Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

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2005 Adams County - Lawrence Peterson

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 10:06 AM
Lawrence Peterson and the Adams County Fair are synonymous to most 4-Hers and adults in Adams County. As Adams County Youth and 4-H/FFA Fair board president since 1991 and board member since 1988, Lawrence “Pete” Peterson is a main force in keeping the Adams County Fair in Corning alive and...

2005 Adair County - Paul Steele

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 10:03 AM
Paul Steele has volunteered his time as scale master for the Adair County 4-H program for 30 plus years. Paul sees that every market beef and market hog is weighed at the beginning of the fair so they can be properly classed. It doesn't matter if it’s raining buckets or...

2005 Allamakee County - Karlton Eberling

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:30 AM
Karlton Eberling is an excellent example of a leader in the Iowa 4-H program. Karlton farmed all of his life on a dairy farm near Postville, Iowa. He was a 4H leader for 18 years. He also served terms on the Allamakee 4-H Youth Committee and Allamakee County Extension Council....

2005 Black Hawk County - Eleanor Meyerhoff

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:28 AM
Eleanor Meyerhoff has been involved with Black Hawk County 4-H for the past 33 years. She began as a 4-H leader in 1972 and today works as the 4-H Program Assistant in Black Hawk County. Over the years Eleanor has served on the county 4-H & Youth Committee, chaperoned State...

2005 Boone County - Glen B. Anderson

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:27 AM
Glen B. Anderson was a Buena Vista County 4-H member who went on to work for Iowa State University Extension for 29 years. Nineteen of those years (1970 – 1989) were in Boone County as Extension Director (his job title) and 4-H youth supporter (his passion.) Glen supported 4-H leaders,...

2005 Bremer County - Roger & Jeanette White

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:25 AM
Roger and Jeannette White have been loyal 4-H supporters for a combined 67 years and counting. Roger’s 4-H involvement began as a member and has since spanned nearly fifty years, including 4-H leader of the Polk Hustlers for 30 years; 4-H and Youth Committee member for ten years; and currently...

2005 Buchanan County - Marvel Fern Funk Dennie

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:24 AM
Mrs. Marvel Dennie has put many years into the 4-H program here in Buchanan County. She grew up in the Blackhawk County 4-H program and was a member of the Bennington Boosters for 9 years. While a member in Blackhawk County she thoroughly enjoyed showing her Ayrshire Cattle at the...

2005 Buena Vista County - Myron Sievers

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:22 AM
Myron Sievers was ten years old when he became an 8 year member of the Grant Beavers 4-H Club, which at that time was the largest club in the county. For the next 46 years, Myron would be involved as a 4-H’er, a 4-H parent, 4-H Leader, 4-H grandparent, Beef...

2005 Cass County - Ray & Rosemary Zellmer

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:20 AM
Ray & Rosemary Zellmer have combined to give over 50 years of service to the Cass County 4-H program as parents, leaders, volunteers and board members. In 1982, Ray joined the Cass County Fairboard. He was elected as Treasurer of the group in 1994 and continues to hold that office....
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2005 Cedar County - Ken Muller

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:19 AM
Ken Muller received his Bachelors in Ag Ed and Masters of Education from Iowa State University. His career started as a 4-H and youth assistant in Linn County where he was until 1966. In 1967 Ken became the County Director for Cedar County and served in this position until 1992...

2005 Cerro Gordo County - James Kuhlman

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:17 AM
James (Jim) Kuhlman came to Cerro Gordo County, April 1, 1981 as the County Extension Director. He retired in 1997 from Cerro Gordo County having served 35 years for the Extension service. Jim began his USDA Extension career on September 10, 1962 at Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska. Over his career...

2005 Cherokee County - Ron & Darlene Schmillen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:14 AM
Ron and Darlene Schmillen began their work with the sheep program in Cherokee County over 35 years ago when they purchased two purebred Suffolk sheep, Jack and Trudy, for their children to use as a 4-H project. Soon the whole family was involved in the project. All five of their...

2005 Chickasaw County - Lawrence (Bud) & Naomi Hruska

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:12 AM
Lawrence Hruska was a leader of the Utica Lucky 4’s 4-H Club from 1963-1982 (20 years) and a Project Leader from 1983-1984. He started the softball games at the Saude Park. He implemented discs for bases that are still there for the Utica Lucky 4-H Club as well as others...

