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Q: When is the next Friends book sale at the Waterloo Public Library?

A: It’s set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the library.

Q: The large Maytag plant in Newton that was closed — where did they shift Maytag production to?

A: When Whirlpool bought Maytag and closed the Newton plant, it looks as if most of those jobs were shifted to Tennessee and to Mexico.

Q: I saw on TV how a woman threw the sponge she was using to wash dishes into the microwave when finished to kill the germs in the sponge. Is this feasible or would it be easier to lightly spray the sponge with bleach when finished?

A: The folks at Good Housekeeping did a test to determine the best way to clean a sponge. Soaking it in a mixture of water and bleach for about five minutes killed the most bacteria. Putting the wet sponge in the microwave for about a minute came in second. We’re hesitant to recommend this, though — a few years ago when we ran a similar tip, a reader called in and told us she started the sponge on fire that way. Good Housekeeping also says you can add the sponge to a regular dishwasher load to clean it.

Q: Is Jan Michael Vincent of “Airwolf” still alive?

A: Now 73, he’s alive and lives in Mississippi.

Q: What happened to the Joyce Meyer Ministries program on TV?

A: You can watch her shows every day on her website, https://joycemeyer.org,

Q: How did the football stadium in Minneapolis get the name US Bank? Did they pay to build it?

A: The bank didn’t pay to build the stadium, but it bought the naming rights. According to a 2015 St. Paul Pioneer Press report, “The Vikings’ new stadium finally has a name: U.S. Bank Stadium. A 20-year naming rights deal on the stadium set to open by fall 2016 was announced on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Sports Business Journal reported the deal is worth $220 million over 25 years, an average of $8.8 million. ... The $1.18 billion indoor stadium is more than half complete and set to open for the 2016 NFL season.”

Q: Why isn’t the UNI dean’s list published in Celebrations?

A: It is. We don’t receive deans’ lists immediately after a term ends, though; it often takes several weeks for those to come to us.

Q: Can you print background information actress Kristin Booth who stars in “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel? Is she related to actress Wendy Booth who also does Hallmark movies?

A: The Canadian actress, 43, has a long list of credits for film, television and stage. She is married and has a daughter.

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