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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
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
Laying the Groundwork: Telling Our Story - Minnesota Community Land Trusts. 2008 Howard, Teresa.

The Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition (MCLTC) is a coalition of ten community land trusts in Minnesota. In 2006, the coalition began a data collection initiative to collect a determined set of data. The following project was conducted to determine data collection methods and practices to answer the following question: What are the data collection and reporting practices of the MCLTC members?

Community Assistantship Program affordable housing, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), data
Growing Green Feasibility Study and Business Plan. 2008 Young, Kelcie.

Growing Green is a collaborative project of MRCI WorkSource and Putting Green, Inc. Its purpose is to develop a sustainable, commercial farm located at Putting Green Park in New Ulm, Minnesota. MRCI WorkSource is a provider of vocational services for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages. In recent years, key employers in the New Ulm area have shifted from contracting labor locally, to organizations such as MRCI, to contracting to offshore labor sources. As a result of this strategic shift, MRCI began to consider locally controlled employment options for its clients.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), local foods
Analyzing Current Downtown Conditions and Market Analysisfor Brainerd, Minnesota. 2008 Frie, Jacob.

The report contains comprehensive data about the infrastructure of downtown Brainerd such as building size, square footage, and vacancies. Currently, this information is not readily available to decision makers. An understanding of current downtown conditions was needed to move ahead with a revitalization program to improve existing conditions in downtown Brainerd, Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Brainerd, businesses, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, office, retail
Fergus Falls Art Crawl. 2008 Borman, Kate.

The report contains market research on art crawls and marketing techniques designed to improve the Fergus Falls Art Crawl.

Community Assistantship Program artists, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Fergus Falls, marketing
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
Best Practices in Microlending. 2008 Diaz, Jose.

The North East Entrepreneur Fund has ongoing marketing and growth initiatives for its market. Knowledge of the marketing and expansion practices of other micro-lenders was needed to make decisions regarding the Fund's own expansion strategy. The report identifies best practices and clusters of micro-lenders that share common strategies.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), economic development, financing, loans, small businesses
North Circle Project. 2008 Dietel, Randall .

This report is a powerpoint presentation assessing the feasibility of a possible food production center to inform WEI planning.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), distribution, farmers, local foods, processing, sustainability, sustainable agriculture
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
Profile of 2008 International Festival of Owls Attendees. 2008 Schuweiler, Andrea .

In 2008, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) provided funding to profile visitors to the International Festival of Owls in Houston, MN. Several visitor characteristics were of interest beyond demographics, including information sources for the festival, spending habits, festival experience and economic impact to the community. To that end, a visitor questionnaire was developed and administered to the International Festival of Owls visitors. An on-site questionnaire was administered to attendees. A systematic sample was implemented with sampling throughout and across the event.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), tourism
Final Report: Dream of Wild Health Project 2009 Noble, Emily

Dream of Wild Health is a community organization whose mission encompasses both preserving seeds of Indigenous Native American plants and also bringing together a wealth of cultural knowledge for the preservation of indigenous tradition. One of the major focuses of the organization is a youth summer camp, which brings twin cities urban youth out to an organic farm where they learn to grow, harvest, and sell indigenous crops in a culturally traditional manner. In addition to growing produce, urban youth who come to the farm learn how to prepare farm grown food for consumption.

Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), health, local foods, Native Americans
Learning to Bridge Different Ways of Knowing: The Dream of Wild Health American Indian Seed-Garden Project as Mentor. 2010 Hassel, Craig A.

Reports on various projects with Dream of Wild Health network, a cultural preservation project that brings American Indian adults, elders, and youth together to collect and grow indigenous, heirloom seeds. Highlights the cross-cultural bridging and interaction that has characterized these research partnerships, and suggests this approach as a potential model for connecting research universities with cultural communities for mutual benefit.

Community Assistantship Program agriculture, American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Communiversity, cultural preservation, education, farming, knowledge, Lakota, learning, local foods, Native Americans, nutrition, Peta Wakan Tipi