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Spring raffle

The Rib Falls Lions Club has rescheduled its spring raffle event to noon on Sunday, Aug. 30. Unfortunately, the Rib Falls Lions Club will only be holding the drawing and not hosting its normal activities.

The drawing will be held live via Facebook through the Rib Falls Lions page. The Rib Falls Lions Club looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2021.

On campus

UW-Oshkosh has named Marathon students to its 2020 spring dean’s list and honor roll. They are Ryan Dallman, senior, honor roll; Raeanna Myszka, senior, honor roll; Erika Robbins, junior, honor roll; Marlena Strasser, junior, dean’s list and Kenya Kaldunski, honor roll.

To qualify, a student must have been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. The term GPA requirement for university honor roll is 3.3; the term GPA requirement for dean’s list is 3.75.

Alicia Jensen of Marathon has been awarded the Mary E. Granger Nursing Scholarship from UW-Eau Claire for the 2020-21 academic year.


Marathon High School has scheduled an in person graduation ceremony for this Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. on the football field with a list of COVID-19 precautions. A rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m.

Each graduate will be allowed up to four immediate family members to attend. These people include parents, step-parents and siblings. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and families, depending on where they have assigned seats, will enter wearing required masks in one of three entrances.

People who are not feeling well or who have been exposed to someone with COVID- 19 should not attend the graduation. Those attending will be asked to sign-in in order to facilitate contract tracing should anyone at the ceremony contract COVID-19.

Graduates will receive their diplomas and use hand sanitizer afterwards. No hugging or shaking hands will be allowed. Immediate family members will be allowed to take photographs together.

Caps and gowns this year will not be allowed to be altered.

The ceremony will be shortened with no band or choir performances. Student speakers will give speeches after microphones have been sanitized.

Tailgate Party

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon, has announced it will not hold its Packer Tailgate Party as normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the church will hold the event’s cash raffle.

Summer hours

St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marathon, is holding summer hours church services on Thursdays 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 3 and 6.

Pastor Jon Hadler will lead 8 a.m. church services at St. John’s Church, Rib Falls, on the first and second Sundays of the month and at Zion Lutheran Church, Rib Falls, on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month.

Grab and go crafts

From Monday through Friday, Aug. 10-14, children can pick up a Grab & Go craft kit at the Marathon County Public Library’s Marathon City Branch, located at 515 Washington Street, containing all the necessary supplies to make their own royal crown.

Kits are free and limited to one per child. Parents can call the Marathon library at 715-443-2775 for more information or to schedule a time to pick up a kit.