Q: Was the Taste of 'Loo event canceled in downtown Waterloo this year?
A: No, though it is scheduled more than a month later this year. The annual Main Street Waterloo event will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 19.
Q: What was the address where Wayne Rice and Michael Hoing were killed?
A: It was in front of a house at 1027 Franklin St.
Q: I recall a Chinese laundry in downtown Waterloo in the 1950s. Do you have any information -- its name, who ran it, where it was?
A: City directories in the first part of the 1950s list the Quong Kee Laundry at 216 W. Fifth St., owned by Jack Ho Lee Wong.
Q: How much does the CEO of Goodwill make?
A: James Gibbons make about $712,000 a year plus benefits, according to Charity Watch.
Q: The city of Waterloo just held a public work session on the budget. On several occasions at this meeting council members broke away and went into the back room and spoke among themselves. How can this be a public hearing and yet they are breaking into private groups to discuss the budget of Waterloo? Is this legal?
A: It would have been a blatant violation of the Iowa Open Meetings Law if a quorum of the council, or four members, were gathered in the same room discussing the budget. If three or fewer council members were engaged in this discussion, it would not be a violation.
Q: An ordinance was passed in Evansdale about parking vehicles, etc. on solid surfaces, which was passed by Steve Seible. Why doesn’t he have to follow this ordinance? He parks his trailer on a soft surface.
A: Evansdale City Councilman Steve Seible said he was not the driving force behind the codes the council adopted last year. He said his 4-by-6-foot trailer is not in violation of any city codes.
Q: When will the Evansdale Four Queens open for the season?
A: We called the store upon receiving this question March 23. The voice message said the owners had not yet decided when to open for the 2018 season but would update the voice message when a date is selected.
Q: What towns are included in AGWSR School District?
A: It stands for Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock.
Q: What is the statement Sinclair is requiring all anchors to read?
A: Sinclair, which owns 193 TV stations, ordered anchors at its stations around the country to appear in the promotional spots reading from a corporate script about “fake news,” echoing language used by President Trump in disparaging the news media. An excerpt: “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think. This is extremely dangerous to our democracy."
Q: Can you reprint the poem about Bill Dix that ran in letters to the editor shortly after the protest at his home in Shell Rock several weeks ago?
A: It ran in the Jan. 22 paper, and you can get a copy of that or read it online at http://wcfcourier.com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-monday-jan/article_acc8da2d-f349-5d3d-9a40-71bec03f5dea.html
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