Marathon County Government employees and leaders observed the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday with a focus on Dr. King’s message of service. The MLK “Day On” event challenged attendees to ask how they could better serve our community and learn more about those they work alongside and serve.
Get a run-down of the County’s annual MLK Jr. “Day On.” (Click the title for details…)
In early 2019, a select group of Marathon County employees formed a local GARE team to participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) learning community.
Each Marathon County service and department is affected by racial inequities — whether through its program offerings, services provided, hiring practices, meeting times, or other systems or facets of government. GARE has created tools that help advance racial equity when government decisions are being made in regard to such things as policies, practices, programs, and budgets.
Get the scoop on some action steps being taken based on what these local GARE team members learned over the past year. (Click the title for details…)
Chad Dally of the Marathon County Public Library walks you through what the census is, how it will work in Marathon County, and how you can make sure you get counted since census information will have critical and wide-ranging impacts for the next 10 years, affecting the federal government down to local offices — and much more.
Learn how you can participate in the 2020 census, or even get paid to be a census worker! (Click the title for details…)
County Administrator Bard Karger offers a summary of the 5 things people have been asking him about most often during the final month of his decades-long employment with Marathon County.
Learn about the process (and timeline) for choosing the next County Administrator, as well as Brad’s insightful reflections on his 31 years in Marathon County Government.
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Marathon County Board Supervisor Yee Leng is a 25-year-old man who has dedicated himself to bringing Hmong voices to the table in local government in Marathon County not merely as token committee members, but as fully participating members of a policy board.
Residents of Hmong descent make up roughly 5% of Marathon County’s population. But up until recently, our elected bodies haven’t reflected that diversity. Yee Leng Xiong is working to change that.
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Although admission is always FREE, inviting out-of-town friends and family to join you for a visit to the museum helps the local economy. How?
In 2019, the estimated economic impact of non-local visitors to the Woodson Art Museum was $1,138,496 from day-trip visitors and $1,799,712 from overnight visitors, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s economic-impact values. So, why not give Marathon County the gift of an economic infusion this holiday season by inviting friends and family to Wausau to visit the Woodson Art Museum with you to view their origami exhibitions?
(Click the title to see some of the works on display at the museum . . .)
Enjoy our Wisconsin winters more with 6 specially picked adventures that are sure to provide you with heaps of winter fun. Try something new, or pick up an outdoor pastime from your childhood.
HOLIDAY HINT: Sylvan Hill Tubing “gift certificate” coupons can be purchased at the Park Office or Sylvan Hill. They make a great last-minute holiday gift idea or stocking stuffer!
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Over 60 panels and presenters — including keynote speakers Hilary Ware of Netflix and Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine — will highlight collaborative and innovative approaches, best practices, cutting-edge research, and success stories that focus on “Building Communities of Equity and Opportunity.”
(Click the title to learn how to register, present a poster session, become a sponsor, and more . . .)
Dementia is the one disease that can be made better or worse by our actions and reactions.
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, we often see them change. We may doubt ourselves, question their actions, or get upset or frustrated. But this pattern is, and should be, familiar to us. Our whole lives are hallmarked by changes in the brain, and with each change — from early on to later in life — we adjust, adapt, and continue to help our loved ones grow.
We invite you to read this short article which offers a fresh perspective on caring for someone with dementia. (Click the title for details…)
During the 2nd year of providing mental health counseling services in Marathon County public schools, over 500 students received onsite counseling in school. According to a new impact report, students who utilized the new counseling services feel that they are helping to improve their mental well-being.
Read the report and learn about participating schools, mental health providers, and supporting community organizations in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Starting January 12, 2020, Marathon County Public Library Headquarters in Wausau and its 8 area branches will operate under a new set of hours.
During the workweek, some locations will be open a few hours less, some will be open a few hours more — and on weekends, all 9 locations will now be open on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. (Click the title for details…)
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. There’s still time to head to the Humane Society of Marathon County to check out their current senior guests awaiting a home.
