Q: Did Terry Branstad die?
A: No. He’s currently alive and well and serving as U.S. ambassador to China.
Q: Have building permits been issued for the work going on at the former Doughy Joey’s location in downtown Waterloo? I don’t see any posted in the windows.
A: The property received water damage. The work done to date was simply cleanup and removal of damaged sheet rock, which does require a building permit. The owners will need to obtain building permits when they choose to repair or remodel the building.
Q: Where can a woman report a doctor that sexually molested her 30 years ago in an emergency room in our metro area? Can charges still be brought up? I reported it to my own personal doctor, told the nurse and even called the doctor’s wife, but nothing was ever done about it.
A: We suggest talking to local law enforcement about any options.
Q: We brought our mother here from Illinois to Iowa since we thought it was more senior friendly. She ended up having a hospital stay so we wanted to sign her up for Meals on Wheels and were told she had be put on a waiting list because they had funding cuts. Do you know anything about this? Is there other help available to her for meals?
A: The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging connects older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to the services they need to remain independent. The organization’s phone number is (866) 468-7887.
Q: What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
A: Dementia is a loss of thinking ability and memory and often includes problems with language, attention span, judgment, spatial skills and planning. It’s a symptom, doctors say. Alzheimer’s is one of the diseases that can cause that symptom, but there are other diseases that can cause dementia as well.
Q: Can you name the Iowa counties where German POWs were held during World War II?
A: The two main camps were at Clarinda in Page County and Algona in Kossuth County. There also were branch camps at Tabor in Fremont County; Shenandoah, Fremont and Page counties; Audubon, Audubon County; Charles City, Floyd County; Waverly, Bremer County; Eldora, Hardin County; Toledo, Tama County; Clinton, Clinton County; and Wapello, Louisa County.
Q: How many new charities are created in the U.S. every year?
A: We couldn’t find an absolute answer. We can say according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the number of public charities — the ones that file 501©(3) reports — went from 783,811 in 2003 to 945,393 in 2013.
Q: Who do I contact if I know someone receiving disability payments is lying and is still working while getting those payments?
A: Contact the Social Security fraud department — call (800) 269-0271, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/fraudreport or write to Social Security Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 17785, Baltimore, MD 21235.