News: Join the Ricochet Leadership Adventure Nov. 21-22

Boone County 5th through 8th graders, are you looking for a fun way to gain leadership skills? Register today for Ricochet 1: An Extreme Leadership Adventure, an exciting Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth leadership experience, scheduled for November 21, 3:45 to 9:30 p.m. and November 22 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Boone Middle School, 1640 First Street in Boone.

Past Ricochet leadership development participants experience the challenge of Zoo-sertive during the leadership attitudes activities.  Registrations are being accepted from Boone County 5th-8th graders for the November 21 and 22 Ricochet 1 program. Forms are available at or the Boone County Extension office, 603 Story Street in Boone.
Past Ricochet leadership development participants experience the challenge of Zoo-sertive during the leadership attitudes activities. Registrations are being accepted from Boone County 5th-8th graders for the November 21 and 22 Ricochet 1 program. Forms are available at or the Boone County Extension office, 603 Story Street in Boone.


The name “Ricochet” simply means that you never know when a leadership opportunity will come your way. Youth will explore leadership attitudes, leadership information, communication skills, decision making skills and stress management skills through interactive games, activities, and a panel of community members. The group will use what they learn to identify a community need and develop a service project to address the need. Ricochet 1 is offered in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Boone Middle School and Boone County Project SAFE. Partial funding is being provided by the Boone FORCE Board.


Registration information is available at Address questions to Annette Brown, ISU Extension and Outreach, Boone office at 432-3882 or or Sue Gradoville, Boone Middle School at 433-0200 or

Agenda: Boone County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wed., Oct. 22




Board Room, Boone County Courthouse


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


8:30 a.m.       Call meeting to order and approve minutes from previous meeting


                        Consider action on approval of Agenda


8:30 a.m.       Boone County Fairboard

                                    RE:      Update and FY16 Funding Request


                        Consider approval of FY14 Budget Amendment


9:00 a.m.       Eric Sloan, IT Director

                                    RE:      IT Department update


9:30 a.m.     Scott Kruse, Asst. Co. Engineer

                                    RE:      Secondary Road Update

Discuss letter from IDOT in regards to State County Bridge Construction Funds committed to Boone County for project number BROS-C008(16)—5F-08 – FHWA Structure No. 077850 Wagon Bridge


*10:00 a.m.  Lois Powers, Landfill Administrator

                                    RE:      Landfill Update


Noon               Lunch


1:30 p.m.       Closed Session – 21.5 (c)




Consider approval of payment of claims and issuance of warrants


Consider approval of FY15 Budgeted Transfers


Review and place on file Boone County Sheriff’s Department Quarterly Report for quarter ending September 30, 2014


Consider approval of signing the Medical Retirement of Employment and Release Agreement between Boone County and Robert Kieffer


Consider approval of signing the Master Services Agreement between Boone County and Alliance Technologies


Review and place on file the minutes from the September 9, 2014 Boone County Conservation Board meeting


Review and sign letter for Veterans Commission interview


Review and place on file CIRHA Management Discussion and Analysis and financial statement for year ending 9-30-11 and 9-3-13


**                    Consider approval of status change for Jason Borkowski, going from part time to full time Jailer, effective October 26, 2014


**                    Consider approval of status change for Jeffrey Welch, going from part time to full time Jailer, effective October 26, 2014


***                 Consider approval of hiring John Grush, Financial Administrator, Case Management Boone, Hamilton & Madison Counties




Friday, October 24, 2014


1:00 p.m.       Boone/Dallas DCAT Board Meeting – Boone – Foster


The County Board of Supervisors meet regularly on Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. If the agenda is not completed they will meet in recessed session on Friday. All meetings are open to the public unless, for purposes described in Code of Iowa chapter 21, a closed meeting is necessary or advisable to protect the interests of individuals or the county. All persons are invited to take an active role in Boone County government. Agenda appointments will need to be scheduled through Boone County Auditor’s Office. You may address the Board (without an appointment) while they are in session if you are willing to wait your turn of an unscheduled agenda time.

News: Fall Family Fun Fest this Friday, Saturday at Boone Community Theatre

This Friday and Saturday (October 24th and 25th), Johnny and Sally Ann will be on stage at the BCT auditorium! This show is part of our Fall Family Fun Fest going on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be booths with fun fall-related activities and vendors. The weather looks like it will be perfect; so come on out and bring the whole family!

Performances will be Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Midwest Creations.

