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.
If it's the fourth Tuesday of the month, it's time for the Ames City Council's live blog. A handful of things on a short-ish agenda this evening. The council will consider an Urban Renewal Plan for Campustown. This centers on the Kingland Systems building project on West Lincoln Way. Establishment of this plan could mean tax abatements for the Kingland project. Also, the council will get an update on the continuing negotiations with Xenia Rural Water District for water rights on land north of city limits. The new wrinkle is the now three-way negotation with developers who want to build in the area.
7:45PM: Much discussion right now on a new apartment building that is proposed on W. Lincoln Way across from the west Hy Vee store. The proposal is a change from the original plan, with three times as many bedrooms and twice as many square feet. People who live in the Edwards elementary school school are opposed, saying it would ruin the look of the neighborhood, and bring in more traffic.
8:15PM: West Ames apartment discussion still going on...
8:20PM: Developer Brent Haverkamp is addressing Council now. Says the bigger building set back in lot is a better project. He says Ames "has a need for all kinds of housing." If this is true, how is it that Iowa State can call up developers in Campustown and west Ames and get buildings for it's overflow students. Also says most of his tenants will be ISU students.
8:25PM: At-Large Council member Matthew Goodman attempts to make point with Haverkamp that not only will he "provide more housing" but will also make more money by renting apartments to more people in a bigger building.
8:35PM: 2nd Ward Council member Jami Larson expresses concern that developer hasn't talked more to people in neighborhood about size and scope of new project. Has offered motion to send this issue back to staff and direct more communication between the two sides.
8:45PM: Larson's motion carries. Time for a 10-minute long 5-minute break. FWIW, we are already an hour past the last meeting's adjourment time.
8:53PM: And, we're back.
9:00PM: FWIW, City Council candidates Justin Dodge, Tim Gartin, and Chris Nelson are in the chambers tonight.
9:10PM: On the Xenia issue, Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred says it could be December before negotations are to a point where annexation requests for land north of city limits could come before council. 2nd Ward council member Jami Larson says it would be nice to resolve issue before three, if not four, members of the council are not around dais in January.