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Crews tear down school building in New Vienna

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Demolition began on the old St. Boniface Catholic High School building in New Vienna on Wednesday. The New Vienna building was built sometime between 1923- 1924. Through the years, the building had been deteriorating, leaving it too costly to repair.

The school most recently served as an elementary school for the St. Boniface Parish. Last year, the parish decided to close the school after a drop in enrollment. Those students are now at the Hennessy Catholic School in Petersburg.

Kay Wessels graduated St. Boniface High School in 1949.

"It was a fun place to go to school," Wessels said Wednesday afternoon while taking pictures of the demolition. "We had large classes in those days."

Wessels said at that time, the school taught students first grade through 12th grade.

Lawrence Lansing was also a graduate of St. Boniface Catholic High School. On Wednesday afternoon, he and his wife took pictures of the demolition.

"I'm sure it took a lot of time to build years ago," Lansing said laughing. "But it wont take to much time to take it down."

Officials with St. Boniface Parish said the demolition process began after school concluded last year. The process began with taking out wood work and auctioning off items. They said Wednesday that demolition was the final phase.

"That's the way....life goes on." Lansing said.

Officials with the parish expect demolition of the building to be completed by the end of this week. They say no decision has been made about how the space occupied by the building will be used in the future.

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