Pope County, Minnesota (MN)

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County population in 2012: 10,892 (all rural); it was 11,236 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,280
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,498
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,647
Renter-occupied apartments: 958 (it was 866 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

27%

Land area: 670 sq. mi.

Water area: 47.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Pope County: 88.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (44.2%), Educational, health and social services (14.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 44%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 53%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Pope County, Minnesota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  45.0 years
Minnesota median age:  37.0 years
Males: 5,557  (50.3%)
Females: 5,438  (49.7%)
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Pope County,MN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Pope County:

2.0 people
Minnesota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $53,107 ($35,633 in 1999)

This county:

$53107
Minnesota:

$60702

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $509 (lower quartile is $307, upper quartile is $659)
This county:

$509
State:

$753


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $141,856 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Pope:

$141,856
Minnesota:

$180,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $82,741 - $239,450
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,131
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $418

Institutionalized population: 152

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 61 buildings, average cost: $112,100
  • 2008: 43 buildings, average cost: $114,400
  • 2009: 54 buildings, average cost: $138,300

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,325 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,348 (1.0%)

Pope County household income distribution in 2009 Pope County home values distribution Pope County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.2%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 4.3% for Black residents, 15.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.1% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.0%
Pope County:

9.0%
Minnesota:

11.2%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 2.1% for Black residents, 13.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 8.1% for American Indian residents, 116.7% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 17 years old, American Indian residents: 16 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 41 years old, Other race residents: 8 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pope County is $397 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $643 a month.

Cities in this county include: Glenwood, Starbuck, Cyrus, Long Beach, Lowry, Villard, Westport, Sedan, Farwell.

Pope County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable location: Pezhekee Golf Course (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Pope County include: Barsness Church (A), Bethany Church (B), Minnewaska Assembly of God Church (C), East Zion Church (D), Grove Lake Church (E), Saint John Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G), Lake Reno Church (H), Norunga Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: West Lake Amelia Cemetery (1), Oak Hill Cemetery (2), Lake Reno Cemetery (3), Ben Wade Cemetery (4), Bethany Cemetery (5), Saint John's Cemetery (6), Early Indherred Community Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Belgum Lake (A), Lake Ben (B), Benson Lake (C), Wollan Lake (D), Westport Lake (E), Villard Lake (F), Tracey Slough (G), Thoralson Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trappers Run (A), Signalness Creek (B), Outlet Creek (C), Little Chippewa River (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Pope County include: Farwell State Wildlife Management Area (1), Glacial Lakes State Park (2), Heinks State Wildlife Management Area (3), Little Jo State Wildlife Management Area (4), Lowry State Wildlife Management Area (5), New Prairie State Wildlife Management Are (6), Noordmans State Wildlife Management Area (7), Nora State Wildlife Management Area (8), Reno State Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Douglas County , Grant County , Kandiyohi County , Stearns County , Stevens County , Swift County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.3%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 247
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 105 (69% naturalized citizens)

Pope County:

0.9%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 7
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 9
  • 1980 to 1984: 11
  • 1975 to 1979: 12
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 6
  • 1965 to 1969: 54

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 67.9%

Pope County marital status for males Pope County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Pope County with a mortgage: 1,282 (101 second mortgage, 90 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 949

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pope County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,17214
Catholic1,3393
Evangelical Protestant97810
Other21
None3,504-
Pope County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Pope County:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Pope County:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

11.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pope County:

7.5%
Minnesota:

6.5%

Adult obesity rate:
Pope County:

27.2%
State:

25.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.9%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Pope County:

Average size of farms: 379 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $98,037
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $219.24
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.19%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 42.54%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $83,764
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 67.80%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.09%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $89,703
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.69
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 23.39%
Corn for grain: 93037 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 11259 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 95239 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,792 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Pope County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Minnesota state average. It is 4178704.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 13 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/18/1964, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Pope County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 29.2 miles away from Pope County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 41.3 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 216.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 69.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 259.6 miles away from Pope County center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 193.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Pope County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (24%)
  • United Kingdom (16%)
  • Sweden (10%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • India (7%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Other Northern Europe (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Pope County (%):

  • Norwegian (39%)
  • German (32%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • English (3%)
  • Czech (2%)

Pope County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,978 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 433 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 16 (0%)
  • Walked: 223 (4%)
  • Other means: 22 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 602 (11%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Pope County, Minnesota in 2000:

  • 254 people in nursing homes
  • 33 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 33 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 22 people in homes for the mentally retarded
152 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
32 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,805.

