Fall 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Spring Workshop Report

Draft Stormwater Data Standard
LiDAR Update

Lyon Co Sign Inventory
Anoka Co Website
LOGIS Map Books Use USNG
Goodhue ESRI Award

US Topo now for MN

Higher Education
UMD GIS Minor & Certificate
UWRF GIS Certificate

Prepare for NG911

In Memory: Carrie Bartz

Other Places
Wisconsin Strategic Plans
Strategic Directions for Geography
Where are Americans Moving?



20th Annual MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference Planning
By Stacey Stark, 2010 Conference Chair

It’s time for the 20th annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference October 13-15 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, MN!

Online registration is closed but walk-up registration will be available. Review or download the preliminary program online.  A final printed program will be included in your conference registration packet.

Dedicated Open Source User?  Curious about Open Source GIS Applications?

Our opening keynote speaker, Paul Ramsey, will present Be Not Afraid: A Manager’s Field Guide to Life in an Open Source World.  This talk will cover the open source technology available for GIS organizations, some reasons to adopt it (or not), and cover the real-world experiences of organizations that have already taken the plunge.

Paul has worked with geospatial software for more than 10 years as a programmer and consultant.  He founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001, and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee.

He will also teach two workshops:

  1. Introduction to PostGIS, a hands-on exploration of the PostGIS spatial database
  2. Introduction to the Open Source Geo-Stack, an exploration of database, application server, desktop editing, and web interfaces available in the open source world

For these and other great workshops, view full descriptions here.

We have at least nine other presentations in our full agenda in which Mn GIS/LIS members will share their own experiences with open-source-based GIS applications.

GIS and Sustainable Design

Our closing keynote speaker will be James Scott Brew of the Rocky Mountain Institute, presenting A GIS Vision: Digital Nature and Sustainable Design.  He will take us on a journey into the possible for a hopeful glimpse into the future of technology and nature and the role geographic information systems (GIS) may play.

James has nearly three decades of experience in historic preservation, designing healthy/high-performance/low-energy buildings, and creating sustainable campus, community and city plans.

Wednesday Evening at the Aquarium

We have a fantastic and family-friendly evening planned at the Great Lakes Aquarium, sponsored in part by the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program.  It is open to all workshop and conference attendees and their partners and children (there will be a charge for non-conference guests over the age of 3:  $8 for ages 4-9, and $12 for ages 10 and over).

  • At 6:30 p.m., our private event will begin with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and cash bar.  Admission to the exhibits is included, featuring animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes Basin, as well as animals from other freshwater ecosystems such as the Amazon River.
  • At 7:15 p.m., we will hear a special presentation titled “1000 Mile Canoe Racer’s Experiences and Insights.”  Rick Lorenzen and his canoe racing partner, “Yukon Dave” Dahl, recently competed in the Yukon 1000 Mile Canoe/Kayak Race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to the Dalton Highway Bridge in Alaska, finishing in third place overall!  They will share many remarkable pictures, funny stories, and tips about competing, navigating, camping, and thriving in the longest canoe race in the world.


Much of the conference is run solely on volunteer effort.  We are looking for session moderators and other volunteers at the conference itself.  Sign up at  We still are looking for mentors and mentees for the Young Professionals Mentor Program too!

Plan to join us in Duluth for a full, engaging conference again this year!  Please feel free to contact me at to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.