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Valentine, NE -  Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a Valentine man in connection with the shooting death of his wife on Monday, March 4.

NSP was initially called by the Valentine Police Department after they had responded to a shooting at 301 Edna Street in Valentine at approximately 7:00 p.m. The victim, Pamela Nickisch, 71, was found deceased. Her husband, Paul Nickisch, 70, and a juvenile grandson were also present at the residence.

Investigators have determined that Paul Nickisch shot Pamela Nickisch as a domestic violence situation escalated. He was arrested for murder and lodged in Cherry County Jail. A final determination on charges will be made by the Cherry County Attorney.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Valentine Police Department, Valentine Fire and Rescue, and Cherry County Attorney’s Office have all contributed to this investigation and response.


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MARCH 6, 2019 (VALENTINE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a Valentine man in connection with the shooting death of his wife on Monday, March 4.

NSP was initially called by the Valentine Police Department after they had responded to a shooting at 301 Edna Street in Valentine at approximately 7:00 p.m. The victim, Pamela Nickisch, 71, was found deceased. Her husband, Paul Nickisch, 70, and a juvenile grandson were also present at the residence.

Investigators have determined that Paul Nickisch shot Pamela Nickisch as a domestic violence situation escalated. He was arrested for murder and lodged in Cherry County Jail. A final determination on charges will be made by the Cherry County Attorney.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Valentine Police Department, Valentine Fire and Rescue, and Cherry County Attorney’s Office have all contributed to this investigation and response.


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McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital is pleased to announce a new visiting cardiologist specializing in invasive cardiology and device implantations will see patients at the Medical Specialists Center in McCook starting in April.

 

Georgy Kaspar, M.D., is associated with Great Plains Health Heart & Vascular Center in North Platte. He is board certified in internal medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography and registered physician vascular interpretation. He will see patients at Community Hospital on the second Wednesday of each month.

 

Dr. Kaspar graduated from medical school at the University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, West Palm Beach, Floridaand completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Providence-Providence Park Hospital/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Southfield, Michigan.

For an appointment, call Community Hospital’s Central Scheduling department at 308-344-8285. Referrals are not required.

 

Community Hospital offers more than thirty visiting medical specialists for advanced care, close to home. For more information, go to chmccook.org.

 


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Mosquitos in Red Willow County have tested positive West Nile Virus (WNV) for the second time this summer according to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. This follows confirmed positive mosquitos found in Chase County two weeks ago.

 

“West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitos. It is important to continue prevention even during the cooler weather.” states Melissa Propp, RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. “Use insect repellent which includes at least 30% DEET,” states Propp “DEET in repellent is the most effective prevention to getting bitten by a mosquito.”

 

Additional tips will help prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when mosquitos are most active.
  • Install/repair window and door screens.
  • Empty standing water from containers such as gutters, buckets, pool covers, tires.
  • Aerate ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Use larvicide such as mosquito dunks for water that cannot be drained

 

 

Mosquitos rest in dark, humid areas and typically lay their eggs near bodies of water. The use of larvicide to treat water is one method to reduce mosquitoes. Outdoor flying insect repellent may also be utilized to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

 

More information on West Nile Virus may be found at the web site www.swhealth.ne.gov. Or call the McCook office at 308-345-4223, Imperial office at 308-882-4269. Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is located at 404 West 10th Street – one block north of Arby’s in McCook or 501 Broadway – south entrance in Imperial.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. You may also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter.


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SCOTTSBLUFF, NE -- The Western Community College Area (WCCA) Board of Governors and Western Nebraska Community College Interim President John N. Harms invite the public to the Grand Reopening of the Scottsbluff Campus Main Building on Thursday, August 15 at 4 p.m.

Thursday's event, which will be held outside the Main Building on the Scottsbluff Campus, will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and tours of the newly renovated facility at 5 p.m.
 
The $18.5 million renovation -- the first significant project on the Scottsbluff Campus Main Building since it opened in 1969 -- includes the Platte Valley Companies Performing Arts Center, the Howard Olsen Student Success Center, and Learning Commons. The 21-month project will provide students, staff, and community members a new space to learn, gather, and grow.

