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Q: Does the Courier distribute the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Waterloo and Cedar Falls?

A: Circulation Director Adam Bolander replies, “All distribution is through independent contractors. We may have some carriers who deliver both publications in the area.”

Q: Can I legally laminate Social Security and Medicare cards?

A: The Social Security Administration says not to: “Do not laminate your card. Lamination prevents detection of many security features. However, you may cover the card with plastic or other removable material if it does not damage the card.”

Q: It’s December, but a lot of the grass is still green. Does that mean is it still growing? Does it have to be brown to be dormant?

A: According to an ISU Extension & Outreach, “We experienced a mild fall, so many of us enjoyed green grass right up to the few days before Christmas. Many people were able to fertilize their lawns late this year. The grass stayed green due to the sunny, mild days and stored up energy, but actually stopped growing a few weeks ago. It may very well look very green when the snow melts in spring. It does not have to be brown to be dormant.”

Q: If a jackpot prize is not claimed, what happens to the unclaimed money?

A: According to the Iowa Lottery, “Unclaimed Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life jackpots go back to the states in the proportion of sales for that draw. Unclaimed prizes, other than the jackpot, go into prize pools for future games, so players in Iowa have another chance at the cash.”

Q: Do you have a policy on publishing names of juveniles in crime stories?

A: The Courier follows state law, which states at Iowa Code 232.19, paragraph 4, “Information pertaining to a child who is at least 10 years of age and who is taken into custody for a delinquent act which would be a public offense is a public record and is not confidential under section 232.147.”

Q: Can you print the Iowa Attorney General’s phone number?

A: Call (888) 777-4590.

Q: How old do you have to be to buy a lottery ticket?

A: According to the Iowa Lottery, “A player must be 21 years of age or older to purchase lottery tickets in Iowa. It is legal for those under 21 to play lottery games and claim prizes; however, a parent or guardian must also sign the ticket and/or claim form for any claimant who is a minor.”

Q: Dennis Clayson has repeatedly boasted about his trip to China this fall. Who was covering his classes at UNI while he was gone?

A: Dennis Clayson responds: “The questioner should contact UNI’s well-respected MBA program for details.”

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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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