CLC search committee begins work
The Presidential Search Committee at Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, on Monday began what is expected to be a six-month effort to find a successor for President Sally J. Ihne, who retires Aug. 14.
Younger students can take basic-skills test
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Students from fifth grade and up can now take the basic skills tests scheduled to be taken by eighth- and 10th-graders under a little-known law passed during last year's legislative session.
Dear Heloise: Will you please reprint your RECIPE FOR COCOA MIX? We all enjoy your recipes and helpful hints. Thanks a bunch. -- Mrs. Betty J. Nelson, Medford, Ore.
Strangers' intrusive questions offend new adoptive mom
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been blessed with a beautiful daughter we adopted from another country. When we go out, we hear a variety of comments from strangers. Some of them -- while well-meaning -- are potentially hurtful to our little girl.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 249, a year ago 141.
BAXTER -- One person was injured in a single-vehicle rollover reported at 8:55 a.m. Saturday on Highway 210 at Elder Drive South, the Baxter Police Department reported.
How to reach your state lawmakers
Area legislators and how to contact them.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 237, a year ago 292.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle estimated receipts: 400.
Two men accused of vandalizing mailboxes in Nisswa and in Lake Edward Township Jan. 23 have been charged in Crow Wing County District Court.
Back to work The Cheneys are one of many two-income families It's astonishing that in 2001, when the two-income family is as common as the January flu, Lynne Cheney has become the first vice president's wife to work at a paid, private job.
Most of the others who have played any public role have been advoca
Growing surplus buoys tax-cut push
WASHINGTON -- New projections for an enormous $3.12 trillion surplus over the coming decade are proof that "there's enough money" for debt repayment plus more spending and tax cuts, President Bush said Wednesday.
Bush looks to expand role of religious groups in social programs
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to expand the role of religious groups in social programs, President Bush has seized on a politically popular initiative that leaves opponents worried about breaching the wall between church and state.
Ashcroft nomination clears panel
WASHINGTON -- John Ashcroft's confirmation as attorney general seemed assured as Democrats, abandoning a threat of delaying tactics, moved their attack on his record from committee to the full Senate.
Fed rate cut expected
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve, trying to prevent the weakening economy from slipping into a recession, is prepared to aggressively cut interest rates to rejuvenate economic growth.
Senate confirms Norton, Whitman
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Tuesday confirmed the two leaders of President Bush's environment and natural resources team, but the relative ease of their appointment process masks the policy fights each could face in coming months.
Bush offers proposal to cover drug prescriptions for needy senior citizens
WASHINGTON -- President Bush offered a quick fix for helping the elderly get prescriptions and said a broader Medicare overhaul will come later. To immediate criticism that his plan doesn't go far enough, however, Bush said he's open to compromise.
Analysts see second Fed rate slash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Worried that the economy may be stalling, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is likely to push for another bold half-point interest rate cut to try to rev up growth.
Alcohol, athletics do mix, according to study
The stereotype of hard-drinking college jocks might have something to it. A study finds college athletes generally outdrink nonathletes.
Federal officials approve tests of mechanical artificial heart
BOSTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved experimental use in humans of a fully implantable, battery-powered artificial heart.
High-impact exercise found to reduce risk of hip fractures
For the past decade the fitocracy has been telling us that, as our bodies age, we should be kind to our joints by doing more low-impact exercise.
Pequot Lakes area teens have a place to call their own
PEQUOT LAKES -- The lingering scent of candles seems to have finally dissipated from the former Kinzie Candles building in Pequot Lakes, now that the walls are freshly painted, carpet has been installed and its current occupants have moved in.
PEQUOT LAKES -- The senior van program provides transportation for area seniors Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for shopping and medical appointments in the Pequot Lakes area, as well as Brainerd.
Sled dog races is latest in winter fun experiences
At age 16 I was living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and my exposure to the outdoors during winter was very limited.
Free income tax help offered in Cass County
Volunteers in Cass County have been trained and certified by the IRS and the state of Minnesota to help prepare federal and state income tax returns.
Video celebrates Minnesota's diverse landscapes
If you drove from Luverne to Grand Marais you would traverse in one day three of North America's major ecological regions: prairie, hardwoods and pinelands.
It's not too late to take up cross country skiing
If you need a calculator to count how many times you've washed your windows this winter, or if you've caught that same pesky perch eight times, maybe it's time to try something else to stave off those cabin fever blues.
