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December Jefferson Award: Sherry Kelly Video included

She is part of a family effort to provide help for people who need it.   Sherry Kelly is reluctant to talk about herself and her contribution to people near the community of Blair, Wisconsin.  But she's happy to talk about how Blair helped her and her family.

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September's Jefferson Award Winner - Lorin "Louie" Wuensch

He used to work in sales and Louie Wuensch enjoyed his job. But he just did not want to spend one more winter on the road. So, he retired. He wanted to give something back, so he turned to volunteering. For his efforts, the La Crosse resident is September's Jefferson Award winner.
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Jefferson Award winners honored at special event

Every month, News 19 recognizes volunteers in the community with a Jefferson Award for Public Service. Thursday night, we honored the past year's worth of recipients with a special ceremony once again recognizing their contributions to the community.  

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Jefferson Award Winner Ann Gronbeck Peterson says time is precious

Pills, prayer and physical activity...that's what doctors told Ann Gronbeck Peterson she needed to focus on.

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Jefferson Award Winner Jim Cook: Changing Lives in Sparta

Sparta, Wisconsin (WXOW) --- The idea to connect the walk and bike paths in Sparta by bridges happened over a cup of coffee. "I got involved with Rheinhard Mueller on the first bridge and we drew it out on a piece of napkin at the restaurant," said Jim Cook the October Jefferson Award Mueller.

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La Crosse's national Jefferson Award winner speaks at national ceremony

Jim Cappuccio is a retired physical education teacher who focused on adaptive sports.

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Jefferson Award Winner: Cassie Buehler

Cassie Buehler says too many people make excuses why they can't volunteer. "Doesn't matter you age, your skill set, your interests. The amount of time you can commit. There's a volunteer opportunity out there waiting for you," said Buehler.

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October Jefferson Award: Sherry Hougom

This month's Jefferson Award winner is working to make the community a safer place to live. 

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Jefferson Award Winner says to win in life you have to stay in the fight Video included

At the Good Fight it's not about the punch. It's about people.  Kathy Freidhof is the Office Manager there. "It's a place of acceptance. It's a place where they can come and have fun and be themselves. I just loved what the dream was with a passion and plus learning how to box is something new," said Freidhoff.

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Jefferson Award winner Gail Burns says growing up poor gave her more compassion Video included

Gail Burns says her front porch is her little piece of heaven because it's here that she creates unique little blessings for people in the community.

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July Jefferson Award winner: Volunteering to make a difference Video included

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This month's Jefferson Award winner Dale Montgomery is so busy volunteering, his wife told the person nominating him, "I really can't keep track of where he is going." 

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83-year-old Jefferson Award Winner making guitars to deal with grief

"When my wife passed away for the first month I was devastated.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry," said James Schaffer.

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Jefferson Award winner volunteers despite living with rare genetic disorder Video included

Stephanie Stevens says the help her family received from Shriner's Hospital when she was born with a rare genetic disease set the course of her life. "They were never asked to pay back anything but we were told we could pay it forward."

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May Jefferson Award Winner: Carol Anderson Video included

When Carol Anderson retired from teaching in the Black River Falls School District, she did not stop serving her community.  In fact, she began working on a big challenge.  Hunger.   

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Jefferson Award Winner: Don Herr, leaving his mark on Cataract, WI Video included

If you live in Cataract, chances are you've heard of Don Herr.   "Over the years, if all else failed ...'Go to Uncle Don'. See him. He'll straighten it out for you," said Don.  

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March Jefferson Award Winner: Harvey Geary Video included

He is a former Town of Shelby employee who's spent a lot of time volunteering with the Boy Scouts.

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Jefferson Award Winner Thomas Rand started La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner Video included

Every month we have a tough time convincing Jefferson Award winners to accept the honor. Thomas Rand is no exception. 

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