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Goin’ Green in Marathon County

North Central Health Care, Marathon County Health Department, and Bridge Community Health Clinic are partnering together on several projects for a healthier — and greener — Marathon County.

Read about these local initiatives to compost, replace Styrofoam containers, swap out plastic straws for a greener alternative, and more. (Click the title for details.)

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Marathon County Government Leaders to Participate in Learning about Why Race Matters

A group of leaders from Marathon County Government will participate in a Learning Community to discuss how to achieve racial equity in our communities. Leadership recognizes that it’s important to learn how to speak honestly and respectfully with minority-group employees and residents about our community’s shared racial history. (Click the title to read more…)

How Marathon County Is Helping Protect Its Staff from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)

Marathon County Government leaders have taken an active role in educating and supporting staff on the topic of Secondary Traumatic Stress in an effort to help protect the physical and mental health of employees most at risk for developing STS. Marathon County leadership is open to sharing its STS information, policies, and educational materials with individuals and employers. (Click the title to read more…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask the Marathon County CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION BOARD

Dr. Kelly Kapitz, Director of Special Education, provides insights into the top-5 questions people ask the Marathon County Children with Disabilities Education Board, which employs over 100 staff members who provide education and support to over 450 students in 6 rural schools: Abbotsford, Athens, Edgar, Marathon, Rosholt, and Spencer. (Click the title for details…)

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Lead Librarian Closes a Chapter at Marathon County Public Library

From delivering library materials via bookmobile to patrons on horseback, to poring through dusty reference materials, to reading stories & doing crafts with THOUSANDS of children, Sharyn Heili experienced the gamut during her 44 years with the Marathon County Public Library. Take a stroll down memory lane with librarian Sharyn Heili 1 week after her recent retirement. It’ll truly make you appreciate the amazing people and resources we have in our local library system — both then and now. (Click the title for details…)

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Have Some WINTER FUN with Indoor Hockey, Ice-Skating, & Skate Rentals — All at Marathon Park Ice Arena!

Head to the indoor Marathon Park Ice Arena for a variety of public-skating hours Monday–Friday & Sundays. Plus, they have figure & hockey skates available for rent at just $3 per session. 

Not a skater? Get tickets to watch an exciting Wausau RiverWolves hockey game at the arena instead! (Click the title for details on the Marathon Park Ice Arena…)

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Martin Luther King “Day On” – 2019

Marathon County Government employees came together during the 2nd annual MLK “Day On” to celebrate the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to learn how to serve the residents of Marathon County better.

County Administrator Brad Karger shares highlights of the in-service day attended by over 400 County Government workers, as well as some insights gleaned from an Inclusivity Audit conducted with Marathon County staff. (Click the title for details…)

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Explore, Enrich, & Escape Into the World of Continuing Education at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

With classes for all ages and interests, UWSP campuses have workshops and sessions including everything from Wizarding Academy to Understanding Emotional Intelligence, from Wisconsin and the Civil War to Nature Journaling, from ACT Prep to the Music of Italy and Spain. Get info on the upcoming Spring continuing education catalog available in January 2019. (Click the title for details.)

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Another Public Library FREEBIE :: Computer Use & Wi-Fi

Get the lowdown on the ins & outs of using computers, printers, and Wi-Fi at Marathon County Public Libraries. 

Plus, get a peek at the library’s special programming for families over the HOLIDAY BREAK. You won’t want to miss Family Film Friday, the New Year’s Eve Toddler Dance Party, The Magic of Dr. Seuss by Magic Bob, and much more! (Click the title for details…)

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Wrap Holiday Plans Around Woodson Art Museum Visits :: Victor Vasarely’s Optical Illusions & Special Op Art / Visual Perception Programming

View eye-popping optical illusions at the always-free Woodson Art Museum, now featuring the work of the world-renowned father of the Op Art movement, Victor Vasarely. Op Art–infused special programming, games, puzzles, and more will thrill the entire family — there’s something for every age to enjoy! (Click the title to read more…)

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Adopting a New Mindset :: Government Expenditures = Community Investments in Health, Safety, & Prosperity

Marathon County’s overarching goal is: To be the safest, healthiest, and most prosperous county in Wisconsin. That’s a BIG GOAL. County Administrator Brad Karger suggests our goal can’t be achieved, though, with a mindset focused on scarcity. To be successful, he believes we need to adopt an investment mindset — viewing government expenditures as “community investments.”

