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



Track Minnesota Stimulus Funds with Interactive Map
Adapted from MMB press release
Minnesotans can now easily track stimulus dollars at work across the state using an interactive map on the state’s Recovery.MN website. The new feature provides details about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) spending down to the project level. The mapping tool and other ARRA funding information can be found at
“Minnesota state agencies went above and beyond the federal stimulus reporting requirements in order to provide greater accessibility and transparency,” said Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) Commissioner Tom Hanson. “Citizens can now easily track where and how stimulus funds are used in their state, county, or backyard.”
The new state mapping feature provides more specific information on ARRA spending than is available on federal websites. This site combines the state’s most recent ARRA reporting with additional project level details. The result is the ability to see exactly where stimulus money is being spent, what it is being used for, and how many jobs have been created or saved. The new feature, a collaborative effort between MMB and the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo), allows the user to access information by sorting features such as address or funding category.
The mapping data represents only state-administered ARRA funds and does not include ARRA dollars awarded to other entities directly by the federal government. Additional information on non-state administered ARRA programs can be found on the federal website,