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Bohling Improves Childcare in Stevens County
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Oct 23, 12:10 p.m.
Rachel Bohling '16, Elizabeth, Colorado, worked with First Children's Finance to conduct surveys for area parents and childcare providers.
Fossen Assists Habitat for Humanity
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Oct 16, 11:10 a.m.
Daniel Fossen '15, Burnsville, is conducting a survey for the organization's homeowners.
Keeler Conducts Local Foods Research
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Oct 10, 12:10 p.m.
Maria Keeler '16 is researching growers and producers of local foods in the west central region.
Humphrey Intern Concludes Service to CST
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Sep 30, 2:09 p.m.
Tashna Silburn assisted with project development and management.
Fischer Educates Public About Honeybees
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Aug 25, 9:08 a.m.
Kelly Fischer '17, Roseville, is developing a honeybee educational installation with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center.
Wente and Kildegaard Work on Solar Energy Project
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Aug 21, 9:08 a.m.
Jordan Wente '15 and Arne Kildegaard are optimizing a solar energy plan for a local dairy.
Lindgren Improves Road Safety
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Aug 13, 9:08 a.m.
Michael Lindgren '14, Crystal, assesses transportation and safety issues along Highway 68.
Applications Available for “Connecting Students and Communities” Program
Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Aug 6, 8:08 a.m.
The application is open through Wednesday, August 20.
CST Students Assist Alexandria Watershed Area
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Jul 28, 11:07 a.m.
Francis Reed '16 and Benjamin Odegaard '16 look for invasive species, write articles for the Lake Ida Association newsletter, and help with water sampling from surrounding lakes.
CST Students Work With Family Economic Success Program
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Jul 14, 1:07 p.m.
Jacob Bibeau '15 and Ricardo Rojas '16 gathered data from west central Minnesota.
Wente Aims to Understand Consumer Needs in Grant County
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Jul 8, 9:07 a.m.
Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, is working with Grant County to better understand consumer needs and desires in the area.
Thiede ’14 Reflects on Four Years with CST
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Jul 3, 1:07 p.m.
Thiede entered, organized, analyzed, and compiled information and helped teachers and educators better engage with students throughout the state.
Morris Hosts Water Quality Convening
Brittany Grady '17, Kaiserslautern, Monday, Apr 28, 12:04 p.m.
The Center for Small Towns partnered with the Office of Sustainability to discuss a pressing environmental issue.
Center For Small Towns Announces Symposium Keynote Speakers
Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Apr 22, 9:04 a.m.
Four keynote speakers will address topics like rural migration and the rural narrative.
Registration for the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns Now Open
Center for Small Towns, Sunday, Apr 13, 11:05 a.m.
Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
CST Presents 2014 Symposium on Small Towns
Center for Small Towns, Monday, Mar 10, 1:06 p.m.
This year's symposium is titled "Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed."
Center for Small Towns Completes Four Townships Economic Report
Jayce Koester '16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Feb 18, 1:02 p.m.
The results illustrate valuable information about the economy and demographics of the Four Townships area.
Rojas Conducts Farm-to-Institution Survey
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Tuesday, Jan 21, 9:01 a.m.
Rojas '16 assists in a survey to evaluate the interest of food serving establishments purchasing food from local farms.
Malone Works to Establish Assisted Living Facility
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Thursday, Dec 26, 1:12 p.m.
Patrick Malone '14 is working with Muriel Krusemark and the Hoffman Economic Development Authority.
Hodson Creates Marketing Plan for Someplace Safe
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Wednesday, Dec 11, 9:12 a.m.
Jason Hodson '15, Hutchinson, helps create and implement a marketing plan for Someplace Safe.
Holten Puts Starbuck Online
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Wednesday, Dec 4, 1:12 p.m.
Cory Holten '15 is working with his hometown Chamber of Commerce to create an online directory of local businesses and events.
Short and Lindgren Map Minnesota River Valley Historical Sites
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Tuesday, Nov 26, 4:11 p.m.
