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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     

Driver Cha-Cha’s his way to victory

Posted by packers.com on May 22, 2012 – 10:34 pm

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing With The Stars champions

There’s a new title for Titletown thanks to Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver, Peta Murgatroyd and the fans that voted for the duo on “Dancing with the Stars.” Driver has won the Season 14 mirror ball trophy after 10 weeks of competition and over 12 styles of dances.

The Cha-Cha-Cha proved to be the final dance and his second perfect score of the season for Driver who last showcased the Latin American dance back in Week 1 of the series. Scoring a perfect 30 with this final dance, the judges did not throw any penalty flags. Or any penalty flags to any of the finalists for that matter. All remaining couples had perfect scores on their final dance. Which meant it was up to the fan votes. The votes that would send Driver home with the mirror ball trophy.

“The public will decide,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli in the opening segment of the final episode. Perhaps Tonioli had a revelation of how the show would end. Or, perhaps, he knew about Packers fans and how they support their team both on and off the field. Regardless, fans are the likely factor that held back the 2nd place duo of Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas.

A singer, actor and wide receiver were the last three standing just a night before with one point between all three pairs. Jenkins and partner Ballas came into tonight’s competition as the leaders with the perfect score of 60 points, while Driver and Murgatroyd tied with William Levy and Cheryl Burke with 59 of 60 points. Perfect scores for all three final dances kept Jenkins on top with 90 points while Driver and Levy remained tied for second place with 89. But that’s before the fan votes were tallied in the evening’s final total.

The first of the three couples to be relieved for the night was Cuban-born Levy (known jokingly by Tonioli as the “Latin-dancing James Bond”) and then the news came fast that Driver was the season’s champion.

Speaking to host Brooke Burke regarding the entire season, Driver said, “It has been more than I expected.”

In counting collective perfect scores during the season, Levy was the leader with four, followed by three from Jenkins, two of which were earned the night before, and Driver with two perfect scores in the past two days.

Keeping a steady pace for the entire season, Driver rarely was in first place, but always near the top third or within a fraction of points on the “DWTS” leader board. It was a slow and steady climb for the trophy, almost in a “Most Improved Player” style arrangement.

Taking criticism and learning from it, keen choreography upgrades and the absolute will to win was enough to have the judges in favor of a perfect score that Driver and Murgatroyd needed for their last score, coupled with the fan votes to take the trophy home.

Undoubtedly Driver landing first place for the season, out of an original 12 couples, was not shocking for the Packers fans that voted.

Tomorrow the mirror ball trophy will kick off the TV circuit tour with morning shows and hopefully find its way to Titletown.

Click here to see photos from Driver’s victory.


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Triple 10′s for Double D’s dancing

Posted by packers.com on May 21, 2012 – 8:53 pm

WR Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Week 10 “Freestyle” performance was invigorating and had a perfect score to match it. The duo received 59 out of 60 total combined points for the night and are tied for second place in this Season 14 contest of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Each couple showcased two dances for the evening, one being Freestyle (a dance of their choosing with creative latitude) and the other being a standard ballroom dance.

Driver’s country-inspired Freestyle combined his Texas roots (outfitted in a green and gold Western ensemble with a cowboy hat) with pure athleticism. His dance showcased his dexterity, coordination and stamina, particularly with the lifts required in this performance. After Driver’s last dance, also the last dance of the evening, it was tough to discontinue the enthused crowd from clapping.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba rewarded Donald and Peta with a personal standing ovation. “It was my favorite dance tonight,” Inaba said.

Judge Len Goodman said, “Chances win dances. Fantastic.”

At that point, all knew Len would be giving Donald and Peta their first 10 of the series and their first perfect score.

Prior to the evening, each of the judges each visited one of the remaining couples: Driver, Cuban-born actor William Levy and Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins during weekly practices. Driver handled it similarly to that of one of his on-field coaches when Inaba came for a visit to inspect his Argentine Tango. She expected bigger, dynamic movements from Donald. He took the criticism well, stayed professional and didn’t disagree. The WR allowed his competitive instinct take over and scored a 29 on his Argentine Tango, missing that final 10 from Len.

