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Q. Recently there was a night when the moon was huge and orange. What do they call this phenomenon?

A. It's a harvest moon. According to National Geographic, "Over the course of a year, the moon pops above the horizon about 50 minutes later each day, on average. But for several days in a row around the fall equinox, the moon rises only about 30 minutes later in the northern U.S. and just 10 to 20 minutes later in much of Canada and Europe. It sounds like a small shift, but it brings noticeably brighter nights: During this time, the full moon rises almost as soon as the sun sets, first appearing as a plump, orange-colored orb right around dusk."

Q. Can you print the contacts for Equifax, Experian and Trans Union?

A. Equifax: (800) 685-1111 or; Experian: (888) 397-3742 or; and Trans Union: (800) 916-8800 or

Q. In order to have thunder, do we have to have lightning with it?

A. Yes. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, "It is not possible to have thunder without lightning. Thunder is a direct result of lightning. However, it is possible you might see lightning and not hear the thunder because it was too far away. Sometimes this is called 'heat lightning' because it occurs most often in the summer."

Q. What percent of fat is in whole milk and what percent is cream?

A. According to Hansen's Dairy, federal regulations state whole milk must have at least 3.25 percent milkfat, and it typically has up to 4 percent. Heavy cream must not be less than 36 percent milkfat, and typically it can be up to 40 percent.

Q. Was the Hart running for mayor in Cedar Rapids related to our Hart here in Waterloo?

A. No, no relation.

Q. Where is Factory City in Waterloo? Is it a restaurant?

A. It's the restaurant at the Ramada Hotel downtown.

Q. Is the show "Nashville" still airing? If so, on what channel?

A. CMT will air the next season, starting in early 2018.

Q. Is Margaret Sullivan the mother to Peter and Jane Fonda?

A. No. Their mother was named Frances Ford Fonda.

Q. Did Sam Waterston, who starred on “Law and Order,” pass away this year? If so, how old was he?

A. Waterston, now 77, is alive and doing well, currently starring in "Grace and Frankie" with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.

Q. Where are the Sears and Kmart stores located in Iowa that are still open?

A. Besides the Waterloo store, Sears has stores in Atlantic, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Clarinda, Clinton, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Marshalltown, Mason City, Oskaloosa, Sioux City, Spencer and Waukee. There are Kmart stores in Algona, Charles City, Cherokee, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Oelwein, Red Oak, Urbandale and Webster City.

Q. Who owns Black Hawk Gymnastics in Waterloo?

A. Black Hawk Gymnatics and Cheer is a limited liability corporation organized by Vicki Reed.

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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