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Learning to Bridge Different Ways of Knowing: The Dream of Wild Health American Indian Seed-Garden Project as Mentor. 2010 Hassel, Craig A.

Reports on various projects with Dream of Wild Health network, a cultural preservation project that brings American Indian adults, elders, and youth together to collect and grow indigenous, heirloom seeds. Highlights the cross-cultural bridging and interaction that has characterized these research partnerships, and suggests this approach as a potential model for connecting research universities with cultural communities for mutual benefit.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Communiversity, cultural preservation, education, farming, knowledge, Lakota, learning, local foods, Native Americans, nutrition, Peta Wakan Tipi
Farm-to-School in Central Minnesota - Applied Economic Analysis. 2010 Haynes, Monica.

The farm-to-school model was created in the 1990s, and since then the farm-to-school movement has spread throughout the country. Today, forty-one states have operational farm-to-school programs, and over two thousand such programs exist in the United States. This study collects data required for a formal analysis of the broader community economic impacts of farm-to-school programs in the Region Five Development District located in Central Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Milaca Community Library Needs Assessment/Feasibility Study. 2000 Hays, Amy. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), libraries, Milaca, surveys
Conservation Design for Commercial Properties. 2008 Hills, Soraya.

This pamphlet contains information on how to build and run more environmentally friendly commercial properties.

Community Assistantship Program architecture, commercial, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy, green design, sustainability, sustainable development
Eco-Rehab: An Ecological Guide for the Rehabilitation of Cabins at the Arcola Mills Center. 2005 Hilvert, Rachel.

This report was produced as part of a project to help the Arcola Mills Center, which is located along the St Croix River, rehabilitate the cabins on their site in an environmentally responsible fashion. The rehabilitation process was intended to create overnight retreat spaces and included educational features highlighting the historical and environmental aspects of the site and buildings.

Community Assistantship Program building design, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, construction materials, environment, insulation, residential heating
RREAL Solar Thermal Heating Assistance. 2008 Hofer, Eric.

The report contains an analysis of future energy prices intended to inform RREALs solar thermal heating assistance program.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy, fuel, heating
FAIM Return on Investment Project. 2007 Hofer, Eric.

The intent of this project was a return on investment (ROI) analysis of the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program. FAIM is a matched-savings program that helps low-income working Minnesotans build assets through home ownership, higher education or microenterprise. Participants save up to $480 per year for two years, which is matched at a 3:1 rate ($480 savings matched by $1,440 for up to two years). All participants complete 18-hours of financial management and asset specific education.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), education, evaluations, low income, workers
Cost Effectiveness of the Freeborn County Restorative Justice Program. 2003 Hogg, Nadia M. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), crime victims, evaluations, Freeborn County, juvenile justice, restorative justice
Watonwan and Blue Earth County Focus Group Meetings for Recreational Trails - Final Report. 2002 Holman, Tom. Community Assistantship Program Blue Earth County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, recreation, trails, Watonwan County
Laying the Groundwork: Telling Our Story - Minnesota Community Land Trusts. 2008 Howard, Teresa.

The Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition (MCLTC) is a coalition of ten community land trusts in Minnesota. In 2006, the coalition began a data collection initiative to collect a determined set of data. The following project was conducted to determine data collection methods and practices to answer the following question: What are the data collection and reporting practices of the MCLTC members?

Community Assistantship Program affordable housing, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), data
Facilitating Small Farmer's Access to New Sales Channels in Minnesota: A Transaction Cost Analysis. 2010 Hultberg, Annalisa.

This research was conducted in order to understand the costs that retail buyers incur when sourcing local foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, so that strategies to overcome these barriers can be determined. Preliminary exploratory interviews and a literature review indicate that 'transaction costs', that is, the time and money needed to work with multiple farmers to source local foods, decreases the amount of food that stores will buy.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Community Building on the Edge of the Wilderness. 2007 Huntley, Erinn.

The Edge of the Wilderness Community Center (EWCC) was formed with a unique Blandin Foundation Grant in 1991 to be a community collaborator with the school district. The EWCC enhances opportunities in education, recreation, and the fine arts in the northern part of Itasca County, a huge, sparsely populated, and economically depressed area. This project summary shows the community-building process of painting muslin back drops for the community theater, under the direction of a student trained in scenic art.

