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Historic convent could fall to wrecking ball

Parish claims it can't afford to care for Stevens Point building

6:30 PM, Aug. 24, 2013
Stevens Point city leaders want to keep the convent as part of Saint Stephen's campus because of its historical value.
Stevens Point city leaders want to keep the convent as part of Saint Stephen's campus because of its historical value.
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City leaders and Saint Stephen Parish officials are battling over the future of a nearly 60-year-old convent that the church wants to demolish, but history buffs want to save.

The convent was added to the Saint Stephen campus in downtown Stevens Point in 1954 and first was used as a home for nuns. The campus now consists of Saint Stephen Church, the rectory, Saint Stephen Elementary School and the convent. It has served thousands of parishioners from across central Wisconsin over the years, including City Council members Randy Stroik, Mike Wiza and Jerry Moore.

But the convent hasn't been ...

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