Summer 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2008 Conference
Silent Auction
Scholarship Winners
Call for Awards

Drive to Excellence Update
Watershed Assessment Tool

Governor's Council
National Grid Lectures
Preparedness Outreach
Call for Commendations

Parcels & Community Devel.

McLeod Co. Uses GeoMoose

Landsat Data Free
Red River LiDAR Update
USGS Flood Map
Ecoregion-Climate Reports

Higher Education
Dangermond Degree
Saint Mary's Update

ESRI & Google

Non-profit GIS User Group

GITA Conference
GITA Scholarship

Other Places
GIS Job Field



MN GIS/LIS 2008 Fall Conference Update
By Kari Geurts, Conference Chair
The 18th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference is scheduled for October 1-3 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Here are some of the conference highlights!
All of the workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 1, at the Mayo Civic Center. This year you’ll be able to choose from at least 15 workshops with a wide range of topics. Many thanks to those of you who answered the workshop survey and helped us define a great selection of topics.
Sessions and Posters
The call for presentations was sent to more than 2200 Consortium members, those who have attended previous conferences or who have requested mailings. Submissions were accepted through the deadline of May 30.
We are hoping to fill seven concurrent tracks again this year, including a full track of product demonstrations and our third year of student competition. Posters will be both project-specific and cartographic examples this year. Poster authors will be available for an hour during the vendor reception on Thursday evening to answer your questions.
Plenary Sessions and Exhibitor Hall
The conference kicks off on Thursday, October 2 in the Exhibitor Hall of the Mayo Civic Center. The hall will be bustling this year since the plenary session, luncheons, exhibitors, and silent auction will all be in the same room. The keynote and closing speakers are:
  • Talbot Brooks, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State. He’ll be speaking on “the U.S. National Grid and the application of geospatial technologies to emergency response.”
  • Todd Foster and Scott Miller from Hudson Bay Expedition will be our closing luncheon speakers. They will be speaking about their 2250-mile historical canoe expedition from St. Cloud to Hudson Bay. Todd and Scott were inspired to take the trip after reading "Canoeing with the Cree" by Eric Sevareid, a book that recounts Sevareid's trip with his friend Walter Port along the same route in 1930.
If you’d like to view how the Exhibitor Hall will be set up, see the Exhibitor Brochure at
Silent Auction
You can contribute to the silent auction today! This is a great opportunity to help raise money for our MN GIS/LIS students and have some fun while doing it. Please contact Sarah Schrader ( with your silent auction donations.
Wednesday Night Event
Entertainment at Goonies Comedy Club will follow the Wednesday workshops.
Thursday Night Events
The annual vendor reception and poster session will follow Thursday’s sessions. There will be free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages, as well as a cash bar. This event provides an excellent time to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes! The always-popular beer tasting event will be in the Galleria Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Hotel after the vendor reception on Thursday.
Online conference registration will open in late July using the Consortium website and registration system. A preliminary program will be mailed and posted on the Consortium's website prior to registration, providing an overview of the many workshops, sessions, learning and social opportunities available during the conference. You’ll also be able to make your hotel reservations online during this time.
Contact and Rochester Info
Please feel free to contact me at to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Mayo Civic Center. If you’d like to do some touring of Rochester now, visit the website at