Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
I say this with a straight face, and no cynicism intended—I’m happy for North Grand Mall. No kidding. Happy.
Now, I know what you’re saying—“Trent, you’ve been really critical of NGM’s owners in the past…you’ve really taken them for a walk on their lack of activity on expanding and renovating, for not working harder to bring in new business, for letting their facility in north Ames go fallow.
Yes. Yes, I have. Guilty. In my defense, my beef was never with the people here in
That being said…
Over the weekend, NGM saw three national retailers (Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, and Shoe Carnival) open new stores on the south end of the building. There are also new national stores inside the mall, and that’s all good. Now, from a selfish perspective, almost all of these stores are places where I and mine will shop—no more having to drive to the metroplex to buy kids shoes and clothes.
But, it’s more than that. These are the kinds of store openings that other businesses notice. These are the kinds of openings that tell other businesses that
Congrats, North Grand Mall. It’s been a long time coming.