The North Star Flag
A PROPOSAL FOR A NEW MINNESOTA STATE FLAG
The first time I saw your North Star Flag my first thought was, ďWhy is this not already our state flag?Ē Itís clean, powerful and inspiring. Thank you! Iíve seen quite a few ideas that are kicking around online Ö but none of them match the original.
Itís nice that the flag includes both the Europeansí motto and the Indian name. Supporters of this flag, donít give up!
IMO the North Star flag that's been around as a proposal since the 80s has long been the consensus for a replacement and feels the most like it could be accepted quickly. It's also a d*** good design. Unique, obvious symbolism, easy to interpret from a distance, etc. I'd like to see us adopt that one ....
[Re: the wavy pattern] I like that it's a relatively simple element that's unique (i.e., appears on very few other flags). I also think it's kinda necessary to use a shape to indicate water if you're going to color it white, and I like coloring it white since that's where the state's name comes from (Dakota for "cloudy water").
On the "North Star" flag I like the "wavy fessĒ symbol for water. Most flags have geometric straight lines. It's more distinctive to include curves or jagged edges indicative of nature.
It's probably the most famous and popular redesign of the Minnesota state flag, it's iconic and is slowly gaining traction.
Iíll take two!
The more I see it, the more I like it!
It grows on you!
I really love the flag design. I hope it eventually replaces our current design Ö. I have also looked at the other proposed versions, many I liked but this one has the most traction, it's simple and unique. That's why I'm going to fly it outside my house during the state fair this year and get lots of eyeballs on it. [Note: from a couple listing the flag on their wedding registry wish-list]
As a good flag with an actual support movement behind it, the North Star Flag would do an excellent job representing Minnesota.
It's the design that's been in circulation since 1989 and might very well be the leading candidate to replace Minnesota's current flag.
In 1989, William Becker and Lee Herold proposed an alternative called the North Star Flag which I think meets all the criteria to be a successful symbol for the state . My recommendation is to go with ... [that] flag.
The North Star Flag is so much better [than the current flag]. It's been around for 30 years now and it's still getting new plaudits. [elsewhere:] A flag with a 30 year history. I hope it's time is coming. So long in the build-up I think its backers are due a giant break.
Nice! More people "represented" by a terrible flag are waking up and embracing great designs. Looks like Minnesota is no exception. Also, see how easy it is to identify? Not a chance you could identify the current Ö flag that fast Ö That's traction Ö When you get that much take-up then the tide has turned and itís a lock-in day-facto cert to become the number one option when change really happens.
Ethnically neutral, represents the climate and the terrain and speaks out to the culture as a whole.
This flag design is amazing imo. It captures the natural beauty of our land in one simplistic arrangement. It demonstrates the land, the forests, the snow, the lakes, the ďNorth StarĒÖ Itís without a doubt better than our current blue flag with the big ugly (and historically racist) seal.
Strongly in favor of [the North Star Flag]. Simple, handsome, nice colors .... I would also add "evocative". The North Star is a longtime symbol of the state, & to me, the wavy border suggests rivers and fresh water.
My personal opinion is that the "North Star Flag" is the best option. It's clean. It's been reviewed (no offending colors, or symbols). It's been manufactured (call Herold Flags if you'd like to buy one). [Same writer elsewhere:] Clean. Simple. It got high praise from the designer of the Canadian Flag. It won a [Pioneer Press contest]. Most everything is a variation on it.
This has been and will continue to be my favorite MN flag design. Simple. Symbolic. Unique. [elsewhere:] North Star flag ftw. [elsewhere:] The original and still the best. Hanging in my apartment window in Boston.
Got my new flag up and flying! I mean, we can all agree a flag change is loooong overdue. So why not this awesome one?
Thanks for the flag. I love the design.
We fly the north star flag at our house in northern township [rural Bemidji].
I'm a huge fan of the North Star flag; in fact, I bought one years ago ... [same writer:] I love that flag. A couple of months ago, I e-mailed the shop I got it from and they still sell them.
What are those sweet flags in [section] 102? They look like the Cascadian and Texan flags had a crazy love child flag and chopped the Doug[las] Fir out. [Portland Timber fan admiring the North Star Flag in Portland.]
