Fall 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Student Scholarship Competition
Our 50th Issue

LMIC Budget Restored
Parcel Inventory Updated
Monument Coordinates in Feet

Governor's Council
New Members
Annual Report
Regional Collaboration Panel

Met Council Map Site
MetroGIS Address Dataset

New Funding for Land Data
GeoMoose Web Mapping
Hennepin Co. Mobile Assessor Tool
Remote Aircraft Photography
Clay Co. Addresses

USGS Maps in GeoPDF
Free Landsat Images
TerraLook Free Imagery
NOAA Satellites
USGS Resources for Teachers

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
Geography, History Online

ESRI Map Help

Google Earth Pro Grants

Other Places
Bring Back Geography!
New Parcel Study
MAPPS Loses Lawsuit


Our 50th Issue!

By Don Yaeger, MnGIS/LIS News Editor, Retired from LMIC


This issue of MnGIS/LIS News marks our 50th! The first issue was released in Fall 1988 and was called the Natural Resources GIS News. It contained three pages of information (no graphics – how technology has changed!) on the establishment of the “Minnesota Natural Resources (MN-NRGIS) Consortium,” GIS at Bemidji State University, and News from LMIC, from NRRI, and from The University of Minnesota Remote Sensing Laboratory. Lucinda B. Johnson of the Natural Resources Research Institute was the first editor. Both our organization and the newsletter have greatly evolved over the years.


When I was working on the newsletter while at the Land Management Information Center, I would receive calls from other states asking how big our “paid staff” was. I pointed out that the organization was all volunteers. I said that much of the newsletter coordination was done by key staff at LMIC, the University of Minnesota and other organizations as part of their commitment to GIS coordination in the state, and that volunteers – GIS users in state, federal, local, educational, non-profit and private sector employment –  wrote all of the articles. This was usually met with silence and then a comment about the unique level of cooperation within Minnesota’s GIS community.


I think that cooperative/volunteer feeling is still strong in Minnesota. The organization is still run by a volunteer board. This newsletter is useful and expansive because of volunteer contributors from all over the state.


Please continue to contribute articles and suggestions using the process outlined on the newsletter website:


We have placed past newsletters distributed since 1999 (issue #21) online at


And please stay or become involved in other Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium activities to continue to foster the cooperative spirit as we progress toward Issue 100!