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North Central Health Care (NCHC) Renovations On Track at Wausau Campus Amid COVID-19 Precautions

See the latest updates on the renovations and future of health care in Central Wisconsin. NCHC is making great progress on its Warm Water Therapeutic Pool, Youth Psychiatric Hospital, Community-Based Residential Facility, and Skilled Nursing Tower. (Click the title for details . . .)

Stop — Those Oreos Aren’t Spoiled :: Food-Expiration Dates Explained

With trips to the grocery store being limited these days, we’re all trying to make our food supplies last as long as possible.

Meleesa Johnson, Director of the Marathon County Solid Waste Department, offers some helpful tips for understanding food-product dating phrases like Best by, Use by, Sell by, and more.

And with Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, what better time to practice the first of the 3 R’s in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by reducing our food waste? (Click the title for details . . .)

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Tending to the Mental Health & Well-Being of Marathon County’s Youth via School-Based Counseling & Now TeleHealth Appointments

With 42% of Marathon County high school students reporting significant problems with anxiety in a 2019 survey — and considering the additional stressors that the current COVID-19 crisis is placing on our adolescents — the time to address the mental health and well-being of our youth has never been more critical. 

Thanks to the Marathon County School-Based Counseling Consortium, students throughout 57 schools in the County now have access to a school counselor or school psychologist during their school day to support them with school-related or personal challenges, regardless of their age or disability status. With students at home now, such services have been extended in many schools to include TeleHealth sessions via Zoom to help students with anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as other mental health needs. (Click the title for details…)

Celebrate National Library Week April 19-25 2020

A National Library Week Like No Other :: 9 Local Libraries Are Transforming to Meet the Needs of Today — & Tomorrow — Under COVID-19 Restrictions

While 9 area libraries’ doors are closed to the public through May 26, 2020, staff continue to provide relevant programs and services to library patrons. Learn how to use Wisconsin’s Digital Library — a statewide catalog of FREE e-books, audiobooks, and videos. Or visit MCPL’s Facebook page for daily virtual story times. The MCPL blog features recipes to help you with your extra meal-prep demands under the Safer at Home order, and points you to hundreds of FREE online educational classes and resources such as Gale Courses.
 
Library staff are also making plans to offer curbside pickup and to continue providing programming in alternative ways, such as virtual book club discussions and craft kits that the public can pick up and take home — both options to avoid having large groups gather in one place. (Click the title for details…)

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“I’m Glad You Asked . . .” 5 Questions Lance Leonhard Was Asked as He Took On the Role of County Administrator

With community members not able to meet, network, or socialize in person these days, our Editorial Board thought we’d help folks get to know Marathon County’s new Administrator a bit better.

Get a peek inside Lance Leonhard’s mind regarding County Government challenges, opportunities, and more (including whether he watches Tiger King or not) in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Outgoing County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg Reflects on Her Top-10 Favorite Stories She Wrote for Wisconsin Central Time NEWS

Over the last 4 years, Katie Rosenberg has written nearly 30 articles for the County’s newsletter. Her profiles and ride-along stories were some of our readers’ favorites.

As she transitions from being a County Board Supervisor to her new role as Mayor of the City of Wausau, Katie reflects on some of her favorite pieces of writing and personalities she met along the way. (Click the title for details . . .)

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MCDEVCO :: Providing Resources to Assist Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Municipalities, & Others Through Tough Times — and Beyond

MCDEVCO is working daily to assist small businesses in Marathon County with questions about loans, grants, and federal programs available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how businesses, municipalities, and others can look to MCDEVCO for helpful resources and mentoring as the State implements a phased reopening of businesses through the Badger Bounce Back plan. (Click the title to read more…)

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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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2020 Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Regional Tournament Winners

Each year, thousands of high school students compete around the State in regional Mock Trial tournaments. This year, the Wausau Region hosted a couple of perennial powerhouse teams, including: Rhinelander and DC Everest. So who walked away with the regional victories? (Click the title for details…)