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Q: Is it safe to store or freeze foods in the plastic containers we get cottage cheese, yogurt, cool whip etc. in? Are there certain numbered containers recommended not to be re-used?

A: According to ISU Extension & Outreach, containers with recycling codes of 2, 4 or 5 can be safely reused. Most yogurt and margarine tubs are made from plastic 5 — so yes, it is safe to store foods in these. But these containers won’t keep your frozen foods safe from freezer burn or frost for very long. Watch that these containers are not used for reheating to avoid warping them.

Q: Can you print some information on Les Feldick and his ministry?

A: Feldick, who grew up in Iowa, has lived on Oklahoma for many years and describes himself as a rancher. Now 90, he began teaching nondenominational Bible classes more than 30 years ago. Recordings of his classes are sometimes shown on television, or you can buy or listen to recordings for free at

Q: What does post-traumatic stress disorder mean?

A: Here’s how the Mayo Clinic explains it: “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.”

Q: Where are Happy Joe’s located in Iowa?

A: There are locations in Anamosa, Bettendorf, Burlington, Cascade, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Decorah, Dewitt, Dyersville, Dubuque, Eldridge, LeClaire, Maquoketa, Monticello, Muscatine, Ottumwa, Pella, Urbandale and Walcott, according to the company.

Q: If Cedar Rapids gets a permit for a casino will the casino be smoke-free?

A: As far as we can tell, none of the proposals call for a smoke-free casino.

Q: What is Danielle Wagner, formerly with KWWL, now doing?

A: Wagner is now the evening anchor at WEAU in Eau Claire, Wis.

Q: Is there any school, after-school or craft program that can use old calendars with great photos? How about three-ring binders?

A: If anybody can use these, let us know, and we’ll update this.

Q: What does “wild-caught tuna” mean?

A: It means the tuna was caught in the wild rather than coming from a fish farming operation; many people find the taste and texture of wild-caught fish better.

Q: Waterloo hosted a Midwest Folk Fest in 2001 and 2004. Is that event still being held?

A: No, it’s not, as far as we can tell.

Questions 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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