[Responding to above admirer:] MN North Star Flag, which should be the official state flag Ö You can read about it from the designer. If you call these folks up to order a flag ... you'll talk to the designer of the flag, talk about the weather, and get a hand-written thank you note. It's sweet and reminds me very much of back home.
Today a lady ... asked for a Minnesota State flag. When handed one she said "what's this? I don't have my glasses!" And we showed her the North Star Flag and she said "that's much better. I'll take two!"
I myself plan on bringing my new North Star flag to the [MNUFC] game today and well into the future.
Respect to whoever that is, flying the North Star Flag. That should be our state flag.
For anyone interested in raising awareness about this issue, you can order a North Star flag ... from Herold Flags in Rochester. We fly one outside our house; it's always a great conversation starter and helps get people on-board with the idea of changing the flag ...
As a Minnesotan who's been looking for a place to buy a North Star flag for forever, thanks so much!
I like this one. Created in 1989 to challenge the current. [Reply] I didnít realize that that design was that old. [Response] As soon as the North Star Flags are back in stock I'm buying one. [Note: theyíre in stock!]
I love the design.
[from Florida:] The current Minnesota flag is too bland to fly, so we use the North Star [Flag] to let people know weíre from Minnesota.
I was so impressed Ö that I bought one and am flying it daily. I also presented it as a resolution at the Republican Caucus.
Great looking flag - my son loves it and is going to hang it in his dorm room. Thanks!
A well thought solution to Minnesota's lackluster state flag.
Beautiful, simple, significant and unique.
This flag is fantastic!
Holy smokes the alternate minnesota flag is awesome
Whoa, North Star MN flag. Cool. [elsewhere:] A lovely birthday gift from [Name]!
I would love a new flag, and the "North Star Flag" shown above is a great design.
Got the best MN redesign on my Hydroflask ... [Response:] What flag is this a redesign of? It looks really nice! [Reply:] It's a proposed redesign of the Minnesota Flag that dates back to 1989. It's often called the North Star Flag.
Yeah, that's the one I love. My favorite flag Iíve ever seen.
My favorite Minnesota redesign. [Same writer:] Love that flag. Really hope it becomes official sometime.
North Star Flag all the way!
I'd love to see Golden Gopher FB wear unis with the Ö "North Star" flag!
Thatís really beautiful. Hard to pull off something that abstract, but it really worked.
I used to feel pretty ambivalent to the North Star Flag ... But you know, seeing all these pictures of it, I've come to really like it.
I like it! Much better than the current one.
I think that would be a vast improvement, and a very good state flag.
The most beautiful flag Iíve ever seen, and Iíve seen a lot of flags in different countries. Itís just not like the other ones; itís uplifting; itís just gorgeous.
Wow Ö I like that a lot more than the official flag. [Reply:] Yeah. Everyone does.
Itís time to adopt a new flag. To be specific: the north star flag. [same writer:] We support the North Star Flag. Bless this flag!
The North Star flag is great, I'm just confused as why it's taking so long to adopt it. [same writer:] Where can I buy the North Star Flag? [Note: at Herold Flags]
I would buy the **** out of that flag.
It follows all the design rules of a good flag. I agree that it's much better than our current flag. I'm not sure what it would take to get a new state flag, but I'm all for it.
This flag changing effort is the biggest Iíve seen so far - the North Star flag was originally designed in 1989. Iím a big fan of this one, especially the blue/white/green color scheme.
Very nice flag.
This proposal for Minnesota looks real sharp.
King of the redesigns.
Still prefer Minnesotaís North Star Flag [over other redesigns].
MN what the h*** are you waiting for? You have a great design ready to go!
I've just seen it for a few seconds and it already looks over 20 times better than the current flag.
Minnesota would be #2 [among state flags, behind Maryland] if they adopted this SWEET A** flag that I see all the time at MNUFC games.
Love that flag.
We need the North Star Flag!!
Man we need to go to the North Star Flag.
All these ideas [i.e. proposed redesigns] are great and I have made some of my own but in the end I think this really is the best one.
I like The North Star Flag as well.
Here's a good flag design that everybody in the vexillology community is gathering around. It's the proposed North Star flag. [elsewhere:] It's morphed into sort of a people's flag.
As fun as the nordic cross is, I like the north star flag. Simple, clean, no call back to one specific ethnic group.
