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The George Peterson family is pictured here on Easter Sunday 1961 during a trip to Cannon Falls to visit relatives. They were driving a 1949 Chyrsler - the same car they were driving in 1956 when Lois got a traffic ticket in St. Paul.

A look back at a kinder, more gentle time

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Patricia Peterson of Alexandria recently came across something that made her realize just how much things have changed in the past 60 years.


While going through some old papers that belonged to her parents, she found a letter from the St. Paul mayor and St. Paul chief of police, written in 1956, pardoning her mother from a traffic ticket.

Along with the letter was an uncashed check her mother had made out on November 5, 1956 to the Traffic Violations Bureau.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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