Connecting Marathon County :: An Update on Broadband Efforts

For many of us, the internet plays an important role in our daily lives. The increase in remote work, online learning, and telehealth services with the onset of the pandemic underscored the need for broadband expansion not only in Marathon County, but across the United States. Learn about the history of broadband expansion in Marathon County and the ongoing efforts of the Broadband Task Force. (Click title to read article…)

The 2022 Budget :: Maintaining Services While Investing in Our People, Our Infrastructure, and Opportunities for Innovation

The most important decision the County Board makes each year is approving the County Budget which identifies our priorities and provides direction on the work to be completed in the next year. Take a look as Administrator Leonhard previews the proposed 2022 County Budget and how this funding plan will help make Marathon County a preferred place to live, work, visit, and do business. (Click title to read article….)

Big Things, Little Things :: No Such Thing As Zero Waste

Over the past few months Wausau residents and visitors alike have watched the deconstruction and demolition of the Wausau mall. Not only was there angst about the demise of this city center landmark, but also what some thought was a waste of resources. Find out how much of the mall was recycled and how much actually ended up in a landfill. (Click title for details).

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From the Classroom to the Parks System to the Government Board Room — Marathon County Supervisor Allen Opall Leads & Serves His Community

After working for a decade as a teacher and then serving as a Park Manager for Wausau and Marathon County for 20 years, Allen Opall got involved in Town of Rib Mountain Government.

He has close to 2 decades at the helm for the Town of Rib Mountain, and spent the last 6 years representing Rib Mountain while also serving on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors. His interest in civics and local government is matched (or perhaps exceeded) by his love for the outdoors. Get to know a bit more about Supervisor Opall in the full article… (Click the title for details.)

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County Board Supervisor Jenifer Bizzotto :: Making Marathon County Home & Civic Engagement a Priority

An accomplished professional and attorney with Judicare, Jenifer Bizzotto has already immersed herself in Marathon County culture and government, though she has only lived here since 2018. 

Bizzotto ran for a position on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors in 2020, and, while she did not win the election, she was appointed by the Board to represent District 2 when former Supervisor Romey Wagner resigned after moving out of the district.

Learn why this young professional was inspired to move to Marathon County from Madison and get involved in our local politics in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Marathon County Slated to Open Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in April

Marathon County will be 1 of 4 new sites in Wisconsin hosting a regional community vaccination clinic. Locations are planned to open sometime in April 2021, when the vaccine is more readily available.

So far, 40.1% of Marathon County residents aged 65 and over have received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

The Marathon County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution authorizing County officials to take actions necessary to facilitate the regional vaccination site. Marathon County Health Department staff have recommended that the site operate on the grounds of Northcentral Technical College due to its onsite infrastructure, layout, and transportation access; however, the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is evaluating the recommendation and should be able to announce a site in the near future.  

Learn more about the vaccine’s rollout and eligible populations, how to sign up to receive vaccine alerts from Marathon County on your smartphone, and more in the full article… (Click the title for details.)

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Supervisor Gary Beastrom :: Exemplifying Dedication to Community

The man they call “Mr. Athens” (of Athens World Fair fame) recently spoke with Wisconsin Central Time NEWS to share some of his personal story, his decades as a teacher and EMT in Athens, and, more recently, his time serving on various boards throughout Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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Martin Luther King Jr. (Virtual) “Day On” :: A Marathon County Government In-Service Learning Day Like No Other

On January 16, 2021, approximately 300 Marathon County Government employees came together to participate in its 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Day On” learning event.

And, while this year’s event continued its tradition of delivering high-quality presentations, programs, and workshops on a wide array of topics, the in-service day was dramatically different in one very important way… It was 100% virtual!

See highlights of selected programs, and find out what staff had to say about this annual “Day On” learning event. (Click the title for details.)

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Supervisor Matthew Bootz :: With Marathon County Roots So Many Generations Deep, Some Call His Neighborhood “Bootzville”

County Board Supervisor Matthew (Matt) Bootz is a true hometown hero. His story is one sprinkled with adventure, a focus on family, a commitment to service, and unfortunately a tragedy to overcome that most of us can’t even imagine.

Learn what he feels is the most meaningful work he’s done so far on the board — and more — in the full article. (Click the title for details.)