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Sharpen your saw, then expand

Every business owner thinks about expansion at one time or another.

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Trucking a lifesaver after reform school abuse

Retired trucker John Brodnax joined other former detainees at a Florida reform school in a class-action lawsuit decrying years of abuse.

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Mustang’s Trucking at the tattoo parlor

Last time we checked in with Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford it was on the occasion of the death of his longtime trucking companion in his dog, Fred. This time round, Crawford stopped on his way through Nashville for a brief talk and photo shoot. Crawford, who recently got his DOT authority -- note the "Mustang's Truckin'" emblem on his 1994 Freightliner's door -- and went out on his own hauling dedicated ...

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My boyfriend cheated on me

Dear Carolyn, I feel like I've wasted a whole year of my life. I was dating a guy who I thought was the last good guy on earth. We are both truckers and he understood what I go through on the road. I saw him as my knight of the highway. Somehow, he managed to carry on similar relationships with three other women. When it all finally came out, I was devastated. I've done nothing but ...

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Broker Trinity Transport seeking best driver nominations

On its website and Facebook page, broker Trinity Transport is seeking nominations for a competition for best truck driver held in conjunction with National Truck Driver Appreciation week, "dedicated to those who spend their days away from home to make it possible for others to live comfortably," as their site notes. A good description of the driver's job, and a fair one. First, Second and Third spots in the contest receive $1,000, $100 and $25, respectively. You ...

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A trucking Western thriller ends run on Chicago stage

It wasn't exactly going for contemporary industry realism, but it's called "Mother Bear," named for the handle of a leader in a band of not-exactly-savory Utah haulers a young lawyer and "salt man" for an upstart truckers' union seeks out to enroll in his new organization, knowing minions will follow him. Rough-and-tumble Western in tone -- with truck drivers instead of cowboys/outlaws, channeling, perhaps, a film most will know too well in Convoy -- the ...

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Get your Ice Road Truckers DVDs while the roads remain

Yes, it was only a matter of time, I'd say, before a newspaper in the Great White North did a long feature on the potential impact melting sea ice in the Arctic and changing climate patterns due south of it could have on an important part of the Canadian economy -- and our own television viewing. The Globe and Mail, Canada's newspaper of record, in late May published a wide-ranging feature on global warming's impact on ...

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One trucker’s video of April flooding on I-29 in North Dakota

File this one under "Old news" if you like (or under "Don't try this at home" or "Not the greatest decision"), but to get the week started here I thought I'd share a vid from the April flooding of I-29 near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, as shared by the folks at the N.D. Grand Forks Herald newspaper's website. Purportedly shot by a truck driver, en route along I-29 north of Manvel, N.D., headed northbound, the ...

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Facebook friends are not enough

Dear Carolyn, I am a pretty lonely guy and can't seem to figure out why. I am a professional truck driver, in good shape and am well read. I also have nearly 600 "friends" on Facebook. What do you think I'm doing wrong? Billy Dear Billy, Driving a pick-up truck doesn't make a guy a trucker any more than having 600 Facebook friends makes a guy popular. You have to meet real humans in order to play with humans. Stop ...

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The all-time greatest trucking songs

What are the top trucking songs of all time? That’s what we want you to tell us. Senior Editor Todd Dills has been soliciting titles through his Channel 19 blog.

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