2005 Clay County - Linda Swanson

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:10 AM
Linda Swanson is an enthusiastic advocate for 4-H, and seeks every opportunity to educate or involve others. Whether it is a planning meeting, an educational workshop, a youth beef show, or a promotional event, Linda Swanson displays exemplary leadership. As the liaison to the Clay County 4-H Beef and Swine...
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2005 Clayton County - Eileen Walz

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:11 PM
Eileen has been a dedicated and loyal supporter of Extension 4-H & Youth programs for over 30 years, both as a 4H club leader and a member of the Clayton County Extension 4-H & Youth Committee. In 1981 she was one of the adults who started the Clayton County Special...

2005 Clinton County - Leonard Goettsch

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:09 PM
Leonard Goettsch was a person who showed leadership behind the scenes. He was a solid influence on many Clinton County Youths. He developed relationships with many youths and adults through the beef program. Everyone could depend on him to help or brighten their day with a sense of humor that...

2005 Crawford County - Janice Henningsen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:08 PM
Jan was a 4-H member for 10 years in the Charter Oak Boosters club at Charter Oak. Thirty-five years ago she started as leader for the Happy Hustlers 4-H club in the Vail area. Jan took four clubs from four different school districts and combined those clubs into one big...

2005 Dallas County - Lorna Baldner Grow

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:07 PM
Lorna Baldner Grow has been a 4-H leader for 39 years. She was a 4-H member herself, and her 4 children were also 4-H’ers. She estimates that she has had over 400 4-H’ers in her clubs over the years, which is her favorite part of volunteering in the 4-H program....

2005 Delaware County - John & Be Vermazen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:06 PM
John and Be Vermazen have had an association with 4-H and the Extension Service that began with participation in 4-H during the depression. John in Lee County Iowa and Be in Saunders County Nebraska. After the war they graduated from Iowa State and began teaching careers in Vocational Agriculture and...

2005 Des Moines County - Cecil E. Krekel & Gene R. Krekel

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:04 PM
Cecil E. Krekel helped organize and became the first president of the Burlington Harvesters 4-H Club in the 1920’s. In 1929, his last year as a 4-H member, he was selected as a delegate to the National 4-H Congress. In 1929 he became a leader of his 4-H club and...

2005 Dubuque County - Charles Smith

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:03 PM
Charles has been a 4-H Leader in Dubuque County for 43 years. Prior to that Charles was a 4-H member in Dubuque County and the first 4-H King in Dubuque. Charles was superintendent for 4-H Beef for 25 years and is currently on the sheep, and record keeping committees. He...

2005 East Pottawattamie County - Geneva Kaven

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:02 PM
Geneva’s 4-H career has spanned over 35 years and included serving as a volunteer leader of the Knox Up and At’em 4-H Club in Avoca, and a long time member of the County 4-H Committee. Geneva finds it inspiring to see girls grow from childhood to maturity with definite abilities...

2005 Emmet County - Earl (Bud) Neppl

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:01 PM
Bud Neppl was an active 4-H member in Emmet County representing Emmet county at the 1949 National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. He was active in the livestock areas of 4-H and was a member of the livestock judging team participating at the Iowa State Fair. As an adult, Bud...

2005 Fayette County - Miriam Elizabeth Kimball Colvin

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:59 PM
Miriam Elizabeth Kimball Colvin was born September 15, 1923 in Battle Creek, IA. Miriam, her husband Charles and three children lived in several communities throughout Iowa but during the summer of 1963, the Colvin family moved to the West Union/Hawkeye area (Fayette County) where Charles worked with the American Dairy...

2005 Floyd County - Dr. John F. Hitzhusen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:58 PM
Dr. John F. Hitzhusen has been an advocate for the youth of Floyd County. He has served on the board of directors of the Fair Society for a number of years working to improve the facilities for our 4-H youth exhibitors. Dr. Hitzhusen has been the official clerk at our...

2005 Franklin County - Dave Flint

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:57 PM
Dave Flint may be remembered for tenure with the Hampton FFA program, but he has been involved with 4-H since the early 40’s when he was a member himself. Over the years he has worked cooperatively with the Franklin County 4-H program, particularly livestock judging. After retirement, Dave worked to...

2005 Fremont County - Richard M. McClure

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:56 PM
Dick served as Fremont County Extension Education Director for 37 years. He began his Extension career as a youth assistant in Mills County immediately after graduating from Iowa State in June of 1957 and served as a County Extension Associate in Dallas County for three years before relocating to Sidney....

