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Renville County, Minnesota

Renville County is a county in the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census the population was 15,730, its county seat is Olivia. The Minnesota Territory legislature created the county on February 20, 1855, it was named for Joseph Renville, a fur trapper, British officer in the American Revolutionary War, interlocutor with local Native American groups. Organization of the county's governing structure was completed on November 8, 1866, with Beaver Falls as county seat. Beginning in 1885, citizens in and around Olivia began pressing for the seat to be moved to Olivia, which happened in 1900. Renville County was the site of several engagements in the Dakota War of 1862; the Minnesota River flows southeast along the county's southwestern border. Hawk Creek flows south through the county's western end. Beaver Creek drains the central part of the county, flowing southeast before turning southwest to discharge into the Minnesota; the county terrain sprinkled with lakes and ponds. The area is devoted to agriculture.

The county terrain slopes to the south, with its highest point near the midpoint of the northern border, at 1,122' ASL. The county has a total area of 987 square miles, of which 983 square miles is land and 4.2 square miles is water. Renville and Stearns are Minnesota's only counties that abut nine other counties; as of the 2000 United States Census, there were 17,154 people, 6,779 households, 4,623 families in the county. The population density was 17.5/sqmi. There were 7,413 housing units at an average density of 7.54/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 95.72% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.77% from other races, 0.73% from two or more races. 5.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.9 % were of 5.1 % Swedish ancestry. There were 6,779 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.80% were non-families.

28.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.05. The county population contained 26.50% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males. The median income for a household in the county was $37,652, the median income for a family was $45,065. Males had a median income of $30,473 versus $22,179 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,770. About 6.30% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.80% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over. Beaver Falls Bechyn Churchill Lakeside Vicksburg Before 1996, Renville County was a balanced precinct. Since 1996, only Republican Party candidates have received the county vote in national elections.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Renville County, Minnesota Renville County government’s website

Fire Ball

The Fire Ball is an amusement ride manufactured by Larson International. It replaced a series of Larson rides manufactured prior to its unveiling, the first being the Super Loops and the second being the Ring of Fire. Several variations of each exist; the rides run the same but the older models have a caged train, whereas the Fire Ball has an open face-off train. Some owners of the older Ring of Fire rides have had the caged train replaced with the new Fire Ball train; the Fire Ball is 58 feet 9 inches high, 56 ft 1 in long, 41 ft 11 in wide. It has a capacity of 20 people, with 10 two-person seats; the ride can be transported on a tandem axle trailer measuring 13 feet 6 inches high, 45 ft long, 8 ft 6 in wide. There is a large steel boxed-track loop attached to a concrete base or portable trailer with supporting outriggers and steel cables. In this boxed track is a multiple-piece pivoted end-rim with wheel dogs attached settled within this boxed track. On one section of the rim the train is snugly placed.

The rim is run through a shock-absorbent tire drive. The ride's train is rocked back and forth at a generous rate, as not to put too much stress on the tire drive, it elevates on every pass through the station until it has gained enough momentum to make it around the loop, thus riders experiencing hangtime. Once a number of consecutive loops are made it can be shifted to go the other direction, it can be stopped at the top. Since the Super Loop-styled rides are tire-driven the slightest water build-up on the rim can cause the drive tires to hydroplane on the rim; this action can sometimes make a loud annoying squeal. It is not good to operate this ride in frequent lightning. Most if not all of the Super Loop-styled rides are manually operated with a toggle handle. Most of these rides have a dead mans operators chair to detect the absence of an operator, as not to move if the handle was just bumped without someone sitting on the chair. Operators of these rides have to be knowledgeable of weight distribution and speed-to-distance ratio.

The amount of power needed to operate this ride is 250 amps. Emergency power cut-off button. Dead-man's operator chair. Anti-air double-lock harnesses with secondary precaution belt. Pull-up-and-move operation toggle. Height requirement of 48 inches; the Fire Ball profile at Larson International Super Loops at Amusement Ride Extravaganza

Santuari de Lluc

The Santuari de Lluc is a monastery and pilgrimage site located in the municipality of Escorca in north-west Majorca. It is located in a basin on a height of 525 metres and is surrounded by a number of high mountains such as the Puig de Massanella; the sanctuary was founded in the 13th century after a Moorish shepherd found a statue of the Virgin Mary on the site where the monastery was erected. Lluc is considered to be the most important pilgrimage site on Majorca, it is known for its boys' choir, Els Blauets, founded in 1531. A boarding school and numerous tourist-orientated facilities are to be found in the town. Today, the cells of former monks are leased to visitors; as it is located centrally in the Serra de Tramuntana the monastery is used as a starting point for walking-tours. Each year, on the first weekend in August, there is a night walk from Palma to the sanctuary; the walk commences at 23:00 hours. Behind the monastery buildings is a botanical garden trail, containing a small exposition on preserving the environment of the Majorcan mountain region.

Official Site of the Santuari de Lluc