Alexander Short '14 and Michael Lindgren '14 are working with the Minnesota Valley History Learning Center to create a listing of historical sites within the Minnesota River Valley.
Koester '16 Partners with PRCA
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, Tuesday, Oct 8, 8:10 a.m.
Jayce Koester '16 organized summer arts programming with the Center for Small Towns and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.
Students Create Interactive Online Database
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Aug 22, 8:08 a.m.
Abigail Thebault Spieker '16 and Tori McDougald '15 are cataloguing historical sites throughout the Minnesota River Valley.
Students Analyze Small Town Newspapers
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Aug 16, 9:08 a.m.
Zak Threadgill '15 and Joe Feely '14 worked with the Center for Small Towns to analyze and review small town newspapers from across Minnesota.
Thebault-Spieker Conducts Rural Data Collection and Research
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Aug 6, 6:08 a.m.
Abbie Thebault-Spieker '16, Bemidji, is researching abandoned school buildings in rural Minnesota.
Malone ’14 Helps Hoffman Official
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Jul 8, 8:07 a.m.
Patrick Malone '14 is working with Muriel Krusemark to develop and utilize new internet-centered strategies for business and commerce.
Jordan Wente '15 Creates Comprehensive Health Narrative
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Jun 26, 4:06 p.m.
Jordan Wente '15 creates a comprehensive health narrative for Kandiyohi and Renville counties.
Rural Arts and Culture Summit Provided Artistic Engagement and Development
Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville, Thursday, Jun 20, 8:06 a.m.
The 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit featured artists, rural leaders.
Seth Elsen ’13 Recounts Working for CST
Jenna Ray, Thursday, May 9, 8:05 a.m.
Seth Elsen '13, Shelton, Washington, discusses his experiences as a student employee with the Center for Small Towns.
Morris student involved in local foods activities
Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, May 8, 1:05 p.m.
UMM junior Zach Johnson is working with CST and the University of Minnesota Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership to promote local foods in the area.
Samantha Bruno ’13 Reflects on Four Years With CST
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, May 6, 8:05 a.m.
Samantha Bruno '13, Foley, reflects on four years spent working with the Center for Small Towns.
Rural Arts and Culture Summit Will Offer Diverse Programming for Rural Leaders
Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Apr 25, 8:06 a.m.
The 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will focus on rural development and art.
Student Documents History of Local Non-Profit
Jenna Ray, Thursday, Apr 18, 9:04 a.m.
Abbie Thebault-Spieker '16, Bemidji, is scanning and organizing documentation from the local Barnes-Aastad Association.
Students Bring Technology Education to Rural Minnesota
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Apr 12, 8:04 a.m.
Michael Lindgren '14, Crystal, and Zak Threadgill '15, Ramsey, are performing a statistical analysis of Lac qui Parle's Computer Commuter.
Holten Works to Improve Local Businesses' Online Presence
Jayce Koester '16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Apr 4, 3:04 p.m.
Cory Holten '15, Starbuck, works with his hometown and CST to help local businesses get online.
2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit to be Held in Morris
Center for Small Towns, Friday, Mar 29, 9:03 a.m.
The 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will be hosted by the Center for Small Towns June 5-6.
Center for Small Towns Receives Major Grant from Otto Bremer Foundation
Center for Small Towns, Friday, Mar 15, 12:03 p.m.
The $150,000 grant will assist in the Center for Small Towns operational and project costs.
Jolee Henkel ’15 Works to Map Carbon Footprint of Stevens County
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Feb 15, 9:02 a.m.
Jolee Henkel '15 works with Stevens FORWARD! to calculate Stevens County's carbon footprint.
Student Works to Improve Local Public Access Station
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Nov 19, 2:11 p.m.
Seth Elsen '13 is working to improve the practicality and usability of the local public access television station.
Student Surveys Four-Township Area Near Ely
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Nov 12, 2:11 p.m.
