NAME: Douglas Strand AGE: 60 ADDRESS: East Moline OCCUPATION: United Township High School teacher in economics and business. FAMILY: Single EDUCATION: Eisenhower High School in Blue island, Ill.; bachelor's business accounting and history at Luther College; bachelor's in education and history from University of Minnesota; master's in educational administration from Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY:Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Black Hawk College board PRIOR OFFICE(S): Service Plus Credit Union board, East Moline City Council, Black Hawk College board., East Moline Police Pension Board. WHY RUNNING: One of the reasons would be I was on the board (before) and a lot of people asked that I consider going again. I'm very much in favor of education. I believe that Black Hawk is a great community college and I want to help it continue to go in the right direction. KEY ISSUE: There's always funding from the state and other sources that all high schools and colleges are facing. Black Hawk provides good job training and opportunities for transfer to four year colleges and universities. The certification programs are also good. COMMENTS: I'm trying to do some good for the community.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.