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McCook, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/22/2018

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McCook, Nebraska

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  McCook, the county seat of Red Willow County, is located in southwestern Nebraska, 14 miles from the Kansas border. U.S. Highways 6, 34, and 83 intersect in the community. Interstate 80 is 70 miles north and Interstate 70 is 90 miles south of McCook. McCook is 254 miles northeast of Denver and 284 miles southwest of Omaha.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Red Willow County .......11,05510,722-3.0%
Labor Market Population1.......33,79621,852-35.3%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,434 381 1,185 1,445 504 453 5,402 50.4 %
Female...... 1,270 329 1,141 1,438 498 644 5,320 49.6 %

Total: 2,704 710 2,326 2,883 1,002 1,097

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 41.8 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 3
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $109
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $500
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $80,629

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Housing is also availabe in outlying communities and rural areas.

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Red Willow
Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9135,99817,797    
Total Employment.....980,6686,16018,292    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.6%2.8%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$19.22$31.08$59.05
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.80$12.46$18.33
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$10.42$17.01$28.31
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$10.26$15.63$25.17
Civil Engineers$25.41$35.13$54.59
Computer Operators$9.49$11.65$28.61
Computer Programmers$22.99$28.10$34.46
Computer Systems Analysts$23.01$36.24$54.13
Customer Service Representatives$9.80$14.16$22.20
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.58$18.09$23.60
Data Entry Keyers$9.71$13.44$20.06
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.42$9.99$19.52
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$16.22$20.69$34.43
Electrical Engineers$28.10$42.25$58.71
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$12.28$15.06$20.12
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$11.62$17.30$24.67
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.48$10.72$13.01
Industrial Engineers$25.02$36.56$57.80
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$18.26$27.87$38.03
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.45$16.41$19.83
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.73$13.50$18.84
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$10.05$17.21$32.41
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$20.07$22.26$24.46
Mechanical Engineers$27.62$37.00$47.16
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.40$28.27$39.60
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.26$19.38$24.33
Nursing Assistants$10.17$12.59$15.66
Office Clerks, General$9.54$12.84$18.24
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.39$9.78$14.35
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.63$13.05$16.79
Registered Nurses$21.28$28.74$38.25
Retail Salespersons$9.14$10.30$22.16
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.05$14.03$21.65
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.42$13.87$19.09
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.58$13.50$18.79
Tool and Die Makers$17.30$24.52$34.26
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.02$17.28$23.51
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....300
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-8070
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....I-8070

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....2881-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....2351-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....7521-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6883-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....2641-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3881-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....12754-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....6641-3 days1-2 days
New York.....15264-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....6411-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Four-lane highways passing through the community include Highways US-6/34 (east-west) and US-83 (north-south). Local load limits are not imposed on these highways. Interstate 80 is 65 miles north and Interstate 70 is 80 miles south of McCook. U.S. Highway 6 and 34 is a modern highway with surfaced shoulders and scenic views along a roadway that runs from Denver to Omaha. This highway has a short connection to Interstate 80 at Kearney, Nebraska and direct connection to Interstate 76 at Brush, Colorado. Reconstruction of U.S. Highway 6 to a five lane urban section began in 2000 at West 11th Street. In 2003–04 the five lane urban section expanded to East 7th Street. The section for East 7th Street to Airport Road is scheduled to be rebuilt in 2005, completing the reconstruction of U.S. Highways 6 and 34 through McCook. Resurfacing of U.S. Highways 6 and 34 from the junction of U.S. Highways 6 and 34 to McCook is currently underway. Nebraska Department of Roads maintains one of eight district headquarters in McCook. The Department spends in excess of $15 million on highway improvement projects in this southwest Nebraska district annually. In addition, a modern fleet of maintenance and snow & ice control equipment is based there. Highways US-6, 34, and 83 serve as the main arteries for travel to and from McCook.

Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,584 feet
Length of longest runway.....6,448 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....1 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 292
Kansas City International 395
Denver International 257

McCook Municipal Airport, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, is located one half mile northeast of downtown McCook. Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. provides three daily flights Monday-Friday and two daily flights Saturday and Sunday to Denver, CO. The airport provides flight instruction, snow removal, storage, 100 octane and jet fuel, major and minor repairs, Unicom, Automated Surface Observation System, VOR., one Fixed Base Operator, one courtesy car, and weather information. The terminal building consists of a lounge, rest rooms, and telephone. The airport has two paved and lighted runways, 12–30 (6,000' x 100') and 03–21 (4,000' x 75'). The elevation at the airport is 2,579 feet, the latitude is 40°12'36"N, and the longitude is 100°35'51"W. An $800,000 pavement repair and replacement project was completed in 2004. An instrument landing system was installed and placed into service in 2007.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....17
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....240 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: BNSF Railway Company

Amtrak provides McCook with rail passenger service east to Chicago and west to Denver and San Francisco/Oakland. The Superliner features a lounge car, coach and first-class accommodations, dining car service, and checked baggage service from most cities. Travel time averages 15 hours to Chicago and 38 1/2 hours to the West Coast. Amtrak has one train each way daily.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: (402) 563-5534 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
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Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing or by calling (402) 563-5534. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Competitive utility rates make McCook, Nebraska, an excellent location for business and industry. Nebraska's totally public electric utilities have ample eletric generating capacity to maintain reliable service at low cost.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....SourceGas

