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Rhinelander's train depot museum to offer free fun at holiday open house SaturdaySubmitted: 12/06/2019
Story By Stephen Goin

Rhinelander's train depot museum to offer free fun at holiday open house Saturday
RHINELANDER - Pioneer Park in Rhinelander won't open again until the summer of 2020.

For one day only this winter, the park's train depot museum will welcome guests for free.

At the holiday open house Saturday, people can enjoy refreshments and museum tours.

Model trains will be running throughout the day including a display based on 1950's Rhinelander.

The Rhinelander Railroad Association will also provide rides in a speeder car outside the museum.

Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and donations are welcome.




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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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