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Registration for Woodbury residents can be done by fax, mail, walk-in or drop box registrations.

Residents were mailed a brochure of activities and classes, but it can also be viewed online at:

If you are a new user, or have trouble locating your household information, the instructions on the inside cover page of the brochure will walk you through the registration process available by visiting the link above or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 651-714-3583 during business hours.

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Octagon House open for weekend tours

The historic Octagon House Museum, 1004 Third St, Hudson, Wis., operated by the St. Croix County Historical Society, will be open for walk-in tours on the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Cost for adults is $7, $3 for students (age 13 to 18), $2 for children (6 to 12) and children 5 and younger free with an adult.

The house was built for Judge John Shaw Moffat and his wife, Nancy Bennet Moffat, New Yorkers who arrived in Hudson in 1854 with their young daughter, Mary. Four generations of the musically inclined Moffat-Hughes family lived in the home over a span of 102 years.

The Octagon House is an example of the novel eight-sided dwelling popular in America in the mid-1800s. Such a house was considered conducive to healthy living as light and air could enter from eight directions.

Please call 715-386-2654 to schedule group tours.

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Antique train rolls again at state park

An antique train will be rolling at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail N., Marine on St. Croix.

Meet at the visitor center to purchase tickets. At 11 a.m., participants will hike just under 1 mile to the train tracks. A naturalist and a train conductor will take participants on a tour of the history and landscapes of the St. Croix Valley. At Osceola, Wis., people can leave the train to do lunch or antiquing or stay on the train and go to Dresser, Wis. Anyone planning to stay on the train should bring a lunch.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for kids 5 to 15, and children under 4 ride free. For more information, call 433-0500.

Kevin Giles, jim anderson

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  • The historic Octagon House Museum will be open for walk-in tours from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. next Sunday. Cost is $7 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. The house is located at 1004 Third St. in Hudson, Wis.

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