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I’m Glad You Asked . . . 5 Questions People Ask the Marathon County EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Emergency Management Director Philip Rentmeester answers common questions about who has authority to make local decisions during a crisis, what Emergency Management Directors do, how to sign up to receive emergency alerts via text, phone, or email, and more. 

Learn how Emergency Management was involved in distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) acquired from the Strategic National Stockpile to support the Marathon County Health Department with their response efforts, as well as other roles the department has played during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Click the title for details…)

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Year-1 Progress Report on the “Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan”

In March of 2019, the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan was unveiled and led to the creation of the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) to identify and assemble resources to establish a tactical path forward, focusing on the 3 strategic goals of Talent, Innovation, and Placemaking.

Learn about:
The GWPP’s new regional talent attraction and retention website: GreaterWausau.org, plans to save and reposition the Clark Island Powerhouse building as an innovation center of excellence, and much more. (Click the title for details…)

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Taking Advantage of Outdoor Activities in Marathon County Amid a Pandemic

With all of the uncertainties that have come with COVID-19, you may be asking yourself, What CAN I do this summer to stay active? Public Health Educator Jenna Flynn connects you to ideas and updates on options put forth by the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. (Click the title for details…)

Enhancing Trauma Informed Care Practices in Marathon County :: An Assessment of Key Departments & Recommendations for Moving Forward

Trauma Informed Care practices acknowledge the effects of trauma, strive to prevent traumatizing (or re-traumatizing) people, and promote healing within a safe environment. Nine Marathon County departments that tend to work with people impacted by trauma the most (or have staff who are regularly impacted by trauma) were assessed to determine the extent that Trauma Informed Care practices were being implemented by the people, physical spaces, and policies and procedures of Marathon County Government. (Click the title for details…)

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School-Based Mental Health Counseling Is Working in Marathon County

During the 2nd year of providing mental health counseling services in Marathon County public schools, over 500 students received onsite counseling in school. According to a new impact report, students who utilized the new counseling services feel that they are helping to improve their mental well-being.

Read the report and learn about participating schools, mental health providers, and supporting community organizations in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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The Solid Waste Department: The Perfect Place to Play & Learn!

Staff at the Marathon County Solid Waste Department in Ringle invite teachers, families, service groups, and more to come on a Learning Tour. (They even have a 15-passenger bus to take you around in!)

Did you know our local landfill features hiking, biking, and birdwatching trails, a pergola, a phone-charging outlet, and a bike-repair station? You have to see this article’s photos to believe the fun and learning to be had at your local landfill. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Wausau Is the Top-Ranked Small City for Bicycling in the Country — Get on Your Bike & See Why!

In May 2018, Wausau was ranked by PeopleForBikes as the top small city for bicycling in the country, and the 2nd best bike city overall — generating national attention.

Grab your bike and head out for a ride on Wausau’s bike trails (including one with an incredible wooden boardwalk in Rib Mountain!), along the city street bike lanes, or at the downhill bike park (at Sylvan Hill). You’re not gonna want to miss the video of this great bike park in action in the full story . . . (Click the title for details)

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2019 “March Madness” Health Rankings :: Marathon County #14 Seed in WI

The County Health Rankings are in…

The good news? Marathon County ranked in the top third of all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Plenty to be happy about — but still plenty to be concerned about . . . If this were the NCAA playoffs, we’d be in the tournament, but we’d be the underdog even in our first match-up!

See highlights of the areas where we’ve improved our game — and where we’re losing ground. (Click the title to read more…)

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Don’t Be an Accidental Drug Dealer :: How You Can Help Prevent Medication Abuse in Marathon County

On Saturday, April 27, we’re asking all Marathon County residents to get expired and unneeded medications out of their homes and into one of the County’s secure medicine drop boxes. Learn which 10 locations are participating in the statewide Medicine Take Back event — (new this year are Athens & Stratford Police Departments).

If you can’t make it to a collection site for the April 27 event, find a list of permanent medicine drop boxes throughout Marathon County. (Click the title for details . . .)

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Goin’ Green in Marathon County

North Central Health Care, Marathon County Health Department, and Bridge Community Health Clinic are partnering together on several projects for a healthier — and greener — Marathon County.

Read about these local initiatives to compost, replace Styrofoam containers, swap out plastic straws for a greener alternative, and more. (Click the title for details.)