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FOURTH MINNESOTA TELEPHONE COMPANY JOINS TDS

 CHICAGO, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Mrs. Therese Ollig, president, and sons, Tom, Mike and Mark Ollig, of Winsted Telephone Co. and LeRoy T. Carlson Sr., chairman of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. ("TDS") have jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement for Winsted Telephone Co. to join TDS.
 Winsted Telephone Co. is located approximately 45 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and is near three other TDS telephone companies: Mid State Telephone Co., Danube Telephone Co. and KMP Telephone Co.
 Winsted Telephone Co. serves 1,400 access lines in and around Winsted and has been locally owned by the Ollig family since 1932. Winsted Telephone Co. also owns and interest in one of the highest quality Rural Service Area cellular markets in the Upper Midwest. With the addition of Winsted Telephone Co., TDS will serve nearly 10,000 access lines in the state of Minnesota. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
 Mrs. Ollig commented, "We observed TDS's operations in Minnesota and determined that Winsted Telephone Company's customers could best be served by being a part of the larger TDS organization because of TDS's longstanding commitment to remain locally oriented and to providing high-quality telephone service to rural areas."
 TDS Chairman LeRoy T. Carlson Sr. said, "We are thankful to the Ollig family for having the trust in us and in our ability to be useful in the provision of telecommunications in the Winsted area. We are very pleased the Olligs will remain with Winsted Telephone Co. to continue to serve its customers through the local business office as they have for the last sixty years."
 TDS is a Chicago-based telecommunications company with established local telephone operations and developing cellular telephone and radio paging operations. TDS strives to build value for its shareholders by providing excellent communications services in attractive, closely related segments of the telecommunications industry.
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 /CONTACT: Byron A. Wertz, TDS director of telecommunications development, 612-854-2757. Out-of-town media, please call collect./
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