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Todd Dills

Small gestures go a long way

| April 13, 2013

Whether you’re talking ways to let a trusted mechanic know you appreciate his due attention, speed and ability when working out a problem with your rig or, as in the case of eight or so owner-operators, trucking-company reps and drivers based in and around Fargo/Grand Forks North Dakota, ways to show your appreciation to sandbag fillers at a local elementary school as a river threatens your city, nothing says thanks like a hot pie.

Stephen BeauclairCheck out this story (including originally broadcast video) on a North Dakota television news station’s website. At the instigation in part of driver Stephen Beauclair (pictured), involved in recent efforts to fill 1 million sandbags in preparation for flood season in Fargo, area-school students involved got a treat from truckers hauling the sandbags around the area as a big thanks for their long, hard work. Beauclair (pictured) “started asking all the owner-operators if they wanted to contribute,” he told ValleyNewsLive. Eight or so pitched in, ultimately raising around $1,000 to feed all the volunteers at Sandbag Central in Fargo with fresh, hot pizza. According to the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin newspaper, donations “included a $400 match by Dean Mertz, the general manager of Reile’s Transfer and Delivery.”

A great testament, all in all, to the collective effort of the city’s preparations, but also to the importance of giving credit its reward, where it’s due.

Safe driving this weekend to all still out on the road.

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