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Q: How many times has Mayor Quentin Hart visited Washington, D.C., since being elected?

A: Over the last two and a half years Mayor Quentin Hart has represented the city and its interests in Washington, D.C., seven times. Only three of the trips were funded in full or part by the city. Hart personally funded a trip to accept a $100,000 city award last January at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. His most recent trip was with the Iowa League of Cities to advocate for infrastructure funding for projects.

Q: Did the city council members who turned down the auto mechanic position do a cost study on whether it was better to hire an employee or contract out the work?

A: No.

Q: Can you print the professional and personal background of the wives of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.?

A: Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, was born in North Carolina and went to North Carolina State University. She was a story coordinator and producer for the TV program “Inside Edition” and then became a fundraiser for the Trump campaign. Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, was born in New York and was an actress and model.

Q: Who do I report to when someone is using your telephone number without your permission?

A: We believe the caller is talking about “spoofing,” which occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. It is illegal if the caller is attempting to defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value. You can file a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission through the agency’s website at

Q: Is there a law or any type of protection for farmers to keep snowmobilers off their property? Is this considered trespassing?

A: It is not legal to operate a snowmobile on private property without the owner’s consent. The snowmobiler could be charged with trespassing.

Q: What is the name and address of the place in Cedar Falls that will do taxes for senior citizens for free?

A: RSVP of Black Hawk is once again offering free income tax preparation and electronic filing to individuals of all ages with lower to moderate income at the Cedar Falls Senior Center, 528 Main St., Monday afternoons, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointments only. To make an appointment call, (866) 469-2211. In addition, University of Northern Iowa accounting students are providing free income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program; call 273-2394 for more information.

Q: Are Jeremy Bash of MSNBC and Dana Bash of CNN related?

A: They were formerly married; they divorced in 2007.

Q: Sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Channel 7 is a commercial for Coricidin which shows an African-American male with a basketball on the floor. Is that man George Raveling who used to coach at Iowa?

A: No, it’s former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins

Calls 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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