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Landowner Meetings ラ Final Report. 1999 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dundas, Faribault, focus groups, land use, landowners, Mills Town Trail, Rice County
Laying the Groundwork: Telling Our Story - Minnesota Community Land Trusts. 2008 Howard, Teresa.

The Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition (MCLTC) is a coalition of ten community land trusts in Minnesota. In 2006, the coalition began a data collection initiative to collect a determined set of data. The following project was conducted to determine data collection methods and practices to answer the following question: What are the data collection and reporting practices of the MCLTC members?

Community Assistantship Program affordable housing, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), data
Learning to Bridge Different Ways of Knowing: The Dream of Wild Health American Indian Seed-Garden Project as Mentor. 2010 Hassel, Craig A.

Reports on various projects with Dream of Wild Health network, a cultural preservation project that brings American Indian adults, elders, and youth together to collect and grow indigenous, heirloom seeds. Highlights the cross-cultural bridging and interaction that has characterized these research partnerships, and suggests this approach as a potential model for connecting research universities with cultural communities for mutual benefit.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Communiversity, cultural preservation, education, farming, knowledge, Lakota, learning, local foods, Native Americans, nutrition, Peta Wakan Tipi
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Final Report on Proposed Solar Powered Furnace Manufacturing Business. 2010 Cici, Kristen.

This report provides an in-depth look at the potential of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's plan to manufacture and sell Solar Powered Furnaces. It provides a marketing assessment that reviews the target market of individuals, tribal governments, tribal coalitions, and state and county government within the five state area of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The SPF units are described and compared to competitor's products, along with identifying potential environmental and financial incentives for consumers.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Lewis Lake Environmental Assessment. 2005 Roley, Sarah.

Lewis Lake is in Kanabec County, about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities. An active Lake Owners Association is working to stabilize and improve water quality. This report is a survey of the lake and makes recommendations to the association on steps it should take to achieve improved water quality.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environment, pollution, shoreline restoration
Local Foods Expansion Project Marketing Plan. 2012 Leach, Amy.

This marketing plan has been prepared for Farm Market Café, LLC, Onamia Area Farmers’ Market, and the Local Foods Expansion project of Onamia, Minnesota. Increasing the community’s consumption of our locally grown and produced foods is the overall goal of this project. Implementing new marketing strategies is the first step to reach our potential customers and create awareness of our presence. Our specific goals include:

Community Assistantship Program
Local Foods Planning and Zoning 2015 Krumel, Thomas

Agricultural Protection Zoning has been enacted to prevent the development of agricultural landsinto non-farm uses. These zoning ordinances are enacted at the county or municipality-level and areoften contained in the comprehensive zoning plan. The comprehensive zoning plans contain thegoals of a community in terms of growth which are created by planners and confirmed through aseries of public hearings run by a Board of Commissioners or City Council.

Community Assistantship Program
Local Produce Locker: Exploring the Financial Feasibility of Small-scale Local Food Processing in South Central Minnesota 2014 Meschke, Linda & Sam Johnson

We will explore the Financial Feasibility of a produce locker to gain information that will inform an overall feasibility study for small-scale food processing of local produce.

Community Assistantship Program
Long Lake Wastewater Feasibility Study. 1999 Bankston, Jamie. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), drainfields, feasibility study, Long Lake, wastewater, Watonwan County
Long-Range Humanities Program Planning 'In Their Own Words.' 2006 Carlson, Niki Lee.

ムIn Their Own Words (ITOW),' part of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, is a unique museum located in Perham, Minnesota, that places the memories and experiences of American veterans of war into a living repository. This report show the culmination of assessments; literature and case study reviews,; and conversations with professional and academic advisors, key community representatives, and veterans. The report also presents a long-range humanities plan for the museum and evaluation strategies.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), education, evaluation, historic preservation, museums, oral history, Otter Tail County, rural, tourism, veterans
Lutsen & Tofte Visitor Survey: Full Report. 2010 Bipes, Theresa.

In 2009 the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association (LTTA) contracted with the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to conduct a survey of visitors to the Lutsen-Tofte area. The goals of the survey were to collect demographic, activity participation, lodging, information source, use pattern, and preference data to address the following questions: What location makes the most sense for serving tourists in the Lutsen-Tofte area? What are current visitor center use patterns? Who is not being served by the current visitor center?

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Mankato Active Citizenship Report. 2000 McCauley, Chad. Community Assistantship Program citizen participation, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Mankato, organizations, surveys
Mapping the Root River Watershed for Improved Implementation of Storm Water Management. 2013 Hammes, Mary.

