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Thursday, September 27



Wednesday, September 26



9/26 OBITUARIES

*Paul Allen Tanksley*Russell A. Koetke*Ronald Washburn*Judith 'Judy' Spock*Charles 'Chuck' Perry Bradley*Albert C. Davis*Bert Toler*William Calvin Braun*Harry B. Wiebe

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9/26 News in Brief

*City schedules Main Street open house*Construction work on Zena Road set*Dowtown Monmouth work continues*Drug 'take-back day' set for Saturday*Immunization clinic available for youths*Health seminar offered Tuesday in Dallas*

September 26, 2012 10:29 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 25

  

Central Panther Club Auction set for Oct. 27

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- You've no doubt felt it while watching from the sidelines and stands at Central High School -- that urge to give your team a helping hand when the athletes need it most.

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9/26 Letters to the Editor

*Park improvement a community effort *Wheeler knows Polk County best*School supply drive a success*Central Lions Club Cruise-In a big success*Wal-Mart clerk was honest, kind*Alternative to Obama not a patriotic vote*Hill is the right choice for Polk judge*Citizens should let justice system work

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..
 

The boys (and girls) are back in town

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's "New Student Week" is a time when incoming freshmen can get their bearings, find campus resources, and explore the community they will live in for the next nine months.

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9/26 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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9/26 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The women of Pedee church invite anyone reading this to meet with us at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 for a free beginning quilting class. We'll provide simple patterns, fabric, and some sewing supplies -- although if you come and have fabric, supplies, and a sewing machine, please bring them. We'll then all make a quilt together and decide at that point what we'd like to do with it.

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


WVH remodel open house

DALLAS - West Valley Hospital in Dallas has already booked its first surgery in its newly remodeled operating room.

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


9/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's the last week of September, and the time of year when there is a definite change in the seasons as we have now truly transitioned from summer to fall and those pristine blue dawns of early morning have been replaced by just plain darkness.

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Ghost Walk founder to pen book

INDEPENDENCE -- There's a home on Third Street in Independence -- a former asylum for "shell shocked" World War I troops -- whose owner reports objects get mysteriously moved or come up missing in the residence.

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9/26 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


DHS science goes social

DALLAS -- Last year, Dallas High School science teacher Lee Jones decided to take something most teens are using outside of school -- Facebook -- and use it to enhance his advanced placement chemistry class.

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


9/26 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Counterfeit money used at Salem store

SALEM -- The Salem Police Department is asking for help in identifying two suspects who used counterfeit $20 bills to purchase items at the West Salem Safeway store on Sept. 12.

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Independence Station lawsuit moving forward

INDEPENDENCE -- With the dust having finally settled on out-of-state court proceedings involving Independence Station, town leaders are moving forward with their own lawsuit against developers of the long-dormant project.

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


9/26 Community Notebook

*F.C. Garden Club to meet Thursday *Book sale slated at former library Chemeketa offer ELL, Spanish class *Perrydale Booster Auction Saturday *Arc of Polk County dances set Fridays*Hamersly Library to host art exhibit *Red Cross open house is Oct. 11 *Volunteers honored at Christ Church *Heart to Heart to host UGM benefit

September 25, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..
 

9/26 School Notes

*S.M.A.R.T. seeks volunteer readers *Kings Valley PTO needs volunteers *LVCS to hold open house in Pedee *WOU Writing Center offers classes *Talmadge open house is Thursday

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9/26 OBITUARIES

*Ronald Washburn *Paul Allen Tanksley *Charles 'Chuck' Perry Bradley *Albert C. Davis *Bert Toler *William Calvin Braun *Harry B. Wiebe

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PIECES IN PLACE: Despite change, Perrydale football still successful

PERRYDALE -- After finally catching up with the other 10-touchdown man from the third week of the high school football season - Perrydale's Josh Hiebenthal - the senior was asked if he realized, during his squad's 82-42 win over Triangle Lake Sept. 14, how many times he'd reached the end zone.

