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Q: Do you have a recipe for ham balls with a tomato type topping?

A: Here’s one we found:

Ingredients

Meatballs

1 pound ground ham

1 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground beef

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 eggs

1 cup milk

Sauce

1 can tomato soup

1-1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp dry mustard

1/3 cup vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with foil (may need two pans). In large mixing bowl, combine ham, pork, beef, cracker crumbs, eggs, and half of the milk. Add remainder of milk, slowly, only as needed. When all ingredients are combined, roll into balls using about 1/3 cup per meatball. Place meatballs in pan.

In medium bowl, combine soup, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Whisk until mixed well. Pour sauce over meatballs. Bake for one hour, basting after 30 minutes, and again 15 minutes later.

Q: Regarding the article on Sept. 15 in the paper about the case in Independence for “The Bachelor.” Two photos were taken — one by a photo editor and another by an editor — and you also had a reporter there. Is this customary to have two photographers and a reporter cover a case?

A: You are very observant. The Courier did have three people in Independence that day. Matthew Putney was the pool photographer, taking pictures in the courtroom to share with all other media requesting pictures from inside the courtroom. Jeff Reinitz is a staff writer who wrote the story. Editor Nancy Newhoff is the media coordinator for the entire case, overseeing the media inside and outside the courtroom in the case, and will be attending most of the court matters in this case. She took pictures and tweeted from the scene as well. That is not the norm as far as staffing for court cases. The pool photographer will be from another news organization in the next court hearing.

Q: What is Mark Louviere now doing?

A: As we printed in a story in August, Louviere works at St. Vincent de Paul.

Q: I have two wren houses. Is it safe for me to take them inside for the year since it appears the birds have left? And if you take birdhouses down for the winter, should the nest be cleaned out or leave it in there for the next year?

A: According to Joel Haack of the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society, “It would be good to clean out the wren houses before next year. The material left in the wren house is likely to contain decaying material and parasites. Scoop out the material that’s left in the house, put it in a plastic bag and discard it. Then use boiling water and a brush to scrub out the inside of the house. Don’t use chemicals or detergent. Let it air dry, and it will be ready for next year. The second breeding period for wrens is done by August, so it should be fine to take in and clean the houses now.”

Q: Why did you start putting the individual’s name and address on The Courier when being delivered? It’s fine that you did it, but what is the reasoning?

A: Names and addresses are typically put on the papers that are being delivered to buildings with multiple customers living in them to ensure the papers make it to the correct customer.

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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