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On Easter Sunday worshiped at the “Church of the Cold Stare”

I learned today about Casa Grande, Ariz. Learned by driving around in the town and spending the day there. Diane and I woke up this morning at the Petro truck stop in Eloy, Ariz. We are laying over here while waiting for load offers. No offers were received today. As planned, we took morning showers at the truck stop, put on our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and drove the truck to a church in nearby ...

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Cummins introduces iPhone app with 3-D engine views

The latest in the trucking-related smartphone apps world is a nifty program offering 3-D views of engine componentry and systems from the folks at Cummins. It's geared toward connecting technicians with careers with the diesel engine manufacturer, but I imagine there are plenty of you who'd get a kick out of the the app's features as well. Featuring a strong educational component geared toward students of engine and related systems technology, reps say, the app's "intelligent ...

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In Arizona and in the state of flow

I spent today in the state of flow. I love it when that happens!

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Meet John Borofka, Dart Contractor of the Year

When I tripped up to Dart Transit headquarters in Eagan, Minn., last month to visit with the Overdrive Owner-Operator of the Year, Dart-leased Larry Severson, I got the unexpected benefit of sitting in on a small ceremony for Dart's own in-company Contractor of the Year for 2012, owner-operator John Borofka, pictured. Borofka's longevity with the company extends back two and half decades, Dart President David Oren said at the ceremony. In the last 13 years, he ...

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A good Good Friday, but not for freight

Freight is slow in Arizona on this Good Friday.

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Owner-operator on the guv’s blog

Owner-operator Paul Ahles utilized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's program for low, 4 percent financing of auxiliary power units to purchase the APU on his truck today, and as a participant in the program he was featured recently on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's blog, available at this link. Ahles called the choice to purchase the PowerCube APU the "best decision I ever made ... I would absolutely recommend getting an APU. The MPCA has been great to ...

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Not a healthy Subway choice

  Dear Carolyn, My husband feels virtuous because he eats at Subway when he's on the road.  He says, “If it’s good enough for Jared, it’s good enough for me.” I disagree. His favorite sub is the Meatball Pepperoni Melt. I contend that just the name itself screams, “heart attack!” My husband is 55 years-old, 50 pounds overweight and has high blood pressure. He reads you all the time and may listen to what you have to say. ...

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Tackle, oil patch service and a joke: Channel 19 Thursday round-up

Win Bass Pro Shops gift certificate from VIPro TruckForce networkFor the fish-happy among you (weather's been good for it over much of the nation, that's certain), ongoing through the end of May, operators utilizing the VIPro TruckForce network of shops for maintenance can enter to potential win one of 25 $150 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. VIPro TruckForce service centers are located "coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada," network reps say, offering "quality ...

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News flash: Hazmat haulers drive safe every day

The public always hears about the catastrophic truck wrecks but what about the millions of miles truckers safely drive every day?

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Prime commanding lead in TCA weight-loss showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition is now well into its 7th week, and results from the end of week 6 showed Springfield, Mo.-based, heavily owner-operator-focused carrier Prime Inc.'s personnel holding a relatively strong lead for the fourth week running, but with System Transport moving up a spot to second and gaining ground. Below find TCA's graphic showing the full week 6 results, based on the percentage of total weight shed over the weeks. And ...

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