Rodeo - WI Valley Fair 2019

Ridin’ Rides — & BULLS ’n BRONCOS — at the 2019 WI Valley Fair

The most talked-about feature of the 151st annual Wisconsin Valley Fair was the addition of a traditional rodeo put on by Dakota Rodeo Company. If you missed all the bull-riding, barrel-racing, and calf-roping ACTION, check out the stunning visual highlights in the full story.

What’s more? Plans are in the works to bring the rodeo back for another go ’round at the Wisconsin Valley Fair next year! (Click the title for details…)

Gaining Ground Gardens :: Growing Inmate Skills Through Horticulture Therapy

Gaining Ground Gardens is a new community garden in Wausau using UW-Extension staff and area volunteers to introduce Marathon County Jail inmates to therapeutic horticulture. A garden was also started at the Marathon County Juvenile Facility. The gardens aim to provide stress relief, a sense of purpose and belonging, and strengthened vocational skills to community members in need.

Gaining Ground Gardens was created solely with private donations. With financial support, the gardens aim to add walkways, birdhouses, additional beds, rain barrels, and a garden shed. The gardens are also seeking volunteers to assist with mentoring and gardening advice for participants. (Click the title for details…)

How Marathon County Is Helping Protect Its Staff from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)

Marathon County Government leaders have taken an active role in educating and supporting staff on the topic of Secondary Traumatic Stress in an effort to help protect the physical and mental health of employees most at risk for developing STS. Marathon County leadership is open to sharing its STS information, policies, and educational materials with individuals and employers. (Click the title to read more…)

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Let’s See If We Can Work This Out :: Civil Court Mediation

See some of the newly trained volunteer mediators who are stepping in and stepping up in Marathon County to help resolve civil disputes without the need for attorneys. The program is working out so well that the Wausau Police Department is considering expanding the volunteer mediation program to assist their officers as well. (Click the title to learn more…)

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Marathon County’s 2018–2022 Strategic Plan :: Driven by Organizational Culture

Learn how Marathon County government leadership’s focus on improved organizational culture has led to department success and helped shape the 12 priority objectives in the County’s latest 5-year Strategic Plan. (Click the title for the full story…)

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Sara’s Law Signed at Marathon County Courthouse April 11, 2018

Governor Scott Walker visited the Marathon County Courthouse to sign Sara’s Law. See what Sara’s husband had to say about the bill signing, view pictures of this historic local event, and more. (Click the title for the full story…)