In this week’s Standard Press…

      Most people in the Burlington area remember the St. Francis Friary as a place of beauty, peace and history.

That’s why it was jarring for many to learn this week that the sprawling complex on Burlington’s north side is at the heart of a proposal that would bring 182 homes and apartments to the property.

However, the future of the site is being driven largely by the in ability of the religious order that owns the property to continue to absorb the cost of maintaining the buildings and grounds.

The large housing proposal for the friary property is the top story in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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


BHS PRINCIPAL TO RETIRE: Burlington High School Principal Eric Burling sent his own three children through the school he runs along with thousands of other students he also considers his kids. That hands-on relationship will end in June when Burling retires from the job he’s held the past decade.


CASE LOAD REMAINS HIGH: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported more than 4,500 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Racine County through a recent seven-day span as statewide hospitalizations approach record highs.


COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20 for a former Burlington and Wheatland music teacher charged with having sex with an underage girl and receiving nude photos of her. The hearing had been scheduled for mid December, but Wendt has been in isolation at the Racine County Jail, according to his attorney.


CITY REBRANDING: The City of Burlington could be leaning towards adopting a new brand identity dubbed “Small Wonder | Big Dreams” as officials look to move away from the longstanding Chocolate City, USA.


GUN STORE OK’D: The former Pharmacy Station building on South Pine Street will serve a new purpose as a gun store under a conditional use permit and site plan application approved Tuesday by the Plan Commission on a divided vote.


DISTRICT SURVEY GOES LIVE: Burlington Area School District residents now have a chance to weigh in on the district’s proposal for spending $3.4 million in federal pandemic relief funds. On Monday the district launched an online survey regarding the plan.


DANCING QUEENS: Winning conference is becoming a trend with the Burlington High School Dance team. And the funny thing is that up until 2019, the Lady Demons had never even won a Southern Lakes Conference championship.

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