Deep Portage Conservation Reserve to host summer camps
HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, Hackensack, offers a wide variety of summer camps for children.
STAPLES -- A five-week prepared childbirth class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and March 6, in the lower level of Greater Staples Hospital.
W-DC's only goalie carries lucky charm
WADENA -- In Jenna Johnson's left coat pocket is a 3-year-old, worn piece of black, vulcanized rubber. With worn edges and scratches decorating the surface, Johnson carries this lucky oddity everywhere she goes.
CLC student designs state tournament program cover at urging of her volleyball coach
Katie Foss, a Central Lakes College communication art and design student from Elk River, designed the 2001 women's state tournament basketball program cover for the Minnesota Community College Conference.
Winter camping teaches value of teamwork
CAMP RIPLEY -- The best way to appreciate the great outdoors is to be there.
Hackensack area trailblazers working on comprehensive plan
HACKENSACK -- The grant application for the comprehensive plan for the city of Hackensack and Birch Lake and Hiram townships will be submitted to the Initiative Foundation on Thursday. One other township is considering joining.
CROSBY -- The Cuyuna Range Women's Club will hold its annual card party at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the social hall at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Crosby.
PR Jaycees to host annual snowmobile race
PINE RIVER -- The Pine River Jaycees will host the third annual One Luger 100 Snowmobile Race on Feb. 17 and 18.
CLC lab school has openings for children
The new Child Development lab school at Central Lakes College in Brainerd has openings for children ages 2-5.
Area offers 240 miles of ski trails
The Brainerd lakes area is known for its many great fishing holes and golf courses, but it is also one of the best places in the state for cross country skiers.
Pequot's Royer improves, has more fun
PEQUOT LAKES -- After a turbulent beginning for the Pequot Lakes boys' basketball team, Matt Royer has stepped up his game to a higher level and at the same time is having more fun.
Wayne Johnson of Brainerd skied among the frost covered trees in the Northland Arboretum Monday afternoon. As a winter storm approached Minnesota, fog and frost covered the landscape.
Proposed ordinances will be prepared by staffers
PEQUOT LAKES - Cass and Crow Wing county administrators and staff members will be busy the next three months preparing information and proposed ordinances for the two counties to consider.
Brainerd EDA to meet
The Brainerd Economic Development Authority will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at city hall.
Woman dies in crash near airport
One person died from injuries suffered in an accident Monday on Highway 210, bringing the 2001 area fatality total to six, including three fatalities on Highway 210.
Changing times adds digits to lakes area phone calls
There was a time when area residents knew a local number as well as the calendar year.
Baxter getting its own postal branch
BAXTER -- Brainerd Post Office mail carriers will soon have more room to sort mail.
An award-winning Minneapolis children's author visited Little Falls to speak to elementary schoolchildren. Look for Kate DiCamillo's story Thursday in Tempo. xxxxxxx
Recipe for a wintry mess
Monday's freezing rain, followed by today's snow, made a mess of area roads, caused power outages and was a factor in one area fatal accident.
Crow Wing, Cass boards may jointly hire state lobbyist
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Cass and Crow Wing county boards may explore costs to jointly hire a legislative lobbyist in the future.
Lowell Elementary School second-graders Brianna Halstead (left), Nick Mogensen, Tyler Franzen and Abbey Buchta packed snow on the snow sculpture in the playground area of the Brainerd school Tuesday. The entire student body used the fresh, wet snow to create the snow worm during recess Tuesday. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
ST. PAUL -- Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, said last week he was optimistic about Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget proposal.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981) - The Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission both elected new officers and welcomed a new member. Ernest Wozniak, 61, retired vice president of First Bank Brainerd attended his first meeting and was promptly elected secretary of the three-member body.
Kevin Olson with Dietz Brothers Construction of Spicer signaled for more cord as he scaled the new WJJY radio tower in Baxter Monday.
City safety and public works committee discusses projects
The Brainerd City Council's Safety and Public Works Committee met Tuesday to discuss projects under way, and projects slated to begin later this year.
Backus Elementary School second-grader Hannah Zaske was among five members of the Tumbling Trolls who sang the national anthem before the Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes girls' basketball game Tuesday at Pine River-Backus High School. The trolls also performed gymnastics routines at half time. (Dispatch Photo by Clint Wood)
Layer of ice covers nearly all of southern Minnesota
Motorists skated across a layer of ice that covered nearly all of southern Minnesota on Tuesday as snow fell well into the morning, compounding the effects of freezing rain that caused school cancellations, delayed flights, and contributed to several fatal accidents.