Read about County government’s move toward priority based budgeting. (Click the title for details…)

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Try Nighttime Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing on the Lighted Trails at Marathon County’s Nine-Mile Forest

With so little snow so far this winter, be sure to check the Park Department’s Facebook page or website for updates on trail conditions if you plan on heading to Nine-Mile for some winter fun. Once we get enough snow, try the lighted cross-country trails or the looped snowshoe trail. Get the details on trail maps, the reservable chalet, trail passes, and equipment rentals in the full story. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask the Marathon County ADMINISTRATOR

To further enhance Marathon County’s transparency, we’re introducing a new series we’re calling “I’m Glad You Asked…” in which a different County-level entity each month will highlight the top-5 questions Marathon County leaders and staff get asked by the public. 

Brad Karger kicks off the series, providing insights on the top-5 questions people ask him as the Marathon County Administrator. (Click the title for details…)

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Our Thanks to Dedicated NCHC Staff Who Work Through the Holidays

Over 450 employees work in direct care at North Central Health Care. For many, their caregiving and support services work doesn’t stop for a holiday break.

Take a peek “behind the scenes” during the holidays at NCHC. And please join us in THANKING the dedicated staff who work to keep local residents fed and cared for, the facility clean, and operations up and running so NCHC stays “merry and bright” during the holidays. (Click the title for details.)

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John Durham’s Master Class on Contemplative Leadership

County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg sat down with fellow Board Supervisor John Durham and found herself taking a “deep dive” into civics, history, and humanity. This must-read story reveals the core of who John is — as a man, a teacher, a father, and a leader. You’re sure to be inspired by John’s candor and strength. (Click the title to read more…)

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5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About The Salvation Army & Its Red Kettle Campaign in Marathon County

Did you know The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church? Or why it uses red kettles to collect donations? Your heart will truly be warmed by taking a moment to learn 5 things we bet you didn’t know about The Salvation Army.   (Click the title to learn more.)

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Sheriff’s Office Leads 1st Annual “Shop With a Cop” Initiative

In December 2018, 50 children in need from across Marathon County participated in the 1st annual Shop with a Cop event. Employees from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office shopped with the children and selected a special toy or gift for each child and then shopped for basic necessities for the child’s family. Go on a visual stroll through the aisles with some uplifting kid-cop pairs, and find out how to support this brand-new holiday initiative. (Click the title for details.)

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Give the Gift of a SMOKE-FREE Life to Your Friends & Family :: Participate in The Great American Smokeout

Did you know that smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in the world? Or that 15% of adults in Marathon County are smokers? If you (or someone you love) is a smoker, November 15 — the Great American Smokeout — could be a great day to consider quitting smoking. The health benefits of quitting are almost instantaneous. (Click the title for support ideas, encouragement, and more…)

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The Marathon County Literacy Council :: Helping Others Obtain the Power of Reading

The Marathon County Literacy Council (McLit) has helped dozens of people improve reading, writing, and math skills, better comprehend English, and much more! Attend their ribbon-cutting on November 27, 2018, for the Grand Opening of their newest Literacy Education Center, located on the second floor of The Salvation Army. Find out more about what McLit does and how you might be able to help in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Marathon County Officials & Staff Go on a County Parks Tour

To better appreciate the scale, amenities, and beauty of some of our local public lands, staff and members of the Wausau City Council and the Marathon County Board went on a guided tour of the Eastbay Sports Complex, Mission Lake Park, Big Eau Pleine Park, and Nine-Mile County Forest Recreation Area. See some of what they learned on their fall tour in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)

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Our THANKS to Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager :: 4-H Volunteers Leading Youth in Hands-On Community Service Projects