Natural gas is supplied to the McCook community by SourceGas Distribution, LLC. through two transmission pipelines, one is 4” and one is 6” with an operating pressure of approximately 800 pounds per square inch. SourceGas is the retail distributor of natural gas within the community, serving approximately 1150 residential, 100 commercial, and 2 industrial customers. Choice Gas is available to natural gas customers in McCook. Selection period for this program is prior to May 1st of each year. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas’s Service Center (1-800-563-0012). SourceGas operates as an open access pipeline, enabling an industrial or large commercial gas user to obtain their own gas supplies and have them transported on SourceGas’s system. Several gas marketers, including SourceGas’s own marketing affiliate, are currently active on the system and could help obtain gas supplies. More likely, a combination of SourceGas system supply and transportation gas could be put together to fit the customer's needs.

Provider.....City of McCook
Major Source.....Municipal Wells - (9 total)
If Wells, Average Depth.....70 feet
Rated Capacity.....6.800 mgd
Average Capacity.....2.390 mgd
Peak Demand.....5.300 mgd
Storage Capacity.....6,000,000 gallons
Hardness.....325 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-58 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in McCook is supplied by nine wells, which have an average depth of 70 feet. The well system serves 100% of McCook’s population. The wells pump to an Ion exchange water treatment plant located south of the city. At the plant water is softened to a hardness of approximately 18 grains (308 mg/l) by the action exchange process. After softening water is then passed through the anion exchange process to remove nitrate, arsenic and uranium. Water exiting the plant to the storage and pumping facilities will average nitrate levels below 8 mg/l, Arsenic levels below 8 mg/l and Uranium levels be 25 ug/l. The $14.4 million dollar plant began operation in February 2006 and has a daily capacity of 6.8 million gallons. McCook has water storage capacity of 6 million gallons and peak pumping capacity from the treatment plant to the city of 4,722 gpm. The average daily demand is 2,390,000 gallons, and the peak demand is 5,300,000 gallons. The static pressure of the water varies from 40 to 80 pounds per square inch and a residual pressure of 50 pounds per square inch. The system has an intended maximum capacity of 6,800,000 gallons per day. Water supplied to the customers is disinfected by chlorine. The water table is fairly consistent. The color of the water is clear and the hardness, in parts per million, is 325. The average tap water temperature varies from 50 degrees in the winter to 58 degrees in the summer.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of McCook
Type of Service.....Wastewater Collection and Treatment
Rated Capacity.....1.750 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....1.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....1.750 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

McCook has a municipal sanitary sewer system and a separate storm sewer system. The sanitary sewer collection system treatment plant was completed in 1982 with upgrades in 1996, 2001 and 2007. The plant treats waste collected from approximately 3,100 homes and business in McCook through 50 miles of sewer mains and trunk lines. Wastewater is treated by primary and secondary biological treatment, which consists of primary and secondary clarifiers, sludge removal, Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) and a Biological Aerated Filter. Ultra Violet Light (UV) is then used to disinfect the effluent from the plant prior to release into the receiving waters of the Republican River. Construction was completed of a Biological Aerated Filter (BAF) in 2007. This new process facilitates the removal of ammonia from the waste water prior to release to the receiving water of the Republican River. McCook’s plant is capable of treating 1.75 million gallons of wastewater per day. Current flows average just less than 1 million gallons per day with 95% of McCook’s population served by the sewer system. McCook has increased sewer main size into the plant and business park area of the city. With the increase in size of sewer mains and plant improvements, future growth needs will be meet for residential and commercial users. McCook recently implemented a Master Sewer Plan that allows the city to address current and expected future sewer flows, through a computer modeling system. McCook is one of the few cities in Nebraska that uses this type of tool to monitor and pinpoint system flows. The computer model allows video feeds from the mobile sewer camera system to be stored and utilized by staff and engineers for maintenance and design needs of the system.

Name of Local Service Provider.....PinPoint Communications and Qwest
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....50

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Actual Valuation of City: $335,783,102 (year 2013)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2013
Total Real Property.......$2.0114880

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2013
General Obligation.........$3,698,707.50

All real property is required to be appraised at its actual value. Agricultural land is valued at 71.59% percent of market value in 2008. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its “net book value." All other personal property is exempt from taxation.

