EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Fishing has been banned here until April 15. The cooperation of all sportsmen of the area is requested in seeing that these new fishing laws are obeyed to the strict letter.

...The salaries of many Winneshiek county officials will be reduced next month. The county treasurer, auditor and clerk will now make $1,700 per year, instead of $2,000 they were previously paid. State officials also are receiving pay cuts. The sheriff will continue to make his $1,900 per year.

...Unemployed men in the area have been put to work at the county woodpile. Currently there are 55 unemployed men on the payroll. Some wood has been used as part of the pay for the workers. The county plans to purchase more timberland to help the unemployed.

...The wrestlers and boxers of Burr Oak High School will state an exhibition at the Burr Oak Athletic Club House next Friday night.

...The Decorah School Police Squad will be on duty this Thursday and Friday. The school police will have the same standing as those of regular police as far as traffic near the schools is concerned. Twenty-four boys are on the squad.

...A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Anundsen the other evening at the Decorah hospital. Mr. Anundsen is handing out cigars. They have one son, Jackie, age 4. Mr. Anundsen is associated with the Posten, of which his father was the founder. He is active in many business circles here.

...The Harlem Trotters will be playing at Luther College next Saturday night. The Negro quintet boasts one of the most impressive records in semi-pro basketball, with victories across the country.

...Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Haugen were married at Glenwood on Feb. 28. Officiating was the Rev. Carlo A. Sperati, who is a close friend of the family.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: A fire has destroyed the home of Mrs. Mary Barr at Calmar. The home and furnishings were a total loss. Fire departments battled the blaze for several hours in sub-zero weather.

...The Decorah Debaters, including James Peck, Helen Louise Knight, Frances Falck and Edward Meyer, are off to compete at the state contest.

...Now showing at the Grand Theatre: "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. The new film has to do with refugees from war-torn Europe and their attempts to secure exit visas to the Americas.

...A group of 46 local men has left the county for Army examinations. Among them: Joseph Hovden, Charles Jennisch, Wayne Youngblood and Clifford Westby, all of the Decorah area.

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