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Chuck Bosselman inducted in racing hall of fame

The 15th class of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to be inducted in October at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Neb., is set to include one Chuck Bosselman, second-generation owner of the famous Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Neb., at I-80 and Highway 281, and later related businesses. Bosselman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, got the racing bug in the late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy and ...

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Operators pitch in to foil suicide attempt, take two

It was truckers to the rescue again Monday in Minneapolis as a suicidal man stood poised to jump, hanging onto nothing more than the outside of a chain-link fence at the edge of a 25-foot-high bridge over I-94. A trooper on the scene, Carl Hoffman, took a page from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., police's handbook and asked the operators of several tractor-dry van rigs that had been stuck in the traffic that backed up around the ...

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The drones are coming and they’re coming for you

Life will change for all of us as drones become common in U.S. air space.

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A compact workout

It's 10 minutes before you need to hit the road again. Enough for a walk? Maybe not. To keep your body healthy, you should implement a regimen balancing cardiovascular exercise with lifting weights or practicing yoga, pilates or the like. So when you only have a few minutes, make the most of them! You don't need me to tell you there's no way you can fit a Bowflex weight machine in your cab. But you can ...

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ATTN Charleston port haulers: boosted cash incentive

The folks at Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting operators with opportunities to boost environmental friendliness and operational profitability, sent a notice today any Charleston, S.C., port haulers will want to take notice of, particularly if you've been waiting for the right opportunity to get rid of that pre-1994 model truck you can't otherwise unload. Incentives for CSS's Charleston port truck replacement program will increase from $5,000 to $10,000 beginning this week. "The voluntary ...

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Excerpting ‘Roll On,’ a novel by Fred Afflerbach

The book is out, owner-operators. And what a book it is, telling the story, as I've written here, of owner-operator Ubi Sunt, an old-school "bedbugger" and child of the orphan trains facing down in the early 1980s an incoming rush of new faces, new ways of doing business, new pressure from his family to settle down and if not new, then certainly increased talk of a nationwide independent owner-operator shutdown he wants no part of. Afflerbach ...

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A pleasant difference between our former and present carriers

Our former carrier told us where to go and when. Our present carrier allows us to call ahead to confirm pick up and delivery details. It's better this way.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave

Dear Carolyn, I met a really nice gal through a dating website. We hit it off and have so much in common it’s like we were meant to be. Her dad is a trucker so she even understands the life. We've made plans to meet in a few weeks and are both very excited to finally get together in real life. However, I have one big problem. I sent her an old photo of me when I ...

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Tire whack-a-mole

Goodyear shows off its DuraSeal puncture-battling technology.

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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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