Fall 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Past News Issues

MnGeo Update
Municipal Boundaries
Statewide LiDAR Update

LiDAR for Conservation
Geology/Ground Water Info

Governor's Council
Structures Grant
Arrowhead Collaboration

Goodhue Flood Site
LOGIS gGov Project
Winona Township Atlas
SMSC Presettlement Map

USGS Digital Map
FSA Photos '09
Congress & GIS Governance
Air Quality Maps
Presidential Election Map

Higher Education
UWRF Update
Monmonier at UofM

Scandia Resource Plan

Goodhue Land Use Model

Memorium: Bob Marx

Other Places
ASPRS 2011 Conference



Registration for the Annual Conference Is Open!
By Jeff Storlie, 2009 MN GIS/LIS Conference Chair

It’s time to register for the 19th annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference being held Oct 21st –Oct 23rd at the DECC in Duluth, MN.

To register please visit our website at

Review or download the preliminary program online. A final printed program will be included in your conference registration packet.

There will be full tracks of concurrent sessions, panel discussions, product demos, poster exhibition and a vendor reception. As always, there will be many great opportunities to network and socialize at all the entertainment events.


Wednesday, October 21

  • Workshops (all at the DECC. Shared laptop policy - refer to registration
  • Welcome reception at the Duluth Curling Club

Thursday, October 22

  • Opening plenary: “The Geospatial Technology Revolution”
  • Morning/afternoon concurrent sessions
  • Awards luncheon
  • Scholarship undergraduate and poster competitions
  • Exhibit hall and vendor reception
  • 5K fun run/walk
  • Beer tasting

Friday, October 23

  • Morning concurrent sessions
  • Scholarship graduate competition
  • Brief annual member meeting during working lunch
  • Closing lunch and plenary: “Friendship Fires – Life in the Northwoods”
  • Member drawing with door prizes


Workshops: The event begins with workshops held in the DECC. Come to the Lobby to register, receive your program materials, and enjoy a continental breakfast. Or join us for lunch at 12:15 and attend an afternoon workshop. With a broad offering of hands-on and lecture-style workshops on a variety of topics, we hope that everyone will find something of interest.

Welcome Reception: That evening (5:00 – 10:00), be sure to stop by the Duluth Curling Club, located within the DECC complex. The Consortium will host an evening social hour with complimentary appetizers.
You will have a chance to sign up at 7:00 p.m. at the curling club ($15.00 and please wear a clean pair of sneakers) to participate in a mini bonspiel (curling tournament). Please join us for a fun-filled event.


Opening Plenary: Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and we lead things off with a great plenary session. Peter Batty will address the conference and speak about:

“The Geospatial Revolution”

Concurrent sessions begin immediately following the keynote. Tracks of concurrent sessions run throughout the conference schedule, providing information on a vast array of GIS/LIS-related topics. Learn how others have implemented solutions to issues you might be having, find out about new technology advances, and listen to recent research in a field of interest.

Awards Lunch: The Thursday lunch program includes the presentation of the Consortium’s certificates to the scholarship winners from each school; its three Polaris mid-career awards and one Lifetime Achievement award; and a Governor’s Commendation to an outstanding GIS project.

Student Competition: Outstanding students from across the state will be competing for cash prizes in a special presentation competition. Watch for the competition entries among the student track presentations and in the poster gallery.

5K Fun Run/Walk: Get outside and get moving! Join us for a “5K” on Duluth’s Lake Superior walkway. The route winds along the Duluth harbor and around Canal Park. Timing devices will be provided or set your own pace. Changing facilities will be provided at the DECC. All participants registered will receive a T-shirt commemorating the run/walk event.

Exhibit Hall, Vendor Reception: The exhibit hall will be open throughout the conference, and vendors will be on hand to share their latest technologies and services. A new raffle will be held during the vendor reception, following the concurrent sessions. All proceeds from this event benefit the Consortium’s scholarship program. You can sample the hors d’oeuvres during the reception as you make your way through the hall and poster gallery where you can meet and talk with the poster presenters and exhibitors.

Beer Tasting: Join us in the evening in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn for the annual beer tasting. Home brewers are welcome to bring samples to share. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 (or $20 with a glass). All proceeds from this event support activities to foster and recognize exceptional up-and-coming GIS professionals through the Consortium’s student awards program.


Sessions and Closing Plenary: The conference concludes with concurrent sessions in the morning followed by lunch and the closing plenary session. Our closing lunch will include an awards presentation to this year’s student scholarship competition winners and a brief annual member meeting. Closing the conference will be Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune Outdoor writer, presenting, “Friendship Fires – Life in the Northwoods”.
Door prizes will be drawn after the closing. Must be present to win!

It should be a great conference with quality workshops, engaging sessions, full exhibit hall, quality entertainment and an excellent opportunity to reconnect with friends and acquaintances. Please pass on the word about the conference to others who may not get our materials directly or may be interested in attending.

To register, visit our website at: While there, you can learn more about the conference and make hotel reservations.

Thanks to each and every one of you who support the Consortium, and we hope to see you all in Duluth!

For more information, please contact Jeff Storlie at: or 218-725-5022.