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UW-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester.

Honored Marathon students include Ashley Denfeld, School of Business, dean’s list; Courtney Ford, School of Human Ecology, dean’s honor list; Larissa Kahan, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Ann Seliger, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, dean’s list; Morgan Stieber, School of Human Ecology, dean’s honor list.

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced its dean’s list for the fall semester 2019. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Olivia Dreger, Marathon, a freshman, College of Education and Human Service Professions, studying elementary and special education, was named to the list.

UW-Stevens Point honored more than 2,275 undergraduate students from its campuses in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wausau for attaining high grade point averages during the fall semester of the 20192020 academic year.

Highest honor students had grade points of 3.90 to 4.0; high honors, 3.75 to 3.89; and honors, 3.50 to 3.74.

Honored Marathon students include Annaleese Berenz, junior, highest honors; Jayci Blume, senior, honors; Dakota Bokath, sophomore, high honors; Audrey Cleven, sophomore, honors; Dana Gertschen, senior, honors; Ambria Hegna, freshman, highest honors; Austin Hillery, senior, highest honors; Tyler Hillery, senior, high honors; Jessica Kage, sophomore, highest honors; Dakota Karlen, senior, highest honors; Cameron Schilling, freshman, high honor.

UW-River Falls listed Katlynn Mroczenski, a social work student, on the fall 2019 semester dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time undergraduate must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an “A” and “B” average.

Podcast club

Patrons are invited to the Marathon Branch Public Library to listen to and discuss a popular podcast about the environment during the library’s next Podcast Discussion Group. The group will convene on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3:30 p.m.

Similar to a book club, patrons will listen to an episode of the podcast Practical(ly) Zero Waste hosted by Canadian Elsbeth Callaghan. Each episode of this podcast discusses practical changes any person can make that create a big different environmentally and also explores different companies, products, habits and practices that make going zero waste easier. Library staff will play clips from an episode, which will be edited down from its original 40-minute length, and then the discussion will begin. Attendees do not need to listen to the episode ahead of time.

This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, call 715-443-2775 or visit

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

Are you an avid knitter, crocheter, quilter or other kind of needle arts enthusiast? Or are you just starting out and looking for a place to improve your craft? Then visit the Marathon Branch Public Library for its monthly Needle Arts program on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adults of all experience levels are invited to gather to work on their own needle arts projects and socialize with one another. Come trade ideas and techniques, pick up a skill from someone else or just chat. The library will provide pattern books for attendees to use, though attendees are asked to bring their own supplies.

Needle Arts is held on the third Tuesday of each month, with future sessions scheduled for February 18, March 17 and April 21.

This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, call 715-443-2775 or visit

Rib Falls HCE

The Rib Falls HCE met Jan. 8 at the home of Terri Steinke. Desert and refreshments were served. The Pledge of Allegiance and Creed 1 was recited. “We Three Kings of Orient Are” was sung. The club had installation of a new vice president. Office of treasurer will remain the same. Roll call was taken with each member saying “Where would you go when it’s 30 below.” Seven members reported present with one absent. The club welcomed one new member. A secretary’s report was given and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given and approved. HCE dues were collected. Rib Falls HCE members made a donation to the Rib Falls town hall. The meeting adjourned with Creed II. A birthday Song was sung to Deb Hilmershausen as she opened her gift from her Secret Pal. Terri Steinke had the club play “Name that Candy Bar” game with Judy Baeseman winning the prize. The hostess gift went to Gloria Kreager. All received prizes when the club played PoKeNo.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the home of Carol Uekert. Club members should bring and wear something red to exchange.


Marathon Area Elementary School will hold Child Development Days Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13. There are no school these days. Parents are urged to schedule an appointment for all incoming 4K and newly enrolled 5K students. All children will receive a goody bag.


Marathon High School will host solo- ensemble on Tuesday, March 17. On this day high school students will not report to school unless they are taking part in the music competition. All other students in the district will have a normal school day.

Buses will run and transport students at St. Mary’s School, Marathon Area Elementary School and Marathon Venture Academy.

Grandparents Day

St. Mary’s School, Marathon, will hold Grandparents Day on Friday, Jan. 31, starting at 1 p.m. The event coincides with Catholic Schools Week.

MAMBA concert

The MAMBA music boosters will host a spaghetti dinner and student concert on Sunday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. at Marathon High School.

Trip support

Kurt-n-Jo’s Restaurant in Marathon City has offered to host “Washington Wednesdays” in support of a Marathon Venture Academy trip to Washington, D.C. Kurt-n-Jo’s will donate 10 percent of Wednesday sales (dine-in, take-out, and ice cream) from 4-8 p.m. to the student trip. The fundraiser will last through Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.