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Exploring the Proposed 2020–2024 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) for Marathon County Parks & Forests

The Marathon County Park System will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2020!

This anniversary celebration provides a great backdrop to update the County’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP), which will help guide the maintenance, planning, and development of the park system for the next 5 years (2020–2024) while also aligning Marathon County with state and regional initiatives to promote outdoor recreation.

The County Board will consider the latest draft of the CORP at their December meeting, so it’s not too late for your voice to be heard. (Click the title for details . . .)

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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…)

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Ever Think of Running for the Marathon County Board?

Have you ever thought that a seat on the County Board might be something you’d enjoy? 

It’s a way you can learn about local issues and trends, meet interesting people, and more importantly, help shape the future of Marathon County. 

Nomination papers may be circulated starting on December 1 and must be filed with the County Clerk by 5 p.m. on January 2, 2020.

Learn about County Board Supervisor duties, qualifications, pay, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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It’s Zamboni Season at the Marathon County Ice Arena :: Come Check Out Our Ice at Scary Skate, Open Skating, or a RiverWolves Hockey Game!

October means the start of indoor ice skating at the Marathon Park Ice Arena. Learn about skate rentals and public-skating hours at the indoor ice arena at Marathon Park. 

Plus, the public is invited to the County’s first-ever “Scary Skate” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, where children and youth can get treats and meet and skate with the Wausau RiverWolves Hockey Team in a spooky Halloween-themed atmosphere at Marathon Park Ice Arena Rink #1. (Click the title for details)

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Wausau Library Is Brainstorming Ideas for a New Makerspace with the Community in Mind

Thanks to a generous gift from its Foundation, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) Wausau Headquarters plans to create a makerspace that could incorporate everything from cutting-edge technology and software to basic sewing supplies — and many things in between.

There’s no date set for a grand unveiling, which means there’s still time for community members to share their ideas! What would YOU like to see at MCPL’s makerspace? (Click the title for details…)

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Executive Director Jane E. Graham Jennings Reflects on 20 Years with The Women’s Community

As Jane E. Graham Jennings reflects on her work at The Women’s Community over the past 20 years, she remembers the pain of loss, and the glory of survival.

She chronicles the buildings, people, and milestones of this non-profit organization, now slated to be de-funded by the County over the next 4 years due to budget cuts. (Click the title to read more…)

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How Marathon County Special Education (MCSE) Reaches Out to Mennonite & Amish Students

It’s estimated that Marathon County has around 6 Mennonite or Amish church schools, hosting nearly 360 students in Grades 1–8. Marathon County Special Education respects the religious freedom of the Amish and the Mennonites to educate their children on their own, yet County staff have a legal obligation to offer them their support and educational expertise with children who have special needs to help these communities achieve their educational objectives for all their children. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask the City-County IT Commission (CCITC)

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it seemed a good time to showcase who is protecting YOUR sensitive government information: The City–County IT Commission. 

This month in our “I’m Glad You Asked…” series, IT Help Desk Staffer Dané Kudronowicz responds to 5 common questions people ask our local government IT professionals. It’s full of tips and resources to avoid becoming a victim of a cybercrime. (Click the title for details…)

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Creating a $170 Million County Budget for 2020 Is All About Assessing Trade-Offs & Making Tough Choices

County Administrator Brad Karger asks: “Does this year’s Budget Message help you understand the priorities, constraints, and clear connections to the County’s Strategic Plan?” 

The public is invited to read the County Administrator’s Budget Message and to attend this year’s Budget Hearing (8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room, B-105). 

Learn more about the proposed 2020 County Budget and how you can weigh in on this initial draft. (Click the title for details…)