If you don’t drive, make sure to check your mail; the state is sending free voter ID cards to 120,000 Iowa citizens. Six percent, or about one of every 20 Iowa voters, are on the list put together by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. If those numbers hold true locally, it means for example over a thousand voter IDs are in the mail Wapello County. Getting one requires no action on the part of a resident; they’re sent to a registered voter who doesn’t have a driver’s license or an official state ID card.
Two young entrepreneurs from Oskaloosa are quickly garnering national attention for their respective work. Matthew Rooda and Dalton Shaull were both recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, Class of 2018, an unheard of accomplishment for two people from the same small town. Rooda grew up in Oskaloosa and graduated from Pella Christian High School. A student at the University of Iowa, he founded SwineTech and developed the SmartGuard system, along with partner Abraham Espinoza. Shaull, an Oskaloosa High School graduate, co-founded HealthTech Solutions with Eric Paul. They developed an app called TXP Chat, which allows doctors to coordinate transplants more quickly by streamlining secure communication.