EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The priest over at St. Benedict's received a call at his residence the other day by a strange man ringing the doorbell. The man attempted a forceful entry, but was stopped by Deputy O'Boy. Deputy O'Boy believes the man to be Italian and about 27 years old. He had been following the man for a while about town. The fellow left in haste; once the capable law enforcement official approached him.

...During the noon hour last week, while Decorah dentist Gordon Luce was absent from his office, someone gained access and stole six prepared gold inlays and some scrap gold. The value of the loss is considerable.

...Approximately 300 eighth graders were part of the commencement at the City Park here last week. Winners of the spelling contest were Eileen Hanson, Marian Boyle and Jeanette Egeland. It was interesting to note than only five boys entered the spelling contest, showing either they lack confidence or did not care to participate.

...Percy Blount, local driver for the Noecker Cab Company, killed a large rattlesnake at the foot of Malanaphy Hill on the Bluff Road the other morning.

...It was a reported 96 degrees in the shade here last week. So far this month, the lowest temperature is 85 degrees.

...Nationally famous boxer Mike Gibbons will appear at an athletic show here later this month.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO: Mr. and Mrs. Louie Underbakke of Burr Oak are having a 25th wedding anniversary party in Burr Oak. The affair is a surprise.

...Parents in the area are warned of an increase in the number of drownings in the state this summer. Thirty-seven drownings have been reported in Iowa so far this summer.

...Inez Bruvold was recently featured in the newspaper with her two pet owls that she and her brother and sister raised from young owlets. The Bruvold children are Inez, Lester and Grace. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bruvold.

...Christ Handley, who has been a resident of Decorah 45 years and was for four years the janitor at St. Benedict's Church, is moving to the town of Neola, near Council Bluffs. He will make his home with his son, Sylvester.

...Washington Prairie Church is observing its 90th anniversary this month. The Rev. Oscar E. Engebretson is current pastor.

SIXTY YEARS AGO: FOR SALE: 80-acre farm with many improvements. Price: $160 per acre or good offer.

...Ray Kleve has constructed a new 32x60 barn on the family farm near Calmar. He was assisted with the project by his capable brothers, Arnold and Hugo. A barn dance initiated the new structure on June 9, with all neighbors and friends in attendance.

...Tom Masterpole replaces Jerry Franklin as the new football coach at Calmar High School. Franklin has accepted a similar post in Postville.

...The following Girl Scouts recently enjoyed an overnight campout at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park: Cheryl Martinson, Caryl Sharp, Ruth Ann Varner, Mary Donlon, Karen Peterson, Karen Johnson, Karen Jensen, Joan White, Helen Pint, Ramona Pierce, Phyllis Blekeberg, Judy Haugen and Doris Amundson. They are members of Troop 14.

...Sig's Radio & TV is holding a grand opening later this month. A free Admiral tabletop radio will be given away. Sig's is located at 220 East Water St.

FIFTY YEARS AGO: Miss Mary Elsbernd, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Elsbernd of Ossian, earned the top prize of a $25 U.S. Savings Bond in an essay contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW here. She is a junior at De Sales Central High School. Her essay will advance to Des Moines for state prize consideration.

...Earn DOUBLE GREEN STAMPS on all purchases this week at Jack & Jill on Highway 52 in West Decorah.

...The Decorah Jaycees presented a piano to the high school last week. Jaycee President Bert Hartwich made the surprise presentation.

...When Paul Hjelle is ordained at First Lutheran Church this month, he will be the 62nd son or daughter of this century-old congregation to enter the Christian ministry or missionary work. There are two other sons of the congregation currently enrolled at seminary: Francis Odden and John Helgeland. Both are preparing for the ministry.

...First Class rank awards were given to members of Girl Scout Troop No. 49 earlier this month. Honorees are Linda Bakken, Connie Dougherty, Theresa Lynch, Judy Drievold, Kathy Jennisch, Marsha Newhouse, Diane Nichols, Brenda Sampson, Shelley Seim, April Ulring, Julie Wielbrenner and Claire Wirth.

...Grand opening of "Round The Clock Laundromat" at 110 Court Street is this week. There are 30 washing machines and 10 dryers at the Laundromat. Stop by for a free wash and dry on opening day.

