updated 5/11/2008 9:38:53 PM ET 2008-05-12T01:38:53

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An unidentified woman has paid off a parking ticket she got in Calumet on Sept. 1, 1976.

Police in the Upper Michigan town had long ago written off the $1 ticket and were surprised when it showed up in the mail, along with a $20 bill and a note.

The message: "I always had good intentions of paying it. I put it aside and every once in a while I would come across it and said 'someday I'm going to pay it.' Now I think it's time."

The woman apparently hopes the matter is closed. There's no return address on the envelope. And the note says, "Please don't try and track me down. I am a respectable lady."

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