The previous Argentine Tango that Driver/Murgatroyd showcased was in Week 5 which left the couple with a total of 27 of 30 points. The same score as Week 4 and for what would be repeated during the three ensuing weeks. Donald’s final Argentine Tango of the season tonight showcased lifts and quick-paced steps similar to previous installments but with enhanced and more detailed choreography for the finals per Inaba, but it wasn’t enough for a perfect score.

“The finals are here, you have to peak at the right time,” said Driver.

It looks like the duo of Driver and Murgatroyd is continuing to peak the more they dance.

One more dance is slotted for tomorrow’s finale. Will Driver continue to peak?

It’s often the job of football officials to make the final call but this contest involves no instant replay or overtime. It will be left up to the millions of voting fans and the three judges.

Help be a judge. Viewers can vote via phone at 1-800-868-3403 until 10 a.m. CT. Log on to abc.com to learn all the ways fans are encouraged to vote.


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Driver’s dancing by the numbers

Posted by packers.com on May 21, 2012 – 3:13 pm

Completed Dances

  • Donald Driver will dance “Freestyle” and the Argentine Tango tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ABC in the finals. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd have already showcased these dances as a couple on “Dancing with the Stars”: Cha-Cha-Cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Waltz and Samba. That’s 10 variations, not counting group dances, or dance elimination challenges.


Highest Scoring Couple (in finals) by Week

  • Week 1: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, Foxtrot
  • Week 2: Jenkins and Ballas, Jive
  • Week 3: Jenkins and Ballas, Waltz
  • Week 4: Driver and Murgatroyd, Paso Doble
  • Week 5: (Tie) Jenkins and Ballas, Argentine Tango; William Levy and Cheryl Burke, Argentine Tango
  • Week 6: Jenkins and Ballas, Samba
  • Week 7: (Winning couple not in finals)
  • Week 8: (Tie) Jenkins and Ballas, Cha-Cha-Cha; Levy and Burke, Foxtrot
  • Week 9: Levy and Burke, Samba


Highest Individual Scores

  • Levy and Burke, 30/30 for their Foxtrot and Samba
  • Jenkins and Ballas, 29/30 for their Waltz, Argentine Tango, Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha and Quickstep
  • Driver and Murgatroyd, 29/30 for their Samba


Couple Scoring Totals to Date

  • Of the twelve dances already completed, Driver and Murgatroyd’s weekly average individual score is the lowest of the three finalist couples at 26.4, a fraction behind second-place duo Levy and Burke at 26.9. Jenkins and Ballas, despite last week’s dip in score, are still the reigning individual point leaders with a 27.3 average of a possible 30 points.


Most Important Number

  • 1 (800) 868-3403

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Inside the tour bus: Players watch “Dancing”

Posted by Duke Bobber on May 16, 2012 – 1:01 pm

The 'Tailgate Tour' group watches Donald Driver on DWTS

As soon as Tuesday night’s tailgate party ended in La Crosse, the players filed back onto the tour bus to watch the final minutes of “Dancing With The Stars.” There was a collective sigh of relief when the results were announced and the players realized Driver was moving onto the finals.


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Driver Sambas to personal top score on DWTS

Posted by packers.com on May 14, 2012 – 9:15 pm

WR Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd continued their uphill journey towards the mirror ball trophy and reached their highest single dancing score of the season with a total of 29 points, beating their score of 28 from last week’s Jive. This high score came about on the couple’s second of two dances for the night, the Samba.

Combined with their first dance score, 28 points for the Waltz, the duo received a total of 57 of 60 possible points, leaving them in third place for the evening.

The judges used their experienced eyes to critique the smallest misstep for all contestants during this semifinal round. Judges being stingy with the 10’s was nothing new for Driver. He took the first round of judging in stride with one “10” from Judge Bruno Tonioli.

“It’s harder to impress with a Waltz,” said Tonioli about Driver’s first dance. “It had a caring gentle, soft quality to it. Romance is blossoming in front of my eyes!”