As WNCC prepares to move into the newly renovated building, its students, faculty, and staff look forward to the opportunities the college will see stemming from this project. 
 
Current student and Alumni Ambassador Maria Negreira is excited to get to know the renovated space and see the many opportunities that will come with the facilities. 
 
"I am looking forward to getting to know all the new infrastructure and new spaces that will be available and I am anxious to explore the new library," Negreira said. "Also, the Cougar Bookstore being renovated will represent a new gathering place for all students, and we will all enjoy it."
 
Jackie Cawiezel, social science instructor, believes the new space will enhance the learning experiences for students and will be a place the community can enjoy, as well. 
 
"I'm really looking forward to an open space where we can gather, meet students, grade, and read," Cawiezel said. "I think some of the new spaces for studying and collaborative learning in the library are going to be amazing." 
 
Each new addition to the college -- including the new bookstore known as Buddy's Books & Bistro, the Platte Valley Companies Performing Arts Center, Howard Olsen Student Success Center, and Learning Commons -- will be a positive addition for WNCC and for the community. 
 
For more information regarding Thursday's Grand Reopening ceremony, contact WNCC Public Relations & Marketing at communications@wncc.edu

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Three McCook Community College softball players have been selected to the All-Region IX, Division I team. Sophomore outfielders Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) were named to the team along with freshman utility player Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah). Miner played in 57 games batting .385 with 20 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 52 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. She had a .422 on-base and slugged .630. She topped the region with six triples and 192 at bats. She was fourth in doubles, fifth in RBIs, steals and total bases (121). Siebenthal led the Lady Indians with a .411 batting average in 58 games, she had 24 doubles, two home runs, 32 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases. She had a .449 on-base percentage and slugged .573. Her 24 doubles were the second most in Region IX. She had the second most plate appearances in the region and ranked in the top 10 in at bats, runs, total bases (106) region and stolen bases. Jensen led the region with 43 stolen bases. In 50 games played as catcher and infielder, she batted .397 with 36 runs scored and a .431 on-base percentage. As a catcher, she threw out nine runners trying to steal which was the second most in the region. She held base stealers to a 37.5 success rate, which was third best in the region.





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Last week the McCook Community College volleyball program reached a milestone of sorts when the seventh of seven graduating sophomores signed a letter of intent to continue playing volleyball – “Seven for Seven” as MCC Coach Hayley Kobza is calling the journey that has landed all seven of her sophomores scholarships to continue playing the sport after they graduate from MCC.

Those seven sophomores include Ashley Carson, Hanna Emerson, Ryan Maddera, Onyessah Rocha, Brooklyn Evans, Haley Jacobsen and Ty Johnson.

These players were part of a sophomore squad helping lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top-20 ranked opponents.

Of the seven MCC players, two are former high school teammates who were “discovered” at MCC during an open tryout in 2016 will play Division I volleyball. Two other MCC teammates will move on to play for the same team, one will play for a Division II program and four will play for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools. Two are headed to South Carolina, two are headed to Missouri, one is going to Louisiana, one to Texas and one will play in Kansas.

Here’s a summary of the players, their season highlights and where they’re headed:

Ashley Carson, Ord, will continue her volleyball career as a setter at Division 2 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. One of three co-captains on the team, she was named to the all-Region IX volleyball team, had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills. She was also named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges.

Hannah Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker from Greeley West High School in Colo., will play at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina. She received honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald All Nebraska team. She played in 35 matches this season and her block numbers were in the top 10 in the Region IX South Division in the four major blocking categories. She assisted on 106 blocks, tops in the division, was second in total blocks with 124, second with 0.94 blocks per set, and ninth in solo blocks with 18. Her block assist numbers were ninth most in the nation. This fall, Emerson’s Chanticleers will play the University of Nebraska on Sept. 21 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Ryan Maddera 6-1, who played outside hitter and middle for the Indians will play setter at Division 1 Southeast Louisiana in Hammond, La. Like her high school teammate Emerson, both came to MCC for an open tryout and two years later both earned scholarships to play volleyball this Fall at the Division 1 level. Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces. She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th. She also received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team.

