What’s Your Internet Speed? :: Marathon County Broadband Task Force Partners on Speed Testing Initiative to Help Illustrate Need for Broadband Expansion

The Marathon County Broadband Task Force is looking to county residents and businesses to report their internet speeds through a free speed testing initiative. The data collected will help accurately illustrate the unserved or underserved areas in Marathon County. Read the article for information on how to complete the speed test and how you can help support these efforts. (Click title to read full story…)

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Expanded Marathon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Program Featured in National Magazine

What started out as a grassroots effort to raise money for 1 canine in the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office has now grown into a law enforcement K9 program made up of 4 dogs, plus a fund to support all the dogs well into the future. The level of community support for this program — which utilizes NO tax levy dollars provided by the County — has recently garnered attention in national magazines.

Read on to see why Marathon County is making national news (and see pics of our beloved K9s and ways to support the program). (Click the title for details…)

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Meet Marathon County Staff Volunteering as Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Northcentral Wisconsin

In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin was able to serve 348 children. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that number decreased in 2020 to 237.

Tracy Vick, Nikki Burkholder, and Zachary Ruesch are 3 dedicated local government employees who volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin. After reading their stories, consider if becoming a Big to a Little in need might be a good fit for you, too! (Click the title for details…)

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New City/County Partnership with Urban Evolutions & Wausau School District Repurposes Removed Trees

To date, Wausau has sold 22 cords of ash logs (removed due to concerns with emerald ash borer) to Urban Evolutions, which will enable the Wausau/Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department to use the funds to plant more than 20 new trees. It’s a win-win!

Also, the Wausau School District was recently awarded a grant to purchase a portable sawmill. Teachers plan to develop a curriculum within the district that teaches students the basics of forest products and their utilization. Work products from the sawmill produced by the students could possibly be used by the PRF Department.

Read the full article to learn more about these exciting new partnerships. (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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Reflections from Your 2021 “WI Central Time NEWS” Editorial Board

Get a peek into the personalities of the 7 Editorial Board members who bring you this Marathon County Government newsletter each month through their answers to 5 questions reflecting on their first socially distanced holiday season. 

Your 2021 Editorial Board Members include: Lance Leonhard (County Administrator), Dr. Kelly Kapitz (Director of Special Education), Chad Dally (Library Specialist at Marathon County Public Library), Karyn Powers (Recreation Superintendent), Jessica Meadows (Communications & Marketing Director at North Central Health Care), Jenna Flynn (Public Health Educator), and Kaitlyn Bernarde (4-H Program Coordinator for UW Extension–Cooperative Extension). Click the title for details…