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February Jefferson Award Winner: Sister Karen Neuser Video included

She's a driving force behind the effort to end homelessness in La Crosse.  For that effort, Sister Karen Neuser of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration is February's recipient of the Jefferson Award.  


Jefferson Award Winner says challenge yourself and be active Video included

Mary Hirsch-Justice has an unusual philosophy on winter. "As nasty and as cold as it is, it's good for us to be challenged by the cold," said Hirsch-Justice. Ironically, it's something she struggles with. "I hate being cold and yet I'm doing this but I get out here and I move.


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.


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.


October Jefferson Award: Sherry Hougom Video included

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


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.


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

"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.


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." 


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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