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NEWS CCW Staff Writer For many people, 1959 was an important year. It was the year that Alaska became a state. It was also the year that Myrna Ruth Newton Allen, 67, graduated from high school.

Original 'Belle of the Ball' reflects on the last 50 years

Myrna Allen, an orginal Belle of the Ball during Alaska's statehood celebration in 1959, poses with her husband, Willie, while taking a break from the dance floor during Saturday's Statehood Ball held at Centennial Hall in Juneau.
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Myrna Allen, an orginal Belle of the Ball during Alaska's statehood celebration in 1959, poses with her husband, Willie, while taking a break from the dance floor during Saturday's Statehood Ball held at Centennial Hall in Juneau.
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