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Insects Destroy Idaho County's Historic Documents

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) - Paper-eating insects are destroying historical documents in southern Idaho's Lincoln County.
    
The county clerk, Suzanne McConnell, told The Times-News (http://bit.ly/Paknbn ) that volunteers discovered the damage while they were working to digitize the older, paper records. The records include judgments, birth certificates, marriage licenses, land deeds and permits, all kept in a vault below the county courthouse.
    
At least two books of judgments - including one from the 1930s - are totally destroyed. McConnell says the county is going to fog the area with a pesticide to make sure no future damage will happen, and the rest of the digitization should be completed in about six weeks.
    

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