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…)
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…)
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…)
See highlights of action-packed summer programming for all ages at the 9 area Marathon County Public Library locations. (Click the title for details…)
With exciting new offerings (like spy schools, computer programming games, teen clubs, possible LENA device checkout, & more), local libraries are fast becoming 21st century hubs of social activity. See what’s new at MCPL—and what’s not new, but you never knew! (Click title to read more…)
Ever wonder what it’s like being a law enforcement officer? Be part of the next Citizen’s Academy and drive a squad car, dust for fingerprints, operate firearms used by Marathon County law enforcement, and much more. Hurry…spots fill quickly! (Click title to read more…)