On January 16, 2021, approximately 300 Marathon County Government employees came together to participate in its 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Day On” learning event.
And, while this year’s event continued its tradition of delivering high-quality presentations, programs, and workshops on a wide array of topics, the in-service day was dramatically different in one very important way… It was 100% virtual!
See highlights of selected programs, and find out what staff had to say about this annual “Day On” learning event. (Click the title for details.)
A month before her retirement, Karyn Powers strolls down memory lane and discusses her 30+ years working for the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department.
Prior to returning to Marathon County after interning in Wausau her senior year of college, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and for the U.S. Army in South Korea.
This adventurous woman traveled far and wide, only to find her way back to a public service position with Marathon County once more, where in addition to serving as Recreation Superintendent, she is an accomplished poet, author, painter, and, of course, lover of all things outdoors. (Click the title for details.)
United Way of Marathon County’s Early Years Coalition and Partnership for Youth provide resources and activities for ages 0 to 21 years. Never has this work been more important than during a pandemic.
Learn how these coalitions keep kids learning and connected, as well as socially and emotionally well. Plus, get updates on this year’s (virtual) hiring fair, which allows teens to interview for and potentially accept a job on the spot. (Click the title for details.)
You may be surprised to learn that violence in relationships can start at a young age… But it’s estimated that 1 in 3 teens experience abuse in their dating relationships.
We need to be talking with our young people about respect in relationships and what healthy dating means. That’s just what The Women’s Community does in area schools.
Take time to discuss healthy dating during February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. (Click the title to read more.)
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is transitioning away from the use of language describing each population eligible for the vaccine as a “phase” (e.g., Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Phase 1C). While they are still using a phased approach to determine which populations will be eligible for the vaccine, they will now categorize groups using the following terminology: “currently eligible populations” and “next groups eligible.”
Learn more about the vaccine’s rollout and eligible populations, and get answers to common questions about vaccine safety, side effects, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
County Board Supervisor Matthew (Matt) Bootz is a true hometown hero. His story is one sprinkled with adventure, a focus on family, a commitment to service, and unfortunately a tragedy to overcome that most of us can’t even imagine.
Learn what he feels is the most meaningful work he’s done so far on the board — and more — in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
Get a peek into the personalities of the 7 Editorial Board members who bring you this Marathon County Government newsletter each month through their answers to 5 questions reflecting on their first socially distanced holiday season.
Your 2021 Editorial Board Members include: Lance Leonhard (County Administrator), Dr. Kelly Kapitz (Director of Special Education), Chad Dally (Library Specialist at Marathon County Public Library), Karyn Powers (Recreation Superintendent), Jessica Meadows (Communications & Marketing Director at North Central Health Care), Jenna Flynn (Public Health Educator), and Kaitlyn Bernarde (4-H Program Coordinator for UW Extension–Cooperative Extension). Click the title for details…
With a few weeks of service under her belt in her new role as Marathon County Treasurer, Connie Beyersdorff shares a bit about her roots, family, work experience, and interests, as well as the expectations she has for her new role serving Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
Bill Conway is serving on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors for the first time, although he and his family have served others in their community for decades.
Wisconsin Central Time NEWS caught up with Conway via a virtual chat to learn more about his life, his family, his political and social positions, and his interest in viewing County Government through a human services lens. (Click the title for details…)
In 2020, the Marathon County Housing Task Force was established, led by United Way of Marathon County. As an initial action step from the Task Force, the Wausau Police Department and North Central Health Care re-assigned staff from each of their agencies to start providing full-time care and attention to individuals experiencing homelessness, with the goal of building relationships and helping this population achieve stable housing.
Like any transitional living arrangement, there are some ongoing supply needs at the Task Force’s newly leased residential facility (602 McClellen Street in Wausau). See the full article for information about the Task Force and their current Wish List of items to help serve those facing homelessness.
And be sure to watch the Wausau Police Department’s new YouTube video about this community partnership and its aims for ending homelessness in Marathon County. It’s truly inspiring. (Click the title for details…)
County Clerk Kim Trueblood provides a “behind the scenes” look at Election Day — and Night! — in Marathon County.
Get some “fast facts” to see how this year’s General Election compared to 2016, and meet some of the staff and volunteers who work to ensure that everything runs smoothly — even during a pandemic — before, during, and after the election. (Click the title for details…)
The Marathon County Veterans Service Office created a safe way to organize a contactless “drive-up event” that maintained social distancing to honor our local Veterans.
Over 200 Veterans received a resource bag full of helpful items and the opportunity to be recognized on Veterans Day with a “thank you” from fellow Veterans. (Click the title for details…)
Mary Palmer will be retiring from her position in Marathon County Government as Executive Administrative Coordinator on December 11, 2020. And with one change comes another, as County Administration welcomes Toshia Ranallo, who is already working with Mary to learn as much as she can to get prepared for her new role.
