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Robert H. Dott, Jr.

Robert H. Dott, Jr. died on February 27, 2018. Please see his obituary  published by Cress Funeral Home at




Bob taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1958-1994 and his main research areas included Wisconsin's Baraboo Hills, Oregon, Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica.  Bob co-authored a popular geology textbook, Evolution of the Earth, with Roger Batten (now co-authored by D.R. Prothero).  Bob also co-authored the Roadside Geology of Wisconsin with John W. Attig.

A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the First Unitarian Society, American Players Theater, or the University of Wisconsin Foundation's Robert and Nancy Dott Geoscience Fund. The family thanks the wonderful staff of Oakwood Village, Hospice Agrace, BrightStar, and Comfort Keepers for their many services.





Update on Board of AELSLAGID's Rule Package R-04374

Updated 02/21/2018: The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) collected additional comments for the MN Board of AELSLAGID's proposed rule change through 02/06/2018.  The additional comments can be viewed on the OAH website (additional comments)

The MN Board of AELSLAGID published their post hearing comments on 02/06/2018. This response letter can be viewed on the OAH website (Board comments) as well.

The information is now with the administrative law judge.



Updated 01/16/2018: The supplemental meeting held on 01/16/2018 had three attendees. There was not enough representation for the section to prepare a position statement for the MN Board of AELSLAGID.  If you have comments regarding the proposed rule change (see below), please attend the public hearing tomorrow (01/17/2018) at 9:30 AM.

The public hearing exhibits, procedure, etc. are on the MN Board of AELSLAGID website.

AIPG MN has created an "event" so that you can link to a calendar appointment and link to directions to the hearing.



Updated 01/08/2018 The Section will hold a supplemental meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to discuss our position on the proposed rule change ahead of the public hearing described below.

AIPG MN has created an "event" so that you can link to a calendar appointment and link to directions to the supplemental meeting.

AIPG MN will also discuss this briefly at the January 9, 2018 luncheon.



Original message: The Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM in Suite 295 of the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul.

The address is:
Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
Golden Rule Building
85 East 7th Place, Suite 295
St. Paul MN 55101


AIPG MN has created an "event" so that you can link to a calendar appointment, link to directions to the hearing, and see the hearing on our list of Upcoming Meetings on our website.


The hearing is in regard to the Board's Rule Package R-04374. For information regarding R-04374, see the Board's Rulemaking page.  


The proposed rule affects all Board Licensed Professionals and Certificate Holders, including Geoscientists.  In general, the rules are about:

  • updating definitions;
  • prohibiting noncompliant conduct during an examination;
  • updating application procedures for examination, licensure, certification, and temporary permits;
  • updating the education and experience requirements for architecture, professional engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, geology and soil science;
  • clarifying the requirements for licensure or certification;
  • clarifying the certification and signature requirements, including electronic signatures;
  • making housekeeping modifications; and
  • repealing the obsolete rule regarding a Board-designed stamp for certification and signature.


Comments received through the public notice period ending on December 6, 2017 will be addressed at the public hearing. Additional comments can be presented at the January 17, 2018 public hearing, or formal written comments can be submitted to the Assistant Executive Director, Andrea Barker.


See the Board's website for the original materials.




AIPG MN - Curtis Hudak awarded the 2017 AIPG Section Leadership Award!

Curtis Hudak awarded the 2017 AIPG Section Leadership Award!


Curtis Hudak, CPG-07771 was awarded the AIPG's 2017 Section Leadership Award. Curts's nomination was published in the AIPG Honors & Awards booklet at the 2017 AIPG National meeting. The award was established by the AIPG Executive Committee in 2013 to recognize members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership for their section. The award details can be found here.


The nomination reads: "I’m nominating Curtis Hudak, CPG-07771 for the AIPG Section Leadership Award from the Minnesota Section. Curt has been actively involved in the AIPG Minnesota Section for many years. He’s held many leadership positions within our section, but since I’ve been involved in 2006 he’s been a great advocate for geoscience education. He is one of the main organizers of our annual golf fundraiser, which is the Minnesota Section’s main fundraiser for our educational initiatives. The golf fundraiser supports the Minnesota Section’s annual scholarship and the donation of rock/mineral hardness kits to K-12 teachers. Curt is a regular attendee of the Minnesota Section’s monthly luncheon meetings, which feature an hour long technical talk. Active members like Curt, who continue to participate and support the section over many years, are invaluable."

Thank you Curt!!!



2018 Section Sponsorships Available!

The Minnesota Section of AIPG Sponsorship Committee is pleased to announce we are now offering Section Sponsorships for the 2018 calendar year. This annual sponsorship will be $250 per year, and will provide the following benefits to sponsors:

  • Company or individual name/logo featured on a continuous loop PowerPoint display for approximately 30 minutes before/during the announcements at the beginning of each monthly meeting.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured in a sidebar on each monthly meeting agenda.
  • Company or individual name/logo featured on the AIPG Minnesota Section website.
  • Two free lunch meeting attendances to be used at any time during the calendar year (cannot be carried over to later years). Two voucher credits will be added to your membership account and will be visible when you login and register for a meeting on to the Minnesota Section website.
  • Option to give a 3-5 minute presentation at a monthly meeting (coordinate in advance with the Section President) 


The AIPG Minnesota Section is one of the most active sections in the country because of the participation of our members. A large part of the participation in the Minnesota Section is the monthly meetings. Please consider becoming a Section Sponsor to help us continue to be able to offer low cost monthly meetings to all.


If you would like to become a Minnesota Section Sponsor or have questions about the sponsorship, please contact us at or


You can "order" your 2018 Section Sponsorship on our website here! You are welcome to mail in your sponsorship check instead (Adam Krieger, AIPG MN Secretary/Treasurer, c/o Pace Analytical Services, 1700 Elm Streeet SE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55414).



How to Use Your 2 Luncheon Vouchers as a 2017 Sponsor!

As a 2017 AIPG MN Section Sponsor, your personal AIPG MN member account has been credited with 2 Luncheon Vouchers.  You can use them for anyone you register using your member account during 2017.

When you get to the payment screen, you'll see a section where you can select to use a voucher: 

voucher screen

Please select how many vouchers you'd like to use and click on APPLY.  You'll proceed through the registration process with a $0 balance.  If you have questions or issues using the vouchers, please contact Shanna Schmitt at or 651.757.2697.  Thank you for your sponsorship!




AIPG MN Student Chapter - University of St. Thomas!


UST Student Chapter

Students from the University of St. Thomas Geology Department recently formed an AIPG Student Chapter.  Thier bylaws were signed on 02/13/2015, and AIPG Headquarters recognized them on 03/30/2015. Congratulations!

Sara Nelson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is the AIPG MN Section liason with the University of St. Thomas AIPG Student Chapter.