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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
To further enhance Marathon County’s transparency, we’re introducing a new series we’re calling “I’m Glad You Asked…” in which a different County-level entity each month will highlight the top-5 questions Marathon County leaders and staff get asked by the public.
Brad Karger kicks off the series, providing insights on the top-5 questions people ask him as the Marathon County Administrator. (Click the title for details…)