Reid Ronnander '14 works with rural Minnesota area to better understand and map the local economy.
Student Working to Survey Health Service Providers in Rural Minnesota
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Nov 5, 1:11 p.m.
Rilee Moulton '14 is working with Prime West Health and Center for Small Towns to create and improve survey questions for health service providers.
Student Engaged in St. Mary’s Archival Project
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Oct 23, 12:10 p.m.
The Center for Small Towns and student Jenny Morris have worked to archive the rich history of a local school.
Morris Student Works with Willmar to Create an E-Co-Op
Jayce Koester ’16, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Oct 11, 2:10 p.m.
Morris student Zachary Johnson and Center for Small Towns help to coordinate a local online co-op system in Willmar.
Morris Student Working With Local Energy Co-Op Agralite
Jayce Koester '16, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Oct 9, 1:10 p.m.
The Center for Small Towns and student Zachary Threadgill '14 are working together to help create a rewards system at local energy co-op Agralite.
The Center for Small Town Student Employees Help Improve Local Newspapers
Johanna Luetmer `14, Morris, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Sep 6, 10:09 a.m.
The Center for Small Towns (CST) assists the MN News Media Institute (MNMI) with its influential Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program
Registration for the Symposium on Small Towns and Leadership Chautauqua closes in one week
Arne Kildegaard, director of Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, May 30, 2:05 p.m.
The 2012 Symposium on Small Towns will take place on June 14 on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus.
49th Commencement on the campus mall this afternoon
Melissa Weber, Saturday, May 12, 9:05 a.m.
To participate from afar, view the live web cast by visiting morris.umn.edu/events/commencement.
Changing policy one performance at a time
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, May 9, 1:05 p.m.
University student helps with Land Stewardship Project play.
Morris student helps bring the arts to West Central Minnesota
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Apr 12, 8:04 a.m.
Morris student works with Glenwood's Central Square
Quantifying Sustainability Efforts on the Morris Campus
Allyce Amidon ’12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Feb 23, 1:02 p.m.
Morris student working on comprehensive sustainability survey
Morris Student to Lead Water Management Effort
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Feb 13, 2:02 p.m.
New position at Minnesota GreenCorps focuses on water conservation
Two Morris students to study the Latino experience in Morris
Allyce Amidon '12, Monday, Feb 6, 1:02 p.m.
Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and Cristina Montanez '12, El Paso, Texas, are working with Spanish faculty Windy Roberts and Stacey Aronson to chronicle the Latino experience in Morris.
Student Sarah Thiede works with Extension Center for Community Vitality
Allyce Amidon '12, Thursday, Jan 19, 12:01 p.m.
Thiede's work includes data analysis on local food systems in Renville County.
Stevens Forward! continues partnership with Center for Small Towns
Judy Korn, Friday, Dec 16, 8:12 a.m.
Jessica Armstrong '13, St. Paul, and Jolee Henkel '15, Maynard, are working with Stevens FORWARD! to help meet the organization's goals.
Seth Elsen '12 explores renewable energy options for Upper Sioux Community
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Nov 30, 10:11 a.m.
The project is conducted through the Center for Small Town's AmeriCorps Students In Service program.
Minnesota GreenCorps on Morris campus receives funding
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Nov 23, 10:11 a.m.
Five new student members chosen for the AmeriCorps-funded program.
Rural Policy Advocacy Sessions organized by Center for Small Towns
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Thursday, Nov 17, 11:11 a.m.
A diverse group of attendees learned advocacy skills.
Digging through mud not as bad as it sounds according to Ashley Woods '13
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Nov 9, 1:11 p.m.
The Plymouth native is researching the effects of ditch drainage into Lake Wakanga near Willmar.
University of Minnesota, Morris student Thomas Roloff ’11 helps small cities thrive
Allyce Amidon ’12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Nov 2, 10:11 a.m.
Through the Center for Small Towns, Roloff is working with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission.
