Rick Fredericksen http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowans Eager for New Panama Canal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-eager-new-panama-canal <p></p><p>We all make time saving short cuts every day, but none could compare to one of the most important short cuts in history. The Panama Canal turns 100 this summer and a massive expansion project has Iowans&nbsp;predicting good things on several fronts.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 41696 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Eager for New Panama Canal Miscanthus: Crop of the Future? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/miscanthus-crop-future <p></p><p>It could be Iowa’s next energy crop: a relative of sugar cane, that looks like bamboo. It’s about to become much more abundant in a state dominated by corn and soybeans.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 40157 at http://iowapublicradio.org Miscanthus: Crop of the Future? From Ash to ISU Keepsakes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ash-isu-keepsakes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa State University has found a silver lining in the infestation of beetles that are attacking ash trees. It’s a creative recycling story, reported by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 38672 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Ash to ISU Keepsakes Day of Insects http://iowapublicradio.org/post/day-insects <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sounds like the title of a horror movie, but the people who attended the “Day of Insects” have an appreciation for the six-legged creatures that we share our lives with. One specimen in particular, caught the attention of Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 38323 at http://iowapublicradio.org Day of Insects Veterans: Lobotomies to Meditation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-lobotomies-meditation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From radical brain surgery, to drug therapy and meditation, Iowa veterans have done it all while coping with mental illness in the aftermath of war. Treatments have come a long way since lobotomies were performed on World War II vets in Knoxville. &nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://projects.wsj.com/lobotomyfiles/?ch=one">See the Wall Street Journal investigation</a></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 38140 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans: Lobotomies to Meditation Indian Motorcycles Bolster Manufacturing Base http://iowapublicradio.org/post/indian-motorcycles-bolster-manufacturing-base <p></p><p>Manufacturing continues to be the lead sector of the economy in Dickinson County, thanks, in part, to Polaris Industries. The company has been turning&nbsp;out Indian motorcycles for more than&nbsp;six months. Part two of a two-part story.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 35394 at http://iowapublicradio.org Indian Motorcycles Bolster Manufacturing Base Indian Motorcycles: Made in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/indian-motorcycles-made-iowa <p></p><p>Exactly six months after they were unveiled at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries cannot keep up with the demand for Indian motorcycles. The iconic brand is produced exclusively in Spirit Lake. Part one of a two part story.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 35392 at http://iowapublicradio.org Indian Motorcycles: Made in Iowa Holly, Valens, Big Bopper Remembered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/holly-valens-big-bopper-remembered <p></p><p>The annual tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper is winding down in Clear Lake as fans remember the plane crash that ended the careers of three talented rock and roll superstars. We talk with the man who emceed the tragic Winter Dance Party of 1955.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 35561 at http://iowapublicradio.org Holly, Valens, Big Bopper Remembered The Principal Singers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/principal-singers <p>It is the season for holiday classics, like Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, or the Chipmunks singing Christmas songs. But caroling is also surviving, even in corporate America.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 33642 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Principal Singers Champion Ash Trees Threatened http://iowapublicradio.org/post/champion-ash-trees-threatened <p></p><p></p><p>Two enormous ash trees&nbsp;are record holders on the front line of the Emerald Ash Borer in eastern Iowa:&nbsp;the state's largest known white ash, in Fort Madison, and the biggest black ash in the nation, south of McGregor. Medical treatment may be on the way for the national champion black ash.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32729 at http://iowapublicradio.org Champion Ash Trees Threatened Ash Tree Removal=$3,000,000,000+ http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ash-tree-removal3000000000 <p>A little green bug could end up costing Iowa billions of dollars in the coming years, as the state comes to terms with an Asian beetle sweeping across the Midwest.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:05:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32730 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ash Tree Removal=$3,000,000,000+ Belin on the Murder Weapon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/belin-murder-weapon-0 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A Des Moines attorney was a key figure in the official inquiry into President Kennedy's assassination. David Belin investigated the rifle that made history 50 years ago.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32456 at http://iowapublicradio.org Belin on the Murder Weapon Hugh Sidey Remembers the Moment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hugh-sidey-remembers-moment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Americans commemorate the assassination of President Kennedy, we also remember the respected Iowa reporter who was covering the president on that fateful day in Dallas.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:27:42 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32450 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hugh Sidey Remembers the Moment In Uniform http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uniform <p>In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.&nbsp; With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:38:34 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31930 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Uniform POW Bracelet Comes Full Circle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pow-bracelet-comes-full-circle <p>They were known as "POW bracelets," a symbolic metal band bearing the name of a Vietnam POW, or a man missing in action. More than 40 years after the prisoners came home, a Florida man rediscovered the bracelet he wore as a teenager and traced it back to a Navy veteran in Des Moines. We interviewed both men for Veterans Day.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31827 at http://iowapublicradio.org POW Bracelet Comes Full Circle Bob Feller Act of Valor Award http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bob-feller-act-valor-award <p>Three Americans won the inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, announced in honor of Iowa&#39;s most famous baseball player.