Spring 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Award Nominations Open

GIS Drive to Excellence
GIS Pandemic Needs
GeoService Finder
Red River LIDAR
Groundwater Webmap
08 Photo Update
Improving Structures Data

Governor's Council
Strategic Planning Directions
Award Nominations Open
Meeting Webcasts

OpenSource Group

Input for State Planning
Goodhue User Group

Census Atlas
Census PSAP
NGAC Named
USGS Research Agenda
Sunspots Impact GPS
GPS with Maps
Geology Map
Soil Viewer Update
Recycle Cell Phones

Higher Education
Dangermond to Speak
UofM Career Day
GIS Primer

Borchert Remembered
Two Minnesotans on NGAC
Jay Bell
Bob McMaster

Other Places
Free GPS Visualizer
Global Incident Map
Russian GPS Update


From the Chair
By Sally Wakefield, 2008 Board Chair

Happy Spring! I am thrilled to be serving this year as chair of the 2008 Mn GIS/LIS Board of Directors and am looking forward to a busy year. The 2008 board is in place and continues to support the Consortium’s mission: To develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of our state and its citizens.

I offer a huge round of thanks to all outgoing board members for their dedicated service and wish to welcome incoming members as well. Board directors are nominated each year at the annual conference and elected by majority vote of the membership. Directors reflect consortium activities and member sectors; I encourage you to contact your representative or any board member should you have comments, suggestions or concerns about the organization. Full contact information for each director can be found here:

  • Sally Wakefield, Chair – 1000 Friends of Minnesota
  • Rebecca Foster, Chair-Elect – City of Edina
  • Chad Martini, Past Chair Ex Officio – Stearns County
  • Tim Loesch, Treasurer – Minnesota DNR
  • Sarah Schrader, Secretary – Goodhue County
  • Kari Geurts, Conference Chair – Minnesota DNR
  • Jeff Storlie, Conference Chair-Elect – St. Louis County
  • Dr. Ben Richason, Higher Education – Saint Cloud State University
  • Steve Benson, State Government – Minnesota DNR
  • Jennifer Wittkopf, Local Government – City of Prior Lake
  • Mark Packard, Private Sector – de maximis Data Management Solutions, Inc.
  • Leanne Knott, At-Large – City of Red Wing
  • Will Craig, Governor's Council Ex Officio – University of Minnesota, CURA
  • Nancy Rader, LMIC Ex Officio – Land Management Information Center

There are already numerous activities planned for the Consortium in the coming months and we anticipate a productive year. Some of the highlights are listed below:

Strategic Planning Retreat: The board will meet for a full-day planning session in February to set goals for 2008. All meeting agendas and minutes, including results of the annual planning and goal setting can be found here.

Spring Workshops, Thursday May 15: Spring workshops are back! Planning is currently underway to develop a full-day multi-topic slate of GIS/LIS-related workshops to be held at the Mn/DOT training facility in Arden Hills. Save the date and watch your email for more information about this low-cost, high-quality training opportunity.

Newsletter: Remember – all members are invited and encouraged to submit articles about GIS projects, activities and events to this quarterly newsletter. Please consider submitting an article or encouraging others to contribute a piece about an interesting project or topic. The Consortium is a member-driven organization and relies on the greater community to distribute informative and timely information.

2008 Conference: We are excited to return to Rochester again this October. Last year was the biggest turnout ever and we are looking forward to another great conference this fall. The planning committee has begun to meet and is looking for volunteers to help out. If you are interested in working on this year’s event, or simply want to make a comment or suggestion about the conference, contact this year's Conference Chair Kari Geurts at:

Committee Involvement: One of the best ways you can support the Consortium is through involvement on a committee. Each group meets independently of the board and is organized around specific goals of the organization. A full list of committee activities, including contact information, can be found here.

Thank you to all the members that keep the Consortium strong through participation! The board and I look forward to serving your interests in the coming year.

Sally Wakefield