Summer 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Scholarship Winners
Lifetime/Polaris Nominations

Drive to Excellence Update
Emerald Ash Borer Tracking
New Catchment Boundaries
M3D Update
MN Broadband Maps

Governor's Council
CTU/USNG Standards
Red River Flood GIS
RNC Presentation
Commendation Nominations

Natural Resources Atlas

Red River Flood - Moorhead
Ag Emergency Plan - Steele Co.
Crime Maps & GeoMoose
Laurentian Collaborative
Ramsey Co GIS Group


Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair
Reclaim Lost Land

Other Places
ND GIS Conference
Sticky/Magnetic States



Two NewState Geospatial Standards
By Mark Kotz, Co-Chair, Standards Committee, Governor’s Council on Geographic Information
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information has adopted two new state geospatial standards.
The purpose of this standard is to provide a single, common coding scheme to identify all cities, townships and Census Bureau-defined unorganized territories in Minnesota. It is intended to be used primarily when data is being transferred between a state agency and some external customer.
This standard provides a set of codes that uniquely identify more than 2700 cities, townships and unorganized territories (CTUs) within the state of Minnesota. These codes originate from the U.S. Geographic Names Information System and are recognized as a formal federal standard. This standard is important to all developers of public databases containing information about cities, townships and unorganized territories in Minnesota.
All Minnesota CTU codes are available for searching or download from the Minnesota CTU Database page.
The purpose of this state standard is to encourage the use of the United States National Grid (USNG) on all appropriate map products in the state and to specify how the USNG should be presented on maps when it is used.
The USNG provides an efficient way to specify location information at different levels of detail anywhere in the United States and is based on a universally defined geographic coordinate and grid system. It is intended to improve interoperability across all national jurisdictions, especially in crisis situation, and to help people use location services such as GPS in conjunction with printed maps to find and communicate location information.
See the U.S. National Grid resources page  of the GCGI Emergency Preparedness Committee.
For more information, contact Mark Kotz at or 651-602-1644.