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Paid Time Off for Marathon County Government Staff to Volunteer?

Marathon County Government will soon be considering a new employment policy that will allow its 700 County employees 1 paid day (8 hours) off per year to volunteer at an approved non-profit agency.

Local administrators recognize current workforce challenges and are looking for additional ways to help their staff find meaning in their work.

The proposal will be discussed at the County’s Human Resources, Finance, and Property Committee at their October 14 meeting. The public is invited to weigh in and/or attend the meeting. (Click the title for details…)

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United Way of Marathon County :: Your Hub for Volunteer Opportunities at Nearly 100 Local Agencies in Need

United Way of Marathon County has the staff and online tools to help you choose from countless volunteer opportunities at nearly 100 local agencies in need to find one that is just right for you or your volunteer group of any size. (Click the title for details…)

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October 14, 2019, Is “Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Marathon County” :: Come Celebrate & Learn at a Pair of Upcoming Community Events

In May, the Marathon County Board declared the 2nd Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Marathon County” and encouraged residents to learn more about the history of Indigenous People and to celebrate their culture.

Join the Marathon County Board at its October 17 Informational Meeting for a special presentation on Indigenous People by Professor Brett Barker. (Or view the recorded video on the Marathon County Board Meetings YouTube channel).

You’re also invited to attend a powwow at the Wausau West Field House on October 12 and 13, 2019. There will be food, music, crafts, dance, and a history of Indigenous People in Wisconsin. Admission is free and the public is invited. (Click the title for details…)

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The Many Ways That Marathon County Works to Keep YOU Safe & Secure

County Administrator Brad Karger reflects on the back-to-back August shootings and how local staff and officials are working to ensure public safety in Marathon County.

Learn about suicide prevention measures, veteran supports, active shooter training for government employees, cybersecurity updates, a specially trained crisis response team, onsite school-based trauma therapists, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Re-vote Solidifies Declaration of June as “Pride Month” in Marathon County :: Learn Its Impact, Implications, & Next Steps

County Administrator Brad Karger explains the June Pride resolution, as well as the July reconsideration vote.

The most significant takeaway? The majority of Supervisors still voted to declare June as Pride Month in Marathon County, thus educational sessions and assessments with regard to the County’s fair treatment of all residents and employees will go on as directed in the resolution that passed in June, and June will remain “Pride Month” in Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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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…)

DREAM BIG: 2056 :: Sellout Crowd Congratulated Mary Thao & Yauo Yang, Co-Winners of the 2019 Stanley F. Staples Award (& Was Wowed by an Award-Winning Video by DCE Students)

Two winners — Mary Thao and Yauo Yang — jointly received the 2019 Stanley F. Staples Award at the Dream Big: 2056 event earlier this month.

Find out the recipients of 4 college scholarships, making it more possible for Hmong students to achieve their academic potential, and learn which local principal won the much-anticipated “Dance-Off” by performing a traditional Hmong dance for the crowd.

Plus, view the award-winning video that 2 young D.C. Everest students produced about the early days of Hmong resettlement in Wausau. (Click the title for details…)

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2019 “March Madness” Health Rankings :: Marathon County #14 Seed in WI

The County Health Rankings are in…

The good news? Marathon County ranked in the top third of all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Plenty to be happy about — but still plenty to be concerned about . . . If this were the NCAA playoffs, we’d be in the tournament, but we’d be the underdog even in our first match-up!

See highlights of the areas where we’ve improved our game — and where we’re losing ground. (Click the title to read more…)

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Stanley F. Staples Jr. “Person of the Year” Award Finalists Announced

The 2019 recipient of the Stanley F. Staples Jr. Award will be announced on April 6, 2019, at the “Dream Big: 2056” banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain. The award (sponsored by the Ruder Ware Law Firm) is given annually in recognition of contributions to the advancement of Hmong people in Marathon County.

There’s still time to get your tickets for the Dream Big event to cheer on ALL of the deserving finalists — Yengyee Lor, Yauo Yang, Mai Lee Kha, and Mary Thao. Learn more about each nominee in the full article . . .  (Click the title for details…)