Parade Gains Support From Rhinelander Council

Feb 24, 2021

The Rhinelander Common Council threw its support behind the 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled to take place Saturday, March 13. The parade was canceled last year as COVID-19 was entering the state.

“Our people have had one year now to live in COVID conditions, make decisions, to be adults, to wash our hands, wear a mask – do what they feel is needed,” said Mayor Chris Frederickson when introducing the topic. “I would suggest moving forward and holding the parade.”


City of Rhinelander utility customers who experienced problems with water and sewer lines freezing should start running water at your property if you are approved to do so.

People on the list can run water 24 hours a day in stream that’s about the diameter of a pencil-lead. It should be coming from just one faucet. The City Utility will adjust billing usage accordingly.

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Volunteers with the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry started their Thursday morning unloading pallets of boxes off a Feeding America truck.

It was already snowing constantly as the maneuvered a forklift through the snow-covered parking lot.

More than a thousand 30-pound boxes sat in stacks in the parking lot while people waiting in cars lining the streets around the pantry.

“Cars were lined up quarter to 7:00,” said operations assistant Courtney Smith.

This is the first Feeding America truck to arrive at the pantry in 2021.


Many of us can likely recall a teacher that went above and beyond. That one whose message and teaching style has stuck with us through the years.

Rhinelander Partners in Education wants to know who those teachers are right now.

“We know that 2020 had to lend itself to a lot of innovation and we’re really excited that our first year could capture a lot of the work teachers had to do in a year that is completely different from anything that they ever prepared for before,” said PIE board member Ryan Zietlow.

Rhinelander PIE is starting the Golden Apple Award.


A group of nearly 20 agencies from across the state have spent more than a year developing the PFAS Action Plan.

This plan will act as a roadmap for dealing with PFAS in Wisconsin.

For those unfamiliar, PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals. You find them in things like non-stick cookware and firefighting foam.

Rhinelander to See New Cab Company in 2021

Dec 16, 2020
Star Journal photo courtesy of HodagTV.

The city of Rhinelander will have a new Shared Ride Taxi (SRT) service in 2021. The Rhinelander City Council voted Dec. 14 to contract with Viroqua-based Running, Inc. after a four-person committee scored Running higher than current SRT provider Rapid Cab.

SRT service is a subsidized program funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA). The city only contributes to the cost of the service if revenues do not exceed the expenses of the program.

Rotary Club of Rhinelander

For 100 years, the Rhinelander Rotary has impacted the community.

During that time, it has helped support local businesses and organizations through fundraisers.

It’s also helped bring students from overseas to live in our community and sent student from here to other countries to study.

John O’Melia is a Rhinelander Rotary Board member. His grandfather was one of the charter members brough the group to Rhinelander in 1920.

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The City of Rhinelander is closing city offices for walk-ins starting Monday due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Oneida County.

“The City’s utmost priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide services andcarry out its functions,” said Mayor Chris Frederickson in a statement. “Wear a mask while in public, practicegood hygiene and avoid gatherings of people outside your immediate family wheneverpossible." 

City Hall, police, fire, and inspection offices will be closed to walk-in customers.

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Of the more than 3.5 million registered voters in Wisconsin, more than 173,000 are in our region.  That region includes eight counties stretching from Marathon to Iron County.

While we are seeing record early voting in our region and throughout Wisconsin, fewer than half of registered voters have cast their ballot.

Meaning there is still plenty of people that could show up to vote on Election Day.

Rhinelander City Clerk Val Foley said she’s expecting a large voter turnout. If that does happen, it could take longer for election workers to count and tally votes.


The Rhinelander District Library is looking for people with creative pumpkin carving ideas.

It got a donation of pumpkins from the local Walmart.

The pumpkins are being given away to people to decorate. Then people will bring them back to sit on the front steps of the library through Friday.

“It’s a different way to get the community involved and coming to their library. This is another thing do for our community and then the community decorates the library for Halloween,” said library director Virginia Roberts.


In a normal summer, there is some type of festival or event just about every weekend in the Northwoods.

Streets are blocked off. Music fills the town. Rows of open tents line the streets and sidewalks. You can find everything from handmade soaps to photographs of Wisconsin landscapes to intricately designed wood carvings.

Of course, this summer has been anything but normal and those events were largely canceled.

Daniel Guild

The Oneida County District Attorney has filed new charges against former Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild. 

An amended complaint was filed in Oneida County Court on September 11, 2020. According to the court documents, Guild is facing two new counts of Tampering with Public Records. Both are felony charges.

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Nearly two months ago, the DNR recommended the City of Rhinelander make full PFAS testing results available on the city’s website.

As of Thursday afternoon, those testing results still weren’t posted for the public to see.

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At its peak, more than 30,000 electric customers were without power in northern Wisconsin after the storm that swept through Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Snowfall across most of the region finally stopped Wednesday afternoon after a foot of accumulation.

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director Matthew Leitner began driving a snowplow himself at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning to clear the taxiway for a Delta flight.

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Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson ordered a second city water well shut down Friday as levels of a PFAS-family chemical continued to rise.

Earlier this month, WXPR reported Well 8 was still providing water to the city as concentrations of PFHxS continued upward.

On Friday, Frederickson said those levels caused him to order the shutoff.