RHINELANDER - The Pioneer Park Historical Complex dedicates itself to preserving Rhinelander's history.
Most recently, those efforts have been focused on restoring a five spot narrow gauge locomotive that sits in the park.
"We're inviting community members who love the museum and Rhinelander's history to come help slap a coat of primer on it," said director of the historical complex Kerry Bloedorn.
Bloedorn wants to make the train at the Pioneer Park Historical Complex look like it did when it hauled lumber to and from Rhinelander almost 100 years ago.
"It had spent a lot of time in Rhinelander hauling logs for the Thunder Lake Lumber Company," said Bloedorn. "When that company shut down in the '40's it was sent to a mine in Chihuahua Mexico where it hauled ore. They beat the tar out of this train…"
Volunteer Dave Kohler drove more than forty minutes to help paint the train Wednesday.
He says preserving this piece of history is important for the entire Rhinelander community.
"It's part of Rhinelander," said Kohler. "Without the railroads coming here and the logging, it'd probably still be called Pelican Rapids and be a small little town."
A small town with a big connection to its past.
A connection that brings feelings of pride.
Dave Kohler says he'll be proud to get the job done.
"[I'll feel] accomplishment that I helped preserve a little bit of history. That I didn't let this one go to the scrapyard. This has to be saved," said Kohler.
Bloedorn says he will supply all the equipment for anyone who wants to volunteer Thursday afternoon.
Just remember to wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
MILWAUKEE - For the first time in 53 years, summer in Milwaukee won't have a Summerfest.
The crown jewel for the City of Festivals, and the largest music festival in the United States, was canceled for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by the board of Summerfest's parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc.
"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival CEO, said in a statement. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."
Refunds for Summerfest general-admission tickets are available at summerfest.com through July 17. 2020 general admission tickets and passes will also be honored for Summerfest 2021. Summerfest officials said dates for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police department since George Floyd's death.
The changes are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of Floyd. The City Council approved the agreement 12-0.
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