Marathon County, WI


The Good News Project receives Impact100 Grant

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Good News Project is the winner of the $100,000 grant from Impact100. The winner of the grant was announced Monday night. The organization was among three nonprofits vying for the grant. The Good News Project runs three programs for the community. The Health Equipment Lending...
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Your letters: Proposed drilling could lead to more PFAS in water

As you may, or may not know, a Canadian company called Green Light Metals has applied for a drilling permit in eastern Marathon County. Water is one of the most important things in our lives. Plans were recently announced to commence a sulfuric acid mineral exploration drilling project to evaluate if an open-pit gold mine will be constructed. Citizens from the region are very concerned that groundwater will be placed in jeopardy of contamination. Without access to clean drinking water, many aspects of everyday life will become burdensome and unhealthy. Every resident in Marathon County gets their drinking water from the same saturated groundwater aquifer that the drill holes pass through.

Marathon County Selects New Deputy County Administrator

Marathon County Government has named Chris Holman as the County’s new Deputy County Administrator, effective May 16th. Prior to joining Marathon County, Holman served as the County Executive for Portage County from 2018-2022 in which he led numerous successful projects such as expanding the county’s highway facilities, revising fiscal policies to better inform decision making, and upgrading the county’s IT infrastructure to support more modern platforms.

Your letters: The power of three simple words

Three simple words have the power to lift us up, affirm our worth, and make us feel valued and included. Who among us doesn’t recall with a smile the first time a significant other declared, “I love you.”. How about when a parent or grandparent affirmed our effort...

Northwoods COVID Community Levels rising

With a rise in COVID cases in the state, county community levels are also going up. As WXPR reported last week, the 7-day average for COVID cases in Wisconsin have topped 2,000 for the first time since March. The CDC updates county community levels once a week. Last week, only...

Marathon County volunteer opportunities: Week of May 16

Find More Donation + Volunteer Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at Race Volunteers Needed! The Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge is an Ironbull adventure race in which teams of two to four members and soloists will run, bike and paddle their way through the rugged and beautiful central Wisconsin wilderness using only a map and compass to find the way. Volunteers needed for setup of the race facilities on Friday afternoon (May 27) and teardown on Saturday evening (May 28) along with a few overnight monitors to assist the Ironbull employee onsite overnight. Please sign up virtually by following the link: Contact with questions.

Marathon County supervisor resigns one month after being elected

County officials will seek nominations to represent Marathon County’s Dist. 24 after a newly elected supervisor resigned, citing personal reasons. The resignation came just one month after Peter C. Hansen was voted into office. Hansen, who filed candidacy papers on the last day of an extended deadline in January, was elected April 4 and resigned May 3.

Major repaving project to begin Monday on Highway 51 from Wausau to Lincoln County line

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Work is scheduled to begin Monday on Highway 51 in Marathon County. Improvements include removing existing asphalt surface and crushed concrete, then replacing it with base materials and asphalt pavement. Other improvements include minor grading at median crossovers for traffic control, repaving maintenance crossovers and interchange...

Application for gold drilling on hold in Marathon County

After an initial review of a gold drilling exploration permit from GreenLight Metals, Inc., Marathon County put the application on hold while seeking additional information and documents. “There is additional information needed before the application can be reviewed and processed for the permit to be issued,” said Laurie Miskimins, Marathon...

Marathon County Crime Gallery for May 12, 2022

Editor’s note: This weekly feature of Wausau Pilot & Review is being published in response to reader concerns about crime and safety in the Wausau area and to keep readers informed about their neighborhoods. Wausau Pilot & Review does not publish photos of minors, except in extreme circumstances, determined...