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Weekend Planner: Ring in the new year

Events for this New Year's weekend are planned around good and bad weather. There are several from which to choose.

In St. Paul Park, two skating rinks at Whitbred Park, on Lincoln Avenue between 13th and 14th avenues, will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 2. They will be closed on New Year's Day.

This is the last weekend for model railroad fans to visit the Newport Model Railroad Club's display, at 600 Seventh Ave. Visitors are welcome from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1 and 2.

Washington County Parks will feature guest speaker Fred Boulay in a program titled "Winter Camping" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Boulay will discuss proper clothing, equipment, first aid and shelter. Participants will spend time indoors and outside. For details, call (651) 430-8370 or visit