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Dear Answer Man, Can you look up the earliest reported sighting of a robin — the bird, not the superhero — in the area? I’m curious because I spotted one this morning and it seems that mid-February is very early.

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Dear Answer Man, Who is paying for the repairs on these plows, and are the drivers of these other vehicles ticketed? If we get more snow, how can these yahoos avoid hitting the plows going forward?

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Dear All-Knowing One: I seem to recall that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is now running for president, had surgery of some kind a few years ago at Mayo Clinic. With your inside connections, any idea what the surgery was for? A Future Voter

Hey Answer Man: I know you always like to sit in the front row at concerts, but I’m wondering how you’re going to manage that for the Steve Martin/Martin Short show coming up at Mayo Civic Center. Top ticket price is $179.50. Is it unusual for tickets to be more than 100 bucks here in our fa…

Dear Answer Man,

The polar vortex and the wild temperature swing have got me thinking about the myths (maybe facts?) that temperature changes cause illness and having wet hair outside in the cold makes you sick.

Dear Answer Man,

I saw the other day that the "overnight" low was 5 below, but the temperature at 3 a.m. was 6 below. In forecaster's eyes, when does the night become day?

Sincerely,

Timely query

Dear Answer Man, It would seem that Rochester could solve its snow removal and street cleaning problems if it would only pass an ordinance that allowed on-street parking from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Witnessing dozens and dozens of streetlights slowly blinking in unison appears almost mystical. There was an emergency vehicle in the area when I saw it happen. Could the flashing streetlights be a warning to motorists to slow down and drive with caution? 

Oh, Wise One: I just read your answer to trash cans in the street. My question is, Why does Rochester tolerate cars parked on neighborhood streets when the street needs plowing? Usually the same cars in the same places. This makes the street very narrow, limiting traffic to one car at a time.