With 30 4-H clubs in Marathon County, there’s no shortage of ways for youth to get involved in area community service projects as a way to GIVE BACK. Meet two devoted volunteer 4-H leaders: Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager. See how they involved area youth in some great projects to meet the needs of community members in and around Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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The President Comes to Marathon County

We owe our DEEP GRATITUDE to the many agency staff and volunteers who worked to ensure public safety at the October presidential event, including those from the U.S. Secret Service, WI State Patrol, Marathon County Emergency Management, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, & Central Wisconsin Airport, to name just a few. Learn the “behind the scenes” details of this presidential visit in the full article. (Click the title for more…)

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Marathon County Aims to Draw Olympic Hopefuls With a New Multipurpose Sports & Event Center

With several successes already racked up in its Sports Tourism portfolio, Marathon County now hopes to take things to the next level with a brand-new sports complex that could possibly become an Olympic Training Center for hockey, ice competitions, and more! (Click the title to learn more.)

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What are we THANKFUL for in Marathon County?

We asked several local community leaders — plus our Editorial Board — to share what they’re grateful for in 2018 and what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Their answers run the gamut from A to Z… Awe-inspiring to zany! (Click the title to learn more.)

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5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Hmong People in Marathon County

With Hmong New Year celebrations coming up in November, Dr. Maysee Yang Herr and Brad Karger provide a “crash course” to help you learn a bit about Hmong language, clans, food, traditions, and history. Plus, get a sneak peek at Dr. Herr’s brand-new book series for children and adults wishing to learn more about how to speak and read Hmong (in both the green and white dialects). (Click the title to learn more.)

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Paving the Road to Home :: A Marathon County Highway Department Ride-Along

Go on a visual tour with County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg as she hitches a ride down County Road S to witness our award-winning Highway Department crews in action paving our local roads. The Marathon County Highway Department maintains over 600 miles of County trunk highways and an additional 874 lane miles of State and Federal highways. Join Katie atop a paver rig on a day when crews laid down about 4,000 tons of asphalt! (Click the title to read more…)

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Just Trying to Figure It Out

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Get helpful insights as to why domestic violence victims often stay in — or return to — abusive relationships (when it seems illogical or even self-destructive) from Jane Graham Jennings, Executive Director of The Women’s Community. Plus, learn about an upcoming, local workshop discussing the neurobiology of trauma and the victim/survivor experience. (Click the title to read more…)

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills :: Marathon County’s Metallic Mining Ordinance Team Honored

The Metallic Mining Ordinance Team acted swiftly to protect Marathon County residents and public resources from the impact of mining in Marathon County via a new ordinance. In doing so, the team earned a special County recognition as “Team of the Year” for 2018.

Learn about this team’s quick thinking in establishing some parameters in response to outside interest in mining gold found in the town of Easton near the Eau Claire Dells. (Click the title to learn more.)

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Marathon County’s Uniform Addressing Project to PAUSE Until Spring 2019

Marathon County will “hit the Pause button” on its Uniform Addressing project in November, when snow and frozen ground will prohibit crews from installing any more street and address signposts. Workers will begin installing signs again in spring 2019.

Read on for info on voter ID, project updates, a children’s “My Home Address” practice worksheet, and which municipalities are scheduled to get new addresses yet in 2018 and which will wait till 2019.  (Click the title to read the full story.)

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North Central Health Care Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

North Central Health Care (NCHC) achieved the Gold Seal of Approval for its commitment to providing safe and effective care. As NCHC has evolved to meet the needs of our community, it has remained steady in its person-centered, outcome-focused approach to ensuring that each individual receives customized, innovative care designed around his or her challenges.

Get the details on this local healthcare center’s latest distinction . . . (Click the title for details.)

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Birds in Art 2018 Soars From All Angles

Avian-themed artworks by more than 100 worldwide artists comprise the 43rd annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view through November 25, 2018, at the Woodson Art Museum. View artwork images, learn about the museum’s interactive family Art Park, and more in the full article. (Click the title to read more…)

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.)