Felony Charge Against Guild Dismissed

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The felony charge against the former Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild has been dismissed. Guild, his attorneys, and Price County Judge Kevin Klein appeared via Zoom in Oneida County Court Thursday for a review hearing.

Guild was facing a felony charge of Misconduct in Office and Failure to Perform Known Duty in Oneida County.

In March 2020, Guild was arrested following an investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office regarding open records request.

Next month, Rhinelander will be celebrating all things Hodag with the Hodag Heritage Days.

“We want to celebrate our heritage. We want to be proud of each other. This community has really come together and supported each other on the local level. This event is for everyone,” said Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Event and Program Coordinator Rachel Boehlen.

Boehlen says the idea for the event has been in the works for years.

The Chamber wanted to hold it last year, but like most things, it got pushed back because of the pandemic.

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The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry won’t be able to do its normal food distribution Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The pantry said it’s having water issues that is preventing the distribution.

There will be another Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution this Thursday, April 29th. They hope to start at 8:30 a.m. but it depends on when the truck arrives.

It’s open to the public. Boxes are free and do not require registration.

Matthew Leitner

Fliers in and out of Rhinelander will soon have more options.

The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport will start offering daily, direct flights to Chicago this summer.

Airport Director Matthew Leitner couldn’t be more excited for this moment.

“Euphoric. This was a two-, two- and half-year initiative. A lot of people were an integral part of it. It was a real campaign. I have to extend my gratitude to all of those who were an integral part of it,” said Leitner.

Leitner said it’s been about 20 years since Rhinelander has had a direct flight to Chicago O’Hare.


The ground is warming up enough that people in Rhinelander no longer need to run their water. The City of Rhinelander Water Utility has observed that frost has now released from ground surfaces in the service area.

People who were on the City’s list and ran their water during the approved times this winter will be credited. That credit period ends on March 22.

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There are people in our communities that make a difference.

Those people that put in countless volunteer hours and go out of their way to help others.

The Rhinelander Community Foundation wants to honor those Unsung Difference Makers.

Board Member Steve Michlig says the Community Foundation is now accepting nominations.

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.