Wonder what the largest North Star Flag I can get is Ö [answer: 5x8 feet, currently]
I supported that design in the '80s, and I still support it today. It's sad that MN still hasn't adopted this design.
The design is "pretty good", high praise from any Minnesotan.
They should definitely adopt that flag.
It looks as iconic as Arizona's or Colorado's.
I wish our state flag was the green and blue one. [Reply:] They really are the best colors.
What flag is pictured lower center? The blue, white, green with yellow star. [Reply:] The blue white and green one is an alternate version of the Minnesota state flag. [Response:] Thanks! I thought it would be the state flag, but Google showed the traditional one. This one is much nicer!
[T]his design is very strong and I think should be adopted.
The North Star flag is Ö easier to identify from a distance, and since it's a new flag that's currently popular with one of our sports teams, it can brand itself.
I don't like any of the designs suggested [at change.org]. There's already been a MUCH better ... proposed design circulating since 1989, in the form of William Becker's and Lee Herold's North Star Flag.
Definitely a fan of this flag.
Blue Sky and Water, White Snow, Green Trees and Fields, and a Guiding Star. I have loved this design for years. I would vote for it in a second.
This one is my favorite.
I like that north star flag a lot.
This North Star Flag has been proposed as a new state flag for years. I'd really be happy if that became our new flag.
Much better than the official MN state flag. Perfect out front.
How Ö have I never seen or heard of this? This is the best flag Iíve ever seen.
I didnít know that legislators in the past proposed a new Minnesota state flag. I like it!
Minnesota has a beautiful [North Star] flag design ... to use.
The North Star Flag has been around since the late 80s. It's one of the most viable replacement state flags out there. I love seeing it here.
Apparently our ancestors in 1989 debated this also Ö This is their design. P.S.: Works for me.
I live on a street in Minneapolis that alot of people walk by, I just put up this BEAUTIFUL flag yesterday Ö
I've actually seen several of these flying in front of houses in NE Mpls this summer.
This is a cool proposal for a redesigned MN state flag Ö. Itís a pretty classic design for a flag.
The proposal is better because it is not generic, which the current flag is.
I'm such a traditionalist, you know why fix what ain't broke, but I like the North Star flag.
I still like the proposed state flag from years ago
Iíve always liked the ďNorth StarĒ flag that has been proposed
North Star Flag [response to news story about possible flag change]
It should be a version of the north star flag. [reply:] Iíve been saying this for years. [response to news story about possible flag change]
North Star flag, pleeeaase! Already have seen fonts using this for the MN flag emoji.
Fly the North Star Flag!
I love whoever brings the proposed MN flag to [MNUFC] matches. [elsewhere:] Love the alternative Minnesota flag.
Bring back this proposed change from the 80's. [reply:] Yes!
The North Star flag design has great symbolism and would represent MN well.
Just read up on the Minnesota "North Star" flag proposal, to replace our totally lame state flag with a better design.
Cool flag, much better than the official one.
Whoever that is flying the North Star banner, you're my hero. Now let's get #mnleg to make that our state flag. [elsewhere] As a new #mnleg session approaches, a reminder of my pet issue: adopt the North Star Flag for Minnesota! [elsewhere:] Who will be the #mnleg member brave enough to lead the way on changing our flag to this? [Dan, Twitter]
I came across this concept for a new Minnesota state flag from 1989 known as the "Northstar Flag". Anyone know if they sell these anywhere? [Response] I'm a big fan of this flag, and have bought one in the past; Herold Flags sells them. [Another:] The answer is yes. I bought one when I was living in Rochester. BTW, it looks great on a wall.
Where did you get those North Star flags? I'd love to buy one. [Response] I ordered them by phone from Herold Flags in Rochester, MN. They're 3'x5' and were the perfect size for waving in the fan section. We had quite a few (all positive) comments, that by the final game day of the tournament, I think we just resorted to calling them the Minnesota Battle Flag.
Why don't you just change to the North Star flag. Looks much nicer.
This proposal for Minnesota looks real sharp.
The North Star Flag is an aesthetically excellent, inclusive flag with none of the baggage or limitations of even a Nordic cross-inspired design.
W[h]ere the **** do you Buy That Minnesota flag
Have you seen the potential new state flag? The North Star State could do better than the racist #bluetarp #mnleg
Neat to see that the North Star flag getting used. It's a really lovely design.
