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Title Published Authorsort icon Summary Program Keywords
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Youth Arts Program Implementation Project. 2004 Newman, April. Community Assistantship Program arts education, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluation, marketing, youth
Project Update: Bringing INFO-U to New Audiences. 2003 Newman, Debby, and Frederick W. Smith

This project update reports on a CURA-supported project with INFO-U, a free, 24-hour phone and Internet information service maintained by the University of Minnesota Extension Service that offers practical information to the public on a wide variety of subjects, from food safety and nutrition to environmental issues. Building on a previous effort to launch a Spanish-language version of INFO-U in 2000, INFO-U staff applied for assistance from CURA's Community Assistant Program to hire Somali and Hmong students to initiate similar efforts in their respective communities.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Extension Service, Hispanics, Hmong, information, Internet, languages, Latinos, Somalis, Spanish, University of Minnesota
Assessing the Impediments to Success in Sustainable Agriculture in the Central Region of Minnesota. 2005 Nicola, Diego. Community Assistantship Program Central Minnesota, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farming, marketing, sustainable agriculture
Final Report: Dream of Wild Health Project 2009 Noble, Emily

Dream of Wild Health is a community organization whose mission encompasses both preserving seeds of Indigenous Native American plants and also bringing together a wealth of cultural knowledge for the preservation of indigenous tradition. One of the major focuses of the organization is a youth summer camp, which brings twin cities urban youth out to an organic farm where they learn to grow, harvest, and sell indigenous crops in a culturally traditional manner. In addition to growing produce, urban youth who come to the farm learn how to prepare farm grown food for consumption.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health, local foods, Native Americans
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
Friends of the Vermillion River Water Trail Study. 2005 Ochs, Christopher.

At the time of this report, Friends of the Vermillion River Water Trail (FVRWT) was working toward getting the river designated as an official canoe route by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This report contains a concept plan for the route, including put-in and take-out access sites.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), ecology, green space, preservation, recreation, river corridors, rivers, trails, transportation, water
Digitization and Preservation of Milan's Film History. 2006 Olson, Michele.

This is a project summary about the process of converting Billy Thompson's old home movies to DVD for the City of Milan. The DVD of home movies is included in the back of the printed report.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, farms, historic preservation, history, preservation, rural, videotapes
Communities and Local Energy: A Workbook--The Future Is Now. 2002 Pawlisch, Melissa, Carl Nelson, nd Lola Schoenrich. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, environmental protection, renewable energy, workbook
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Survey Analysis. 2005 Petersen, Nicholas.

This survey was an attempt to answer two questions about the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP): (1) How can the SWMHP meet the needs of their clients in customer service? (2) What knowledge do their customers have about the services of the SWMHP? The survey was sent to 38 individuals, with a response rate of 39.5%. This report summarizes and analyzes the survey results.

Community Assistantship Program affordable housing, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), consumers, evaluations, homes, housing programs, survey research
Focus Group Study: College in the Schools Student Experience in Central Minnesota. 2012 Peterson Malen, Melissa .

Central Lakes College partners with several high schools in central Minnesota to offer college courses to
high school students while they are in high school and on the high school campus. In recent years, the
number of students taking College in the Schools (CIS) courses has increased. However, a trend exists
that demonstrates a decreasing number of students who take CIS courses attend Central Lakes College
after completing high school. This focus group study is designed to develop a deeper understanding of

Community Assistantship Program
Historic Murphy's Landing Program Evaluation. 2006 Peterson, Jamie.

Historic Murphy's Landing (HML) is a living history museum that offers school and childcare groups a variety of programs intended to help children learn about and experience life in the 1800s on the Minnesota River Valley. HML needed an evaluation to determine if they were meeting teacher's expectations and how they could improve the programs to aid student learning and create more positive experiences. The evaluation was based on observation, surveys, interviews and focus groups. The report includes evaluation methodology, results, and recommendations for change.

Community Assistantship Program assessment, children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), daycare, evaluations, farming, farmsteads, historic preservation, history, immigrants, museums, programs, schools, survey research, teenagers, youth
Changing How Minnesota History Is Told: A Program Evaluation for Historic Murphy's Landing. 2006 Peterson, Jamie.