Georgia Senate votes to reduce Confederate emblem in state flag
ATLANTA (AP) -- A new Georgia flag awaits the approval of Gov. Roy Barnes, whose spirited pleas to change the current flag and its prominent Confederate battle emblem helped push the proposal through the Legislature.
KFC says note couple found isn't Colonel's secret recipe
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A handwritten note found in the basement of a home once owned by Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders does not contain his secret recipe, KFC said Monday.
Actor, war hero Jean-Pierre Aumont dies
Jean-Pierre Aumont, the suave, debonair actor whose seven-decade career on American and Continental stage, screen and television ranged from "Lili" with Leslie Caron to the 1998 television miniseries "The Count of Monte Cristo," died at 90 Tuesday in his home in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.
FAA suspends pilot for failing Breathalyzer tests
EAGAN (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the flying rights of a former Northwest Airlines pilot who was fired after failing two Breathalyzer tests given shortly after a Jan. 18 flight.
Affordable housing increasingly scarce in state
Minnesota's affordable-housing crunch ranks among the worst in the nation, according to a report by the Legislative Auditor's office.
Names and faces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Without most of the trappings of medieval chivalry, Steven Spielberg became the newest honorary knight of the British Empire on Monday -- one of the highest honors bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II to those born outside the United Kingdom.
Police say 'Columbine-style' attack foiled
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Authorities were trying to determine why a college student described as "choir boy" from a good home was allegedly scheming an elaborate mass killing with an arsenal of bombs and weapons.
Blizzard-like conditions slap northern Plains
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The Plains states dug out on Tuesday from as much as 18 inches of snow dumped by a huge storm that closed highways and schools, and grounded airline flights.
Economy slows to weakest growth in years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy, hit by a plunge in spending on cars and computers, grew at an annual rate of just 1.4 percent during the final three months of 2000, the weakest performance in more than five years.
Minister sentenced to 60 years for molesting children
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) -- It will be difficult for this small town to forget how a minister hired to serve the area's growing Hispanic population instead preyed on its children.
BALTIMORE -- Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy testified here Monday that the greatest political scandal in American history was set in motion by a jealous prostitute who was annoyed that a fellow call girl wore sables and bragged about being the girlfriend of Nixon administration lawyer John Dean.
Amazon.com hopes layoffs will lead to profitability
SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com said its decision to lay off 1,300 employees is part of an effort to steer itself toward profitability, despite lowered expectations for revenue growth in the year ahead.
Fassel guarantees Giants will return to Super Bowl, and soon
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- You didn't think New York Giants coach Jim Fassel was through making guarantees, did you?
MVP.com closing after one year
CHICAGO (AP) -- MVP.com is going out of business and will sell its domain names, trademarks and other assets to SportsLine.com Inc., the company said Tuesday.
Butch Davis takes over Browns
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Nobody's hiding secrets, withholding information or denying rumors anymore. Butch Davis is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore turns out to toast the Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) -- One more chance to wear purple and black. One more chance to paint faces and wave signs. One more chance to scream and cavort in appreciation of a history-making team.
Super Bowl one of eight lowest rated in 35 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- In an ever-changing TV sports landscape, where a high rating is never a sure thing, one rule holds true.
So now what happens next season?
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ravens go home.
Milwaukee was touched by a warrior
MILWAUKEE -- They said their final goodbye to Al McGuire here Monday night, in a stirring Catholic requiem Mass that filled two floors of a huge cathedral and went on in celebration from 7 p.m. to nearly 9. McGuire would have called it a two-hour goose bump.
Ravens were strong in regular season, magical since
TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Billick spent Super Bowl week telling jokes about the size of his ego, but he was a portrait of humility after the Baltimore Ravens' victory was complete Sunday night.
Ray Lewis is on other end of shutout now
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ray Lewis was chosen Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXV, but quarterback Trent Dilfer was on parade at Walt Disney World on Monday.
Investigators check on transponder
STRASBURG, Colo. (AP) -- Aviation investigators are checking whether a faulty transponder played a role in the fatal crash of a plane carrying members of the Oklahoma State University men's basketball team.
Mile High gets new name for mountain of money
DENVER (AP) -- Denver's new football stadium sold its name for a pile of cash that's a mile high.
