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Certified Firewood Marketing Plan For Certified Wood From Central Minnesota. 2001 Barber, Richard. Community Assistantship Program certification, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), forest products, forestry, market analysis, wood
CGB School Greenhouse. Eagan, Molly. Community Assistantship Program
Champion Communities Toolkit. 2013 Lange, Susan.

This toolkit is intended to support the Champion Communities in the grassroots work of primary prevention of sexual assault and sexual violence. Communities around Minnesota are realizing that it is our communities themselves that help create the environment in which sexual assault and sexual violence can reside. Only by changing community norms that undergird the acceptance of these behaviors can we create a Minnesota free of sexual assault and violence.

Community Assistantship Program
Changing How Minnesota History Is Told: A Program Evaluation for Historic Murphy's Landing. 2006 Peterson, Jamie.

Reports on a program evaluation conducted on behalf of Historic Murphy's Landing, an 88-acre living history museum owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District that depicts life in the Minnesota River Valley during the 1800s. The evaluation resulted in several programming changes at the museum, improved visitors' experiences, and improved training for museum interpreters.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluations, historic sites, history, Minnesota, museums, parks, pedagogy, Shakopee
Choices for the Future of the Hiawatha Valley. 2006 Scherer, Troy and Hiawatha Valley Partnership.

The Hiawatha Valley, the corridor from Red Wing to Wabasha, is nationally recognized for its breathtaking scenery, quaint historic river towns, and rich and diverse wildlife. The Valley is experiencing population and 2nd home increases that are likely to accelerate. This growth could damage the very resources that make the Valley so desirable. This set of three publications is intended to educate the community about critical cultural and environmental resources, local government ordinances that currently control development, and choices that can be made about the future of the Valley.

Community Assistantship Program atlas, biodiversity, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental protection, geographic information systems (GIS), groundwater, land planning, land use, ordinances, redevelopment, river corridors
City of Rockford Survey Report. 2002 Zhu, Jianchong. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), downtowns, land development, mail surveys, Rockford
Clean Energy Resource Teams Strategic Energy Plan. 2006 Drake, Shannon.

This report sets out to accomplish five things: (1) provide information about the Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) Project and Southeast/South Central CERT; (2) paint a broad picture of the people, resources, and infrastructure in the 15 counties in Southeast/South Central Minnesotaラthings such as land use, how many people there are, where they are living, how they are moving about, and the major economic activities they are engaged in; (3) describe briefly what energy is, how we use energy in different forms and amounts, where different sources of energy come from and future prospects for th

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), consumers, electric consumption, electric power, energy, environmental protection, resources, sustainability, sustainable development
Cold-Climate Greenhouse Resource: A Guide for Designing and Building a Cold-Climate Greenhouse 2013 Rader, Jody.

The purpose of this research and this guidebook is to document and highlight the successes and lessons learned by small growers across the Midwest who have designed and built cold-climate greenhouses, and are actively growing produce during the winter. The focus here is on the architecture, assembly, materials, and building techniques that have yielded efficient greenhouses. The goal is to provide simple, time-tested techniques, as demonstrated by modern growers within the region.

Community Assistantship Program
Collaboration: A Youth Development Initiative of the Faribault Youth Service Center. 2003 Gangani, Noordeen. Community Assistantship Program collaboratives, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Faribault, nonprofits, partnerships, Rice County, surveys
Communities and Local Energy: A Workbook--The Future Is Now. 2002 Pawlisch, Melissa, Carl Nelson, nd Lola Schoenrich. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, environmental protection, renewable energy, workbook
Community Action Duluth: Measuring the Return on Investment for Participant Outcomes in Three Community Action Duluth Employment Programs. 2010 Acharya, Nikhil.

The focus of this study was to examine the Return on Investment from Community Action Duluth Programs. The objective was to analyze the three programs; HOPE Program, Bridges to Employment and Jump Start Duluth Program. These Programs create economic value, which is easy to measure, but there are also many social impacts created, which may not be comparatively easy to measure. This report strives to identify such social impacts along with measuring the economic returns generated by these three programs. For the Analysis, a simple Return on Investment Method was used.