More information about this show can be found on the BCT website.

Come see the show!

Boone Community Theatre
106 S. Webster St.
Boone, IA 50036

News: BHS issues follow-up notification to parents regarding nude photo/video incident

BHS issued the following message to parents via its email notification system on Wednesday:


BCSD Parents: Today was a good day at Boone High School. Following the media reports yesterday, High School Principal Kris Byam met with all students at 10:00 a.m. to reinforce: 1) We are a great school with good kids, and we should be proud of our school and our successes, 2) We need to be respectful of each other. While mistakes have been made, it is important that we support each other with respect and compassion. 3) This is homecoming week, and we should focus on the positive in celebrating our school district. Thank you to our students and their positive response. Many people have commented that the media reports yesterday of inappropriate activities using cell phones and social media are a personal and/or family issue, and should not reflect negatively on the school. At the same time, educators recognize parents and students rely on Boone High School for support, and we are a source of education. Therefore, we will continue to make the BHS Counseling Department resources available to families if concerns should come up. For information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Boone High School Counseling Office at 433-0995 ext. 6135. Additionally, the Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) of Boone County offers services. The website is and ACCESS can be contacted at (515) 432-3606 or through their 24-Hour Crisis Line at (800) 203-3488. As an educational source for the community, we will continue to educate our students on the proper use of digital devices as well as eliminating behaviors that may include bullying and harassment. We are currently working on developing information sessions for parents and students on the proper use of digital devices. Information regarding this will be distributed in the coming days. In the meantime, we encourage parents to talk to their children about Internet safety, proper use of digital devices, and making good life choices. If the school can be of assistance to your or your family, please contact us at 433-0995. Bradley D. Manard, Ed.D. Superintendent, BCSD

News: Farmland Owners Involved in Update and Election for New Farm Program

The Boone County Extension and Outreach will partner with Lee Ann Davis, County Executive Director, USDA FSA for Boone County, in a Finalizing ARC PLC Decisions meeting on Nov. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Leonard Good Community Building in Ogden, Iowa.


Ogden is one of the 13 sites hosting this meeting, which will last approximately 2 ½ hours. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


To register for this meeting by Nov. 19 or for more information about ISU Extension and Outreach programs and services, contact the Boone County Extension and Outreach office at (515) 432-3882 or go to



The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) mailed letters and summary reports to farmland owners and operators in early August. These letters designated by FSA farm number the 2014 base acreage, the planted acres for commodity crops during each year from 2008-12 and the Counter-Cyclical (CC) Yield associated with the yields on that farm from a previous period of time.


The first option will be a one-time opportunity for the landowner to reallocate base acres, but not increase base acres on a farm by doing one of the following:

  • Retain the farm’s 2014 base acres through 2018, or
  • Reallocate base acres on a farm, not to exceed the total 2014 base acres. The election to reallocate bases will use the same acreage of each covered commodity in proportion to the four-year average of planted acres to the covered commodity, during the 2009-‘12 crop years.


The choice to retain or reallocate base acres is an “all or nothing” proposition. Partial retention of bases or partial reallocation of bases on a farm is not possible.


In addition, landowners can also choose to update the program payment yields for each covered commodity crop on a farm based on 90 percent of the farm’s 2008-‘12 average yield per planted acre. This would exclude any year when no commodity crop acreage was planted. Yields in any of the 2008-12 years that are less than 75 percent of the county average can substitute that yield in the calculation.


Currently, it is uncertain whether FSA will honor existing power of attorney forms that were signed and put in place after the 2008 farm program was enacted.


ARC or PLC Election and Enrollment


Sometime this winter, farmland owners or their operators can then elect by FSA farm number between a revenue program that covers price and yield losses – Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and a price-only program known as Price Loss Coverage (PLC).


The farmland owner or operator has to make a one-time, irrevocable election to enroll a farm in ARC or PLC for the life of the five-year farm bill. If no decision is made, that farm is not eligible for ARC or PLC in 2014. That farm is still eligible to enroll, but only for the PLC program beginning in 2015.


The “entity at risk” on the farm — the operator on a cash rent farm — must still enroll annually the farm in the ARC or PLC program as designated by the election. That enrollment will be concurrent for both the 2014 and 2015 crop years for those that have made an election.


