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Feasibility and Business Planning for Olcott Park Greenhouse. 2010 Community Assistantship Program
Community Biomass Energy Feasibility Study. 2011 Zoet, Adam.

The citizen’s group known as the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), in conjunction with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, is exploring the feasibility of community-based biomass energy production within Cook County. This group is especially interested in understanding the short and long-term environmental, social, and economic impacts of utilizing woody biomass. The CAP-Biomass project was initiated to help inform the feasibility study and guide the future direction of biomass energy in northeastern Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program
Community Action Duluth: Measuring the Return on Investment for Participant Outcomes in Three Community Action Duluth Employment Programs. 2010 Acharya, Nikhil.

The focus of this study was to examine the Return on Investment from Community Action Duluth Programs. The objective was to analyze the three programs; HOPE Program, Bridges to Employment and Jump Start Duluth Program. These Programs create economic value, which is easy to measure, but there are also many social impacts created, which may not be comparatively easy to measure. This report strives to identify such social impacts along with measuring the economic returns generated by these three programs. For the Analysis, a simple Return on Investment Method was used.

Community Assistantship Program
Cultural Diversity: A Case Study on Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future. 2003 Akdere, Mesut.

Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is a rural community-based nonprofit organization serving the counties of Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine in the Western Central Minnesota. According to the US Census Bureau (2000), the total population of these three counties is 32,235 with a total minority population of 1,151, which is approximately 3.57% of the total population (2000). The number of diverse populations in the area is likely to continue to rise.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, assessment, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural, diversity, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, migrants, migration, Native Americans, service delivery, Somalis
Two Harbors Band Shell Park Upgrade: Evaluation and Design of Structure. 2012 Amenumey, Felix.

The Two Harbors city band is one of the oldest band in the state of Minnesota (Gregor & Saur, 2012). It has played a vital role of entertaining the Two Harbors community as well as tourists for nearly 115 years. The construction of the Paul Gauche Memorial Band Shell in 1937, coupled with the dedication of band members has over the years contributed rich music production (Friends of the Band Shell Park, 2012). However, the Band Shell is now over 70 years, and this is telling on its current physical structure.

Community Assistantship Program
Responsive Housing Redevelopment Near North Minneapolis. 2012 Anderson, Kirsten.

This community based research project was intended to:

  • Gather a baseline of data about neighborhood perception of the Near North neighborhood where PPL buildings are located.
  • Gather data on how the rehab of PPL buildings might have impacted the Near North neighborhood.
  • Gather data on what neighborhood residents like and don’t like in terms of the rehab and their neighborhood.

Data was collected through a series of focus groups with residents and neighbors of PPL Near North buildings

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
Market Analysis of Goodwill Easter Seals Job Training Program. 2006 Bachewe, Fantu.

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota assists people statewide with barriers to education, employment, and independence, and has been a major contributor to the development of Minnesota's workforce for more than 86 years. In 2005, the organization served more than 11,000 Minnesotans, including placing more than 700 individuals in competitive employment and helping hundreds more advance in their careers.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), disabled, disadvantaged, employment growth, homeless, job growth, job performance, job training, jobs, market analysis, marketing
Crow Wing County’s Lakeshore Impervious Coverage Research Project Phase II. 2012 Backes, .Robert.

The purpose of the 2012 impervious coverage research project was to determine the amount of impervious surfaces on lakeshore parcels for parcels on lakes 500-1000 acres in size. The percent impervious was calculated for the entire riparian lot. The percent impervious was also calculated within 250 feet and 500 feet of the riparian lot. The percent of impervious surfaces was calculated using high resolution Lidar and aerial photography in ESRI’s ArcMap software.

Community Assistantship Program
Crow Wing County’s Lakeshore Impervious Coverage Research Project. 2012 Backes, Robert.

The purpose of the 2012 impervious coverage research project was to determine the amount of impervious surfaces on lakeshore parcels for parcels on lakes over 1000 acres in size. The percent impervious was calculated for the entire riparian lot. The percent impervious was also calculated within 250 feet and 500 feet of the riparian lot. The percent of impervious surfaces was calculated using high resolution Lidar and aerial photography in ESRI’s ArcMap software.

Community Assistantship Program
Home Visiting At-Risk Families: The Dakota Healthy Families Program. 2007 Bakken, Gay.

This article reports on Dakota Healthy Families, an intensive, home visiting program for first-time parents in Dakota County. The article reports on the key success factors behind the initiative, as well as the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families, an effort to expand the initiative to the entire seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Community Assistantship Program child welfare, family, parenting
Long Lake Wastewater Feasibility Study. 1999 Bankston, Jamie. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), drainfields, feasibility study, Long Lake, wastewater, Watonwan County
Pomme de Terre River Association - TDML Research Project. 2007 Banschbach, Madeline.

