Working in Judicare’s Civil Unit, Harris represents victims of domestic and child abuse, low-income clients facing homelessness, and clients facing employment discrimination.
Elected to the Marathon County Board of Supervisors in April 2020, Harris now represents the Downtown Wausau area and plans to advocate for measures that address poverty and homelessness, as well as transportation.
Learn about Supervisor Harris’s recent bold move to ensure local fair elections, his push for a pilot program to restart bus service from Wausau to Rib Mountain, and more. (Click the title for details…)
With community members not able to meet, network, or socialize in person these days, our Editorial Board thought we’d help folks get to know Marathon County’s new Administrator a bit better.
Get a peek inside Lance Leonhard’s mind regarding County Government challenges, opportunities, and more (including whether he watches Tiger King or not) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Over the last 4 years, Katie Rosenberg has written nearly 30 articles for the County’s newsletter. Her profiles and ride-along stories were some of our readers’ favorites.
As she transitions from being a County Board Supervisor to her new role as Mayor of the City of Wausau, Katie reflects on some of her favorite pieces of writing and personalities she met along the way. (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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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…)
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. There’s still time to head to the Humane Society of Marathon County to check out their current senior guests awaiting a home.
Think of the GRATITUDE a senior dog or cat would show you this Thanksgiving season if you adopted one of them!
See several of the adorable senior pets (like Samuel & Miley shown above) needing homes in Marathon County right now, and learn a bit about the adoption process (including a special Senior for Seniors discount program) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
From the 1st annual County Fair in 1868 (which opened with a speech given in German celebrating Marathon County farmers for their “patient toil”) to the annual Diwali “Festival of Lights” events in Rothschild, the Hmong New Year celebrations in Weston, and many more — our local cultural festivals aim to bring people together from all across Marathon County. These events often help us better appreciate our differences, learn new things, challenge some previously held assumptions, and get to know our neighbors better.
See photos and video from some of our most recent cultural festivals and learn about a brand-new cultural festival in store for January 2020 in the full article. (Click the title for details…)
Marathon County is proud to announce that it has 2 graduates of the Wisconsin Local Government Leadership Academy: County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg and Marathon County Human Resources Analyst Boly Vang.
A new class is currently being recruited for 2020 and we are hopeful that Marathon County will again be well represented. Learn more about the Leadership Academy, get insights from Katie and Boly, and find out how to register for the next session. (Click the title for details…)
Have you ever thought that a seat on the County Board might be something you’d enjoy?
It’s a way you can learn about local issues and trends, meet interesting people, and more importantly, help shape the future of Marathon County.
Nomination papers may be circulated starting on December 1 and must be filed with the County Clerk by 5 p.m. on January 2, 2020.
Learn about County Board Supervisor duties, qualifications, pay, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)