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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
Revitalization Project 2015 Stoscheck, Claire

Honor the Earth is a Native environmental organization based on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota; their current geographic focus in on Pine Point, a small tribal community on the reservation. Their mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. They develop this by using music, the arts, the media, and indigenous wisdom to show people our joint dependency on the Earth.

Community Assistantship Program
Rice County Focus Group Meetings for Trails ラ Final Report. 1999 Ringold, Jennifer. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, Mills Town Trail, Rice County
RISE: Rochester in Support of Everyone. 2000 Baylor, Leanne. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), discrimination, employment, focus groups, immigrants, jobs, minorities, people of color, Rochester
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
Rochester in Support of Everyone Focus Group Summaries and List of Resources. 2001 Moody, Sarah. Community Assistantship Program Bosnian, Cambodian, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), focus groups, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, minorities, people of color, refugees, Rochester, Somalis, Sudanese, Vietnamese
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
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
Saving Traditional American Seeds: Preserving Culture Through Gardening. 2001 Thomas, Cynthia. Community Assistantship Program American Indians, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Native Americans, organic gardens, plants
Scaling Up Local Foods: West Central Minnesota Institutional Market Study. Synthesis of Existing Research and Report on West Central Partnership Institutional Market Survey. 2011 Goodspeed, Sarah. Community Assistantship Program
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
Selective Review of Documents Related to Sustainable Development in Southeast Minnesota. 1999 Droubie, Kari. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), community development, forestry, literature reviews, rural areas, sustainable farming, University of Minnesota
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
Solar Dehydration Project 2016 Noh, Kibum

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of adding value to local produce through solar dehydration. This project pursues the goal of using renewable and clean energy to create a sustainable income stream and jobs for Central Minnesota rural communities as well as making better use of produce which might otherwise be wasted. Dehydration has long been one of the most effective ways to preserve food and the project research aims to better understand this process at a commercial scale.

Community Assistantship Program
Southeast Minnesota Resource Mapping Survey. 1999 Droubie, Kari. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, citizen participation, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), Dodge County, Fillmore County, Houston County, land use, Mower County, natural resources, organizations, surveys, sustainability, sustainable development, Wabasha County, Winona County
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
Strategic Management Plan for Creating a Forestry Co-op. 2004 Smith, Dennis A. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), cooperatives, East Central Minnesota, financial management, forest products, forestry, forests, land management, land stewardship, marketing
Strengthening the Latino Community in Todd County. 2001 Millet, Eduardo. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), English as a second language (ESL), Hispanics, language barriers, Latinos, minorities, surveys, Todd County
Summary of Market Research on Nonformal Agricultural and Environmental Education Programs in Minnesota and Recommendations for Programming at Farmamerica. 1999 Pommerenke, Lori. Community Assistantship Program agriculture, Community Assistantship Program (CAP), curriculum, education, environmental, surveys
Supporting Data for the Series of Analysis Maps Created for the Minnesota Trails Initiative Granite Falls to Skalbakken Park Trail Study. 2001 Petrik, Dan and Jeff Zeitler. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), geographic information systems (GIS), Granite Falls, maps, recreation, Renville County, trails
Sustainable Farming Association: Making a Difference for Farmers in Minnesota. 2001 Vatovec, Christine.

The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Minnesota is a nonprofit, farmer-to-farmer information sharing network. A graduate student in conservation biology in the College of Natural Resources conducted an assessment of SFA 's membership. The association will use this information to develop a database, identify potentially beneficial relationships between members (e.g., between farmers who produce organic grain and farmers who feed organic grain to livestock), and learn where to focus its energies and resources.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), farms, members, surveys, sustainable agriculture
Sustaining Green Space in the Rural-Urban Fringe: A Landowner's Guide. 2001 Zaro-Moore, Kyla. Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP), directories, sprawl, sustainable agriculture, urban fringe
Terres Farm Trail System. 2010 Miller, Shelley.

With the assistance of a community visioning project, the ムHealthy Communities Partnership' set up by the Initiative Foundation of Central Minnesota, City of St. Martin residents have identified a walking trail as a community priority. Located directly east of the St. Martin town center a 54 acre parcel has been deemed the starting point for a city trail system. This parcel, identified as the Terres Farm site, was the focus of this report. A site analysis was conducted which led to two possible designs on the site.

Community Assistantship Program Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example. 2010 Tuck, Brigid, Monica Haynes, Robert King and Ryan Pesch. Community Assistantship Program
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
The Solar Coaster: Putting Solar on Schools in Northern Minnesota Means More Than Energy 2017 Grimley, Matthew and Giavarini, Christopher

In 2013, the Region Five Development Commission applied for a grant from Xcel Energy to help fund solar photovoltaic installations on schools within its five-county territory in northern Minnesota. The intent was to help the schools around the Brainerd-region save money on their electric bills, perform job training for a local Native American tribal college, and create STEM curriculums for the host schools. Xcel Energy offered the opportunity to Region Five enter into a grant agreement in December 2015, after two years of waiting.

Community Assistantship Program
The Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail: The Stories of the Landscape 2014 Garnaas-Holmes, Erin

The following report serves as a record of research and design work done during the fall of 2013 by the Center for Changing Landscapes and graduate student research assistant Erin Garnaas-Holmes to assist in the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Birding Trail project. This project is part of a much broader community effort in northwestern Minnesota that seeks to both enhance economic development in the region by bringing more visitors to the area and also inform local residents of the power of their landscapes.

Community Assistantship Program
Toward a Food Hub in North-Central Minnesota: Reframing the Conversation, Examining a Hub’s Regional Economic Effects. 2012 Cureton, Colin.

The report investigates the economic development potential of new local food infrastructure for a five-county region in North-Central Minnesota. This highly rural region is older and poorer relative to the state average, with over one-third of residents living in a food desert. Solutions are needed that both increase the accessibility of healthy produce and generate regional economic growth. The region is at a tipping point of a more robust local food system, but additional infrastructure is needed.

Community Assistantship Program
Tulibee Refuge Lake Conservation Easement Purchase Targeting: A GIS Analysis 2015 Mueller, Joseph

This project had two primary goals: 1. To develop multiple address tables for a general mailing campaign in northern Minnesota’sAitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties to attempt to locate property owners interestedin converting their land under a perpetual conservation easement, and 2. To develop specific maps for the 38 identified Tulibee preserve lakes and their surrounding land,in order to identify specific parcels for possible conservation easement purchase.

Community Assistantship Program