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Reflections from Your 2021 “WI Central Time NEWS” Editorial Board

Get a peek into the personalities of the 7 Editorial Board members who bring you this Marathon County Government newsletter each month through their answers to 5 questions reflecting on their first socially distanced holiday season. 

Your 2021 Editorial Board Members include: Lance Leonhard (County Administrator), Dr. Kelly Kapitz (Director of Special Education), Chad Dally (Library Specialist at Marathon County Public Library), Karyn Powers (Recreation Superintendent), Jessica Meadows (Communications & Marketing Director at North Central Health Care), Jenna Flynn (Public Health Educator), and Kaitlyn Bernarde (4-H Program Coordinator for UW Extension–Cooperative Extension). Click the title for details…

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Over 200 Veterans Served at Veterans Day Contactless Drive-Up Resources Fair

The Marathon County Veterans Service Office created a safe way to organize a contactless “drive-up event” that maintained social distancing to honor our local Veterans. 

Over 200 Veterans received a resource bag full of helpful items and the opportunity to be recognized on Veterans Day with a “thank you” from fellow Veterans. (Click the title for details…)

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Mary Palmer to Retire & Pass the Baton to Toshia Ranallo in Marathon County Administration

Mary Palmer will be retiring from her position in Marathon County Government as Executive Administrative Coordinator on December 11, 2020. And with one change comes another, as County Administration welcomes Toshia Ranallo, who is already working with Mary to learn as much as she can to get prepared for her new role. 

Get a look back on Mary’s 20-year career in Marathon County Government and a brief introduction to her successor, Toshia Ranallo. (Click the title for details…)

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Meet Jason Hake :: Marathon County’s New Deputy Administrator

In July, Marathon County started the recruitment process for the new Deputy County Administrator and selected Jason Hake to fill this administrative role, with an October 22, 2020, start date. 

Learn a bit about his roots, family, work experience, and interests, as well as the expectations for his role. (Click the title for details…)

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The 2021 Budget :: A Plan to Maintain Our Public Services & Address Long-Term Financial Challenges — All While Cutting the Tax Rate

Each November, Marathon County adopts its annual budget, which influences the work and priorities of over 700 County Government employees and elected officials. The proposed 2021 Budget includes directives such as: allocating $250,000 for use on broadband expansion projects; taking a “system-budgeting” approach that encourages cooperative decision making among our justice system departments to help meet their growing needs; setting aside funds to participate in the UniverCity Year program to receive assistance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison on 25 County projects; and much more.

The public budget hearing is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at the Marathon County Courthouse in the Assembly Room. 

After reviewing the proposed 2021 Budget, members of the public are invited to participate in the budget meeting and have their opinions heard either in person or — new this year due to the pandemic — via telephone while live-streaming the meeting online. (Click the title for details…)

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2020 Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Regional Tournament Winners

Each year, thousands of high school students compete around the State in regional Mock Trial tournaments. This year, the Wausau Region hosted a couple of perennial powerhouse teams, including: Rhinelander and DC Everest. So who walked away with the regional victories? (Click the title for details…)

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Emergency Over — Marathon County Jail Reconstruction Project Complete

In August of 2019, the Marathon County Board declared an emergency with respect to the structural integrity of the County Jail. After several months of significant work, the repair and reconstruction project is finished and the County Board has declared the emergency over.

Read the full article to learn what the jail’s specific issues were and to see photos of the reconstruction project. (Click the title for details…)

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Martin Luther King Jr. “Day On” – 2020

Marathon County Government employees and leaders observed the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday with a focus on Dr. King’s message of service. The MLK “Day On” event challenged attendees to ask how they could better serve our community and learn more about those they work alongside and serve.

Get a run-down of the County’s annual MLK Jr. “Day On.” (Click the title for details…)

Molly Bennett

Meet Molly Bennett :: Marathon County Government’s New Organizational Excellence Program Manager

Marathon County created a position dedicated to building staff skills and knowledge to help make our County employees as efficient and effective as possible.

Earlier this month, the County’s first Organizational Excellence Program Manager, Molly Bennett, was hired to coordinate our Continuous Improvement and Leadership Development Programs. Learn about Molly’s credentials, first impressions, and curriculum plans. (Click the title for the full story…)