Marathon County celebrates unique landmark with marker and ribbon cutting ceremonySubmitted: 09/13/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride

Marathon County celebrates unique landmark with marker and ribbon cutting ceremony
MARATHON COUNTY - If you've ever been lost when driving, you aren't alone. 

"Mankind has always wondered where are," said Bryan Meyer, the president of the Wisconsin County Surveyors Association. 

But in the Marathon County town of Poniatowski, a new marker will tell you exactly where you are.

"Now this gives us a definitive point where we are on the earth," said Meyer. 

Meyer is a surveyor and markers like the 45 degree North, 90 degree West marker in Marathon County play a big role in his job.

"With marks like this one and other all across the state, they're all important to us as surveyors to help people know and understand where their property lines are," said Meyer. 

But the mark is more than an important tool. It's a novelty that brings people from all over the world to Marathon County. 

"This has always been listed as one of our tourist destinations but it wasn't really utilized that much because the marker was never here," said Richard Barrett, the Executive Director of the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Visitors Bureau.

But now, since the marker was placed and the park was built.

"We're averaging 300 to 500 people a month coming out here," said Barrett.

The park celebrated it's opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. 

Park visitors are seeing something that can only be seen in Marathon County. 

"There's only four in the world. Two are underwater, one is in the mountains of China, we're the only accessible one," said Barrett.

Not only are these coordinates unique, but they also let us know if we're lost, and when it's time to pull out a map. 

"Make sure you protect those markers, they're really important," said Meyer. 

Anyone who visits the marker will join an exclusive club. You can visit the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Wausau to sign the official '45°N - 90°W Club' registration book and receive a commemorative coin as proof of membership.

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Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.

Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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Authorities say the Toyota SUV apparently failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The three men died at the scene. Authorities say they apparently were not wearing seat belts.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was flown to UW Hospital. Her passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to another hospital.

Names and hometowns of the victims were not released.

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Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found an unresponsive man on the floor.  Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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He plans to leave after the school year ends, but the school board is already preparing to find his replacement.

Early next month, the Three Lakes School District will host two input sessions for the public.

Three Lakes residents can go to give their opinions on what they want in a replacement. 

Karling's decision to retire comes about a month after he faced criticism for allowing the district to be featured in a campaign ad for Gov. Scott Walker. 

People who can't make it can still send their thoughts to the Three Lakes Board of Education. People can submit comments by writing to:

Board of Education, Three Lakes School District
6930 West School St. 
Three Lakes, WI 54562 

or email: tr@threelakessd.k12.us.

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