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Wednesday, September 19

    

WOU: Pool open for public use

MONMOUTH -- Everybody in the pool! The Health and Wellness Center's Aquatic Center at Western Oregon University opened for fall term on Monday

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Experiencing poverty

MONMOUTH -- Mary Grim picked up a small chalkboard and slowly wrote the word "scared" and underlined it.

September 19, 2012 11:09 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 18



9/19 Letters to the Editor

*Many helped make event a big success*Gift to dog shelter makes a difference*Wheeler a proven leader for county*Don't leave thorns along bike path*Neighbors thankful for quick response

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9/19 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Have you noticed all the new faces in MI Town? During the past several days, we've seen trucks and family vans loaded with books, clothes, computers and all the other plunder that new and returning college students will need to begin the school year at Western Oregon University.

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WOU dean to serve on state task force

MONMOUTH -- Hilda Rosselli, dean of Western Oregon University's college of education, has been granted a leave of absence for 2012-13 to help with a redesign of the state's public education system.

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'Closet' aids needy students

POLK COUNTY -- There are easily a few hundred articles of clothing on shelves in the northeast corner of the library at Independence Elementary School, from Captain America T-shirts and cargo shorts to girls' blouses and flip flops -- all categorized by size.

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9/19 Community Notebook

*Falls City Seniors resume gatherings*Parenting course offered in Dallas*Friends of Felines slates fundraiser*Yard sale on tap at Buell Grange*Extension canning classes scheduled*CCC still has space in local courses*Balance class for seniors available*'Art in the City' display set to open*4-H shooting sport orientation slated

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Home gardening celebration set

DALLAS -- Old Mill Feed & Garden will host an event this weekend focusing on growing food locally, whether it be on a farm or in your backyard garden.

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Water fee plan irks ag industry

POLK COUNTY -- A new annual state charge for holders of water supply and surface water permits could emerge during the 2013 Oregon Legislature.

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BOLI grants payments to Boss's employees

MONMOUTH -- Some employees of the defunct Boss's Burgers have been repaid almost $9,000 in lost wages from the troubled restaurant by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).

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9/19 BIRTHS

*Curtiss*Mason*Porter*LaBrasseur*Crabb*Loflin*Jones*Reinhardt*Babb*Berlin

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County gearing up for flu shot clinics

POLK COUNTY -- The flu season is quickly approaching and with it the Polk County Public Health Department is again sponsoring seasonal flu immunization clinics that begin this week.

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9/19 School Notes

*Symphony slates student program*Ash Creek plans open house night*Back-to-school nights scheduled*Talmadge has after-school program*CCC offering courses in Polk County

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9/19 Business Notebook

*Sterling Bank to salute customers*Fitness club will host open house*Bar, grill to open in Monmouth in fall

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Facebook lesson learned

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council learned a lesson regarding the power of social media and how something seemingly innocent can turn negative.

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9/19 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Gift shop 'repurposes' items

MONMOUTH -- Tonni Walbridge recalls making a dress as a junior high school student back in the 1970s that earned her an "A" in her home economics class. Walbridge's mom, Shar Downs, took the garment apart and made her redo the whole thing.

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


9/19 OBITUARIES

*James E. Pesano Jr.*Norma Jean Drakeley*Shirley Dornhecker*Paul W. Koehler*Donald 'Chris' Lewis Christopher*Robert H. Herrin*Lezly Dawn Persons-Churchfield*Janice Lorraine McMillian Ranslam*Melvin 'Mel' Leon Finegan*Judith A. Spock*Ronald Washburn*Paul Tanksley*Carleen Straka

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Home Tweet Home

DALLAS -- Each Thursday at the Polk County Bounty Market, located between vendors selling fresh-picked berries and homemade soap, you'll find Bill Morris and his "For the Birds" booth.

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


FC chief meets challenges

FALLS CITY -- Amber Mathiesen describes herself as "occasionally a bit of an adventure seeker" when not at work.

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9/19 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Deadline near for in-water work

POLK COUNTY -- Wayne Patten lowers the boom of an excavator near the edge of the Willamette River and with it a precast concrete plank that spans a little over 26 feet and weighs several tons.

