Winter 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Wrap-up 
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Drawing
Polaris Awards
Lifetime Award

MnGeo Update
Stimulus Funding Map
Chronic Wasting Monitoring

Elevation Info

Governor's Council
Commendation to Goodhue Co.

Base Map Services
Socioeconomic Data

LiDAR Use in Winona Co.
Rice Co. Pictometry
Prairie Island Natural Resources
Fillmore Co. GIS
Prior Lake / Scott Co. Collaboration

Historic SPOT Online

K-12 Education
GeoMentor Project

Will Craig: URISA Hall of Fame



From the Chair
By Rebecca Foster, 2009 Chair
Wow, just when I can finally say the following correctly, “Is there a call for a motion, second, any discussion, all in favor say aye, opposed….”, I’m all done serving as your chair. The board and I had many laughs over the past year as I tried to get that motion correct. I need to take a moment and thank each member of the board. Working with such a hands-on group of professionals really made my job as chair extremely easy.
Board Accomplishments: A few of our major accomplishments were hosting well-informed spring workshops, conducting  a salary survey, creating a history link on our website, posting past issues of GIS/LIS News, joining Facebook, and organizing a successful return to Duluth for the fall conference after seven years of absence.
2009 Fall Conference and Workshops: Our Conference Chair, Jeff Storlie, did a fabulous job of organizing the volunteers who helped with planning and executing the event. It is an enormous task to pull off such a large event, but Jeff and his team were more than up to the task. I would like to extend my thanks to all of the presenters, vendors, and conference volunteers who made our trip to Duluth so enjoyable.
Spring Workshops: Save the date! A full-day multi-topic slate of GIS/LIS-related workshops will be held at Mn/DOT's Arden Hills training facility on Thursday May 20, 2010. If you would like to volunteer to help or have ideas for workshop topics, please drop us a note at
20th Anniversary: Cold, wind, rain or snow will not stop Duluth from hosting our 20th Annual Fall Conference and Workshops on October 13-15, 2010. This conference is fast approaching and Stacey Stark, Conference Chair-Elect, is ready to take on the challenge. Planning usually begins in January, but help is needed throughout the year. Please email Stacey at if you would like to contribute to organizing sessions, entertainment, facilities, workshops, or any of the other duties that need to happen for another successful conference. I’m eager to see if she can pull off another Great Lakes freighter entering the canal before closing lunch!
Welcome: Steve Benson is the incoming board chair and I am confident that he will keep the board on its toes and operating in the best interest of the members. If he can keep a conference beer tasting under control, this next year should be a breeze for him!
It’s hard for me to say good-bye, because I have enjoyed every minute of the last four years I’ve served on the Board. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. I can guarantee it is well worth the effort and the experience to volunteer. The friendships I have made and the knowledge I have gained will be forever in my heart.