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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 Nutrition program

The Marathon School District “Fill a Backpack Fill a Belly” program will continue through the summer months due to donations. Free food items are available at the high school front entry for district families. In addition, a recent donation from Peyton’s Promise has provided milk, eggs, butter and cheese curds. These items can be found in the cooler in the high school front entry.

Grab and go!

The Marathon City Branch Public Library will offer kits to make lavendar-scented gnomes. The kits can be picked up either curbside or by appointment.

The kits will be available at no charge from Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17.

Clinic will reopen

Marathon City is one of 11 Aspirus clinics that are reopening to patients after having been temporarily closed in April to allow staff and providers to support operational and COVID-19 surge planning needs at other Aspirus locations.

There is no firm dates as to when the clinics will open their doors. Patients will receive information related to these changes during scheduling, and through appointment reminders and other means.

“We are really excited to re-open these clinics and continue offering care to patients directly in their own communities,” said Matt Brewer, Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer of Aspirus Medical Group. “I’d like to thank our patients for being so understanding and flexible during a time that required us to temporarily adjust our operations to meet patient care needs at other locations in our system.”

As these clinics re-open, they will do so using the same precautions as all other Aspirus locations to protect the health of patients and staff. Masks are required of all patients and visitors, who also will receive a temperature check and be asked if they have any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19.

Patients can schedule appointments by calling their local clinic and will be directed as appropriate. All Aspirus locations also continue to seek cloth mask donations. These donations help preserve PPE supplies for health care workers and are welcomed by anyone willing to donate.

On campus

Nathan Utecht, Marathon, received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in May from UW-River Falls.

Writing contest

The Marathon County Public Library invites teenagers across the county to share their creative writing in a short story contest slated for Friday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 28.

Three prizes will be awarded for top entries.