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Value-Added and Scaling Up Local Foods: Navigating Regulations for Processing Local Foods in Commercial Kitchens in Minnesota. 2013 Grewell, Rachel

Brent Olson; farmer, county commissioner, and syndicated agriculture columnist recently opened a licensed community kitchen in conjunction with a town café in Clinton, MN. The impetus for this re-opening of the café and added resource of a community commercial kitchen is in response to challenges this small town faces in addressing food access, food production, and community business growth. The “Inadvertent Café” has received less of a response from local producers than expected.

Community Assistantship Program
Van's Island: Wastewater Treatment and Next Steps. 2003 Steiner, Benjamin. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), septic systems, wastewater
Villages of Steele County: Community Revival. 1999 McCauley, Chad. Community Assistantship Program Clinton Falls, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, Hope, Owatonna, Pratt, small towns, Steele County, villages
Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Sites. 2010 Sawyer, Rachel.

Free tax site services are available throughout Minnesota, provided by a number of community based agencies. According to the Children's Defense Fund (2004), over 350 free tax sites were in operation in 2004 in Minnesota; that number has since increased. These sites provide an alternative to commercial preparation and are targeted towards low-to- moderate-income people. They are typically staffed by volunteers and enable consumers to keep their entire refund without paying for the tax preparation or a refund loan.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Wadena Agricultural Community Biomass Assessment Project. 2010 Gillitzer, Peter.

The national interest in biofuels and rural development, supportive national policies and projected increase in demand have pushed many communities to align themselves for the impending influence of biofuel development. Among these biofuel enthusiasts is the community of Wadena, Minnesota. Wadena Agriculture Alternativesニ collaborated with the University of Minnesota Central Sustainable Regional Partnership and the University of Minnesota Extension to coordinate a project to measure the biomass potential in the region.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Watonwan and Blue Earth County Focus Group Meetings for Recreational Trails - Final Report. 2002 Holman, Tom. Community Assistantship Program Blue Earth County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, recreation, trails, Watonwan County
West Central Minnesota Recreational Trails Inventory. 2002 Jensen, Elizabeth. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, recreation, trails, waterfowl, West Central Minnesota, wildlife
West Central Minnesota Telecommunications Report. 2002 Sells, Jeremy. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Internet, rural areas, telecommunications, West Central Minnesota
Western Area City County Cooperative (WACCO) Technology Audit. 2002 Kunkel, Curtis. Community Assistantship Program Barnesville, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Elbow Lake, Frazee, Glydon, Hawley, Henning, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, small towns, surveys, Wheaton
Westford Township GIS Demonstration Project. 2001 Wang, Min. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Westford Township
Where the Food Grows on Water: Continuance of Scientific Racism and Colonialism. 2002 Doerfler, Jill. Community Assistantship Program Anishinabe, Chippewa, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural preservation, history, research, University of Minnesota, White Earth Reservation, wild rice
Whole Farm Cooperative Marketing Options. 2001 McPeek, Kelly. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farms, local foods, surveys
Winona County Compost Feasibility Study. 2012 Reser, Aaron

The following feasibility study examines potential scenarios for a small to mid-level composting operation in Winona County. The report stems from interest within the county both to divert organic material from the waste stream and to address soil amendment needs of Stone Point Gardens. These concerns also coincide with proposed changes to state compost facility regulations, potentially resulting in the creation of two new compost levels. The study begins with an investigation into the fundamentals of composting principles and the basic methods and operations of a composting facility.

Community Assistantship Program
Women and War. 2003 Hakala, JoAnne A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, interviews, military service, Otter Tail County, women
Worker Training Follow Up System. 2005 Radel, Elizabeth.

The goal of the report was to create an evaluation tool and documentation system to use for worker training program follow-up for the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC). PIC provides occupational skills training for dislocated workers, unemployed people on public assistance, and youth. This project was conceived to provide PIC with data on program effectiveness to make the organization stand out in grant applications and in reports to county commissioners and other stakeholders.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), employment, job training, jobs
Youth Accessibility Plan - Arts Opportunities for Youth in Duluth. 2008 Woitock , Peter.

In 2006 the Duluth Youth Agency Coalition took on the task of developing a citywide youth opportunities comprehensive plan in order to address accessibility gaps and barriers to positive out-of-school time opportunities for youth living in Duluth ages 5-18. This report consists of an inventory of the out-of-school time opportunities for middle school youth ages 11-13 in the arts/music category. A city wide survey was sent out to organizations in the community. It was found that only 59 arts/music opportunities currently exist for middle school youth.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), program
ムIn Cora's Garden' Curriculum and Pilot Program Evaluation. 2005 Garrido, Deborah J. Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), curriculum, diabetes, diet, diseases, education, exercise, gardening, health, local foods, Native Americans, nutrition