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Paul Mayer displays one of the glass negatives from 1899 that depict scenes of destruction in the aftermath of the New Richmond cyclone. The negatives were purchased from an individual from Seattle, Wash.

Cyclone negatives a historic find

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Mary Sather thought she'd seen every piece of historical memorabilia related to the 1899 cyclone that literally destroyed the community of New Richmond.

Afterall, she helped write the book "They Built Their City Twice," which chronicled the tragic storm and the city's rebuilding process since. And as curator of the New Richmond Heritage Center, she'd also handled numerous donated items over the years related to the cyclone.

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