Brooklyn Evans, a 5-7 libero from Ogden, Utah, who converted from setter after her freshman season, will continue her career at NAIA Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Evans, named co-captain in August, played in 35 matches for the Lady Indians leading the team in digs with 321 (2.43 per game). That total ranked ninth among players in the Region IX South Division. She also had 98 assists (10th most in the division) and 37 service aces (ranked 11th in the region). Evans received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. She will continue playing her libero/defensive position for the Vikings.

Haley Jacobsen is a 5-9 middle blocker/right side hitter from Chatfield High School in Littleton Colo., who will join MCC teammate Brooklyn Evans at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Jacobsen played in 25 matches for the Lady Indians where she had 78 kills, 41 digs, and 50 total blocks. Her blocks per set total (0. 66) was 11th best in among players competing in the Region IX South Division. At Missouri Valley College, she expects to continue playing right side where she spent most of her time this past season.

Ty Johnson, a 5-8 outside hitter from Conroe, Texas returns to her home state to play volleyball at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Johnson, one of three co-captains, played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). She received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats.

Onyessah Rocha, 5-5 libero from Topeka, Kan. returns to her home state to play for NAIA Ottawa University where she will play for the Braves, who won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and earned the program its sixth trip (fourth straight appearance), at the NAIA National Tournament. Rocha expects to compete for the starting libero position.

 

ALL SEVEN OF McCook Community College’s volleyball sophomores have now signed on to continue their volleyball careers at the next level. Pictured are (front row from left): Onyessah Rocha, Ty Johnson, Ashley Carson. (Back row): Haley Jacobsen, Hannah Emerson, Coach Hayley Kobza, Ryan Maddera and Brooklyn Evans.

 





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Lincoln – To accommodate demand for Opening Night with Husker Hoops, the Nebraska Ticket Office announced Friday that the 200 Level Seating at Pinnacle Bank Arena is now available.

The free event on Friday, Sept. 27, features a nationally-known musical act, and is highlighted by the PBA debut of the 2019-20 Huskers, a live scrimmage on the brand new PBA court, remarks from Coach Fred Hoiberg, fan contests, giveaways and more. Pinnacle Bank Arena doors will open at 6 p.m. that evening with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

The featured performer will be announced following the Huskers’ return from Italy this month.

As of Aug. 1, the entire lower bowl of PBA has been filled for the event, and 200 Level seating was opened to accommodate Husker fans wanting their first look at the 2019-20 Huskers. To reserve tickets, fans can visit Huskers.com/Tickets and there is a limit of four reserved tickets per person.

Opening Night with Husker Hoops begins a busy weekend on the Nebraska campus, as the Husker football team hosts Ohio State the following day.




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Two McCook Volleyball players made Southwest Conference Volleyball team.  Jayceea Hanson makes first team, and Robin Grigg makes Honorable Mention.  You can view complete list here.





2018 SWC All Conference Softball Team

Pitcher Regan Armagost - Cozad, Fr
Infielders

Brenna Dugan - Cozad, (IF), Sr

Grace Cargill - Cozad (IF), Sr

Bailee Schurmann - Minden (IF), So

Avery Dunphy - Gothenburg (IF), So

Kandace Coleman - McCook, (IF), Jr

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht - Gothenburg (IF), Sr

Outfielders

Jercey Irish - Cozad (OF), Jr

Kaylin Martin - McCook, (OF), Jr

Alexis Bliven - Gothenburg (OF), So

Laurel Schmidt - McCook (OF), S

Utl Trinity Raburn - McCook (IF), Jr
Honorable Mention

Hannah Merrill - Minden (IF/C), So

Haley Cargill - Cozad (Utl), Jr

Bailey Coulter - Gothenburg (P), Jr

Brolin Morgan - McCook (IF), Jr

 





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2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team(s). The teams were selected by the conference Volleyball Coaches on Wednesday, 11/15/2018.

