River + Ranch Magazine - Volume 2: Issue 2 April/May 2019

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volume 2: issue 2 River & Ranch Magazine is a collaborative effort to showcase the creativity and design of the West. The two publishers of Bismarck Magazine decided to embark on a new adventure and create a totally different magazine focusing on design, art and western living.

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Publisher/Co-Founder

Caroline Crary

Jenna Kluting

Donnell Dennis Roehrich

Karel Sovak

Jennifer Kranz

Hannah Haynes

Layout Editor

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Copy Editor

Jennifer Kranz

Contributors

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Building the Dream Get a tour of local builders’ homes and start planning your dream build!

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LETTER

FROM THE PUBLISHERS We can all agree this winter has been long, but spring is in the air, the days a little longer and it’s beginning to look a new. It’s time for spring cleaning and maybe even time to break ground on that new home you’ve been dreaming of. In April you will get the chance to tour the Spring Parade of Homes. Many of the builders we featured this issue have a home on the Parade, along with many other builders. Read ahead and see how the four builders can help make your dream home a reality. See inside the builders’ personal homes, learn about their unique style and special features they added to make their homes stand out. Thanks to Pinterest and HGTV we all have an idea of our perfect house, and now we have the builders to make it happen. See how two brothers have followed in their father’s footsteps and have taken the lead, or how a husband and wife have formed the perfect team to create masterpieces. Read about how a family of five designed their home with tons of custom, hidden features perfect for a young family on the go. Get inspired, and peak inside the homes of those behind the houses around us. Find your creative touch and let your home dreams come true!

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C RE AT IVE T OUC H HOMES CREATING LIVABLE LUXURY STORY BY Jennifer Kranz | PHOTOS BY GLASSER IMAGES

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Jeremy Kukowski comes from a long line of family members that have made their living in the home building industry. He has uncles that are builders, his father was a builder, and his grandfather was a developer. With family experience like that it would seemingly be a no brainer that Jeremy would want to work in the industry as well. That wasn’t the case right away.

“I got out of the building business for about ten years because I honestly didn’t really like it when I was younger.” Instead, Jeremy and his wife Jennifer moved to Alaska where Jeremy worked in surveying on large scale oil fields in Prudhoe Bay. Jennifer went to school for dental hygiene and worked full time. Wanting to be closer to family, the Kukowski’s moved back to North Dakota in 2007, two months after the birth of their first and in 2010 Jeremy started Creative

Jennifer is selection and coordination.

Touch Homes. During this transition

It’s not necessarily interior design.

Jennifer continued to work as a

It’s constantly communicating with

hygienist through the births of their

clients to make sure they stay on track

When the Kukowski’s returned to North

middle daughter Sydney and youngest

for interior selections. It’s a huge job,“

Dakota Jeremy continued to work in

daughter, Marleigh. “I stayed home

explains Jeremy.

surveying but building was never far from

for two years raising the girls and

his mind. “We had dabbled with building

three years ago started back in hygiene

our personal houses in Alaska,” he explains.

and now I’m helping Jeremy in the

It took three years of being back home

office,” Jennifer explains. “Our goal for

daughter, Addison.

CAREER SHIFTS

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCE Creative Touch Homes averages three to 10 homes a year. “When we started, we did spec homes and entry level custom. As time passed we started doing bigger projects,” Jeremy explains. Last year Creative Touch Homes built three high end homes each one over one million dollars. No w w w . r i ver a n dr a nch m aga z i n e . com

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matter the scale, happy clients are the

goodbye, ““It can be hard to give them

the interior design services of Tani

our clients have their selections by the

Kukowski’s favorite part of the job, ““For

the keys when they’re so happy. We’re

Smith. “She gets to know them and

due date means we can finish the job

me it’s the satisfaction of a happy client.

like okay I guess we can’t just stop by

what they like and will give them a few

when we say it’s going to be finished. I

It’s important to me that they have a

anymore,” she laughs.

choices so its not so overwhelming. She’s

document everything and make sure

great at it,” says Jennifer. This is also

they are getting what they want,” says

where Jennifer plays an integral role in

Jennifer.

good experience. It’s not flashy and it doesn’t stick out like design but that’s what sticks out at the end of the day,” says Jeremy.” For Jennifer it’s hard to say

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LIVABLE LUXURY When designing homes Jeremy and Jennifer want their clients to consider how they live in their home every day. “We try to get a handle on what their everyday life looks like. We try to get a feel for their everyday activities and design a house around that,” Jeremy explains. For their own home, the Kukowski’s took the same approach and built a warm, welcoming home with modern amenities.

