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Obituary for Stanley W. Szczytko

Stanley Wesley Szczytko, age 68, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, died Wednesday afternoon, August 30, 2017, in a sailing accident on Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Stanley was born August 7, 1949, in Neptune, New Jersey. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013 with the title Professor of Water Resources and was subsequently granted emeritus status. Stan taught in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) from August 1979 through December 2012. In 1984, he was named the college intern program coordinator and served in that capacity until his retirement. Stan was named the UWSP Water Resources Coordinator in 1989 serving hundreds of CNR student interns. -He cared greatly about the future of the College of Natural Resources and UWSP students.

In tandem with his professorial responsibilities, Stan was an active and prolific scholar. During his tenure, he published 45 major scientific papers and authored three books. In June of 2015, he was awarded the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the International Society for Plecoptera and Ephemeroptera at their international meeting in Scotland. The society cited Professor Szczytko for his exemplary contributions over four decades as a field Plecopterologists.

Stan was a longtime member of Port Superior Marina in Bayfield, Wisconsin; sailing often with friends and family on the great Lake Superior. Recently, he made Port Superior Marina his summer home, following daily routines of coffee in the morning with staff, and ending his day with dinner at Portside Restaurant or with friends in the Clubhouse. He shared friendly words with everyone he met on the boardwalk and in the parking lot.

During the winter months, Stan lived in Cave Creek, Arizona and enjoyed daily hikes and golf games with close friends.

Stanley Szczytko adored his beloved mother and accomplished children. He found joy in spending time with his grandchildren and visiting with his sister and her family.

Stan is survived by his mother, Martha Wright Szczytko of Jackson, New Jersey; his two children, Jennifer C. Szczytko of Appleton, Wisconsin and Aaron and wife Donna Szczytko of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; one sister, Dorothy Martin and husband, Arthur, Jackson of New Jersey; two grandchildren, T. Jackson and Sabrina Janda of Appleton, Wisconsin; and three step-grandsons, Landon, Lleyton and Lane Spivey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; niece, Sharon Killeen; nephew, Jeffrey Martin; and several cousins.

His beloved father, Edmund Szczytko, precedes him in death.

A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Sentry World Grand Hall with Rev. Marilyn Lange presiding. A time of visitation and sharing of memories will precede the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception and continuation of Life Celebration will follow in the Grand Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts of memory be made in Professor Szczytko’s name made payable to UWSP Foundation-Szczytko Scholarship Fund and mailed to UWSP Foundation, 2100 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481; or online at, designated “Other Specific Fund”: Stan Szczytko Memorial Scholarship.

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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in General



Clarence “Curly” Milfred

Clarence “Curly” Milfred, 87, Stevens Point, died April 15, 2017. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Cazenovia, Wis., to the late Lawrence and Helen (Manville) Milfred. Clarence graduated from Cazenovia High School and worked on the family farm before serving in the U.S. Army artillery. He received a marksmanship award during his time of service and was honorably discharged. Clarence graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) with a bachelor of science, a master of science and a doctorate; and worked as a soil scientist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey for a few years. He married Ann McCauley in Madison Aug. 27, 1966. In 1970, Clarence began teaching at UW-Stevens Point in the Geography Department. He became a professor in the College of Natural Resources, where he taught until his retirement in 1998. During summers, Clarence taught students in the College of Natural Resources summer program at Clam Lake and later at Treehaven. For several summers, he also supervised students mapping soils on several of the Apostle Islands for the National Park Service. In retirement, Clarence served on the Portage County Health and Human Services Advisory Committee and the Community Care of Portage County Long Term Planning Council. He was also active in the Portage County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. Survivors include his wife, Ann Milfred; daughters, Sherry (Ryan) LaForest, Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Janelle, Wild Rose; a son, Christopher (Heather) Milfred, Franklin, Tenn.; granddaughters, Mercury, Ella and Alizah Milfred; grandsons, Joseph, Ian and Mark LaForest; his sisters, Kathleen Cornwall, Scottsdale, Ariz., Patricia (Mitchell) Smith, Williams Bay, Wis., and Bonnie Pickett, LaCrosse; a brother, Peter Milfred, Cazenovia; and many nieces and nephews. A private family service and interment will take place at the Central Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery. Please, no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to UWSP for student scholarships. – See more at:

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in General



The deadline for applications has been extended to April 16th.  We will also accept applications from seniors returning to school in the fall.

Scholarship Committee

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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in General


The Soils of Wisconsin…….


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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in General


57 Midwestern Friends of the Pleistocene

2017-fop-first-announcement      57th Midwestern Friends of the Pleistocene

Date:            May 20-2, 2017

Host:           Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, Bloomington

Leaders:       Henry Loope, G. William Monaghan, and Jose Luis Antinao Rojas

Title:    At the edge of the Laurentide Ice Sheet: Stratigraphy and

Chronology of Glacial Deposits in Central Indiana.