Get a look back on Mary’s 20-year career in Marathon County Government and a brief introduction to her successor, Toshia Ranallo. (Click the title for details…)
The initiatives found within the proposed Marathon County Land & Water Resource Management Plan will guide the Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department’s Land and Water Program over the next 10 years, from 2021 through the year 2030.
The proposed plan provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the county’s land and water resources, including areas for continued protection and improvement. It also includes of full listing of accomplishments from the previous 10 years, a framework of outcome-based goals, and a realistic implementation plan.
The public is invited to attend public hearings and other meetings related to the LWRM Plan and to submit feedback to the CPZ Department. (Click the title for details…)
With limited access to the libraries and an increasing need for internet access due to the pandemic, Marathon County will use federal funding to increase the strength of its Wi-Fi signals, which will result in faster download and upload speeds for patrons using their own devices while parked outside area libraries when they are closed. (Click the title for details…)
Families are looking for something to do close to home this fall and winter while avoiding large crowds. A new Marathon County 4-H program that includes scavenger hunts, hands-on activities, and more can help achieve just that. Complete 1 or all 4 engaging “4-H Family Challenges.”
All families — not just 4-H families — can participate, snap a picture, share it, and be entered in one of two prize drawings. (Click the title for details…)
North Central Health Care’s Youth Behavioral Health Hospital is now open and accepting patients. Located on the NCHC Wausau Campus and available to youth and families in Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties, the Youth Hospital is the first step in life-changing care and inpatient treatment for young people between the ages of 13 and 17 years who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.
All patients admitted to the Youth Hospital must be referred through the NCHC Crisis Center, and the average length of stay is approximately 5-7 days. This is the only County-affiliated, inpatient psychiatric hospital in the State of Wisconsin.
Learn what may qualify as a crisis situation needing treatment, view photos and download a brochure of the new hospital, and more. (Click the title for details . . .)
In July, Marathon County started the recruitment process for the new Deputy County Administrator and selected Jason Hake to fill this administrative role, with an October 22, 2020, start date.
Learn a bit about his roots, family, work experience, and interests, as well as the expectations for his role. (Click the title for details…)
Although he has only 5 years under his belt as a Marathon County resident, Jonathan Fisher has already ingrained himself into the community. He’s serving his first term on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, representing District 38, and is active with several organizations.
Fisher, who works in finance and accounting, spoke with Wisconsin Central Time NEWS to share a bit more about himself, his passion for service, and his priorities for moving Marathon County forward. (Click the title for details…)
Watching Wausau RiverWolves hockey games and renting private ice time are a few of the ways the public can see and appreciate recent renovations (totaling $332,735) completed at Marathon Park’s indoor ice arenas — including updates to the flooring, dasher boards, and tempered glass, as well as the refrigeration and sound systems.
Learn the effect the pandemic is having on high school and youth hockey programs at the arenas, as well as on public figure skating, and get suggestions for other outdoor winter activities (often modified due to COVID-19 precautions) that the Wausau/Marathon County PRF Department supports in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
Marcus Aumann joined the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department in May 2020 as the Assistant Director of Community Services (ADCS).
Social distancing has kept him from meeting people in the community in traditional ways, so we’re bringing him to YOU!
Learn how Marcus will help increase tourism, boost local economies, and enhance outdoor programs and services. (Click the title for details.)
The Marathon County Historical Society and Marathon County Public Library are partnering on a series of virtual programs this fall.
Tune in via Zoom or Facebook for a look at local, state, and national history on topics like: Marathon County Schools, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Death & Dying, and more. BONUS: Programs are archived on YouTube if you can’t attend the live events. (Click the title for details…)
In July, the ADRC-CW launched a “Wear a Mask” contest and campaign to promote wearing masks. Our goal was to support the region’s most vulnerable populations in reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
All 21 contestants who sent in a picture and slogan were featured on a billboard located within the county in which he or she lived. See some of the selected slogans and contestant photos (including one of former County Administrator Brad Karger) in the full article. (Click the title for details.)
Coming from a missionary family who modeled the art of giving throughout a lifetime, Marathon County Board Supervisor Rebecca Buch has a natural desire to serve her community.
Supervisor Buch shares her globe-travelling stories, her views on the local Pride and the No Place for Hate resolutions, her love for Marathon County, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Presidential events using airports are nothing new, but Presidential events being held at airports are an emerging trend.
With less than a week to prepare — and being told the date would be moved up one day earlier than originally planned — staff at CWA in Mosinee set to work hosting a campaign rally for President Donald J. Trump under pandemic conditions.