2005 Greene County - Roger & Robert Clause

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:55 PM
The Clause Brothers are very well known as strong 4-H families. Besides being active members themselves and supporting their family member in 4-H activities, they served as 4-H club leaders, county livestock judging leaders, livestock superintendents for the Greene county fair. An interesting tidbit of history arose when 4-H celebrated...

2005 Grundy County - Ron & Eileen Flater

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:53 PM
In Grundy County, the names Ronald and Eileen Flater are synonymous with the word 4-H. Ron Flater joined the Colfax Future Farmers 4-H Club in 1957 when he was 10 years old. In the summer, the county fair was all that Ron knew – he camped, he worked on his...

2005 Hardin County - Julia (Mrs. Merlyn) Hall

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:43 PM
Julia was a member of her local 4-H club for 5 years when she was younger and enjoyed the experience. She was a leader of the Alden 4-H Club for 9 years starting in 1983. Her children were very involved in Hardin County 4-H and Fair. Her influence on her...

2005 Harrison County - Alice Meyer

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:42 PM
Alice was a 4-H leader for 20 years. She also served 4-H in other volunteer capacities throughout the years. Alice has been a tremendous supporter of 4-H and Extension in various ways. Alice for many years was a major contributor to the Harrison County 4-H Pie and Muffin Auction that...

2005 Humboldt County - Ken & Marilyn Nielsen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:40 PM
Ken & Marilyn Nielsen own and operate KC Nielsen LTD, a John Deere implement dealership in Humboldt, Iowa. Both Ken and Marilyn grew up in Humboldt County and have raised their family in Humboldt as well. Ken was a member of the Grove Township 4-H Club and showed livestock at...

2005 Ida County - Cornelius "Red" Conover

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:39 PM
Red was a key part of the Ida County 4-H program for many years. He joined 4-H when he was 10 years old in 1931. He was a member until he was 21. He was a leader of the Battle Badgers 4-H club for 28 years. He served on the...
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2005 Iowa County - Arnie Hanson, Jr.

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:37 PM
Arnie Hanson, of rural Parnell, began his career in 4-H with the Parnell Peppers of Iowa County at the age ten. He was an active club member until the age of 21 but also was a club leader beginning at age 18. He continued to volunteer for 25 years as...
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2005 Jackson County - Lucille Deppe

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:36 PM
Lucille Deppe, from Jackson County, began her 4-H career in 1939 with a new club called the Andrew Future Farmerettes. Lucille had projects such as livestock, home furnishings, gardening, clothing, and food preservation. These were some of the main focuses in this era. One of her memorable moments is when...

2005 Jasper County - Carroll Rohrdanz

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:35 PM
Carroll Rohrdanz was a member of a 4-H club in Killduff in 1932 that lasted for several years. In 1947, Carroll Rohrdanz and Dick Vander Werff began a new club – the Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club - with about 12 boys. For the first few years they met at members’...

2005 Jefferson County - Wayne Mitchell

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:34 PM
EARLY 4-H EXPERIENCE: • Member of Packwood Trojans for 9 years • Offices held: President & Vice-President • Awards: Jefferson County Beef Award FAMILY: Married to Gwenith Mitchell. Gwenith, as well as their three children, Ryan, Grant and Renae, were 9 year 4-H members who were very active in their...

2005 Johnson County - Maynard & Betty Hebl

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:32 PM
Maynard and Betty Hebl are parents of 7 former Johnson County 4-Hers. There was one year all 7 were in 4-H at one time and as a family exhibited a total of 28 head of cattle. Betty was a member of the Johnson County Fair Board from 1997-2000. She was...

2005 Kossuth County - Tracy V. Remy

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:31 PM
Extension 4-H & Youth Leader for Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties from 1975-1992. Coordination responsibilities included volunteer leader recruitment and training, program development and implementation, 4-H exhibiting at county fairs, recognition of youth achievements and adult service. Placed special emphasis on significant experiences for 4-H’ers outside the local club, especially...

2005 Linn County - Wayne Gugler

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:30 PM
Wayne has provided support to the 4-H program where and when needed. He has frequently been “the” male chaperone at events that include National Conference and Congress, many years at State Conference, summer camps, county events and almost any other activity that was short a chaperone. Wayne has participated on...
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2005 Louisa County - Larry Boysen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:29 PM
4-H has been an important part of Larry’s life for 56 years. He joined the local neighborhood 4-H club in 1949. Along with a brother and sister being 4-H members, his mother was also a leader. A few years pass by and Larry finds himself the leader of the Wamaco...

