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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.)

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“City Kid” Bill Conway Delights in Asserting Himself on County Board

Bill Conway is serving on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors for the first time, although he and his family have served others in their community for decades.

Wisconsin Central Time NEWS caught up with Conway via a virtual chat to learn more about his life, his family, his political and social positions, and his interest in viewing County Government through a human services lens. (Click the title for details…)

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Jonathan Fisher :: Crunching Numbers, Going Solar, & Helping Others

Although he has only 5 years under his belt as a Marathon County resident, Jonathan Fisher has already ingrained himself into the community. He’s serving his first term on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, representing District 38, and is active with several organizations.

Fisher, who works in finance and accounting, spoke with Wisconsin Central Time NEWS to share a bit more about himself, his passion for service, and his priorities for moving Marathon County forward. (Click the title for details…)

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The 2021 Budget :: A Plan to Maintain Our Public Services & Address Long-Term Financial Challenges — All While Cutting the Tax Rate

Each November, Marathon County adopts its annual budget, which influences the work and priorities of over 700 County Government employees and elected officials. The proposed 2021 Budget includes directives such as: allocating $250,000 for use on broadband expansion projects; taking a “system-budgeting” approach that encourages cooperative decision making among our justice system departments to help meet their growing needs; setting aside funds to participate in the UniverCity Year program to receive assistance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison on 25 County projects; and much more.

The public budget hearing is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room. 

After reviewing the proposed 2021 Budget, members of the public are invited to participate in the budget meeting and have their opinions heard either in person or — new this year due to the pandemic — via telephone while live-streaming the meeting online. (Click the title for details…)

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Supervisor Rebecca Buch :: Faith, Family, & Forty Years in Marathon County

Coming from a missionary family who modeled the art of giving throughout a lifetime, Marathon County Board Supervisor Rebecca Buch has a natural desire to serve her community.

Supervisor Buch shares her globe-travelling stories, her views on the local Pride and the No Place for Hate resolutions, her love for Marathon County, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Supervisor William Harris :: Giving to His Community Through Law & Public Office

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…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” 5 Questions Lance Leonhard Was Asked as He Took On the Role of County Administrator

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…)

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Outgoing County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg Reflects on Her Top-10 Favorite Stories She Wrote for Wisconsin Central Time NEWS

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 . . .)

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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.

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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.

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