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Autumn arrived at mid-week, after summer left with a bang: a record high of 95; leading to a 30-degree drop in temperature over two days. It was an emphatic reminder that global warming can give accustomed changes a bit of an edge. Seasonal transitions may not always be as dramatic, but it is comforting to have them on any terms.

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I've been saddened to read about the Mason City Public Library's threat of removing the genealogical collection from the building. The collection represents unknown long hours, days and years of hard work done by dedicated volunteers to preserve such important history for future generations.

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On June 1, Mark Suby, president of North Central Iowa Genealogical Society, received a letter from librarian Mary Markwalter. It stated: “Due to the changing space utilization needs of the library, the Mason City Public Library Board of Directors is requesting that the North Central Iowa Genealogical Society remove the items owned by the Society and its members and vacate the space currently used by the Society at the Mason City Public Library by August 1, 2018.”

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