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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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See You in September :: 2019 Central WI Book Festival Happens Sept. 27–29

Calling all readers and writers: The 3rd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival is right around the corner… and YOU can be a part of all the fun! At the end of September, the Wausau area will be putting on a FREE event for linguaphiles of all sorts. You’ll have to read the full story to see how the festival’s lineup of events & speakers is taking shape! (Click the title for details…)

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Get out & Celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month in July!

There are still a TON of things you can do before we reach the end of National Parks & Recreation Month . . .

We can’t wait to see how you have “fun in the sun” in Marathon County this July by tagging Wausau/Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry on Facebook. 

Learn about passes, discount tickets, and summer outdoor recreation ideas — like our Outdoor Movie Night and our Doggone Pool Party — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask about UW-Marathon County Becoming UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Campus Executive Dr. Ann Herda-Rapp provides insights into 5 common queries about the new UW-Stevens Point at Wausau campus.

Get a quick overview of the university’s current noteworthy tuition rates, flexible course options, Guaranteed Transfer Program, degree programs — which, beginning this fall, will now include an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, and Social Work — plus much more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Marathon County Board Supervisor Ka Lo :: Student of the Past. Agent of Change for the Future.

From her hopes for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau to the initiation of what she touts as “people-focused policies,” Marathon County Board Supervisor Ka Lo is pushing to make changes for the better in Marathon Country. Her fresh perspectives, her bold stances, and her understanding of the rewards of hard work are truly inspiring.

Learn more about Supervisor Lo, her family’s harrowing journey from Laos to America, her love for the community, and her goals for the future in the full article. (Click the title to read more…)

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More Access to Justice :: Volunteer-Based Civil Court Mediation Program Expands

Wisconsin Judicare’s program works with the Marathon County court system to provide FREE mediation services (by trained volunteers) to citizens in a variety of civil cases, helping to free up our already overloaded courts.  

Marathon County’s mediation program has already had national recognition in a Harvard Law & Policy Review article, and the success of the program in its first year has led to a planned expansion to mediate over 400 cases in its second year.

Learn more about the financial, emotional, and other benefits of this community program — and how to register for an upcoming volunteer mediator training session — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Guiding Our Economic Future by Enhancing High-Speed, Broadband Internet Access in Rural Marathon County

Our existing broadband access is bad for business in Marathon County. Not all businesses and residents in Marathon County have access to reliable, high-speed internet — and that puts us at a disadvantage attracting businesses and recruiting talented people to live and work here. 

Area farmers and rural teachers find it especially hard to do their jobs without reliable wireless internet. Marathon County Government was tasked with hiring a consulting firm that specializes in assisting communities with broadband expansion to help us create an action plan. Read on to learn more about this project and what’s being done to help area farmers and teachers in the meantime. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” The Top-5 Questions People Ask Staff of the Marathon County MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE

Medical Examiner Jessica Blahnik and her team investigate all untimely deaths in Marathon County or deaths in which a doctor wasn’t called in attendance. Learn the answers to 5 intriguing questions related to autopsies, worrisome death trends in Marathon County, building our own Forensic Science Center, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Brand-New “Riverlife Park” in Wausau Opening Soon!

The City of Wausau will soon be opening an exciting new park on N. River Dr. near the riverfront restaurant Wausau on the Water (WOW). The park includes the City of Wausau’s first Challenge Course with a timing system. The course has a number of obstacles that’ll make you feel like a ninja! 

And this park isn’t just for kids . . . There’s plenty to keep adults busy as well, like a large fitness area with cardio and static weight machines. 

The City hopes to open the park by July 1, 2019. Be sure to click over to the full story to see pics of some of the cool things this new park has to offer. You’re sure to be WOWED! (Click the title for details…)

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Rural Schools in Marathon County See Expansion in Cultural Diversity

The heritage of families in rural communities in Marathon County has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. One example of this can be seen in Abbotsford. Today, Hispanic students in Abbotsford represent 51% of the total student body. Marathon County Special Education has been working closely with the Abbotsford School District to ensure that students who need specially designed instruction are receiving appropriate services. 

Read on to learn more about Abbotsford’s transformational story. (Click the title for details…)