey, University of St. Thomas

No information yet received

Matthew Petcoff, Macalester College

No information yet received


Jeff Reinhart – St. Cloud State University

Analysis of Upstream Phosphorus Loading to Big Sauk Lake


Jonathan Schultz, University of Minnesota, Duluth

No information yet received


Teresa Sperl, University of Minnesota

Goodhue County Municipal Growth Zones


2007 Poster Competitors:

Kristin Hanson, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

No information yet received


Colin Lee – Anoka Ramsey Community College

Disk Golfing in Inver Grove Heights


Samantha Mann – Itasca Community College

Wetland Mapping: Assessment of Seasonal Imagery Utilized to Delineate Wetlands in Minnesota


Congratulations and good luck to all of the student scholarship winners!


Silent / Live Auction: Also, don’t forget to stop by the auction booth to bid on some of the terrific items donated to help support our efforts to provide scholarships to future GIS students.


If you have any questions, please contact me at or 651-602-7905.