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MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center rolling out next phase of COVID vaccinations

January 22, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center is almost done vaccinating its health care workers and is moving into Phase 1B, which is set to begin February 1 and will include people 65 and older.
The Dubuque County Public Health Department is waiting for more guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on whether they would be able to vaccinate people from out of the county, but it has begun preparing to vaccinate those in Phase 1B.
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Second suspect in Dubuque storage unit thefts before Thanksgiving is in custody

January 22, 2021

Police said a second suspect in the burglary of a Dubuque storage units just before Thanksgiving is in custody. Mark A. Laufenberg, 58, was arrested Wednesday on warrants charging two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of third-degree burglary for his role in break-ins of four storage units at Bluff Side Mini Storage, on Collision Drive, Nov. 23. Documents state that he and another man, arrested last week, took nearly $8-grad[$7,555] worth of property.
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1990 Grant County murder suspect up for parole

January 22, 2021

A Wisconsin commissioner has recommended that parole for a man sentenced to life in prison in 1990 in the death of a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy should be deferred for five years. Gregory Coulthard, formerly of Cuba City, became eligible for parole after 25 years. In 2015, the commission denied his release until his next parole hearing until 2021. The decision will be reviewed by the commission’s chairperson who can modify or overrule the order.
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Manchester murder suspect goes Hollywood

January 22, 2021

MANCHESTER, Iowa – A Manchester murder suspect convicted in the Dec. 19, 1979 death of a Linn County teenager has added one of the lawyers from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” to his legal team. Jerry Burns, hired Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner to help with his appeal in the more than 40 year old case, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office confirmed in a press release Thursday. The murder was a cold case for decades, but investigators were able to link DNA evidence found at the scene to Burns in 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison in August. His legal team has until Feb. 16 to lay out what they’re seeking and their arguments.
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Prairie du Chien officers being hailed heroes

January 22, 2021

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. – Prairie du Chien police released body camera footage Thursday of emergency responders rescuing a woman who fell through the ice last week. City police and firefighters, along with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Tri-State Ambulance, responded to the scene Jan. 15, after receiving a report that a woman fell through the ice as she was trying to save her dog who had wandered out onto the ice and fell through. The unidentified woman was taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, where she was treated and released.
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Dubuque looking to hire County Assessor

January 22, 2021

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 5 for the position of Dubuque County Assessor. To apply visit governmentjobs.com.
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University of Dubuque getting students connected

January 22, 2021

University of Dubuque officials received nearly $90,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to help increase student internet connectivity. School leaders announced Tuesday that they had received the money through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. It will be used to help purchase laptops and other items to help students connect online, when they’re not on campus, according to a press release.
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Dubuque woman faces multiple charges in connection to a domestic assault

January 22, 2021

A Dubuque woman faces multiple charges in connection to a domestic assault Wednesday. Lenisha C. Metcalf, 23, is accused of trying to stab, Coshawndra M. Jenkins, 26, who fled to a bedroom where she says Metcalf then stabbed the bedroom door several times, documents state. Metcalf reportedly left the residence and was seen on traffic camera footage placing the weapon in a nearby lot. She was arrested Thursday in connection to the incident at a residence on Washington St..
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Maquoketa couple opens first brewery in town since prohibition

January 22, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KCRG) – A Maquoketa couple has opened a brewery, the first since prohibition.
Between construction, marketing, and the pandemic, it took two years for the owners to finally open Maquoketa Brewery. Maquoketa’s Chamber of Commerce said the project gives new life to Maquoketa’s Main Street. This is the towns first brewery in over 100 years.
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Bars and restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are getting a helping hand

January 22, 2021

Bars and restaurants hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are getting a helping hand. Thursday Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the rollout of The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program that will provide one-time grants of up to $25,000 to business in communities across the state to help them recover, bring their employees back to work and keep their doors open, Reynolds said.