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Todd Hall: Centennial celebration

MONMOUTH -- In a 1960s-era book detailing memories about Todd Hall, Janice Powell, a former student resident, described the structure's namesake, Jessica Todd, as a large queenly woman "who ruled over her domain like an old-fashioned headmistress."

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..


Falls City looks at charging station

FALLS CITY -- Falls City may be in the first wave, at least in Polk County, in the electric car movement if a proposal brought by a citizen comes to fruition.

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9/19 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

A family graveside service was held for Shelley Burbank Taylor Sept. 12 at Womer Cemetery. Pastor Daniel Russell of Pedee Church officiated at the service, which honored her and remembered all the good things in her life.

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9/19 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

September 18, 2012 2:31 p.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, September 12

               

SOCCER: Stefan Wutte makes Timbers Academy team roster

PERRYDALE -- With more than an hour commute to practice in Beaverton three times a week, a full classload as a senior at West Salem High and college soccer aspirations on his mind, Stefan Wutte doesn't have time to goof around.

September 12, 2012 11:53 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 11

  

9/12 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

September 11, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..


9/12 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Melvin and Marguerite (McBeth) Nice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children, Jared, Jason and Rebecca, and their eight grandchildren, Aug. 26 at their church in McMinnville.

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New state schools chief visits Dallas

DALLAS -- Two unexpected things happened in Dallas schools during the first week of classes: a visit from Oregon's education chief and unexpectedly high enrollment.

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KVCS, district still at an impasse

KINGS VALLEY -- Middle ground appears to be getting tougher to come by in the legal dispute between Kings Valley Charter School and Philomath School District.

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9/12 Letters to the Editor

*Mill property left behind problems *Restaurant made reunion a success *Firefighters step u during emergency *Alliance thankful of event supporters *Congress doesn't deserve to be paid *Ex-chief displays kindness to others

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9/12 BIRTHS

*Silva*Basey*Evans*Anderson*Fech*Hall*Vidana*Stephens*Horsey*Harris

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9/12 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Bike rider, 88, serious

DALLAS -- A Dallas man was seriously injured after colliding with a car while riding a three-wheel bike on Thursday, Dallas Police said.

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9/12 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

After reading the editorial in last week's Itemizer-Observer, I could almost see people all over MI Town and Polk County totally agreeing on just about every point mentioned.

September 11, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..


9/12 School Notes / Academic Honors

*DHS senior party planning to begin*KVCS group to gather Wednesday*IES Parent Club will meet Tuesday*Back-to-school nights scheduled*Dallas grads awarded scholarships

September 11, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..


9/12 OBITUARIES

*Jerry A. Reeher*Barbara Starck *Jan 'Allen' Ragsdale*Samuel Sinaumea Hunter*Mitchell B. Johnson

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9/12 Business Notebook

*Olsen Ag. drops Viridian wine label*Open house set at Main Auto Body*Vendors are needed for WOU event*Frozen yogurt shop plans opening

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9/12 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

September 11, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..


Two-home drug bust nets three arrests

GRAND RONDE -- Three people were arrested and guns and drugs seized on Thursday in two counties following a bust by the Polk Inter-agency Narcotics Team (POINT).

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Fairgrounds aims to grow

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center has a plan for growth. Now a piece of that plan is being set into motion.

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Dual farmers markets thrive

INDEPENDENCE -- Downtown Independence had a crowd of produce hunters on a recent Saturday morning, like it normally does.

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Polk students making gains

POLK COUNTY -- Public school students at almost all grade levels in Oregon showed improvement on state math tests in 2011-12.

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9/12 Community Notebook

*Flowering bulbs topic at meeting*Arc sets pizza feed, bi-monthly dance*Group set to hold its fall plant sale*Historical society program Saturday*Church, fire station to host block party*Dallas church plans community picnic*Bible study event will begin Monday *Estate planning seminar offered *Extension canning classes scheduled *Small farms event planned in Dallas *Would-be vendors needed for fair

September 11, 2012 1:56 p.m. read more..
 