Reports on a program evaluation conducted on behalf of Historic Murphy's Landing, an 88-acre living history museum owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District that depicts life in the Minnesota River Valley during the 1800s. The evaluation resulted in several programming changes at the museum, improved visitors' experiences, and improved training for museum interpreters.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluations, historic sites, history, Minnesota, museums, parks, pedagogy, Shakopee
Supporting Data for the Series of Analysis Maps Created for the Minnesota Trails Initiative Granite Falls to Skalbakken Park Trail Study. 2001 Petrik, Dan and Jeff Zeitler. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), geographic information systems (GIS), Granite Falls, maps, recreation, Renville County, trails
Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area: Planning Terms and Definition Research. 2010 Piekarski, Amy.

The Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area Planning Terms and Definitions Research project was used to create a list of common terms and definitions to be used throughout the six local government units. Ordinances and plans were gathered from the six local units of government and the Department of Natural Resources, and then terms and definitions were extracted and put into a database. By creating a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the data was easily organized and analyzed.

Community Assistantship Program
Food Sovereignty in Northern Minnesota; Building a Sustainable and Accessible Food System in This Region. 2010 Plumer, Dawn.

This project began in 2007 when the Indigenous Environmental Network worked with other local community entities interested in creating better food systems for the region. They started the Food Sovereignty, Security and Health Project which spawned the Headwaters Food Sovereignty Council (HFSC), the active organization in implementing many of the project goals. The main goal of this research project is to create a food council which will then develop a mapping system of the food shed.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Summary of Market Research on Nonformal Agricultural and Environmental Education Programs in Minnesota and Recommendations for Programming at Farmamerica. 1999 Pommerenke, Lori. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), curriculum, education, environmental, surveys
Worker Training Follow Up System. 2005 Radel, Elizabeth.

The goal of the report was to create an evaluation tool and documentation system to use for worker training program follow-up for the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC). PIC provides occupational skills training for dislocated workers, unemployed people on public assistance, and youth. This project was conceived to provide PIC with data on program effectiveness to make the organization stand out in grant applications and in reports to county commissioners and other stakeholders.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), employment, job training, jobs
Irving and John Anderson Park Master Plan 2013. 2013 Rader, Jody.

Irving and John Anderson Park (Anderson Park) is a 174-acre park located within Isanti County and the Anoka Sandplain. The land was acquisitioned in 2007 as part of funding allocated through the state Remediation Grant Program, the state Regional Parks Grant Program, the Metro Greenways Grant Program, along with donations from the Trust for Public Land, Oxford Township, and the Anderson Family. The park now consists mainly of restored tall-grass prairie, and is adjacent to two lakes (Horseshoe and Horseleg Lakes) with high-quality wetlands and hardwood forest area.

Community Assistantship Program
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Evaluating the Potential of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Strategy for Northwest Minnesota. 2010 Rattanavong, Chansouda. Community Assistantship Program
Winona County Compost Feasibility Study. 2012 Reser, Aaron

The following feasibility study examines potential scenarios for a small to mid-level composting operation in Winona County. The report stems from interest within the county both to divert organic material from the waste stream and to address soil amendment needs of Stone Point Gardens. These concerns also coincide with proposed changes to state compost facility regulations, potentially resulting in the creation of two new compost levels. The study begins with an investigation into the fundamentals of composting principles and the basic methods and operations of a composting facility.

Community Assistantship Program
Houston County Trail Development Master Plan. 2005 Reusch, Alyssa.

In January, 2005, the Houston County Trails group, in conjunction with the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Division and the Community Assistantship Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, began a concerted effort to document the planning efforts of a trail system in Houston County. This report includes inventory and assessment information pertinent to the trail planning process, focusing primarily on the trail segments between La Crescent and Hokah and Hokah and Houston.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental design, environmental impacts, transportation, travel
Analysis of the Proposed Mill Towns Trail. 1998 Ringold, Jennifer B. Community Assistantship Program bike paths, economic development, Faribault, Northfield, trails
Landowner Meetings ラ Final Report. 1999 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dundas, Faribault, focus groups, land use, landowners, Mills Town Trail, Rice County
Rice County Focus Group Meetings for Trails ラ Final Report. 1999 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, Mills Town Trail, Rice County
Analysis of the Proposed Mill Towns Trail. 1998 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Cannon River, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, Faribault, Northfield, recreation, trails
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.

Community Assistantship Program
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.

Community Assistantship Program
Lewis Lake Environmental Assessment. 2005 Roley, Sarah.

Lewis Lake is in Kanabec County, about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities. An active Lake Owners Association is working to stabilize and improve water quality. This report is a survey of the lake and makes recommendations to the association on steps it should take to achieve improved water quality.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environment, pollution, shoreline restoration
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