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.
When you're a news guy-cum-talk show host these are the sorts of days you dream of. Big, big news that doesn't involve death, destruction, and general mayhem. I'll drop some links in a bit where you get get analysis of the top stories, but let me say a quick something about last night's City Council meeting.
Here's a certainty in this ongoing drama involving the City of Ames, Xenia Rural Water District, and a designated northern growth area. The city council did this to itself. They have no one to blame but themselves. In 1996, the council said it wanted to grow to the southwest, that it made more economic sense to expand in an area where infrastructure would be easier and cheaper. As a result, Xenia was free to persue new customers in the area. A few years later, after hearing the plaintive cries of devlopers that they can't build and sell houses in an area where no one want to live, the city reversed itself and designated land north of Ames as a priority growth area. Now, Xenia has the water rights to the area and finds itself $128 mllion in debt. While it's true that the company won't see a dime of Ames money if the area isn't annexed, I'd argue that it is in the catbird seat in holding out for as much revenue as it can get. Bottom line--someone is going to pay Xenia, and it didn't have to be.
Here's a link to some good (if not a tad biased) analysis of this big week in the Supreme Court of the United States.
The irony of Texas governor Rick Perry says his state "values all life" while preparing for it's 500th execution.
Speaking of the Lone Star State, here's a little something on one of it's most awesome public servants.