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Reynolds also announced yesterday that the next phase of individuals to qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations will be expanded to include Iowans age 65 and over.
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Dubuque County Needs An Assessor

January 21, 2021

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 5 for the position of Dubuque County Assessor. Primary duties include assessing all types of properties from residential and commercial to industrial and agricultural. Find out more at the Dubuque County website.

Woman Charged With Trying To Stab Another Woman

January 21, 2021

A Dubuque woman is accused of swinging a knife at someone during an altercation. Police say 23 year old Lenisha Metcalf was cuffed early Thursday, charged with grabbing a knife and trying to cut and stab 26 year old Coshawandra Jenkins at their 1900 Washington Street apartment. Police say Metcalf ditched the knife and was apprehended away from the scene.

Dubuque County Preps For Phase 1B

January 21, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that it is expanding Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations. Iowa is expanding Phase 1B to include Iowans age 65 and over. These populations are eligible to receive vaccine beginning February 1, 2021. Vaccine remains in short supply. The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team continues to work with local partners to finalize plans to begin Phase 1B vaccinations. Additional details on how county residents eligible for Phase 1B can get vaccinated will be shared as soon as they are available.

Dubuque highschool students looking to go to college are getting some help

January 21, 2021

Some highschool students looking to go to college are getting some help, and it’s thanks to the Dubuque College Access Network’s free ACT preparation course. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque initiative is offering the free test prep as a way to increase college enrollment, and to support those who might otherwise not be able to afford it. The Dubuque Community School District is offering the opportunity on March 3 for all high school juniors. Visit dbqfoundation.org to learn more.
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Name of man killed in one-vehicle crash in Clayton County released

January 21, 2021

NORTH BUENA VISTA, Iowa – Authorities have released the name of the person killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Clayton County. Michael S. Horn, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. A press release states that Horn lost control of his vehicle on Great River Road near Errthum Road as he was goind around a curve, skidded into a ditch and collided head-on with a rock bluff.
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Trial of Dubuque man in fatal 2019 DUI case postponed again

January 21, 2021

The trial of a Dubuque man who pleaded not guilty to killing a pregnant Bellevue woman in a 2019 drunk driving case has has been postponed for a fourth time. Court officials say the delay is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Epworth man facing assault charges after breaking woman’s nose

January 21, 2021

An Epworth man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman earlier this month. Kevin McGovern is accused of violently attacking Aleca Lombardi; who was treated for a broken nose and several skull fractures.
The 32 year old was taken into custody Monday (Jan. 18) and is being charged with Willful Bodily Injury.
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Dubuque Police asking for public’s help in Dec. 2020 shoplifting incidnt

January 21, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) – Dubuque Police are asking for the public’s help in connection to a shoplifting incidnt this past December. According to reports a man allegedly stole merchandise from Best Buy on Wacker Dr., just before Christmas [12/20/2020]. If you have information about this incident you’re urged to contact Dubuque police, who say the case remains active and the investigation ongoing.
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Program To Provide Free ACT Prep To Some Students

January 20, 2021

The Dubuque College Access Network is underway with a program providing a free ACT preparation course. The network is offering the opportunity next month to at least two dozen Dubuque high school juniors who may not be able to afford it or who wouldn’t be inclined to take the exam otherwise. Students who qualify for the free test prep get access to a full curriculum from Doorway to College, including a workbook and web-based course.

Eyes And Ears The Focus Of Collection Box

January 20, 2021

You can help people in need see and hear better. A collection box is being set up by the Dubuque Noon Lions Club at Asbury Plaza Hy-Vee at 2395 Northwest Arterial. The eyeglasses and hearing aids they collect will be taken to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling and Hearing Aid Center to be retooled and distributed to those who need them.

Man Charged In Attack On Woman

January 20, 2021

Authorities say a man is accused of “stomping” on a woman’s face in Dubuque, causing multiple fractures and other injuries. 32 year old Kevin J. McGovern is charged with willful injury. Police say, during the incident in question, McGovern assaulted 25 year old Alecea K. Lombardi of 665 Jefferson St. early on the morning of January 10th on the 200 block of Main Street.

