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



Laurentian GIS Collaborative
By Kara Kent, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Since April 2005, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) and Iron Range Resources (IRR) have been working together to help identify ways that GIS can be effectively implemented at the municipal level for small communities on the Mesabi Iron Range. The focus of the Laurentian GIS Collaborative is to upgrade municipal data handling and improve GIS datasets at the local, state and federal levels. This is expected to improve communities' decision making in municipal and economic development, and land use planning to accommodate future development and industrial activities.

Laurentian GIS Collaborative Web Mapping Application - City of Chisholm
In this first phase of the Laurentian GIS Collaborative, ARDC assisted the local decision makers of seven pilot communities with the ability to quickly design maps, analyze data and view infrastructure details through a GIS web application. The pilot communities were Babbitt, Biwabik, Chisholm, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, Keewatin and Nashwauk from Itasca and St. Louis counties. The project team from ARDC worked with stakeholders from local, county, state and federal entities to collect input on analysis needs. Members of the professional GIS community were invited to participate in the project.
The project has resulted in a coordinated acquisition and development of data that addresses parcel, utility, zoning, and road inventory needs of multiple agencies.
For more information please contact:
Kara J. Kent, GIS Specialist
ARDC - Regional Planning