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Title Published Authorsort icon Summary Program Keywords
Southeast Minnesota Resource Mapping Survey. 1999 Droubie, Kari. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, citizen participation, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dodge County, Fillmore County, Houston County, land use, Mower County, natural resources, organizations, surveys, sustainability, sustainable development, Wabasha County, Winona County
Report of the Findings from the Diversity Leadership Workshop: Focus on Immigration in Rural Communities, August 18-20, 2003, Faribault, Minnesota. 2004 Du, Yi, Jean A. King, and Marsha Milgrom. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), diversity, evaluations, Faribault, immigrants, training programs
CGB School Greenhouse. Eagan, Molly. 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
Assessment of Disease Management of Diabetes-Phase 1. 2006 Fabbrini, Angela.

The Mille Lacs Band is a sovereign nation of the Ojibwe. The Treaty of 1855 with the United States established the Mille Lacs Band reservation in East Central Minnesota. Today, the Mille Lacs Band has approximately 3,600 members, 1,900 of whom live in the area surrounding beautiful Lake Mille Lacs. Type 2 diabetes is now an epidemic among American Indians. This poster summarizes the project , including an assessment of the situation and plan for action.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health risk, health services, healthcare, Native Americans, prevention programs, reservations, treatment programs
Guidelines for the Development of Diversity Leadership and Education: A 'How-To' Manual for Communities and Schools. 2003 Fennelly, Katherine, Mary Harrison, Marsha Milgrom, Jun-Li Wang, and Sharon Anderson.

A manual designed to help individuals, organizations, and communities bring together people from diverse backgrounds to work on issues of mutual interest. Based on diversity training workshops piloted in Faribault, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), diversity, immigrants, racism, rural, training programs
Evaluation of the Farm Beginnings Mentorship Program. 2002 Fischbach, Melissa. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, mentoring
Highway 29 North Shore Asset Inventory. 2005 Forbord, Mary Jo, Andrea Maringer, Neil Linscheid, and Ben Winchester. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, North Shore, tourism
Analyzing Current Downtown Conditions and Market Analysisfor Brainerd, Minnesota. 2008 Frie, Jacob.

The report contains comprehensive data about the infrastructure of downtown Brainerd such as building size, square footage, and vacancies. Currently, this information is not readily available to decision makers. An understanding of current downtown conditions was needed to move ahead with a revitalization program to improve existing conditions in downtown Brainerd, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Brainerd, businesses, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, office, retail
Collaboration: A Youth Development Initiative of the Faribault Youth Service Center. 2003 Gangani, Noordeen. Community Assistantship Program collaboratives, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Faribault, nonprofits, partnerships, Rice County, surveys
Homeowner Yard and Landscape Study for the Cascade Lake Watershed. 1999 Garcia-Gonell, Otto. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), fertilizers, lawn care, pesticides, surveys, Zumbrom Cascade Lake
Product Tracking (Systems) Alternatives for the Headwaters Forestry Cooperative (HFC). 2001 Garcia-Gonell, Otto. Community Assistantship Program certification, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environment, forest products, lumber, smart wood
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Opportunities and Constraints for Winona’s Riverfront. 2013 Garnaas-Holmes, Erin.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, the City of Winona’s scenic, ecological, and cultural characteristics are some of its strongest assets. Winona is clearly a community with important connections to its water resources. Some of these connections are utilized effectively; some connections are in need of re-connection, and other connections are less understood or under-developed.

Community Assistantship Program
ムIn Cora's Garden' Curriculum and Pilot Program Evaluation. 2005 Garrido, Deborah J. Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), curriculum, diabetes, diet, diseases, education, exercise, gardening, health, local foods, Native Americans, nutrition
Assessment of Public Health Needs in Four Counties in Western Minnesota. 2004 Ghomwari, Hassan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), diseases, healthcare, illness, Lincoln County, Lyon County, Murray County, Pipestone County, public health, smoking, surveys, tobacco
Wadena Agricultural Community Biomass Assessment Project. 2010 Gillitzer, Peter.

