EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Tentative plans call for the construction of a community and 4-H girl’s and women’s building for the Decorah fairgrounds. Members of the fair board are debating the project. 

...Grant Woldum of Decorah is now employed by the Shaw Aircraft Company from over at Iowa City as an instructor and commercial pilot. 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Shop Davies Food Market for these July 4 bargains! Ready- to-eat chicken, $1.85; pork and beans, two tins for 35 cents; six bottles of Coca- Cola, 25 cents; butter, 62 cents; a beef roast, 57 cents per pound; and a quart jar of olives, 53 cents. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO: Dial telephone service will come into Decorah at around midnight Saturday, July 9. The $1 million telephone improvement project has been underway for more than 18 months, and will be completed at the moment the dials are switched into use. Telephone users will know the amazing complex operation is completed when they lift their phone receiver and hear the hum of a dial tone rather than the long-remembered familiar voice of an operator saying “Number Please?” 

FIFTY YEARS AGO: Luther College administrators agree that campus disorders, which have spread across the nation following President Nixon’s decision to send troops into Cambodia and the killing of four Kent State University students by national guardsmen, will most certainly carry over to the fall term. 

...Parents sending their young people off to college this fall in Iowa may have a rude awakening. College tuition is expected to rise to as much as a whopping $2,720 at private colleges in the state. The state’s college rates will be about $1,250 – and that includes tuition, fees, room and board. It is noted that those figures are for students who reside in the State of Iowa. For non-residents the tuition is markedly higher. 

…The home of Mrs. Camilla Strom on Hilltop Drive is one of the three homes on this year’s Nordic Fest Tour of Homes. The Stroms spent a great portion of their life in foreign service and came home with a lot of memorabilia and the house shows it off in splendid stylings. 

...Following the trail of the stork from 1970: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lew Storlie; a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jonnson; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Leuenberger; and a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Schultz. 

FORTY YEARS AGO: County Supervisors have approved the salaries for employees for the next fiscal year as follows: Auditor, Clerk of Court, Recorder and Treasurer will all make $15,890 per year; Sheriff salary is $18,658 per year; Supervisors will make $11,358 per year; and the County Attorney wage is $17,076 per year. Equipment operators will now earn $6.25 per hour and bridge workers will take home $6.02 per hour. Secretaries at the courthouse will bring home about $3.95 per hour. 

THIRTY YEARS AGO:  Julie Weis, daughter of Joe and Patty Weis of Decorah, was among the students named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a junior majoring in business administration. 

...Scott Tweten of Decorah recently graduated from the Electronic Music Technology program at Reg Wing Technical College. 

... Decorah City Council will make a decision soon about the controversial signage for the newly-constructed Casey’s General Store at the intersection of College Drive and Locust Road. The sign will stay in place until a decision is made about whether or not it may remain on the property. At issue is whether a plastic wraparound “roof” is, in fact, considered a sign. Casey’s is seeking a variance to the city’s requirements regarding signs. 

...From the society pages of 1990: Paul and Carol Quandahl will observe their 40th wedding anniversary July 14 with an open house at the Fox and Coon Club in Decorah. 

TWENTY YEARS AGO: Plan 1 Financial Investment Center at 403 West Water Street in downtown Decorah invites the public to an open house celebrating the business’s new location and also to welcome Greg’s brother Marty to the investment center team. 

...4-year-old Christina Wagner was named Little Miss Calmar during Calmar’s Sesquicentennial Celebration recently. She is the daughter of Todd and Mary Wagner of Calmar. Taylor Gerleman, daughter of Jamie and Carol Gerleman of Calmar, was runner-up.

…Bucheit Appliance in Calmar earned top honors for best promotion for Calmar in the big Sesquientennial Parade in town. 

TEN YEARS AGO: Rylea Nagel was named Little Miss Laura 2010 at the Miss Laura contest at Laura Days in Burr Oak recently. 

...The Elkader Opera House will present the music of Simon and Garfunkel July 10. Tickets are going fast!

...The Winneshiek County Fair gets under way next week and the fair candidates have been announced as follows: Allanda Hageman, Annelise Keune, Clara Bergan, Kristen Flak, Michelle Orvis and Molly O’Regan. 

...Work begins this week on a big segment of the Trout Run Trail. The section under construction runs parallel to U.S. Highway 52 and will connect Pulpit Rock Campground to the Country Inn on Highway 9, crossing the ridge east of the flood diversion spillway, which is known locally as The Cut. Work will include 11 blasting shots to remove bedrock.