Summer 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Scholarship Winners
Lifetime/Polaris Nominations

Drive to Excellence Update
Emerald Ash Borer Tracking
New Catchment Boundaries
M3D Update
MN Broadband Maps

Governor's Council
CTU/USNG Standards
Red River Flood GIS
RNC Presentation
Commendation Nominations

Natural Resources Atlas

Red River Flood - Moorhead
Ag Emergency Plan - Steele Co.
Crime Maps & GeoMoose
Laurentian Collaborative
Ramsey Co GIS Group


Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair
Reclaim Lost Land

Other Places
ND GIS Conference
Sticky/Magnetic States



From the Chair
By Rebecca Foster, 2009 Chair

GISSO: It was great to see some of you at the 8th Annual GISSO Career and Networking Fair in April at the University of Minnesota. Thank you for stopping by the Consortium booth and supporting GIS activities within the state. Hopefully, we were able to answer all of your questions; if not, please email us at and we’ll follow up with you ASAP.

Spring Workshops: At the time of writing we are looking forward to a full-day multi-topic slate of GIS/LIS-related workshops held at Mn/DOT's Arden Hills training facility on May 21, 2009.

The Consortium Joins Facebook! In order to attract more GIS students and GIS professionals, the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium recently created a Group page on the social networking site Facebook. The Consortium’s website will continue to be the main place to go for information about the Consortium and its activities.

The Consortium’s Outreach Committee was responsible for setting up the Facebook page. If you are interested in volunteering on Outreach or any other Consortium committees, please click here for more information or contact a Board member.

Consortium’s Homepage: One of our goals this year is to promote current events and hot topics, such as workshop registration, on our homepage. Please check in periodically to see what’s happening. We are also working on adding a summary of our history. How many of you know the year the Consortium was formed or what its original name was? Stay tuned and those answers will be posted soon.

2009 Fall Conference and Workshops: The call for conference presentations has been distributed, and I would like to invite all of you to consider submitting an abstract for a presentation at the conference. This year's conference is returning to Duluth on October 21-23. If you are interested in working on this year’s event, or simply want to make a comment or suggestion, contact this year's Conference Chair Jeff Storlie at:

Mission: All Board members are eager to support the Consortium’s mission: To develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of our state and its citizens. Feel free to contact your representative or any board member should you have comments, suggested goals or concerns about the organization. Full contact information and newly added photos of each board member can be found here.

Enjoy your summer and come and check us out on Facebook!