Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) Connects Adults 55+ to Volunteer, Social, & Educational Programs Across Marathon County

United Way RSVP of Marathon County is a FREE program that helps adults 55+ easily connect with the right volunteer opportunity. RSVP members can choose from volunteer placements at nearly 40 nonprofit agencies across Marathon County on a schedule that fits their lifestyle and interests. (Click the title for details…)

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4-H Has Something 4-Everyone :: A Look at the 4-H Exhibits of the 150th County Fair

Take a visual tour of some of the highlights of this year’s 4-H exhibits at the 150th Wisconsin Valley Fair. A whopping 725 youth displayed over 11,000 exhibits at Marathon Park that they worked on throughout the year. Marathon County can send 35 projects from this year’s county fair to compete at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, WI. (Click the title for details…)

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New Educational Offerings as UWMC Becomes UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

As University of Wisconsin–Marathon County transitions to become UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, it brings along new opportunities for students to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees and to provide the region with broadened options for lifetime learning and professional development. (Click the title for details…)

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School Medical Advisor Role Gets a Grant From the Marshfield Clinic to Support School Nurses in All 10 Marathon County School Districts

Dr. Kelly Kapitz shares how a unique collaboration between Marshfield Clinic, Marathon County, and 10 area school districts will make a dedicated physician available to provide support to school nurses. (Click the title for details…)

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Mythbusting E-Cigarettes :: Know the Facts About Vaping

Vaping (inhaling a vaporized e-liquid) is often thought to be a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. But limited federal oversight makes it difficult to know the true dangers of vaping devices. What’s worse, the misconception that vaping is “safe” may be increasing smoking behaviors in adults and youth. Get the facts on vaping so you can better understand this nicotine-based trend gaining ground in Marathon County. (Click the title to read more…)

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Town of Holton’s Hemingway :: Richard Gumz

After County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg spent a day on the farm of fellow Board Supervisor Richard Gumz, she gleaned 4 tips he taught her for embracing both public and farm life. Take a visual tour on a beautiful August day in Holton, Wisconsin, as you go behind the scenes of the Gumz family farm and get a glimpse into who Richard Gumz is — outside of the County Board meeting room. (Click the title to read more…)

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An EPPIC Goal for Marathon County :: Uniting the Community in the Eau Pleine Watershed

The Eau Pleine Partnership for Integrated Conservation (EPPIC) is an up-and-coming community partnership based in Western Marathon County with the goal of promoting beneficial soil and water conservation practices to landowners — whether they are farmers, shoreland owners, or suburban homeowners — to create more environmentally resilient communities in Marathon County. (Click the title for details.)

Local Farm Tours Highlight Innovations & New Products in Marathon County’s Agriculture Industry

Local farmers are branching out to offer new products and provide new services to maximize profits and tap into their interests and entrepreneurial spirit. Watch footage from this year’s farm tours to see what local ag offerings you’ll want to treat yourself to now that you’re in the know! (Click the title for details…)

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Marathon County Graduated Its First 2 Classes of LENA Start Students :: FREE Early Language Program Expected to DOUBLE for Fall

Learn more about this local early language program’s results and how to sign up to assist with the program or to have your child (ages birth to 32 months) participate in the upcoming fall session, which includes FREE books, meals, childcare, and more! (Click the title to learn more…)

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Dirt (Yes, DIRT!) Therapy :: Growing Plants, Growing Ourselves

A new initiative of Marathon County University of Wisconsin–Extension seeks to develop community partnerships that bring the healing power of therapeutic horticulture to people facing addiction, disabilities, illness, or other life circumstances. The seeds of these therapy programs produce much more than just great fruits and veggies! (Click the title for details.)

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Consider the Source… Who’s YOUR Source of Local News in Marathon County?

With the diminishment of traditional media in Marathon County, Administrator Brad Karger asks the question: How should government officials relay public information nowadays? See if you agree with the administrator’s support of the free press to ask questions, analyze data, share information, and guide discourse on public policy issues. (Click the title to learn more.)

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RISE UP Central Wisconsin :: Community-Based Art at Its Best

A growing non-profit called RISE UP Central Wisconsin has gained momentum in our Marathon County community. Learn about this growing program connecting those in recovery with community-based art projects. Get the details on this new community initiative and when the next Community Paint Days will be…  (Click the title for details.)