The national interest in biofuels and rural development, supportive national policies and projected increase in demand have pushed many communities to align themselves for the impending influence of biofuel development. Among these biofuel enthusiasts is the community of Wadena, Minnesota. Wadena Agriculture Alternativesニ collaborated with the University of Minnesota Central Sustainable Regional Partnership and the University of Minnesota Extension to coordinate a project to measure the biomass potential in the region.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Big Stone County Draft Comprehensive Plan. 2002 Glieden, Lynnae. Community Assistantship Program Big Stone County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, land development, land use, natural resources, zoning
Scaling Up Local Foods: West Central Minnesota Institutional Market Study. Synthesis of Existing Research and Report on West Central Partnership Institutional Market Survey. 2011 Goodspeed, Sarah. Community Assistantship Program
Project Update: Housing for Migrant Workers in Minnesota. 2003 Greco, Michael D.

This project update reports on a collaboration between Centro Campesino, a migrant worker advocacy organization; Ann Ziebarth, a professor in the School of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota; and Jimmy Byun, a graduate student hired through CURA's Community Assistantship Program to conduct a survey on living conditions for migrant workers in four counties in south-central Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), housing, migrants, surveys
Value-Added and Scaling Up Local Foods: Navigating Regulations for Processing Local Foods in Commercial Kitchens in Minnesota. 2013 Grewell, Rachel

Brent Olson; farmer, county commissioner, and syndicated agriculture columnist recently opened a licensed community kitchen in conjunction with a town café in Clinton, MN. The impetus for this re-opening of the café and added resource of a community commercial kitchen is in response to challenges this small town faces in addressing food access, food production, and community business growth. The “Inadvertent Café” has received less of a response from local producers than expected.

Community Assistantship Program
The Solar Coaster: Putting Solar on Schools in Northern Minnesota Means More Than Energy 2017 Grimley, Matthew and Giavarini, Christopher

In 2013, the Region Five Development Commission applied for a grant from Xcel Energy to help fund solar photovoltaic installations on schools within its five-county territory in northern Minnesota. The intent was to help the schools around the Brainerd-region save money on their electric bills, perform job training for a local Native American tribal college, and create STEM curriculums for the host schools. Xcel Energy offered the opportunity to Region Five enter into a grant agreement in December 2015, after two years of waiting.

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.

Community Assistantship Program
GreenStep Cities Internship. 2012 Gurung, Tashi Wongdi. Community Assistantship Program
Women and War. 2003 Hakala, JoAnne A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, interviews, military service, Otter Tail County, women
Mapping the Root River Watershed for Improved Implementation of Storm Water Management. 2013 Hammes, Mary.

I was hired by the UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to work with UMN Center for Changing Landscapes and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District to create a series of maps detailing stormwater patterns regionally and locally in the Root River Watershed. Locally, I focused on the City of Preston. I used research, interviews, and GIS mapping to investigate stormwater patterns. Findings indicated that regionally, stormwater flow is impacted by the regions steep topography and primarily agricultural landscape.

Community Assistantship Program
A Housing Inventory of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. 2007 Hannert, Adrienne.

The purpose of the 2006 Pequot Lakes Housing Inventory was to create a detailed inventory of the existing housing stock in the urban area of Pequot Lakes. Information on the town's housing was acquired through a comprehensive windshield survey assessing the exterior conditions of the homes within approximately one square mile surrounding the Pequot Lakes downtown area; accessing town and county property records; and a survey of homeowners and renters of homes in Pequot Lakes' urban area.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, community redevelopment, Crow Wing County, geographic information systems (GIS), housing authority, housing profiles, housing rehabilitation, housing stock, Pequot Lakes
Biomass Gasification. 2010 Harstad, Rachel.

Every year, small businesses spend $60 billion on energy costs. That number is only going to increase with the rapidly rising prices of fossil fuels. Many small businesses are looking for more efficient ways to heat their businesses at rates that are more economical. One way some businesses are doing just that is by using biomass gasification. Biomass gasification is an existing technology that has 'resurfaced' when fossil fuel prices get too large for businesses to handle.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy
Pomme de Terre Food Co-Op. 2008 Hartke, Alison.

The report considers different local food producers and distributors with the intent of informing the Pomme de Tere Food Co-Op about how to efficiently deliver food to cop-op members.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), local foods, sustainability, sustainable agriculture
Asset Survey for the Experiment in Rural Cooperation, a University of Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership in Southeast Minnesota.. 2003 Hartman, Lacey. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Fillmore County, Goodhue County, Houston County, natural resources, Olmsted County, Southeast Minnesota, surveys, sustainability, sustainable development, Wabasha County, Winona County