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…)
Organizational Excellence Program Manager Molly Bennett wants you to know: LEAN practices aren’t just for the office!
From laundry and dishwasher hacks to DIY project and parking tricks, Molly shares 7 time-saving tips to help you streamline your daily routines so you have more time to do the things you truly enjoy. (Click the title for details…)
Two summer exhibitions now open at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum celebrate the ephemeral beauty and diversity of plant life via botanical art.
Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora and Flora, Fauna, Font: Illustrating the Alphabet, on view through August 25, 2019, highlight the delicate intricacy of trees, plants, and flowers. (Click the title to read more…)
Whether you have a concern about a loved one or a friend — or you’re living with a mental health challenge yourself — help is available in Marathon County.
Mental Health Month is a great time to raise awareness about local resources to assist those with mental illness, such as North Central Health Care’s emergency & crisis services and United Way of Marathon County’s 2-1-1 FREE information & referral service. (Click the title for details.)
The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) staff works for months to organize dozens of exciting summer programs packed into just a few months.
With this year’s theme “A Universe of Stories” in mind, see what’s “out there” for you this summer across MCPL’s 9 Marathon County locations. (Click the title for details…)
Wild Parnsnip abounds along roadsides in Marathon County. Removing it can be tricky as the sap can cause skin rashes.
Learn how to spot and then safely remove this invasive species to help stop its spread in Marathon County . . . (Click the title for details)
In May 2018, Wausau was ranked by PeopleForBikes as the top small city for bicycling in the country, and the 2nd best bike city overall — generating national attention.
Grab your bike and head out for a ride on Wausau’s bike trails (including one with an incredible wooden boardwalk in Rib Mountain!), along the city street bike lanes, or at the downhill bike park (at Sylvan Hill). You’re not gonna want to miss the video of this great bike park in action in the full story . . . (Click the title for details)
Take a look back at the famous visitors, odd happenings, and quirky questions our local airport in Mosinee has handled over the years.
With a new restaurant & bar, 3 free hours of parking, rentable conference rooms with unlimited wi-fi, an art gallery featuring the work of local artists, and more — there’s bound to be SOMETHING you didn’t know about today’s CWA.
Get the scoop on some fun facts & memorable moments at CWA, as well as how the airport has changed over the past 50 years as it works to ensure that the communities of Central Wisconsin have convenient access to the rest of the country and the globe — all within minutes of home. (Click the title for the full story…)
Born in Edgar, Romey Wagner grew up in a family of 15. He enlisted in the Marines right out of high school and was sent to Vietnam. That would prove to be just the start of Romey’s path of service to others.
Whether he’s assisting business startups here in Marathon County at the Entrepreneurial and Education Center or drilling wells to help bring clean water to people in Kenya, Romey Wagner is an uplifter on a mission to help others. (Click the title to read more…)
Marathon County Veterans Service Officer Scott Berger provides 5 quick insights on how he and his County Government staff assist local veterans.
Learn how many veterans we have in Marathon County, how to get a Veteran ID Card, what types of assistance the Marathon County Veterans Service Office provides, and more in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)
Learn about some of Marathon County’s fishing hot spots. And get the scoop on a local fly-fishing class at the UW-Stevens Point at Wausau campus that might snag your attention! (Click the title for details…)
Director Jamie Polley provides insights into 5 common questions people ask her staff at the Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department.
Get a quick overview of FREE swim days at local pools; financial assistance for tennis lessons, summer playground programming, and family pool passes; extreme sport opportunities for Marathon County; and more. (Click the title for details…)
Sign up to receive a FREE trail camera to help the Wisconsin DNR track local wildlife on your property. Or just hop online to help count and identify wildlife in posted photos. There’s two ways to volunteer with the Snapshot Wisconsin program.
As of April 3, 2019, Snapshot Wisconsin has 1,615 volunteers, 1,898 cameras, and over 27 million photos collected. Find out how to get involved (and view photo collections online) in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)
Scott Corbett serves as Marathon County’s Corporation Counsel, providing legal advice, assistance, formal opinions, and court representation to the County Board, County departments, and elected officials.
