Public Announcements


Friends of Minnesota Reception!

Our colleagues with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Minnesota Section, SME Twin Cities Subsection, SME Northern Minnesota Subsection, the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, and Mining Minnesota invite us to attend the Friends of Minnesota reception.


The Friends of Minnesota reception will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the NorthStar Ballroom (Third Floor) at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel. 


You do not need to be registered for the SME Conference to attend the Friends of Minnesota reception.  


For information, you may contact Lisa Ungar.


The Annual SME Conference & Expo is being held in Minneapolis on February 25 - 28, 2017. For more information, visit



Volunteers Needed for the AIPG Booth at the SME 2018 Annual Conference & Expo

Volunteer help needed at the AIPG booth! Volunteering is a great way to network, connect with old friends, find internships and job openings, and hear about new projects and services in the mining industry. Also, you can take a break by walking around the exhibit hall. 


AIPG will be exhibiting at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota  February 25 - 28. 2018. AIPG Headquarters is looking for volunteers to help staff our display booth in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Exhibit days are as follows:


  • Sunday, February 25:  4 PM - 6 PM
  • Monday, February 26:  11 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 27:  11 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 28:  8 AM - 12 PM


If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the Volunteer Sheet or respond to this email. To sign up for a one day free exhibit pass on the SME conference website, use Promo Code - 54372,


This provides AIPG with an excellent opportunity for public outreach. It is a great chance to build our membership and talk about the benefits of AIPG.


Thank you for your assistance and support! Our volunteers help AIPG to accomplish our goals - we could not do it without you.


If you have questions, please contact Dorothy Combs, Membership Services Coordinator, at or 720.588.9779.



64th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology


64TH Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology


Laurel Woodruff and Bill Cannon

U.S. Geological Survey

Esther Stewart

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey


The 2018 ILSG web page has been updated with new information about the upcoming meeting ( Your co-chairs continue to encourage everyone planning to attend the 2018 ILSG meeting to respond to the online ILSG Google Form if you have not already done so. This information is critical for planning. Please complete the Google Form available at the meeting’s web page.

A Third and Final Announcement in late February will initiate electronic registration for the meeting.


The 64th Institute on Lake Superior Geology will be held from Tuesday, May 15 to Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Pine Mountain Golf and Ski Resort, Iron Mountain, Michigan.


Deadline for Abstracts: March 16, 2018

Preregistration deadline: April 20, 2018


Tuesday, May 15

Field Trip #1 – Felch Trough

Field Trip #2 – Hemlock Formation

Evening poster session and Ice-Breaker Social

Wednesday, May 16

Technical Session #1

Annual Award Banquet

Thursday, May 17

Technical Session #2

Friday, May 18

Field Trip #3 – Menomonie Range

Field Trip #4 – Granitoid rocks of the Pembine/Wausau Terrane



All events for the 64th Annual ILSG Meeting will take place at the Pine Mountain Golf and Ski Resort ( The resort has 21 standard rooms, 12 refurbished rooms, 2 adjoining room lodge suites, and 9 two-bedroom condos. Additional accommodations in the Iron Mountain area within easy driving distance to Pine Mountain Resort can be found at:



Students are especially encouraged to participate in all facets of the ILSG. Travel subsidies are available for qualified students who attend the 64th annual meeting. An application for the Eisenbrey student travel awards is available as a Google Form on the ILSG Iron Mountain meeting website (



Authors must submit a print-ready abstract in both PDF and MS Word formats by March 16, 2018. When submitting your abstract, you much indicate your preference for an oral presentation, a poster presentation, or no preference. Abstract specifications are provided below. Direct abstract questions and submissionsto: Esther Stewart at:



The abstract volume will be printed in black and white, although the digital .pdf of the volume that will be available online following the meeting will be in color. Thus, authors need to ensure that any color figures reasonably reproduce in black and white – check this out before submitting your abstract.


Specifications include:

  1. Limit of two pages (8½" x 11") including illustrations and references

  2. Use left, top, and right margins of 1" and bottom margin of 1.3"

  3. Times New Roman with sizes as described below.

  4. Follow ILSG formats, using Proceeding Volumes available online as a guide


TITLE:  Times New Roman Bold 12-point font

AUTHORS: Times New Roman Bold 12-point font - FIRST AUTHOR SURNAME, First name, SECOND AUTHOR SURNAME, First name, THIRD AUTHOR SURNAME, First name, etc.