To register for this meeting, please contact the Boone County Extension Office by Nov. 19at (515) 432-3882 or go to

News: Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Course Offered Oct. 23, 2014

Boone County will host a Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

The local site for the Oct. 23 CIC is Boone County ISU Extension and Outreach Office located at 603 Story Street in Boone. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 16 and $45 after Oct. 16. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Dawn Schmidt at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Boone County by phoning 515-432-3882.

The 2014 course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7D (Community Insect Management), 8 (Public Health Pest Control), and 10 (Demonstration and Research). The course will cover topics such as an update on laws and regulations; effects on groundwater and other non-target sites; pesticide toxicity and exposure; pesticide stewardship; and an update on mosquitoes, ticks, and other public health pests.

Additional information about this and other courses offered through the PME Program may be accessed at

News: HyperStream Technology 4-H Club Explores Nursing Education at DMACC Simulation Lab

What do manikins have to do with a HyperStream Technology 4-H Club? Plenty when the manikins can speak, breathe, and behave like a human through technology. Fifteen members of the Boone and Story County HyperStream Technology 4-H Club learned firsthand how technology is used in teaching nursing students how to deal with patients’ needs when they visited the DMACC Simulation Lab in Des Moines. “The purpose of the field trip was to take youth into an actual work environment where technology is a critical component and to introduce youth to career opportunities,” said Annette Brown, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development Specialist.

Members of the Boone and Story County HyperStream Technology 4-H Club learned firsthand how technology is used in teaching nursing students how to deal with patients' needs when they visited the DMACC Simulation Lab in Des Moines.
Members of the Boone and Story County HyperStream Technology 4-H Club learned firsthand how technology is used in teaching nursing students how to deal with patients’ needs when they visited the DMACC Simulation Lab in Des Moines.


Melody Bethards, DMACC Simulation Coordinator, taught HyperStream members how the high fidelity manikins, through technology, breathe speak and have realistic lung, heart and bowel sounds. These real-life simulators provide nursing students’ access to a wide age range of “patients” from infants to elderly.

Simulation is a technique that uses a situation or environment to allow persons to experience a representation of a real event for the purpose of practice, learning, evaluation, testing or to gain understanding of systems or human actions. Bethards and simulation educators, Brenda Smith, RN, MSN, Simulation Technical Specialist, and Simulation Faculty Amanda Tollari, RN, MSN and Kris Bush, RN, MSN led the field trip that allowed the HyperStream members to have a hands-on experience in practicing how to give IV medicine, listen to a heartbeat, feel a pulse, watch a monitor for vital signs, and alter, from a computer behind a mirrored window, what the patient is doing and saying. The members heard vomiting, groaning, and manikins speaking about how they were feeling and asking questions. Bethards showed them how they create sequences of behaviors in a computer program to provide a variety of situations in which nursing students have to determine how to treat the patient.


Bethards’ team told HyperStream members about over 40 skills and knowledge areas that are needed to be a simulation technician. These ranged from anatomy to computers and communication skills to moulage (the art of applying mock injuries or abnormal medical conditions to increase the perceived realism of a simulation). Bethards explained that there is a shortage of simulation experts in the field and encouraged the members to consider this field of technology and education.

Following the field trip, members were asked what they learned and about their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related careers. Youth shared their discoveries of what all the manikins can do, how lifelike they can be and how valuable they, and the technology, are for teaching medical procedures. They were surprised about how much knowledge and education is needed to work in the simulation technology field. Although the members already had some interest in technology, this field trip increased some of their understanding of the value of technology and also of their interest in possibly pursuing a science and technology related field.


The HyperStream Technology 4-H Club is collaboration between the Technology Association of Iowa and its Educational Foundation, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development in Story and Boone Counties, and the Governor’s STEM Scale Up initiative. Funding from these sources made the field trip possible.

In addition to field trips HyperStream members will learn about a variety of mediums as they dapple into fields of photography, photo editing, video production, presentation software, web design and more.   Members will be challenged to understand the purpose and procedures of robotics.  Using Lego Mindstorms NXT software and education kits, team will build robots and create coding commands for robots to follow. Teams will experiment with programming logic and language while they blend technology with creativity to create educational game worlds with virtual characters and plots. Youth will also design and carry out a service learning project to benefit the community.

Volunteer leaders are Larry Hall from Story County and Tammy and Mason (teen leader) Porter from Boone County along with Annette Brown, 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


To learn more check out these websites: HyperStream; Technology Association of Iowa; STEM Scale Up Initiative; and Iowa 4-H Youth Development

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