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Sunday State News Briefs: Fond du Lac convent announces its closure

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

FOND DU LAC - The doors will close on the 160 year old Our Lady of Mount Carmel Convent in Mount Calvary this summer.

The Fond du Lac County convent was found in 1852, providing a home for hundreds of nuns during its lifetime. Only 20 nuns live in the old building now. They say they are preparing to move away by going through a prayer exercise where they picture every room in their mind and recall the good memories. The convent started as a log cabin, but has expanded to include a barn, a farm and living quarters with 56 bedrooms. The sisters have been growing their own fruit and vegetables, and tended to flower gardens on the grounds. The aging buildings and decreasing numbers of nuns living there are given as the reason for the closing.

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Hundreds of friends, family and residents of Orfordville lines the streets yesterday morning to watch a procession of vehicles escorting the family of 21 year old Corporal Benjamin H. Neal. A chartered plane landed just after 9 a.m., then Neal's flag-covered casket was carried to a waiting vehicle in a simple ceremony. He had been killed in Afghanistan April 25th when enemy forces attacked his unit. The processions from the airport to Orfordville included dozens of motorcycles ridden by the Patriot Guard Riders. People were standing in intersections, in driveways, on sidewalks and just on the side of the road along the 18-mile route. Public visitation will be held tomorrow afternoon with Corporal Neal's funeral Tuesday morning.

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The Sheboygan Common Council will consider a new ordinance in response to concerns expressed by event organizers, restaurant owners and police. The new ordinance would make it more difficult for mobile food trucks to serve at festivals and other events. It would prohibit them from parking within 500 feet of a fair, farmers' market or carnival without obtaining a special permit. There would also be a fee of $500 dollars and the vendors would have to stop their selling at 2:30 a.m. on weekends. One vendor says the enforced closing time would be the biggest problem. The Sheboygan Press reports Greg Lee says 2:30 a.m. is when business really picks up at his truck.

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West Bend police are asking for the public's help in funding a man who robbed a bank just before noon yesterday. Witnesses say the suspect was in his late 20s or early 30s, appeared to be white, between 5-10 and six feet tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He was unshaven. He entered a PNC Bank branch and handed a note to the teller indicating he had a weapon. He got away with an undetermined amount of money. If you have information about the crime or the suspect, you are being asked to call the West Bend Police Department at 262-335-5000.

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The water was chillier than the man expected. Police say the 27 year old man from Kohler decided to complete his night of drinking by taking a dip in the Sheboygan River. It happened at about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Several friends said the man had been at a bar with them, but left by himself. They thought he was going home until they heard some yelling. The man had decided to go swimming. He started struggling and began yelling for help. A passerby reportedly tossed him a life ring and call 911. The man was taken to a hospital and treated for hypothermia. Police say no charges will be filed, but they say the incident could have had a much worse ending for the would-be swimmer.

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will head a group of business and community leaders who will meet with officials from the Obama administration Monday in Washington, D.C. The meeting at the White House is one of a series of such get-togethers organized by a nonprofit group called Business Forward. Formed four years ago, the goal is to bring business leaders into the policy-making process. Before leaving, Soglin said he plans to focus on the need for job training and education. He says the costs associated with those needs must be addressed as well.

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A former priest from Green Bay will get an early release from prison. Donald Buzanowski was given a 32-year prison sentence seven years ago after he was convicted of sexually abusing a student at Saints Peter and Paul School in Green Bay. The abuse occurred in 1988. A judge has approved a joint motion which could set Buzanowski free as early as this week. The move comes due to changes in the state's statute of limitations law. The former priest's sentence was cut to time served, though the 69 year old will be on probation for seven more years. He will likely be played in a group home and will remain on the sex offender registry

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