Fall 2011

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Upcoming Conference
Mentor Program
Polaris Awards

GLO Field Note Update
WMS in the Field from DNR
Census Data from LCC
LiDAR Survey Results

Tribal GIS Contacts list

Recreation Portals
Migrating from WebADF to Flex
Carver Co ESRI Award

Soil Data Viewer for Arc10
Historical Topos Online

Higher Education
Carleton Geosciences Grant

K-12 Education
K-12 Education Resources


2010 Census Boundary Data Online
By Lee Meilleur, Legislative Coordinating Commission Geographic Information Services

With the release of 2010 Census data and with Minnesota’s redistricting in full swing, more and more people are looking for updated Census boundary files. The Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Geographic Information Services office (LCC-GIS) provides this data online for free download from its website. Look in the “Redistricting Data – 2010 Census” section and choose between shapefile format and Caliper files for use with Maptitude redistricting software.

The dataset is derived from the 2010 Census TIGER/Line Files and includes the entire data hierarchy used for redistricting: census block, voting districts, minor civil divisions and counties. The dataset also includes Minnesota Secretary of State election data from 2002-2010 that was disaggregated to census block level and aggregated to voting districts, minor civil divisions and counties.

See the metadata for a complete list of the dataset attributes.

The LCC-GIS website also provides many other related Census and redistricting resources, as well as other data to download – check the left-hand navigation bar for links.

For more information, contact Lee Meilleur, Director LCC-GIS at or 651-296-0098.