When designing the kitchen everything was planned for before the cabinets were built. “When you’re in front of the stove everything is right there. There’s no kitchen dance looking for everything you need while you’re cooking,” explains Jennifer. A central vacuum sucks up toast crumbs, a ladder closet hides the 5’1” Jennifer’s step ladder, and roll out shelving provides convenient access to small appliances. A charging station in the mudroom provides a home for devices and a bathroom in the garage has become a feature in every house the Kukowski’s build on the water. “It just makes sense,” explains Jason.

The Kukowski’s entire home reflects the organization and livable luxury that Creative Touch Homes provides its clients.


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Joe Vetter, Sr has been in the construction industry for 34 years. He started as a subcontractor doing trim out work and progressed to going into business for himself. It hasn’t just been Joe building and contracting all these years, though. For Joe Vetter Construction it’s a family affair. In the beginning, Joe, Sr’s wife Berna worked full time and then did the books and contracts for Joe at night. Their five kids helped by cleaning the homes Joe built. “They always wanted to know how many bathrooms were in the homes,” Berna laughs. She adds, “We were always thankful the kids were willing to help out, we’d always have pizza for them.”

One of those kids, Joe, Jr, is now all grown up and has been transitioning into taking over Joe Vetter Construction from Joe, Sr. “I didn’t want it to die out. We have a prospering business and we’re well known in Bismarck. I wanted to pass it on to one of the kids and Joe has a lot of experience,” explains Joe, Sr. Joe, Jr has worked for Joe Vetter Construction for five years and has been focused on learning all aspects of the business. He has studied and learned to draw floor plans, how to work with sub-contractors,

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as well as pricing and bidding homes.

volume we do with just the three of us

staying up on trends in home building.

“I pretty much stay out of the way now,”

is communication,” Joe, Jr explains. “We

Along with his wife, Mariah, Joe, Jr will

quips Joe, Sr. Communication has been

know our roles. I stay out of Berna’s

travel to Parade of Homes events out

key in making the transition smooth

way, she stays out of mine, and Joe, Jr

of state. “We want to see the trends in

and Joe, Jr has the best of both worlds.

picks up the slack,” laughs Joe, Sr.

cities that might be three to five years

He can bounce floor plan ideas off Joe, Sr and turn to Berna with any financial questions he might have. “We’re very organized. The only way we can do the

ahead of us. If we go into a $2 million

WHAT SETS THEM APART Joe, Jr recognizes the importance of

home, I want to pick up one thing


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from it that we can bring back and put

with sub-contractors, “We’ve had the

into one of our homes to give it that

same electrician, plumbing contractor,

wow factor,” Joe, Jr explains.

heating contractor, and cement guy for

Joe Vetter Construction wouldn’t be

30 years. We’re loyal to them, they are

where it is today without the sub-

loyal to us.” These relationships have

contractors they work with. Joe, Sr

allowed Joe Vetter Construction to have

explains that they don’t shop around

a great track record with staying on

schedule.

and we have eight grandchildren so during Christmas and holidays we

THEIR STYLE Family is important to the Vetter’s, so they designed their current home with that in mind. “All the kids are married,

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were added with customers in mind both Joe, Sr and Berna got what they want. “I got my garage and she got all the nice bling,” Joe, Sr explains. “I didn’t realize until I started buying for this house that I was so blingy,” Berna smiles. Her propensity for bling has earned her the nickname ‘Glamma’ from one granddaughter.

High, coffered ceilings with 10-foot main walls allow for large windows that flood the home with natural light. A sunroom meant to fulfill a dream of Berna’s has ended up being one of Joe, Sr’s favorite rooms in the house. A bar, sit up counter, and outdoor kitchen complete the perfect lower-level entertainment area.

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K NUT SON HOME S BUILDING FAMILY TRADITIONS STORY BY Jennifer Kranz | PHOTOS BY GLASSER IMAGES

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A FAMILY TRADITION Home building is in Cory and Drew Knutson’s blood. Their dad, Jack Knutson, built the first house for Knutson Homes in 1980 and the boys grew up around construction sites. “He’d give us a bucket of screws or a broom, so we’ve been around construction our whole lives,” explains Drew. Both Cory and Drew left Bismarck for college in Arizona and explored career options other than home building. “I went down to college for nursing and was either going to be a nurse anesthetist or come back and build homes,” explains Cory It was on a trip back to Bismarck in 2008 to work a summer job that Cory was convinced to stay and go into construction. “Dad gave me a sweet sales pitch and sold me on building houses,” Cory says. Drew, a year younger than Cory, had followed him to Arizona after a year in Grand Forks. Drew majored in business management and after graduation joined his brother with Knutson Homes.