...Now showing at the Decorah Drive In Theatre: "Blue Hawaii" starring Elvis Presley. Coming soon: "The Birds" starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and introducing Tippi Hedren.

...The Norwegian-American Historical Museum, owned by Luther College, now has more than 10,000 items in the large collection of Norwegian artifacts.

...Iowa's new liquor laws and their interpretation will be explained to county law enforcement officers tonight at the courthouse.

...Following the trail of the stork from 1963: A boy was born June 21 to MR. and Mrs. Reginald Haney of Calmar; a boy was born June 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kuehner of Fort Atkinson; a girl was born June 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Nagel of Decorah.

...Lee Castle, star of the fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, performed at the Inwood in Spillville last Wednesday night.

...FOR SALE: Three-bedroom house with garage on Mechanic Street. Priced to sell at $6,900.

...Gary Lien was honored on his third birthday with a picnic supper at the Robert Lien home. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. William Wilkens and Billy, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lien, Mr. and Mrs. Conley Linderbaum, Dennis and Diane.

...A new Baptist minister has arrived in Decorah. Pastor Lee Hutchinson and family come from Pochahantas.

FORTY YEARS AGO: Chuck Lynch, a Loras College junior from Decorah, and the son of Tom and Dolores Lynch, hit the only home run of the game as Loras defeated Graceland in a recent playoff game in Grinnell. A pre-med student at Loras, Lynch has a 3.96 grade point average in chemistry.

...Decorah's ninth grade baseball team avenged its only loss of their spring season in a 7-1 record by edging Elkader here 4-3. Tom Anderson was the winning pitcher. Coach is Jere Vyverberg. Others making key plays for Decorah were Roger Fadness, Rick Swanson, Tim Schweizer and Dan Kester.

...Top 10 graduates at Decorah High School are Debra Lansing, valedictorian; Susan Grinna and Marilyn Berge, both salutatorians; and Peter Wolfe, David Sunde, Walter Hilberg, David Moore, Mark Webb, Rhonda Kittelson and Lisa Cote.

THIRTY YEARS AGO: Debate over the situation at the Decorah swimming pool continues. An advisory board headed by Spence McKinney and Bob Usgaard is considering a complete renovation proposal, along with other alternatives.

...A class of 40 graduates from North Winneshiek High School was part of the 18th annual commencement last month. Valedictorian of the class is Linda Korsness. Salutatorians are Shelly Kingsley and Joanne Stoen.

...Jenny Sanders, Sarah Hover, Cindy Running, Carol Paskach and Jane Wiemermslage are the graduating seniors currently honored by Jack & Jill grocery store in a recent ad.

...Decorah boys lost a three-hole playoff in the district 3A golf meet at Dyersville, but are still headed to the state meet in Iowa City.

TWENTY YEARS AGO: With more than 7,500 bicyclists expected to pedal into Decorah July 29 as part of RAGBRAI XXL, local officials continue to urge the public to become involved. Special RAGBRAI T-shirts are on sale featuring the "Trolling Through Decorah" logo.

...A kolache baking congest, cheesecake contest, pie baking contest, and cookout king contest are just a few of the many events planned at the Winneshiek County Fair July 7-10. Among the local entertainment will be juggler David Hart in the variety tent every day of the fair.

...Seven girls will vie for the title of 1993 Winneshiek County Fair Queen: Dawn Svenson, Shelly Hove, Nicole Headington, Julie Cotton, Michelle Wilkes and Jaqueline Wenthold and Michelle Berge.

TEN YEARS AGO: Decorah High School grabbed four medals at the state track meet in Des Moines. Outstanding performances were by James Ruen, Dan Dykstra, Tim Fulton, Richard Edwards, J.J. Cook, Darrick Olson, Brian Svestka and Nate Walker.

...Dedication ceremonies at the new indoor batting facility are planned this month.

...The 2003 baseball season marks Dennis Olejniczak's 40th as head baseball coach at Decorah/North Winn. The Decorah Vikings return five lettermen on the summer team: Kyle Meyer, Jacob Pole, Darrick Olson, Mike Tangen and Josh White.