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.
Good evening and welcome to what promises to be a busy evening for the Ames City Council. A number of big items on the agenda including a staff report regarding ongoing negotiations with the Xenia Rural Water District on service rights for land planned for annexation north of city limits. The council will also get a report on residential development standards as they relate to the proposed ISU student-oriented housing on the old Ames Middle School property. There are also some issues related to the ongoing public library expansion and renovation.
7:10PM--Playing to a full house tonight. They've opened the back wall into the adjoining courtroom.
7:15PM--"Mucky Duck Pub" draws both chuckles *and* guffaws.
7:25PM--In regards to the development standards/ Breckenridge issue, City Planning and Housing director Kelly Diekman asks the council to have city code changed to strike any provision that would allow multiple family housing structures to be built on a single lot in low-density housing zoned areas. This means Breckenridge will have to have the land zoned medium- or high-density to accomplish it's goal.
7:52PM--Turns out, most of the people in the chambers tonight are concerned about a proposed change in the Land Use Policy Plan that would allow for the construction of a retirement community on SE 16th St. very close to existing townhomes in the Aspen Ridge area near Coldwater Golf Links.
8:40PM--Still talking about the LUPP change proposed for SE 16th St. Yup, it's our "severe tire damage" moment of the meeting.
9:15PM--Council denies LUPP change, takes a 10-minute long five-minute break. Now, on to Xenia.
9:33PM--City Attorney Judy Parks tells the council the city would open itself to legal action if it annexes land and puts in water and sewer lines without an agreement with Xenia.
Also, Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred says an effort to determine the exact boundaries of Xenia's territory has been complicated and is, to this point, incomplete. He says it could take weeks to finish.
9:45PM--Kindred says the Xenia board has determined the buy-out price for it's territory would be $3.1 million.
10:15PM--Council votes to accept report, directs staff to continue gathering information.