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?



State LiDAR Project Update
By Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project is proceeding on schedule with roughly 80% of the Minnesota River Basin project area acquired in the spring of 2010 (see map).  The remainder of the project area will be acquired this fall.  Conditions are favorable for good collection conditions with the projected early harvest of the corn and soybean crops.

The first deliveries are expected in mid October and will consist of Martin and Faribault counties.  The State Digital Elevation Committee has approved a modified collection schedule (see map). This schedule accommodates requests from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to accelerate the acquisition in the Arrowhead region to facilitate soil surveys in Lake and Cook County as well as Voyageurs’ National Park.

The State received a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to facilitate the collection of data over the South Dakota portion of the Minnesota River Basin.  This area will be acquired in the fall of 2010, and the work is fully funded by the USGS.  The State has contracted with a private surveyor to collect validation points in South Dakota.

For more information, see the project webpage, previous articles in Fall 2009 and Summer 2010, or contact Tim Loesch at or 651-259-5475.