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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
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
Duluth Open Space Initiative Organizational Goals and Action Steps. 2006 Schommer, Jeff.

This report is a draft of an Open Space Strategy, a goals and action steps document developed for the Duluth Open Space Initiative. Duluth's character is defined by its open spaces, and development pressure and poor planning are putting these open spaces at risk. This document identifies the organizational, political, and financial goals for a citizen-driven conservation agenda; considers possible actions that can be taken to accomplish those goals; and discusses the rationale for each of the goals and action steps.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community planning, conservation, Duluth, foreclosures, green space, inventory, land use, open space, parks, public, redevelopment, taxes
Eco-Rehab: An Ecological Guide for the Rehabilitation of Cabins at the Arcola Mills Center. 2005 Hilvert, Rachel.

This report was produced as part of a project to help the Arcola Mills Center, which is located along the St Croix River, rehabilitate the cabins on their site in an environmentally responsible fashion. The rehabilitation process was intended to create overnight retreat spaces and included educational features highlighting the historical and environmental aspects of the site and buildings.

Community Assistantship Program building design, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, construction materials, environment, insulation, residential heating
Elder Network Mental Health and Aging Study. 2001 Smith, Jedd. Community Assistantship Program aging, barriers, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, mental health, seniors, service delivery, social services, Southeast Minnesota, surveys
Evaluating the Potential of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Strategy for Northwest Minnesota. 2010 Rattanavong, Chansouda. Community Assistantship Program
Evaluation of the Farm Beginnings Mentorship Program. 2002 Fischbach, Melissa. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, mentoring
Event Marketing and Expansion Assessment. 2002 Schmitz, Laura. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), festivals, surveys, tourism, Wabasha
Expansion of Invasive Carp Range in Minnesota: Using Glacial Geomorphology, Digital Elevation Models and Vector Data to Identify Potential Watershed Breaches in ArcGIS 2015 Bevis, Martin

Black, bighead, silver and grass carp (collectively referred to here as invasive carp) present a risk to ecosystem health, functionality, and value in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams. Invasive carp will be able to access to most, but not all, Minnesota watersheds by swimming along river channels. Some watersheds have low susceptibility to invasive carp migration either because they are not tributaries to the Mississippi River or because fish passage is impeded by dams.

Community Assistantship Program
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
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
Facilitating Small Farmer's Access to New Sales Channels in Minnesota: A Transaction Cost Analysis. 2010 Hultberg, Annalisa.

This research was conducted in order to understand the costs that retail buyers incur when sourcing local foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, so that strategies to overcome these barriers can be determined. Preliminary exploratory interviews and a literature review indicate that 'transaction costs', that is, the time and money needed to work with multiple farmers to source local foods, decreases the amount of food that stores will buy.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
FAIM Return on Investment Project. 2007 Hofer, Eric.

The intent of this project was a return on investment (ROI) analysis of the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program. FAIM is a matched-savings program that helps low-income working Minnesotans build assets through home ownership, higher education or microenterprise. Participants save up to $480 per year for two years, which is matched at a 3:1 rate ($480 savings matched by $1,440 for up to two years). All participants complete 18-hours of financial management and asset specific education.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), education, evaluations, low income, workers
Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota. 2010 Sawyer, Rachel.

Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) is part of a nation-wide initiative to promote IDA, Individual Development Account, programs. FAIM is run by several Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and is available throughout the state. CAAs strive to eliminate poverty through asset building and financial education programs like FAIM by recognizing that most people need more than just cash to become successful homeowners, college students or entrepreneurs.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
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
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
Farm-to-School in Central Minnesota - Applied Economic Analysis. 2010 Haynes, Monica.

The farm-to-school model was created in the 1990s, and since then the farm-to-school movement has spread throughout the country. Today, forty-one states have operational farm-to-school programs, and over two thousand such programs exist in the United States. This study collects data required for a formal analysis of the broader community economic impacts of farm-to-school programs in the Region Five Development District located in Central Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Farming and Soil Carbon: A Partial Solution to the Global Warming Problem. 2006 Bertelsen, Sara.

This report addresses carbon sequestration on agricultural lands. Policies are converging on a set of agriculture conservation practices that could make a significant contribution to the slowing of global warming and, at the same time, bring soil and water benefits to the land. This report is intended to demystify what agricultural carbon sequestration can and cannot achieve, and to encourage participation in the debate about policy options related to agriculture.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural chemicals, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, farming, farmland, farms, global warming, greenhouse effect, rural, soil
Feasibility and Business Planning for Olcott Park Greenhouse. 2010 Community Assistantship Program
Fergus Falls Art Crawl. 2008 Borman, Kate.

The report contains market research on art crawls and marketing techniques designed to improve the Fergus Falls Art Crawl.

Community Assistantship Program artists, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Fergus Falls, marketing
Fighting Food Insecurity in Duluth: Evaluating the Efficacy of Chum's Food Shelves 2016 Guidinger, Claire

Food insecurity, which is the state of being without access to a culturally acceptable and nutritionally adequate diet, affects approximately 14% of Americans (Gottlieb & Fisher, 1996; Coleman-Jensen, Gregory, & Rabbit, 2015). Food insecurity in the United States has resulted in a nationwide epidemic of diet-related diseases that amounts to an estimated $240 billion each year in health costs, disproportionately affecting low-income communities of color (Giménez & Wang, 2011). In Duluth, Minnesota, food insecurity affects approximately 20% of households.

Community Assistantship Program
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
Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas. 2014 Hupka, Yuri.

Internet access has become vital to a progressive society. Communities with broadband access experience a wide array of economic, educational, and social advantages. However, many rural and remote areas are without sufficient bandwidth to fully and effectively participate in the world economy.

Community Assistantship Program
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
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
Food and Farming: Potential for Partnership. 2002 Slaughter, Kara. Community Assistantship Program Central Region, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Extension Service, faculty, farms, internships, Minnesota, Northeast Region, Northwest Region, partnerships, projections, Southeast Region, University of Minnesota, West Central Region
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)
Forest Resource Management in Southeast Minnesota. 2002 Class, Leah. Community Assistantship Program best practices, biodiversity, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), forests, habitat, Southeast Minnesota, sustainability, sustainable agriculture, water
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
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