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Sioux City's J.D. Scholten to Join RuralVote.org

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Sioux City Democrat  J.D. Scholten says today he won’t run for office anytime soon. In fact, today Scholten is announcing he will take a job with a progressive group that seeks rural votes in battleground states. He'll be taking over as executive director of RuralVote.org, a super PAC focused on improving Democrats' chances in rural America.

The former baseball player and paralegal is s best known for nearly defeating controversial conservative Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th district in 2018.   a progressive group that seeks rural votes in battleground states.  The former baseball player and paralegal is s best known for nearly defeating controversial conservative Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th district in 2018.  The New York Times reports that Scholten had been mulling potential runs for governor and U.S. Senate in 2022. He has scheduled a live streaming event at 3 p.m. today to announce his political future..

A pair of conservatives have quit a work group tasked with revising social studies standards in South Dakota schools.

Neither is saying publicly why they resigned from the South Dakota Department of Education's cyclical review of American history and civics, among other areas of social studies. Sioux Falls Rep. Sue Peterson and Dr. Richard Meyer, a retired dentist from Rapid City, were among 50 people tapped by the state's education department this spring to serve on a Social Studies Standards Review Workgroup. 

The panel spent eight days in June examining the existing standards — what students at accredited K-12 schools in South Dakota should know by certain grade levels — and proposing what courses should be cut and any new ones that should be added.

Iowans will have the option to self-administer COVID-19 tests through Test Iowa starting this Friday. The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced instead of the drive-thru locations, which launched in April of 2020, Iowans can pick up the at-home test kits at around 125 different sites across the state. They can also request a kit be mailed to them. Like the drive-thrus, the at-home tests are free. They require a saliva sample to be sent to the State Hygienic Lab, which will email the results.

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