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1958: Telephone line rates increase to $4.35 for party lines

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Betty Mann, president, Rock County Historical Society

The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on March 27, 1958.
Telephone Rate Increase Goes Into Effect Tuesday
         A telephone rate increase, granted by the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse commission last week, will go into effect here Tuesday, April 1.
         The rate increase, which will affect 134 Northwestern Bell Telephone company exchanges was requested by the telephone company to help offset higher cost of operation.
         In Luverne, the rate increase ranges from 35 cents for two-party residence telephones to $1.20 for one-party business phones. Present rates have been in effect since February 1, 1954.
New Rates
         New rates for customers of the Luverne exchange, with the old rates in parenthesis are:
Business, one party—$8.90 ($7.70).
Business, two party—$7.50 ($6.50).
Residence, one party—$4.35 ($3.85).
Residence, two party—$4.35 ($3.85).
Rural residence—$3.85 ($3.40).
Rural Business—$5.40 ($4.85).
         Northwestern Bell, which has some 937,700 phones in the state and employs about 10,000 persons, filed its application for rate increases October 15, 1957, and lengthy hearings were held in December.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, 312 E. Main Street, Luverne, MN 56156.
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