Wood County Current Events

Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting
Posted 2/9/2016 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
There are currently four elections scheduled for 2016: February 16, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Voter Photo ID will be required for all in-person and absentee voters (with certain exceptions for military, overseas and indefinitely confined electors).

Are you ready to vote? Do you have one of the eight acceptable forms of Photo ID? Do you need to apply for a free Wisconsin ID card?

Find out here: Voter ID Law Information 
Paper Tigers Movie
Posted 2/9/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and the Wood County Health Department are proud to announce FREE showings of a powerful documentary, Paper Tigers.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the  McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:30 am at the Nekoosa High School Auditorium (limited seats available for this showing, please email Megan Larson, mlarson@co.wood.wi.us, to save your seat)

Paper Tigers highlights research related to The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study; which demonstrates how trauma impacts development and increases issues related to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, physical health, and early death. The documentary focuses on one school’s radical solution to the problem and how it impacted the students. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of trauma-informed educational strategies and is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and Wood County Health department are partnering together for two showings in Wood County because many children served in our schools, clinics, hospital and community based settings have experienced ACES which directly impacts their health; ability to learn; overall well-being and impacts our community’s health.

Please join us for the documentary so we can continue to find effective ways to meet the needs of our community.

Community Resources
Posted 2/5/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental health) concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.
Mental Health Service Provider Breakfast
Posted 2/5/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Many communities are in the process of partnering to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. These collaborations have been termed mental health integration projects. There are many different mental health integration models being used throughout the country.

The Wood County Health Department and Healthy People Wood County Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Coalitions brought together Mental Health Service Providers from around Wood County to take part in this presentation about three different mental health integration projects currently in Wisconsin.

To view this presentation (recorded by River Cities Community Access - RCCA) or download the handouts provided at this event, please follow the links provided below.
36th Annual Wood County Snowmobile Ride 2/20/16
Posted 2/3/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Please Join Us!  Click on the little paperclip below to access the trail map for the day. 
Remaining Snowmobile Trails will OPEN Friday, 2/5/16 - 8am!
Posted 2/3/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, would like to announce all remaining closed Wood County Snowmobile trails will open for the season on Friday, February 5th at 8:00 am. Currently open, are the Kellner Knights trails and the Sunset Drifters trail that runs from Highway 54 in Port Edwards into southern Juneau County.
Please use caution on trails and respect private landowners by staying on the trails. Remember without landowner permission and our dedicated Wood County Snowmobile Clubs, the trail system would not be possible! JOIN YOUR LOCAL CLUB TODAY!

Vesper Snow Drifters
Sunset Drifters
Kellner Knights
Auburndale Nite Owls
Bakerville Sno Rovers
Rudolph River Rovers
Yellow River Riders

JOIN US on February 20th at 8:00 am for the Wood County Snowmobile Ride/Food Pantry Drive hosted by the Auburndale Nite Owls! Call for more information or check our website www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks.
1/27/16 - Snowmobile Trails - Cross Country - Tubing Updates
Posted 1/27/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
WOOD COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS: As of 1/27/16, the Wood County Snowmobile trails remain closed except for the portion from Hwy. 54 running south into Juneau County. The Snowmobile clubs are currently assessing the condition of their portion of the trails to determine if they are suitable to open. We received approximately 3-4” here in Central WI on Monday night so not enough come to a solid decision as we really needed about 4-6” of good, heavy, wet snow. We want our trails to be safe and enjoyable for everyone this winter. Please check back periodically to check the status of the trails. As soon as we receive word from the clubs they are ready, we will post the information on the following websites:

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Wood County Park and Forestry Department

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Thank you – Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile Trail Coordinator, 715-421-8422 or sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: Ski Trails are open at Richfield 360, Powers Bluff and Nepco Lake County Park and were all groomed and tracked since the new snowfall on 1/25/16. Please use caution at the Richfield 360 area, as there is logging activity taking place. Powers Bluff tubing hill is in good condition and open on Saturdays and Sundays. If you wish to have a private party on a weekday, please give us a call at 715-421-8422 for more information.
Trauma Informed Care Approach
Posted 1/13/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.

The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.
Winter Recreation Openings
Posted 1/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to give public notice that the Powers Bluff Winter Sports Area will be opening for the season on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Winter Operating Hours are Saturday and Sunday with 3 tubing sessions.

1st session is 10:00 AM—12:00 PM and the cost is $6.00
2nd session is 12:00 PM—2:00 PM and the cost is $8.00
3rd session is 2:00 PM—4:00 PM and the cost is $8.00.

Downhill skiing is open from 10:00 AM—4:30 PM and the fee is $8.00.

