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



2009 Conference Summary
By Jeff Storlie, Conference Chair
I want to thank all who attended, presented, exhibited, and helped to organize the 19th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall Conference and Workshops in Duluth. We had a great turnout with 525 members attending.
We had an excellent choice of concurrent sessions to attend this year, as well as a thought-provoking keynote on “The Geospatial Revolution” from Peter Batty. A video of his talk is posted on his blog here
We greatly appreciate the support of our vendors, and the information and ingenuity they bring to the conference. You can find information about all of our vendors and links to their companies on our GIS Products and Services page.
Scholarship Fund
A special thanks to all of you who donated a total of $4,571 to the Consortium's Scholarship Endowment Fund either by making a donation for the prize drawing ($736), attending the annual beer tasting event ($3,210), or donating a workshop honorarium ($625). The money raised through those activities will enable the Consortium to continue to recognize and support student excellence in Minnesota.
Duluth 2010!
Organizing the conference is always a huge job, but is highly rewarding. It is a team effort and this year’s conference committee did an excellent job! Each year volunteers are needed to accomplish a variety of tasks related to planning this event. Volunteers help with everything from organizing workshop and session schedules to decorating the facilities. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the conference or want to offer a suggestion, please send a message to – it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Next year the conference will be in Duluth again – mark your calendars for October 13-15, 2010.
I have greatly enjoyed my two years serving on the Consortium board as the conference chair-elect and the conference chair. I thank the other board members for their support throughout my term. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with all of you.
See you in Duluth in 2010!