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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
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
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
Women and War. 2003 Hakala, JoAnne A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), history, interviews, military service, Otter Tail County, women
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
Whole Farm Cooperative Marketing Options. 2001 McPeek, Kelly. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farms, local foods, surveys
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
Westford Township GIS Demonstration Project. 2001 Wang, Min. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Westford Township
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
West Central Minnesota Telecommunications Report. 2002 Sells, Jeremy. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Internet, rural areas, telecommunications, West Central Minnesota
West Central Minnesota Recreational Trails Inventory. 2002 Jensen, Elizabeth. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, recreation, trails, waterfowl, West Central Minnesota, wildlife
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
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)
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)
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
Van's Island: Wastewater Treatment and Next Steps. 2003 Steiner, Benjamin. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), septic systems, wastewater
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
Upper Mississippi Forest Certification Initiative. 2005 Mullen, Meredith.

The purpose of this report was to determine two to three forest products from north/central Minnesota certified land, with the intention of identifying the best markets for these products, and the best strategies for reaching those markets. Initially, six products and species were selected as the most promising, from which flooring, paneling and pallets came out as the top products, ash, oak, birch and aspen as the top species. The methodology used was to first identify the markets for these products, then to survey the purchasers of wood products in those markets via phone interviews.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), market analysis
Understanding the Importance of Research at Community Colleges and Workforce Centers. 2012 Mulfinger, Evan.

In collaboration with Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council (SBETC) and St Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), a graduate student was assigned to statistically analyze data containing all individuals who passed through both entities within the last five years. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the population passing through both the SBETC and SCTCC and to identify what variables led individuals to succeed in terms of degree and employment obtained. Due to lack of data on type of employment obtained (e.g.

Community Assistantship Program
Two Harbors Band Shell Park Upgrade: Evaluation and Design of Structure. 2012 Amenumey, Felix.

The Two Harbors city band is one of the oldest band in the state of Minnesota (Gregor & Saur, 2012). It has played a vital role of entertaining the Two Harbors community as well as tourists for nearly 115 years. The construction of the Paul Gauche Memorial Band Shell in 1937, coupled with the dedication of band members has over the years contributed rich music production (Friends of the Band Shell Park, 2012). However, the Band Shell is now over 70 years, and this is telling on its current physical structure.

Community Assistantship Program
Tulibee Refuge Lake Conservation Easement Purchase Targeting: A GIS Analysis 2015 Mueller, Joseph

This project had two primary goals: 1. To develop multiple address tables for a general mailing campaign in northern Minnesota’sAitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties to attempt to locate property owners interestedin converting their land under a perpetual conservation easement, and 2. To develop specific maps for the 38 identified Tulibee preserve lakes and their surrounding land,in order to identify specific parcels for possible conservation easement purchase.

Community Assistantship Program
Toward a Food Hub in North-Central Minnesota: Reframing the Conversation, Examining a Hub’s Regional Economic Effects. 2012 Cureton, Colin.

The report investigates the economic development potential of new local food infrastructure for a five-county region in North-Central Minnesota. This highly rural region is older and poorer relative to the state average, with over one-third of residents living in a food desert. Solutions are needed that both increase the accessibility of healthy produce and generate regional economic growth. The region is at a tipping point of a more robust local food system, but additional infrastructure is needed.

Community Assistantship Program
The Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail: The Stories of the Landscape 2014 Garnaas-Holmes, Erin

The following report serves as a record of research and design work done during the fall of 2013 by the Center for Changing Landscapes and graduate student research assistant Erin Garnaas-Holmes to assist in the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail project. This project is part of a much broader community effort in northwestern Minnesota that seeks to both enhance economic development in the region by bringing more visitors to the area and also inform local residents of the power of their landscapes.

Community Assistantship Program
The Solar Coaster: Putting Solar on Schools in Northern Minnesota Means More Than Energy 2017 Grimley, Matthew and Giavarini, Christopher

In 2013, the Region Five Development Commission applied for a grant from Xcel Energy to help fund solar photovoltaic installations on schools within its five-county territory in northern Minnesota. The intent was to help the schools around the Brainerd-region save money on their electric bills, perform job training for a local Native American tribal college, and create STEM curriculums for the host schools. Xcel Energy offered the opportunity to Region Five enter into a grant agreement in December 2015, after two years of waiting.

Community Assistantship Program
The Feasibility of Diversifying the Madelia Region with Multifunctional Landscapes: a Pilot Study of Alternative Futures. 2007 Claussen, Anna.

The purpose of this pilot study was to develop four alternative futures or scenarios for growing perennial biomass crops within a 10-mile radius of Madelia, Minnesota. The study's aim was to demonstrate how the multiple functions in Madelia's agricultural landscape can be strategically enhanced to include a broader range of economic and conservation choices for local farmers and residents.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, alternative energy, bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, farmland, farms, gas consumption, renewable energy
The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example. 2010 Tuck, Brigid, Monica Haynes, Robert King and Ryan Pesch. Community Assistantship Program
Terres Farm Trail System. 2010 Miller, Shelley.

With the assistance of a community visioning project, the ムHealthy Communities Partnership' set up by the Initiative Foundation of Central Minnesota, City of St. Martin residents have identified a walking trail as a community priority. Located directly east of the St. Martin town center a 54 acre parcel has been deemed the starting point for a city trail system. This parcel, identified as the Terres Farm site, was the focus of this report. A site analysis was conducted which led to two possible designs on the site.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Sustaining Green Space in the Rural-Urban Fringe: A Landowner's Guide. 2001 Zaro-Moore, Kyla. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), directories, sprawl, sustainable agriculture, urban fringe
Sustainable Farming Association: Making a Difference for Farmers in Minnesota. 2001 Vatovec, Christine.

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Minnesota is a nonprofit, farmer-to-farmer information sharing network. A graduate student in conservation biology in the College of Natural Resources conducted an assessment of SFA 's membership. The association will use this information to develop a database, identify potentially beneficial relationships between members (e.g., between farmers who produce organic grain and farmers who feed organic grain to livestock), and learn where to focus its energies and resources.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, members, surveys, sustainable agriculture
Supporting Data for the Series of Analysis Maps Created for the Minnesota Trails Initiative Granite Falls to Skalbakken Park Trail Study. 2001 Petrik, Dan and Jeff Zeitler. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), geographic information systems (GIS), Granite Falls, maps, recreation, Renville County, trails