Private parties are also allowed during weekdays. Call the Park and Forestry Office for more details.

Ski Trails are open at Richfield 360, Powers Bluff and Nepco Lake County Park. Please use caution at the Richfield 360 area, as there is logging activity taking place.

Fee passes may be purchased at the trail head or at the Park and Forestry Office:

Daily: $5.00
Annual: $15.00
Family $30.00

Children 7 and under are free.

For further information please contact the Wood County Park and Forestry Department at (715) 421-8422 or visit our website: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks. We also post updated information on our Facebook page.

Logging Activity Notice - Richfield 360 Forest
Posted 1/12/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to give notice that logging activity will be occurring within the Richfield 360 County Forest this winter. This activity will result in temporary closings of sections of the cross country ski trail. A portion of the snowmobile trail travels through this area as well, which may result in temporary delays on the trail. For everyone’s safety, please obey posted signage when using the trails.

For more information about our winter activities, please visit our website at www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Parks
Wood County Foster Care Program
Posted 1/6/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Foster Care Program continues to search for individuals and families who are willing and able to become foster parents. If caring for children and youth is something that interests you, please consider Foster Care.

If you have an interest in learning more, please contact Julia Dauenhauer at 715-421-8629 or Grace Bauer at

Or click on the link to direct you to the Wood County Human Services Foster Care web page.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 12/23/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale
Posted 12/7/2015 by tgildenzopf@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department is currently holding their annual tree, shrub and wildflower sale. Orders will be accepted through January 15, 2016.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a new social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment
Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.
Wood County Clean Sweep
Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.
CMS five-star rating symbol
CMS Five Star Rating
Posted 8/27/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
June 18, 2015 -  Norwood Health Center has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) by receiving the highest possible overall rating of 5 stars. Crossroads has earned an overall 5 star rating, while Pathways TBI has earned an overall 4 star rating. Congratulations to the staff on Crossroads & Pathways for their dedication to patient care, quality & excellence! 

Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average. There is one Overall 5-star rating for each nursing home, and a separate rating for each of the following three sources of information:

Health Inspections – The health inspection rating contains information from the last 3 years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys. The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years.

Staffing –This rating considers differences in the levels of residents' care need in each nursing home. For example, a nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where the resident needs were not as high.

Quality Measures (QMs) – The quality measure rating has information on 11 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs. 

Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Expands Psychiatry Services Using Tele-health
Posted 8/3/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
In July, the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic began offering psychiatry services out of the Chestnut Street Branch Office Clinic in Marshfield. Dr. Sheila Rao has joined the clinic as a contracted provider offering psychiatry services to adults. Dr. Rao completed her Psychiatric Residency program in 2003 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She currently practices in Illinois.

When using Tele-health, the doctor can be located anywhere in the country. This is what allows Dr. Rao to work in Wood County. A nurse facilitates the appointment and remains with the person throughout the time they are talking with the doctor using video equipment. This service can be accessed by individuals who are currently enrolled in the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic.
NOAA Weather Radios
Posted 4/28/2015 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
Preeclampsia Awareness
Posted 4/8/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Casie, a Wood County mother, wants to help others by making her story known. She has helped in the development of this one page document to be used with other pregnant mothers. The goal of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review team is to spread this widely to raise Preeclampsia awareness.
Housing Repair Loans
Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?

If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:

  • Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
  • Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.

For more information and application materials contact:

Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
(608) 847-7309
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.

Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.

For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.
Food Safety Class
Posted 8/20/2014 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
A food safety education class is being offered on the first week day of each month in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. Interested persons must contact the Wood County Health Department prior to the class 715-421-8911.
Courthouse Parking
Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.

As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
Wood County Outdoors!
Posted 8/1/2013 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
Posted 10/19/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Posted 6/28/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets.
-It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds.
-In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.
-Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Community Health Improvement Planning Process
Posted 5/4/2012 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Riverview Medical Center, is in the process of completing a Community Health Improvement Plan.

This process includes examining local county health data, identify local priority health areas, and identify community assets and resources.

Once our local priorities have been selected, community members will be asked to join implementation teams to assist in developing goals and objectives around these identified local health priority areas.

They will identify and develop evidenced-based strategies for the local health priorities, promote and implement these strategies, and evaluate the success of the strategies. Resources will be identified to mobilize the community to improve the health of Wood County residents.

We would like you to identify the Health Focus Areas that should be the priorities for the community for the next few years.

Considering the information (data) available on the Wood County Health Department website, the typed discussion points made by the Community Assessment Team, as well as your personal experience and insight, please complete the following survey.