Successful Sustainability Leadership Event at Morris
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Oct 28, 12:10 p.m.
Event draws people from throughout University system.
Students attend Midwest Power Shift gathering
Judy Korn, Thursday, Oct 27, 4:10 p.m.
The grassroots national movement is an opportunity for young people to make their voices heard for climate justice.
Katia Vantries '13 receives community award for volunteer work
Cassie Hall '13, Brookings, South Dakota, Wednesday, Oct 19, 1:10 p.m.
Vantries received the Miss Morris Community Award for her volunteer work with the elderly, an opportunity first afforded through UMM Students In Service.
UMACS campus sustainability conference at the University of Minnesota, Morris a success
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Monday, Oct 17, 2:10 p.m.
Unrelated to the conference, a severed pipeline emphasized the "off the grid" nature of the Morris campus.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs graduate student Kelly Asche conducts internship with Center for Small Towns
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Sep 20, 9:09 a.m.
Asche helped set up a first of its kind rural data portal and renew the consulting service.
University of Minnesota, Morris students track benefits of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Aug 17, 12:08 p.m.
Amanda Granaas '12, Vermillion, South Dakota, finished the project during summer 2011.
Clay Fischer '12 brings the University's resources to Douglas County
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2:08 p.m.
Fischer works to identify potential internships with Lakes Association
Morris student spends summer working for positive parenting organization
Judy Korn, Thursday, Aug 4, 9:08 a.m.
Amidon, '12, Falcon Heights, works for DREAM for Kids.
Students help revitalize the community of Winsted through the arts
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Aug 2, 11:08 a.m.
Thomas Roloff '11, Ian Patterson '12, and Samantha Bruno '13 share talents with a new community arts council.
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships to celebrate sustainability at the University of Minnesota, Morris
Judy Korn, Thursday, Jul 21, 9:07 a.m.
"Celebrating Sustainability" will feature sustainable development work conducted by community and University partners.
University of Minnesota, Morris students working to spread awareness of river issues
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Friday, Jul 8, 3:07 p.m.
CURE interns aim to get community members out experiencing the river this summer.
Droske '11 brings energy conservation to the Morris campus and community
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Jun 29, 9:06 a.m.
The recent Morris graduate is finishing up as a GreenCorps member with hopes of applying new skills learned through his experience to a future profession.
Bridget Billo '12 assists nonprofit Resource Connections
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Jun 7, 12:06 p.m.
The goal is to set up hotspots in various locations and provide computers for the public's free use.
Morris students raise awareness of energy use in Stevens County
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Jun 1, 9:06 a.m.
The students are helping fulfill the Stevens FORWARD!'s goal of carbon neutrality by 2015.
Center for Small Towns receives Otto Bremer Foundation grant
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Friday, May 27, 9:05 a.m.
More than $91,000 in grant funding will allow CST to sponsor more faculty research, strengthen statistics and data resources, and enhance student involvement initiatives.
Solar swim events highlight the use of solar-thermal technology
Elaine Simonds-Jaradat, Friday, May 27, 8:05 a.m.
The events drew a diverse crowd and emphasized the RFC's campus/community partnership.
Joe Einertson '14, Brooklyn Park, helps with the implementation of a local foods co-op in downtown Willmar
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, May 24, 8:05 a.m.
The project's goals are to increase the availability of local foods, to bring business investments to the heart of the city, and to provide an alternative grocery experience.
Katia Vantries '13, Morris, volunteers and learns from senior citizens through Americorps program
Cassie Hall '13, Brookings, South Dakota, Wednesday, May 18, 3:05 p.m.
The experience is professionally and personally fulfilling.
Tara Greiman '11 researches Internet's impact on regional businesses for UMVRDC
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Friday, May 6, 1:05 p.m.
Greiman's work explores customers increasingly using Internet searches for rural businesses' contact information and location.
