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A benefit to restore the old Downsville schoolhouse is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie. The turn-of-the-19th-century octagon schoolhouse is thought to be the only one of its kind remaining in Wisconsin, perhaps even the Midwest. The rare building was purchased by John Thomas and Kathy Ruggles and is now located at Dunn County Pottery in Downsville, which is owned by Thomas.

The benefit event includes a meal provided by The Creamery Restaurant, dessert by Legacy Chocolates and entertainment provided by local performers, Claudia Schmidt, Take2 and Yata.

A silent auction will be held that includes donations from local artists and businesses.

Tickets are $30 each and available by contacting the Mabel Tainter box office at (715) 235-0001 or going online at www.mabeltainter.com.

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