Getting to Know August Kickbusch :: The First Mayor of Wausau

Ever wonder who Kickbusch Street was named after? The answer is August Kickbusch: the first Mayor of Wausau. Learn more about this early city father who set the stage — socially, culturally, economically, and politically — for what Wausau and Marathon County would one day become. (Click the title for more…)


Financial Hardship in Marathon County :: What the ALICE Report Reveals About Local Jobs & Wages

According to the latest ALICE Report: Occupations in Wisconsin that have projected job growth also have low wages & require minimal education. County Administrator Brad Karger offers his ideas to try to turn this negative trend around at the local level. (Click the title for more…)


“Rarely Seen” National Geographic Photography Exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum

The Rarely Seen exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum features stunning National Geographic images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of seldom-seen places, events, & natural phenomena — including a photo of an ice cave in Wisconsin! (Click the title to read more…)


Uniform Addressing Project to Begin in Eastern Marathon County on April 9, 2018

If the ground has thawed, new Uniform Address signs & signposts will begin to be installed in the Towns of Harrison and Plover on April 9, 2018. Follow along with the online Sign-Installation Progress Map as workers make their way from east to west across Marathon County re-addressing properties from April to November 2018… (Click the title to read the full story.)


Marathon County & North Central Health Care (NCHC) Partner for Better Employee Health

A new Employee Health & Wellness Center will be opening on the NCHC campus. The new clinic supports an array of preventative healthcare services — with the aim of increasing employee productivity & reducing the cost of government. (Click the title for more…)

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MCDEVCO’s Economic Development Efforts to Get $2 Million BOOST from Marathon County & Local Foundation Partnership

The County Board and a local foundation are working to grow MCDEVCO’s Marathon County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) by contributing $2 million to “bridge the financing gap” on approximately $20 million of economic development projects within the County! Learn about the fund & a range of programs & workshops for business owners & entrepreneurs. (Click the title to read more…)


Mount View Care Center Rated a High-Performance Skilled Nursing Facility by Security Health Plan

Hospital re-admission rates for Wausau’s Mount View Care Center (MVCC) are only at 10.2%, compared with the national benchmark for nursing homes of 17.3%. MVCC is being recognized by Security Health Plan for providing superior services, such as shorter stays, high star-ratings, & successful achievement of goals set by therapists. (Click the title to learn more about this award-winning 200-bed local nursing home…)


North Central Health Care Warm Water Therapeutic Pool Capital Campaign Surpasses $3 Million Campaign Goal

Charged with the goal of raising half of the $6 million to fund a new pool by March 1, 2018, North Central Health Care received almost 600 pledges from community members, local foundations, & businesses, totaling just over $3.25 million to support the Warm Water Therapeutic Pool. (Click the title for details…)


Marathon County Can’t Succeed If Agriculture Fails

Marathon County is an urban–rural mix, and unless both sides of the equation are successful, we will not succeed as a County. Administrator Brad Karger offers several ways YOU can help support our local agricultural industry. (Click the title to find out how…)


30+ Businesses to Show High School Students Open Jobs at Hiring Fair

Over 500 students (ages 14–18 years) will have the opportunity to meet with more than 30 local business representatives at the Partnership for Youth’s 3rd annual Student Hiring Fair in March 2018. Learn how to register a business for a table or register a student to attend. (Click the title for details…)


Marathon County’s Uniform Addressing Project to Begin Spring 2018 :: New Reflective Address & Street-Name Signs Aim to Improve Public Safety, Officials Say

In January 2018, the Marathon County CPZ Dept. will begin to mail an initial postcard announcement to over 20,000 residents, landowners, & business owners who will receive new Uniform Addresses. Get the details & where to turn for help… (Click the title to read the full story.)

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School of Second Chances :: Marathon County Jail & NTC Partnership Changes Lives, Builds Workforce

Our Marathon County Jail has provided educational/vocational programming to inmates for over 30 years. Educators provide a chance to leave jail & re-enter our community with improved life & job skills — plus, hope for a brighter future. Go “behind the scenes” at the latest graduation ceremony at the Marathon County Jail. (Click the title for details…)


UW–Marathon County :: Offering Fun Classes & Relevant Business Training Experiences to the General Public!

UW–Marathon County is offering LOADS of personal & professional development opportunities to the general public in their brand-new Winter/Spring 2018 catalog, including an enriching 3-day “university experience” for adults ages 50+, a Master Project Management & Human Resource Project Manager certification, & a Supervisory Management Academy, to name just a few. (Click the title to see what new offerings UWMC’s Continuing Education Office has in store for YOU!)


