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Biomass for Cooling System Technologies: A Feasibility Guide 2016 Roopesh Pushpala & Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

AURI is a non-profit research institute established by the Minnesota Legislature in order to improve the economy of rural Minnesota. AURI provides scientific technical assistance, technology transfer, applied research services, product development assistance, and innovative networking to foster value-added development and process improvement for agricultural products and coproducts. A student research assistant is need to help research existing absorptive cooling technologies and evaluate economic feasibility and business assistance associated with implementing identified technologies.

Community Assistantship Program
Increasing Healthy Food Access 2016 Stoscheck, Claire

The purpose of United Acres is to increase the availability, access and affordability of fresh fruit and vegetables to the people of Renville County and the surrounding area. According to the County Healthy Rankings 2015, Renville County ranks 85 out of 87 in Overall Health Outcomes. This includes being tied for the 5th worst in “limited access to healthy foods.” United Acres is a community garden of 3 acres in the City of Olivia that will grow fresh produce for sale to local institutions and businesses and sell CSA shares to Renville county residents.

Community Assistantship Program
Minnesota Rural Grocery Survey 2016 Tremper, Nich

The purpose of issuing the 2015 Rural Grocery Survey was to better understand the rural grocery environment and needs in Greater Minnesota. The results of this survey will inform the greater research community and allow this community to offer relevant and useful support to businesses that are integral to a thriving rural landscape. Once rural grocery stores close, they are difficult to reopen. At the same time, statements such as those made in the 2014 Minnesota Food Charter show an increased interest among the research community to ensure healthy food access across the state.

Community Assistantship Program
Fighting Food Insecurity in Duluth: Evaluating the Efficacy of Chum's Food Shelves 2016 Guidinger, Claire

Food insecurity, which is the state of being without access to a culturally acceptable and nutritionally adequate diet, affects approximately 14% of Americans (Gottlieb & Fisher, 1996; Coleman-Jensen, Gregory, & Rabbit, 2015). Food insecurity in the United States has resulted in a nationwide epidemic of diet-related diseases that amounts to an estimated $240 billion each year in health costs, disproportionately affecting low-income communities of color (Giménez & Wang, 2011). In Duluth, Minnesota, food insecurity affects approximately 20% of households.

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Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen 2016 Roisen, Patrick

In response to an increasing demand for permanent residency status within the Micronesian community in the United States, this document serves as a guide and resource to better understand the process of becoming a US Citizen. “Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen” explains the conditions in which an FSM immigrant in the United States may file for permanent residency (green card) and the necessary steps needed to successfully become a US citizen.

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Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen 2016 Roisen, Patrick

In response to an increasing demand for permanent residency status within the Micronesian community in the United States, this document serves as a guide and resource to better understand the process of becoming a US Citizen. “Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen” explains the conditions in which an FSM immigrant in the United States may file for permanent residency (green card) and the necessary steps needed to successfully become a US citizen.

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Advancing Minnesota's Community Solar Access in Municipally and Cooperatively Owned Electric Territories 2016 Schaefer, Connor

Most residents in Central MN do not have access to clean solar energy because of a lack of any one of the following 1) Financial ability to make a large purchase with benefits spread out over many years 2) Technical understanding and ability to manage a privately owned solar asset, or 3) Ownership of a suitable property for a solar installation. The Community Solar Garden (CSG) model overcomes all of these barriers, providing a solar energy ownership opportunity for all subscription eligible residents despite housing and income situations.

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Solar Dehydration Project 2016 Noh, Kibum

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of adding value to local produce through solar dehydration. This project pursues the goal of using renewable and clean energy to create a sustainable income stream and jobs for Central Minnesota rural communities as well as making better use of produce which might otherwise be wasted. Dehydration has long been one of the most effective ways to preserve food and the project research aims to better understand this process at a commercial scale.

Community Assistantship Program
Community Language in the Classroom: Collaborations for Ojibwe Language 2016 Engman, Melissa

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia supports Ojibwe language revitalization through elder language documentation, production of curriculum materials, and training and classroom support for pre-K-12 Ojibwe language teachers and educators in local and tribal immersion and public schools. This project will entail creating a curriculum that Ojibwe language teacher will be able to use and is essential to the continuation of the language itself because it allows teachers to have the correct materials to teach their students the proper way to read, write, and speak the Ojibwe language.