 

Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2018 - 2019
EAST DIVISION NAME SCHOOL GRADE POSITION HEIGHT
First Team:
Korynn Clason Cambridge 11 MH 5’ 10”
Lauren Samuelson Southern Valley 11 MH 6’ 00”
Kaelie Tomlin Cambridge 12 S 5’ 07”
Carlee Stuhmer Alma 09 MH 5’ 07”
Nicole Dewey Southwest 12 MH 5’ 09”
Lindsay Schutz Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 08”
Jada High Bertrand 11 L 5’ 04”
 
Second Team:
Erin Boggs Bertrand 10 S 5’ 05”
Maggie Bose Southern Valley 12 S 5’ 06”
Grace Hogeland Southern Valley 11 S 5’ 06”
Grace Schwarz Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 07”
Jenna Ebbers Cambridge 12 OH 5’ 06”
Alex Ellermeier Medicine Valley 12 MH 5’ 09”
Sawyer Quinn Southern Valley 12 L 5’ 05”
 
Honorable Mention:
Kayla Kindler Alma 12 OH 5’ 06”
Tiffany Wells Alma 12 MH 5’ 07”
Johanna Ford Bertrand 09 MH 5’ 08”
Joslyn North Arapahoe 12 S/OH 5’ 08”
Mariah Watson Arapahoe 12 MH 5’ 11”
Johanna Sughroue Southwest 11 OH 5’ 05”
Dakota Hughes Alma 12 L/OH 5’ 03”
Rylee Cross Cambridge 12 MB 5’ 09”

 

Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2018 - 2019
WEST DIVISION NAME SCHOOL GRADE POSITION HEIGHT
First Team:
Grace Frederick Dundy County Stratton 12 MH 6’ 00”
Jaycee Weidner Maywood/Hayes Center 10 MH 5’ 11”
Adalene Krutsinger Dundy County Stratton 12 MH 5’ 11”
Haylee Sandman Wauneta-Palisade 10 MH 5’ 08”
Allison Hoyt Hitchcock County 12 S 5’ 06”
Avery Johnson Maywood/Hayes Center 11 MH 5’ 10”
Kyleigh Scott Hitchcock County 12 L 5’ 06”
 
Second Team:
Amanda Horinek Hitchcock County 12 MH 5’ 08”
Jessie Freeland Dundy County Stratton 11 S 5’ 04”
Shaye Porter Hitchcock County 11 OH 5’ 07”
Janie Sommer Maxwell 11 S/RH 6’ 00”
Sydney Pelster Wallace 11 S/RH 5’ 07”
Monique Gooden Wauneta-Palisade 12 OH 5’ 04”
Jaycee Lapp Maywood/Hayes Center 11 L/DS 5’ 05”
 
Honorable Mention:
Birkleigh Vrbka Maxwell 12 OH 5’ 07”
Maggie Lutz Dundy County Stratton 10 OH 5’ 08”
Josie Callahan Paxton 09 OH 5’ 04”
Michaela Dukes Wauneta-Palisade 11 S/RH 5’ 07”
Natalie Marquardt Wallace 12 OH 5’ 07”
Sydney Reichert Dundy County Stratton 11 OH 5’ 05”
Charli Apple Hitchcock County 12 OH 5’ 07”
Paige Wood Maywood/Hayes Center 12 OH 5’ 09”
Karlie Gerlach Maywood/Hayes Center 11 OH 5’ 09”





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Six McCook Community College student/athletes were selected by their respective coaches to be recognized for the 2018-2019 academic year as Athletes of the Year in their individual sports.

