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   






Zip code                                                                      

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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.  

Total Amount Enclosed                                                              

 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


Fall Meeting: Wausau Quarry Tour


WSPSS Fall Tour


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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in General


Michael “Mike” John Mitchell

Michael “Mike” John Mitchell

July 24, 1943 – October 7, 2016

Michael “Mike” John Mitchell, of Antigo, died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation. He was 73 years old.

He was born July 24, 1943 in Appleton, son of the late Leonard and Bethel (Prue) Mitchell. He married Janet Stadler on September 3, 1966 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Little Chute, and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Prior to living in Antigo, they resided in Stevens Point, Portage, and Oshkosh.

Mike grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School. He earned his B.S. in Soil Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and his M.S. in Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was employed as a soil scientist for the US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service.

Mike was a member of the Jaycees, Swamp Angels Sportsmen’s Club, and he played horseshoes and pool at the Antigo VFW. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a great love of gardening.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Jan Mitchell of Antigo, include 3 daughters, Michele (Jeff) Novak of Knowlton, Tina (Dell) Herbst of Winneconne, and Tara (Jim) Hoffman of White Lake; 4 grandchildren, John and Zachary Malone, and Scott and Abby Craig; 3 step- grandchildren, Phoenix and Santana Herbst, and Bobby Novak; a step-great grandson, Milo Wenzel; a sister, Linda (Wayne) Houlberg of Oak Ridge, TN; 4 brothers, Dave (Maria) Mitchell of Kaukauna, Bob (Kay) Mitchell of Kaukauna, Randy Mitchell (Kay) of Kaukauna, and Dan (Nancy) Mitchell of Appleton; his mother-in-law, Leona Stadler of Combined Locks; 2 sisters-in-law, Carole Metoxen of Little Chute, and Debbie (Tom) Yingling of Appleton; and 2 brothers-in-law, Tom (Lynn) Stadler of Menasha, and Jay (Nancy) Stadler of Sherwood.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe (Judy) Mitchell; his father-in-law, Robert Stadler, and a brother-in-law, Ron Metoxen.

A memorial mass will take place Wednesday at 12:00 noon at SS. Mary & Hyacinth in Antigo, with Fr. Jeremiah Worman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.   The family extends a special thank you to the staff in the Blue Wing of Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation for their care.


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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in General

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