Type of Government..... City Manager
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1999 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... City
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 98 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 8
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 24
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 16
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 68,9,or 10

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 14131:13
Middle / Jr. High 25101:14
Senior High 15171:16
Trade & Tech Schools 00
Community College 11,550
Four-Year College 00
University 00
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11851:15
Middle / Jr. High 001:0
Senior High 001:0
Colleges 00

School District No. 017 in Hayes, Frontier, Hitchcock, and Red Willow counties covers 108 square miles and has a 2006–07 actual valuation of $420,827,000. The Class 3, Type K 3,2,3,4 district is accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education. The 2006–07 operating expenses for McCook Public Schools totaled $15,086,174, with an average cost per pupil of $6,368. The 2004–05 actual valuation per puil was $293,091. A new $6 million elementary school (grades Pre K 3) was complete in October 2005. The new school features 25 classrooms, physical education room, computer labs, resource/speech/title rooms, distance learning room, state of the art media center, administrative offices, and multi purpose music and physical education rooms.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....4
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....4
Public Swimming Pool(s).....5
Public Park(s).....12
Public Camp Ground(s).....8
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....11 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

McCook has five parks and three ball parks. Facilities include shelter houses, band shell, five playgrounds with playground equipment, skate board ramp, picnic tables, grills, fishing ponds, game reserve, walking trails, and free overnight camping with utility hook ups and dump station. Recreational programs include baseball and softball leagues, swimming, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, and others.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....30
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....12
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....9
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....103

Community Hospital of McCook is a 25 bed, not for profit critical access facility constructed in 1974 and accredited by the Joint Commission. The facility was remodeled in 1989 and 1996 to expand outpatient surgery, therapy services, CT scanning and cardiac/pulmonary rehab. A project in 2000 expanded the laboratory, emergency room, laundry, and nursery areas. A $3.8 million Rehabilitation Center was completed in March 2007. A new 25,000 square foot patient wing was completed in January 2011. Twenty-five new private patient rooms offer outstanding comfort in a homelike atmosphere, with advanced technologies to provide the highest possible quality of care. Each room features a flat-screen HDTV, wireless Internet, and a computer for nurse/patient charting in every room. The new wing also includes a new obstetric department, with two spacious labor/delivery/recovery rooms, four post partum rooms, a nursery and an OB waiting room. An advanced infant security system provides extra peace of mind. Construction is underway on Phase 2 of the building project for another 26,000 square foot addition that will include a new surgery wing, pharmacy, outpatient area for patients receiving injections and infusions, a wellness program area, and a healing garden. Completion is expected in the summer of 2012. As a regional hospital, Community Hospital is equipped to care for the more than 30,000 people who live in the referral area. A full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services are offered including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, respiratory care, speech therapy, hospice, and home health. State of the art diagnostic equipment includes an on site, full time MRI, multi slice CT scanner, a new radiography fluoroscopy and sleep laboratory. Emergency services, outpatient surgery, and community and patient education services are provided by a highly specialized team of more than 240 healthcare professionals and staff. The active medical staff includes eight family practice physicians and a general surgeon. and, four family practice physician assistants also provide care in McCook and surrounding rural clinics in Curtis and Trenton. In addition, nearly 30 medical specialists travel to McCook to provide specialists clinics for area residents. Four nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia services at Community Hospital. Seven family practice physician assistants also provide care in McCook and surrounding rural clinics in Curtis and Trenton. Community Hospital recently opened an outpatient services center in Indianola which offers occupational therapy, medical nutrition therapy, diabetic education, massage therapy, and pharmacy consultative services.

Machine Shops in City.......1
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......daily
Local Radio Station(s).......7

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......4
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......No
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......165

Number of Protestant Churches.......21
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......7
Total Number of Rooms Available.......288

Number of Banks in City.......6
Number of Savings & Loan Firms.......1

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......Yes

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....15
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....898


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:BNSF Raiway Company
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 153   (Male: 145   Female: 8)
Year Established:1800's
Products/Service:Rail Transportation
#2.Business Name:Community Hospital
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 284   (Male: 42   Female: 242)
Year Established:1974
Products/Service:Healthcare Services
#3.Business Name:Parker Industrial Hose
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 187   (Male: 137   Female: 50)
Year Established:1971
Products/Service:Rubber Hose & Rubber Compounds
#4.Business Name:Hillcrest Nursing Home
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 181   (Male: 9   Female: 172)
Year Established:1963
Products/Service:Nursing Home/Assisted Living/Daycare
#5.Business Name:Kugler Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 139   (Male: 81   Female: 58)
Year Established:1924
Products/Service:Agri fertilizers, liquid fertilizers & ammonium thiosulphate
#6.Business Name:City of McCook
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 85   (Male: 59   Female: 26)
Year Established:1882
Products/Service:City Government
#7.Business Name:McCook Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 210   (Male: 47   Female: 163)
Year Established:1880
#8.Business Name:Valmont Irrigation
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 272   (Male: 208   Female: 64)
Year Established:1999
Products/Service:Irrigation Pivots
#9.Business Name:Walmart Supercenter
Service Sector: Trade
Employment Number: Total: 287   (Male: 93   Female: 194)
Year Established:1985
Products/Service:Full line retail and grocery

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Our Community: McCook is the home of Nebraska's first junior college, now McCook Community College. Basic economic activities of McCook include farming, ranching, cattle and hog feeding, oil production, retail sales, wholesale sales, telemarketing, and manufacturing.

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McCook Chamber of Commerce @
City of McCook @
McCook, Nebraska Travel and Tourism @
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certified community

Andrew Ambriz
McCook Economic Development Corporation
402 Norris Avenue, Suite 301
McCook , Nebraska 69001
Phone:(308) 345-1200 or (800) 658-4213
Fax:(308) 345-2152
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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