Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Ag & Extension

Last Updated 1/23/2008 11:16:15 AM


Sawyer County Ag & Extension Committee

January 4, 2008


Committee Members Present:          Jim Bassett                   Shirley Riedmann          Doug Mrotek

                                                            Fred Zietlow                 Bob Vitcenda


County Personnel Present:                Lori Laberee                Lindi Olson                   Mary Wolf

                                                            Barb Baker-LaRush


Others Present:                                  Ron Kubarek               Tena Shamro                Sue Swenson               


Chairperson Bassett called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.


Approval of Agenda

Moved by Zietlow, seconded by Riedmann to approve the agenda.  Motion carried.


Approval of Minutes

Moved by Mrotek, seconded by Riedmann to approve minutes from the December 5, 2007 meeting.  Motion carried.


Audience Recognition



Sawyer County Ag. Fair Association

Ron Kubarek reported.  The SCAFA will be trying out a different carnival this year and is currently obtaining the other entertainment.  A meeting is tentatively scheduled with the Leaders Association for either January 22nd or 23rd regarding communication on the 4-H Land.  Ron Kinsley, Sawyer County Board Member will be present and assisting in facilitation of the meeting.


Sawyer County 4-H Leaders Association

Ed Metcalf arrived to report for the Leaders Association.  Metcalf informed the committee that as of January 1, 2008, he has taken office as the newly elected President of the SC Leaders Association.  The next monthly meeting for the group is January 14th.  A few items the group is working on are setting up a date for the 2008 Vision to Action meeting, and will be concentrating on getting participation at the Leaders Association meetings from around the entire county.  They will start by sending out another survey requesting input on best meeting times, dates, locations, etc. 


The layout of the newsletter has been revised recently to help emphasize youth educational programs and activities.  Laberee informed the committee that over time we have received great participation from the clubs, projects and leaders regarding input in the newsletter.  Fred Zietlow shared a compliment he received on the newsletter from another county 4-H Leader in the southern part of the state.


Agent Reports – Lindi Olson

Lori Laberee started the presentation by reviewing the structure of UW-Extension (report on file), discussing funding and personnel.  Laberee indicated that the committee is invited to participate in the UW-Extension hiring process and will be included in any future hires/replacements. 


Olson distributed the overview of the WNEP program (report on file), which is under the umbrella of the Family Living Program.  A county cannot have a Nutrition Program without a Family Living Agent, as specified by the federal government who is in charge of the program.  Olson then discussed the mission of the program, who they serve, what they do.  A question was asked to clarify if the Nutrition Program coordinates and cross programs with 4-H.  Yes, WNEP has done programming at 4-H meetings and works with the after school program in Winter and Hayward, addressing the needs of youth including low-income and at-risk youth.


Olson spoke of the multiple partners in Sawyer County and where you will find WNEP programming.   WNEP works closely with LCOOCC Extension who provides office space to the educators as part of the in-kind agreement.  She spoke of the Home Visit program and how individuals/families qualify for services.  Olson discussed the overwhelming response to the program and the workshops that have been generated because of the need.  McNurlin, Family Living Educator has recently set up 8-10 workshops for this targeted area of Sawyer County population. 


Discussion was held on the Mino Maajiisewin program and what it is – it’s a tribal education program for first time parents, and continues until their child reaches age 3.  Mary Wolf, WNEP Educator, spoke of the new involvement recently of fathers attending Mino Maajiisewin and the positive effect that has had.  All of the educators involved with the WNEP program are working on cross training for all age categories, to better serve the population. 


Laberee spoke of the positive relationship with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Extension Program.  A concerted effort is made between Sawyer County UW-Extension program and LCOOCC Extension to partner when appropriate.  LCOOCC Extension does not answer to Sawyer UWEX but works in a collaborative effort to support and strengthen services to the community to all populations in Sawyer County.  Question was asked who LCO reports to.  Laberee will follow up with the committee on more details regarding LCOOCC Extension planning, reporting and funding sources. 


Bassett asked Laberee to follow up on the discussion of grant dollars for Sawyer County.  Next month the office will provide an update on the issue of grant availability and those brought to the county UW-Extension Department. 


Laberee distributed the UW-Extension Issue Statement report for 2008 (report on file) that Sawyer County will be submitting to the state and asks for any input by Wednesday, January 9th.


Laberee invites everyone to the WACEC meeting (report on file) on Friday, February 15th, in Hayward, and will seek reservations from committee members at the February meeting.


Approval of Vouchers

Moved by Riedmann, seconded by Mrotek to approve vouchers.  Motion carried.


Approval of Out-of-County Travel

Moved by Riedmann, seconded by Mrotek to approve out of county travel.  Motion carried.


Any Other Business

Bassett asks one last question of Olson as to how the Educators get around the county.  Educators use their own vehicle and get reimbursed mileage.



Moved by Mrotek, seconded by Bassett to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 9:22 a.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Brunner-Stroede, Recorder