Q: Approximately how many hours of general education classes are required by most four-year colleges? Are those classes available through Hawkeye? Do Hawkeye credits transfer to most main line colleges?

A: Josh Lehman, senior communications director for the Iowa Board of Regents, said the number of general education credit hours needed to achieve a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution varies, but is usually between 30 and 40 hours. That range also applies to Iowa’s public universities. Lehman said the Board of Regents has statewide articulation agreements regarding the transfer of credits between Iowa’s community colleges, including Hawkeye Community College, and all regent institutions. As part of these agreements, HCC’s general education credits do transfer to Iowa’s public universities.

Q: Why did The Courier run the Jan. 2 Evansdale City Council meeting minutes again?

A: The city inadvertently attached the incorrect minutes when they emailed their minutes and bills that were published Jan. 26. The correct minutes were published Jan. 30.

Q: Has the White House said why President Trump’s election fraud commission has been disbanded? Did it release any preliminary reports of its findings?

A: The White House said the step came after various states (mostly Democratic, according to a Trump tweet) refused to participate. Another factor was a Democratic member of the commission sued the panel, complaining Republicans were withholding key information from him and asking a federal court to compel it to provide him with documents. After the district court agreed, the president disbanded the panel. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” Trump said. He asked the Department of Homeland Security to take over the probe. No report has been issued yet.

Q: When will the bankruptcies be printed?

A: We are not sure. We have lost our correspondent that picked them up for us and have not found a new one.

Q: In the Cedar Valley Memory III book it says it is presented by The Courier and John Deere. What is John Deere’s involvement in this book?

A: John Deere was the book’s main sponsor and also provided a number of photos for all three Cedar Valley Memory volumes.

Q: What is the blue tube sticking out of the ground at the old Black Hawk Roller Drome property in Cedar Falls?

A: Cedar Falls Public Works and Parks Manager Brian Heath replies: “Several varieties of tree saplings have been planted on flood buyout lots in an effort to reforest the area. The ‘blue tubes’ are specially designed protective covers placed over the trees to promote healthy growth and to protect the saplings from being eaten by deer and other wild animals.”

Q: What was the name of the ballroom in Clear Lake where Buddy Holly played?

A: It was the Surf Ballroom.

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