Over 750 people attended the Chinese New Year Festival — including a special guest appearance by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes — to learn more about Chinese culture and enjoy award-winning entertainment. Get a recap of the event, complete with pictures and a video clip of the traditional lion dance. (Click the title for details . . .)
Each year, thousands of high school students compete around the State in regional Mock Trial tournaments. This year, the Wausau Region hosted a couple of perennial powerhouse teams, including: Rhinelander and DC Everest. So who walked away with the regional victories? (Click the title for details…)
Read the full Broadband Assessment and Plan (or an Executive Summary) to learn what a consultant identified as Marathon County’s needs to expand high-speed internet access to 90% of the County and implement a system that can grow to accommodate future growth. (Click the title for details . . .)
In a creative partnership, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office and Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department have teamed up to hire 2 Recreation Deputies to enhance public safety on County-owned lands.
Read the full article to learn more about these Deputies and the State aid that will help fund 70–80% of the costs of one of the positions. It’s a win-win for all involved! (Click the title for details . . .)
In August of 2019, the Marathon County Board declared an emergency with respect to the structural integrity of the County Jail. After several months of significant work, the repair and reconstruction project is finished and the County Board has declared the emergency over.
Read the full article to learn what the jail’s specific issues were and to see photos of the reconstruction project. (Click the title for details…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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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.
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