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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
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
Revealing a Hidden Oasis: A Site Analysis and Conceptual Master Plan for the Northland Arboretum. 2005 Tschida, Jamie.

Located in the Brainerd-Baxter area, the Northland Arboretum helps to conserve rare and unique plant communities, provides visitors a rich education and offers beautiful amenities that can be used for many recreational activities, such as walking, hiking, birding, gardening and cross-country skiing. Since the arboretum began in the 1970s, a number of different ideas for the site have been implemented. There has been a lack of continuity over the years with changes in staff.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental protection, green space
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
Friends of the Vermillion River Water Trail Study. 2005 Ochs, Christopher.

At the time of this report, Friends of the Vermillion River Water Trail (FVRWT) was working toward getting the river designated as an official canoe route by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This report contains a concept plan for the route, including put-in and take-out access sites.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), ecology, green space, preservation, recreation, river corridors, rivers, trails, transportation, water
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
Houston County Trail Development Master Plan. 2005 Reusch, Alyssa.

In January, 2005, the Houston County Trails group, in conjunction with the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Division and the Community Assistantship Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, began a concerted effort to document the planning efforts of a trail system in Houston County. This report includes inventory and assessment information pertinent to the trail planning process, focusing primarily on the trail segments between La Crescent and Hokah and Hokah and Houston.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environmental design, environmental impacts, transportation, travel
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
A Senior Care Facility in Milan, Minnesota: Survey Analysis and Recommendations. 2004 Janca, Jeff. Community Assistantship Program Chippewa County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, Milan, senior centers, seniors
Inventory and Assessment of Natural Resources in Crow Wing County: A Framework for Conservation and Recreation Planning. 2004 Lehnhoff, James. Community Assistantship Program assessment, biodiversity, Brainerd, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Crow Wing County, forests, groundwater, inventory, land cover, land development, land preservation, land use planning, natural resources, open space, recreation, water quality
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Youth Arts Program Implementation Project. 2004 Newman, April. Community Assistantship Program arts education, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), evaluation, marketing, youth
Rural Women's Leadership in Minnesota: Present Status and the Need for Increased Involvement. 2004 Barnett, Megan Ileah. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), databases, farming, leadership, rural, surveys, women
Historic Landscape Report: Warden House Stillwater, Minnesota. 2004 Kluessendorf, Ann. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), historic preservation, historic sites, landscape preservation, Stillwater, Washington County