Q. What ever happened to the stuffed Saint Bernard at Palmer Chiropractic? Was it in Little Bit o’Heaven? – Janice, Davenport

A. We contacted Palmer College of Chiropractic to find out. Julie Knaak, museum coordinator, Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History, responded:

"Big Ben was never in Little Bit o’Heaven (a garden at the college.) B.J. had his taxidermied body placed in the music room of The Palmer Family Residence underneath the piano, where he remained until B.J.'s death. After that, it was moved for a short time to be displayed in the clinic. It eventually had to be disposed of due to disrepair."

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Q. What's going on with the bridge over the railroad tracks in the 1900 block of Elm Street? There's a stop sign with another sign indicating to alternate below it. Is the bridge only safe for one car at a time? If so are repairs being planned? -- Adam

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Nicole Gleason, Davenport public works director/assistant city administrator, responded:

"This bridge belongs to the railroad. A hole has developed and the city blocked one lane to ensure no cars damaged tires in this hole. We have reached out to the railroad on a repair plan and will address this as soon as we have consensus with them."

We also contacted Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad. Andy Cummings, media relations manager, responded:

"CP is the owner of the bridge. Upon receiving a report that the bridge was in need of repairs, we conducted those repairs in December and the bridge is now open to two-way traffic. Any resident with concerns about CP property, including this bridge, can get in touch with us directly via our Community Connect line at 800-766-7912, or community_connect@cpr.ca

Follow up file:

Each of the four school districts in the question below responded in the Jan. 6, 2018, Ask the Times column. If you missed their responses, please visit qctimes.com/askthetimes

Q. For the past year or more the four school districts (Davenport, North Scott, Bettendorf. Pleasant Valley) have spent well over $20 million each, of the one cent sales tax to make improvements to their infrastructure. Does the state collect that much money or are schools borrowing ahead of what is being collected? -- Jeneane, Bettendorf

A. We also contacted the Iowa Department of Revenue. John Fuller, public information officer, responded:

Here are the distributions to the school districts listed:

Past Distributions:

FY18 Estimates

Davenport 14,117,912.00

North Scott 2,790,930.00

Bettendorf 3,767,993.00

Pleasant Valley 4,324,779.00


Davenport 14,849,056.00

North Scott 2,892,579.00

Bettenforf 3,812,288.00

Pleasant Valley 4,258,849.00


Davenport 14,920,850.00

North Scott 2,872,644.00

Bettenforf 3,756,219.00

Pleasant Valley 4,135,591.00

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