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153rd Annual Wisconsin Valley Fair Returns to Marathon Park (Aug. 3–8, 2021)

Come see this year’s musical acts in the grandstands, take in a rodeo and demolition derby, try out some of our new food vendors, participate in the new Riding Class as part of the Draft Horse Show, and much more!

There’s still time to get involved in the 2021 Fair, too! Bring in items to be judged against other members of the public ranging from Poultry and Rabbits to Vegetables and Photography. Enter the apple-pie baking contest or the Fairest of the Fair’s coloring contest. (Click the title for details…)

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Activities & Ideas for Celebrating National Park & Recreation Month This July (Plus a preview of August Outdoor Happenings You Won’t Want to Miss!)

In Marathon County, we encourage you to celebrate Park and Recreation Month this July by visiting one of our City or County Parks. Then take our July social media challenge and share how parks and recreation in your community has impacted your life with the hashtag: #OurParkAndRecStory

Check out our online Spring & Summer Recreation Guide, which is jam-packed with outdoor activities and programming that your local park and recreation professionals have planned for you to enjoy in Marathon County.

Plus, get a bonus sneak peek at some August events like a Dog-Gone Pool Party, Movie in the Park & Family Pajama Party, Marathon County Park 100+1 Anniversary Event. View all this and more in the full article… (Click the title for details.)

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MCDEVCO Proudly Announces 10+ Local Entrepreneurial Business Launches, Upcoming “Crops & Shops Marketplace” Events, & More

After 4 months of weekly classes, 35 (volunteer) professional business class instructors, and one-on-one mentoring, 18 entrepreneurs are on their way to launching — or already have launched — their businesses right here in Marathon County with the help of MCDEVCO.  

Learn about their “dolphin tank” experience, upcoming programming for future assistance, and their “Crops & Shops Marketplace” events that feature food trucks and children’s crafts and are open to the public to purchase items that are ag-related (CROPS) or from a small business located throughout Marathon County (SHOPS).  

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Stop — Those Oreos Aren’t Spoiled :: Food-Expiration Dates Explained

With trips to the grocery store being limited these days, we’re all trying to make our food supplies last as long as possible.

Meleesa Johnson, Director of the Marathon County Solid Waste Department, offers some helpful tips for understanding food-product dating phrases like Best by, Use by, Sell by, and more.

And with Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, what better time to practice the first of the 3 R’s in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by reducing our food waste? (Click the title for details . . .)

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MCDEVCO :: Providing Resources to Assist Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Municipalities, & Others Through Tough Times — and Beyond

MCDEVCO is working daily to assist small businesses in Marathon County with questions about loans, grants, and federal programs available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how businesses, municipalities, and others can look to MCDEVCO for helpful resources and mentoring as the State implements a phased reopening of businesses through the Badger Bounce Back plan. (Click the title to read more…)

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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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Adoptable Senior Pets :: Searching for a Home in Marathon County for Their Golden Years

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…)

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Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) Welcomes Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transportation

In October, the Central Wisconsin Joint Airport Board signed a long-term agreement to locate Spirit’s air medical transportations services at CWA in Mosinee. With this move, Spirit serves our region and beyond with 2 helicopters, 5 ground bases with 12 ambulances and intercept SUVs, and 1 fixed wing airplane.

Spirit comes to CWA with a highly trained crew consisting of first responders, nurses, pilots, and mechanics. The operation will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Construction of the nearly 75,000-square-foot hangar will begin in November, and Spirit management anticipates that the new facility will be fully operational in August of 2020. (Click the title for the full story…)

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Local Cultural Festivals Strengthen Our Sense of Community

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…)

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Katie Rosenberg & Boly Vang Graduate from WI Local Government Leadership Academy

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…)