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Guiding Our Economic Future by Enhancing High-Speed, Broadband Internet Access in Rural Marathon County

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…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask Staff of the Marathon County MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE

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…)

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Brand-New “Riverlife Park” in Wausau Opening Soon!

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…)

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Rural Schools in Marathon County See Expansion in Cultural Diversity

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 :: Growing Inmate Skills Through Horticulture Therapy

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…)

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7 Tips from the County’s Efficiency Expert for Saving Time & Energy at Home

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…)

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Cultivating Connections Through Botanical Art

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…)

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month :: Local Resources Abound to Help Maintain Mental Health or Treat a Mental Illness

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.)

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A Summer Full of Library Events

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…)

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Wild Parsnip Poses Health Risk :: Learn How to Safely Remove This Invasive Species in Marathon County

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)

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Wausau Is the Top-Ranked Small City for Bicycling in the Country — Get on Your Bike & See Why!

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)

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Fun Facts & Memorable Moments You May Not Know about the Central Wisconsin Airport — Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary (1969–2019)

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…)

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Marathon County Board Supervisor Romey Wagner Shares His Entrepreneurial Insights & Passion for Community Service Both Here & Abroad

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…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask Staff of the Marathon County VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

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…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask Staff of the Marathon County PARKS, RECREATION, & FORESTRY DEPARTMENT

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…)

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Spring 2019 Snapshot Wisconsin Volunteer Trainings :: Help Identify, Count, & Map Wildlife in Marathon County

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…)

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Corporation Counsel Scott Corbett Is the County’s Legal Voice — From the Simple to the Supreme

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…)

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Summer 2019 & Extension Marathon County :: Camps, Contests, Classes, Clinics, & SO MUCH 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…)

DREAM BIG: 2056 :: Sellout Crowd Congratulated Mary Thao & Yauo Yang, Co-Winners of the 2019 Stanley F. Staples Award (& Was Wowed by an Award-Winning Video by DCE Students)

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…)

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See the Preliminary Plan for North Central Health Care’s Major Renovations to Their Wausau Campus

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.)

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Meet Molly Bennett :: Marathon County Government’s New Organizational Excellence Program Manager

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…)

UW-Extension Marathon County Celebrates National Volunteer Week

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…)

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Carve Out Time for a Micro-Vacation at the Woodson Art Museum

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…)

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Marathon County Board Supervisor Ashley Lange 2.0

As a new mother to a biracial child, starting a new career in Wausau after overhauling her life, and 5 years into recovery from alcohol addiction, Ashley Lange wanted to make a difference in Marathon County. After attending a Diversity Affairs Commission meeting in 2017, Ashley decided to fully commit to her community and run for the Marathon County Board.

Read fellow Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg’s profile of Ashley’s courageous story of triumph and recovery. (Click the title to read more…)

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2019 “March Madness” Health Rankings :: Marathon County #14 Seed in WI

The County Health Rankings are in…

The good news? Marathon County ranked in the top third of all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Plenty to be happy about — but still plenty to be concerned about . . . If this were the NCAA playoffs, we’d be in the tournament, but we’d be the underdog even in our first match-up!

See highlights of the areas where we’ve improved our game — and where we’re losing ground. (Click the title to read more…)

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UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Continuing Education — Offering Events, Camps, & Workshops for All Ages!

Older adults can partake in a brand-new educational workshop event for those 60+ — All Things Senior — on May 20, 2019. Choose from 3 classes/activities promoting healthy aging.

College for Kids is back for its 37th year (June 10–14) for children Kdg-Grade 6.

Plus, check out camps & courses like Girl Power Camp, App Attack (game/app design), & Harry Potter Wizarding Academy.

Learn about the latest offerings & how to register. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Stanley F. Staples Jr. “Person of the Year” Award Finalists Announced

The 2019 recipient of the Stanley F. Staples Jr. Award will be announced on April 6, 2019, at the “Dream Big: 2056” banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain. The award (sponsored by the Ruder Ware Law Firm) is given annually in recognition of contributions to the advancement of Hmong people in Marathon County.

There’s still time to get your tickets for the Dream Big event to cheer on ALL of the deserving finalists — Yengyee Lor, Yauo Yang, Mai Lee Kha, and Mary Thao. Learn more about each nominee in the full article . . .  (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask Staff of the Marathon County PUBLIC LIBRARY

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…)

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Don’t Be an Accidental Drug Dealer :: How You Can Help Prevent Medication Abuse in Marathon County

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 . . .)

