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River Falls memorial playground to be built after fundraising goal met

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A fundraising effort has reached its goal of collecting $550,000 to build a playground in memory of three western Wisconsin girls killed by their father in 2012.

Groundbreaking for the Tri-Angels Playground is scheduled for June at Hoffman Park in River Falls. The 8,000-square-foot, universally-accessible playground is scheduled to open in mid-August.

The playground will be built in memory of the three Schaffhausen sisters — 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia.

The girls’ father, Aaron Schaffhausen, a former construction worker, has been sentenced to life in prison for their deaths.

A St. Paul-based credit union recently donated $50,000 from the sale of the girls’ former home toward the construction of the playground.

The company’s president and CEO says contributing the proceeds to the project was the right thing to do.

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