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                                                                      

Telephone or e-mail                                                      

Dietary consideration                                                    


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


Obituary for Byron H. Shaw


Obituary for Byron H. Shaw

Byron Herbert Shaw, 73, died peacefully in the company of family on Friday October 21st at the St Clare Hospital in Weston.

Born January 4th, 1943 In Madison, WI to the late Kenneth and Ruth (Wilhelm) Shaw of Waunakee, Byron developed a strong civic-minded value system and a love and appreciation for the outdoors, and became Waunakee’s first Eagle Scout. This set the stage for what would become a celebrated life and career dedicated to protecting water resources.

Byron earned B.S, M.S. degrees, and a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Chemistry from the University of WI-Madison in 1968, where he developed his ability to understand the chemical and biological health of natural systems. While attending school, he met Margaret, whom he married June of 1966.

Also in 1968, he accepted a professorship at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, where he enjoyed teaching and mentoring students, providing adult education via UW Extension, and directing the Environment Task Force Program which he helped establish in 1972. Blessed with dedicated students and colleagues throughout the UW system and the capacity to understand complicated technical and policy issues, Byron pioneered work on the detection and impact of pesticides and other contaminants in groundwater. This helped formulate public policy and law to promote environmental quality, and earned him the 1993 Wisconsin Idea Award in Natural Resource Policy. Watch for more information on Byron’s career and accomplishments in the Stevens Point Journal and Portage County Gazette.

Byron retired from UWSP in 2000, but continued to serve in numerous capacities in his quest to help safeguard water resources, and particularly groundwater. Until his death, he was routinely called upon to provide testimony on water quality issues throughout the country.

It was with an adventurous, determined and engaging spirit that Byron approached all things in life, and was often found leading family, others and a faithful Labrador retriever on memorable outdoor excursions. Most acquaintances have a tall tale, close encounter or hilarious anecdote to share concerning Byron. Eager to learn, eager to share, and eager to help, Byron loved spending time with family and especially his grandchildren, and developed enduring relationships with many. Above all else, this is what he treasured.

Never one to be found idle, Byron lived with his family on a rural farm on which they raised crops, cultivated a vineyard, 50-acre native prairie, and Christmas trees. Each Spring was welcomed by the act of making maple syrup, with homemade wine and beer enjoyed throughout the year. In the evenings, when it was too dark to do otherwise, he was found creating cedar strip canoes and paddles, and carving and turning wood. Byron served as lector and server at St James Church in Amherst for many years, President of the New Hope Alliance, board member of the River Alliance, and in numerous other capacities.

Byron will be deeply missed by his supportive wife Margaret of Amherst Jct, sons Jeffery (Terry Hiltz), Cottage Grove, WI, Daniel (Mary Sobota), River Falls, WI; grandchildren Lilian and Samuel Shaw, River Falls; sister Barbara (Wilmer) Larson, Cottage Grove, WI, close nieces and nephews, extended family, and a large community of dear neighbors, colleagues and friends with whom he maintained strong relationships.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday October 29, 2016 at St James Catholic Church in Amherst with Father Daniel Hackel officiating. Visitation starts at 9:30 am, Memorial Mass at 11:00, with dinner to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Wisconsin Byron Shaw scholarship fund or the North Central Conservancy Trust (

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Posted by on November 1, 2016 in General


Walworth County Farm Technology Days 2016

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in General


WSPSS Spring Meeting-Green Bay

Presentation of the Fox River clean-up and tour of the recovery center was very informative and interesting!

Lunch at Ashwaubenay Park, great day for a picnic!

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in General

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