Dubuque County Seeks Commission Members

January 20, 2021

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants for the Magistrate Appointing Commission to fill three positions for six-year terms. If you are interested in being considered for serving on this Dubuque County commission, please complete and return the 2-page application form. For more information, or to download the application, visit www.dubuquecountyiowa.gov.

Woman suffers facial fractures in birthday attack

January 20, 2021

A woman is recovering after being attacked in Dubuque, causing multiple fractures and other injuries that sent her to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics earlier this month. Police arrested, Kevin J. McGovern, 32, of Epworth, Monday on a warrant charging willful injury, in connection to the Jan. 10 incident on Main Street in which he stomped the victims face during her birthday celebration. Police said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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Traffic camera footage led police to suspect in robbery-assault in Dubuque

January 20, 2021

Traffic camera footage helped police track down a suspect in connection to a robbery and assault in Dubuque. Nicholas C. Anderson, 32, was arrested Monday on Pennsylvania Avenue after a woman told authorities that Anderson, who she had let stay at her apartment for several days, pointed a gun at her when she asked him to leave and then kicked her door down and punched her. He is facing several charges including first-degree burglary and assault, court documents state.
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Dubuque man arrested in domestic violence incident turned police chase

January 20, 2021

A Dubuque man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high speed chase following a domestic violence incident. Police said Nathaniel Z. Grover punched Janika J. Williams, 23 in the face multiple times in a jealous rage after she gave him a ride to his residence on Alpine St, then drove off in her car as officers arrived prompting a police pursuit that reached speeds of 50 mph along residential streets Tuesday morning, according to reports. Police caught up with the 32 year old in the 2400 block of Central Avenue and he was taken into custody without further incident. He is being held on charges of domestic assault, eluding police, and five counts of violating a restraining order, according to Dubuque police. He also faces numerous traffic citations.
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Family of Prairie du Chien teen settles lawsuit against school district

January 20, 2021

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — The family of a Prairie du Chien teen has settled a lawsuit brought against the local school district. The family sued the district and its employees in La Crosse County Circuit Court for negligence after a principal caused a chemical burn on the then 14 year old’s hand in 2018. They have agreed to dismiss the case against the Prairie du Chien Area School District in exchange for $17,500, according to court documents.
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City Council revisited the topic of outdoor dining in East Dubuque

January 20, 2021

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. -The City Council revisited the topic of outdoor dining in East Dubuque, during a special meeting this week. Earlier this month it was a 4-2 vote on the issue, but the resolution passed unanimously Monday, and will allow restaurants to be open from 6 a.m. to midnight starting May 1 to Oct. 24. Council members opted to bring the practice back, anticipating that the impacts of the pandemic will stretch further into the new year.
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Flags at the Elizabeth Village Hall and war memorial are flying at half-staff

January 20, 2021

ELIZABETH, Ill. – Flags at the Elizabeth Village Hall and war memorial are flying at half-staff in honor of a village native and Wisconsin police detective who was killed in a weekend snowmobile crash. Trevor Albrecht veered off a trail and hit several trees Saturday in northern Wisconsin, Iron County Sheriff’s Department officials said in a news release Tuesday. The 41 year old Kenosha (Wis.) Police Department detective was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
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Jo Daviess County relaxes COVID safety protocols as cases decline

January 20, 2021

Illinois officials say enough progress has been made against COVID-19 to again allow limited indoor service in bars and restaurants in the region, including Jo Daviess County. The region is now under Tier 1 safety protocols, according to the Jo Daviess County Health Department, and all bars and restaurants can offer indoor service, with capacity limited to 25%.
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Peru Rd and Roosevelt St Intersection Closure

January 19, 2021

Due to planned water main repair, the intersection is closed to all traffic from Tuesday January 19 at 7:00 AM to Thursday January 21 at 5:00 PM A map of this detour and all current road closures and detours is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/detours. If you have questions regarding this closure/detour, please contact the City of Dubuque Water Department at 563-589-4303.

