Winter 2011

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Fundraising Results

New Air Photos
DEED Job Search Application

Governor's Commendation


MetroGIS Quantify Public Value Project

Emergency Warning Routes
Hennepin Crime Maps
McLeod Culvert & Spraying Inventories
Cemetery Maps

Emerald Ash Borer Maps

New ESRI policy for Non-profits

Other Places
Geospatial Revolution Videos



2010 Scholarship Winners
By David Kelley, Scholarship Committee Chair

Each year, the Consortium distributes scholarships to deserving students in GIS programs across Minnesota.  The Scholarship Committee, working on behalf of the Board and all of you as members, gave $4400 to a great group of students in Duluth during this year’s annual conference.

There are three categories in the student competition:  Graduate, Undergraduate, and Community College.  The quality of the presentations was exceptional, and each student should be very proud of their individual performance.

The 2010 Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Scholarship Competition winners are:

1st Prize           $1000  Margaret Voth – University of Minnesota
2nd Prize          $500  Katie Leonard – Minnesota State University, Mankato
                           $200  Michael Campbell – St. Cloud State University
                           $200 Brian Barklind – Saint Mary’s University

1st Prize           $800 Maggie Pearson – Macalester College
2nd Prize          $400 Colin Lee – University of Minnesota
                           $200 Paul Reamer – Bemidji State University
                           $200 Jack Westman – University of St. Thomas
                           $200 Ashley Keul – Minnesota State University, Mankato

Community College
1st Prize           $500 Scott Wirta – Itasca Community College
                           $200 Gail Evans – Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Find more information about the students and their presentations here.


A special thanks to the all-volunteer Scholarship Committee for contacting students, gathering materials, and working with the Conference Committee to facilitate the competition.  The Committee includes Will Craig, Martin Mitchell, Ben Richason, Stacey Stark, Chad Martini and David Kelley.

We are also grateful to the people who volunteered to judge the competition, reviewing student papers and posters, and participating in student sessions at the conference:

Will Craig, University of Minnesota
Steve Graham, University of Minnesota, Duluth
David Kelley, University of St. Thomas
Paul Lorah, University of St. Thomas
Marty Mitchell, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ben Richason, St. Cloud State University
Patrick Thorsell, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

More Information

For information about volunteering for the Scholarship Committee or to follow up with any of the winners regarding their projects, please contact Dr. David Kelley at or 651-962-5569.