13 fascinating facts about Andy Fales:
• I am an avid gardener. I grow about 6 different types of heirloom tomatoes and many other vegetables and enjoy spending time working on my lawn and perennial gardens.
• I love to cook. My favorite time with my wife is spent in the kitchen making dinner and experimenting with new recipes.
• I am a dedicated supporter of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and have loved dogs and everything about them since I was a little boy.
• I have played the electric bass guitar since I was in high school.
• My degree is in English, but when I first went to college, I wanted to be a wildlife biologist so that I could do a show like “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” which I loved watching as a child. I still hope to do something like that, some day.
• My very favorite sport to watch is St. Louis Blues hockey.
• The gold ring I wear on my right hand belonged to my great-grandfather and bears his initials, “IDF”.
• My mother’s family is from northern Wisconsin, and my parents retired there a few years ago. I take a summer vacation up there every year.
• My wife and I love to eat ethnic food. We love Indian, Thai and Japanese most.
• My favorite athlete of all time is Wayne Gretzky. I have met him or interviewed him eleven times.
• My wife, Kahala, and I took forever to agree on the names for our children, Elin and Eddie.
• I still love eating canned ravioli, drinking Kool-Aid, and watching “Little House on the Prairie.” Some things you just never grow out of.
• I love to camp, hike and fish. My best friend and I take a long trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota every summer.
Andy Fales is an Emmy-award-winning reporter who co-anchors “Today In Iowa” each morning with Brooke Bouma. Since making the switch from sports in 2008, he has become one of Iowa’s most decorated storytellers and his “Iowa Icons” and “Andy Answers” reports have won numerous awards. He also contributes his well-known “What’s Bugging Andy?” commentary to Channel 13’s long-running call-in show “SoundOFF.”
Andy and his wife, Kahala, are the proud parents of two beautiful (usually beautiful) children and two dogs. Andy was born and raised in St. Louis and is still an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues.
AMES, Iowa — No matter each team’s record or the expectations, the Cy-Hawk rivalry is celebrated statewide every year. The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry dates back to 1894. The two teams have faced off 66 times, but this year’s matchup will feature a first. This year the entire county will get to see just how great the Cy-Hawk rivalry is. Channel 13’s Andy Fales shows us why ESPN College GameDay was excited to come to town.
HUMBOLDT, Iowa — The long journey for a Pasquale’s pizza to your freezer begins with a trip down the conveyor belt in Humboldt, Iowa. “As each pizza comes underneath the belt there, it drops the proper amount of pepperoni, per pizza,” says Kyle Rierson with Pasquale’s Pizza. The business started 35 years ago at Marvin Stockdale’s ‘Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant’ in Humboldt. The business started with free slices. “We`d just walk into a bar and cook pizzas and give them away!”, […]
ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa — Things on High Street in Rockwell City are at an all-time low. The road formerly buzzed with traffic but now the flow is down to a trickle. “On a Friday night or a Sunday, you could hardly get out of your driveway,” says Theresa Hildreth. But that was when Highway 20 ran through the center of town. Now the expanded road passes by the town miles away. Its taken away the traffic and that has taken […]
ELLSWORTH, Iowa — Something big is growing inside the ‘greenhouses’ you see at the Ellsworth exit off I-35 … but there aren’t any plants. Inside you’ll find one of the biggest tilapia farms of its kind in the US. Andy Fales takes on a tour of the fish farm.
POLK CITY, Iowa — Polk City was once a tiny community of only a few hundred people, but it`s grown about 700 percent in just 50 years. That`s due to two things: the growth of Des Moines and Saylorville. The reservoir has done more than just help the town grow. It`s protected it. Channel 13’s Andy Fales tells more about the growing, central Iowa town.
STORY COUNTY, Iowa — From gigantic combines to genetically modified crops to robotic milking machines, Iowa`s agricultural scenes have changed so much over the past hundred years, our great-grandparents might not even recognize them. But there’s one job that really hasn’t changed much at all. Channel 13’s Andy Fales has wanted to look into it for a while, and when he finally did this spring, it turns out he had good timing. He takes us to Helmuth Stables in Story […]
IOWA — Here’s something that’s loud and clear: the tables are turning. They’re turning back. In America, and here in Iowa — to sounds and systems of the past. Driven by a once-defunct medium, and bringing along those which drives its beats and keep its power flowing. This month, Kevin Moll is looking back on three crazy years at SkyLabs in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction. “I even still feel like a kid in a candy store,” he says through […]
HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — On such a bitter cold morning, it’s hard to tell what a life this is. “Personally, I like this weather for working in!” laughs Kevin Dietzel, bundled against the single-digit temperatures. His good cheer is no act. This is his pleasure. “That fermentation,” he says, holding up a handful of rich hay, “makes it like candy for the cows — they love it.” Don’t let the 1952 Oliver tractor fool you, Lost Lake Farm in Hamilton […]
STORY CITY, Iowa — It’s been five years since the sign went up and the door opened, and the Gustafsons got back to basics. “There used to be meat lockers or meat processors in every county, in almost every town,” says Ty Gustafson, standing in the retail portion of his place on West Broad Street. They’re NOW one of the few — and one of the only to open this century. They process everything from goats to game — beef […]
If they can love the dirt in their track, then they can love the dive in their bar. And there’s plenty of it here. AJ Mottet owns the Dingus Bar…and its reputation. “If the walls could talk,” he laughs, “or the flies on the walls could talk–look out! They’d tell you the story behind the name. A Google search won’t, that’s for sure. “You type ‘Dingus’ and SpellCheck changes it to ‘fungus,'” says Mottet, who’s still laughing. It was named […]
God love July. It might be the best month for small talk. Of vacations…of sweet corn…and of something with far less appeal. “About ten days (now),” says Mark Thoms, manager of the Earl May off 22nd Street in West Des Moines. “We’ve been seeing them really strong right now.” Thoms can’t get away from talk of the Japanese beetle—not right now. Whether it’s with us on TV, or with the customers who flock to his Earl May store. “You can […]
IOWA — It was night that we’ll all remember. “A lot of water,” recalled Windsor Heights Mayor Dave Burgess. “There was two and a half feet of water over Hickman Road,” added Tim Stovie, Urbandale’s public works director. “It was a surreal experience,” admitted a stoic Matt Greiner of Johnston. Water in places it’s never been seen before. Objects of all shapes and sizes, swept away. Burgess nearly became one. “My wife said, ‘this is not right,’ and I said, […]