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Confirmed: Last Catholic school in Price County to closeSubmitted: 03/20/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

Confirmed:  Last Catholic school in Price County to close
PARK FALLS - We now know for certain that the only Catholic school in a 50-mile radius of Park Falls will close.

The Diocese of Superior confirmed St. Anthony's school in Park Falls will shut down before next school year. A final decision from the Diocese was the last step before making it official.


Bishop James Powers said "diminishing demographics and hard economic realities" forced the decision.

The school faced a financial shortfall of more than $200,000 each year in the near future. This year, enrollment dropped to just 74 students.

St. Anthony's had been open in Park Falls for 95 years.

Click the links below to see Bishop Powers's letter and previous stories on St. Anthony's.

Related Weblinks:
Diocese of Superior Letter - St. Anthony's.pdf
Last Catholic school in Price County, 95-year-old St. Anthony's, likely to close
Century-old Park Falls Catholic school seeks 'miracle' to survive financially

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