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Pine County, Minnesota

Pine County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 29,750, its county seat is Pine City. The county was formed in 1856 and organized in 1872. A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in Pine County. Pine County was organized on March 1, 1856, with territory partitioned from Chisago and Ramsey counties; the original county seat was Chengwatana. It was named for the abundant pine tree growth across the county. In 1857, Buchanan County in full and southern portions of Aitkin and Carlton counties were formed from the original Pine County, with Kanabec County organized a year later. In 1861, Buchanan County was folded into Pine County. Pine County was re-organized in 1872, with Pine City named as the county seat for the remaining smaller area. In 1872, there is evidence of a train derailment in Pine County that resulted in that train falling in and sinking into Devil's Lake. To date, this train has not been found. While many people have supposed that insufficient support for the tracks led to sagging of the supports and eventual derailment, further evidence suggests that other factors may has been in play.

Given the state of the union at the time, an intriguing and promising hypothesis has been proposed by experts in the subject. The Civil War had ended, Confederate gold was being shipped to the North to help with the reconstruction. In some instances, trains were sent without shipping manifests to avoid traceability so as to get the gold to Canada, with the eventual goal of using those funds to support continued insurrection against the North. In order to further obfuscate matters, the train that carried the illicit load of gold was a circus train - filled with many animals that were ostensibly to be delivered to the Assiniboine Park Zoo on the west end of the park in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the confusion and din caused by these animals on board the train are considered as contributing factors that may have been involved in the wreck. There is significant interest in the area to recover the gold. Magnometers have been purchased and used to assess the area for the area in which the train has sunk.

It isn't clear whether these operators understand how to use these magnometers - as such it remains unclear whether this gold will be claimed or if the incompetence of the searchers has left an opportunity for a new gold rush to hit Pine County. Pine County has been featured in a series of Mysteries written by Dean Hovey. Pine County lies on the east side of Minnesota, its southeast border abuts the west border of Wisconsin. The St. Croix flows southerly along its border; the Kettle River flows southeastward through central Pine County, discharging into the St. Croix on the county's east border, the Snake River flows eastward through the lower part of the county toward its discharge point into the St. Croix; the county terrain consists of low rolling hills, carved with drainages wooded and otherwise devoted to agriculture. The terrain slopes to the south and east, with its highest point near its northeast corner, at 1,319' ASL; the county has a total area of 1,435 square miles, of which 1,411 square miles is land and 23 square miles is water.

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 26,530 people, 9,939 households, 6,917 families in the county. The population density was 18.8/sqmi. There were 15,353 housing units at an average density of 10.9/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 91.9% White, 2.0% Black or African American, 3.1% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, 1.9% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.3 % were of 11.1 % Norwegian and 5.5 % American ancestry. There were 17,276 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.40% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02. The county population contained 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 108.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $37,379, the median income for a family was $44,058. Males had a median income of $31,600 versus $22,675 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,445. About 7.80% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over. Pine County has been a Democratic stronghold. Since 1928, in only four national elections has the county selected the Republican Party candidate; however two of those Republican decisions have occurred in the last two elections. National Register of Historic Places listings in Pine County, Minnesota Pine County Government's Website Mn/DOT Official Map of Southern Pine County Mn/DOT Official Map of Northern Pine County

Hui Shiu-hung

Hui Shiu-hung known as Benz Hui, is a Hong Kong actor who works for TVB. He worked with ATV before switching over to TVB. Hui comes from an influential family in Canton, his great-grandfather was a godson of Empress Dowager Cixi and served as an imperial official during the late Qing Dynasty. Hui's great-aunt, Xu Guangping, was married to the writer Lu Xun, his granduncle Xu Chongzhi was a founder of the Whampoa Military Academy, while his another granduncle Xu Chongqing once served as an education minister of Canton. His name "Benz" was inspired by "Mercedes-Benz", as he was the first ATV actor to drive a Mercedes-Benz to work. Hui met his wife while working in Singapore in the 1980s; the couple's daughter was born in Singapore before the family moved to Hong Kong. On 21 October 2018, he relocated to Singapore with his family and is staying in a landed property in Yishun. Hui became an actor in the 1970s, appearing in supporting roles of various television series, he joined the presentation of films in 1974.