[Re: change.org petition designs] This article seems to forget about this [North Star Flag] idea that has wide popularity. I just noticed most previous commenters agree with me. [elsewhere:] I bought a pack of Viking Hirdmen and I'm painting them in a theme you might recognize. The simplicity and elegance of the North Star flag can go on a lot of things.
Big improvement over the current flag, which is poorly designed, an[d] racist to boot.
Blue and green may be the dominant popular state colors, but yellow or gold is never far away, and the balance among the three is why I love the North Star Flag so much.
I really like the North Star Flag.
North Star flag colors FTW!
This design is leagues better than the current state flag and I'd love to see it implemented!
North star flag is 100% better, fact.
If I still lived in Minnesota I would vote for the North Star Flag (the blue white green one, not the old sports team). [elsewhere:] I don't know why the state is holding off on adopting it formally Ö This flag fits all criteria for a "good" flag (despite being 4 colors), it's unique, and represents the state pretty well.
Right now, the North Star flag is the undisputed frontrunner.
I tried working with legislature 12 years ago to get the flag changed (to this one) ....
This is the best redesign. How can we start it up again?
I told a pal today: MN would automatically be in the top 5 state flags if they adopted the North Star Flag. Itís gorgeous.
Itís getting a lot of love in my IG poll/quiz. :)
The Seward [city in Alaska] flag is Ö similar in detail to the ďNorth Star FlagĒ proposal for a new Minnesota state flag, and if that excellent but unadopted design influenced [it] at all, I say kudos.
I love the Minnesota state flag redesign.
For thirty years #Minnesota has had an excellent alternative #flag sitting patiently waiting to be adopted. Called the #NorthStarFlag itís become popular with many people in the state, just not enough politicians... yet!
Make this the flag ....
I think [the wavy stripe] gives it character.
I like that north star flag.
Yes I love this flag
Minnesota's flag is awful, but there is a better option.... [followed by North Star Flag photo] [elsewhere:] Iíd adopt the North Star Flag for Minnesota [elsewhere:] The North Star Flag is where itís at.
It feels optimistic, the design; feels kind of cheery.
Itís very representative of the state, and looks really nice from a distance, or from either side, or turned on end. It would be a good way to come into the 21st century with a new symbol for the state. I really do think this is a beautiful design, and I would be happy with it.
Just do it Ö [with North Star Flag photo]
My favorite alt design
I think this flag is awesome! I love the simplicity and symbolism of this design.
Time for Minnesota to officially adopt the North Star flag design that was proposed in the 80's that MNUFC fans have been using for a few years now.
Plenty of people have already redesigned the Minnesota flag, and they've made some very good designs. The most successful of these proposals is the fantastic North Star Flag.
I would be happy if my state adopted the north star flag.
The first thing [to] do is change the lame old Minnesota state flag to this awesome design.
I like this design.
It has grown tremendously in popularity recently, as Minnesotans seek to express our unique identity.
We believe Minnesotans deserve a better flag than the uninspired, indistinguishable, could-be-any-other-state one we have now. And we have a choice. In 1989, designers William Becker and Lee Herold designed the North Star Flag. It later won a Pioneer Press contest as Minnesotans' preferred alternative to replace our current flag. The North Star Flag is right at the heart of who we are at North Shore Trading Co. It forms our identity and inspires our designs. We believe Minnesota is a unique and wonderful place and we hope you'll help us bring a little piece of the North to the world.
Herold Flags had a customer order the current Minnesota flag this weekend, and he brought it back because he didn't like the design. What did he trade it for? The North Star Flag!
Itís very Cascadia meets Midwest. I like it! [Reply:] Yes! I know that one! The North Star flag is older but I like how theyíre both similar yet specific to the region.
So excited to receive my Minnesota North Star flag in the mail today! [elsewhere:] Loving my #northstarflag flying for #Minnesota all the way down in South Carolina. Check out the link in my bio for more info about why the current #mnflag needs to go and why YOU should support the North Star Flag!!
Iím still a huge fan of the North Star Flag.
The flag looks great! We couldnít be happier. Thank you.
I really love the ďBecker & HeroldĒ flag design.
YASS! North Star Flag here we come!
