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United Way of Marathon County :: An Essential Building Block of Prosperity for Us All

Having been involved in Marathon County’s annual United Way campaign for nearly 30 years, Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger invites you to join him in reflecting on how our local United Way has improved our lives and strengthened our community. (Click the title for the full article…)

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SAVE THE DATE: Run to Remember 5K Run / Walk

The inaugural Run to Remember 5K Run / Walk will raise money to create a standing memorial for the victims of the March 22 shootings that impacted a number of families across several Central Wisconsin communities and shook the entire region. (Click the title for race details to volunteer or to run at the event…)

It’s Official… UWMC to Join with UWSP!

Watch live testimony from Dr. Holly Hassel (UWMC Faculty), David Eckmann (Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Director), and Brad Karger (Marathon County Administrator), supporting the proposal to restructure (rather than close) campuses to ensure that Marathon County residents will continue to have access to an affordable, high-quality liberal arts education. (Click the title for restructuring details…)

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Marathon County’s Community Conferencing Program :: Trained Volunteers Bringing Victims, Offenders Together

Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon explains how a panel of community volunteers helps this local alternative justice program that emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if desired — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, and the community at large. (Click the title for details…)

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On-Site Therapists & Other Supports Implemented in 4 Pilot Schools to Meet Students’ Growing Mental Health Needs

In January 2018, a fourth pilot site — Weston Elementary — will be added to help connect area children and adolescents to needed mental health services. (Click the title for the full story…)

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How to Thank Families Who Open Their Homes & Hearts to Children in Need

Marathon County Department of Social Services would like to thank each and every one of our local foster parents and their families for being an essential piece of the puzzle in our child welfare system — keeping children who are not able to remain in the home of their parents safe and loved. (Click the title to be inspired by our foster care families here in Marathon County…)

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Wausau Noon Optimists :: Helping Youth Develop Optimism as a Philosophy of Life!

Get a peek into one local organization — the Wausau Noon Optimists — who serve over 5,000 youth in the Greater Wausau Area. (Click the title to find out what they do and what other volunteer opportunities await YOU…)

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Curiosity, Camaraderie Keeps Library Friends Coming Back

Some volunteers with the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library have more than 20 years of service to the library. (Click the title to find out when their special blowout sale —
and first sale in their new space — will be and to learn how to become a Friend of the Library volunteer…)

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Help Educate Others & End Domestic Abuse via The Women’s Community #ButterflyEffectChallenge

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Executive Director Jane E. Graham Jennings provides some shocking statistics on the significant impact that violent homes have on children. Download a #ButterflyEffectChallenge Kit to help support The Women’s Community. (Click the title to read more…)

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A Demonstration of Integrity :: Rochelle Monday Saves Small Child from Danger on Grand Ave.

Rochelle Monday couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted a tiny girl wandering all alone on a busy street with cars speeding by at 35 mph. She decided to stop her car and alert the authorities to help this unaccompanied girl. Could this happen to YOUR child? (Click the title to read more…)

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Marathon County Uniform Addressing Update

New 6-digit address numbers — and some renamed roads — are coming to much of Marathon County this spring. Read the full article for participating municipalities, sign installation plans, and changes to project funding, as well as handy checklists and tips for notifying others of your address change.
(Click the title for details…)

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Jason Knetter Earns Marathon County’s “Person of the Quarter” Award while Working at 45° N x 90° W Geographic Marker

Learn how this 20-year veteran of the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department helped a citizen of Poniatowski in need, earning him the distinction of this quarter’s Core Value Role Model–Service for Marathon County. (Click the title for the full story…)

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Understanding the Real Choices, Trade-Offs, & Priorities that Comprise the 2018 County Budget

Read Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger’s 2018 Budget Message. The public is invited to attend a public hearing for a presentation of the $165 million County Budget. (Click the title to find out dates, meeting/forum locations, and why the County Budget is so much more than mere planned revenues and expenditures…)

November Is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month :: See How You’d Score on This 5-Question Alzheimer’s Quiz

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States? Take our 5-question quiz to raise your awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. (Click the title to take the quiz…)

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Marathon County Public Library to Become First “LENA Start” Site in Wisconsin

The LENA Start program utilizes a tiny tech device that analyzes caregivers’ speech and encourages them to use more words and have more positive interactions with their young children. (Click the title to learn more…)

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Get FREE Energy-Saving Products from Focus on Energy!

Take advantage of FREE ways to use energy smarter. Get energy-efficient products — like LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, a high-efficiency showerhead, an advanced power strip, and more — delivered right to your door. (Click the title to find out how…)

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Celebrate “National Women’s Small Business Month” With Two Free Community Events

MCDEVCO invites you to share in two inspiring talks to be held at the YWCA to kick off their new “Women Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs” community programming in Marathon County. The talks are part of MCDEVCO’s celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month in October. (Click the title to read more…)

John Robinson’s Political Playbook

County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg teases out local official John Robinson’s 3 top rules from his “Political Playbook” as he recounts his start in politics and reflects on his time in office. Get the scoop on how the Robinson and the Rosenberg families are intertwined… (Click the title to read more…)

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October “Evening of Jazz” Event to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week

Sample local cuisine & drinks while enjoying an AMAZING Evening of Jazz to benefit Community Corner Clubhouse of North Central Health Care, helping adults with persistent mental illness & addiction challenges realize their potential. Hear powerful stories of inspiration & hope provided by Clubhouse members, staff, & supporters. (Click the title for details…)

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Block Party to Celebrate Woodson Art Museum Winning Nation’s HIGHEST Museum Honor

Join in the community celebration to recognize the winning team & museum at an upcoming block party. Plus, find out when StoryCorps is coming to the museum to record audio of local stories for the Library of Congress. (Click the title to read more…)

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Pedestrian But Not Banal :: Getting to Know Marathon County Transportation Planner Andy Lynch

If you, too, are interested in making Marathon County more walkable and bikeable, THIS is the guy you need to know. Andy Lynch is working on a 5-year transit development plan for the county, but he needs input from YOU on community needs and wants. (Click the title to read more…)

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From GARBAGE to GORGEOUS :: Former Landfill Becomes Big Draw as Sports Complex

Decades of effort & millions of dollars turned the former Holtz-Krause landfill into the Eastbay Sports Complex. See how this 60-acre site is spurring the economy & providing unparalleled recreational opportunities. (Click the title for details…)

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Wisconsin’s Tradition Meets a New Brand… In 3 Words

When it comes to moving Wisconsin FORWARD (as our state motto suggests), there’s a new message in the air… and on billboards across the state: THINK-MAKE-HAPPEN. So, what do these 3 words mean? (Click the title to find out…)

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Support Hmong Students on Their Path to College at the “DREAM BIG: 2056” Fundraiser (April 8, 2017)

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for this year’s Dream Big: 2056 event. Help support Hmong students with their goal of completing college. (Click the title to learn more…)