Community Assistantship Program artists, community arts, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Itasca County
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.

Community Assistantship Program
A Preliminary Assesment of Impairments to Melrose Lake, MN 2013. 2013 Irving-Hewey, Ruby.

Melrose Lake is a small section of the Sauk River which flows from its headwaters in Osakis to the Mississippi River. In the past the lake has been a source of recreation and has developed into a local scenic point for the City who maintains the park downstream of the dam. Over the course of time Melrose Lake has developed water quality issues dealing with sedimentation, excessive algae and aquatic plant growth, and the decrease of desirable fish species spurning the residents of Melrose to form a lake association.

Community Assistantship Program
A Senior Care Facility in Milan, Minnesota: Survey Analysis and Recommendations. 2004 Janca, Jeff. Community Assistantship Program Chippewa County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, Milan, senior centers, seniors
West Central Minnesota Recreational Trails Inventory. 2002 Jensen, Elizabeth. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, recreation, trails, waterfowl, West Central Minnesota, wildlife
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.

Community Assistantship Program
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
Milaca Downtown Revitalization. 2010 Jorgensen, Zachary.

The main goal of this project was to provide the City of Milaca with visions of what their downtown area could look like as they seek to revitalize and reenergize the core of the city. The subsequent drawings, maps, and boards are meant to begin a broader dialog within the community. One that will help form a stronger idea of what can be done in designing the spaces that will form the identity and sense of place within Milaca.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), downtown, economic development, revitalization
Northland Food and Farming Initiative Report. 2002 Kertzmann, Morgan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, internships, local foods
Historic Landscape Report: Warden House Stillwater, Minnesota. 2004 Kluessendorf, Ann. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), historic preservation, historic sites, landscape preservation, Stillwater, Washington County
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
Program Goals Evaluation Plan Narrative. 2010 Kudelka, Angie.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship building, program development, and philanthropy. The Foundation works to ensure that southwest Minnesota is a highly productive and engaged region where growing numbers of people choose to live. The purpose of this document was to outline a course for evaluation over the next 12-18 months, based on the objectives set forth by program staff in the SWIF FY07-11 strategic plan.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Western Area City County Cooperative (WACCO) Technology Audit. 2002 Kunkel, Curtis. Community Assistantship Program Barnesville, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Elbow Lake, Frazee, Glydon, Hawley, Henning, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, small towns, surveys, Wheaton
Omega Food Cooperative Report. 2001 Kuyava, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farms, Goodhue County, local foods, Pine Island, sustainable agriculture
Champion Communities Toolkit. 2013 Lange, Susan.

This toolkit is intended to support the Champion Communities in the grassroots work of primary prevention of sexual assault and sexual violence. Communities around Minnesota are realizing that it is our communities themselves that help create the environment in which sexual assault and sexual violence can reside. Only by changing community norms that undergird the acceptance of these behaviors can we create a Minnesota free of sexual assault and violence.

Community Assistantship Program
Pioneer Retirement Community Project. 2004 Lassig, Sara. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, Fergus Falls, memory loss, senior centers, seniors
Local Foods Expansion Project Marketing Plan. 2012 Leach, Amy.

This marketing plan has been prepared for Farm Market Café, LLC, Onamia Area Farmers’ Market, and the Local Foods Expansion project of Onamia, Minnesota. Increasing the community’s consumption of our locally grown and produced foods is the overall goal of this project. Implementing new marketing strategies is the first step to reach our potential customers and create awareness of our presence. Our specific goals include:

Community Assistantship Program
Inventory and Assessment of Natural Resources in Crow Wing County: A Framework for Conservation and Recreation Planning. 2004 Lehnhoff, James. Community Assistantship Program assessment, biodiversity, Brainerd, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Crow Wing County, forests, groundwater, inventory, land cover, land development, land preservation, land use planning, natural resources, open space, recreation, water quality
Building Financial Stability in Farmworker and Rural Latino Organizations. 2003 Lopez Aquino, Melisa. Community Assistantship Program Centro Campesino, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farmworkers, fundraising, Hispanics, Latinos, migrants, surveys