Community Assistantship Program
Community Assistantship Program: Connecting the University with Greater Minnesota. 2003 Siems, Monica.

During its first five years of operation, the Community Assistantship Program (CAP) at CURA has sponsored 120 applied research projects throughout the state that have linked faculty and students from the University of Minnesota with community organizations that require applied research assistance. This 5-year milestone provides an opportunity for the program's coordinator to reflect on CAP's history, mission, successes, and future challenges.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluation, faculty, rural areas
Community Biomass Energy Feasibility Study. 2011 Zoet, Adam.

The citizen’s group known as the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), in conjunction with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, is exploring the feasibility of community-based biomass energy production within Cook County. This group is especially interested in understanding the short and long-term environmental, social, and economic impacts of utilizing woody biomass. The CAP-Biomass project was initiated to help inform the feasibility study and guide the future direction of biomass energy in northeastern Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program
Community Building on the Edge of the Wilderness. 2007 Huntley, Erinn.

The Edge of the Wilderness Community Center (EWCC) was formed with a unique Blandin Foundation Grant in 1991 to be a community collaborator with the school district. The EWCC enhances opportunities in education, recreation, and the fine arts in the northern part of Itasca County, a huge, sparsely populated, and economically depressed area. This project summary shows the community-building process of painting muslin back drops for the community theater, under the direction of a student trained in scenic art.

Community Assistantship Program artists, community arts, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Itasca County
Community Language in the Classroom: Collaborations for Ojibwe Language 2016 Engman, Melissa

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia supports Ojibwe language revitalization through elder language documentation, production of curriculum materials, and training and classroom support for pre-K-12 Ojibwe language teachers and educators in local and tribal immersion and public schools. This project will entail creating a curriculum that Ojibwe language teacher will be able to use and is essential to the continuation of the language itself because it allows teachers to have the correct materials to teach their students the proper way to read, write, and speak the Ojibwe language.

Community Assistantship Program
Community Offender Reentry Program Evaluation Project. 2010 Carlson, Sara.

The Community Offender Reentry Program (CORP) has been in existence for three years as a program that provides referral services and intensive case management for offenders being released into the Duluth, Minnesota, area. CORP is approaching the end of its pilot program period; therefore the timing is right for an evaluation to be conducted. The project with CORP had three main goals, these were: 1. To evaluate the inputs and outcomes of the CORP program; 2. To develop on-going evaluation tools; and 3. To assist in meeting the evaluation requirements of various grants.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Conservation Design for Commercial Properties. 2008 Hills, Soraya.

This pamphlet contains information on how to build and run more environmentally friendly commercial properties.

Community Assistantship Program architecture, commercial, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy, green design, sustainability, sustainable development
Consumer-Driven Demand Analysis for Locally Grown and Organic Wool in the Upper Midwest 2016 Yang, Zhiyou

The Natural Fiber Alliance began in 2011 when four women sheep farmers in SE Minnesota came together to identify ways to grow interest and support for the region’s natural fiber. They currently serve the 12-county area in SE Minnesota but expanding out across MN and to neighboring states. Their mission is to educate and promote the natural fibers, fiber animals, farmers, artists, and companies who utilize the natural fibers.

Community Assistantship Program
Corn Stover Utilization and Soil Health. 2008 Mishra, Nishi.

The Minnesota Project, with support from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, sought to evaluate and understand the potential implications of substantial corn stover harvest. The project sought to use an established US Department of Agriculture tool, the RUSLE2 model, to begin to evaluate what the actual impacts of stover harvest appear to be. While further study and analysis is needed, this paper should begin to provide some indication of the extent and conditions for which stover collection is acceptable.

Community Assistantship Program biofuels, biomass, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), renewable energy
Cost Effectiveness of the Freeborn County Restorative Justice Program. 2003 Hogg, Nadia M. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), crime victims, evaluations, Freeborn County, juvenile justice, restorative justice
Cotton Park Master Plan. 2005 Valenta, Stephanie.

