Wisconsin church, strip club work to create community space

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin strip club will be torn down and the property cleared for community use following an unlikely alliance between the strip club and a church.

The Marshfield News Herald reports that North Ridge Church in Marshfield is closing a deal on the land where the Rear End tavern and strip club was located.

A church program started in 2012 called Sweet Treats helped connect the two groups. Women from the church visited the strip club with homemade desserts and to start conversation.

The former club owner J.D. Koran says it was a natural move to sell the land to the church.

Lead pastor Preston Tippen says the church doesn't have specific plans for the space yet. The church may relocate to the location or create a neighborhood space, such as a park with pavilions.

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