 
Men’s Baseball: Mark Starks, Omaha, Nebraska
Sophomore – Major: Science
Parents: Don & Doris Starks
Coach: Jon Olsen
 
Men’s Basketball: Amadou Dieye, Nigeria
Sophomore – Major: Business and Management
Parents: Mamadou Amadou Dieye Fatima Ba
Coach: Brandon Lenhart
 
Golf: Cameron Lampe, Fort Collins, Colorado
Sophomore – Major: Marketing
Parents: Mike and Wendy Lampe
Coach: Tyler Loop
 
Women’s Basketball: Makenna Bodette, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Freshman – Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
Parents: Steve and Teresa Bodette
Coach: Brandon Pritchett
 
Women’s Softball: Chanel Siebenthal, Lakewood, Colorado
Sophomore – Major: Pharmacy
Parents: Tim and Carol Siebenthal
Coach: Joshua Barnes
 
Women’s Volleyball: Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah
Sophomore – Major: Undecided
Parents: London and Tim Ryan
Chad and Heidi Evans
Coach: Haley Kobza
 
From these six outstanding athletes, who were also successful students in the classroom, the MCC Indians Boosters selected the overall male and female athletes for the year. This special recognition was awarded to Brooklyn Evans and Amadou Dieye. The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to support McCook Community College through its sports programs. Along with sponsoring the Adopt-an Student and Read Aloud programs, the MCC Boosters coordinate the Hall of Fame, Dream Team and Banner Club programs, provide book scholarship funds, publish the sports media guides, and sponsor special events and promotions. If you would like more information about the MCC Boosters, you may contact Shawn Knoll by email at sjknoll@yahoo.com.

 





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Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.

The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.

Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.

For more information, pricing and to register for the 2019 camps, email fredhoibergbasketballcamps@gmail.com or go tohttps://tinyurl.com/FredHoibergBasketballCamps.

2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps

Day Camp #1 Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boys/Girls Grades 3-12 $250
Day Camp #2 Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boys/Girls Grades 3-12 $250
Little Huskers Camp Wed.-Fri., June 19-21 9 a.m. – Noon Boys/Girls Grades K-4 $180
Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic Friday, June 14 9 a.m.-Noon Boys/Girls Grades 3-12 $60
Forward Specialty Clinic Friday, June 14 1-4 p.m. Boys/Girls Grades 3-12 $60
Dual Clinic Special Friday, June 14 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Boys/Girls Grades 3-12 $110





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Nebraska High School Tennis Coaches Association, in cooperation with the Nebraska Coaches Association, announces the Class B All-State Girls Tennis Team for 2019.

 
First Team
Captain, Katherine Krueger, Omaha Duchesne
Brianna Liu, Brownell-Talbot/Concordia
Kassidy Michaelis, McCook
Lesley Lam, Omaha Duchesne
Katie Maser, Grand Island CC
Meena Satpathy, Omaha Duchesne
Second Team
Ashlyn Kucera, Grand Island CC
Aruna Bashir, Brownell-Talbot/Concordia
Avery Kalvoda, Grand Island CC
Riley Hansen, McCook
Jenna Lowry, Grand Island CC
Megan Woods, Grand Island CC
 
Alliance: Diana Acosta, Taylor Manion
Beatrice: Morgan Burenheide
Brownell-Talbot/Concordia: Anna Kotula, Cecan Porter
Crete: Katelyn Jindra, Huong Ngo
Elkhorn: Claire Burford, Sarah Riddell, Megan Raszler, Maggie McElhose
Gering: Zoee Smith, Bobbie Claflin
GICC: Courtney Toner
Hershey: Keyana Hastings, Anna Berntson
Holdrege: Kaylin Brown
Kearney Catholic: Ashley Waggoner, Brooke Eschenbrenner, Liza Trettel
Lexington: Mallorie Buescher
Lincoln Christian: Brooklyn Schrader, Caitlyn Anderson, Jenna Wiltfong, Alyssa Gove
McCook: Sydney Stewart, Delaney Jumps, Kori Uerling, Megan Hodgson
Norris: Anastasia Krueger, Madeline Star, Georgia Havel, Isabel Havel, Crystal Craft, Taylor
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The McCook Bison Tennis Camp is quickly approaching. The Camp is open to all ages and playing levels and is designed to promote a better understanding of the game and strokes of tennis. Camp will be held at the Bison Tennis courts starting June 3rd for 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of League. Deadline to register is Friday, May 17th. Flyers can be picked up at McCook Lettering, McCook High School Junior High, McCook Central Elementary and McCook St. Pats. 

 

  





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