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.
Maybe it's becasue I'm not a big shopper, but I'm pretty sure I'd rather punch myself in a tender region than go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving evening.
A little backstory:
When I was in college, I worked retail for exactly ONE Christmas shopping season. Because I love the holiday so much, I resolved that I would never, ever, do it again. Short of serving them food in a restaurant (something I've also done), you'll never see the worst in people than when they are in search of that special Christmas gift and you're in their way.
When you think about how much retailers are probably having to pay their workers to come in on a holiday, I just can't believe they're making tons of money by keeping those same employees away from their families. Oh, I get it--these workers have a choice. You're right, they can chose to work somewhere else. But...why should they have to? These people will be putting in some brutal hours from the Friday after Thanksgiving though New Year's Eve. Why do we want to pile on?
Also--what does this say about us? Are we really this desperate for a "real hot deal" that we'll go to this length? Are we really these kinds of slaves to marketing? Don't fall for it. Please, go support the economy and shop local if you can. But I'd urge you to resist the siren song that puts you in a mall on Thanksgiving night.