Cost (est.)       $ 110

Headquarters: Hyatt Place, Bloomington, Indiana

Questions:     Please contact Bill Monaghan (

The chronology and stratigraphy of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) related to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) has been studied in detail across Illinois and Ohio, but has been only sketchily presented for Indiana. Much of the chronology and stratigraphy of the LIS was developed during the 1950s and 1960s when researchers like Bill Wayne and Ansel Gooding published about events related to the so-called “Terminal Moraine” (sensu Leverett and Taylor, 1915). These publications focused on the age of the “Terminal Moraine”, as well as interstades described by Gooding and Wayne. Most of the chronology for these events, however, derive from 1950-60s when radiocarbon dating errors were commonly in the 100s of years—not necessarily wrong but imprecise. Although research about the LGM continued in the 1980s and 1990s (e.g., Ned Bleuer) only limited data about the LGM in Indiana was published and seldom synthesized into a regional picture. Moreover, chronology continued to rely on standard 14C dating and AMS methods were rarely applied.

More recently, the Indiana Geological Survey has focused on developing a chronology of LGM events based on more up to date methods (i.e., AMS and OSL). We established a more precise chronology for the advance and retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) during the LGM by using previously reported 14C ages, new AMS or OSL dates from classic sections, and new ages from recently discovered sections or from solid-earth cores. Our Saturday’s trip will focus on the chronology and stratigraphy for the advance(s) and retreat(s) of the LIS between 28 and 20 ka in central Indiana (Stops 1-4 on map). The underlying discussion for the trip will be—what these data tell us about stratigraphy, ice marginal processes, and LIS dynamics during the LGM. Among other stops, we will visit the two-till Clayton section (Stop 3), which include outwash and organic-rich lacustrine deposits that occur between the tills. At the end of Saturday’s trip, we will visit an OSL dated moraine/outwash morphosequence (Stop 4), and discuss how the age of this moraine relates to the retreat and readvance at noted at the Clayton section.

A half-day trip on Sunday morning focuses on Illinoian outwash (stop 5). We will discuss when it was deposited and how this outwash differs from that of the Wisconsin. Stop 5 suggests that Illinoian outwash may have been >70 m thick and completely filled the White valley. By LGM time, the Illinoian outwash had been eroded from the valley and Wisconsin outwash was mainly deposited on bedrock in the valley bottom.


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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in General


The results are in…..

The WSPSS President for 2017 and 2018 will be Mark Krupinski,

Vice-President will be Phil Meyer and

Secretary will be David Gundlach.

Congratulations!  Looking forward to another great year of meetings and tours!

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Posted by on January 10, 2017 in General


MAPSS Winter Event 12/2/2016

Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS)

 2016 Winter Technical & Business Meeting

Friday, December 2, 2016    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Continuing Education & Conference Center at the U of M, St. Paul Campus – St. Paul, Minnesota  

Advances in Soil Mapping and Classification Techniques  

Join us for the annual MAPSS Winter Technical Event (including the most beloved MAPSS business meeting)!

Professional Development Hours: 6.0

Topics & Speakers

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

Ron Wencl  USGS

UAV Technology in Environmental Studies

Greg Emerick  Sentera

UAS Applications in Agriculture and Soils

Jon Beck  Northland Technical and Community College

Soil Mapping and Statistical Modeling


Environmental Ethics and Aldo Leopold

Rick Bohannon  St. Cloud State University            

Digital Methods and Soils Classification and Mapping in the Superior National Forest

Roger Risley  MLRA Soil Survey

Soil GIS Geodatabases and Spatial Analysis: A Stearns County Example

Dr. Benjamin Richason III  St. Cloud State University   

MAPSS Business Meeting

A MAPSS business meeting will be held during the conference. All MAPSS members are expected to attend this session.

Lunch will be served by U of M catering. The cost of lunch is included with your registration. Coffee will be available for morning and afternoon breaks. Registration begins at 7:30am. Presentations will begin at 8:00am.

Registration Form – complete and mail this form

Please register and pay by November 21, 2016 to avoid a late registration fee and to help us plan for space and food. You can pay either online using your credit card or PayPal, or by check at   






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MAPSS Members                      $50.00                          

Non-MAPSS Members              $70.00                          

Students                                    $20.00                            

Late Registration (after November 21, 2016)   

MAPSS Members                      $60.00                          

Non-MAPSS Members              $80.00                          

Students                                    $30.00                          


Optional PDH Fee                    $10.00                          

See explanation of this optional fee, below.  

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 Make checks payable to MAPSS and send it, along with this portion of the registration form, to:  MAPSS 2016 Winter Technical Meeting

  Mr. Bob Whitmyer, MAPSS Treasurer

3990 Fairview Road  Rice Lake, MN 55803

Optional PDH Fee   

PDH are obtained without paying the $10 PDH fee. However, your attendance at the conference will be certified by MAPSS only by paying this fee.  MAPSS will certify and maintain a record of your attendance, which will be provided to licensing boards upon your request.  All other attendees must maintain their own records. MAPSS will not certify your attendance without paying this fee.   

The MAPSS 2016 Winter Meeting will be at the Continuing Education & Conference Center at the U of M, St. Paul Campus, Minnesota at 1890 Buford Ave. Click this link for location information including directions and parking:

Public Transit or carpool!   Consider taking public transit or setting up a carpool. Transit information for Metro Transit is:


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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in General

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