Think of the GRATITUDE a senior dog or cat would show you this Thanksgiving season if you adopted one of them!
See several of the adorable senior pets (like Samuel & Miley shown above) needing homes in Marathon County right now, and learn a bit about the adoption process (including a special Senior for Seniors discount program) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
In October, the Central Wisconsin Joint Airport Board signed a long-term agreement to locate Spirit’s air medical transportations services at CWA in Mosinee. With this move, Spirit serves our region and beyond with 2 helicopters, 5 ground bases with 12 ambulances and intercept SUVs, and 1 fixed wing airplane.
Spirit comes to CWA with a highly trained crew consisting of first responders, nurses, pilots, and mechanics. The operation will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Construction of the nearly 75,000-square-foot hangar will begin in November, and Spirit management anticipates that the new facility will be fully operational in August of 2020. (Click the title for the full story…)
The Marathon County Park System will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2020!
This anniversary celebration provides a great backdrop to update the County’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP), which will help guide the maintenance, planning, and development of the park system for the next 5 years (2020–2024) while also aligning Marathon County with state and regional initiatives to promote outdoor recreation.
The County Board will consider the latest draft of the CORP at their December meeting, so it’s not too late for your voice to be heard. (Click the title for details . . .)
From the 1st annual County Fair in 1868 (which opened with a speech given in German celebrating Marathon County farmers for their “patient toil”) to the annual Diwali “Festival of Lights” events in Rothschild, the Hmong New Year celebrations in Weston, and many more — our local cultural festivals aim to bring people together from all across Marathon County. These events often help us better appreciate our differences, learn new things, challenge some previously held assumptions, and get to know our neighbors better.
See photos and video from some of our most recent cultural festivals and learn about a brand-new cultural festival in store for January 2020 in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Marathon County is proud to announce that it has 2 graduates of the Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy: County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg and Marathon County Human Resources Analyst Boly Vang.
A new class is currently being recruited for 2020 and we are hopeful that Marathon County will again be well represented. Learn more about the Leadership Academy, get insights from Katie and Boly, and find out how to register for the next session. (Click the title for details…)
Have you ever thought that a seat on the County Board might be something you’d enjoy?
It’s a way you can learn about local issues and trends, meet interesting people, and more importantly, help shape the future of Marathon County.
Nomination papers may be circulated starting on December 1 and must be filed with the County Clerk by 5 p.m. on January 2, 2020.
Learn about County Board Supervisor duties, qualifications, pay, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
October means the start of indoor ice skating at the Marathon Park Ice Arena. Learn about skate rentals and public-skating hours at the indoor ice arena at Marathon Park.
Plus, the public is invited to the County’s first-ever “Scary Skate” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, where children and youth can get treats and meet and skate with the Wausau RiverWolves Hockey Team in a spooky Halloween-themed atmosphere at Marathon Park Ice Arena Rink #1. (Click the title for details)
Thanks to a generous gift from its Foundation, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) Wausau Headquarters plans to create a makerspace that could incorporate everything from cutting-edge technology and software to basic sewing supplies — and many things in between.
There’s no date set for a grand unveiling, which means there’s still time for community members to share their ideas! What would YOU like to see at MCPL’s makerspace? (Click the title for details…)
As Jane E. Graham Jennings reflects on her work at The Women’s Community over the past 20 years, she remembers the pain of loss, and the glory of survival.
She chronicles the buildings, people, and milestones of this non-profit organization, now slated to be de-funded by the County over the next 4 years due to budget cuts. (Click the title to read more…)
It’s estimated that Marathon County has around 6 Mennonite or Amish church schools, hosting nearly 360 students in Grades 1–8. Marathon County Special Education respects the religious freedom of the Amish and the Mennonites to educate their children on their own, yet County staff have a legal obligation to offer them their support and educational expertise with children who have special needs to help these communities achieve their educational objectives for all their children. (Click the title for details…)
With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it seemed a good time to showcase who is protecting YOUR sensitive government information: The City–County IT Commission.