If you’ve ever wondered who works with Adult and Child Protective Services, handles involuntary commitments to mental health services, establishes paternity or child support orders, and a host of other legal matters for residents, officials, and employees of Marathon County, check out Supervisor Katie Rosenberg’s profile of Scott Corbett. (Click the title to read more…)
From an Artificial Insemination Certification Program designed for dairy and beef producers to a Summer Gardening Series for kids, Extension Marathon County has TONS of offerings for people of all ages this summer.
Get the scoop on farm tours, FREE first-aid kits for farmers, garden clinics (during which you can bring your plant and insect questions to a Master Gardener Volunteer), a grilled cheese contest, 4-H camps, and more. (Click the title for details…)
Two winners — Mary Thao and Yauo Yang — jointly received the 2019 Stanley F. Staples Award at the Dream Big: 2056 event earlier this month.
Find out the recipients of 4 college scholarships, making it more possible for Hmong students to achieve their academic potential, and learn which local principal won the much-anticipated “Dance-Off” by performing a traditional Hmong dance for the crowd.
Plus, view the award-winning video that 2 young D.C. Everest students produced about the early days of Hmong resettlement in Wausau. (Click the title for details…)
With a bistro featuring open-air seating, an outdoor gazebo, and other features that will be open to the public, this major renovation to NCHC is of interest to ALL in the community. See the exciting preliminary design renderings… The traditional, brick building will be blended with new wood and modern features to allow the health care campus to merge together as one cohesive facility.
Partnering together, Marathon County and North Central Health Care are proud to present the future facility for mental health, behavioral health, and skilled nursing care in Central Wisconsin. (Click the title for details.)
Marathon County created a position dedicated to building staff skills and knowledge to help make our County employees as efficient and effective as possible.
Earlier this month, the County’s first Organizational Excellence Program Manager, Molly Bennett, was hired to coordinate our Continuous Improvement and Leadership Development Programs. Learn about Molly’s credentials, first impressions, and curriculum plans. (Click the title for the full story…)
During National Volunteer Week (April 7–13), Extension Marathon County expressed its appreciation for the 431 active volunteers who contributed over 10,000 hours of service in 2018.
See volunteers in action throughout Marathon County, and learn how you, too, can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, 4-H Volunteer Leader, or a Home & Community Education Volunteer with Extension Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
Be a tourist in your own town and schedule a “micro-vacation” or date night at the Woodson Art Museum. Cut Up/Cut Out, on view through June 2, features intricately cut materials — from vintage road maps and leaves to a car tire, an oil drum, and a saw blade.
We invite you to take on State Tourism Secretary designee Sara Meaney’s “Curiosity Challenge” by traveling to the Woodson Art Museum to experience something new! Get a peek at more of the items currently on display at the museum in the full story. (Click the title to read more…)
Library Director Ralph Illick provides insights into 5 common queries about the Marathon County Public Library and how it must evolve to meet the community’s needs in a changing world.
Get a quick overview of the library’s job-search resources & 375+ FREE online courses, its 650-gallon saltwater aquarium STEM exhibit, the high-tech LENA Start program for boosting children’s language development. (Click the title for details…)
On Saturday, April 27, we’re asking all Marathon County residents to get expired and unneeded medications out of their homes and into one of the County’s secure medicine drop boxes. Learn which 10 locations are participating in the statewide Medicine Take Back event — (new this year are Athens & Stratford Police Departments).
If you can’t make it to a collection site for the April 27 event, find a list of permanent medicine drop boxes throughout Marathon County. (Click the title for details . . .)
Let’s all use the upcoming Work Zone Awareness Week to remind ourselves to be considerate of our Marathon County Highway Department staff out on the roads working to serve YOU.
Please “give ’em a brake” and SLOW DOWN in work zones. Get tips for staying safe, avoiding doubled fines, and more. (Click the title for details…)
The March 2019 regional Strategic Plan concluded that the Wausau community is not organized for long-term, sustainable economic development success. In order to correct that, the plan recommends that community and business leaders join together in a new way to provide oversight and accountability for implementing several actionable tactics laid out in the 99-page Economic Development Strategic Plan. (Click the title for details…)