Dec. 18, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012

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Q. What is the address for Red’s Diner in Evansdale? You did a nice article but it didn’t say where to go.

A. Red’s Diner is at 3466 Lafayette Road.

 Q. Why is the vacant and unused Operation Threshold building still standing on the site of the new SportsPlex?

A. The Operation Threshold building is still owned by Operation Threshold, which is still trying to decide what to do with it. It is on the same block as the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. It is not needed for the SportsPlex.

Q. Is the Washington Examiner owned by Rupert Murdock? If not, who owns it?

A. The Examiner is owned by Denver businessman Philip Anschutz, who bought its parent company, Journal Newspapers Inc., in 2004.

Q. There was an article in the paper about agricultural crop insurance and what it is costing the government. Can you also print what farmers have paid in premiums for crop insurance the last 10 years?

A. According to government figures, farmers paid $4.5 billion in federal crop insurance premiums last year and taxpayers kick in another $7.4 billion in premium subsidies. Research indicates, farmers typically pay 40 percent of premiums.

Q. Why isn’t Mr. Wasendorf shown in his made-to-order prison dungarees like anybody else?

A. That is his jail book-in picture. He had to wear a special garment for the picture because he was on suicide watch, the sheriff’s office said.

Q. Has the employment situation in Iowa improved since Gov. Terry Branstad became governor? Why won’t you answer this question? Are you a Republican paper?

A. We’ve answered this question several times in the past year. In its most recent report, Iowa Workforce Development stated total nonfarm employment shed 4,200 jobs in September, lowering the total to 1,489,600. Iowa’s total nonfarm employment stood at 1,469,400 at the end 2010, just before Branstad took office. That’s a net gain of 20,200 jobs. During his campaign for governor in 2010, Branstad pledged to create 200,000 new jobs over the next five years. To be on pace to accomplish that goal, the state should have added about 70,000 jobs by the end of this month.

Q. Has anyone ever been charged and or convicted with the murders of Rhiannon Olsen and Alonzo Quinn in Waterloo?

A. No one has ever been charged in Olsen and Quinn’s deaths in 2003.

Q. Who is the code enforcement officer in Gilbertville?

A. City Clerk Teresa Adamson said the police chief or building inspector handles code violations.

Q. Is it legal for someone to ride a bicycle on the curb on highways?

A. Bicycles are not allowed on the interstate highway system or where otherwise prohibited, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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