Hui has starred in many notable roles, including the part of Inspector Wong in Running Out of Time in 1999. That year he got the nomination of best supporting actor in the 19th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Hui Shiu-hung on IMDb Benz Hui at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase entry

Clare, County Westmeath

Clare is a townland in Killare, County Westmeath, Ireland. Clare is bounded on the north by Clonickilroe and Clonnamanagh townlands, on the west by Ballinlig Lower and Clonybane townlands, on the south by Ballinaspick townland and on the east by Dungaghy, Rathskeagh Upper and Taghnafearagh townlands, its chief geographical features are Clare Hill which reaches a height of 433 feet, small streams, forestry plantations and dug wells. Clare is traversed by minor public roads and rural lanes; the townland covers 854 acres. The earliest surviving mention of Clare is in the Táin Bó Cúailnge set in the first century A. D. which states - Is and sain ra gabsatar cethri ollchóiceda Hérend dúnad & longphort ac Cláthra in n-aidchi sin. Ra fácsatar fiallach foraire & freccométa úathu ra hagid Ulad ná tístais Ulaid gan robud gan rathugud dá saigid. States- Is hí inn adaig cétna rabert Dubthach Dáel Ulad na briathra sa oc feraib Hérend i Slemain Mide in n-aidchi sin: Móra maitne maitne Mide. Móra ossud ossud Cullend.

Móra cundscliu cundscliu Chláthra. Móra echrad echrad Assail. Móra tedmand tedmand Tuath Bressi. Móra in chlóe clóe Ulad im Chonchobor. Cossénait a mná. Raseisset a n-éiti for Gárig & Ilgárig isin matin se monairther. A legendary explanation for the townland name is give in the tale Bruiden Da Choca which occurred about the same time as the Táin Bó Cúailnge, it states Clare Hill was named after the hero Clartha Cloen- Do-rochair Clartha Claon la Cet mac Magach i Clathra conid uaid ainmnighther. Urard Mac Coise the Chief Ollam of Ireland lived in Clare townland and died 990 A. D, he refers to Clare in his poem Airec Menman, about a cattle raid on his farm c. 956 A. D. as follows- Irard mac Coisi arrainic ind urec menmansa do ceneol iarna indred co hindligthech i cinaidh Muiredaigh mic Eogain do guin do co nairnecht indliged friss co rucsat a bú a seotu 7 gur airgset a dún feissin.i. Clarthá. Maol Milscothach d’eis a bó itir Chlartha ocus Chló. Massa neach uaibh rug a bhú. Nicon marfot a ócu. A óca batar.

The Annals of the Four Masters for 1544 A. D. states- Rory O'Melaghlin was slain at Clartha, by Richard Dalton and his kinsmen, in a nocturnal assault. On 8 December 1600 Queen Elizabeth I of England granted pardons to the following residents of Clare townland for fighting against the Queen's forces- Robert Tuite, Gillemorey O'Greadie, Teig O'Connor, Redmund Magroice, Tibbott Dalton, Phillme Dalton, Shane mac Morish Dalton, Patrick Duffe O'Machaghane, Brian boye O'Dirrevane and Simon Tuite and on 13 November 1602 she pardoned the following Clare residents for the same offence- Donill O'Carbry, Moyllmory O'Cluane, Edmund Tuite, James Tuite and William McShane buye; the owner of the townland from 1625 to 1650 was the Protestant bishop of Meath, Anthony Martin, the townland remained in the ownership of the Bishops of Meath until the 20th century. The Down Survey 1656 map of Killare parish shows Clare Castle; the 1659 Pender's Census of Ireland gives a population of 40 people in Clare townland, all of whom were Irish.

