FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



MnGIS/LIS Consortium Due North Workshop

By Annette Theroux, GIS/LIS Consortium Board Chair


The Consortium’s 2006 Spring Workshop series kicked off May 17 with an “Overview of ArcGIS 9” workshop at the Bemidji State University (BSU) GeoCenter. The GeoCenter, located within the Geography Department of BSU, was chosen as a workshop site to attract participants from all over the northern areas of the state.


Many volunteers, including Brett Case and Jim Lindstrom from the City of Bemidji and Jane Mueller from Beltrami County, assisted students during workshop exercises. The instructors, Tony Mayer, Headwaters Regional Development Commission; Darryl Holman, USDA Forest Service; and Annette Theroux, Pro-West & Associates, taught students during the morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop.


A total of 17 students from county, state and local government attended the full day workshop. The workshop served not only to add to the ArcGIS knowledge of participants but also provided an opportunity for organizations to network with each other. One of the options that arose as a result of the workshop is to form a GIS User’s Group for the northern region of the state to be accessible by those GIS professionals not able to attend a user’s group in other regions of the state.


Plans are already in place for future workshops in northern Minnesota. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jane Mueller, Professional Development Committee Chair for the Consortium, at or 218-333-8457.