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Q: How much will it cost the taxpayers of Iowa for a special election to replace Sen. Bill Dix? Is he liable for any of those costs?

A: Jessica Lara, Hardin County auditor, estimated costs for Hardin County at more than $6,210 for items like printing ballots, mailing absentee ballots, paying poll workers and a variety of other tasks. Iowa Senate District 25 includes all of Grundy and Hardin counties as well as portions of Butler and Story counties, so the other three counties will have similar or lesser costs of their own. Dix is not liable for the cost.

Q: Years ago Jim Beam had a large number of Ducks Unlimited whiskey decanters. How many were in that set, and what would they be worth today?

A: Twenty-one Ducks Unlimited decanters were produced from 1974 to 1995. It looks as if mint condition examples on eBay.com are going from about $15 to $30 or so.

Q: Is there still a place I can get my taxes done for free in Waterloo?

A: RSVP offers free tax assistance and electronic filing to individuals of all ages with low to moderate incomes. For information, call (866) 469-2211.

Q: With the heavy snow March 24 did the Annabeth Gish event take place and also Baconfest?

A: Both events went on.

Q: Is there a certain day of the week you publish the Daily Record?

A: No. It goes in as we have space to print it. It often has to share a page with the obituaries, so if we have lots of those, the Daily Record may have to wait.

Q: Why do some obituaries not list a funeral home?

A: Sometimes family members will submit an obituary directly to us. While we still require the name of a funeral home or cremation society to confirm the death, that information might not be included in the obituary.

Q: What is the address of the main newspaper in Birmingham?

A: Write to the Birmingham News at 1731 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.

Q: Did the Church of the Nazarene move or join another denomination?

A: No, both churches in Waterloo and Cedar Falls are still here and active. The Crossroads Church of the Nazarene does have plans to seed a new church in Evansdale, possibly in the fall.

Q: Did Grundy Center High School girls play basketball in the 1950s? If not, why?

A: According to the activities director at the school and the library in Grundy Center, there was a women’s basketball team in the 1930s, then it was done away with until the late 1960s or early 1970s. As to why? Plenty of school districts back then were unwilling to devote any money or time to girls’ sports.

Q: Who is the biggest farmland owner in Iowa? Where is that land?

A: We can’t find a firm answer. We do know the Amana Society Farms is one of the state’s largest.

Q: I’ve noticed big blue and white buses that travel through Raymond, La Porte City, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, etc. Who owns these buses?

A: It sounds like a description of the Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission buses.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

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