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.
Turns out Ames is getting a Sports Authority and PetCo after all. Whee. Yay. Goodie. This means we can't be far away from getting the coveted (only half-kidding) Olive Garden.
"After all" you ask? Yes--after all. The developer of the chunk of land between Target and Super WalMart told the Ames City Council last month he didn't see how the stores would come here unless they got a tax break on the land. I thought that was a bit disingenuous, knowing how much market reseach retailers put in to making decisions where they set up shop. So, turns out, the stores will open here. Surprise, surprise.
As for the Olive Garden shot, here's what I'm talking about...
In the interest of full disclosure, I've eaten at Olive Garden. It gives you exactly what you pay for--a serviceable bowl of pasta and the ambieance of eating it right there in Mama's kitchen--if Mama's kitchen is the the World Showcase at Epcot Center.
"Wow! I almost forgot I was eating in West Des Moines! I thought I'd been magically transported to Parma!"
You know exactly what you're gonna get at an Olive Garden, Chili's, Appleby's, etc. But, what about that guy who's trying to serve you a bowl of linguini that was actually made by his mama?
My issue is this, and it's certainly not just mine. We have locally owned pet stores in Ames. We have locally owned sporting goods stores here. How hard will it be for those stores to compete with the buying power of PetCo (1000 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia) and Sports Authority (450 stores in 45 states)? There's no way the local folks can compete with the price big box stores will get on a bag of Iams large-breed dog food.
Oh, and while we're disclosing things, let me say that I've also shopped in the big-box stores in Ames. I've even (gasp) driven to Ankeny and shopped in those stores. That being said, I try to shop locally whenever I can. I have close friends who own businesses here and I want them to succeed. If I can buy from them instead of the big boxes, I'll do it every time.