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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
Gary Pines Master Plan 2017 Dickson, Maxwell

The Gary Pines project, described in this report, is a unique project for three reasons. First, it exemplifies development of place and the possibilities generated when a community has a strong connection and commitment to place that spans generations. Historically, the site of Gary Pines was a dusty area that was worked on by members of the community back in 1942. A historical photo that is part of the community’s record shows a 1938 tractor and three farmers from the community working on the land.

Community Assistantship Program
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
Greater Minnesota Rising 2015 McManigal, Brooke

The Greater Minnesota Rising project is an extension of Minnesota Rising. Founded in 2009, Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in MN and works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota. Since the end of the recession, migration of the younger workforce has been increasing, leaving a huge workforce gap that will increase by the Baby Boomer retirements. There is a current need to locate, attract, and retain talent in Northwest MN in order to meet employer and workforce needs and ensure a thriving population and community in the rural areas.

Community Assistantship Program
GreenStep Cities Internship. 2012 Gurung, Tashi Wongdi. Community Assistantship Program
Growing Awareness of Renewable Energy in Olmstead County. 2006 Brandt, Erin.

This guide is designed to assist local Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) in facilitating exchanges with three different groups: the agricultural community, local government officials/concerned citizens, and schools. The document compiles three separate guides that include summaries of interviews, ideas for interaction with each group, and education techniques.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, air quality, alternative energy, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), electric consumption, government, schools, sustainability, sustainable development
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
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
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
Highway 29 North Shore Asset Inventory. 2005 Forbord, Mary Jo, Andrea Maringer, Neil Linscheid, and Ben Winchester. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, North Shore, tourism
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
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
Home Visiting At-Risk Families: The Dakota Healthy Families Program. 2007 Bakken, Gay.

This article reports on Dakota Healthy Families, an intensive, home visiting program for first-time parents in Dakota County. The article reports on the key success factors behind the initiative, as well as the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families, an effort to expand the initiative to the entire seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Community Assistantship Program child welfare, family, parenting
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
Homeowner Yard and Landscape Study for the Cascade Lake Watershed. 1999 Garcia-Gonell, Otto. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), fertilizers, lawn care, pesticides, surveys, Zumbrom Cascade Lake
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
Identifying County Land Conservation Priorities/Recreation Opportunities. 2008 Sander, Heather.

In 2003, Becker County developed its Comprehensive Plan to help the County determine land use priorities and develop strategies for achieving them. Predominately, these priorities seek the protection of the County's natural resources, i.e., water quality, forestlands, shoreline areas, flora and fauna, prairie etc., i.e., sustainable development.The project used GIS to identify public tax forfeited land and public sector land most suitable for conservation and recreational development. The report contains maps created by the CAP student.

Community Assistantship Program Becker County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, geographic information systems (GIS), land use, open space
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
In the Heart of Minnesota's Vacation and Recreation Area 2015 Lybeck, Christopher

In the summer of 2015 the city of Akeley, Minnesota sought help from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Research Assistant program. There main objective, to aid in the planning & development of a trail system that would connect the Akeley’s downtown to the Heartland State Trail system and encourage economic development for the local community. The City of Akeley was founded during the logging & milling era, but has sense become a tourism-based economy.

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
Indigenous Corn Propagation Project. 2007 Markhart, Bud.

The primary constituency of the Dream of Wild Health is the American Indian community in the Upper Midwest, including both the urban Indian community in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the reservation communities in the region. Dream of Wild Health had rare heirloom corn seeds that needed propagation. In April of 2006, Dream of Wild Health entrusted Professor Bud Markhart in University of Minnesota's Department of Horticultural Science with nine varieties of indigenous corn seed.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), crops, horticulture, Native Americans
Initiatives: Linking Sustainable Agricultural and Natural Resources Opportunities in Southeast Minnesota with the University of Minnesota. 2000 Cahoy, Ann. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), partnerships, rural areas, rural cooperation, Southeast Minnesota, sustainability, sustainable development
Institutional Food Market Survey. 2000 Bilek, Petr. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), food purchasing, mail surveys, Southeast Minnesota
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
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
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
Itasca Area Community Asset Mapping Project 2014 Davison, Al

The Itasca Area Community Asset Map is a tool meant for youth looking for out-of-school resources, along with economic resources for families. The dataset consists of an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx), along with a map created with the Google Maps engine. The map was created so it would be available for use by families and youth looking for out-of-school and economic resources in the Itasca area.

Community Assistantship Program
Itasca County Resorts and Tourism. 2002 Burns, Andrea.

Since the nineteenth century, the lumber and mining industries have provided the main source of economic revenue for Itasca County. However, the Itasca County Historical Society felt that resorts and tourism may have played just as significant a role in the economic, social, and cultural development of Grand Rapids and the rest of Itasca County as did the lumber and mining industries during their heydays. Indeed, a significant portion of Itasca County's current revenue is drawn from the resort and tourist industry.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Grand Rapids, historic, history, Itasca County, tourism
Jumpstart 4 Kindergarten: An Early Childhood Data Tracking System. 2012 Cruver, Amelia.

The Carlton County CHILD Network (Connected to Helping In Learning and Development) is a collaboration of professionals focused on improving services to young children and families throughout Carlton County. Jump Start 4 Kindergarten is a data collecting and system improvement initiative of the CHILD Network. Family background information is collected for each child enrolled in early childhood development programs supported by the CHILD Network along with the students’ Brigance Screen score, a measure of school readiness.

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.

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