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In this week’s Standard Press…

The St. Francis Friary complex carries special meaning to many people in the Burlington area and beyond.

However, considering the aging Friary, and the need for maintenance, the religious group has sought for years to subdivide some of its property to accommodate development.

The City of Burlington Plan Commission on Tuesday cleared one hurdle Tuesday, recommending approval to the Common Council to subdivide the property into four separate parcels, with one caveat.

Bear Real Estate Group, which has an offer to purchase the property, will allow the Franciscan Friars to remain on the property with the group retaining ownership of 15 acres.

The Franciscan Friary is one the top stories in this week’s Standard Press set to hit newsstands on Thursday.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

REFERENDUM CONUNDRUM: Lack of state funding, increased expenses because of record-setting inflation, and one-time federal funds soon to expire have left several Wisconsin school districts seeking taxpayer support to simply maintain ongoing operations.
Since 1994, when the state imposed revenue limits on schools, Wisconsin school districts have placed nearly 10,000 operational referendums on the ballot, seeking permission to exceed revenue caps, according to Wisconsin Policy Forum.

COURT NEWS: A Burlington man accused of making threats towards the Burlington Area School District on social media received additional charges from the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Kyle Johnson, 28, who initially faced a felony charge of making terroristic threats as well as misdemeanor counts of computer message-threaten/injury or harm and disorderly on Feb. 1, saw prosecutors add a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of possession of THC, second offense in an amended complaint.

BAKER’S DOZEN: The Burlington High School wrestling team qualified 13 athletes for individual sectionals set for Saturday in Burlington.

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