Morris 'Morrie' Longballa
GRAND RAPIDS -- Morris "Morrie" Longballa, 88, Malmo, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at Leisure Hills Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.
Donald R. Miller
EMILY -- Donald Roy Miller, 80, Emily, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Ida M. Hines
Ida M. Hines, 74, Brainerd, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center, Crosby.
Merlyn 'Bud' A. Steffenson
Merlyn "Bud" A. Steffenson, 69, Brainerd, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at home.
Bette M. Raines
Bette M. Raines, 68, Brainerd, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at home.
Donald R. Miller
EMILY -- Donald R. Miller, 81, Emily, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Robert J. Gitter
ST. PAUL -- Robert J. Gitter, 88, St. Paul, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in St. Paul.
Karen F. Dehn
DEERWOOD -- Karen F. Dehn, 64, Deerwood, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, as the result of a traffic accident.
Byron F. Anderson
TACOMA, Wash. -- Byron F. Anderson, 79, Brainerd, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in Tacoma, Wash.
I'd like to thank everyone involved with my local town meeting for m
Traffic fatalities - Dispatch Editorial
Those two words should be affixed to the dashboard of every motorized vehicle in the Brainerd area, particularly in light of the tragic stretch of traffic fatalities the area has seen this month.
Will shekels mean shackles?
I confess to being double-minded when it comes to President Bush's plan to offer government funds to religious charities that provide social services.
January 22 once again reminded me of when I was a college student in Ireland studying the Constitution of the United States and its enviable priority emphasis on life and liberty.
Getting back to our lives
I breathe a sign of relief and ask, "Now is it all over?" The national media spent nearly a year focusing on politics, campaigning and elections to such a degree that it certainly seems out of proportion with reality.
A leap for faith
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Washington Post:
Lockerbie crash victim's parents relieved by conviction, still wonder why
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Audrey Bergstrom finally has someone to blame for the death of her only son. But what she really wants to know is why he had to die at all.
Hatch asks court to order Blue Cross, Blue Shield to release data
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Attorney General Mike Hatch asked a judge Wednesday to order Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to release thousands of documents relating to mental health claims of juveniles and young adults.
Northwest, mechanics present deal offers to mediators
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines and its mechanics presented separate proposals to the National Mediation Board on Tuesday so the board could determine whether further negotiations might lead to a contract agreement.
Red Wing auctioneer inducted into state's hall of fame
RED WING (AP) -- Dairy farmer, law enforcement officer, charter bus driver, seed corn salesman. Those occupations helped prepare Richard Houghton for his true calling -- as an auctioneer.
Oakdale woman finds medallion in Como Park
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The hunt for the Winter Carnival medallion is over.
Redby man finds honor restored in presidential pardon
REDLAKE (AP) -- Dennis Joseph Smith didn't think he had much of a chance for a presidential pardon until a reporter looking for him told Smith's niece, who broke the news to her uncle.
Host of privacy bills coming
ST. PAUL (AP) -- People would have to give permission to banks, doctors or telephone companies to allow them to share personal information with their subsidiaries, telemarketers or even the state Department of Health.
Minnesota pork producers consider state checkoff
MINNEAPOLIS -- The apparent end of a national pork promotion program has some Minnesota producers considering a state checkoff to replace it.
State on the rebound after ice storm
Fears that overnight freezing would cause a nightmarish Wednesday morning commute were allayed as overnight temperatures held up over most of southern Minnesota following two days of freezing rain and slushy snow.
Minnesota inmates ordered to give up 'dirty' magazines
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- State prison inmates will lose their right to have Playboy, Penthouse and other magazines that feature nudity in a policy change by the Department of Corrections.
Casinos compete with Fargo area for conventions
HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) -- The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux and White Earth Chippewa tribes want to be big players in the convention business.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- St. Paul Police Chief William Finney is among the finalists to become the U.S. marshal for Minnesota.
Brainerd Sports Boosters to meet at college
After being forced to cancel last week's luncheon meeting, the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club has found a temporary home.
Little Falls wrestlers down Gobblers
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Flyers wrestling team defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 39-19 Tuesday in a non conference match.
Four foul out as Warrior boys lose
MOORHEAD -- The Brainerd Warriors had four players foul out as they fell to the Moorhead Spuds 73-57 in a non-conference boys' basketball game Tuesday.
Brainerd Warriors baseball coach Lowell Scearcy has been selected by the National Federation of State High School Associations to receive the 2000 Midwest Region Baseball Coach of the Year award.