Community Assistantship Program
Consumer-Driven Demand Analysis for Locally Grown and Organic Wool in the Upper Midwest 2016 Yang, Zhiyou

The Natural Fiber Alliance began in 2011 when four women sheep farmers in SE Minnesota came together to identify ways to grow interest and support for the region’s natural fiber. They currently serve the 12-county area in SE Minnesota but expanding out across MN and to neighboring states. Their mission is to educate and promote the natural fibers, fiber animals, farmers, artists, and companies who utilize the natural fibers.

Community Assistantship Program
Norris Camp Interpretive Center Conceptual Master Plan 2015 Jin, Shaolei

The University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs' Community Assistantship Program supported University of Minnesota-Morris student Shaolei Jin to assist in the creation of this plan.

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Revitalization Project 2015 Stoscheck, Claire

Honor the Earth is a Native environmental organization based on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota; their current geographic focus in on Pine Point, a small tribal community on the reservation. Their mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. They develop this by using music, the arts, the media, and indigenous wisdom to show people our joint dependency on the Earth.

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Greater Minnesota Rising 2015 McManigal, Brooke

The Greater Minnesota Rising project is an extension of Minnesota Rising. Founded in 2009, Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in MN and works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota. Since the end of the recession, migration of the younger workforce has been increasing, leaving a huge workforce gap that will increase by the Baby Boomer retirements. There is a current need to locate, attract, and retain talent in Northwest MN in order to meet employer and workforce needs and ensure a thriving population and community in the rural areas.

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Ramping up the Minnesota hazelnut industry through market development 2015 Sames, Amanda

The MN Hazelnut Foundation (MNHF) was formed in 2008 with a mission of growing hazelnuts, hazelnut farmers, and hazelnut farming through outreach, education, and collaboration between members and their communities. Using the UofM SE Regional Partnership’s successful Byerly’s Apple Pie project as a model, this project will convene a focus group specific to hazelnuts to work through potential food product and marketing strategy in order to maintain and stimulate hazelnut production.

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Quantifying the Economic Opportunity of Local Food Production in Cook County 2015 Johnson, Samuel

The Northwoods Food Project is a nonprofit organization that started seven years ago with the goal to increase food sustainability in Cook County. The county’s economy is mostly sustained by tourism since other agricultural activities have been reduced. Cook County’s agriculture is limited by seasons, soils, and 10% private land ownership.

Community Assistantship Program
Extending the Minnesota Growing Season with Solar Heated High Tunnels 2015 Vollala, Sandeep

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that solar energy is safely and effectively accessible to communities of all income levels. Heated soil and high tunnels have been proven to increase Minnesota’s growing season, however, the effects of using solar thermal energy to transfer that heat is less known. RREAL has installed monitoring equipment at two high tunnel production sites in rural Crow Wing County and is working with the farmers, who grow the same crops in each of the tunnels and document their production.

Community Assistantship Program
Tulibee Refuge Lake Conservation Easement Purchase Targeting: A GIS Analysis 2015 Mueller, Joseph

This project had two primary goals: 1. To develop multiple address tables for a general mailing campaign in northern Minnesota’sAitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties to attempt to locate property owners interestedin converting their land under a perpetual conservation easement, and 2. To develop specific maps for the 38 identified Tulibee preserve lakes and their surrounding land,in order to identify specific parcels for possible conservation easement purchase.

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Expansion of Invasive Carp Range in Minnesota: Using Glacial Geomorphology, Digital Elevation Models and Vector Data to Identify Potential Watershed Breaches in ArcGIS 2015 Bevis, Martin

Black, bighead, silver and grass carp (collectively referred to here as invasive carp) present a risk to ecosystem health, functionality, and value in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams. Invasive carp will be able to access to most, but not all, Minnesota watersheds by swimming along river channels. Some watersheds have low susceptibility to invasive carp migration either because they are not tributaries to the Mississippi River or because fish passage is impeded by dams.

Community Assistantship Program
Local Foods Planning and Zoning 2015 Krumel, Thomas

Agricultural Protection Zoning has been enacted to prevent the development of agricultural landsinto non-farm uses. These zoning ordinances are enacted at the county or municipality-level and areoften contained in the comprehensive zoning plan. The comprehensive zoning plans contain thegoals of a community in terms of growth which are created by planners and confirmed through aseries of public hearings run by a Board of Commissioners or City Council.

