I remember when calling Buckman from Sauk Rapids was a sort of game that depended on who you knew in between. We could call Rice for free, Rice could call Royalton for free, and Royalton could call Buckman. Once the end person was reached, the process went in reverse...and people actually did this for each other. A phone call directly to Aunt Jeanette might cost a whole dollar. Yikes!
But that's not what this post is about ☺.
I've been finding announcements in the early Pierz Journals regarding early telephone service around there. Thought you'd be interested!
(OK, so at least PRETEND to be ☺ ).