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Q: What happened to the shows “Mountain Men” and “Alaskan Bush People”?

A: The last season of “Mountain Men” wrapped up last fall; it doesn’t look as if the History Channel has decided whether or not it will be renewed. The next season of “Bush People” has finished filming, according to Discovery Channel, but no word on when it will air.

Q: Why doesn’t the Cedar Falls Rec Center accept the Silver Sneakers program?

A: Mark Ripplinger, director of municipal operations and programs with the city of Cedar Falls, replies: “Current policy requires that all recreation services be paid in advance. Silver Sneakers requires invoicing the participant’s insurance provider to receive payment for services after they have used. The Cedar Falls Recreation Center currently has some of the lowest program fees for seniors in the Cedar Valley. For more information please contact the Recreation Center at 273-8636.”

Q: Do most towns or cities in the area start with or without a prayer before council meetings?

A: Most go without, but that can change with a new mayor setting the agenda. Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart added a prayer at council meetings upon his election, while new Waverly Mayor Dean Soash eliminated it upon his election. Gilbertville and Plainfield do appear to conduct invocations at the beginning of their meetings. Those we could find in Northeast Iowa that do not indicate an invocation on their most recent public agenda or minutes include: Aplington, Calmar, Cedar Falls, Charles City, Clarksville, Clermont, Cresco, Decorah, Denver, Dike, Dysart, Eldora, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, Fayette, Floyd, Fort Atkinson, Fredericksburg, Garwin, Greene, Grundy Center, Hampton, Hazleton, Independence, Iowa Falls, La Porte City, Latimer, Lawler, New Hampton, Oelwein, Ossian, Raymond, Readlyn, Reinbeck, Rockford, Sheffield, Shell Rock, St. Ansgar, Stacyville, Sumner, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Tripoli, Wellsburg and West Union.

Q: Can the Cedar Falls School administrators require teachers to take a level 2 or 3 UNI student?

A: “No, participation is voluntary,” said district spokeswoman Janelle Darst. “We are very fortunate to have many teachers willing and wanting to work with aspiring teachers.”

Q: Why doesn’t The Courier cover more of the Russian intervention in the election in the paper?

A: We’ve printed many articles about the Russia investigation and will continue to do so as developments merit.

Q: How late in the day do Courier carriers have to deliver the paper by?

A: We have a 5 p.m. delivery deadline.

Q: What is the term “Apple Pay” in reference to Hy-Vee and Fareway accepting it?

A: Apple Pay is a mobile payment by Apple Inc. that lets users make payments using an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac — you can make payments at the store through your phone.

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