Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Educators, community and business leaders met at Greenheck in Schofield for a conversation on Marathon County's LIFE Report. The report issued in January, is a biennial survey of what makes the county a good place to live and what needs improvement.
The 2011-13 report showed survey respondents found Marathon County has a high quality of life. Community leadership is strong and communities well managed. Acceptance of diversity ranked high. Schools, area health care and social amenities ( tourism, recreation, cultural arts) ranked well. The area economy is diverse but unemployment and underemployment showed up as concerns.
The discussion Friday morning centered on what's being done to address concern areas.
A panel of experts presented updated information on early childhood learning, secondary and post secondary education. Early childhood education programs remain an integral part of their focus. They say children who get a good start in life, do better in school. Without nurturing, children who live in poverty have a more difficult time once they enter school.
School and business leaders say they are partnering to address a trained workforce.
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