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Mildred “Milly” Ella Aldach, 86, of Black River Falls, formerly of Blair and Taylor died Monday, April 17, 2017, in Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Mildred was born March 26, 1931, in Garden Valley, rural Alma Center, WIS., to Frank and Ethel (Preston) Burnett. She married Albert “Shorty” Aldach May 7, 1946, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Black River Falls. Albert preceded Milly in death Sept. 23, 2009.

Milly was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Ansgar’s Catholic Church in Blair.

Milly enjoyed dancing, embroidering, cake decorating and ceramics. She also made floral arrangements for her children’s and grandchildren’s weddings. Milly enjoyed life to the fullest. She enjoyed making others happy by sending cards and giving gifts to family and friends and remembering birthdays and special events.

On April 18, the Tigers softball squad was still looking for its first when it traveled to face off against Onalaska Luther.

BRF held its ground against the Knights as long as they could, but as Coach Mary Danielson said "that 'one bad inning' happened, and we couldn't bounce back."

Things looked good for the Tigers at the beginning as the team got off to a hot start.

Channing Manske and Lacey Hopinkah would start things off with a pair of singles. A couple of Knights errors later and the Tigers would find themselves up 2-0 in the first inning.

That lead wouldn't last long as a couple of runs in the bottom of the first and second innings would quickly tighten things back up.

The Tender Branches Youth Choir of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls will be presenting its annual youth musical at the 7 p.m. worship service Saturday evening May 6, and at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday, May 7.

This year's musical, “Your Love Is Amazing," features musical arrangements and skits by Dennis Allen and will be directed by Mary Cooley.

Youth choir members sharing responsibilities for choreography, solos and skits include Ben Bluedorn, VaLacia Ernst, Isaac Gaier, Kaitlyn Gilbertson, Matthew Jacobs, Caleb Marecek, Nathan Marecek, Jessica Olson, Rebecca Ross, Ashley Rush and Taylor Skar.

Featured songs will include the high-energy “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)", “Lord, Reign in Me", “I'm Amazed" and “The More I Know Him.

Co-op Credit Union Melrose Branch Manager Kathy Sampson has retired after serving the credit union for nearly 35 years.

Sampson handed over the reins to Jamie Lockington, who assumed her new position in mid-April. Lockington previously served as assistant branch manager at CCU’s former La Crosse location.

Sampson started at CCU in 1982 as a part-time teller and four years later was named Melrose branch manager, a position she has held since. Family, friends and credit union employees celebrated Sampson’s service at a retirement gathering April 14.

“It’s been a very emotional week,” Sampson said during the event at the Melrose Legion Hall. “I’ve been very much wowed.”

Eric Chrisinger, CCU’s president and CEO, said Sampson supported her members, employees and the Melrose community.

The Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department is pleased to announce the receipt of $24,350 in grant funding to be used for the development of wildlife openings on the Jackson County Forest. Contributing partners include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in the amount of $17,700 and the National Wild Turkey Federation in the amount of $6,650.

Less than one percent of the Jackson County Forest is comprised of “productive” forest openings. Forest openings are critical in providing forage opportunities for wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and the newly-established Central Forest elk herd. The openings also provide critical habitat for a host of non-game wildlife species which rely on grassland habitat for their existence.

Jackson County proposes to create approximately 24 acres of new openings on the forest.