2005 Lucas County - Don & Marge McFarland

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:28 PM
Don McFarland and his wife Marge have been active in Lucas County 4-H since the early 1940’s. Don started out as a 4-H member in 1941. He showed primarily beef. After returning from World War II and marrying his wife Marge, Don became Don Willis’ co-leader in 1953 of the...

2005 Madison County - John LaFratte

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:26 PM
• Madison Co. Extension Council member for over 15 years – also served as chair. • Served on committee to purchase ISU Extension – Madison Co. building. • Worked on three referendum committees. • Helped gather items and run various 4-H auctions. • John and daughter Marcy organized a plan...

2005 Mahaska County - Ray Holdsworth

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:25 PM
Ray Holdsworth has been a dedicated 4-H leader for 31 years! He leads the Mahaska County Dog Trainers, a specialty club. Hundreds of youth have learned how to properly train their dogs in both obedience and agility. Ray’s enthusiasm for the 4-H program has inspired 57 4-Her’s to enroll in...

2005 Marion County - Ralph Klootwyk

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:23 PM
Ralph is in his 40th year as a club leader in Marion County. He was made an honorary alumni member in 1999. Ralph started out in 4-H when girls had to wear uniforms and the dairy show at the fair was a big event. His involvement encouraged all his children...

2005 Marshall County - Robert Fuller

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:15 PM
Robert started attending the Central Iowa Fair (Marshall County) in 1929 when he was nine years old. He has continued to attend the county fair each and every year. Robert is 85 years old. He is the father of four daughters, all of whom were 4-H members. He was the...

2005 Mills County - Richard Godfrey

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:12 PM
Richard Godfrey was an active 4-H member in Mills County for eight years carrying projects in beef, swine automotives, crops, and junior leadership. He attended 4-H Citzenship short course in Washington D.C. in 1963 along with the State Leadership Camp. While attending Iowa State University, Richard was a Campus 4-H...

2005 Monroe County - Rose Mary Scott

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:11 PM
Rose Mary Scott began her 4-H career in 1948 when she joined the Mantua Maidens. She was an original member of the club. She didn’t show livestock, but took home economics projects. Rose Mary’s 4-H career continued when she became the leader of the Bluff Creek Bluebirds, the club that...

2005 Montgomery County - Dave & Phyllis Gohlinghorst

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:09 PM
Dave began his service and contributions to 4-H as a teenager. He was a member of the Co-Linx Boys 4-H Club of Lincoln and Morton Townships in Page County from 1934-1939. During his membership he served as president and vice president of the club. He raised baby beef which he...

2005 Muscatine County - Richard Frick

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:07 PM
4-H & Fair Activities * Member of Fulton Jr. Farmers 4-h Club for 11 years. * Exhibited registered shorthorn cattle for many years at County & State Fairs with his brothers. * Member of Muscatine County Extension Council for 4 years. * Member of Muscatine County Program Development committee for...

2005 O'Brien County - Gordon Wittrock

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:06 PM
Gordon grew up on a farm in Center Township of O’Brien County. He began his 4-H career at the age of 9 and continued until his graduation from Primghar High School in 1970. Gordon showed beef cattle, but received many awards with his swine projects. Gordon’s love of 4-H and...

2005 Page County - Ronald Foster

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:04 PM
Ronald Foster has been a dedicated 4-H member and volunteer for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge 4-H club, and in 1954 was top individual out of 79 in 4-H Crops Identification and Judging Contest at the Iowa State Fair. With this honor, he...
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2005 Palo Alto County - Merrylea Clasing

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:03 PM
Merrylea Clasing of Emmetsburg has made a positive impact in the lives of many 4-H’ers in Palo Alto County. She has been a member of the Palo Alto County Extension Council for the past 14 years where she has held the offices of treasurer and secretary. She also has represented...

2005 Plymouth County - Dr. John Conley, DVM/VMD

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:01 PM
Dr. John Conley is a familiar face to Plymouth County as well as the Plymouth County Fair. John’s memories of 4-H trail all the way back to 1942 when he was just a young 4-H’er from rural Kingsley, Iowa, learning how to show pigs. Little did John know that this...

2005 Pocahontas County - Elfrieda Saylor

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:58 PM
Elfrieda Saylor served as a 4-H leader in Pocahontas County from 1959-1962 and 1974 to 1982. She has served many Extension volunteer roles including the youth committee, achievement show judge, the Extension Council, and Citizens for Extension Advisory Committee. She served on the fair board for 3 years and then...

