Author brings the farm to Milaca Elementary

Gordon Fredrickson is a farmer, a soldier, a teacher and an author – but most of all, he is a preserver of farm heritage who has spoken to more than 30,000 students across the nation about farming history.
Fredrickson, along with his wife Nancy, read to Milaca Elementary school students on Feb. 11 and 12 in the Dahlager Theater at Milaca High School.
During his reading to preschool students on Feb. 11, Fredrickson read his book “If I Were a Farmer: Nancy’s Adventure” and encouraged the children to follow the book’s lessons: Always help your neighbors and always be kind to animals.
Fredrickson was born in New Prague and grew up on a 120-acre dairy farm. He began to work on the farm as a young child, giving him experiences that influenced the stories he wrote for his two book series – “If I Were a Farmer” and “Farm Country.”
He served in the U.S. Army for three years and continued on to the University of Minnesota. After getting a master’s degree in education, he taught high school English for 16 years.
Fredrickson has been writing children’s books since 1999. After his parents died, he wanted to work to preserve the heritage that he grew up with, so he began to write stories.
It took a few rejections and some hard work, but now Fredrickson’s books are published by Beaver’s Pond Press in Edina. All of his books are written, published and printed in Minnesota.
Fredrickson currently has nine books published, six in the “Farm Country” series and three in the “If I Were a Farmer” series.
For more information about Fredrickson and his books, visit