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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
Creating a National Heritage Area for the Coteau Region. 2008 Manganaro, Christine.

The report consists of two powerpoint presentations containing information on National Heritage Corridors and how to implement one for the Coteau region of MN.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, history, marketing, Native Americans, Pipestone County, tourism
Indigenous Corn Propagation Project. 2007 Markhart, Bud.

The primary constituency of the Dream of Wild Health is the American Indian community in the Upper Midwest, including both the urban Indian community in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the reservation communities in the region. Dream of Wild Health had rare heirloom corn seeds that needed propagation. In April of 2006, Dream of Wild Health entrusted Professor Bud Markhart in University of Minnesota's Department of Horticultural Science with nine varieties of indigenous corn seed.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), crops, horticulture, Native Americans
Marketing Strategies for Kensington Runestone Park. 2008 Mars, Kyle.

The Kensington Rune Stone has intrigued and sparked debate since its discovery by Olof Ohman in 1898. The discovery of an historic record like this Stone provides a glimpse into world history and the heritage of Minnesotans. There is a long and proud Nordic lineage prominent in the family names and businesses of the surrounding area. Douglas County, with advisory help from the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation, has owned and operated Kensington Rune Stone Park since 1972. This Marketing Strategies Report was prescribed during the initial planning sessions.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Douglas County, economic development
Big Stone Lake Food Shelf C-G-B Elementary Fruit Tree Project. 2010 Mathey, Megan.

This is an overview of the Big Stone Lake Food Shelf C-G-B Elementary Fruit Tree Project. The essay discusses how the project began, the benefits of the project, and what it means to the families and community of the Big Stone Lake area in Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Villages of Steele County: Community Revival. 1999 McCauley, Chad. Community Assistantship Program Clinton Falls, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, Hope, Owatonna, Pratt, small towns, Steele County, villages
Mankato Active Citizenship Report. 2000 McCauley, Chad. Community Assistantship Program citizen participation, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Mankato, organizations, surveys
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Foundations for Nature-Based Tourism in Lake of the Woods. 2002 McPeek, Kelly. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Lake of the Woods, recreation, sustainable tourism
Whole Farm Cooperative Marketing Options. 2001 McPeek, Kelly. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farms, local foods, surveys
First Call for Helpᆴ Southwest: Building Regional Identity Project. 2000 Mellstrom, Kristin. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Kandiyohi County, media, publicity, social services, surveys
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Pine Island 21st Century Vision: Long Range Comprehensive Plan. 1999 Mielke, Andrew. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, Goodhue County, Olmsted County, Pine Island, small towns, surveys
Terres Farm Trail System. 2010 Miller, Shelley.

With the assistance of a community visioning project, the ムHealthy Communities Partnership' set up by the Initiative Foundation of Central Minnesota, City of St. Martin residents have identified a walking trail as a community priority. Located directly east of the St. Martin town center a 54 acre parcel has been deemed the starting point for a city trail system. This parcel, identified as the Terres Farm site, was the focus of this report. A site analysis was conducted which led to two possible designs on the site.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Damiano Center's Kids Cafe 2005 Miller, Susanna

The Damiano Center's Kids Café is a nutrition education and free on-site meal program for kids in the Duluth's Central Hillside. The program is a collaboration of the DuluthCommunity Garden Program, America's Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, General Mills Champions, Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants, CURA and the Damiano Center. The purpose of this project is to develop a pre-post survey to evaluate the Damiano Center Kids Café performance of four objectives through the collection of process data.

Community Assistantship Program children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elementary schools, food programs, health, nutrition, survey
Strengthening the Latino Community in Todd County. 2001 Millet, Eduardo. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), English as a second language (ESL), Hispanics, language barriers, Latinos, minorities, surveys, Todd County
Corn Stover Utilization and Soil Health. 2008 Mishra, Nishi.

The Minnesota Project, with support from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, sought to evaluate and understand the potential implications of substantial corn stover harvest. The project sought to use an established US Department of Agriculture tool, the RUSLE2 model, to begin to evaluate what the actual impacts of stover harvest appear to be. While further study and analysis is needed, this paper should begin to provide some indication of the extent and conditions for which stover collection is acceptable.

