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



2006 MnGIS/LIS Consortium Due South Workshop

By Fei Yuan, Minnesota State University, Mankato


The MnGIS/LIS Consortium Due South Workshop – Overview of ArcGIS 9 – was successfully held at the GIS Lab (Armstrong Hall 11) of the Minnesota State University, Mankato on June 9, 2006. This was the first time the Consortium held this event in the south central Minnesota region.


Two faculty members from the Department of Geography – Dr. Changjoo Kim and Dr. Fei Yuan – taught the workshop. Two graduate students – Michele Paegel and Christopher Kaczmarek – also helped as volunteers. The Department of Geography, IT service, and facilities management service at MSU also provided great help for the event.


The 18 attendees were from various agencies and companies including the Minnesota Department of Transportation; Rice County Assessors office, Auditor-Treasurer’s office, and Planning and Zoning office; Rochester/Olmsted Planning Department; Scott County Community Development; Alexandria Light and Power; Bolton and Menk, Inc.; and Worthington Public Utilities.


The majority of attendees commented that the instructors presented information clearly, and the workshop met the stated objective of allowing the practice of important tools and skills of ArcGIS 9.0. They also provided many good suggestions for improving such activity in the future.