I was hired by the UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to work with UMN Center for Changing Landscapes and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District to create a series of maps detailing stormwater patterns regionally and locally in the Root River Watershed. Locally, I focused on the City of Preston. I used research, interviews, and GIS mapping to investigate stormwater patterns. Findings indicated that regionally, stormwater flow is impacted by the regions steep topography and primarily agricultural landscape.

Community Assistantship Program
Market & Feasibility Study for the proposed North American Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota. 2010 Smith , David J. and Dr. William Gartner. Community Assistantship Program
Market Analysis of Goodwill Easter Seals Job Training Program. 2006 Bachewe, Fantu.

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota assists people statewide with barriers to education, employment, and independence, and has been a major contributor to the development of Minnesota's workforce for more than 86 years. In 2005, the organization served more than 11,000 Minnesotans, including placing more than 700 individuals in competitive employment and helping hundreds more advance in their careers.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), disabled, disadvantaged, employment growth, homeless, job growth, job performance, job training, jobs, market analysis, marketing
Marketing Minnesota's Fields and Forests: Research on the Potential for Developing a Farm Stay Database and Joint Marketing Program in Minnesota. 2010 Schuweiler, Andrea.

As the second largest industry in Minnesota, agriculture is extremely important to every Minnesotan, particularly those in rural areas. However, small family farmers are looking for ways to diversify their income and ensure profit long into the future. Agritourism has been suggested as one way to diversify their income. In general, agritourism is the practice of attracting tourists to an area used primarily for agricultural purposes.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Marketing Strategies for Kensington Runestone Park. 2008 Mars, Kyle.

The Kensington Rune Stone has intrigued and sparked debate since its discovery by Olof Ohman in 1898. The discovery of an historic record like this Stone provides a glimpse into world history and the heritage of Minnesotans. There is a long and proud Nordic lineage prominent in the family names and businesses of the surrounding area. Douglas County, with advisory help from the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation, has owned and operated Kensington Rune Stone Park since 1972. This Marketing Strategies Report was prescribed during the initial planning sessions.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Douglas County, economic development
Meander 2005: Upper Minnesota Valley Art Crawl. 2006 Monson, Verna.

This project summary reports on sales, attendance, and operational issues as reported by the participating artists in the 2005 Meander Art Crawl. The purpose of this survey was to estimate the economic impact of Meander on participating artists; gauge attendance at Meander by day and site; and gather suggestions and comments for use in making improvements in the 2006 Meander Art Crawl.

Community Assistantship Program artists, community arts, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluations, marketing, markets, sales, surveys, tourism
Migrant Worker Housing Survey Results from South-Central Minnesota. 2002 Byun, Jaehyun and Ann Ziebarth. Community Assistantship Program Centro Campesino, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Hispanics, housing, Latinos, Le Sueur County, migrant workers, Rice County, Steele County, surveys, Waseca County
Milaca Community Library Needs Assessment/Feasibility Study. 2000 Hays, Amy. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), libraries, Milaca, surveys
Milaca Downtown Revitalization. 2010 Jorgensen, Zachary.

The main goal of this project was to provide the City of Milaca with visions of what their downtown area could look like as they seek to revitalize and reenergize the core of the city. The subsequent drawings, maps, and boards are meant to begin a broader dialog within the community. One that will help form a stronger idea of what can be done in designing the spaces that will form the identity and sense of place within Milaca.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), downtown, economic development, revitalization
Milan Preservation Project. 2006 Borgendale, Colleen.

A summary of a project involving oral history interviews with residents of Milan, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, farms, historic preservation, history, oral history, rural
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs Development and Behavior Clinics Evaluation II. 2006 Dallman, Amber.

This report documents a project that investigated whether or not evaluations of Development and Behavior Clinics (DBC) makes a difference in the lives of children and their families. A family survey was developed by a team of professionals from the Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN) program, DBC clinic staff, and staff from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The family survey was sent to 286 families in May 2004, with a response rate of 39%. This report summarizes the results.

Community Assistantship Program child development, children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health services, healthcare, mental health, mental illness, social services, social work, special
Minnesota Housing Partnership Report. 2002 Cason, Tory. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), housing, manuals, needs assessment, small towns
Minnesota River Valley Partners Project. 2012 Brown, Elissa.

The Minnesota River and its valley define the region. It connects all the communities, and its natural and cultural resource base has encouraged many citizen-lead partnerships to enhance and develop the region with an eye to its future.

The partnership of Tatanka Bluffs, Green Corridor, Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL), and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota (CCM) received funds to:

Community Assistantship Program
Minnesota Rural Futures Survey Results. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
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
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
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
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