Community Assistantship Program
In the Heart of Minnesota's Vacation and Recreation Area 2015 Lybeck, Christopher

In the summer of 2015 the city of Akeley, Minnesota sought help from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Research Assistant program. There main objective, to aid in the planning & development of a trail system that would connect the Akeley’s downtown to the Heartland State Trail system and encourage economic development for the local community. The City of Akeley was founded during the logging & milling era, but has sense become a tourism-based economy.

Community Assistantship Program
Cambridge: Design Opportunities 2015 De Saram, Keshika Community Assistantship Program
Creating Public Outreach Information to Support a Culture of Water Quality Stewardship in the Zumbro Watershed 2014 Ayers Looby, Bridget

This project was a combined effort between the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, The Center for Changing Landscapes, and The Zumbro Watershed Partnership. The focus of the position was to assist in gathering historic, water quality impairment, and ecological data about the Zumbro River watershed in southern Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program
Pioneer Public TV Summer Internship Report 2014 Stermer, Brendan

The power of any history is its ability to unite a country, social class, organization, etc., behind a shared narrative. The story of Pioneer Public TV, as I have written it, is a testament to the power of small rural communities coming together for a common dream. As Pioneer looks ahead to an uncertain future for public broadcasting, and develops plans for big investments in the station’s Appleton facilities, a compelling narrative detailing the station’s origins and growth will be a useful tool for uniting the staff and viewer base behind shared values and stories.

Community Assistantship Program
Itasca Area Community Asset Mapping Project 2014 Davison, Al

The Itasca Area Community Asset Map is a tool meant for youth looking for out-of-school resources, along with economic resources for families. The dataset consists of an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx), along with a map created with the Google Maps engine. The map was created so it would be available for use by families and youth looking for out-of-school and economic resources in the Itasca area.

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Local Produce Locker: Exploring the Financial Feasibility of Small-scale Local Food Processing in South Central Minnesota 2014 Meschke, Linda & Sam Johnson

We will explore the Financial Feasibility of a produce locker to gain information that will inform an overall feasibility study for small-scale food processing of local produce.

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Accessory Dwelling Units to Support Farm Transitions 2014 Brandt-Sargent, Bethany

America’s farmers are aging. Not all farmers have family members willing to operate the family farm, leaving them searching for creative ways to transition off the farm, but ensure its continued success. One of these ways is through land use tools, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units. This paper examines the different tools and how they’ve been implemented across the country, and locally. Land use tools to support agriculture are extensive.

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A Sustainable, Localized Food Service Plan: Development Strategies for Lakewood Health System 2014 Myslajek, Lisa

Like many institutional food facilities nationwide, Lakewood Health System (LHS) is developing a sustainable and local food-purchasing program as a means to provide fresher and healthier products while supporting sustainable agricultural systems and the local economy. In spite of the myriad of challenges that many institutions face in developing local purchasing programs, Lakewood is committed to the continuation of increasing amounts of sustainable local purchases.

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The Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail: The Stories of the Landscape 2014 Garnaas-Holmes, Erin

The following report serves as a record of research and design work done during the fall of 2013 by the Center for Changing Landscapes and graduate student research assistant Erin Garnaas-Holmes to assist in the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail project. This project is part of a much broader community effort in northwestern Minnesota that seeks to both enhance economic development in the region by bringing more visitors to the area and also inform local residents of the power of their landscapes.

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Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas. 2014 Hupka, Yuri.

Internet access has become vital to a progressive society. Communities with broadband access experience a wide array of economic, educational, and social advantages. However, many rural and remote areas are without sufficient bandwidth to fully and effectively participate in the world economy.

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Cold-Climate Greenhouse Resource: A Guide for Designing and Building a Cold-Climate Greenhouse 2013 Rader, Jody.

The purpose of this research and this guidebook is to document and highlight the successes and lessons learned by small growers across the Midwest who have designed and built cold-climate greenhouses, and are actively growing produce during the winter. The focus here is on the architecture, assembly, materials, and building techniques that have yielded efficient greenhouses. The goal is to provide simple, time-tested techniques, as demonstrated by modern growers within the region.

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