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



Lifetime Achievement Award: John Hoshal
John C. Hoshal, GIS Consulting Services Supervisor at the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, was presented with the Consortium’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the October 2009 conference in Duluth. This award was established to recognize a lifetime of accomplishments in the field of GIS/LIS in Minnesota.
For over 30 years, John Hoshal has encouraged others to embrace the power of GIS. Whether in key roles in emergency preparedness or helping to resolve land and timber disputes between the U.S. Government and American Indians, his dedicated work has markedly advanced GIS in Minnesota and beyond. He is a master at utilizing the technology, developing creative new uses for GIS to address a wide range of issues from human services to the preservation of Minnesota’s original land plat maps and surveyors’ notes.
What further distinguishes John is not only his knowledge, talent and skill, but also his consummate professionalism, unflappability and the respect he shows to everyone with whom he has contact. As one colleague noted, “His quietness but strength of character has bridged many a chasm, leading to state and local partnerships that could have never otherwise come together.”
His commitment to excellence and many accomplishments are significant contributions to the field of GIS and to the quality of life of Minnesotans.