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Martin Luther King Jr. “Day On” – 2020

Marathon County Government employees and leaders observed the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday with a focus on Dr. King’s message of service. The MLK “Day On” event challenged attendees to ask how they could better serve our community and learn more about those they work alongside and serve.

Get a run-down of the County’s annual MLK Jr. “Day On.” (Click the title for details…)

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County Staff Share What They Learned After 1 Year of Racial Equity Training

In early 2019, a select group of Marathon County employees formed a local GARE team to participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) learning community.

Each Marathon County service and department is affected by racial inequities — whether through its program offerings, services provided, hiring practices, meeting times, or other systems or facets of government. GARE has created tools that help advance racial equity when government decisions are being made in regard to such things as policies, practices, programs, and budgets. 

Get the scoop on some action steps being taken based on what these local GARE team members learned over the past year. (Click the title for details…)

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2020 U.S. Census Count Coming April 1 :: Make Your Presence Count!

Chad Dally of the Marathon County Public Library walks you through what the census is, how it will work in Marathon County, and how you can make sure you get counted since census information will have critical and wide-ranging impacts for the next 10 years, affecting the federal government down to local offices — and much more.

Learn how you can participate in the 2020 census, or even get paid to be a census worker! (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions the Marathon County Administrator (Brad Karger) Was Asked on the Eve of His Retirement

County Administrator Bard Karger offers a summary of the 5 things people have been asking him about most often during the final month of his decades-long employment with Marathon County.

Learn about the process (and timeline) for choosing the next County Administrator, as well as Brad’s insightful reflections on his 31 years in Marathon County Government.

(Click the title for details…)

Yee Leng Xiong: Helping Marathon County Embrace Its Diversity Since 2016

Marathon County Board Supervisor Yee Leng is a 25-year-old man who has dedicated himself to bringing Hmong voices to the table in local government in Marathon County not merely as token committee members, but as fully participating members of a policy board.

Residents of Hmong descent make up roughly 5% of Marathon County’s population. But up until recently, our elected bodies haven’t reflected that diversity. Yee Leng Xiong is working to change that.

(Click the title for details . . .)

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Boost the Local Economy This Holiday Season — Invite Out-of-Town Visitors to the Woodson Art Museum to See 3 Origami Exhibitions

Although admission is always FREE, inviting out-of-town friends and family to join you for a visit to the museum helps the local economy. How?

In 2019, the estimated economic impact of non-local visitors to the Woodson Art Museum was $1,138,496 from day-trip visitors and $1,799,712 from overnight visitors, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s economic-impact values. So, why not give Marathon County the gift of an economic infusion this holiday season by inviting friends and family to Wausau to visit the Woodson Art Museum with you to view their origami exhibitions?

(Click the title to see some of the works on display at the museum . . .)

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6 Adventures to Lure You Outdoors in Marathon County This Winter

Enjoy our Wisconsin winters more with 6 specially picked adventures that are sure to provide you with heaps of winter fun. Try something new, or pick up an outdoor pastime from your childhood.

HOLIDAY HINT: Sylvan Hill Tubing “gift certificate” coupons can be purchased at the Park Office or Sylvan Hill. They make a great last-minute holiday gift idea or stocking stuffer!

(Click the title for details . . .)

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Caring for Someone with Dementia… You Have More Skills to Draw from Than You May Realize

Dementia is the one disease that can be made better or worse by our actions and reactions.

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, we often see them change. We may doubt ourselves, question their actions, or get upset or frustrated. But this pattern is, and should be, familiar to us. Our whole lives are hallmarked by changes in the brain, and with each change — from early on to later in life — we adjust, adapt, and continue to help our loved ones grow.

We invite you to read this short article which offers a fresh perspective on caring for someone with dementia. (Click the title for details…)

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School-Based Mental Health Counseling Is Working in Marathon County

During the 2nd year of providing mental health counseling services in Marathon County public schools, over 500 students received onsite counseling in school. According to a new impact report, students who utilized the new counseling services feel that they are helping to improve their mental well-being.

Read the report and learn about participating schools, mental health providers, and supporting community organizations in the full article. (Click the title for details…)