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No bids on Schaffhausen house

HUDSON -- A “sheriff’s sale” auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three sisters were killed by their father drew not a single bidder Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix County Government Center. That means the property will be retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave. Affinity Plus set the opening bid at $189,261. The auction was overseen by St. Croix County Sheriff St. Jason Sykora. When no one responded to the opening bid, Sykora said the property reverted to Affinity Plus. Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, was convicted last month of killing his three daughters -- Amara, 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5 -- at the house in July 2012. Earlier that year he had taken out a 30-year mortgage and still owed $181,000. Schaffhausen is now serving a life sentence for his crimes. His wife, Jessica, and a local group of supporters are raising money to build a special playground in River Falls as a memorial to the Schaffhausen sisters, who were described as very active and playful. Called Tri-Angels Playground, it would be accessible for children of all ages and abilities to use.