AUTHORS’ AFFILIATION: Times New Roman Italics 11-point font, with numbers to denote separate affiliations

Title and Author Example:
Geochemistry and petrology of Midcontinent Rift-related intrusive rocks of the Sibley Peninsula, Ontario
CARL, Christian1, HOLLINGS, Peter1, and SMYK, Mark2
1Department of Geology, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1 Canada
2Ontario Geological Survey, Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Suite B002, 435 James St. South Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S7 Canada
ABSTRACT TEXT: Times New Roman 12-point font. Figures should be inserted in the text in the appropriate place. All text should be single-spaced.
FIGURE CAPTIONS: Times New Roman 11-point font and placed under the figure.
Figure 1: Major and trace element abundances for Pukaskwa National Parkdykes (PUK 1 and 2) compared to other Midcontinent Rift-related units.
REFERENCES: Times New Roman 11-point font using the standard ILSG reference style.
Good, D.J., and Crocket, J.H., 1992, Genesis of the Marathon Cu-platinum group element deposit, Port Coldwell alkalic complex, Ontario: A Midcontinent rift-related magmatic sulfide deposit: Economic Geology, v. 89, p. 131–149.




I'm a Geoscientst!

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), is the umbrella organization to 51 different geoscience member societies (AIPG is one), and works with the community to increase the public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards and interaction with the environment.


AGI started the "I'm a Geoscientist" campaign to celebrate that all scientists who study the earth are geoscientists, even if they approach it from different perspectives and methods.


Sign up to receive your free lapel pin stating "I'm a Geoscientist" at the following link

About the Pin: It has two clasps on the back to make it nice and secure and an image of the pin is attached!! The pin features a glyph that attempts to capture the full breadth of the geosciences while conveying a sense of convergence to represent how the AGI federation brings all parts of the geosciences together. Each color represents a different part of the geosciences community: red is deep-earth geosciences, gold is crustal geoscience and surface processes, blue is for oceans, surface, and groundwater, green is for life. These colors form a horizon of the globe. The light blue is for atmospheric sciences and black is for space and planetary sciences, which are part of the greater geoscience community represented by AGI through its Member Societies.




AIPG - Technology Options for Groundwater Monitoring Programs Webinar

A notice from the AIPG Wisconsin Section

Dear Geoscience and Engineering Professionals:


Are you looking for a quick and easy way to pick up 3 CEU or 3 PDH credits for your geoscience or engineering license yet this year? 

Check out this Groundwater Sampling Webinar!  You don’t have to leave your office or home – join us by computer or phone! 

If you don’t have time to watch the presentations on February 23 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, you will get a link to watch the presentations anytime you want!

This half-day webinar is specifically designed for directors, managers, supervisors, hydro geologists, engineers, equipment manufacturer and suppliers, operators, students, professors and researchers involved in groundwater quality monitoring.


Registration Fee:
$5 students / $25 professionals
Participants will receive 3 CEUs/3 PDHs


Speakers Include:

1. Carl Keller (FLUTe)
Innovative FLUTe Mapping for NAPL & Dissolved Contaminants


2. Randy St. Germain (Dakota Technologies)
Characterizing LNAPLs and DNAPLs with Laser-Induced Fluorescence


3. Seth Pitkin – National Director (Cascade)
Value of High Resolution Site Characterization


Contact Jayne Englebert P.G. , CPG ( for registration questions!


Online registration available at:


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AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

AIPG National Student Chapter of the Year Award

Call for Nominations!


Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.

The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500.00 award for the chapter, and a trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.


All AIPG student chapters are eligible to apply for the award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Only one chapter will receive the award per year.


The Student Chapter of the Year Award is administered by the Executive Committee of AIPG. The selection of the winning chapter will be decided by the AIPG Education Committee. The deadline for submittal of application materials for the Student Chapter of the Year Award, to AIPG National Headquarters, is June 30 of each year. The application should be submitted in a pdf or similar format. The winning chapter will be announced at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The certificates will be presented to the students at one of their chapter meetings. The award and plaque will be presented to the chapter delegate at the annual meeting of AIPG.


The submittal for Student Chapter of the Year Award will consist of a written report. Photos documenting chapter activities are strongly encouraged. The submittal should cover the period from the beginning of the Fall Semester to the end of the Spring Semester and include the following as a minimum:

  1. Name of the student chapter;
  2. Names of student chapter officers;
  3. Number of AIPG student members in the chapter;
  4. Number of chapter meetings per year;
  5. Programs to recruit new members;
  6. Activities within the department (seminars, guest speakers, field trips, career day, mentoring,
  7. Fundraisers;
  8. Activities within the university (geology awareness, recycling, sustainability awareness, Earth
    Day, etc.);
  9. Activities within the community;
  10. Interactions with professional geologists and the local AIPG Section; and
  11. Other significant activities that the chapter considers important to the mission of AIPG.

Submittals are due April 15th and awarded in the fall at the AIPG National Conference.

Your submittals may be done online or emailed to



Bylaws Revision Finalized

In 2015, the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists - Executive Committee (ExComm) began working on revising the Minnesota Section bylaws.


The revised bylaws were approved by the National AIPG Executive Committee and subsequently signed by the National AIPG Secretary on September 23, 2017.


The new Bylaws for the Minnesota Section of AIPG can be viewed here.


If you have any comments or questions, please send them to Adam Krieger.



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).



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.