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Let’s See If We Can Work This Out :: Civil Court Mediation

See some of the newly trained volunteer mediators who are stepping in and stepping up in Marathon County to help resolve civil disputes without the need for attorneys. The program is working out so well that the Wausau Police Department is considering expanding the volunteer mediation program to assist their officers as well. (Click the title to learn more…)

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Fostering Civic Engagement in Wausau — One Meeting at a Time

In this fast-paced online world of communicating via screens, two local elected officials slow things down IRL (in real life) to meet face-to-face and really listen to their neighbors’ concerns. Share your thoughts — and a cookie! – with County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg and City Alder Patrick Peckham at their next community engagement listening session. Get the scoop on how these gatherings started and find out when and where the next one will be. (Click the title to read more…)

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After Working 40 Years in the Marathon County Clerk’s Office, Kathy Kainz Reflects on Some Career Highlights

On June 20, 2018, Kathy Kainz retired after serving the Marathon County’s Clerk’s Office for four decades. This dedicated public servant looks back on how the office has changed over the years — and the new adventures that await. (Click the title to read more…)

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Marathon County’s 2018–2022 Strategic Plan :: Driven by Organizational Culture

Learn how Marathon County government leadership’s focus on improved organizational culture has led to department success and helped shape the 12 priority objectives in the County’s latest 5-year Strategic Plan. (Click the title for the full story…)

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MCDEVCO Receives a $100,000 Grant from Governor Walker to Help Spur Minority-Owned Business Startups in Marathon County

A new fund awarded to MCDEVCO assists local minority entrepreneurs by providing gap financing to secure startup funds to bring new business dreams to life. Learn about the fund and local business entrepreneur Summer Vang’s photography venture — Aperturesque — in the full story. (Click the title to learn more…)

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7 Notable Men Who Helped Women “Break the Gender Barrier” in Marathon County Law Enforcement in the 1980s

Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger recounts how 7 standout male officers in Marathon County made it possible for Diane Lotter to become a pioneer as a female Sheriff’s Deputy — and later as a Captain of Investigations. (Click the title to learn more…)

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Responding to Mental Health Crises in a New Way

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, & Marathon County is shining a light on an innovative collaboration among Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Wausau Police Department, & North Central Health Care for their initial success as part of a new, local Crisis Assessment Response Team, known as CART. (Click the title for the full story…)

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A Look at Jonette N. Arms & Her Vision as the New Executive Director of the ADRC-CW

Learn some of the WOW factors in Jonette Arms’s background — and her powerful vision for our local ADRC — as she leads a team of nearly 100 staff dedicated to assisting older adults & individuals with disabilities in Marathon County. (Click the title for the full story…)

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How Paul Hsu’s Desire to Help Sprouted an International Business Deeply Rooted in Marathon County

Paul Hsu’s desire to help others & his entrepreneurial spirit “took root” in the form of ginseng farming in Marathon County, harvesting around 1 million pounds a year! See Hsu’s inspirational story of how he got to where he is today… (Click the title to read more…)

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Another Great Summer in Marathon County :: Clock’s Ticking… Find Something to Do!

Check out Marathon County’s 2018 Spring/Summer Recreation Guide. Choose from activities like Cross-Fit in the Park, Family Yoga, & Treetop Exploring. (Click the title for details…)

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Sara’s Law Signed at Marathon County Courthouse April 11, 2018

Governor Scott Walker visited the Marathon County Courthouse to sign Sara’s Law. See what Sara’s husband had to say about the bill signing, view pictures of this historic local event, and more. (Click the title for the full story…)

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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About… HAMBURG

See 5 fun — and perhaps SURPRISING — facts about Hamburg, a small community in northern Marathon County. Yes, Hamburg is known for the Fromm brothers, but there’s more Town Chair Jim Servi wants you know about Hamburg. (Click the title for the full story…)

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Exciting Summer Camps & Enrichment Programs at UW–Marathon County

At UW-Marathon County’s summer “College for Kids” program, area youth can choose from 43 class offerings, enjoy themed day camps (with digital storytelling, virtual reality, & computer programming) & much more! Scholarships are available. (Click the title for details.)

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Enjoy Parks & Books at the Same Time With Trail Tales!

A collaborative effort between several local groups will mix books and nature at Wausau area parks Spring 2018. Find out which parks will host Trail Tales and which children’s books you can enjoy as you stroll along… (Click the title for details.)