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.
7:55PM--So, all the words I had written about the Ames City Council meeting to this point somehow have disappeared. No idea why. The council has taken up a proposed master plan for the old Ames Middle School property. City staff says the project meets seven requirements for a master plan.
7:56PM--Mayor Ann Campbell says the Breckenridge Land request has put the city in a difficult position, as low density housing designations in the past had pertained to single-family, owner-occupied housing. That is not what's asked for here.
8:06PM--As people who live near the Breckenridge development speak to the council, on the master plan issue, it's clear they've organized their efforts. Each person has spoken to a new issue they'd like to see in a master plan. No repetition as yet.
8:16PM--We are running off the rails a bit on issues pertaining specifically to a proposed master plan. We've segued into a general objection to the project.
8:20--We are at nine public speakers so far. Rumor has it there is a local representative of Breckenridge in the audience.
8:25PM--Public speakers are done, Scott Renault from Fox Engineering and Brian Torresi, a local attorney, are speaking on behalf of Breckenridge. Renault says his client has no interest in dragging out the process for a period of years. He says he's not interested in submitting, and re-submitting a master plan over and over again.
2nd Ward council member Jami Larson calls the project "a distraction" from other great projects that could be done in Ames. He lists several areas where the city in "uncharted territory" and resolving them could take some time.
Renault is riding an edge of hostility as he answers the council's question. Mayor Campbell felt it, called him on it. She says the idea that this could be "sped along" is unrealistc.
8:35PM--Renault, clearly frustated at the position he's in, says he doesn't have a lot of faith in people who live in the neighborhood, that they've walked out of meetings in the past. He's not making a lot of friends on the council tonight.
8:47PM--Jami Larson says he wants the property lines to be drawn up in a a way that puts each building in the student housing area on it's own lot. Much concern about what happens if Breckenridge sells off the development. This is NOT what the company has in mind for this project.
9:00PM--At Large council member Peter Orazem says if the city requires Breckenridge to meet all the requirements of low density development, it won't be economically feasible for the project to go forward. Several council members respond--"not our problem."
9:05PM--At Large council member Matthew Goodman, who had been taking part via phone, just came into the chamber. Peter Orazem: "holy crap, where did you come from?" Goodman is apparently ill, as Mayor Campbell asked if he was going to contaminate everyone.
9:10PM--After one hour and 20 minutes of public input and debate, the city council unanimously requires Breckenridge to submit a master plan for it's development. In this reporter's opinion, it's 50-50 if it's ever built.