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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
Northfield Downtown Development Corporation Report. 2001 Moore, Michael. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), development, downtown, Northfield, surveys
Northland Food and Farming Initiative Report. 2002 Kertzmann, Morgan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, internships, local foods
Nursing Cost Estimates: Educating One Nurse. 2002 Smith, Jedd. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), education, nursing
Omega Food Cooperative Report. 2001 Kuyava, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, farms, Goodhue County, local foods, Pine Island, sustainable agriculture
Opportunities and Constraints for Winona’s Riverfront. 2013 Garnaas-Holmes, Erin.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, the City of Winona’s scenic, ecological, and cultural characteristics are some of its strongest assets. Winona is clearly a community with important connections to its water resources. Some of these connections are utilized effectively; some connections are in need of re-connection, and other connections are less understood or under-developed.

Community Assistantship Program
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
Out of Home Placement Study. 2001 Connor, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), foster care, Freeborn County, group homes, interviews
Overcoming Barriers, Celebrating Successes, Municipal Sustainability Efforts in Northwest Minnesota. 2012 Welle, Luke N.

The focus of this assessment was to learn about sustainable initiatives from communities in Northwest Minnesota. The communities involved in this assessment were Bagley, Bemidji, and Park Rapids. The goal of this assessment was to gain perspective from key stakeholders in Northwest Minnesota, including city staff and local champions on sustainability issues. This assessment included identifying the current practices, current and future opportunities, and barriers pertaining to sustainability in these communities.

Community Assistantship Program
Overview of Crime and Jail Use in Blue Earth County, 1995-2001. 2000 Berger, Matthew. Community Assistantship Program Blue Earth County, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), criminal justice, prisons, surveys
Pine Island 21st Century Vision: Long Range Comprehensive Plan. 1999 Mielke, Andrew. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, Goodhue County, Olmsted County, Pine Island, small towns, surveys
Pioneer Public TV Summer Internship Report 2014 Stermer, Brendan

The power of any history is its ability to unite a country, social class, organization, etc., behind a shared narrative. The story of Pioneer Public TV, as I have written it, is a testament to the power of small rural communities coming together for a common dream. As Pioneer looks ahead to an uncertain future for public broadcasting, and develops plans for big investments in the station’s Appleton facilities, a compelling narrative detailing the station’s origins and growth will be a useful tool for uniting the staff and viewer base behind shared values and stories.

Community Assistantship Program
Pioneer Retirement Community Project. 2004 Lassig, Sara. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), elderly, Fergus Falls, memory loss, senior centers, seniors
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
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
Product Tracking (Systems) Alternatives for the Headwaters Forestry Cooperative (HFC). 2001 Garcia-Gonell, Otto. Community Assistantship Program certification, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), environment, forest products, lumber, smart wood
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
Program Goals Evaluation Plan Narrative. 2010 Kudelka, Angie.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship building, program development, and philanthropy. The Foundation works to ensure that southwest Minnesota is a highly productive and engaged region where growing numbers of people choose to live. The purpose of this document was to outline a course for evaluation over the next 12-18 months, based on the objectives set forth by program staff in the SWIF FY07-11 strategic plan.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
Project Update: Bringing INFO-U to New Audiences. 2003 Newman, Debby, and Frederick W. Smith

This project update reports on a CURA-supported project with INFO-U, a free, 24-hour phone and Internet information service maintained by the University of Minnesota Extension Service that offers practical information to the public on a wide variety of subjects, from food safety and nutrition to environmental issues. Building on a previous effort to launch a Spanish-language version of INFO-U in 2000, INFO-U staff applied for assistance from CURA's Community Assistant Program to hire Somali and Hmong students to initiate similar efforts in their respective communities.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Extension Service, Hispanics, Hmong, information, Internet, languages, Latinos, Somalis, Spanish, University of Minnesota
Project Update: Housing for Migrant Workers in Minnesota. 2003 Greco, Michael D.

This project update reports on a collaboration between Centro Campesino, a migrant worker advocacy organization; Ann Ziebarth, a professor in the School of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota; and Jimmy Byun, a graduate student hired through CURA's Community Assistantship Program to conduct a survey on living conditions for migrant workers in four counties in south-central Minnesota.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), housing, migrants, surveys
Quality of Place in Rural Minnesota. 2002 Dorr, Nathan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, economic development, Northwest Minnesota, quality of life, rural areas, surveys
Quantifying the Economic Opportunity of Local Food Production in Cook County 2015 Johnson, Samuel

The Northwoods Food Project is a nonprofit organization that started seven years ago with the goal to increase food sustainability in Cook County. The county’s economy is mostly sustained by tourism since other agricultural activities have been reduced. Cook County’s agriculture is limited by seasons, soils, and 10% private land ownership.

Community Assistantship Program
Ramping up the Minnesota hazelnut industry through market development 2015 Sames, Amanda

The MN Hazelnut Foundation (MNHF) was formed in 2008 with a mission of growing hazelnuts, hazelnut farmers, and hazelnut farming through outreach, education, and collaboration between members and their communities. Using the UofM SE Regional Partnership’s successful Byerly’s Apple Pie project as a model, this project will convene a focus group specific to hazelnuts to work through potential food product and marketing strategy in order to maintain and stimulate hazelnut production.

Community Assistantship Program
Report of the Findings from the Diversity Leadership Workshop: Focus on Immigration in Rural Communities, August 18-20, 2003, Faribault, Minnesota. 2004 Du, Yi, Jean A. King, and Marsha Milgrom. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), diversity, evaluations, Faribault, immigrants, training programs
Report on Assessment of Needs for Interpretive/Services. 2000 Dadabayeva , Nodira. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), immigrants, interpreters, minorities, people of color, refugees, surveys, translators, Winona County
Report to Sylvan Shores Property Owners Association. 2001 Dorr, Nathan. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), incorporation, sustainability, sustainable development, Sylvan Shores
Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen 2016 Roisen, Patrick

In response to an increasing demand for permanent residency status within the Micronesian community in the United States, this document serves as a guide and resource to better understand the process of becoming a US Citizen. “Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen” explains the conditions in which an FSM immigrant in the United States may file for permanent residency (green card) and the necessary steps needed to successfully become a US citizen.

Community Assistantship Program
Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen 2016 Roisen, Patrick

In response to an increasing demand for permanent residency status within the Micronesian community in the United States, this document serves as a guide and resource to better understand the process of becoming a US Citizen. “Resource Guide to Becoming a US Citizen” explains the conditions in which an FSM immigrant in the United States may file for permanent residency (green card) and the necessary steps needed to successfully become a US citizen.

Community Assistantship Program
Responsive Housing Redevelopment Near North Minneapolis. 2012 Anderson, Kirsten.

This community based research project was intended to:

  • Gather a baseline of data about neighborhood perception of the Near North neighborhood where PPL buildings are located.
  • Gather data on how the rehab of PPL buildings might have impacted the Near North neighborhood.
  • Gather data on what neighborhood residents like and don’t like in terms of the rehab and their neighborhood.

Data was collected through a series of focus groups with residents and neighbors of PPL Near North buildings

Community Assistantship Program
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