This month in our “I’m Glad You Asked…” series, IT Help Desk Staffer Dané Kudronowicz responds to 5 common questions people ask our local government IT professionals. It’s full of tips and resources to avoid becoming a victim of a cybercrime. (Click the title for details…)
County Administrator Brad Karger asks: “Does this year’s Budget Message help you understand the priorities, constraints, and clear connections to the County’s Strategic Plan?”
The public is invited to read the County Administrator’s Budget Message and to attend this year’s Budget Hearing (8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room, B-105).
Learn more about the proposed 2020 County Budget and how you can weigh in on this initial draft. (Click the title for details…)
4-H Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Bernarde answers your questions about what 4-H is, how it’s evolved, which local leaders and national public figures were in 4-H, and more in this month’s installment of “I’m Glad You Asked…”
Did you know that 4-H members are 5 times more likely to graduate from college? Read about the benefits, history, purpose, and new offerings — including a teen-based Digital Ambassadors program — of Marathon County 4-H. (Click the title for details…)
Marathon County Government will soon be considering a new employment policy that will allow its 700 County employees 1 paid day (8 hours) off per year to volunteer at an approved non-profit agency.
Local administrators recognize current workforce challenges and are looking for additional ways to help their staff find meaning in their work.
The proposal will be discussed at the County’s Human Resources, Finance, and Property Committee at their October 14 meeting. The public is invited to weigh in and/or attend the meeting. (Click the title for details…)
Literature fans, get ready . . . The 3rd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival takes place throughout Wausau with author readings, panel discussions, and workshops covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels.
Thanks to generous community support, all of the nearly 20 events are FREE! See what’s on the docket in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)
United Way of Marathon County has the staff and online tools to help you choose from countless volunteer opportunities at nearly 100 local agencies in need to find one that is just right for you or your volunteer group of any size. (Click the title for details…)
In May, the Marathon County Board declared the 2nd Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Marathon County” and encouraged residents to learn more about the history of Indigenous People and to celebrate their culture.
Join the Marathon County Board at its October 17 Informational Meeting for a special presentation on Indigenous People by Professor Brett Barker. (Or view the recorded video on the Marathon County Board Meetings YouTube channel).
You’re also invited to attend a powwow at the Wausau West Field House on October 12 and 13, 2019. There will be food, music, crafts, dance, and a history of Indigenous People in Wisconsin. Admission is free and the public is invited. (Click the title for details…)
In Marathon County, there are 2 unique trails open for public ATV/UTV use:
(1) Burma Road County Forest Unit & ATV Trail and (2) Edgar–Fenwood Trail.
ATV/UTV trails are OPEN between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. through September 30. (So you gotta hurry to get in some fall riding time before the trails close to ATV/UTV traffic in October and November for hunting season.)
Learn about ATV/UTV registration, the Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers Club, & more. (Click the title for details)
County Administrator Brad Karger reflects on the back-to-back August shootings and how local staff and officials are working to ensure public safety in Marathon County.
Learn about suicide prevention measures, veteran supports, active shooter training for government employees, cybersecurity updates, a specially trained crisis response team, onsite school-based trauma therapists, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Register of Deeds Dean Stratz answers your questions about obtaining birth certificates, changing your name, removing a spouse’s name from a deed, and more in this month’s installment of “I’m Glad You Asked.”
Learn about important vital and real estate records at the Marathon County Register of Deeds Office in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg talks with Nan Kottke about her 48-year career in the County Clerk’s Office.
The interview reads like a movie script, what with Nan working her way up from the mail room as a teenager to a well-respected elected official.
Nan’s last day on the job will be Friday, September 13, 2019. Learn more about Nan and her hopes for the person who takes over as your next Marathon County Clerk in the full article. (Click the title for details . . .)