Prior to their second dance, each semifinalist reflected back on their diverse and emotionally-charged background. Driver’s story began with his father being in jail and his mother raising five kids alone, with little resources.  First living in a moving van and eventually homeless, Driver and one brother went to live with their Grandparents in a rough, crime-ridden neighborhood.

“I stayed a troubled kid,” said Driver.

The turning point was when he met his future wife. From that moment, Driver focused less on his past antics and focused more on his future. He focused on the future for his family by developing his football skills, and that’s what brought him here today.

“Donald lets his playing do his talking for him (on the football field),” audience guest QB Aaron Rodgers said. “It’s the same with dancing.”

After the emotional rewind, Driver moved forward and delivered a solid Samba and received his first two “10 point” scores from Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli.

“A+ game,” said Inaba.

“I liked it,” Judge Len Goodman said. “Well done for you.”

Perhaps the “good luck charms” in the audience helped Driver attain his highest score in the 9 weeks of competition. Along with Aaron Rodgers, audience co-workers included Coaches Mike McCarthy and Edgar Bennett, Director of Player Development, Rob Davis, and LB Clay Matthews.

With four couples remaining in the semifinal showdown, Driver and Murgatroyd delivered their best dance of the season when they needed it most. Hopefully this upward scoring trend will continue for next week’s finale.

For now, Packers fans across the nation can breathe a sigh of relief for their favorite dancer on “Dancing with the Stars,” but only for a moment as Driver needs fan votes to ensure he and Murgatroyd remain in the competition. Eliminations continue tomorrow night on DWTS. To keep Donald and Peta in the finals, viewers are encouraged to vote. Visit abc.com for all the ways to vote.


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Double dance, double partner for Double D

Posted by packers.com on May 7, 2012 – 8:45 pm

Dancing first this week on “Dancing with the Stars,” the duo of Packers WR Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd delivered the tango without apology, scoring 27 out of 30 points, the same score for the fifth straight week.

Similar to the couple’s first successful tango weeks earlier, the couple again seemed to gratify all three judges.

“Ding dong Donald, a first round knockout,” said Judge Len Goodman.

Judge Bruno Tonioli, in his usual lively approach, praised Donald and Peta as well. “You were going for it like there’s no tomorrow.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was the first to give Donald and Peta a perfect 10 for their tango a few weeks ago, but only offered 9 points for this week’s version (along with the other two judges). Inaba also served a side of criticism, hoping for a little more “drama” with their dance.

The Tango was the first of two dances team “Driving Miss Peta” completed on Monday’s Week 8 episode. All six remaining dancing pairs were slotted to complete a “Trio Dance” which involved each ‘star’ dancing with both their typical counterpart and an additional practiced cast member. Driver’s Trio included that of professional dancer and “DWTS” regular, Karina Smirnoff, along with his usual partner, Murgatroyd.

The Driver/Smirnoff/Murgatroyd trio successfully completed their version of the Jive, which featured high-energy moves and quick-paced music.

Judge Inaba provided a much-needed 10 points for the trio while the other judges provided collective 9’s for their second performance of the night, bringing Driver’s total to 55 points.

Taking the score in stride and always with a smile, Driver did reflect with host Brooke Burke. “It hurt,” said Driver. “We thought we made it.”

“Double” must be the theme for this week’s show as double partners, double dances and this week’s contest features a “double elimination” on Tuesday, taking the pool of six couples down to a mere four.

Based on scoring alone, it seems the “Double” theme is working for Double D. Will he get through with his dancing scores and the votes needed to bring him to the next level?

Eliminations continue on “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewers are encouraged to vote via phone and text message for Donald only on the night he performs; online voting ends at 10 a.m. CT the following day. Log on to abc.com to vote.


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Driver keeps stride with Waltz

Posted by packers.com on April 30, 2012 – 8:33 pm

WR Donald Driver and his dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 27 points out of 30 for the fourth consecutive week on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Likely unsurprising to Packers fans, Donald easily kept rhythm with his swift and agile footwork during the Viennese Waltz and received a post-dance standing ovation from the full audience in the ABC ballroom.

