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Eco-Rehab: An Ecological Guide for the Rehabilitation of Cabins at the Arcola Mills Center. 2005 Hilvert, Rachel.

This report was produced as part of a project to help the Arcola Mills Center, which is located along the St Croix River, rehabilitate the cabins on their site in an environmentally responsible fashion. The rehabilitation process was intended to create overnight retreat spaces and included educational features highlighting the historical and environmental aspects of the site and buildings.

Community Assistantship Program building design, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, construction materials, environment, insulation, residential heating
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
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
Gale Woods Farm Curriculum Directory. 2005 Tchida, Courtney.

Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Park District. Situated on 410 Acres in Minnetrista, Minnesota the park features a working educational farm, access to Whaletail Lake, a picnic pavilion and numerous cross country trails. Gale Woods is focused on connecting people to the source of their food on a small diverse farm that uses sustainable, contemporary farming methods. Programs can be adapted for a variety of different ages and can be scheduled for a half day, full-day or multi-day experience.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), teachers guide, teenagers, youth
Damiano Center's Kids Cafe 2005 Miller, Susanna

The Damiano Center's Kids Café is a nutrition education and free on-site meal program for kids in the Duluth's Central Hillside. The program is a collaboration of the DuluthCommunity Garden Program, America's Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, General Mills Champions, Youth Nutrition and Fitness Grants, CURA and the Damiano Center. The purpose of this project is to develop a pre-post survey to evaluate the Damiano Center Kids Café performance of four objectives through the collection of process data.

Community Assistantship Program children, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elementary schools, food programs, health, nutrition, survey
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Survey Analysis. 2005 Petersen, Nicholas.

This survey was an attempt to answer two questions about the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP): (1) How can the SWMHP meet the needs of their clients in customer service? (2) What knowledge do their customers have about the services of the SWMHP? The survey was sent to 38 individuals, with a response rate of 39.5%. This report summarizes and analyzes the survey results.

Community Assistantship Program affordable housing, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), consumers, evaluations, homes, housing programs, survey research
Highway 29 North Shore Asset Inventory. 2005 Forbord, Mary Jo, Andrea Maringer, Neil Linscheid, and Ben Winchester. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), inventory, North Shore, tourism
Assessing the Impediments to Success in Sustainable Agriculture in the Central Region of Minnesota. 2005 Nicola, Diego. Community Assistantship Program Central Minnesota, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farming, marketing, sustainable agriculture
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
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
Growing Awareness of Renewable Energy in Olmstead County. 2006 Brandt, Erin.

This guide is designed to assist local Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) in facilitating exchanges with three different groups: the agricultural community, local government officials/concerned citizens, and schools. The document compiles three separate guides that include summaries of interviews, ideas for interaction with each group, and education techniques.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, air quality, alternative energy, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), electric consumption, government, schools, sustainability, sustainable development
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
Assessment of Disease Management of Diabetes-Phase 1. 2006 Fabbrini, Angela.

The Mille Lacs Band is a sovereign nation of the Ojibwe. The Treaty of 1855 with the United States established the Mille Lacs Band reservation in East Central Minnesota. Today, the Mille Lacs Band has approximately 3,600 members, 1,900 of whom live in the area surrounding beautiful Lake Mille Lacs. Type 2 diabetes is now an epidemic among American Indians. This poster summarizes the project , including an assessment of the situation and plan for action.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health risk, health services, healthcare, Native Americans, prevention programs, reservations, treatment programs
Duluth Open Space Initiative Organizational Goals and Action Steps. 2006 Schommer, Jeff.

This report is a draft of an Open Space Strategy, a goals and action steps document developed for the Duluth Open Space Initiative. Duluth's character is defined by its open spaces, and development pressure and poor planning are putting these open spaces at risk. This document identifies the organizational, political, and financial goals for a citizen-driven conservation agenda; considers possible actions that can be taken to accomplish those goals; and discusses the rationale for each of the goals and action steps.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community planning, conservation, Duluth, foreclosures, green space, inventory, land use, open space, parks, public, redevelopment, taxes
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
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
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
Farming and Soil Carbon: A Partial Solution to the Global Warming Problem. 2006 Bertelsen, Sara.

This report addresses carbon sequestration on agricultural lands. Policies are converging on a set of agriculture conservation practices that could make a significant contribution to the slowing of global warming and, at the same time, bring soil and water benefits to the land. This report is intended to demystify what agricultural carbon sequestration can and cannot achieve, and to encourage participation in the debate about policy options related to agriculture.

Community Assistantship Program agricultural chemicals, agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), conservation, farming, farmland, farms, global warming, greenhouse effect, rural, soil
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
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
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
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