Together, North Central Health Care & Marathon County Government are embarking on $73 million in campus renovations, along with several program changes and additions. Highlights include constructing a $6 million Aquatic Therapy Pool and a 4-story Skilled Nursing Tower; transitioning NCHC’s Birth to 3 Program to Marathon County Special Education; and NCHC taking over management of Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, as well as beginning to provide developmental disability services in Lincoln County. Get the details on NCHC’s renovations and service transitions in the full article. (Click the title for details . . .)
With over 100 members, Wausau Area Pickleball — in partnership with County Materials Corporation and American Asphalt — has generously committed to donating the labor and materials to convert 2 tennis courts at Marathon Park to 6 additional pickleball courts this fall! Learn more about the sport, the local play schedule, and the upcoming construction plans in the full article. (Click the title for details . . .)
If you’re looking to make a difference in your life AND the lives of those in your community, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin (ADRC-CW) invites you and your loved ones to get involved.
You can package or deliver Meals on Wheels on a flexible schedule. Or volunteer to lead a 6-week session of an adult learning class. Maybe you just want to help serve lunch at a specific dining site. There are LOADS of ways to assist the ADRC.
BONUS: Find out how to view and get connected with hundreds of other volunteer opportunities throughout Marathon County! (Click the title for details…)
Did you know that on the other side of security, CWA serves early-morning travelers food starting at 4:15 a.m. and Bloody Marys starting at 6:00 a.m.?
CWA is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2019, and there’s TONS that Airport Director Brian Grefe wants you to know! First, growth in air travel at CWA is up, which is great news for Central Wisconsin . . . You see, when seats fill up, the airlines get the message that they need to add more seats — and potentially more destinations — out of CWA. This growth helps drive CWA’s airline ticket prices down even further.
Get tips and tricks for flying local, learn about CWA’s art gallery and restaurant (both open to the public), and find out how to rent one of their affordable conference rooms for your next meeting in the full story. (Click the title for the full story…)
The most talked-about feature of the 151st annual Wisconsin Valley Fair was the addition of a traditional rodeo put on by Dakota Rodeo Company. If you missed all the bull-riding, barrel-racing, and calf-roping ACTION, check out the stunning visual highlights in the full story.
What’s more? Plans are in the works to bring the rodeo back for another go ’round at the Wisconsin Valley Fair next year! (Click the title for details…)
Interact with more than 70 Birds in Art artists who flock to the museum from throughout the world for the exhibition’s debut. Experience 114 all-new artworks in Birds in Art — the museum’s flagship, internationally renowned exhibition.
Plus, be sure to visit the museum’s sculpture garden for the 2019 Master Artist presentation and Artists in Action demonstrations. Read the full article for details on Wausau’s Artgageous Weekend (Sept. 7 & 8), and get a sneak peek at the museum’s fall artist residency programs. (Click the title to read more…)
County Administrator Brad Karger explains the June Pride resolution, as well as the July reconsideration vote.
The most significant takeaway? The majority of Supervisors still voted to declare June as Pride Month in Marathon County, thus educational sessions and assessments with regard to the County’s fair treatment of all residents and employees will go on as directed in the resolution that passed in June, and June will remain “Pride Month” in Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
Staff at the Marathon County Solid Waste Department in Ringle invite teachers, families, service groups, and more to come on a Learning Tour. (They even have a 15-passenger bus to take you around in!)
Did you know our local landfill features hiking, biking, and birdwatching trails, a pergola, a phone-charging outlet, and a bike-repair station? You have to see this article’s photos to believe the fun and learning to be had at your local landfill. (Click the title for details . . .)
Calling all readers and writers: The 3rd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival is right around the corner… and YOU can be a part of all the fun! At the end of September, the Wausau area will be putting on a FREE event for linguaphiles of all sorts. You’ll have to read the full story to see how the festival’s lineup of events & speakers is taking shape! (Click the title for details…)
There are still a TON of things you can do before we reach the end of National Parks & Recreation Month . . .
