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Q: What stream provides water to the Sweet Marsh?

A: It’s connected to the Wapsipinicon River and Plum Creek watersheds.

Q: With the Catholic religion, what does the church require if only one party of the couple is a member of the church?

A: According to information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “In addition to meeting the criteria for a valid Catholic marriage, the Catholic must seek permission from the local bishop to marry a non-Catholic. If the person is a non-Catholic Christian, this permission is called a ‘permission to enter into a mixed marriage.’ If the person is a non-Christian, the permission is called a ‘dispensation from disparity of cult.’ Those helping to prepare the couple for marriage can assist with the permission process.”

Q: Is there anything to spray on a TV dish outside to keep the snow and ice from sticking to it?

A: Plenty of people spray nonstick cooking spray on them, although DirecTV says not to do this: “DirecTV Satellite Dishes are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation on the surface of the dish. No need for external devices or sprays! Do not spray silicone, PAM or any slippery oily coating on your DirecV Dish. The chemicals in these substances can damage the surface.” They do say if you’re still having problems, there are peel-and-stick dish heaters you can have installed to prevent snow and ice accumulation.

Q: Which hotel is affiliated with the old Broom Factory site in Cedar Falls, Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn?

A: A Hampton Inn is planned at the Broom Factory site.

Q: Does the CEO of Goodwill earn $1 million a year?

A: No. James Gibbons make about $712,000 a year plus benefits, according to Charity Watch.

Q: How soon can we expect our refund checks from the federal government if we filed before the end of March?

A: You can check the status of your refund through the website at

Q: What years was the silent generation born?

A: From about 1925 to about 1942-45.

Q: On “NCIS,” there is a plaque in a conference room with an NCIS logo surrounded by signatures. Whose signatures are those?

A: “NCIS” fan pages say the plaque shows a replica of the NCIS flag that was flying over the Pentagon on 9/11. The signatures are reproductions of those of the real NCIS agents based at the Pentagon and Washington Navy Yard, who worked to get everyone out of the Pentagon that day.

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