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Women and War. 2003 Hakala, JoAnne A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, interviews, military service, Otter Tail County, women
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
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
Van's Island: Wastewater Treatment and Next Steps. 2003 Steiner, Benjamin. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), septic systems, wastewater
Cultural Diversity: A Case Study on Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future. 2003 Akdere, Mesut.

Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is a rural community-based nonprofit organization serving the counties of Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine in the Western Central Minnesota. According to the US Census Bureau (2000), the total population of these three counties is 32,235 with a total minority population of 1,151, which is approximately 3.57% of the total population (2000). The number of diverse populations in the area is likely to continue to rise.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, assessment, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural, diversity, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, migrants, migration, Native Americans, service delivery, Somalis
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
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
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
Assessment of Interest in Youth Arts Programming. 2003 Newman, April. Community Assistantship Program arts education, children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), New York Mills, students
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
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
Greater Cass Lake Area Tourism Impact Analysis. 2003 Crowley, Tara. Community Assistantship Program Beltrami County, Cass County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Hubbard County, surveys, tourism
Community Assistantship Program: Connecting the University with Greater Minnesota. 2003 Siems, Monica.

During its first five years of operation, the Community Assistantship Program (CAP) at CURA has sponsored 120 applied research projects throughout the state that have linked faculty and students from the University of Minnesota with community organizations that require applied research assistance. This 5-year milestone provides an opportunity for the program's coordinator to reflect on CAP's history, mission, successes, and future challenges.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluation, faculty, rural areas
Rural Women's Leadership in Minnesota: Present Status and the Need for Increased Involvement. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
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
Crossing Paths: A Study of the Interaction Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill. 2004 Conroy, Regan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), depression, incarceration, law enforcement, mental illness, West Central Minnesota
Exploring Collaborative Opportunities in Natural Resource Planning and Conservation. 2004 Doering, Dawn.

Documents collaborative conservation efforts in the Cedar Creek Natural History Area and Cedar Creek/Carlos Avery landscape.

Community Assistantship Program Anoka County, biodiversity, collaboration, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, Isanti County, natural, planning, resources
Strategic Management Plan for Creating a Forestry Co-op. 2004 Smith, Dennis A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, East Central Minnesota, financial management, forest products, forestry, forests, land management, land stewardship, marketing
Pioneer Retirement Community Project. 2004 Lassig, Sara. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, Fergus Falls, memory loss, senior centers, seniors
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
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
Minnesota Rural Futures Survey Results. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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