MN removes one of its last phone booths


POSTED: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:04pm

Its last call for a phone booth in Minnesota, a piece of nostalgia in our cell phone world.

If you're not paying close attention, you just might miss it.

“In a way, it's sad to see that go,” Todd Roesler, CEO of Ace Communication Group, said.

But, it's not exactly in high demand.

“And the last phone call that somebody used the telephone booth for was many months ago,” Roesler explained.

For that reason, along with maintenance, the old phone booth is about to go away.

“Well, it means change. And we're a continually changing and evolving society,” Roesler said.

“It's kind of sad we're giving up a little history,” said Jim Jorstad, the director of Academic Technical Services at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

But Jorstad says we shouldn't give up that history, altogether:

“When you look at the phone booth, it's really saying something about our past. It's who we were. But I thing the phone booth can also tell us, who we could be.”

In other words, Jorstad says we can learn something from the phone booth:

“Because in the days of the phone booth, I think we were more personally connected. And I think with technology we've become actually more disconnected. We have cell phones, we text or put it on Facebook. We didn't have those tools. And I think by not having those tools it forced us to talk to people as people, a one-on-one relationship.”

So, the next time you pass it, chances are you won't have to use it to talk with someone.

But you might take a moment to consider what it's saying to you. About where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.

Because not too long from now, the old phone booth at the end of main street in la crescent, will no longer be there to remind you.

The phone booth is being donated to the local historical society.

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