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:41:17 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 30655 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Mission Change for Iowa Air Guard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mission-change-iowa-air-guard <p>The fight to save Iowa&#39;s last jet fighter squadron is history; Des Moines&#39; F-16s are gone and training for the next mission is well underway.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 30330 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mission Change for Iowa Air Guard Steamboat Exhibit Shuts Down http://iowapublicradio.org/post/steamboat-exhibit-shuts-down <p>Two years after massive flooding along the Missouri River, work to bring back a treasured museum exhibit has been halted.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:24:16 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 30039 at http://iowapublicradio.org Steamboat Exhibit Shuts Down End of an Era http://iowapublicradio.org/post/end-era <p>One-hundred-ten years after the Wright Brothers made aviation history, a ceremony was held to commemorate the end of manned flight by a unit of the Iowa Air National Guard.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:50:31 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 28746 at http://iowapublicradio.org End of an Era Fly-in Marks 70th Anniversary of Ottumwa NAS http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fly-marks-70th-anniversary-ottumwa-nas <p>Stephen Black, President of Friends of NAS Ottumwa, talks about the old Stearman aircraft, which will be landing in Ottumwa at 11 o'clock Friday (August 30)., followed by another group of antique planes.&nbsp;The Stearmans&nbsp;will be on display until 12:45, when they depart for Oskaloosa. All the aircraft are scheduled to return to Antique Airfield (Blakesburg) between 3 and 4 p.m.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:00:27 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 28259 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fly-in Marks 70th Anniversary of Ottumwa NAS Head of Economic Development Authority Concerned about Mississippi River http://iowapublicradio.org/post/head-economic-development-authority-concerned-about-mississippi-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New attention is being focused on the crumbling lock-and-dam system on the Mississippi River. Iowa officials painted a frightening scenario when they appeared before the Mississippi River Commission last week in Dubuque.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:48:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 27677 at http://iowapublicradio.org Head of Economic Development Authority Concerned about Mississippi River Meals from the Heartland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/meals-heartland-0 <p>Among the visitors at the Iowa State Fair on opening day were 1,500 volunteers who signed up to help serve starving children. Each table had to average 2,000 meal preparations per hour.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:16:32 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 27145 at http://iowapublicradio.org Meals from the Heartland Iowa National Guard Confronts Suicides http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-national-guard-confronts-suicides <p>The Iowa National Guard has taken some significant casualties in recent months. Since late last year, five soldiers have taken their own lives.&nbsp;Three former members have also committed suicide.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:24:09 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 26926 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa National Guard Confronts Suicides The Windmill Wizard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/windmill-wizard <p>At the same time utility companies erect modern wind turbines across the Iowa countryside, old fashioned windmills are rusting away on abandoned&nbsp;farmsteads. But there's one man who is out to preserve the crumpled icons, one windmill at a time. Meet the Windmill Wizard.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 26749 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Windmill Wizard Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/days-numbered-iowa-penitentiary <p></p><p>One of the oldest records that Iowa still holds will be lost soon. That is when the earliest operating prison west of the Mississippi will he replaced by an all-new Iowa State penitentiary. We explore the history of the Fort Madison prison, with rare audio from WOI-TV, Sky TV and MSNBC.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 24284 at http://iowapublicradio.org Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vietnamese-orphans-and-president-ford <p></p><p></p><p>Grateful Americans are honoring former President Gerald Ford this weekend at a reunion in Dana Point, California. &nbsp;They owe their citizenship, and perhaps their lives, to the man born in Omaha, 100 years ago this Sunday. Iowa Archives&nbsp;remembers “Operation Babylift,” and the epic rescue of several thousand Vietnamese orphans.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 23805 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford F-16 Noise Complaints to End http://iowapublicradio.org/post/f-16-noise-complaints-end <p>Relief is coming soon for Des Moines residents bothered by noisy F-16 jet fighters. All 21 planes, with their roaring engines, will be phased out by fall. We observed flight training for the full impact.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 22072 at http://iowapublicradio.org F-16 Noise Complaints to End Two Highways; Two Centennials http://iowapublicradio.org/post/two-highways-two-centennials <p></p><p></p><p>As Iowans take to the road for family vacations, there is new appreciation for two of Iowa’s oldest highways. The Lincoln is 100 years old, and proud of it, but Iowa Public Radio has discovered a grassroots effort to revive the Jefferson Highway too. Rick Fredericksen produces Iowa Archives, our historic audio series.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 21866 at http://iowapublicradio.org Two Highways; Two Centennials Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour to Converge in Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lincoln-highway-centennial-tour-converge-midwest <p>A caravan celebrating America’s first cross-country highway will be passing through Iowa soon, with an overnight stop in Ames.</p><p>The Lincoln Highway is 100 years old, and several hundred motorists will be converging on the Midwest in two groups: one from New York City and one from San Francisco. For 460 miles, the Lincoln cuts through the center of Iowa. Today, it is a Heritage Byway; much of it is now Highway-30, but some of the earliest sections remain charming, two-lane roads.</p><p>John Mazzello is Byway Coordinator with Prairie Rivers of Iowa.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:26:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 21417 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour to Converge in Midwest For Sale: Historic Register Building http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sale-historic-register-building <p>One of&nbsp;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.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 20808 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Sale: Historic Register Building