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Road Closure Advisory

January 19, 2021

Due to planned water main repair, the intersection is closed to all traffic from Tuesday January 19 at 7:00 AM to Thursday January 21 at 5:00 PM A map of this detour and all current road closures and detours is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/detours. If you have questions regarding this closure/detour, please contact the City of Dubuque Water Department at 563-589-4303.

Christopher And Banks In Dubuque Closing

January 19, 2021

The Christopher and Banks store in Kennedy Mall is closing following the company’s bankruptcy filing last week. The company has a statement on its website reading, “We are in the process of closing stores between now and February. On behalf of the Christopher & Banks family, we express our deepest gratitude for your valued business over so many years. As stores are winding down, hours of operation may vary so please call your store before your visit.”

Search On For Man Who Failed To Return To Dubuque Work Release Program

January 19, 2021

A man failed to return to the work release program at the state correctional facility in Dubuque on Monday afternoon. Officials say 44 year old Chad P. Weekly is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 235 pounds. He had been at the facility since mid September and authorities want your help finding him. Anyone with information can call 563-589-4415.

Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition

January 19, 2021

The City of Dubuque Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Dubuque Museum of Art are teaming up to present the return of the Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition. The 2021 event will be held in Washington Park in downtown Dubuque, Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Saturday, Feb. 13.

Free ice-fishing workshop at Mud Lake

January 19, 2021

Dubuque County Conservation staff and volunteers will lead a free ice-fishing workshop Friday, Jan. 22, at Mud Lake, on Golf Lake Road, according to a social media post. Participants over age 16 will need to have an Iowa fishing license. Participants should dress appropriately for outdoor activity and wear a mask or face covering.
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Illinois agritourism booming amid pandemic

January 19, 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged agritourism, a survey of businesses showed 2020 was a more profitable year for many than 2019. Breanna Ellison, professor of agriculture and consumer economics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, said the results showed that on average 2020 was 5.7% more profitable than the year before for Illinois agritourism operators who were surveyed.
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Durango man arrested on multiple charges, including drug possession

January 19, 2021

Authorities with the Lafayette County, Wi Sheriff’s Department arrested a 62 year old man on multiple charges. Kevin Johnson of neighboring Durango was taken to the Lafayette County Jail Sunday for Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana, OWI, and having no Insurance, or a Valid Driver’s License. He has since been released. The case remains open, police said.
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Man absconds from Dubuque Residential Facility

January 19, 2021

(KCRG) – State officials are investigating after a man failed to return from a work release program on Monday. The Iowa Department of Corrections said that Chad Patrick Weekly, 44, was reported to the Dubuque Residential Facility as escaped. Weekly is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 234 pounds. Anybody with information about this absconding incident is urged to contact local police, or call 911.
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Jo Daviess County teen injured Saturday in rollover wreck identified

January 19, 2021

GRATIOT, (GRASH-uht) Wis. – The name of a Jo Daviess County teen injured Saturday in a rollover wreck has been released. Police said, Evalyn G. Smola, 17, of Warren, was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, after she apparently lost control on Lafayette County KK southeast of Gratiot (GRASH-uht), and skidded into a ditch, where the vehicle rolled and came to rest on its wheels, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.
The vehicle was severely damaged and towed from the scene.
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Platteville police investigating vehicular burglaries

January 19, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Platteville police have released a photograph of a potential person of interest in a series of vehicular burglaries in the city. According to a social media post, police took numerous reports of items stolen from unlocked vehicles Jan. 11, and the department said it has received “many reports of similar activity occurring throughout the city during the past few months,” the post also noted. Anyone with information about these car thefts is asked to call police.
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MLK Day celebrations had to be reconfigured this year