Costumed like true royalty, the pair received praise from the judges and modest critique along with 9 points from each.

Len Goodman who has judged Driver both hot and cold in previous weeks told the couple they did a great job and that their dance was well done.

“I thought it was terrific,” said Judge Len Goodman.

This 7th week of competition provided Driver with the probable security that he will see Week 8. But will it be enough for this royal duo?

Eliminations continue on “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewers are encouraged to vote via phone and text message for Donald only on the night he performs; online voting ends at 10 a.m. CT the following day. Log on to abc.com to vote.


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Driver keeps pace with Foxtrot on DWTS

Posted by packers.com on April 23, 2012 – 8:39 pm

The fast-paced Foxtrot proved to be the right pace for WR Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, scoring 27 out of 30 total points for the third consecutive week.

“You are a showman, you put so much into it,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli. “Your performances get better and better.”

The couple, dressed in bright aqua, shared the stage with the Motown greats, The Temptations singing one of their hit songs, “The Way You Do The Things You Do.”

Last week, Judge Len Goodman provided Donald with his low score of the week, 7 points. Goodman complimented the team this week and provided them a score of 9 points along with the other two judges.

“You came out and exploded,” said Goodman. “I love the way you do the things you do.”

During their post-dance interview with Brooke Burke, the couple congratulated each other accordingly.

“I need to get better,” Driver said when prompted on how he would get one of “Len’s 10’s”

Eliminations continue on “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewers can vote via phone and text message for Donald only on the night he performs; online voting ends at 10 a.m. CT the following day. Log on to abc.com to vote.


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Driver continues upward arc, scores 26 on “Dancing”

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 2, 2012 – 9:09 pm

Donald Driver

Three weeks into his stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” Packers WR Donald Driver’s progression as a dancer is mirroring that of his football career. Driver has steadily improved his score each week, going from 21 in week 1, to 24 in week 2, and 26 in Monday night’s show.

Driver turned in an emotional performance, dedicating his rendition of the rumba to a friend lost to cancer in 2010 — the same friend who introduced Driver to his wife, Betina. Driver explained that his friend died in his arms. “I grabbed his hand. All he could do is look at me,” Driver said. “And tears rolled down his eyes. He took another breath. And that was it. And I never let him go.”

Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd, the last of 11 duos to perform in Monday’s show, danced to Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day.”

And what did each judge think of the pair’s execution?

“The passion that you just expressed was mesmerizing,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, who marked Driver and Murgatroyd with a 9. “I was truly touched.”

Len Goodman gave the pair an 8, explaining, “I didn’t expect such a great, big, hunky-dunky football guy to come out and dance with such warmth and emotion. Awesome.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli rounded out the scorecard, telling Driver, “You push yourself to the limit every time.” Tonioli awarded the Packers’ all-time leading receiver with a 9. Driver and Murgatroyd’s 26 was the 4th-highest score of the evening.

After the dance, Driver gave some simple advice: “You need to cherish every moment,” Driver said. “Live life to the fullest.”

Eliminations continue on “Dancing with the Stars.” Viewers can vote via phone and text message for Donald only on the night he performs; online voting ends at 10 a.m. CT the following day. Log on to abc.com to vote.


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Driver scores three 7′s with first dance

Posted by Mike Spofford on March 19, 2012 – 9:30 pm

WR Donald Driver made his debut on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night on the show’s season premiere, and he and partner Peta Murgatroyd earned a 7 from each of the three judges for their “Cha-Cha.” Their total of 21 (of a maximum 30) tied for eighth place among the 12 couples after the first night’s dances. The top score was a 26, achieved by two pairs.

Driver earned praise from the judges for his talent and enthusiasm, but he may have shown a little too much of the latter. Two of the judges criticized him for being a little too over-exuberant, but they were nonetheless impressed with his moves and command on the dance floor. The judges expressed keen interest in seeing how Driver performs as the season progresses, sounding as though they expect him to become a more refined performer.

Driver and Murgatroyd will perform again next Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27, when couples begin to get voted off and the competition narrows. Fans can cast their votes for Driver at abc.com.


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