Rick Fredericksen

Correspondent

Rick Fredericksen is a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio.  He has been producing the Iowa Archives series since 2007. Rick joined Iowa Public Radio in 1995 after 13 years abroad. Prior to joining IPR, Rick worked in commercial radio and TV in Iowa and Hawaii. For 10 years, he was bureau chief for CBS News in Bangkok, Thailand, covering stories throughout Southeast Asia. He received a Peabody Award in 1989, for CBS radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing. He has also won numerous state, regional and national awards for his reporting. As a young Marine broadcaster, he covered the Vietnam War for the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon.

Rick attended the Department of Defense Information School in Indianapolis, and Drake University.

Rick’s favorite public radio program is River to River.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

For Sale: Historic Register Building

The Register's headquarters at 8th and Locust.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

One of Iowa's most strategic pieces of of real estate is up for sale; The Des Moines Register is preparing to vacate its long time headquarters next month. Now, nearly a hundred years of history is making news again. We take a tour and listen to old recordings.

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Business and Economy
7:22 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway: Coming to a "For-Sale" Sign Near You

Iowa residents soon will be seeing a Berkshire Hathaway logo on "for sale" signs in front of some homes.
Credit Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway's newest Iowa acquisition, Prudential First Realty, soon will be adopting the “Berkshire Hathaway Home Services” logo. The company has 77 agents and three offices in central Iowa, and their “For Sale” signs that now say Prudential, will be converted to Berkshire Hathaway.

Brennan Buckley is a company marketing executive in Des Moines.

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News
5:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Legend Lives On

The Legend under renovation
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

History is being preserved at Arnold’s Park in northern Iowa, where the state’s oldest roller coaster is undergoing a much-needed overhaul. We get the story, and take a ride, with Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

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Arts and Culture
5:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

A Composer and an Architect

William C. Wright, c. 1890s
Courtesy of Mary Rogers

The former Iowan who fathered one of the world’s most celebrated architects has been pulled from the shadows of his legendary son. The father was William Carey Wright, and Iowa Public Radio tells the story of his love for music and how it influenced the life of and career of his son, Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom

Former Navy radar intercept officer Larry Spencer shares his experiences as a POW to a mens' club at the Edgewater Community.
Rick Fredericksen IPR

It was code-named Operation Homecoming, when the U.S. and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement and our prisoners of war started coming home.We remember the defining events of that time, with historic sound from our Iowa Archives project.

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River to River
11:53 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Remembering Iowans Who Passed Away in 2012

Josh McGinn / flickr

2013 is nearly upon us, and as we get ready to usher it in, we pause to look back on 2012 and some of the lives lost in the past year.  Today, we air our obituary show.  Join us to remember Iowa soldiers killed in Afghanistan, public figures, educators and others.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Best Music of Iowa Archives

The Everly Brothers
Credit last.fm

If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, this special broadcast is the best link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances by Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Superman and much more. Highly recommended!

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Arts & Culture
8:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Lake Delhi Archeology

Some of the beer cans found when Lake Delhi emptied. They can fetch up to $50.
Credit Steve Gola

Lost treasures were revealed when Lake Delhi disappeared two summers ago. We conclude our series on the status of the eastern Iowa lake.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lake Delhi Frustration and Hope

The Maquoketa River runs through the Lake Delhi dam.
Rick Fredericksen

Complex negotiations continue as the State of Iowa partners with landowners in Delaware County, in hopes of bringing back Lake Delhi.  Part 2 of 3.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lake Delhi's Massive Loss

Hartwick Marina, on the water line where Lake Delhi used to be.
Rick Fredericksen

It was almost 2 and a half years ago when flooding swamped Lake Delhi; the dam washed out, and the lake vanished down river. Today, efforts are underway to bring it back. The economic impact is mounting.

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Environment
8:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Iowans Seeing Rare, White-Tailed Squirrels

Experts say the white-tailed squirrels being seen in Iowa are likely a result of a genetic mutation which could become more prevalent or disappear.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

We’re all too familiar with whitetail deer. But there also have been a few recent sightings in Iowa of rare white-tailed squirrels.

The rodent with the bushy, snow-white tail is snow white. It’s been seen in the Witmer Park area near Drake University. Earlier this year, several were spotted in the town of Osage.

