In early 2019, a select group of Marathon County employees formed a local GARE team to participate in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) learning community.
Each Marathon County service and department is affected by racial inequities — whether through its program offerings, services provided, hiring practices, meeting times, or other systems or facets of government. GARE has created tools that help advance racial equity when government decisions are being made in regard to such things as policies, practices, programs, and budgets.
Get the scoop on some action steps being taken based on what these local GARE team members learned over the past year. (Click the title for details…)
The most talked-about feature of the 151st annual Wisconsin Valley Fair was the addition of a traditional rodeo put on by Dakota Rodeo Company. If you missed all the bull-riding, barrel-racing, and calf-roping ACTION, check out the stunning visual highlights in the full story.
What’s more? Plans are in the works to bring the rodeo back for another go ’round at the Wisconsin Valley Fair next year! (Click the title for details…)
Gaining Ground Gardens is a new community garden in Wausau using UW-Extension staff and area volunteers to introduce Marathon County Jail inmates to therapeutic horticulture. A garden was also started at the Marathon County Juvenile Facility. The gardens aim to provide stress relief, a sense of purpose and belonging, and strengthened vocational skills to community members in need.
Gaining Ground Gardens was created solely with private donations. With financial support, the gardens aim to add walkways, birdhouses, additional beds, rain barrels, and a garden shed. The gardens are also seeking volunteers to assist with mentoring and gardening advice for participants. (Click the title for details…)
Sign up to receive a FREE trail camera to help the Wisconsin DNR track local wildlife on your property. Or just hop online to help count and identify wildlife in posted photos. There’s two ways to volunteer with the Snapshot Wisconsin program.
As of April 3, 2019, Snapshot Wisconsin has 1,615 volunteers, 1,898 cameras, and over 27 million photos collected. Find out how to get involved (and view photo collections online) in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)
From an Artificial Insemination Certification Program designed for dairy and beef producers to a Summer Gardening Series for kids, Extension Marathon County has TONS of offerings for people of all ages this summer.
Get the scoop on farm tours, FREE first-aid kits for farmers, garden clinics (during which you can bring your plant and insect questions to a Master Gardener Volunteer), a grilled cheese contest, 4-H camps, and more. (Click the title for details…)
During National Volunteer Week (April 7–13), Extension Marathon County expressed its appreciation for the 431 active volunteers who contributed over 10,000 hours of service in 2018.
See volunteers in action throughout Marathon County, and learn how you, too, can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, 4-H Volunteer Leader, or a Home & Community Education Volunteer with Extension Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
Extension Marathon County hired Community Development Educator Melinda Osterberg and started a 4-H Digital Ambassador program (in partnership with Microsoft) with the aim of training 4-H teens to lead digital literacy classes to help people in rural areas learn to use digital technologies.
If you know a teen interested in becoming a Digital Ambassador — or would like to sign up to have 4-H Tech Changemakers lead a technology-related class near you — Extension Marathon County 4-H wants to hear from you! (Click the title for details…)
With 30 4-H clubs in Marathon County, there’s no shortage of ways for youth to get involved in area community service projects as a way to GIVE BACK. Meet two devoted volunteer 4-H leaders: Linda Standiford & Jacky Luetschwager. See how they involved area youth in some great projects to meet the needs of community members in and around Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)
We asked several local community leaders — plus our Editorial Board — to share what they’re grateful for in 2018 and what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Their answers run the gamut from A to Z… Awe-inspiring to zany! (Click the title to learn more.)
Take a visual tour of some of the highlights of this year’s 4-H exhibits at the 150th Wisconsin Valley Fair. A whopping 725 youth displayed over 11,000 exhibits at Marathon Park that they worked on throughout the year. Marathon County can send 35 projects from this year’s county fair to compete at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, WI. (Click the title for details…)