The Clare Valuation Office books are available for 1840-1841. Griffith's Valuation of 1857 lists ten landholders in the townland. A local folktale about the imprint of a giant's foot is found in the 1937 Dúchas collection. In the Census of Ireland, 1901, there were seven families listed in the townland. In the 1911 census of Ireland, there were eight families listed in the townland. Clare Castle founded by the Dalton family.. The Annals of Westmeath and modern, by James Woods, states- A mile south of Ballymore lies the ruins of the old castle of Clare, on a farm belonging to Mr. Charles Kelly, J. P. Lunestown. I failed to discover its past history. I inquired of an old woman if she knew anything about it, she told me confidently that a remarkable traveller lived there once, celebrated in street ballad lore, she showed me a bush where a ghost had taken up its residence to scare night walkers. Six medieval earthen ringforts, one of, the residence of the aforementioned Urard Mac Coise. Vernacular House built c.

1860. describes it as- Detached three-bay two-storey house, built c.1860, with three gable fronted dormer windows with pitched natural slate roofs and a single-bay gable-fronted entrance porch to the main elevation. Single-storey outbuilding attached to the southwest side. Now derelict and out of use

Scoring (film)

Scoring is a 1979 comedy film directed by Michael A. DeGaetano and distributed by Troma Entertainment; the plot of the film consists of a battle of the sexes, with a team of men and a team of women facing each other off in a game of basketball. Envisioned as a promotional vehicle for the WBA by Iowa Cornets investor George Nissen. Scoring was filmed in and around Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa. Myra Taylor Charles Fatone Freya Crane Gregg Perrie Joseph Hardin Peter Maravich Nina Scotti Paunita Nichols Laurene Landon Dick Hardiman Gary Moss Alan Jackson Leroy Sweet Carl B. Belfor Dennis Haysbert Scoring on IMDb

Skjern River

Skjern River is the largest river in Denmark, in terms of volume. The river has its spring in Tinnet Krat in central Jutland close to Gudenå, another large river, it drains about one tenth of Denmark and flows into the Ringkøbing Fjord - a lagoon and former bay of the North Sea. The river has its name from town of Skjern, located at the river delta at Ringkøbing Fjord. In flood stage, it can discharge up to 200 m³/s. In the 1960s, the Danish government began straightening the rivers run and drain the extensive wetlands that had formed around the river mouth, to prevent the frequent floodings and allow for intensive farming in the region. However, the plan backfired. Without the frequent sediment deposits supplied by floodings, increasing amounts of chemical fertilizers and nutrients were needed to sustain a productive agriculture and the river, unable to spread the sediment across a wide wetland, silted up in many places. Furthermore, the land began to sink as it dried out and ceased to be replenished with fresh sediment.

The slow sinking of the land, made the drainage infrastructure ineffective. By 1987, the government decided to implement a program of land rehabilitation to restore the river to a more natural state. Though the plan was not completed and approved until 1997, by 2002, the work was completed. Much of the river and wetland are now protected area, home to a variety of wildlife, including otters, Atlantic salmon and a variety of waterbirds. Tourism and traditional cattle grazing, have replaced the intensive agriculture as the primary economic use of the land; the restored Skjern River and surrounding delta was supposed to be incorporated in the Skjern Å National Park, comprising a 248.7 hectare area, but the national park project was abandoned in 2012. The national park process however, had advanced to the level of establishing walking paths and facilities for visitors at that point and on 21 September 2014, two local citizens groups, involving nine towns and villages, unofficially opened Skjern Å National Park.