WesMin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council on behalf of the Pomme de Terre River Association requested and received funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to assess available monitoring data, collect land use data, determine reduction scenarios, define reductions needed to reduce Fecal Coliform in the impaired waters of the Pomme de Terre River to compliant levels, complete a TMDL, educate the public, and increase public participation in the Pomme de Terre Watershed with emphasis on the impaired reach of Mud Creek.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental inventory, environmental protection, hazardous waste, river corridors, rivers, waste control, water quality, watersheds
Certified Firewood Marketing Plan For Certified Wood From Central Minnesota. 2001 Barber, Richard. Community Assistantship Program certification, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), forest products, forestry, market analysis, wood
Rural Women's Leadership in Minnesota: Present Status and the Need for Increased Involvement. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
Minnesota Rural Futures Survey Results. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
Cyrus Magnet School: School Marketing Plan 2005-2006. 2006 Basel, Joseph.

This project summary briefly outlines the process used to develop a plan for how Cyrus Math, Science and Technology School can improve its marketing to increase student enrollment.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), families, magnet schools, marketing, parents, science, technology, teenagers, youth
RISE: Rochester in Support of Everyone. 2000 Baylor, Leanne. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), discrimination, employment, focus groups, immigrants, jobs, minorities, people of color, Rochester
Secondary (9-12) Curriculum Project Final Report, A. 2007 Beard, David and Catherine Nachbar.

This project enabled the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (CJMM), Inc. Education Committee to begin the development of a curriculum for secondary (9-12) students. A five-day unit plan with a variety of multimedia texts, historical documents, and literary works, in addition to the CJM Memorial as a work of public art, was developed with the support of the CURA-funded student employee. A number of community experts from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, the University of Wisconsin at Superior and the CJMM Education Board came together to collaborate as a result of this grant.

Community Assistantship Program African Americans, Blacks, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Duluth, historic preservation, history, youth
Organic Control of Colorado Potato Beetles in Potato Production. 2007 Becker, Katie.

A study was conducted for the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery to investigate the use of four organic methods of control for Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineala). The study involved using plots containing four potato varieties. Four of these plots used different organic means to control the pest (two types of companion plantings, an organic pesticide, and diatomaceous earth) and one plot served as a control.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Crookston, farming, farms
Overview of Crime and Jail Use in Blue Earth County, 1995-2001. 2000 Berger, Matthew. Community Assistantship Program Blue Earth County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), criminal justice, prisons, surveys
Farming and Soil Carbon: A Partial Solution to the Global Warming Problem. 2006 Bertelsen, Sara.

This report addresses carbon sequestration on agricultural lands. Policies are converging on a set of agriculture conservation practices that could make a significant contribution to the slowing of global warming and, at the same time, bring soil and water benefits to the land. This report is intended to demystify what agricultural carbon sequestration can and cannot achieve, and to encourage participation in the debate about policy options related to agriculture.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural chemicals, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, farming, farmland, farms, global warming, greenhouse effect, rural, soil
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
Appleton Celebrating 125 years 1881-2006. 2007 Bigley, Ann.

This report is a community history of Appleton that was used during the community's 125th anniversary celebration in September 2006. The report includes key events, places, and photographs of Appleton through the years.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community building, cultural heritage, historic preservation, history
Institutional Food Market Survey. 2000 Bilek, Petr. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), food purchasing, mail surveys, Southeast Minnesota
Lutsen & Tofte Visitor Survey: Full Report. 2010 Bipes, Theresa.

In 2009 the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association (LTTA) contracted with the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to conduct a survey of visitors to the Lutsen-Tofte area. The goals of the survey were to collect demographic, activity participation, lodging, information source, use pattern, and preference data to address the following questions: What location makes the most sense for serving tourists in the Lutsen-Tofte area? What are current visitor center use patterns? Who is not being served by the current visitor center?

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Milan Preservation Project. 2006 Borgendale, Colleen.

A summary of a project involving oral history interviews with residents of Milan, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, farms, historic preservation, history, oral history, rural
Fergus Falls Art Crawl. 2008 Borman, Kate.

The report contains market research on art crawls and marketing techniques designed to improve the Fergus Falls Art Crawl.

Community Assistantship Program artists, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Fergus Falls, marketing
Growing Awareness of Renewable Energy in Olmstead County. 2006 Brandt, Erin.

This guide is designed to assist local Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) in facilitating exchanges with three different groups: the agricultural community, local government officials/concerned citizens, and schools. The document compiles three separate guides that include summaries of interviews, ideas for interaction with each group, and education techniques.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, air quality, alternative energy, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), electric consumption, government, schools, sustainability, sustainable development
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.

Community Assistantship Program