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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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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…)

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April 8–12, 2019, Is “Work Zone Awareness Week” in Marathon County

Let’s all use the upcoming Work Zone Awareness Week to remind ourselves to be considerate of our Marathon County Highway Department staff out on the roads working to serve YOU.

Please “give ’em a brake” and SLOW DOWN in work zones. Get tips for staying safe, avoiding doubled fines, and more. (Click the title for details…)

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Sharing the Road with Snowplows :: Please Be Patient with Our Plow Crews

Did you know that in Wisconsin — unlike in all other states — federal and state highways are maintained by each county? That means the Marathon County Highway Department plows 874 miles of state and federal highways — in addition to plowing 600 miles of county roads! County Administrator Brad Karger and Highway Commissioner James Griesbach offer some handy tips and reminders for staying safe on the roads when you’re behind a snowplow this winter. (Click the title for details…)

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Martin Luther King “Day On” – 2019

Marathon County Government employees came together during the 2nd annual MLK “Day On” to celebrate the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to learn how to serve the residents of Marathon County better.

County Administrator Brad Karger shares highlights of the in-service day attended by over 400 County Government workers, as well as some insights gleaned from an Inclusivity Audit conducted with Marathon County staff. (Click the title for details…)

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Adopting a New Mindset :: Government Expenditures = Community Investments in Health, Safety, & Prosperity

Marathon County’s overarching goal is: To be the safest, healthiest, and most prosperous county in Wisconsin. That’s a BIG GOAL. County Administrator Brad Karger suggests our goal can’t be achieved, though, with a mindset focused on scarcity. To be successful, he believes we need to adopt an investment mindset — viewing government expenditures as “community investments.”

Read about County government’s move toward priority based budgeting. (Click the title for details…)