RIVER FALLS--A sheriff’s sale auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three young girls were killed more than a year ago by their father drew not one bidder Aug. 13 at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson.

That means the property is retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the original mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave.

Affinity Plus set the opening auction bid at $189,261.

When no one responded to this opening bid, the auction supervisor, St. Croix County Sheriff Lt. Jason Sykora, said the property reverted to Affinity Plus.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, has been convicted of killing his three daughters--Amara, age 11; Sophie, eight; and Cecilia, five--at the Morningside Avenue house in July 2012.

Earlier, Schaffhausen had taken out a 30-year mortgage and still owed $181,000. He’s now serving a life sentence for his crimes.

His wife, Jessica, and a local group are raising money to build a special playground in River Falls as a memorial to the Schaffhausen sisters. They were described as very active and playful.

Called Tri-Angels Playground, it would be accessible for children of all ages and abilities to use.

After the Aug. 13 no-bid auction, the three sisters’ grandmother, Becky Stotz of Springfield, Ill., said Affinity Plus has left the fate of the house on Morningside Avenue in the family’s hands.

“The credit union has been very, very concerned about the community and what the family wants done with this house,” she said. “They don’t care if they get their money. They’re writing it off.”

For more please read the August 28 print version of the Herald.