When asked what it’s like working together as brothers both Cory and Drew admit it can have its challenges but ultimately, it’s been a great experience. Cory explains, “There’s good


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and bad. Being brothers, you’re not

LEARNING THE FAMILY

picking your business partner. You

BUSINESS

want to make sure you have a good relationship and you need to leave things at the office sometimes.” Drew adds, “We don’t always agree on things and we’re brutally honest with each other. We have always been close, though.”

Jack recognized the importance of having Cory and Drew understand all aspects of the business so when both sons started, they did everything receiving a well-rounded, real life education. “We worked with dad for seven or eight years and it was a

chance to learn all different parts of the building business,” explains Drew. When Jack phased out the Knutson boys weren’t left completely on their own. Bonnie, the long time Knutson Homes office manager, stuck around. “Bonnie is the best administrative assistant in the business. She knows who to call and how to get things


“Dad gave m e a s w eet sa le s pitch an d s o ld m e o n b u i l d i n g h o us e s”

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done,” Cory says.

Along with Bonnie, Nate Wolfe has become an integral part of the business. Nate has been with Knutson Homes for too many years to remember. He works on projects managing sub-contractors

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as well as design drafting and drawing

drafting programs has become a vital

have their own responsibilities, they

up plans. Nate began his career in

part of their success.

recognize the importance of working

construction as a framer and worked on framing jobs for the Knutson’s. His experience with different companies

together and the value of having each

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

other to bounce ideas off of. “Two individuals might be running two

in bigger cities has been incredibly

Drew, Cory, and Nate know that

different projects but there’s a lot of

valuable for Knutson Homes and his

‘the devil is in the details.’ While all

collaboration. Every morning we’re

technical knowledge with computer

three work on their own projects and

talking about our projects. Important,

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key details are a collaboration,” Nate explains. Cory adds, “We’re on the job site all the time. We’re meeting with interior designers and architects and always communicating with our clients.”

TASTES AND STYLES Drew and Cory have their own individual styles and tastes when it comes to their personal homes. “One of the coolest things about building is that you get to work on all kinds of styles. We visit a lot of homes and research a lot of different styles,” says Drew. His current home is more modern, but his next home won’t be the same. Cory’s current home is modern and clean, but he is in the process of building a beachy, edgy, eclectic home ().

When it comes to the homes they build, Cory says, “We pride ourselves on doing a lot of different styles. We build for every age group and every style. As a builder you want to be in the trends but not too into them. You want to be timeless, too.” Cory, Drew, and Nate love seeing their jobs come together. “Take pride in what you do. If you do that it will usually come out great,” Cory smiles.

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Debbie Luptak made the leap from teaching to building homes in 2006. “We had dabbled in and put a couple houses up in the summer for people and I thought we could do that all year. I loved my job, I loved teaching, but it was just time for me to go,” Debbie explains, and she couldn’t be happier with her decision. As one of only a few female builders in the area Debbie’s business is 100% hers and her focus is on her clients, “That’s the cream of the crop. Visiting with clients and making sure things are going right and they have the right product are big important pieces,” Debbie says.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Debbie and her husband Greg Luptak, owner of Gregory Builders, were set up on a blind date by mutual friends when they were freshman in high school. “We went to a movie. It was Jeremiah Johnson with Robert Redford,” explains Debbie. They have been together ever since and the pair have built a life as strong as the homes Debbie builds. As she was considering names for her business Debbie landed on Redford after the actor in the movie that first brought her and Greg together and so


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Redford Signature Homes was started.

