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Karyn Powers :: Resilient, Remarkable, & Retiring After 30+ Years With the County

A month before her retirement, Karyn Powers strolls down memory lane and discusses her 30+ years working for the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department.

Prior to returning to Marathon County after interning in Wausau her senior year of college, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and for the U.S. Army in South Korea.

This adventurous woman traveled far and wide, only to find her way back to a public service position with Marathon County once more, where in addition to serving as Recreation Superintendent, she is an accomplished poet, author, painter, and, of course, lover of all things outdoors. (Click the title for details.)

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United Way of Marathon County Enhances Children’s Language Skills, Helps Teens Get Jobs at Upcoming Hiring Fair, & Surveys Family-Friendly Workplace Policies During a Pandemic

United Way of Marathon County’s Early Years Coalition and Partnership for Youth provide resources and activities for ages 0 to 21 years. Never has this work been more important than during a pandemic.

Learn how these coalitions keep kids learning and connected, as well as socially and emotionally well. Plus, get updates on this year’s (virtual) hiring fair, which allows teens to interview for and potentially accept a job on the spot. (Click the title for details.)

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Marathon Park Indoor Ice Arenas Get a Multipurpose Facelift

Watching Wausau RiverWolves hockey games and renting private ice time are a few of the ways the public can see and appreciate recent renovations (totaling $332,735) completed at Marathon Park’s indoor ice arenas — including updates to the flooring, dasher boards, and tempered glass, as well as the refrigeration and sound systems.

Learn the effect the pandemic is having on high school and youth hockey programs at the arenas, as well as on public figure skating, and get suggestions for other outdoor winter activities (often modified due to COVID-19 precautions) that the Wausau/Marathon County PRF Department supports in the full article. (Click the title for details.)

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New Assistant Director of Community Services Marcus Aumann to Enhance Public-Private Partnerships, Outdoor Offerings, & More for Parks Department

Marcus Aumann joined the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department in May 2020 as the Assistant Director of Community Services (ADCS).

Social distancing has kept him from meeting people in the community in traditional ways, so we’re bringing him to YOU!  

Learn how Marcus will help increase tourism, boost local economies, and enhance outdoor programs and services. (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…)

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Marathon County 4-H Summer Fun & Learning Reimagined Under COVID-19

Changes to 4-H programming and some exciting, new community and county partnerships are helping keep kids engaged and learning this summer. Some of the alternative programming options will not disappear after the COVID-19 crisis — They are being considered as welcome additions to reach even more youth and families across Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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See Why the Central WI Chinese New Year Celebration Was a Hit!

Over 750 people attended the Chinese New Year Festival — including a special guest appearance by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes — to learn more about Chinese culture and enjoy award-winning entertainment. Get a recap of the event, complete with pictures and a video clip of the traditional lion dance. (Click the title for details . . .)

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New Recreation Deputies Will Enhance Marathon County’s Public Safety Presence in Forests, Parks, & Other County Lands

In a creative partnership, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office and Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department have teamed up to hire 2 Recreation Deputies to enhance public safety on County-owned lands.
 
Read the full article to learn more about these Deputies and the State aid that will help fund 70–80% of the costs of one of the positions. It’s a win-win for all involved! (Click the title for details . . .)