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City of Rockford Survey Report. 2002 Zhu, Jianchong. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), downtowns, land development, mail surveys, Rockford
Sustaining Green Space in the Rural-Urban Fringe: A Landowner's Guide. 2001 Zaro-Moore, Kyla. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), directories, sprawl, sustainable agriculture, urban fringe
Growing Green Feasibility Study and Business Plan. 2008 Young, Kelcie.

Growing Green is a collaborative project of MRCI WorkSource and Putting Green, Inc. Its purpose is to develop a sustainable, commercial farm located at Putting Green Park in New Ulm, Minnesota. MRCI WorkSource is a provider of vocational services for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages. In recent years, key employers in the New Ulm area have shifted from contracting labor locally, to organizations such as MRCI, to contracting to offshore labor sources. As a result of this strategic shift, MRCI began to consider locally controlled employment options for its clients.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), local foods
Models and Strategies for a Produce Distribution Plan. 2007 Yarbrough, Nicole.

For over seven years, Minnesota Food Association (MFA) has worked with immigrant communities, with a special focus on those groups with traditionally strong ties to agriculture, to develop economic opportunities in farming. Through the New Immigrant Agriculture Project, MFA has partnered with farmers according to their needs - presently, a reliable customer for specific produce. This challenge is especially complex given the growers' seasonal mix of fresh produce. Small growers in particular struggle to access the retail market alongside large distributors.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Asian Americans, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, Hmong, Washington County
Consumer-Driven Demand Analysis for Locally Grown and Organic Wool in the Upper Midwest 2016 Yang, Zhiyou

The Natural Fiber Alliance began in 2011 when four women sheep farmers in SE Minnesota came together to identify ways to grow interest and support for the region’s natural fiber. They currently serve the 12-county area in SE Minnesota but expanding out across MN and to neighboring states. Their mission is to educate and promote the natural fibers, fiber animals, farmers, artists, and companies who utilize the natural fibers.

Community Assistantship Program
Youth Accessibility Plan - Arts Opportunities for Youth in Duluth. 2008 Woitock , Peter.

In 2006 the Duluth Youth Agency Coalition took on the task of developing a citywide youth opportunities comprehensive plan in order to address accessibility gaps and barriers to positive out-of-school time opportunities for youth living in Duluth ages 5-18. This report consists of an inventory of the out-of-school time opportunities for middle school youth ages 11-13 in the arts/music category. A city wide survey was sent out to organizations in the community. It was found that only 59 arts/music opportunities currently exist for middle school youth.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), program
Next Gen Initiatives: Strategies and Models for Engaging YoungProfessionals in their Community. 2010 Wipperfurth, Adam.

There are undeniable migration patterns occurring in the United States that have seen young, educated minds move from rural to metropolitan areas and from parts of the middle and northern regions of the United States to southern and western regions. In line with what has been deemed a 'live first, work second' attitude, many first move to where they want to live and then look for a job. Making a city cool has become as important as presenting a thriving economy in today's society where most of the younger generation first chooses where to live and then where to work.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Blandin Community Investment Partnership: Networking for the Future. 2002 Wikstrom, Jan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Internet, telecommunications
Farm to Schools Lunch Program: Implementing Local Rochester-Area Foods into School Lunches. 2001 Wenzel, Melissa Anne. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Land Stewardship Project
Overcoming Barriers, Celebrating Successes, Municipal Sustainability Efforts in Northwest Minnesota. 2012 Welle, Luke N.

The focus of this assessment was to learn about sustainable initiatives from communities in Northwest Minnesota. The communities involved in this assessment were Bagley, Bemidji, and Park Rapids. The goal of this assessment was to gain perspective from key stakeholders in Northwest Minnesota, including city staff and local champions on sustainability issues. This assessment included identifying the current practices, current and future opportunities, and barriers pertaining to sustainability in these communities.

Community Assistantship Program
Dakota Women's March, The. 2007 Weinberg, Becky.