THE PROCESS Greg works with Debbie at the beginning of the home building process to put together plans with clients. Debbie will create a ‘wants and needs list’ with her clients including

specific features like a fireplace, lights,

her clients often to keep the lines of

landscaping and finishes. “We try to

communication open. “I don’t think

do a high/low budget. We don’t want

I’ve built the same house twice,”

to blow anyone out of the water, and

Debbie says.

we want them to be realistic,” Debbie adds, “We don’t want our clients to be house poor. You have to have a life away from your home.” A very custom builder, Debbie will meet with

Once plans are finalized, and budgets are set and signed off on the physical building process begins. Greg will

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“ T hat ’s t he cream of t h e cro p. Visiting wi t h c li en t s an d mak i n g s ure things ar e g oi ng ri g h t an d t h ey h ave the right p r o d u c t are b i g i mp ortan t piece s,”

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STARTING SUMMER 2019 cottonwoodparkviewaddition.com

Cottonwood Parkview Addition is a new, mixed-use development planned for South Bismarck, located near the corner of Washington Street and Santa Fe Avenue. “Due to its location and dedication to quality and design, the homes in Cottonwood Parkview Addition will surely maintain their property values for years to come,” says Jordan Anderson, owner of Big River Builders. “We foresee it as feeling like its own community. The local parks, walking trail systems, numerous sports complexes all add value, and the single-family lots will back up to green space, with no immediate backyard neighbors, making these lots very unique and private,” explains Greg Meidinger, owner of Aspire Homes.

Did You Know: South Washington Street will eventually be improved and widened f rom the South Bismarck drainage channel south to Burleigh Avenue. “On November 6, 2018, the City of Bismarck approved a

new ½ cent sales tax that will help to fund the Washington Street improvements,” stated Michael Gunsch, Senior Project Manager of Houston Engineering. The new subdivision will offer: • a well-balanced mix of residential and commercial uses • 4-acre neighborhood park • 13-acres of open space • 90 luxury twin-homes • 27 single-family homes • condominium homes • neighborhood full-service convenience store Phase I lots available Summer 2019: • 9 single-family lots fronting Peach Tree Drive, average lot size 14,077 square feet. • 12 twin-home lots fronting Peach Tree Drive, average lot size 10,333 square feet.

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take homes from excavation to roof

a schedule is met and bills are paid. In

sealing. Greg has framed for just about

the beginning it took some of the sub-

every contractor in the area. “Well now,

contractors some time to get used to

I framed for everyone’s fathers,” Greg

calling Debbie. “The subs would default

says with a laugh. Debbie will then take

to calling Greg. I had to tell them no,

over with the sub-contractors and all the

you call me!” Debbie smiles.

mechanicals, organization, making sure

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THEIR HOME Greg and Debbie built their home 13 years ago as a model home. Features like coffered and trayed ceilings, wenge wood detailing, and an incredible mother-in-law suite in the lower level of the home showcase Debbie’s ability and

attention to detail. Greg’s favorite part of their home is the kitchen and Debbie would agree. “We have a dining room, but we find it fun to sit in here and have dinner parties,” Debbie explains. The granite island features a drop-down table giving it an eat in kitchen vibe. The



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family room off the kitchen showcases large windows. “This is our go-to area, it’s wonderful for entertaining,” says Deb. The Luptak’s home stays true to the craftsman style with warm wood millwork around the doors and fireplace as well as high ceilings. Given the elevation of the lot the home is built on the lower level ceilings are 10 feet high. The spacious mother-in-law suite feels like its own separate home rather than a basement space.

LOG HOMES Debbie’s versatility in the building industry includes a long list of log and timber frame homes built throughout North Dakota and Montana. Her two favorites include one just south of Bismarck and the very first home she and Greg built together. The home south of Bismarck features rough finished logs some with branches sticking out creating a uniquely rustic exterior. The home Debbie and Greg built together in Cook City, MT was a project that was near and dear to their hearts. Twisted Twig is a picturesque family retreat 1,000 yards from the side of a mountain that the Lupteks continue to visit each summer.

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“W e d o n ’ t wa n t o u r c lie n ts to be hous e p o o r . Yo u h ave to h av e a l ife away f r o m yo u r h o m e .”

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Winter is coming to an end, and after this North Dakota winter, it’s safe to say spring has long been awaited. As the snow melts and the grass starts to peak through, it’s time to start cleaning out the garage, organizing the closets and purge the house of all unneeded knick knack’s. Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, and we all wish Marie Kondo to come in and take the reins, but let’s take it one room at a time and “get ‘er done.”

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The Bathrooms Let’s get the dirty work done first. “First is the worst,” so let’s tackle the dirtiest room in the house. 1. Let’s begin by shaking out the rugs,

and throwing them in the wash.

2. Vacuum/sweep the floors and wipe

down the walls.

3. Scrub the shower/tub, toilets and

vanity, but save the mirror for last to

avoid any smudging.

4. Wash the floors 5. Change out the towels and lay down

the freshly cleaned rugs

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The Bedrooms 1. Always begin by tidying up the room,

putting away the clothes on the floor

and books back on the night stand.

