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Q: Did any Iowa newspapers print any stories to honor the sacrifice of Merle Hay and the other two men who were the first Americans to die in action in World War I, the 100th anniversary of which was Nov. 3?

A: We saw the Des Moines Register marked the anniversary. Merle David Hay was a Glidden-area farm boy and the first Iowan and one of the first three Americans killed in World War I. The Associated Press did not move a story on it for us to use.

Q: Who comes up with the money paid on game shows?

A: The production company or network that makes the show.

Q: When you graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree, what did you study?

A: A BFA is a four-year degree in visual arts — drawing, painting, design, etc. — or performing arts — dance, music, etc. It’s generally for students who want professional careers in art or performance or who want to go on to specialized graduate study.

Q: If you move from out of state and into Iowa and want to get a driver’s license do you need to have a marriage/birth certificate and Social Security number to do that?

A: According to the Iowa DOT, people with valid out-of-state licenses must present valid proof of identity, residence and Social Security number, pass a vision test and pay the applicable fees.

Q: What is an 800 phone number to call for Google customer service?

A: Try calling their consumer support line at (855) 836-3987.

Q: Mr. Food just had a recipe for harvest squash soup. Is there an address we can write for that recipe?

A: We couldn’t find an address, but if you call KWWL at 291-1200, they may be able to mail you a copy.

Q: I read your Call the Courier answer about the most wanted criminal being captured in Waterloo; I remember that happening. Did they ever find out what happened to the woman and child he kidnapped?

A: No. According to a 2010 report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “In the Allegheny County Jail awaiting trial, Hoss told some people he killed Peugeot, the petite blonde from Bel Air, Md., whose husband was in the Navy. But he claimed that he didn’t kill her daughter. ‘Hoss adamantly denied killing that baby,’ William Robinson, a retired deputy jail warden, said recently. ‘Hoss always said he left the baby in a basket along the road somewhere between Cleveland and Iowa.’ Others, however, say it’s clear that Hoss killed the two. ... The bodies of Peugeot and her daughter never were found.”

Q: Is the figure correct 48,000 people in Northeast Iowa are food insecure? Can you can explain what food insecure means?

A: The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Q: Who preceded Pat and Vanna on “Wheel of Fortune”?

A: The network version of the show was originally hosted by Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford.

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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