This report attempts to determine the actual route that was taken by the Dakota women, children, and men who, as a result of the Dakota War of 1862, were forced by the U.S. military to march to Fort Snelling, where they were put into an encampment.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, anthropology, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural, historic preservation, history, migrants, Native Americans
Westford Township GIS Demonstration Project. 2001 Wang, Min. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Westford Township
Implementing the LOCI Software in Minnesota: Tests in Benton, Sherburne and Wright Counties. 2001 Wandey, Frederic. Community Assistantship Program Benton County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), computer software, economic impacts, local governments, Sherburne County, Wright County
Extending the Minnesota Growing Season with Solar Heated High Tunnels 2015 Vollala, Sandeep

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that solar energy is safely and effectively accessible to communities of all income levels. Heated soil and high tunnels have been proven to increase Minnesota’s growing season, however, the effects of using solar thermal energy to transfer that heat is less known. RREAL has installed monitoring equipment at two high tunnel production sites in rural Crow Wing County and is working with the farmers, who grow the same crops in each of the tunnels and document their production.

Community Assistantship Program
Sustainable Farming Association: Making a Difference for Farmers in Minnesota. 2001 Vatovec, Christine.

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Minnesota is a nonprofit, farmer-to-farmer information sharing network. A graduate student in conservation biology in the College of Natural Resources conducted an assessment of SFA 's membership. The association will use this information to develop a database, identify potentially beneficial relationships between members (e.g., between farmers who produce organic grain and farmers who feed organic grain to livestock), and learn where to focus its energies and resources.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, members, surveys, sustainable agriculture
Cotton Park Master Plan. 2005 Valenta, Stephanie.

The Cotton Park Restoration Committee is authorized by the city of Coleraine and was looking for a way to develop a master plan for this neglected park on the shores of Trout Lake. Cotton Park abuts the City of Bovey on the east and Coleraine's dominant Longyear Park on the west. The park currently has a public boat landing, a swimming beach (which has been closed for two years), some vintage playground equipment, and open space. The property is shared by the city's firehall and waterworks pumphouse.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community planning, community redevelopment, green space, quality of life
The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example. 2010 Tuck, Brigid, Monica Haynes, Robert King and Ryan Pesch. Community Assistantship Program
Revealing a Hidden Oasis: A Site Analysis and Conceptual Master Plan for the Northland Arboretum. 2005 Tschida, Jamie.

Located in the Brainerd-Baxter area, the Northland Arboretum helps to conserve rare and unique plant communities, provides visitors a rich education and offers beautiful amenities that can be used for many recreational activities, such as walking, hiking, birding, gardening and cross-country skiing. Since the arboretum began in the 1970s, a number of different ideas for the site have been implemented. There has been a lack of continuity over the years with changes in staff.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental protection, green space
Minnesota Rural Grocery Survey 2016 Tremper, Nich

The purpose of issuing the 2015 Rural Grocery Survey was to better understand the rural grocery environment and needs in Greater Minnesota. The results of this survey will inform the greater research community and allow this community to offer relevant and useful support to businesses that are integral to a thriving rural landscape. Once rural grocery stores close, they are difficult to reopen. At the same time, statements such as those made in the 2014 Minnesota Food Charter show an increased interest among the research community to ensure healthy food access across the state.

Community Assistantship Program
Land Use Analysis of the Greater Bemidji Area. 2011 Trappe, Kevin P.

The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board (JPB) sought to analyze various land use characteristics of the community it governs. Questions were posed regarding existing land use patterns, vacant land, buildable land, housing, major employment centers, and downtown property. These questions were important to review as the JPB prepares to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the Greater Bemidji Area. The results of this study provide data and analysis that will be vital to the first steps of the comprehensive process.

Community Assistantship Program
Saving Traditional American Seeds: Preserving Culture Through Gardening. 2001 Thomas, Cynthia. Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Native Americans, organic gardens, plants
Gale Woods Farm Curriculum Directory. 2005 Tchida, Courtney.

Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Park District. Situated on 410 Acres in Minnetrista, Minnesota the park features a working educational farm, access to Whaletail Lake, a picnic pavilion and numerous cross country trails. Gale Woods is focused on connecting people to the source of their food on a small diverse farm that uses sustainable, contemporary farming methods. Programs can be adapted for a variety of different ages and can be scheduled for a half day, full-day or multi-day experience.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), teachers guide, teenagers, youth
New York Mills Sculpture Garden. 2006 Sullivan, Erin.

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center wanted to make their sculpture park more attractive to tourists and expand their events and community programming. This report summarizes the history of the park, inventories artists work, suggests marketing tools for future use in advertising the park, considers possible future outcomes, and includes a survey for park patrons.

Community Assistantship Program artists, arts education, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), gardens, inventory, landscaping, marketing, survey research, teenagers, youth
Revitalization Project 2015 Stoscheck, Claire

Honor the Earth is a Native environmental organization based on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota; their current geographic focus in on Pine Point, a small tribal community on the reservation. Their mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. They develop this by using music, the arts, the media, and indigenous wisdom to show people our joint dependency on the Earth.

Community Assistantship Program
Increasing Healthy Food Access 2016 Stoscheck, Claire

The purpose of United Acres is to increase the availability, access and affordability of fresh fruit and vegetables to the people of Renville County and the surrounding area. According to the County Healthy Rankings 2015, Renville County ranks 85 out of 87 in Overall Health Outcomes. This includes being tied for the 5th worst in “limited access to healthy foods.” United Acres is a community garden of 3 acres in the City of Olivia that will grow fresh produce for sale to local institutions and businesses and sell CSA shares to Renville county residents.

Community Assistantship Program
Intercultural Adaptation of Refugees and Rural Communities: From Burma to Minnesota 2017 Stone, Barbara

Between 1998 and 2015, 7,389 refugees from Burma of various ethnicities arrived in Minnesota from overseas (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010, 2016). This research is a continuation of two studies (Stone, 2010, 2011) that examined 1) the well-being and satisfaction of Karen refugees placed in employment in Worthington, Minnesota, by Lifetrack, a nonprofit social services organization, and 2) factors in the community that influenced their degree of satisfaction.

Community Assistantship Program
CarFit Minnesota: Community Engagement in Action. 2008 Stern, Erica.

Seniors tend to be safe drivers. But as we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion, size, and height can make us less comfortable and more vulnerable to injury from even minor collisions. Simple adjustments or devices can improve driver safety and comfort dramatically. These include small changes in mirrors to minimize blind spots, and in seat height and distance from steering wheels to improve sight lines and reduce risks from airbag deployment.

Community Assistantship Program automobiles, drivers, driving, elderly, evaluation, New Ulm, seniors, training
Pioneer Public TV Summer Internship Report 2014 Stermer, Brendan

The power of any history is its ability to unite a country, social class, organization, etc., behind a shared narrative. The story of Pioneer Public TV, as I have written it, is a testament to the power of small rural communities coming together for a common dream. As Pioneer looks ahead to an uncertain future for public broadcasting, and develops plans for big investments in the station’s Appleton facilities, a compelling narrative detailing the station’s origins and growth will be a useful tool for uniting the staff and viewer base behind shared values and stories.

Community Assistantship Program
HomeGrown: Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods in Central Minnesota. 2007 Stephenson, Emily.

The Sustainable Farming Association produced a film showing how food, nutrition, agriculture, energy, and economy are linked to the health and vitality of the local economy, environment, and the people who inhabit it. The program features local producers, activists, and entrepreneurs who are pioneering and implementing sustainable technologies and systems to enable themselves and others to live more empowered, rewarding, and sustainable lives.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, community, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), documentary, economic development, economic self-sufficiency, environmental impacts, farming, farms, film, sustainability
Van's Island: Wastewater Treatment and Next Steps. 2003 Steiner, Benjamin. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), septic systems, wastewater