Ongoing Coverage:

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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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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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Saving Ottumwa Naval Air Station

A post card showing the old Admin Building at the Ottumwa Naval Air Station.

As Iowa tries to retain its last jet fighter base in Des Moines, a non-profit group is hoping to save one of the last remnants of an air station that closed at the end of World War Two. Historic audio from Stearman training film and You Tube.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

New Deal (Part Two)

Big Bill Broonzy was a Depression-era Blues singer who once worked at Iowa State University.
Credit www.broonzy.com

Mention the New Deal, and most Iowans would think of a bridge, state park or school gymnasium. But the arts also flourished during the Great Depression, thanks to federal programs that gave jobs to painters, sculptors, writers and performers. A museum director calls it, "the greatest art movement in Iowa in 100 years."

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