This Old House

INDEPENDENCE -- A general contractor with 50 years of experience, Richard Lawrence doesn't buy the notion of a home remodel being "mission impossible."

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Opportunity comes calling

INDEPENDENCE -- Humberto Roque, a longtime Italian restaurant cook, said he's been dreaming of opening a place of his own during the last three years.

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Safety stressed at bike fair

MONMOUTH -- There are lessons to be learned now that school's back in session -- in the classroom and, for those who get around on two wheels, on the rules of the road.

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Falls City: To patrol or not to patrol?

FALLS CITY -- Hometown Grocery on Main Street in Falls City was bustling on a sunny afternoon last week. School was still in session, but many people were out enjoying the late summer sunshine.

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Wednesday, September 5

        

Tuesday, September 4

 

9/5 OBITUARIES

*John James Hubbard*Calvin Doil Kennedy*Estahlyn (Ellyn) L. Overstreet

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9/5 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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9/5 News in Brief

*Polk Democrats to meet Thursday*Library will accept food for fines*Open house on fairgrounds plan set*Commissioners to hold public forum*Peer counselors sought for seniors

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School Notes / Academic Honors

*CCC offering courses in Polk County*Dallas Boosters planning fundraiser*Local student honored for artwork*Lunch assistance forms available*Polk trio earn degrees from Oregon

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Rural garbage rates rise

POLK COUNTY -- Rural customers of Brandt's Sanitary Service and Western Oregon Waste will notice an increase in their rates for garbage service this month.

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Teachers, district reach agreement

INDEPENDENCE -- A slight pay raise, extra time for classroom planning and a grace period for state-required teacher evaluation standards are key features of a new contract between Central School District and its teachers union.

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Always Teaching

DALLAS -- Frank Pender, a longtime teacher in Dallas, may have retired from teaching, but his drive to help people learn and succeed remains strong.

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9/5 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

September 4, 2012 3:46 p.m. read more..
  

9/5 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we've become Western Oregon University season ticket holders, and this year's lineup of home games looks like a winner.

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Monmouth's downtown vision

MONMOUTH -- Filling the half block opposite Main Street Park with a multistory, mixed-use complex that includes more than 100 apartments sounded like an ambitious idea when city leaders first began exploring it almost a year ago.

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Petition aimed to save KVCS

KINGS VALLEY -- Amanda Larios said she hasn't studied much in the way of politics in her social studies classes at Kings Valley Charter School yet. But the 11-year-old from Monmouth has recently gotten a taste of community activism.

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'Craft' pizzeria opens in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- Thomas Jones said it took several months of kneading, rolling and baking in a test kitchen during the last year to come up with the recipe for a pizza dough for his prospective restaurant.

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Correction

In a story headlined "Canola seed debate in full bloom," which appeared on Page 2A of the Aug. 29 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, a reporter incorrectly listed Tomas Endicott as the owner of Willamette Biomass Processors. Endicott is the vice president of business development; the company's owner, president and CEO is Craig Parker. The I-O regrets the error.

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Key fundraiser for museum is Sunday

MONMOUTH -- The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum will host the 27th annual Wild Alaskan Salmon Bake onSunday on the Western Oregon University Campus.

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9/5 Community Notebook

*Group sets Friday pregame activity*Indepizza slates night of comedy*Youths can ride with pilots Sept. 8*PCL schedules community picnic*Caterpillar workers to gather Saturday*Sons of Norway to meet in West Salem*Monthly dances resume Saturday*Booksigning event planned for Monday*Health screenings available in Dallas*Women's military group will gather*Bone health topic of one-day class

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9/5 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

September 4, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..


Candidates set for November election

POLK COUNTY -- The deadline has passed to file paperwork to run for local offices. Here are the candidates who will appear on ballots in November's general election:

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9/5 Letters to the Editor

**We need small post offices to survive*Obama's spending less than you think*President's not to blame for spending

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