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MN GIS/LIS Conference Entertainment 2007
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MN GIS/LIS Conference Entertainment

Wednesday Evening, Oct. 10

Welcome Reception/Social Hour

Join us on Wednesday evening at Goonie's Comedy Club for complimentary appetizers and a night of laughs. Goonie's is located in downtown Rochester, within walking distance of the Mayo Civic Center, and above McGoon's Taxi Co. Entertainment Restaurant and Pub. Come and enjoy our social hour where complimentary appetizers will be served, starting at 5:30 p.m. Goonie’s also features a full bar with a large selection of beers and wines; in addition, you may order from their food menu at McGoon’s downstairs. Following the social hour, Goonie’s will provide the GIS/LIS audience with a 60-minute comedy act, starting at 7 p.m. All participants are welcome! So whether you are just pulling into town, or finishing up a day of workshops, come by and see old friends, meet some new ones and enjoy an evening of laughs and socializing.

Thursday Events, Oct. 11

Silent Auction 10 a.m.

This year we are expanding our Exhibit Hall offerings by adding a Silent/ Live Auction. The bidding begins at 10 a.m. when the Exhibit Hall opens. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to contribute to the silent/live auction and pick up some great items at discount prices. The best items will be saved to be auctioned off by a live auctioneer during the Vendor Reception. The auction is expressly dedicated to raising money for the GIS/LIS Scholarship Program and we hope it will be successful and become a continuing portion of our annual event. Information and pledge ideas can be found on the Consortium Web site at

Beer Tasting 7:30 p.m.

Once again the Boreal Brewers Club of Bemidji is kind enough to provide the fruit of their labors to be sampled by those present. Samples from commercial breweries will also be provided, as available. Home brewers are strongly encouraged to bring their own fermented beverages to share with others, but a designated GIS/LIS host will do all pouring. Along with many delicious brews, snacks and homemade root beer and cream soda will be provided as well as some fun prizes. You must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcohol. This event will take place in the Galleria Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza hotel. Tickets are priced at $15 and will be sold at the door. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Mn GIS/LIS Scholarship Program.

Brewers sponsoring this year's tasting includes The Town Hall Brewery of Minneapolis, Summitt, Gluek, Barley John's Brewpub, and Schells. Brewers will be donating a variety of beer covering the range of the high quality beer styles they produce. Styles will likely include Pilsener, Golden Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Honey Ale, Oktoberfest, Bock, Stout, Red Lager, Black & Tan, Smoked Porter, Porter, and others. 

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions, 7:30 p.m.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions will be held concurrently Thursday evening on the second floor of the Radisson Plaza Hotel. A BOF session is an informal discussion with a small number of individuals who gather together to talk about a specific topic of interest. Each session’s organizer will facilitate the discussion. No fee is required to attend.

Topics of Interest:

1. MapServer/OSGeo BOF — Steve Lime
2. MN County GIS Association (MCGISA ) BOF — Charles L. Kost, Brian Armstrong, and Mark Sloan
3. Pine to Prairie GIS User Group BOF — Wayne Hurly

Please plan to attend our entertainment events and enjoy some fun and interaction (and maybe a bidding war or two) with friends and fellow conferencegoers.

Call for Papers
Conference at a Glance
Conference Sessions
Directions to the Conference
Exhibitors Information
Final Program PDF
General Information
Hotel Information
Keynote Speakers
Online Registration
Poster Gallery
Preliminary Program PDF
Registration Fees
Rochester Visitor Info.
Conference Workshops

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