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Give the Gift of a SMOKE-FREE Life to Your Friends & Family :: Participate in The Great American Smokeout

Did you know that smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in the world? Or that 15% of adults in Marathon County are smokers? If you (or someone you love) is a smoker, November 15 — the Great American Smokeout — could be a great day to consider quitting smoking. The health benefits of quitting are almost instantaneous. (Click the title for support ideas, encouragement, and more…)

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The Marathon County Literacy Council :: Helping Others Obtain the Power of Reading

The Marathon County Literacy Council (McLit) has helped dozens of people improve reading, writing, and math skills, better comprehend English, and much more! Attend their ribbon-cutting on November 27, 2018, for the Grand Opening of their newest Literacy Education Center, located on the second floor of The Salvation Army. Find out more about what McLit does and how you might be able to help in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Marathon County Officials & Staff Go on a County Parks Tour

To better appreciate the scale, amenities, and beauty of some of our local public lands, staff and members of the Wausau City Council and the Marathon County Board went on a guided tour of the Eastbay Sports Complex, Mission Lake Park, Big Eau Pleine Park, and Nine-Mile County Forest Recreation Area. See some of what they learned on their fall tour in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)

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Our THANKS to Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager :: 4-H Volunteers Leading Youth in Hands-On Community Service Projects

With 30 4-H clubs in Marathon County, there’s no shortage of ways for youth to get involved in area community service projects as a way to GIVE BACK. Meet two devoted volunteer 4-H leaders: Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager. See how they involved area youth in some great projects to meet the needs of community members in and around Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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The President Comes to Marathon County

We owe our DEEP GRATITUDE to the many agency staff and volunteers who worked to ensure public safety at the October presidential event, including those from the U.S. Secret Service, WI State Patrol, Marathon County Emergency Management, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, & Central Wisconsin Airport, to name just a few. Learn the “behind the scenes” details of this presidential visit in the full article. (Click the title for more…)

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Marathon County Aims to Draw Olympic Hopefuls With a New Multipurpose Sports & Event Center

With several successes already racked up in its Sports Tourism portfolio, Marathon County now hopes to take things to the next level with a brand-new sports complex that could possibly become an Olympic Training Center for hockey, ice competitions, and more! (Click the title to learn more.)

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What are we THANKFUL for in Marathon County?

We asked several local community leaders — plus our Editorial Board — to share what they’re grateful for in 2018 and what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Their answers run the gamut from A to Z… Awe-inspiring to zany! (Click the title to learn more.)

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5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Hmong People in Marathon County

With Hmong New Year celebrations coming up in November, Dr. Maysee Yang Herr and Brad Karger provide a “crash course” to help you learn a bit about Hmong language, clans, food, traditions, and history. Plus, get a sneak peek at Dr. Herr’s brand-new book series for children and adults wishing to learn more about how to speak and read Hmong (in both the green and white dialects). (Click the title to learn more.)

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Paving the Road to Home :: A Marathon County Highway Department Ride-Along

Go on a visual tour with County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg as she hitches a ride down County Road S to witness our award-winning Highway Department crews in action paving our local roads. The Marathon County Highway Department maintains over 600 miles of County trunk highways and an additional 874 lane miles of State and Federal highways. Join Katie atop a paver rig on a day when crews laid down about 4,000 tons of asphalt! (Click the title to read more…)

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Just Trying to Figure It Out

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Get helpful insights as to why domestic violence victims often stay in — or return to — abusive relationships (when it seems illogical or even self-destructive) from Jane Graham Jennings, Executive Director of The Women’s Community. Plus, learn about an upcoming, local workshop discussing the neurobiology of trauma and the victim/survivor experience. (Click the title to read more…)