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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.

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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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