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 Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.