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April 8–12, 2019, Is “Work Zone Awareness Week” in Marathon County

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…)

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Meet ALVIN :: North Central Health Care’s New Therapy Dog

North Central Health Care is holding a flower sale March 25–April 5 as a fundraiser to support their brand-new therapy dog: Alvin.

Alvin will primarily work in Lakeside Recovery and Behavioral Health Services at NCHC’s Wausau Campus as a certified therapy dog, but he can be used in a variety of ways across NCHC’s continuum of care. This adorable Golden Doodle has hypoallergenic fur, which is great for a healthcare setting. (Click the title for details.)

UW-Extension Aims to Improve Digital Connectivity in Rural Marathon County

Extension Marathon County hired Community Development Educator Melinda Osterberg and started a 4-H Digital Ambassador program (in partnership with Microsoft) with the aim of training 4-H teens to lead digital literacy classes to help people in rural areas learn to use digital technologies.

If you know a teen interested in becoming a Digital Ambassador — or would like to sign up to have 4-H Tech Changemakers lead a technology-related class near you — Extension Marathon County 4-H wants to hear from you! (Click the title for details…)

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Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan Recommends a New “Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership”

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…)

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Sign Up for Marathon County’s 2019 “Active Family Challenge”

Beginning March 15, register your family for Marathon County’s community-wide “Active Family Challenge.” Then, between April 15 and June 15, have each team member in your family get at least 1 hour of active recreation each day. Log 60 active hours with us & you WIN the challenge! A POOL PARTY will be held at the end of the 10 weeks, plus PRIZES will be will be awarded as you reach 15, 20, 45, and 60 hours of activity. Learn more in the full article . . . (Click the title for details)

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Great Spaces (Many FREE!) to Hold Your Next Meeting in Marathon County

There are many centrally located meeting spaces throughout the County, some of which are available free and some for a fee. Whether your group is converging on the County from other parts of the State, or you’re a local who is looking for a new space for a private gathering or a public meeting, take a look at some of the options available to you in Marathon County! (Click the title for details…)

“Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan” to Be Unveiled March 14, 2019

See how Wisconsin’s economy and its workforce trends compare to national averages. Learn about the state of Marathon County’s business economy and how some communities in Wisconsin are gaining and maintaining young adult populations. This signature event of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will also unveil the “Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan,” including actions to enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and growth for the next 5 to 10 years. (Click the title for details…)

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Sharing the Road with Snowplows :: Please Be Patient with Our Plow Crews

Did you know that in Wisconsin — unlike in all other states — federal and state highways are maintained by each county? That means the Marathon County Highway Department plows 874 miles of state and federal highways — in addition to plowing 600 miles of county roads! County Administrator Brad Karger and Highway Commissioner James Griesbach offer some handy tips and reminders for staying safe on the roads when you’re behind a snowplow this winter. (Click the title for details…)

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Registration Closing March 6 for Toward One Wisconsin’s April 11–12, 2019, Inclusivity Conference :: You Won’t Want to Miss This Community Event!

This statewide Inclusivity Conference in Milwaukee will feature 5 nationally known speakers, over 100 breakout sessions, and more than 200 presenters. The conference intends to draw the entire state into a broad-ranging conversation around inclusivity as it relates to workforce, housing, health, and education. (Click the title for details…)

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Improving Rural Transitions from Special Education to Life After High School in Marathon County

Marathon County Special Education professionals are working hard to ensure that over 400 local students who are differently abled are prepared with employability, community living, and self-advocacy skills to succeed in life after high school. Hosting a Rural Community Conversation event, attending a Transition Improvement Planning Fair, and securing a Transition Readiness Grant are but a few of the ways MCSE is helping students build bridges to employment and post-secondary options so they may reach their fullest potential. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask the Marathon County CONSERVATION, PLANNING, & ZONING DEPARTMENT

CPZ Director Rebecca Frisch provides insights into the top-5 questions people ask the Marathon County Conservation, Planning, & Zoning Department. Get insightful answers to 5 questions about their mapping app available to the public, protecting our waters from pollution, Town vs. County zoning options, and more in the full article . . .
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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…)