Floor hockey team wins
MOUNDS VIEW -- The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team scored three goals in the first period and went on to post a 4-0 victory over Mounds View Tuesday night.
Flyers fall to Tigers in hockey
LITTLE FALLS -- The St. Cloud Tech Tigers scored four first period goals and went on to defeat the Little Falls Flyers 7-1 in Central Lakes Conference boys' hockey Tuesday.
Central Lakes at Hibbing 6 p.m.
Martinson leads CLC women
It is often when we are deepest in the throes of winter that thoughts turn quickest to warmer times.
PR-B girls end 19-game losing streak against Pequot Lakes
PINE RIVER -- A crescendo of tension that had been intensifying for many years hit a boiling point Tuesday in front of a packed gymnasium.
Holznagel's hat trick leads Warrior girls
BREEZY POINT -- Erin Holznagel's hat trick helped the Brainerd Warriors girls' hockey team breeze past the Pequot Lakes/Aitkin/Crosby-Ironton Blades 7-1 in non-conference action Tuesday.
ONAMIA -- Grand Casino Mille Lacs is preparing for the sixth annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast, one of North America's largest participant snowmobile rallies.
Wadena-Deer Creek girls defeat Perham
PERHAM -- Kerby Johnson scored 24 points to help the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 51-43 girls' basketball win over Perham in a Section 8AA matchup Monday.
Crosby-Ironton boys defeat Greenway
CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton Rangers edged the Greenway Raiders 57-53 in non-conference boys' basketball action Monday.
Warrior boys shut out Apollo in hockey
ST. CLOUD -- J.P. Platisha scored the game's only goal to lift Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey team to a 1-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Tuesday night.
Pro wrestling card to benefit college's criminal justice club
Members of the Sigma Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association at Central Lakes College will receive a portion of the proceeds from a pro wrestling card to help pay for a trip to its national conference.
Pequot Lakes coasts past Isle
ISLE -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team cruised by the Isle Indians 67-41 for their fourth win in a row Tuesday in a non conference game.
Little Falls Flyers fall to St. Cloud Apollo in girls' basketball
ST. CLOUD -- Rachel Davich scored 37 points but it wasn't enough as the Little Falls Flyers fell victim to a 17-5 third quarter to loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 62-59 in a Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball game Tuesday.
Little Falls could be entertaining this week
If the commercials during the Super Bowl left you unfulfilled and the game wasn't what you had hoped for, then you might consider taking in one of the Little Falls Flyers boys' basketball games this week.
Local sports shorts
The Central Lakes Conference has named Brainerd senior point guard Lisa Renneke its performer of the week ending Jan. 27.
This week's Associated Press poll for Minnesota wrestling, as provided by The Guillotine, a prep wrestling publication.
Wild fall short in overtime
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Minnesota goalie Jamie McLennan can't buy a break.
Wolves' streak hits 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett is a lock for the All-Star team. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders thinks point guard Terrell Brandon should be too.
Twins taking new stadium plan to Legislature
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are presenting a new stadium plan to key legislators, one that has them paying as much as half the cost of a $300 million outdoor stadium.
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Lions Club presented Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards to five club members at its annual Christmas Program at Madden's Resort.
11 to compete for Miss Nisswa title
NISSWA -- The Nisswa Area Women of Today announce a different location for this year's Miss Nisswa and Little Miss Nisswa Pageant.
Wishing for spring
Weather drawing by Anna Jackson of Mr. Trucano's fourth grade class at Baxter school.
Having grandma care for kids is bargain at twice the price
DEAR ABBY: The letter from "A Grandma or a Doormat?", whose daughter expects Grandma to baby-sit for free and not be reimbursed for the cost of snacks, prompts my own.
Dear Heloise: Before you put your credit-card number into an INTERNET SHOPPING site, make sure the site is secure. How to tell: The address will start with https:// instead of http:// -- M.M., Via E-mail
Names and faces
HOUSTON (AP) -- Winning a $475 million bankruptcy judgment from her late husband's estate last month hasn't made life easier for Anna Nicole Smith.
Libyan convicted in Lockerbie trial
CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands -- A Scottish court convicted a Libyan intelligence officer of murder and acquitted a second Libyan Wednesday in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The court sentenced the Libyan agent to life in prison in the explosion that killed 270 people, many of them Americans.
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