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A Community Oriented Vision and Plan for the Rural America Arts Plaza Plainview, Minnesota. 2010 Sokolski, Tracey.

The goal of the Community-Oriented Vision and Plan for the Rural America Arts Plaza--a project based in Plainview, Minnesota that is funded by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)-- was to create a community-oriented place outside the Jon Hassler Theater that in time would become a destination for the arts in the community, the town, and the region. The intent of the project was to integrate the plaza into the town core, the town's culture in order to enhance Plainview's art community and the economy of Plainview.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
A Housing Inventory of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. 2007 Hannert, Adrienne.

The purpose of the 2006 Pequot Lakes Housing Inventory was to create a detailed inventory of the existing housing stock in the urban area of Pequot Lakes. Information on the town's housing was acquired through a comprehensive windshield survey assessing the exterior conditions of the homes within approximately one square mile surrounding the Pequot Lakes downtown area; accessing town and county property records; and a survey of homeowners and renters of homes in Pequot Lakes' urban area.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, community redevelopment, Crow Wing County, geographic information systems (GIS), housing authority, housing profiles, housing rehabilitation, housing stock, Pequot Lakes
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
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
Accessory Dwelling Units to Support Farm Transitions 2014 Brandt-Sargent, Bethany

America’s farmers are aging. Not all farmers have family members willing to operate the family farm, leaving them searching for creative ways to transition off the farm, but ensure its continued success. One of these ways is through land use tools, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units. This paper examines the different tools and how they’ve been implemented across the country, and locally. Land use tools to support agriculture are extensive.

Community Assistantship Program
Advancing Minnesota's Community Solar Access in Municipally and Cooperatively Owned Electric Territories 2016 Schaefer, Connor

Most residents in Central MN do not have access to clean solar energy because of a lack of any one of the following 1) Financial ability to make a large purchase with benefits spread out over many years 2) Technical understanding and ability to manage a privately owned solar asset, or 3) Ownership of a suitable property for a solar installation. The Community Solar Garden (CSG) model overcomes all of these barriers, providing a solar energy ownership opportunity for all subscription eligible residents despite housing and income situations.

Community Assistantship Program
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
Analysis of the Proposed Mill Towns Trail. 1998 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Cannon River, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, Faribault, Northfield, recreation, trails
Analysis of the Proposed Mill Towns Trail. 1998 Ringold, Jennifer B. Community Assistantship Program bike paths, economic development, Faribault, Northfield, trails
Analyzing Current Downtown Conditions and Market Analysisfor Brainerd, Minnesota. 2008 Frie, Jacob.

The report contains comprehensive data about the infrastructure of downtown Brainerd such as building size, square footage, and vacancies. Currently, this information is not readily available to decision makers. An understanding of current downtown conditions was needed to move ahead with a revitalization program to improve existing conditions in downtown Brainerd, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Brainerd, businesses, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, office, retail
Appetite for Change's Community Cook Program: A Qualitative Analysis. 2011 Cureton, Colin.

Between February and May of 2012 Appetite for Change hosted eight events in its pilot Community Cooks program. A primary goal of the Community Cooks events was engaging participants around AFC’s mission of using food as a tool for wealth, health, and change in North Minneapolis. AFC pursued this goal at the events using multiple strategies and for a range of purposes. The primary strategy used was one-hour dialogues that were facilitated by trained AFC staff.

Community Assistantship Program
Appleton Celebrating 125 years 1881-2006. 2007 Bigley, Ann.

This report is a community history of Appleton that was used during the community's 125th anniversary celebration in September 2006. The report includes key events, places, and photographs of Appleton through the years.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community building, cultural heritage, historic preservation, history
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
Assessment of Disease Management of Diabetes-Phase 1. 2006 Fabbrini, Angela.

The Mille Lacs Band is a sovereign nation of the Ojibwe. The Treaty of 1855 with the United States established the Mille Lacs Band reservation in East Central Minnesota. Today, the Mille Lacs Band has approximately 3,600 members, 1,900 of whom live in the area surrounding beautiful Lake Mille Lacs. Type 2 diabetes is now an epidemic among American Indians. This poster summarizes the project , including an assessment of the situation and plan for action.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health risk, health services, healthcare, Native Americans, prevention programs, reservations, treatment programs
Assessment of Interest in Youth Arts Programming. 2003 Newman, April. Community Assistantship Program arts education, children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), New York Mills, students
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
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
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
Baby Steps Program Evaluation. 2010 Cici, Kristen.

The mission of Baby Steps, founded in 2001, is to improve the health and well being of families, pregnant women and young children by motivating individuals to use services that benefit their families. To fulfill its mission, Baby Steps aims to: Educate parents and caregivers about services that strengthen families in the communities that are served by the coupon partners .Motivate parents, caregivers, and grandparents to actively participate and utilize partner services to strengthen families .Increase and/or maintain the number of partners who provide services to families with children.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Best Practices in Microlending. 2008 Diaz, Jose.

The North East Entrepreneur Fund has ongoing marketing and growth initiatives for its market. Knowledge of the marketing and expansion practices of other micro-lenders was needed to make decisions regarding the Fund's own expansion strategy. The report identifies best practices and clusters of micro-lenders that share common strategies.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, financing, loans, small businesses
Big Stone County Draft Comprehensive Plan. 2002 Glieden, Lynnae. Community Assistantship Program Big Stone County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, land development, land use, natural resources, zoning
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)
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
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
Biomass Gasification. 2010 Harstad, Rachel.

Every year, small businesses spend $60 billion on energy costs. That number is only going to increase with the rapidly rising prices of fossil fuels. Many small businesses are looking for more efficient ways to heat their businesses at rates that are more economical. One way some businesses are doing just that is by using biomass gasification. Biomass gasification is an existing technology that has 'resurfaced' when fossil fuel prices get too large for businesses to handle.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy
Blandin Community Investment Partnership: Networking for the Future. 2002 Wikstrom, Jan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Internet, telecommunications
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
Cambridge: Design Opportunities 2015 De Saram, Keshika 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