See photos of the official planes and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on hosting a local event of this magnitude. (Click the title for the full story…)
The Marathon County Housing Task Force was created by Police Chief Ben Bliven partly due to concerns various members of the public had with a City of Wausau loitering ordinance.
Local leaders from City Government, non-profit agencies, and others have come together as part of the new Housing Task Force (now under the direction of United Way of Marathon County) to strategize solutions for our homeless population.
Learn the priority objectives the Housing Task Force will be taking action on to reduce homelessness in Marathon County. (Click the title for details . . .)
Working in Judicare’s Civil Unit, Harris represents victims of domestic and child abuse, low-income clients facing homelessness, and clients facing employment discrimination.
Elected to the Marathon County Board of Supervisors in April 2020, Harris now represents the Downtown Wausau area and plans to advocate for measures that address poverty and homelessness, as well as transportation.
Learn about Supervisor Harris’s recent bold move to ensure local fair elections, his push for a pilot program to restart bus service from Wausau to Rib Mountain, and more. (Click the title for details…)
The 4th annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival takes place September 21–27, with events spanning over the course of 6 days. The coronavirus pandemic spurred an all-virtual festival for 2020. Fans of the written word can watch the full lineup of guests (via Zoom) from the comforts of home this year.
Check out this year’s lineup, which includes: a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, a U.S. Poet Laureate, a New York Times bestselling author, a panel discussion on homelessness, and much more. (Click the title for details…)
Emergency Management Director Philip Rentmeester answers common questions about who has authority to make local decisions during a crisis, what Emergency Management Directors do, how to sign up to receive emergency alerts via text, phone, or email, and more.
Learn how Emergency Management was involved in distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) acquired from the Strategic National Stockpile to support the Marathon County Health Department with their response efforts, as well as other roles the department has played during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Click the title for details…)
Learn how your local, hometown airport in Mosinee — CWA — is using this time of decreased passenger traffic to take on some major renovations, including:
* Remodeling and updating the concourse with new seating, increased charging stations, new dining amenities, touch-free restrooms, and more
* Constructing a new access road and reconstructing a taxi lane that will serve Spirit Medical Transport, existing tenants, and future development
In addition, CWA and the airlines have changed policies and procedures based on CDC guidelines, giving passengers increased confidence to travel safely by air when necessary. Learn how CWA is operating under COVID — and see the newly remodeled airport inside and out.(Click the title for the full story…)
August 18, 2020, marks the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that the right to vote could not be denied based on one’s gender.
This historic milestone granting women the right to vote will be celebrated in Marathon County through a number of virtual events, including (Facebook/Zoom) panel discussions, interviews, and learning community sessions.
A few of the topics to be discussed during the several-day program in August 2020 include who worked to support the 19th Amendment, how amendments work, what role social and civic groups played, what to expect for women over the next 100 years — including an interview with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg — and much more! (Click the title for details…)
In March of 2019, the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan was unveiled and led to the creation of the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) to identify and assemble resources to establish a tactical path forward, focusing on the 3 strategic goals of Talent, Innovation, and Placemaking.
The GWPP’s new regional talent attraction and retention website: GreaterWausau.org, plans to save and reposition the Clark Island Powerhouse building as an innovation center of excellence, and much more. (Click the title for details…)
With all of the uncertainties that have come with COVID-19, you may be asking yourself, What CAN I do this summer to stay active? Public Health Educator Jenna Flynn connects you to ideas and updates on options put forth by the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. (Click the title for details…)
The Marathon County Board passed a proclamation on June 23, 2020, recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness in Marathon County.
Elder abuse affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. Learn how to identify and report suspected elder abuse. (Click the title for details . . .)
Changes to 4-H programming and some exciting, new community and county partnerships are helping keep kids engaged and learning this summer. Some of the alternative programming options will not disappear after the COVID-19 crisis — They are being considered as welcome additions to reach even more youth and families across Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
With such monumental changes happening in our society right now, libraries are an important resource to provide historical context to recent events to help you process what’s taking place in the news. MCPL Library Specialist Chad Dally highlights resources and reading lists for adults and children regarding the topics of race and inequality in our history and society and informs you of the library’s latest reopening plans. (Click the title for details…)
Retired Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger and Campus Executive Ann Herda-Rapp discuss why the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point at Wausau campus makes sense as a college choice this fall for students in Marathon County.
Annual tuition of only $5,196 and the ability to now get a 4-year degree in Business Administration, Nursing, or Social Work are just a few great reasons to attend UWSP at Wausau. What’s more, during these tough economic times, application fees are being waived from June 5 to 15, 2020. (Click the title to read the full story…)
All 9 Marathon County Public Library locations will remain closed through at least June 15, 2020, as staff members work to prepare a plan to re-open in the safest way possible for communities and staff.