The Cotton Park Restoration Committee is authorized by the city of Coleraine and was looking for a way to develop a master plan for this neglected park on the shores of Trout Lake. Cotton Park abuts the City of Bovey on the east and Coleraine's dominant Longyear Park on the west. The park currently has a public boat landing, a swimming beach (which has been closed for two years), some vintage playground equipment, and open space. The property is shared by the city's firehall and waterworks pumphouse.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community planning, community redevelopment, green space, quality of life
Creating a National Heritage Area for the Coteau Region. 2008 Manganaro, Christine.

The report consists of two powerpoint presentations containing information on National Heritage Corridors and how to implement one for the Coteau region of MN.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, history, marketing, Native Americans, Pipestone County, tourism
Creating Public Outreach Information to Support a Culture of Water Quality Stewardship in the Zumbro Watershed 2014 Ayers Looby, Bridget

This project was a combined effort between the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, The Center for Changing Landscapes, and The Zumbro Watershed Partnership. The focus of the position was to assist in gathering historic, water quality impairment, and ecological data about the Zumbro River watershed in southern Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program
Crossing Paths: A Study of the Interaction Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill. 2004 Conroy, Regan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), depression, incarceration, law enforcement, mental illness, West Central Minnesota
Crow Wing County’s Lakeshore Impervious Coverage Research Project Phase II. 2012 Backes, .Robert.

The purpose of the 2012 impervious coverage research project was to determine the amount of impervious surfaces on lakeshore parcels for parcels on lakes 500-1000 acres in size. The percent impervious was calculated for the entire riparian lot. The percent impervious was also calculated within 250 feet and 500 feet of the riparian lot. The percent of impervious surfaces was calculated using high resolution Lidar and aerial photography in ESRI’s ArcMap software.

Community Assistantship Program
Crow Wing County’s Lakeshore Impervious Coverage Research Project. 2012 Backes, Robert.

The purpose of the 2012 impervious coverage research project was to determine the amount of impervious surfaces on lakeshore parcels for parcels on lakes over 1000 acres in size. The percent impervious was calculated for the entire riparian lot. The percent impervious was also calculated within 250 feet and 500 feet of the riparian lot. The percent of impervious surfaces was calculated using high resolution Lidar and aerial photography in ESRI’s ArcMap software.

Community Assistantship Program
Cultural Diversity: A Case Study on Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future. 2003 Akdere, Mesut.

Cultural Diversity Council (CDC) is a rural community-based nonprofit organization serving the counties of Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine in the Western Central Minnesota. According to the US Census Bureau (2000), the total population of these three counties is 32,235 with a total minority population of 1,151, which is approximately 3.57% of the total population (2000). The number of diverse populations in the area is likely to continue to rise.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, assessment, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural, diversity, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, migrants, migration, Native Americans, service delivery, Somalis
Customer Satisfaction Survey Results and Analysis. 2007 Rousseau, Matthew.

In July 2006, the West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. (WCMCA) along with the Center for Small Towns began the fourth customer satisfaction and needs assessment for the WCMCA. There were a total of seventeen different survey types that were to be sent out. They were to be sent out to clients, service providers, vendors, and funding sources of the WCMCA. There were a total of 14 different survey types that were sent to the clients.

Community Assistantship Program assessment, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), consumers, evaluations, survey research
Cyrus Magnet School: School Marketing Plan 2005-2006. 2006 Basel, Joseph.

This project summary briefly outlines the process used to develop a plan for how Cyrus Math, Science and Technology School can improve its marketing to increase student enrollment.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), families, magnet schools, marketing, parents, science, technology, teenagers, youth
Dakota Women's March, The. 2007 Weinberg, Becky.

This report attempts to determine the actual route that was taken by the Dakota women, children, and men who, as a result of the Dakota War of 1862, were forced by the U.S. military to march to Fort Snelling, where they were put into an encampment.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, anthropology, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cultural, historic preservation, history, migrants, Native Americans