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News
9:34 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Beloved Drake Mascot Dies

Porterhouse with his "parents" Kevin and Erin Bell in 2012.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

                  

To honor the memory of Porterhouse, who died at the age of 8, IPR presents a feature story broadcast during his heyday as Drake's top dog, when he was the only live-animal mascot prowling the sidelines of Iowa's major university sporting events.

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Arts & Culture
7:41 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Veteran's lost ring found after 41 years

A keepsake from the Vietnam War will be returned to an Iowa soldier who lost it in 1971 on the bottom of Iowa’s Lake Delhi. John Jones’ gold, 25th Infantry Division ring came off while swimming. Two years ago, after the dam broke and the lake drained, a Chicago treasure hunter found it under the muddy lake bottom, and a veterans official was able to trace it back to Jones, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

IPRs Rick Fredericksen has the story.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Notable Iowa Veterans

Retired Col. Les Vanheeswyk of Osceola piloted a U2 spy plane during the Cold War
Credit Bill Schaefer / Gold Star Museum

A new photo exhibit honors living Iowa veterans at the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge. Most Iowans will recognize many of them. Exhibit opens to the public on Nov. 9th.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
5:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn

An AQUAmax corn field in drought-plagued southwest Iowa is yielding more bushels than traditional varieties on the Clan Farm near Atlantic.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

One of Iowa’s largest agribusiness companies has a huge investment riding on this year’s prolonged drought. A new hybrid seed corn developed by DuPont Pioneer is being touted for its ability to improve yields under the driest conditions.

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:44 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Des Moines Police Mounted Patrol preps for Iowa State Fair

The Mounted Patrol has been training in preparation for the Iowa State Fair.
Des Moines Police Department

When the Iowa State Fair opens, one week from today, not all the animals will be on display or in competition; some will be working. It's one of the last mounted patrols in Iowa.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat

Row of six hoop barns at Grand Meadow Feeders near Washta
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.

Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Army Band Prepares for Big Parade

Credit 34th Army Band

When Iowans gather in Des Moines tomorrow to thank veterans for their service, one of the National Guard's most decorated units will be among those leading the parade. Historic 1965 audio from the 34th Army Band in Burlington and the Val Air Ballroom in 1967.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa

For nine days, starting next week, Iowa will be railroad heaven for fans of old trains. Thousands of people will be climbing aboard, photographing, or just admiring the romance of an earlier time. An organization of railroad buffs is bringing its national meeting to Iowa for the first time.

Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Low enrollment spells end of court reporting program

A steno machine used by court reporters.
National Court Reporters Association

Iowa’s premier school for training court reporters is phasing out the curriculum. AIB, a private business college based in Des Moines, says there is not enough interest to keep the program going.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Iowa Cornets

An Iowa Cornets Jacket, one of the items of memorabilia in the collection of Rich Cummins of Mitchellville.
Rick Fredericksen

The WNBA opens play this weekend and former University of Iowa player Tangela Smith will be in uniform for the San Antonio Silver Stars. It was here in Iowa, 34 years ago, where women's professional basketball was born. We look back at charter team and its biggest star. Historic audio from the Iowa Women's Archives.

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Agriculture/HPM
7:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fixing Farmland along the Missouri River

Last fall, officials predicted that farmland along the Missouri River might be out of production for at least a year. The flood of 2011 piled up sand dunes, gouged out deep holes and killed off many of the microbes that help crops grow.

But now it’s spring, and farmers are back on the land trying to fix what nature broke.

There’s something not quite picture-perfect about this picturesque farmland, known as Blackbird Bend, along the Missouri River near Onawa.   A 24-row corn planter is brushing over the tops of an already stunning winter wheat crop, twelve inches high. 

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Fixing Farmland along the Missouri...
4:30 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fixing Farmland along the Missouri River

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Petersen's Panthers

One of Christian Petersen's Panthers, soon to be on its way to Iowa State University.

A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa’s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

Environment
5:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Trumpeter Swans Rebound

Vince Evilsizer, with the DNR, keeps control of a young Trumpeter Swan
Department of Natural Resources

Something remarkable is happening in the countryside of Iowa this spring; something that hasn’t been seen to this extent, in more than 120 years. Wildlife experts are cheering the rebound of North America’s largest water fowl.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Thais Drive ISU Golf Team

2013 Cyclone Lady Golfers
Credit Iowa State University

It has to be one of the most unusual golf teams in America. In-between tournament play, the coach and 8 women are on the prowl for Asian food. Why? Half the team is from Thailand.

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