We can’t wait to see how you have “fun in the sun” in Marathon County this July by tagging Wausau/Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry on Facebook.
Learn about passes, discount tickets, and summer outdoor recreation ideas — like our Outdoor Movie Night and our Doggone Pool Party — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Campus Executive Dr. Ann Herda-Rapp provides insights into 5 common queries about the new UW-Stevens Point at Wausau campus.
Get a quick overview of the university’s current noteworthy tuition rates, flexible course options, Guaranteed Transfer Program, degree programs — which, beginning this fall, will now include an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, and Social Work — plus much more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
From her hopes for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau to the initiation of what she touts as “people-focused policies,” Marathon County Board Supervisor Ka Lo is pushing to make changes for the better in Marathon Country. Her fresh perspectives, her bold stances, and her understanding of the rewards of hard work are truly inspiring.
Learn more about Supervisor Lo, her family’s harrowing journey from Laos to America, her love for the community, and her goals for the future in the full article. (Click the title to read more…)
Wisconsin Judicare’s program works with the Marathon County court system to provide FREE mediation services (by trained volunteers) to citizens in a variety of civil cases, helping to free up our already overloaded courts.
Marathon County’s mediation program has already had national recognition in a Harvard Law & Policy Review article, and the success of the program in its first year has led to a planned expansion to mediate over 400 cases in its second year.
Learn more about the financial, emotional, and other benefits of this community program — and how to register for an upcoming volunteer mediator training session — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Our existing broadband access is bad for business in Marathon County. Not all businesses and residents in Marathon County have access to reliable, high-speed internet — and that puts us at a disadvantage attracting businesses and recruiting talented people to live and work here.
Area farmers and rural teachers find it especially hard to do their jobs without reliable wireless internet. Marathon County Government was tasked with hiring a consulting firm that specializes in assisting communities with broadband expansion to help us create an action plan. Read on to learn more about this project and what’s being done to help area farmers and teachers in the meantime. (Click the title for details…)
Medical Examiner Jessica Blahnik and her team investigate all untimely deaths in Marathon County or deaths in which a doctor wasn’t called in attendance. Learn the answers to 5 intriguing questions related to autopsies, worrisome death trends in Marathon County, building our own Forensic Science Center, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
The City of Wausau will soon be opening an exciting new park on N. River Dr. near the riverfront restaurant Wausau on the Water (WOW). The park includes the City of Wausau’s first Challenge Course with a timing system. The course has a number of obstacles that’ll make you feel like a ninja!
And this park isn’t just for kids . . . There’s plenty to keep adults busy as well, like a large fitness area with cardio and static weight machines.
The City hopes to open the park by July 1, 2019. Be sure to click over to the full story to see pics of some of the cool things this new park has to offer. You’re sure to be WOWED! (Click the title for details…)
The heritage of families in rural communities in Marathon County has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. One example of this can be seen in Abbotsford. Today, Hispanic students in Abbotsford represent 51% of the total student body. Marathon County Special Education has been working closely with the Abbotsford School District to ensure that students who need specially designed instruction are receiving appropriate services.
Read on to learn more about Abbotsford’s transformational story. (Click the title for details…)
Gaining Ground Gardens is a new community garden in Wausau using UW-Extension staff and area volunteers to introduce Marathon County Jail inmates to therapeutic horticulture. A garden was also started at the Marathon County Juvenile Facility. The gardens aim to provide stress relief, a sense of purpose and belonging, and strengthened vocational skills to community members in need.
Gaining Ground Gardens was created solely with private donations. With financial support, the gardens aim to add walkways, birdhouses, additional beds, rain barrels, and a garden shed. The gardens are also seeking volunteers to assist with mentoring and gardening advice for participants. (Click the title for details…)