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Choking on food while driving, invalid fishing licenses and a contestant with a record are among the oddities discussed.

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Truck driver/author Tim Costello remembered in NY Times

I missed the news of the passing Tim Costello (pictured) in late December last year. Coming across it via the website of the New York Times, which had ran a nice roundup in the paper of his life and work, I'm struck as always by what so many individual haulers are able to accomplish in addition to keeping American supplied in their long paths across the nation's roadways. Costello, 64 when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer last year, spent ...

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Ruan Transport founder remembered at memorial ceremony

The $2 bill, you may not have known, was a calling card of Ruan Transport founder John Ruan, who passed away at age 96 on Sunday, Feb. 14, and was remembered fondly by many in a lighthearted tribute ceremony in Des Moines attended last week Thursday by more than 600 people. After the celebration, reported David Elbert in the Des Moines Register, "guests were presented with $2 bills bearing Ruan's signature and a small caricature of ...

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Arrow Trucking: Lawsuits, blame and good news

Some new developments emerged in recent days with Arrow Trucking, now two months after its Dec. 22 closing. Two items are from the Tulsa World. One details how lawsuits filed individually against executives are moving forward even though bankruptcy proceedings protect the company  from further lawsuits. Several of the civil cases are against Former CEO Doug Pielsticker. In the other, Pielsticker responds to allegations against him “by claiming that his former chief financial officer is primarily responsible ...

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Word from the Magic Man: ‘Let’s get this show on the road’

In the November issue of Truckers News, my editor and colleague Randy Grider wrote about Michael Mooney (pictured) in his lead column, "Magic Man." Mooney, a performer based in Cartersville, Ga., is deft with all manner of magician's tricks, but he also has a compelling story to tell, which he never misses the opportunity to do. One of his regular haunts, the TravelCenters of America location in Cartersville, offers plenty such opportunity, in addition to what he views ...

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Piling on — overweight fines reaching new heights

If the headline seems too outlandish to be true of a truck that actually had some sort of permit -- "Truck bound for drilling site 49.7 tons overweight" -- think again. Enforcement officers in Towanda, Pa., reported the Star-Gazette of Elmira, N.Y., have cracked down hard of all manner of weight infractions due to, some in the trucking business suspect, the area's uptick in big-move traffic care of a large Chesapeake natural gas drilling site ...

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Nashville driver reaches out to targets of hate graffiti

This story, published in the Nashville, Tenn.-based daily City Paper, highlights the efforts of a truck driver to represent the best of his community to a group of Somali immigrants and their house of worship. When the Al-Farooq Islamic Center, a community meeting hall and mosque, was tagged with the words "Muslims Go Home" and a cross symbol on Wednesday, Feb. 11, it was a self-described "unemployed truck driver" who showed up first with a can of ...

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Dinero moves new cross-border program foward

The Obama adminstration has renewed its pledge to reopen the U.S.-Mexican border and allow commercial trucks from the United States and Mexico free access to each other's respective interior highways. Some officials says this could happen before the end of the year. What's puzzling is how this will work. Soon after taking office, Obama signed an omnibus spending bill that cut off funding a cross-border pilot program implemented under the President Bush. The major argument was that Mexican trucks were too unsafe to operate on American highways. ...

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Credit card statements include free cold shower

You might have heard that banks have to play by new rules with their credit card terms and disclosures, starting today. If you’ve never faced the music when it comes to credit card abuse, your chance is about to come. One of the more digestible – and eye-popping – bits of information that now must be disclosed is how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make only the minimum monthly ...

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Remembering a genuine American — Yellow Freight driver Karl Krueger

It is with sadness that I that I relay news reports that confirm the death of a true American -- Karl Krueger of Sioux Falls, S.D. (pictured), a union driver for Yellow Freight who made his mark on the trucking world and general public with a campaign for the presidency of the United States. A five-rig crash near the end of a construction zone on I-29 in Western Iowa, near Missouri Valley, eventuated in Krueger’s death; ...

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