2. Vacuum the carpet, don’t forget to

move the furniture and get

underneath the bed.

3. Open the windows to allow some of

that fresh spring air in

4. Dust the bookshelves and dressers 5. Change the sheets, wash the duvet,

yes and even the bed skirt and

mattress pad

6. Make sure to clean your window

treatments, vacuum the drapes or

dust the blinds and if you are feeling

extra ambitious clean the inside glass

of the windows.

7. Put those fresh, clean sheets back on

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the bed


The Kitchen: 1. It’s always good to start with a clean-ish base,

make sure before you start in on the nity

gritty cleaning, you have a tidy space to really

get into the deep cleaning mode. Try and

have the dirty dishes washed and put away

so the counters are clear to move things

around. 2. The freezer/refrigerator, lets begin. Start shelf

by shelf, taking everything out, checking

dates. Wipe clean with hot water and your

choice of cleaning product, don’t forget the

door seals, and make sure they get wiped dry.

3. On to the stove. Remove the grates and

removable parts from the stove top. Wash

the removable stove parts and degrease. *Tip:

hot lemon juice does wonders; the acid will

help lift the grease.

4. Take a warm rag and clean the outsides of all

the cabinets, and the selves inside, you would

be amazed with how much dust and dirt can

make its way into your cupboards.

5. Wash the inside windows and open them up

to allow that cool breeze to freshen the room.

6. Sweep/mop the floors to finish.


Almost done.

Living Room/Family Room 1. Again, tidy the room first and then

begin on the deep cleaning.

2. Dust the ceiling fans, the coffee

tables and the book cases, and even

the entertainment system.

3. Wipe down the walls and base board 4. Vacuum the carpets 5. Be sure to give your couch some care

too. Just because you don’t see any

stains doesn’t mean you don’t have

dust mites. Maybe try an upholstery

cleaner, but be sure to vacuum the

couch cushions and chairs as well.

6. Clean windows and curtains and

throw the blankets in the wash. Now relax, order pizza, because you earned it!

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CORY'S CONCRETE CORNER BY: CORY BIRRENKOTT, PROJECT MANAGER/ FIELD SUPERINTENDENT, DAKOTA RM CONSTRUCTION PHOTO: GLASSER IMAGES

The true “Man Cave” for many of

out of reach: heated garage floors.

slushy roads? Chunks of ice and

inside of your home, for a cozy,

us is our garage, and for the next

Once considered a luxury for the

snow fall off and melt into puddles

efficient heating system, without

couple issues, I’m going to give you

wealthy, the pricing on heated floors

that never seem to quite make it to

forcing so much dry air throughout

some tips and ideas on how to turn

has come down considerably, and

the drain? Well, radiant floor heat

the house.

that garage into something a little bit

is becoming quite common in new

solves those problems by keeping

more special!

construction builds. Why would you

the floors warm. The heat rising

There are two main types of

want to have radiant floor heat in

will melt the undercarriage of your

in-floor heat: electric and gas. The

Welcome back to another installment

your garage? Well, there’s many

vehicle so much faster and will also

electric style consists of mats that

of Cory’s Concrete Corner, where

reasons, but I’ll touch on a few. Have

dry up those wet floors in no time.

are placed prior to the concrete

we talk about all things concrete,

you ever pulled your car into the

If you’re building a slab-on-grade

being poured, and then from there

and today we’re going to discuss

garage in winter or spring, and it’s

home, you should also consider

it’s just a matter of your electrician

something that most people think is

just dripping like crazy from all the

putting radiant floor heat on the

hooking it up. Electric floor heat

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is a bit expensive, and when it

winter. There are many qualified

comfortably heated area with radiant

comes to heating a space as large

contractors who provide in-floor

floor heat, and you’ll never want to

as a garage floor, it’s not quite as

heating systems. Next time you’re

go without it again!

efficient. I recommend that you

looking at building a new home

go with the in-floor pex tubing,

or replacing that old garage floor,

That’s all for this issue, but again, if

which uses glycol (antifreeze) run

have a contractor come out give

you have any questions, or ideas for

through a boiler system to keep the

you an estimate and you’ll find it’s

future articles, feel free to email me

floors warm. The initial costs are a

very reasonable. As anyone who

at DRM@midconetwork.com.

little higher, but it’s a very efficient

ever works out in their garage in

way to heat your floors, especially

the winter knows, cold concrete

here in the Dakotas where we get

floors are no fun to lay down on.

those ridiculous cold temps in the

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