List of rivers in Denmark List of national parks of Denmark Ecological Engineering 2007: Restoration of Skjern River and its valley—Short-term effects on river habitats and macroinvertebrates Department of Freshwater Ecology, National Environmental Research Institute. Map of the river delta Sense the West Coast: Skjern Å - A Unique Piece of Nature Info-page on nature- and tourists experiences in the river delta. Skjern Å - The river of Westernjutland, visited 20.01.2015, "The restoration of Skjern River The River Restoration Center article on the Skjern

Torre Glòries

The Torre Glòries known as Torre Agbar, is a 38-story skyscraper/tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos and built by Dragados; the Torre Glòries is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona and it was named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aigües de Barcelona. The tower measures a total of 50,693 m2, of which 30,000 m2 are offices, 3,210 m2 technical facilities, 8,132 m2 services, including an auditorium, 9,132 m2 parking space, it cost €130 million to build. It opened in June 2005 and was opened by King Juan Carlos I on 16 September 2005, it is one in a collection of high-tech architecture examples in Barcelona. The building was owned by the multinational group Agbar, which has its corporate headquarters in the building and which takes up most of the floors, leasing the remainder.

The Agbar Tower was acquired in March 2010 for 165 million euros, after reaching an agreement with its former owner, the investment group Azurelau. Azurelau had bought the property in mid-2007; the purchase price was not disclosed. By 2017 it was purchased by Merlin Properties real estate group and it was renamed as Torre Glòries after the name of the adjacent square. According to Jean Nouvel, Torre Agbar is intended to recall the shape of a geyser rising into the air, it was inspired by a mountain near Barcelona. In an interview, he described the tower as having a phallic character; as a result of its unusual shape, the building is known by several nicknames, such as el supositori, l'obús and some more scatological ones. It is somewhat similar in shape to Sir Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe in London called "the Gherkin"; the Agbar Tower measures 144.4 m in height and consists of 38 storeys, including four underground levels. Its design combines a number of different architectural concepts, resulting in a striking structure built with reinforced concrete, covered with a facade of glass, over 4,500 window openings cut out of the structural concrete.

The building stands out in Barcelona. A defining feature of the building is its nocturnal illumination, it has 4,500 LED devices. In addition, the outside of the tower has temperature sensors that regulate the opening and closing of the window blinds of the façade, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning, it houses the water supply company of Barcelona. As explained by Nouvel himself, the construction was influenced by one of the most representative symbols of Catalan culture. One side references the bell towers of the Sagrada Familia by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. An additional tribute to the Sagrada Família lies in the north side of the tower, designed with the intention of obtaining an optimal view of the cathedral. Additionally, Nouvel was inspired by the distinctive pinnacles of the Montserrat mountain range, which are of great significance for the people of Catalonia, as Montserrat houses their patron saint, Our Lady of Montserrat. In designing the Agbar Tower, Nouvel said he rejected the prevailing North American opinion of what a skyscraper should look like.

It was the architect's intention to give the impression of land, emerging out of the ground in a particular fashion. The use of the tower by a water utility company led him to the design of a metaphor of a geyser sprouting from the deep sea. Starting in mid-1999, when activities were initiated for preparing the site, Dragados's, construction project dragged on for nearly six years ending in late 2004. 1170 workers were engaged in its construction. The main materials used in the construction of the building are concrete which comprises the structure of the tower and aluminium and glass in the form of 59,619 strips of painted sheet metal of different colours, covering the 16,000 m2 of exterior surface. In addition, the glass has different inclinations and opacities which, combined with the different shades of aluminium, alter the colour balance of the tower as a function of time of day and season of the year; the construction used 125 tonnes of steel. The tower is made up of two concentric concrete oval cylinders which do not come in contact with each other.

The outer cylinder, which encases the inner cylinder is covered by a dome of glass and steel which gives the tower its characteristic shape of a bullet. This outer cylinder with a thickness of 45 cm at the base and 25 cm at the top contains 4,500 windows, while the inner cylinder measuring 50 cm at the base and 30 cm at the highest point, is where the lifts and facilities are located; the building contains 38 floors of which 34 are above four floors are underground. Two of the underground floors host an auditorium for 316 people in addition to other services areas while the other two are i