This thread is resolved. Here is a description of the problem and solution.
Problem: String Translation slowing the site Solution: Try clearing unneeded strings, as per instructions from the threads below: Relevant Documentation: https://wpml.org/forums/topic/wpml-drastically-slow-down-my-site-2/page/2/#post-3541827 https://wpml.org/forums/topic/extra-slow-site-after-installing-wpml/
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