Deon Haider '14 assists Stevens FORWARD! reach goals
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Mar 30, 3:03 p.m.
Haider '14 serves as a writer educating the public on climate change and carbon neutrality.
A green Christmas and all year long
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Mar 9, 3:03 p.m.
Sonya Kopet '12, Starbuck, collected used holiday lights as one of her GreenCorps projects.
Going brown to get green at the University of Minnesota, Morris
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Tuesday, Feb 15, 4:02 p.m.
Will Dolezal '11, Minneapolis, introduces composting system to campus and community.
Free Solar Swim celebrates solar-thermal panels at the Regional Fitness Center
Elaine Simonds-Jaradat, Wednesday, Feb 2, 1:02 p.m.
Everyone is invited for a February 12 winter swim in water heated by the sun.
University of Minnesota, Morris partners with AmeriCorps Students in Service
Matthew Privratsky '11, Walker, Monday, Nov 22, 3:11 p.m.
The Center for Small Towns and Office of Community Engagement will offer 15 student positions helping area communities.
Students participate in Broadband 2010: Cultivating a Culture of Use
Judy Korn, Tuesday, Nov 16, 11:11 a.m.
The event spotlighted Minnesota communities developing sustainable broadband use for economic vitality.
Bruno '13 helps to spruce up Wheaton's mainstreet
Matthew Privratsky '11, Walker, Thursday, Sep 30, 11:09 a.m.
Sam Bruno '13 worked with faculty, the Center for Small Towns, and the Wheaton Makeover Committee to enliven Wheaton's mainstreet.
GreenCorps and Engebretson Disposal bring recycling to Prairie Pioneer Days
Christine Mahoney, Tuesday, Jul 6, 11:07 a.m.
Engebretson Sanitary Disposal and the University of Minnesota, Morris Minnesota GreenCorps are coordinating drop-off points for recyclables at East Side Park, the Morris Area Elementary School, and along the Grand Parade route.
2010 Small Town Symposium: Helping Minnesota's Small Towns Thrive
Judy Korn, Monday, May 24, 9:05 a.m.
The June 9 and 10 event provides tools for communities to innovatively and successfully address small-town challenges. <br />
Lesmeister's internship leads to plans for new business after graduation
Allyce Amidon '12, Falcon Heights, Center for Small Towns, Wednesday, Feb 10, 9:02 a.m.
The senior has been working in collaboration with Morris Healthy Eating to bring together farm-fresh food and the Steven's County community at the Morris Area Farmer's Market.
Area organizations aim to get residents to eat healthy, locally
Christine Mahoney, Friday, Jan 29, 9:01 a.m.
Four area organizations and Big Stone Lake Area Local Foods Group are working to advance healthy eating and locally grown food through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Prevention Minnesota.
Morris Student Team Presents Rural Technology Research
Christine Mahoney, Thursday, Jan 28, 12:01 p.m.
A team of five University of Minnesota, Morris students recently presented research on broadband Internet connectivity for rural America at the statewide Blandin Foundation conference in Duluth.
Morris campus strategic partner in the launch of new Minnesota GreenCorps program
Christine Mahoney, Monday, Nov 9, 3:11 p.m.
The University of Minnesota, Morris has partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and ServeMinnesota to launch a new program—Minnesota GreenCorps. The new program is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by MPCA that aims to protect and preserve Minnesota's environment while developing the next generation of environmental professionals.
Students involved in campus-community partnerships
Theresa Novak '09, Coon Rapids, Tuesday, Jan 16, 4:01 p.m.
Students have discovered numerous opportunities to work with communities in the west central region by becoming involved in campus-community partnerships facilitated by the Center for Small Towns.
Center for Small Towns, City of Morris win Carter Award
Judy Riley, Tuesday, Oct 31, 11:10 a.m.
The Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris and the City of Morris together have won the Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. The award was presented by Minnesota Campus Compact during ceremonies held October 30 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Former astronaut and senator John Glenn was the keynote speaker.