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Is it possible to change?

  Dear Carolyn, Can people change? I’ve been reading you for a long time and you seem like an optimistic gal. I don’t think you’d be giving all the advice about eating healthy, getting fit, improving your mind and such if you didn’t believe it. So please answer honestly. I want to change my unhealthy ways but I don’t know if it’s truly possible. Frank Dear Frank, Yes and I don’t know. Yes, I have seen people change for the better. ...

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Ugly today: pay to park, canceled load

Security told us to pay to park, then a load canceled later in the day.

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Meet owner-operator of the year Larry Severson

Leased to Dart Transit since the late 1970s, Truckload Carriers Association/Overdrive Independent Contractor of the Year Larry Severson's longevity with the company beats that of even some of the Oren-family management. Dan Oren, grandson of the company's founder and one of three brothers who continue to be active participants among the company's family ownership, remembers riding along with Severson (pictured) in his 1978 Ford LNT9000 conventional, powered by a Detroit 6V92, the second truck Severson ...

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Developing a spreadsheet for expediters

Our spectacular scenic drive continued today. I worked on spreadsheets when we parked for the night.

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VIDEO: An owner-operator's message to regulators about EOBRs

Owner-operator Ken Stewart told federal regulators what he would do the day he is forced to put an electronic onboard recorder in his truck.

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VIDEO: Driver to FMCSA: ‘Stop coming after us!’

Owner-operator Greg Petit gave federal regulators a mouthful Friday morning during a hearing to get input on electronic onboard recorders.

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New friends and a scenic drive

We met new friends today and enjoyed a wonderful drive down U.S. 395 in California.

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Stories from MATS: Perkins on a heavy haul

  Perkins Specialized Transportation has launched the biggest series of hauls in its history. The Northfield, Minn.-based company specializes in super loads -- the biggest, longest, heaviest cargo allowed on the nation’s highways. Over 40 years the firm has grown from a dozen workers and trucks to 65 employees and 22 heavy-haul rigs. It hauls everything from steam turbines and bridge beams to dryers for ethanol plants and gun mounts for destroyers. In 2011 Perkins faced one of its biggest challenges when it ...

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Cummins Redefining Tour – Driver Reactions and Future Tour Dates

VIDEO: Mack Truck hauls 800,000-lb generator vessel

Here's an excerpt from a Mack Trucks video, shown to trucking journalists, about Northfield, Minn.-based Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting's haul of 800,000-lb. decommissioned generator vessels from a San Onofre, Calif., nuclear generating station to a Clive, Utah, disposal site. The job was so massive that it required three heavy-haul-spec'd Mack Titans in total - one in front of the nearly 300-foot long custom trailer and a pair of Titans behind the trailer.

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Loathe to deadhead but may have to

We spent a pleasant day in Sparks, Nev. today but are still sitting here without freight to haul.

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