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RREAL Solar Thermal Heating Assistance. 2008 Hofer, Eric.

The report contains an analysis of future energy prices intended to inform RREALs solar thermal heating assistance program.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), energy, fuel, heating
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
Pomme de Terre Food Co-Op. 2008 Hartke, Alison.

The report considers different local food producers and distributors with the intent of informing the Pomme de Tere Food Co-Op about how to efficiently deliver food to cop-op members.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), local foods, sustainability, sustainable agriculture
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
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
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
BioBusiness Resource Network. 2008 Moe, Karen.

The BioBusiness Resource Network is one of three strategic initiatives of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (BBAM). The goal is to make doing business in Minnesota a pleasant and rewarding experience. The BioBusiness Resource Network is committed to supporting bioscience companies as they seek to relocate, start-up or expand in Minnesota. The BBAM is conducting a state-wide inventory of bioscience capabilities.

Community Assistantship Program biobusinesses, bioscience, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Southern Minnesota
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
CarFit Minnesota: Community Engagement in Action. 2008 Stern, Erica.

Seniors tend to be safe drivers. But as we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion, size, and height can make us less comfortable and more vulnerable to injury from even minor collisions. Simple adjustments or devices can improve driver safety and comfort dramatically. These include small changes in mirrors to minimize blind spots, and in seat height and distance from steering wheels to improve sight lines and reduce risks from airbag deployment.

Community Assistantship Program automobiles, drivers, driving, elderly, evaluation, New Ulm, seniors, training
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
FAIM Return on Investment Project. 2007 Hofer, Eric.

The intent of this project was a return on investment (ROI) analysis of the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program. FAIM is a matched-savings program that helps low-income working Minnesotans build assets through home ownership, higher education or microenterprise. Participants save up to $480 per year for two years, which is matched at a 3:1 rate ($480 savings matched by $1,440 for up to two years). All participants complete 18-hours of financial management and asset specific education.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), education, evaluations, low income, workers
Pomme de Terre River Association - TDML Research Project. 2007 Banschbach, Madeline.

WesMin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council on behalf of the Pomme de Terre River Association requested and received funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to assess available monitoring data, collect land use data, determine reduction scenarios, define reductions needed to reduce Fecal Coliform in the impaired waters of the Pomme de Terre River to compliant levels, complete a TMDL, educate the public, and increase public participation in the Pomme de Terre Watershed with emphasis on the impaired reach of Mud Creek.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental inventory, environmental protection, hazardous waste, river corridors, rivers, waste control, water quality, watersheds
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
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
Appleton Celebrating 125 years 1881-2006. 2007 Bigley, Ann.

This report is a community history of Appleton that was used during the community's 125th anniversary celebration in September 2006. The report includes key events, places, and photographs of Appleton through the years.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community building, cultural heritage, historic preservation, history
Organic Control of Colorado Potato Beetles in Potato Production. 2007 Becker, Katie.

A study was conducted for the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery to investigate the use of four organic methods of control for Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineala). The study involved using plots containing four potato varieties. Four of these plots used different organic means to control the pest (two types of companion plantings, an organic pesticide, and diatomaceous earth) and one plot served as a control.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Crookston, farming, farms
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
River Watch Database Project Update. 2007 Sheppard, Andrew.

The River Watch program has been built on a foundation of solid science, effective training, and program support to volunteers and citizens which has resulted in sound, reliable data available to resource managers for decision-making. Thirty high schools currently participate in the River Watch Program. One of the most pressing goals of the program is to build on the data gathering to encourage more effective communication, understanding, and actions taken to create a more sustainable environmental and economic future for the Red River of the North Basin.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, rivers
Secondary (9-12) Curriculum Project Final Report, A. 2007 Beard, David and Catherine Nachbar.

This project enabled the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (CJMM), Inc. Education Committee to begin the development of a curriculum for secondary (9-12) students. A five-day unit plan with a variety of multimedia texts, historical documents, and literary works, in addition to the CJM Memorial as a work of public art, was developed with the support of the CURA-funded student employee. A number of community experts from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, the University of Wisconsin at Superior and the CJMM Education Board came together to collaborate as a result of this grant.

Community Assistantship Program African Americans, Blacks, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Duluth, historic preservation, history, 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
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
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
A Housing Inventory of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. 2007 Hannert, Adrienne.

The purpose of the 2006 Pequot Lakes Housing Inventory was to create a detailed inventory of the existing housing stock in the urban area of Pequot Lakes. Information on the town's housing was acquired through a comprehensive windshield survey assessing the exterior conditions of the homes within approximately one square mile surrounding the Pequot Lakes downtown area; accessing town and county property records; and a survey of homeowners and renters of homes in Pequot Lakes' urban area.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, community redevelopment, Crow Wing County, geographic information systems (GIS), housing authority, housing profiles, housing rehabilitation, housing stock, Pequot Lakes
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
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
Digitization and Preservation of Milan's Film History. 2006 Olson, Michele.

This is a project summary about the process of converting Billy Thompson's old home movies to DVD for the City of Milan. The DVD of home movies is included in the back of the printed report.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farming, farms, historic preservation, history, preservation, rural, videotapes
Short-Term Cost-Benefits of Intensive Home Visiting 2006 Monroe, Kevin, Joan Granger-Kopesky, and Gay Bakken.

The University of Minnesota conducted this study for Dakota County in fall of 2004. The study compared rates of child maltreatmentラchild abuse and neglectラamong families involved in the Dakota Healthy Families program from July 2002 through June 2004, with a comparison group of similar families not involved in Dakota Healthy Families. The study was undertaken to determine whether Dakota Healthy Families is effective in preventing child abuse among parents at risk to perpetrate maltreatment, and at a rate sufficient to off-set program costs.

Community Assistantship Program child abuse, child neglect, child welfare, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dakota County, families, family, parental, parents, prevention programs, social services, social work
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
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
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