5.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,959 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.85%
Minnesota average:

6.51%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.82% relocated from other counties in Minnesota ($31,683 average AGI)
1.03% relocated from other states ($7,276 average AGI)
Pope County:

1.03%
Minnesota average:

1.96%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Douglas County, MN  1.42% ($31,662 average AGI)
from Stearns County, MN  0.50% ($35,261)
from Stevens County, MN  0.35% ($28,500)
from Swift County, MN  0.33% ($57,467)
from Hennepin County, MN  0.24% ($40,091)


6.24% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,836 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.24%
Minnesota average:

6.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.00% relocated to other counties in Minnesota ($26,843 average AGI)
1.24% relocated to other states ($5,993 average AGI)
Pope County:

1.24%
Minnesota average:

2.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Douglas County, MN  1.69% ($26,231 average AGI)
to Stearns County, MN  0.46% ($29,524)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.39% ($48,444)
to Swift County, MN  0.24% ($59,273)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Pope County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Pope County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pope County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,388 (2,195 aged, 193 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 17.81
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9477.150
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 472.080
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 18678.19

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 870.960
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1013.150
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.89

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.74
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62.21

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17.77

Household type by relationship:

Households: 10,811

Size of family households: 1,772 2-persons, 552 3-persons, 505 4-persons, 210 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 42 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,395 1-person, 177 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

2,294 married couples with children.
397 single-parent households (94 men, 303 women).

96.4% of residents of Pope County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
2.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $75,032,000 ($6683 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,529,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,843,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,596,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,482,000
Federal grants: $11,850,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,078,000 ($4,500,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,183,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $643,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,592,000
Federal Government insurance: $41,201,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 638
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 784
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +6
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +181
Here +16 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pope County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.62 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.7

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 107
  • 2000 to 2004: 884
  • 1990 to 1999: 661
  • 1980 to 1989: 524
  • 1970 to 1979: 994
  • 1960 to 1969: 641
  • 1950 to 1959: 613
  • 1940 to 1949: 395
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,671
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pope County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 66
  • 4 rooms: 360
  • 5 rooms: 691
  • 6 rooms: 762
  • 7 rooms: 731
  • 8 rooms: 531
  • 9+ rooms: 491
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 55
  • 3 rooms: 210
  • 4 rooms: 212
  • 5 rooms: 142
  • 6 rooms: 106
  • 7 rooms: 73
  • 8 rooms: 31
  • 9+ rooms: 23
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pope County, Minnesota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 75
  • 2 bedrooms: 825
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,733
  • 4 bedrooms: 847
  • 5+ bedrooms: 157
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 235
  • 2 bedrooms: 344
  • 3 bedrooms: 193
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10
Cars and other vehicles available in Pope County, Minnesota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 124
  • 1 vehicle: 797
  • 2 vehicles: 1,759
  • 3 vehicles: 704
  • 4 vehicles: 180
  • 5+ vehicles: 83
  • no vehicle: 171
  • 1 vehicle: 438
  • 2 vehicles: 192
  • 3 vehicles: 41
  • 4 vehicles: 22
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

66% of Pope County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 77% lived in Minnesota.

Pope County:

65.8%
State average:

58.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $95,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pope County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.9%)
  • Utility gas (35.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16.3%)
  • Electricity (6.3%)
  • Wood (3.5%)
  • Utility gas (46.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.5%)
  • Electricity (19.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.3%)
  • No fuel used (3.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.7%)
  • Wood (1.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 72
Here:

5.1%
Minnesota:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 31
Here:

3.7%
Minnesota:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 30
Here:

15.5%
Minnesota:

24.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Pope County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $3,381,000
    Welfare - Other: $1,248,000
    Police Protection: $1,108,000
    Central Staff Services: $877,000
    Health Services - Other: $711,000
    Financial Administration: $571,000
    General Public Buildings: $421,000
    Parks & Recreation: $320,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $265,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $227,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $174,000
    Corrections - Other: $159,000
    Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $72,000
    Libraries: $53,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $20,000
    Welfare, Cash Assistance - Other: $13,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $119,000
    Police Protection: $99,000
    Financial Administration: $27,000
    Central Staff: $18,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,000
    Judicial: $3,000
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $2,000
    Health - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,206,000

Pope County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $930,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $301,000
    Health & Hospitals: $59,000
    General Support: $19,000
    Highways: $0
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $45,000
    General Support: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $481,000
    Interest Earnings: $344,000
    Special Assessments: $292,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,377,000
    Public Welfare: $1,202,000
    General Support: $860,000
    Health & Hospitals: $84,000
    All Other: $4,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,352,000
    NEC: $24,000

Pope County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $181,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $161,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $20,000

Pope County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $6,384,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Pope County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pope County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Pope County, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7380.4 years
William5377.3 years
Mabel4685.3 years
Clara4587.4 years
Anna4485.9 years
Robert4476.7 years
Arthur4377.6 years
Carl4285.0 years
George4278.4 years
Mary4185.6 years
Most common last names in Pope County, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson10081.6 years
Anderson7980.6 years
Olson7281.9 years
Larson5979.5 years
Pederson4881.4 years
Erickson4880.4 years
Barsness4081.4 years
Thompson3981.9 years
Hanson3882.4 years
Nelson3781.9 years
Businesses in Pope County, MN
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1Jones New York1
Curves1Subway1
Dairy Queen2True Value1
FedEx1

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