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.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — At about the same time each day, a mundane corner in West Des Moines turns unique. The sound doesn’t fit the scene–it’s a sight that seems out of place. You can’t help but stop to ask. When you do, you meet Shaquille Phillips, and it all starts to make sense. “When we drove past here to take my mother to work,” he says, “this spot reminded me of another spot where I used to drum in Chicago. So […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Drake University has named Darian DeVries its new men’s basketball head coach. A 1:30 p.m. news conference is being held Friday to introduce DeVries. The 42-year-old father of two graduated from Aplington-Parkersburg High School and played basketball at Northern Iowa. He’s been an assistant coach at Creighton University since 2001, where he worked under head coaches Dana Altman and, later, Greg McDermott. The announcement comes one week after Niko Medved announced he was leaving Drake for […]
AMES, Iowa — Crack! That’s the sound of success. “We all want it to just work so that kids hit and hit better,” says Rob Kibbe of Ames, admiring his new invention. Meet the Magic Tee. The brain child of local baseball dads tired of the same old, traditional batting tee. “You can make a good swing and the tee falls over!” gripes co-developer and little league coach, Ryan McGuire. “Well what kind of feedback is that?” Pick it up, put […]
URBANDALE, Iowa — Last year, we introduced you to the Churpi Churpidurkha — endorsed by dogs, and their doctor, Urbandale veterinarian Anil Regmi. A hard cheese made from the milk of yaks in the mountains of Regmi’s native Nepal, he started importing churpi and packaging it for sale in his back room. It had only been 18 months, but Regmi wanted us to check out that back room now. To cut to the chase, business is booming. Outgoing boxes of […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Traffic thinning to a trickle…crickets rising to a chorus…the night had settled into a soothing hum…a drowsy blur…when suddenly… the curtain goes up on Grand. “There’s a house coming down the street!” says a woman standing on the sidewalk. It changes everything about the night… “I whipped around and parked in a parking lot and walked up here,” says another, holding up her iPhone camera. Unless you were asleep, you couldn’t miss it. “Our Netflix went out, […]
CLIVE, Iowa — The new Discount Tire is open in Clive. “It’s still got that new tire smell!” laughs manager, Carl Bennett. It was a tired, old corner with a fading BP gas station — a pain to redevelop. “We had to remove the old gas tanks of course,” says Bennett. Up the street, the Jimmy John’s did the same thing — turned a lot that was an eyesore into an eye-catcher. Clive wanted all new buildings on this corridor […]
There’s something about lakes, right? We love them. But there’s something that now comes WITH an urban lake–something that’s not so easy to love. “They’re really a nuisance!” says Denny Arthur of Urbandale glaring at his pock-marked lawn. “A Canada goose can produce three pounds of droppings per goose, per day,” points out Mike Paine. “In another month or two, it’ll be almost impossible to walk around,” Arthur adds. Even now, a stroll is a staggering adventure and the moment […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — When you listen, you’ll hear sounds that don’t fit the setting. This is the trendy East Village, where you’ll find young men doing an old job. “Sometimes handles can be salvaged,” says Adam Tweedy, 25. “Sometimes they can’t. So this is an unsalvageable handle.” In Adam Tweedy ‘s hands a forgotten piece of America gets remembered. “Looks good, still looks usable,” he says, examining a rusted, chipped True American axe head from the 1930s. Tweedy restores vintage axes […]
JOHNSTON, Iowa — It’s taken ten years, but Kevin Graving has almost got his passion down to a science. “I start in November–I put in the boards,” he says. “Boards, plastic, water, and winter.” This is his genius formula that he sets to work on while his wife Heidi sits back and chuckles. “It’s a work of art, every year,” she laughs. Kevin brings his landscape to life in the dead of winter. “Takes about 7,000 gallons of water, I […]
Wow. It’s a long drive to Denver, Missouri. But that’s where you have to go to find Bill Engel — in his glory. He’s got a captive audience, today–a church group from Kearney, Missouri and they’re impressed. “These sleighs are fascinating!” says one man, touring the prized contents of one of Engel’s old buildings. Bill not only looks like Santa, he’s also into sleighs. “And the third characteristic is how heavy they are!” he tells the group, lifting and old sleigh from the […]
CHARITON, Iowa — If it’s not the most famous corner in Chariton, it must be the most ironic. Piper’s Grocery: where no one is calling for change. “We’re a business that gets told frequently ‘We hope you never…go away,'” says owner, Jill Kerns. But within the store that seems to have stopped the clock, there’s a room in the back that’s working to beat it. “Christmas has just gone kind of crazy on us,” Kerns admits. That’s partly because we’ve gone […]
DES MOINES, Iowa — The East Village is a maze of construction projects right now, but the busiest room in the area might be the one on the second floor of the State Historical Building. Many of us have shoeboxes full of old photos and family history, all waiting to be digitized so we can use them in today`s electronic world. But no matter how tedious that sounds, it`s nothing compared to what one man and his staff are facing […]