Community Assistantship Program biofuels, biomass, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), renewable energy
BioBusiness Resource Network. 2008 Moe, Karen.

The BioBusiness Resource Network is one of three strategic initiatives of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (BBAM). The goal is to make doing business in Minnesota a pleasant and rewarding experience. The BioBusiness Resource Network is committed to supporting bioscience companies as they seek to relocate, start-up or expand in Minnesota. The BBAM is conducting a state-wide inventory of bioscience capabilities.

Community Assistantship Program biobusinesses, bioscience, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Southern Minnesota
Short-Term Cost-Benefits of Intensive Home Visiting 2006 Monroe, Kevin, Joan Granger-Kopesky, and Gay Bakken.

The University of Minnesota conducted this study for Dakota County in fall of 2004. The study compared rates of child maltreatmentラchild abuse and neglectラamong families involved in the Dakota Healthy Families program from July 2002 through June 2004, with a comparison group of similar families not involved in Dakota Healthy Families. The study was undertaken to determine whether Dakota Healthy Families is effective in preventing child abuse among parents at risk to perpetrate maltreatment, and at a rate sufficient to off-set program costs.

Community Assistantship Program child abuse, child neglect, child welfare, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dakota County, families, family, parental, parents, prevention programs, social services, social work
Meander 2005: Upper Minnesota Valley Art Crawl. 2006 Monson, Verna.

This project summary reports on sales, attendance, and operational issues as reported by the participating artists in the 2005 Meander Art Crawl. The purpose of this survey was to estimate the economic impact of Meander on participating artists; gauge attendance at Meander by day and site; and gather suggestions and comments for use in making improvements in the 2006 Meander Art Crawl.

Community Assistantship Program artists, community arts, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluations, marketing, markets, sales, surveys, tourism
Rochester in Support of Everyone Focus Group Summaries and List of Resources. 2001 Moody, Sarah. Community Assistantship Program Bosnian, Cambodian, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, minorities, people of color, refugees, Rochester, Somalis, Sudanese, Vietnamese
Northfield Downtown Development Corporation Report. 2001 Moore, Michael. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), development, downtown, Northfield, surveys
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Understanding the Importance of Research at Community Colleges and Workforce Centers. 2012 Mulfinger, Evan.

In collaboration with Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council (SBETC) and St Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), a graduate student was assigned to statistically analyze data containing all individuals who passed through both entities within the last five years. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the population passing through both the SBETC and SCTCC and to identify what variables led individuals to succeed in terms of degree and employment obtained. Due to lack of data on type of employment obtained (e.g.

Community Assistantship Program
Upper Mississippi Forest Certification Initiative. 2005 Mullen, Meredith.

The purpose of this report was to determine two to three forest products from north/central Minnesota certified land, with the intention of identifying the best markets for these products, and the best strategies for reaching those markets. Initially, six products and species were selected as the most promising, from which flooring, paneling and pallets came out as the top products, ash, oak, birch and aspen as the top species. The methodology used was to first identify the markets for these products, then to survey the purchasers of wood products in those markets via phone interviews.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), market analysis
Faribault Diversity Project Report. 2000 Mureithi, Ernest. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Faribault, immigrants, language barriers, Latinos, minorities, people of color, Somalis, Sudanese
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Attempt to Understand the Physical Hydrology of the Chippewa River Watershed. 2002 Nangia, Vinay. Community Assistantship Program Chippewa River, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), geographic information systems (GIS), water quality, watersheds
Analysis of Impacts of Land Use Patterns on General Development Lakes in Rice County, Minnesota. 2001 Neu, Catherine. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), geographic information systems (GIS), lakes, lakeshore, land use, maps, property owners, Rice County, shorelands, surveys, water quality
Assessment of Interest in Youth Arts Programming. 2003 Newman, April. Community Assistantship Program arts education, children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), New York Mills, students