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Wis. Church Plans To Turn Strip Club Into Community Space

NOEL KING, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Noel King. A few years ago, parishioners from a church in Marshfield, Wis., struck up a friendship with a business nearby - a strip club called the Rear End - an odd pairing, but it lasted. So when the club's owner decided to sell, he knew the church wanted to build a community center. And they made a deal. The church's lead pastor says restoration is part of its mission. He added, sometimes that comes through ministry and sometimes through purchasing a strip club. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.