2005 Polk County - Verna Bowie

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:56 PM
Verna was a Polk County 4-H member for 8 years in the Beaverettes and Beaver Hustlers 4-H Clubs. She served as the Polk County 4-H Vice President in 1960-1961. As an adult and parent, Verna was the leader of the Camp Farmerettes Junior Club and served as Superintendent for Polk...
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2005 Ringgold County - Mary Ann Smith

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:55 PM
Mary Ann Smith has had a long 4-H career. It began as a young 4-H member and continues today in her many roles as a 4-H volunteer. Mary Ann was a successful 4-H member with many accomplishments that helped make her the individual she is today. Mary Ann was a...

2004 State Recognition - Kenneth Fulk

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:41 PM
In 1929, 75 years ago, Kenneth Fulk showed his first livestock exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. And now, 150 years after its creation, the Iowa State Fair is still going strong thanks in large part to Kenneth Fulk and his love of livestock, fairs, and young people. Ken was...

2005 Story County - Glen Mackey

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:36 PM
Glen Mackey is a long-term 4-H volunteer and pioneer who has worked at the local club and county levels in several counties during his entire adult life. He has been active in 4-H as a member and volunteer for over 50 years. Even at age 81, Glen continues to participate...

2005 Union County - Mary Clayton

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:35 PM
Mary Clayton was a long term 4-H volunteer in Union County and for the Iowa State 4-H program. She initiated the Union County Unicorns 4-H club in the late 70’s and it continues today. Due to her legacy the club continues to thrive with a strong community service component. Mary...

2005 Van Buren County - Sheri Moore

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:34 PM
Sheri has been a 4-H leader in Van Buren County for 6 years. Her family has been long time supporters of the Van Buren and Iowa 4-H program. All three of the daughters have been very active in the 4-H program. Sheri has served as 4-H rabbit superintendent for 5...

2005 Wapello County - Neal McMullin

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:33 PM
Neal has been extensively involved in the 4-H community most of his life. As a youth, he was a member of the Southeast Wapello 4-H Club. His parents were leaders and he and his six siblings were all 4-H members. Neal has been involved in the Wapello County 4-H program...

2005 Warren County - Neva McCormick

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:31 PM
Neva McCormick has been active in Iowa 4-H for close to 30 years. She began as many volunteers do, a parent of 9 year old whose club needed help. Her oldest son, Chris, joined and then 2 years later her daughter, Kathy followed. Neva was always willing to host the...

2005 Washington County - Mike Orris

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:30 PM
In 1957, Mike was asked to be the secretary/treasurer of the Washington County Fair Board. He has continued to be active in the Washington County Fair for 48 years. After serving as secretary/treasurer, he became fair manager and continues to serve in that role. Mike has seen a lot of...

2005 Webster County - Karen & Denny Amman

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:29 PM
Karen and Denny Amman have been a valued asset to the Webster County 4-H program for many years. Karen Cuckie Amman began her 4-H career in the boys and girls 4-H clubs of Washington Township in Webster County. Livestock was her first love but you couldn’t have livestock unless you...

2005 West Pottawattamie County - Helen Christiansen

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:21 PM
Helen Christiansen is a retired leader (if you really ever retire in 4-H) and volunteer with the Crescent Innovators 4-H Club. Helen has always found activities for the club to do that were fun, exciting, and educational all at the same time. Whenever there was a new member, she was...

2005 Winneshiek County - Arlin Hanson

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:08 PM
Arlin Hanson has been an active and strong supporter of the Winneshiek County 4-H program for over 67 years! Arlin Hanson started his 4-H career in 1938 as a member of the Canoe Huskie Helpers. His main project was dairy where he earned a pin from the American Guernsey Cattle...

2005 Woodbury County - Jack Powell

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:04 PM
Jack Powell has served 50+ years as a 4-H volunteer for the Woodbury County 4-H Program. Jack was a 4-H member of the Pierson Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. As a member he showed cattle, horses and swine at the Woodbury County Fair. Jack became the leader of the Pierson Blue...

2005 Wright County - Gene Ryerson

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:03 PM
Gene Ryerson was a 9 year 4-H member in Wright County where he served as a club and county officer. He won the Chicago Award trip and many livestock awards at the county and state level. He was also an active FFA member and officer receiving the Iowa, Star and...
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