Wouldnít it be great if Minnesota had an actual flag instead of the state seal on a sheet? This is the North Star Flag. [elsewhere:] Our current state flag is what you call ďa seal on a sheetĒ and has derogatory imagery towards indigenous people. This is the design I hope replaces the current MN flag: ďThe North Star Flag.Ē
In honor of flag day here's the unofficial flag of Minnesota, the North Star flag.
Any time I show your design to people here in Arizona, the response is always positive. It's attractive, and it makes sense to folks here.
Congrats! Itís such a strong looking flag. Given our bumpy road the last month, a new official flag would be a beautiful reboot!
Dear #mnleg friends: making this our Minnesota state flag is long overdue. [elsewhere:] New addition at the cabin. Sad that Minnesota still has one of the most stunningly lame state flags in the nation, but Iíve adopted the North Star flag as an official symbol of my home state and encourage others to do so.
Set aside what you think of the current flag...this is just a way better design. Unique.
Iím 100% on board with this. Our [official] flag is terrible. This flag is superb. [elsewhere:] That flag, which Iíd never seen, is dope. Letís get a petition going.
Say what you want, but it's a distinctive design. Also, I just got mine in the mail this week.
Speaking of state flags, this would be a far superior one for Minnesota than the existing seal (which has its own problems) on a blue field.
Awesome. I am absolutely in support of this, and I've written my state legislators about it. The North Star flag is gorgeous (and I love the version that's waved at MN United soccer matches). [elsewhere: ] Friends know that one of my pet issues has been the awful MN state flag. The North Star flag is a great alternative. There's no better time than now to make the change. And we don't need to wait until legislators make it official: #Minnesotans can just start using it!
I always thought this proposal looked good.
Yup, been a fan of North Star flag for a while.
Where is that Minnesota flag from, because it kicks rear end. [Reply] Yes, I agree itís a good flag.
Agree! Was just reading about the meanings.
See, thatís awesome
Minnesota has considered flag redesign in the past...better be this
Itís distinctive. It makes good use of space. It has no writing or human figures on it. Itís simple and easy to draw. It has no details that canít be seen from a distance. Itís an ideal flag. The flag even succeeds in representing Minnesotaís native inhabitants in a way that doesnít involve blatant stereotyping.
Nice! Love it!
Now Iím on board. Truly. Distinctive meaningful design. And honored by the beloved @PioneerPress Iíve gone from bored to enlightened!
Just got my north star flag in the mail! Even if this doesn't end up becoming the state flag I still feel a sense of MN pride hanging it up.
This flag is a much better design anyway.
North Star flag is great. Distinctive. Simple. Memorable. Iím onboard.
Simple and lacks an ethnic or religious affiliation.
ok this new flag is way better!!!
In the end, the state flag may not be changing anytime soon. In the meantime, we can still fly the North Star Flag, and fly it proudly.
The North Star Flag is much better, in my opinion. And I want this to be the flag of Minnesota so badly.
The North Star flag is beautiful.
Iím still a huge fan of the North Star Flag.
Ooof, I am not a fan [of the old flag]. The state seal commemorates genocide. I do like the new attempt: http://mnflag.tripod.com
Absolutely on board with getting rid of the #Minnesota state flag, it is racist and terribly designed, to boot. The #NorthStarFlag design promoted by @LtoileduNord1 is beautiful! [elsewhere:] We're flag people now! Flying the North Star flag to promote changing the #Minnesota state flag from a terrible, racist design to this colorful beauty. Learn more about the North Star flag & contact your state senator to support this change!
Oh hell yes
As a bonus, in addition to getting rid of the racist, colonialist old flag, the (proposed) new one would sell so much merchandise. Thinking of, for example, the Colorado flag, which is all over every item in every gift shop in that state.
I like the new one you propose!
I love the new design! The old one can go jump in any one of our thousands of lakes. Good riddance
@romanmars will be pleased. Itís definite upgrade!
The North Star Flag, has been considered for years as a potential state flag for Minnesota. I'd prefer it.
My morris dancing group uses it as our emblem!
[It] has received some popular support in the state Ö. This is a good flag, Minnesota: stop spinning your wheels and go for it.
Love this flag proposal. Much more simple and brings in some good qualities.
I like the flag.
Gotta love that North Star Flag.
The uniqueness is what I like about it. I've always wanted Minnesota to have a cool unique flag like Texas or California.
