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…)
Born in Edgar, Romey Wagner grew up in a family of 15. He enlisted in the Marines right out of high school and was sent to Vietnam. That would prove to be just the start of Romey’s path of service to others.
Whether he’s assisting business startups here in Marathon County at the Entrepreneurial and Education Center or drilling wells to help bring clean water to people in Kenya, Romey Wagner is an uplifter on a mission to help others. (Click the title to read more…)
Scott Corbett serves as Marathon County’s Corporation Counsel, providing legal advice, assistance, formal opinions, and court representation to the County Board, County departments, and elected officials.
If you’ve ever wondered who works with Adult and Child Protective Services, handles involuntary commitments to mental health services, establishes paternity or child support orders, and a host of other legal matters for residents, officials, and employees of Marathon County, check out Supervisor Katie Rosenberg’s profile of Scott Corbett. (Click the title to read more…)
As a new mother to a biracial child, starting a new career in Wausau after overhauling her life, and 5 years into recovery from alcohol addiction, Ashley Lange wanted to make a difference in Marathon County. After attending a Diversity Affairs Commission meeting in 2017, Ashley decided to fully commit to her community and run for the Marathon County Board.
Read fellow Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg’s profile of Ashley’s courageous story of triumph and recovery. (Click the title to read more…)
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…)
Read Katie Rosenberg’s interview with fellow Marathon County Board Supervisor Tim Buttke, as he reflects on his ancestors (his great-grandfather was the first baby born to settlers in the town of Stettin), his career, his interest in politics, and his travel bucket list. (Click the title to read more…)
County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg sat down with fellow Board Supervisor John Durham and found herself taking a “deep dive” into civics, history, and humanity. This must-read story reveals the core of who John is — as a man, a teacher, a father, and a leader. You’re sure to be inspired by John’s candor and strength. (Click the title to read more…)
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.)
Go on a visual tour with County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg as she hitches a ride down County Road S to witness our award-winning Highway Department crews in action paving our local roads. The Marathon County Highway Department maintains over 600 miles of County trunk highways and an additional 874 lane miles of State and Federal highways. Join Katie atop a paver rig on a day when crews laid down about 4,000 tons of asphalt! (Click the title to read more…)
After County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg spent a day on the farm of fellow Board Supervisor Richard Gumz, she gleaned 4 tips he taught her for embracing both public and farm life. Take a visual tour on a beautiful August day in Holton, Wisconsin, as you go behind the scenes of the Gumz family farm and get a glimpse into who Richard Gumz is — outside of the County Board meeting room. (Click the title to read more…)