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Q: Is Terry Swails of KGAN the same person that worked for KWWL about 30 years ago?

A: Yes. He was hired at KWWL when he was still in college.

Q: Since Jerry Lewis passed away is his telethon completely done?

A: It’s been over for a couple of years. In 2015 the Muscular Dystrophy Association ended the telethon, citing “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving.”

Q: Can you reprint the addresses for the New York Post and Washington Post? Also the same for Steve Colbert?

A: Write to the Post at 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, DC, 20071, or send email through the website at washingtonpost.com. Write to the Times at 620 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018, or send email through the website at nytimes.com. Send mail to Colbert in care of CBS at 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019-6188.

Q: What is canola oil made from?

A: It’s made from the canola plant. According to the U.S. Canola Association, “Canadian scientists used traditional plant breeding in the 1960s to eliminate the undesirable components of rapeseed and created ‘canola,’ a contraction of ‘Canadian’ and ‘ola.’ ... Canola belongs to the same family as mustard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Besides the U.S., it is grown in Canada and Australia.”

Q: Is it OK to eat the skin of cucumbers?

A: According to Iowa State Extension, “Yes, it is safe to eat them and actually good for you. The peel of the cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber that can help reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers. First step, soak them in cold water for a few minutes to loosen dirt then wash the cucumber gently with a cloth or paper towel to remove dirt, sprays or anything that may have landed on the skin. Then slice and eat.”

Q: What year does The Courier’s pictorial history books start with?

A: The first Cedar Valley Memories contains photos from the late 1800s through the 1930s.

Q: Are they going to repair the big bumps on U.S. Highway 218 coming out of Waterloo toward Washburn?

A: At this point the Iowa Department of Transportation does not have any major resurfacing or reconstruction projects planned for this section of U.S. 218. Iowa DOT officials said they will continue to monitor the highway and address maintenance issues as they arise.

Q: Is it the city or the railroad starting to tear up under the Logan overpass?

A: No. That’s a contractor hired by the Iowa Department of Transportation, which is doing preparation work for next year’s construction project to replace the underpass with a railroad overpass.

Q: In the Sunday editorial was a comment that a private constituent provided Bruce Jacobs with incorrect information about Mr. Leslie. Is there a way to find out who this constituent was since it involves public matters? If not, can it be found out through the Freedom of Information Act?

A: The email Edwin Leslie referenced after obtaining it through an open records request was sent by Don Schare to Bruce Jacobs.

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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