January 19, 2021

MLK Day celebrations had to be reconfigured this year due to the pandemic. COVID 19 safety protocols prohibited Dubuque’s annual in-person gathering to celebrate the message and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. However, organizers hosted the King breakfast celebration virtually. Rev. Tim Bees opened the live online event by highlighting the importance of the slain civil rights leader’s message in current times. Bees served as master of ceremonies for the tribute, in which guests spoke on the importance of
honoring Dr. King’s life by continuing efforts with social and racial justice, and King’s view of love as a moral imperative to restore wholeness to divided communities.
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$34 million makeover of Dubuque Senior High School

January 19, 2021

Plans for a nearly $34 million makeover of Dubuque Senior High School is closer to becoming a reality. Dubuque Community School board members last week voted to send the project out for competitive bids, with officials aiming for construction to begin in June.
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Platteville Police Issue Photo Of Person Of Interest In Vehicle Break Ins

January 18, 2021

Platteville police are out with a photo of a potential person of interest in a series of vehicular burglaries in the city. The Telegraph Herald reports the suspect took numerous reports of items taken from unlocked vehicles during the early morning hours of Jan. 11 and a social media post states that the department has received “many reports of similar activity occurring throughout the city during the past few months.”

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

January 18, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 25 new COVID cases, 13 recoveries and no new deaths. Total cases in the county now stand at 11,326. The death toll stands at 150. There are 1,022 active cases and nine people are hospitalized.

Iowa legislators learned Friday that they may have been exposed to COVID-19

January 18, 2021

(KCRG) – Iowa legislators learned Friday that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. According to a tweet, legislators were informed that “someone associated with the Iowa House of Representatives has tested positive for the deadly disease. That news has some calling for enhanced safety precautions, after the Republican controlled House and Senate decided not to require legislators, staff or visitors wear masks.
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Dubuque Schools struggling due to pandemic getting help

January 18, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools struggling financially due to the pandemic are getting some help. State officials announced last week that they received nearly $345 million from the latest COVID-19 federal relief package, with $6.5 million going to the Dubuque district. The superintendent said the district is looking at how they can use the new funding to cover COVID costs incurred during the pandemic, as well as making sure students have access to educational and social-emotional health opportunities to get them back on track. He said he expected the topic of how to distribute the new COVID-19 dollars will likely come up at a school board work session later this month, and is confident officials will be able to use all of the relief funds on pandemic-related expenses.
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Woman injured in Saturday crash near Darlington identified

January 18, 2021

DARLINGTON, Wis. – The name of the 23 year old woman injured when she drove over an embankment Saturday near Darlington has been made public. According to reports, police identified the victim as, Kayla K. Keller, of South Wayne, and said she apparently lost control of her vehicle on Lafayette County K.. She was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. She was cited with having open intoxicants.
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One car crash on Great River Rd. claims life

January 18, 2021

NORTH BUENA VISTA, Iowa – Authorities say a person was killed after a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Clayton County. According to a press release from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Great River Road, skidded into a ditch and collided head-on with a rock bluff. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, the release states.
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Skid steer fire damages building in Jo Daviess County

January 18, 2021

MENOMINEE, Ill. – A skid steer fire inside a building caused about $7,000 damage Saturday night in Jo Daviess County. The Menominee-Dunleith Volunteer Fire Department responded to the a residence on West Creek Valley Road, and the fire chief said in a press release that firefighters were able to contain the fire to the skid steer. The East Dubuque, Galena, Hazel Green (Wis.) and Jamestown (Wis.) fire departments assisted, the release stated. There were no injuries reported.
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Loras College urged to improve security after string of break-ins

January 18, 2021

A former student is calling on Loras College officials to improve security after she said there were a string of break-ins in campus apartments last fall. Rachael Swift, who previously lived in the Dubuque college’s Byrne Oaks Apartments, said a man entered her apartment in September and watched her while she slept. She said similar incidents happened in several apartments occupied by female students.
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