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By appointment

The Marathon County Public Library will open its headquarters and eight branches with limited services starting Monday, June 22.

The Marathon City Branch Library will be open by appointment. Patrons can use the library computers and browse the collection Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.

Patrons can also request curbside pickup of materials 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1-3 p.m. on Monday and 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

To make an appointment or request curbside materials, call the library at 715-443-2775.

On campus

Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 (4.0 equals straight A) are given the highest honors designation. High honor citations go to those with grade point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with grade point averages from 3.50 to 3.74.

Marathon students who received academic recognitions include Kelly Barbier, senior, high honors; Annaleese Berenz, junior, highest honors; Jayci Blume, senior, honors; Dakota Bokath, sophomore, highest honors; Audrey Cleven, junior, honors; Dana Gertschen, senior, highest honors; Ambria Hegna, sophomore, highest honors; Jessica Kage, junior, high honors; Dakota Karlen, senior, highest honors; Benjamin Martin, senior, honors; Cameron Schilling, sophomore, high honors; Hunter Seubert, freshman, honors; Halle Vardon, senior, highest honors; Nicholas Wokatsch, senior, honors.

Tyler Engel, Marathon, was named to the second semester 2020 dean’s list at St. Mary’s University, Minnesota. The list includes 451 undergraduates who earned a grade point average of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale. He is the son of Brian and Pam Dvorak.

Marathon area students have been named to the dean’s list at the UW-La Crosse for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year, ending May 2020.

Qualification for the dean’s list is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade point average and carried a minimum of 12 credits. The students and their majors are Anna Buchberger, Archaeological Studies: Cultural Anthropology Emphasis; Samuel Fritz, Sociology; Kyra Handrick, Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education; Amanda Kind, Political Science; Casey Krasselt, Geography: Geographic Information Science Concentration; Kara Krautkramer, Biology Major; Mitchell Kurtz, Biology Major: Biomedical Science Concentration; Alexander Robbins, Biochemistry with American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Certification.

UW-Green Bay has recognized Mackenzie Longdo, Marathon, with highest semester honors for the spring 2020 semester. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average, which represents all “A” grades, receive highest honors.

Tech Time

Need help using your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader?

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 is temporarily halting one-on-one, face-to-face appointments. You can contact the library by other means:

_ Call the MCPL 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.

_ Contact the library via live chat between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Grab and go crafts

Children can visit the Marathon Branch Public Library June 22-27 to pick up a Grab and Go kit related to the famous story of “Jack & the Beanstalk.” Kits will be offered curbside and will contain a bean seed, supplies to grow the seed and a link to an online video of library staff reading the story. The kits are free with a limit one per child. Call for more information, 715-443-2775.

Hall of Fame

Nominations to the Marathon Red Raider Hall of Fame will be accepted through Tuesday, June 30.

Criteria for the Hall of Fame is as follows:

_ The individual is a graduate and has been an athlete in the Marathon School District (at least 10 years out of high school) or is a former coach or staff member from the Marathon School District.

_ The individual has demonstrated mastery in the athletic endeavors they participated in, whether coaching, participating or supporting the athletics of Marathon High School. This mastery should include state, conference and school recognition.

_ Athletic achievements since leaving Marathon High School may be considered.

_ Nominations must be made by a person other than the candidate and submitted to either the Marathon Athletic Director or the Marathon Athletic Club.

A Hall of Fame Committee will select this year’s recipients. Five people are selected each year.

Hall of Fame inductees will be notifi ed by Wednesday, July 15. A Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony will be held the Sunday following the Marathon Athletic Club Golf Outing.

Summer school

Marathon Public Schools will offer summer school in two sessions this year, Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 17, and Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 31. All summer school sessions will run 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Summer school classes will be separated into themes based on grades. Within each theme, there will be three different classes - two academic-based and one physical fitness. Student will be taught three 70 minute classes by three different teachers. Summer school will offer summer band lessons for students in current grades 5-12. This class will develop instrumental playing skills with one-on-one instruction and may happen in a virtual setting. Emphasis will be on rhythm, technique, expressions, and fun with performing music.

Summer school will also offer driver’s education and Strength and Conditioning for students in grades 5-11.

The school has announced COVID- 19 safety precautions that will be put in place:

_ All students will go right to their summer school classes instead of waiting in the gym.

_ Travel to various spaces in the building will be minimized.

_ Social distancing will be practiced while in the classroom and school.

_ Minimal to no sharing of supplies.

_ There will be no large group gatherings or assemblies.

_ There will be no whole group recess as each class will schedule a time for their own recess or break time. Playground equipment is not available at this time.

_ The school asks that all children and adults who are sick with symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) stay home.

_ The school asks that parents wait outside at noon to pick up their students and teachers will bring their classes outside for pick up to avoid crowded hallways.

_ Hand washing and hand sanitizing will occur upon arrival at school and be highly encouraged throughout the morning.

_ Custodians will take extra precautions in cleaning and sanitizing the summer school classrooms daily.

_ Masks are optional for students Day care after the summer school will not be offered this year.


Marathon City administrator Andy Kurtz has announced that a listing of resources 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.