The libraries continue to offer revamped services (such as curbside pickup, virtual storytimes on Facebook, craft projects on MCPL’s YouTube channel, and other great online programming) to assist patrons during these uncertain times. See videos of these new services — and learn about other new offerings MCPL will have after they re-open — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Trauma Informed Care practices acknowledge the effects of trauma, strive to prevent traumatizing (or re-traumatizing) people, and promote healing within a safe environment. Nine Marathon County departments that tend to work with people impacted by trauma the most (or have staff who are regularly impacted by trauma) were assessed to determine the extent that Trauma Informed Care practices were being implemented by the people, physical spaces, and policies and procedures of Marathon County Government. (Click the title for details…)
The Marathon County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning (CPZ) Department has started the process of adding nearly 7,000 Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (commonly called “POWTS” or “septic systems”) to its Maintenance Program. State regulations now require counties to include all septic systems and holding tanks — regardless of age — in the POWTS Maintenance Program. (Click the title to read the full story…)
There are a variety of ways to get involved in foster care that fit your interests, skills, and availability. For example, with 3 children of their own, Teal and Jenny Fyksen generously opened up their hearts and their home to provide 10 hours per week of respite care to 3- and 4-year-old siblings in an attempt to help a family avoid foster care placement for their children. Read their story as part of a dedicated team working together to help a family in need, and what happened when the aftereffects of coronavirus struck.
You can also donate supplies that will get matched to foster families or volunteer at several area churches who provide foster parents with meals, transportation to appointments, child care, or mentoring. Read on for heart-warming local stories and for various ways you can assist with foster care in Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
See the latest updates on the renovations and future of health care in Central Wisconsin. NCHC is making great progress on its Warm Water Therapeutic Pool, Youth Psychiatric Hospital, Community-Based Residential Facility, and Skilled Nursing Tower. (Click the title for details . . .)
With trips to the grocery store being limited these days, we’re all trying to make our food supplies last as long as possible.
Meleesa Johnson, Director of the Marathon County Solid Waste Department, offers some helpful tips for understanding food-product dating phrases like Best by, Use by, Sell by, and more.
And with Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, what better time to practice the first of the 3 R’s in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by reducing our food waste? (Click the title for details . . .)
With 42% of Marathon County high school students reporting significant problems with anxiety in a 2019 survey — and considering the additional stressors that the current COVID-19 crisis is placing on our adolescents — the time to address the mental health and well-being of our youth has never been more critical.
Thanks to the Marathon County School-Based Counseling Consortium, students throughout 57 schools in the County now have access to a school counselor or school psychologist during their school day to support them with school-related or personal challenges, regardless of their age or disability status. With students at home now, such services have been extended in many schools to include TeleHealth sessions via Zoom to help students with anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as other mental health needs. (Click the title for details…)
While 9 area libraries’ doors are closed to the public through May 26, 2020, staff continue to provide relevant programs and services to library patrons. Learn how to use Wisconsin’s Digital Library — a statewide catalog of FREE e-books, audiobooks, and videos. Or visit MCPL’s Facebook page for daily virtual story times. The MCPL blog features recipes to help you with your extra meal-prep demands under the Safer at Home order, and points you to hundreds of FREE online educational classes and resources such as Gale Courses.
Library staff are also making plans to offer curbside pickup and to continue providing programming in alternative ways, such as virtual book club discussions and craft kits that the public can pick up and take home — both options to avoid having large groups gather in one place. (Click the title for details…)
With community members not able to meet, network, or socialize in person these days, our Editorial Board thought we’d help folks get to know Marathon County’s new Administrator a bit better.
Get a peek inside Lance Leonhard’s mind regarding County Government challenges, opportunities, and more (including whether he watches Tiger King or not) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
NCHC continues to provide care and services for its residents while taking heightened precautions to prevent the spread of illness. (Click the title for details . . .)
Over the last 4 years, Katie Rosenberg has written nearly 30 articles for the County’s newsletter. Her profiles and ride-along stories were some of our readers’ favorites.
As she transitions from being a County Board Supervisor to her new role as Mayor of the City of Wausau, Katie reflects on some of her favorite pieces of writing and personalities she met along the way. (Click the title for details . . .)
MCDEVCO is working daily to assist small businesses in Marathon County with questions about loans, grants, and federal programs available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how businesses, municipalities, and others can look to MCDEVCO for helpful resources and mentoring as the State implements a phased reopening of businesses through the Badger Bounce Back plan. (Click the title to read more…)