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 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.