Student Success Is the Focus in the Transition to Align Two UW Colleges with UW–Stevens Point

The UW System is now proceeding with planning & implementation for aligning UW–Marathon County (UWMC) & UW–Marshfield/Wood County with UW–Stevens Point (UWSP), beginning July 1, 2018. (Click the title to read UWSP Chancellor Bernie L. Patterson’s vision for the UW Colleges & Extension restructuring that will soon be affecting UWMC…)


Wrap Holiday Gifts & Travel Plans Around the Woodson Art Museum

Invite quilt enthusiasts & woodworkers to Marathon County to visit the Woodson Art Museum during the Quilts & Wood exhibitions — perfect for couples’ long weekends, girls’ getaways, family reunions, & mother–daughter retreats. Both remain on view through February 25, 2018. (Click the title to view the full article for videos & photos of these beautiful exhibitions…)


Why Do We Have a Combined City/County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department?

Find out why (& how) Wausau & Marathon County came to merge their Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Departments. The benefits of shared expertise, equipment, & staffing all result in a higher level of services for residents & visitors — especially during large-scale events like those that brought THOUSANDS of visitors (& dollars!) to Marathon County this past year. (Click the title for details…)


United Way of Marathon County :: An Essential Building Block of Prosperity for Us All

Having been involved in Marathon County’s annual United Way campaign for nearly 30 years, Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger invites you to join him in reflecting on how our local United Way has improved our lives and strengthened our community. (Click the title for the full article…)


SAVE THE DATE: Run to Remember 5K Run / Walk

The inaugural Run to Remember 5K Run / Walk will raise money to create a standing memorial for the victims of the March 22 shootings that impacted a number of families across several Central Wisconsin communities and shook the entire region. (Click the title for race details to volunteer or to run at the event…)

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It’s Official… UWMC to Join with UWSP!

Watch live testimony from Dr. Holly Hassel (UWMC Faculty), David Eckmann (Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Director), and Brad Karger (Marathon County Administrator), supporting the proposal to restructure (rather than close) campuses to ensure that Marathon County residents will continue to have access to an affordable, high-quality liberal arts education. (Click the title for restructuring details…)


Marathon County’s Community Conferencing Program :: Trained Volunteers Bringing Victims, Offenders Together

Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon explains how a panel of community volunteers helps this local alternative justice program that emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if desired — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, and the community at large. (Click the title for details…)


On-Site Therapists & Other Supports Implemented in 4 Pilot Schools to Meet Students’ Growing Mental Health Needs

In January 2018, a fourth pilot site — Weston Elementary — will be added to help connect area children and adolescents to needed mental health services. (Click the title for the full story…)


How to Thank Families Who Open Their Homes & Hearts to Children in Need

Marathon County Department of Social Services would like to thank each and every one of our local foster parents and their families for being an essential piece of the puzzle in our child welfare system — keeping children who are not able to remain in the home of their parents safe and loved. (Click the title to be inspired by our foster care families here in Marathon County…)


Wausau Noon Optimists :: Helping Youth Develop Optimism as a Philosophy of Life!

Get a peek into one local organization — the Wausau Noon Optimists — who serve over 5,000 youth in the Greater Wausau Area. (Click the title to find out what they do and what other volunteer opportunities await YOU…)


Marathon County Uniform Addressing Update

New 6-digit address numbers — and some renamed roads — are coming to much of Marathon County this spring. Read the full article for participating municipalities, sign installation plans, and changes to project funding, as well as handy checklists and tips for notifying others of your address change.
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Understanding the Real Choices, Trade-Offs, & Priorities that Comprise the 2018 County Budget

Read Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger’s 2018 Budget Message. The public is invited to attend a public hearing for a presentation of the $165 million County Budget. (Click the title to find out dates, meeting/forum locations, and why the County Budget is so much more than mere planned revenues and expenditures…)

John Robinson’s Political Playbook

County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg teases out local official John Robinson’s 3 top rules from his “Political Playbook” as he recounts his start in politics and reflects on his time in office. Get the scoop on how the Robinson and the Rosenberg families are intertwined… (Click the title to read more…)


2017 Wisconsin Mock Trial Tournament Winners

This year’s regional tournament brought more than 120 high school students from 10 Mock Trial teams to the Marathon County Courthouse. Find out who took top honors… Was it Wausau West, D.C. Everest, Merrill, Wisconsin Rapids, Phillips, Lakeland Union, or Rhinelander? (Click the title to find out…)