Please allow this Good Flag to bless your timeline.
I'd be on board with this!
I mean, this is my favorite alternative Minnesota flag.
That is a tasty flag.
Seriously tho, you should use whatever clout being mayor [of Duluth] gives you to get that great North Star flag to be the official state flag.
Much better design 100%.
I made a petition to change the Minnesota flag anyone want to sign? Itís not mine itís the North Star flag made in the 80ís. [petition text:] I and many others think that our current flag doesn't represent Minnesota as our flag should, and here's why. The flag has the state seal with a blue backdrop just look up how many flags have that, and if you don't think that's enough the Nebraska flag was flying upside down for 10 days at their capital. And I think we should change it, all you need to do is just share it as much as possible and sign this petition. The more people that sign, the higher our chances become at changing our flag.
Yes I do [have one], hanging proudly in my apartment.
Of course I emailed [Herold Flags] ahead of time to see if the codesigners of the North Star Flag could sign their work.
Only a few colors, good contrast, simple design Ö If I were the people of Minnesota though, I'd probably go with the "North Star" [flag].
I think itís a winner!
This is the only true flag of Minnesota.
The North Star flag Ö has the longest track record and is the most promising candidate to become the next state flag. It also has all the symbolism of the current state flag but in a much simpler form; this allows you to use the friendlier word "simplify" rather than "change". It makes the idea less intimidating for those who are on the fence.
Minnesota's current flag is a bit "vexillogically challenged." The Great Minnesota Fossil Company is doing its part to make our flag more aesthetically pleasing by releasing a series of variants on the North Star Flag. Each variant will represent a group of people that call Minnesota their home. First flag, German Minnesota!
I've had one hanging in my apartment for the past few years.
As a proud Minnesotan, I strongly support the reestablishment of our state's flag to a more appropriate, identifiable and unifying design. [with photo of North Star Flag]
The movement to change the Minnesota flag is not a new one. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press held contests for new flag concepts in 1989 and 2001. The winner of the 2001 contest, known as the ďNorth Star Flag,Ē has been used unofficially as an alternate state flag for almost two decades, and can be seen flying in front of houses and at Minnesota United games Ö. Itís up to the people of Minnesota to make sure theyíre represented, not just by politicians, but by their flag, too. [Colin Will, Rubicon]
I am thinking of doing a series of flags on our site that are ďbetterĒ state flags. And instead of making my own, I figured I would go with a design that already is great and had a following.
The unofficial Minnesota state flag! Love it.
This should be our state flag.
They've been trying to get it changed since the 80's to this. The supporters groups for MN United FC have even made their own version
It's a poor flag because it should be easily recognizable and easy to reproduce... This isn't. Quite a few state flags are like this.
I also like this flag and dislike our current flag.
I bought one yesterday! I love this flag.
I forgot about that proposed Mn state flag. I dig it.
Good flag, better than the current!
Let's use this one.
I love it.
We have been flying it in our family for years ... I have to say it is a bit fun to see it back in the news.
There's one of these on Silver Lake Road. I like it.
A strong design Ö This flag captures the essence of the area well.
I like this flag. Simple, but I really like it.
This is a much better design. It's handsome and vexillologically sound (try saying that 3 times fast).
I like this a great deal.
I agree, it [the current flag] is a very bad design. Iím a big fan of the North Star deign and think it is well worth the money to change it.
So many states ... all have the lame blue flag with the seal and it sucks!! ITS TIME FOR THE NORTH STAR FLAG!!
How about a new flag for Minnesota? http://mnflag.tripod.com
It's Flag Day, so I'm back up on my soapbox. CHANGE THE MINNESOTA STATE FLAG. Our current flag isn't even a real flag. http://mnflag.tripod.com/index.html
Time for the @LtoileduNord1 North Star flag!
The proposed flag is a really lovely design: a north star on a blue field, over a white wave suggesting snow or water, with a verdant green on the bottom. Itís elegant, simple, and meaningful.
I think the Minnesota flag is a dud too. How many other states have an overcomplicated state seal in the middle of a blue or white field? I like the proposed ďNorth Star FlagĒ
What is that beautiful flag in the picture above? Well that is the North Star flag of Minnesota! We've gotten permission from the designers to print and sell it because it's awesome. [Flags for Good]
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