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


Saint Mary’s University Update

By John Ebert, Saint Mary’s University


The Department of Resource Analysis (RA) ( recently attended the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA, to showcase RA’s newest curricular offerings in the MSGIS program and the Online Professional GIS Training Certificate sequence. RA staff had the opportunity to exhibit at the Education Expo and the Academic Fair at the ESRI Conference. Both opportunities provided the chance to visit with hundreds of GIS users to discuss the new uses of GIS in the user community and to learn about new and exciting trends in the technology field. The events also provided RA a chance to visit with learners across the globe about GIS education and to visit with SMU-RA alumni at the conference.


RA showcased new and exciting learning options for the Master’s Degree as well as the latest Online Professional GIS Certificate CEU (Continuing Education Units) Training options. The Master’s Degree program information showcased our new disciplinary focus area, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, that includes online course studies and complements our existing disciplinary areas in natural resources, business, and management among others. The Online Professional GIS Certificate sequence features the latest and exciting ways one can obtain hands-on GIS training for the GISP endorsement, personal growth and learning, or for general GIS training needs without having to formally apply to a program. For more information about the Online GIS Training Options, please visit our web information at


Lastly, RA is proud to recognize Peter Woeste as a recipient of an ESRI International User Conference Student Assistantship. Pete is a learner in our Minneapolis cohort and commented that his experiences at the conference were amazing and very rewarding for him personally and professionally. Congratulations, Pete!