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Send Marathon news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Curbside service

Since the Marathon County Public Library closed on March 17 due to concerns over COVID-19, area patrons have not been able to check out new materials. But that changed this week when all nine locations began offering curbside service to the public. Curbside service will last for the duration of the library’s closure, which is expected to last through May 25. Upon arrival, patrons should call the library to let them know that they have arrived. In Marathon City, staff will use the drive-through to hand off library materials.

Marathon’s pickup times will be Marathon City Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a..m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Superhero stories

Marvel’s roster of superheroes are everywhere these days, and millions of people enjoy watching the adventures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and others. The Marathon County Public Library is joining in the fun by offering a Marvel-themed Virtual Story Time for the whole family on May 12 starting at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live.

Library staff will read a variety of children’s books, including Grow Up, Ant-Man, Spider-Man Swings Through Europe and First Day of Groot. Watch, listen, and spot all of your favorite heroes and villains from the MCU. The story time will be broadcast via Facebook Live, and families can tune in to this story time by visiting MCPL’s Facebook page at MCPL.Wausau.

This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, call 715-261-7220 or visit

Educator of the Year

St. Mary’s School, Marathon, has announced firstgrade teacher Valerie Kind has been named Elementary Educator of the Year by the La Crosse Diocese. The diocese said Kind’s professional-ism, Catholic identity and desire to help all students through a variety of teachers strategies were cited as reasons for her winning this award.

There are 53 elementary schools with 595 school staff members in the Diocese.

St. Mary’s School plans to recognize Kind with a student assembly in fall 2020.

On campus

Mandelyn Lyons, a senior from Marathon, has been named to the dean’s list at Northland College, Ashland, for the winter 2019-2020 term. To qualify for the dean’s list, full-time students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale with no grade less than a “C.”

New grades

St. Mary’s school students will receive different grades in quarter four but will not have pass/fair grades.

The school has announced that instead of traditional grades, students will be graded on their distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic using these new grades: “E,” exceeding expectations; “M,” meeting expectations; “P,” progressing towards expectations; “N,” not meeting expectations.

The school said these grades set a “higher standard” than pass/fail grades.

Talent show

St. Mary’s School, Marathon, plans to hold an end of the school year talent show that will be broadcast over YouTube. If interested, share a video of a student performance via Google Docs of e-mail to teacher Allie Baeseman abaseseman@stmarysmarathon. org by Wednesday, May 13.


Marathon City administrator Andy Kurtz has announced that a listing of re- sources small businesses may wish to consult during the COVID-19 pandemic has been placed on the village’s web page.

The sources include contact information for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Administration and McDevco.

Kurtz noted that McDevco offers business advice from volunteers that can help small business owners manage their way through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Absentee voting

Village of Marathon City administrator Andy Kurtz recommends local citizens submit mail-in absentee ballots for the May 12 congressional special election and for future elections, as well.

The village, he said, has produced three videos located on the village’s website that explain to voters exactly how to request, fill out and send back an absentee ballot.

The videos are located at https://www.marathoncity. org/government/voting/voting- video-guides/

Computer help

Marathon County Public Library staff can provide assistance in a variety of areas, including basic computer skills, saving and moving digital files, using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), using the library’s online resources and more.

Due to precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID- 19 virus, the library has halted one-on-one, face-toface appointments. However, you can contact staff at the Wausau reference desk at 715-261-7230 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; send an email to and describe the assistance you need (try to be specific) ; participate in live chat between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Heritage Center

The Marathon City Heritage Center will not be open in April and May due to COVID- 19.