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Complete details on awards on pages 19 - 28
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 Chairman’s Message.........................3 President’s Message..........................5 From the Desk of Robert Christian, Black Hills Log Haulers Association...7
Chairman's Award Winner:
Safety Director of The Year:
September Driver of the Month............9
FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over........................11
A&A Express, Inc.
SDTA’s Adopt-a-Highway Update.....11 Protecting Your Health: Learn About Prostate Cancer Awareness........13-15 OOIDA Supports Subjecting Sleep Apnea Policy to Formal Cost Benefit Analysis...........................................17 Condolences....................................18
Driver of the Year:
Ploen Trucking Brandon
SDTA’s 78th Annual Convention Pictorial Review..................................19-28 SDTA’s Membership Drive Chart.....29 SDTA Welcomes New Members......29 Beware of Fraudulent Letters Going Out To Trucking Companies.............30 SDTA’s Fall 2013 Seminar Registration...................................................31 Important Dates To Remember........34 Important Phone Numbers...............35 Board of Directors List......................36
Fleet Safety Grand Champion Winner:
Johnson Feed, Inc., Canton
SDHP’s Partnership In Safety Award Winner:
Trimac Transportation, Rapid City
(accepted by Mike Habeck on behalf of Trimac Transporation)
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SDTA’s EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Rick Hoogendoorn, Chairman of Board Mike Habeck, Vice Chairman David Bultsma, Treasurer Jeff Gillespie, Secretary Alton Palmer, Past Chairman Myron L. Rau, President Mike Habeck, ATA Vice President
SDTA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS Justin Anders Linda Bickford Kimberly Bonhart Lloyd Bultsma Robert Christian Brian Clark Art Donovan Bryan Eden Randy Hartley Larry Klaahsen Stan Kopfmann Jerred Koppmann Jody Kuper Tim Miller Ben Oldenkamp Jerry Ollerich Matt Parker Robert Punt Wade Stebbins Dan Swenson Dave Stoterau Lyn Tschetter John Uhl Jeff Watkins Bud Westendorf Gene Williams Bob Willey
SDTA’s Past Chairpersons Stan Anders Larry Anderson Robert Appelwick Ted Bultsma Rich Burns Darrold Dean Bernard Feldhaus Alton Palmer Jeff Parker Gene Phillips Michelle Schipper Randy Thompson Wayne Viessman Stephen Willers
If you were able to attend this year’s annual convention, I hope at some point in the experience you had a “wow” moment. I had several. I won’t be a spoiler and tell you about all the people that were recognized, but rather, I will let you read the newsletter to get all the details and view the pictures. One of my “wow” moments was after the Chairman’s Banquet Friday night. One of the Drivers of the Month came up to me and thanked me for the event. He said in his entire career as a driver he never received any type of recognition until he received his Driver of the Month recognition. “Wow.” His wife was with him as he spoke and I could see the pride in her face as well. That experience alone would have made all the work of the convention worthwhile. I don’t know how long he has been with his current employer, but kudos to his employer who made the effort to nominate him for Driver of the Month. Needless to say that recognition made a huge impact on that driver. Goodness knows, everyone seems to be struggling to keep drivers behind the wheels of our trucks. A few moments of someone’s time to nominate a driver will pay huge dividends down the road. This experience obviously made a huge impact on him. Take a moment to review the driver nomination form on the SDTA website (www.southdakotatrucking. com). Even if your driver does not get selected, the fact that you made the effort will let them know they are appreciated... getting selected as Driver of the Month could be the bonus. Among my other “wow” moments was the privilege of announcing the Chairman Award winner – Larry Thury. Larry was one of a handful of people that helped get the Truck Driving Championships started in 1978 with 6 drivers participating. Larry has a very long list of accomplishments and has done a tremendous amount of work in promoting safety in our industry and helping our Safety Management Council and SDTA. In my view, he was a very worthy recipient. It was also very special to see his surprise when his children and grandchildren surprised him by being present for the presentation. Congrats my friend! We also had some great speakers including Brendon Johnson, United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota, as well as Mary Phillips, Sr. VP ATA from Washington, DC. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. I truly hope you enjoyed your time and found value in the experience. Also, special thanks to the entire SDTA staff for their teamwork and efforts. I noted I have a hard time organizing a wiener roast at my house let alone the monumental task of organizing the SDTA Annual Convention. Great job! Thank you.
Rick Hoogendoorn, YRC Freight 3
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Well, another SDTA Annual Convention is history. Those who attended the 2013 Convention in Sioux Falls all agree that it was a great event. The Sioux Falls Convention Center took very good care of us and the weather was fantastic for golf at Bakker Crossing. Not having the exact attendance numbers, I am confident the numbers were the same or up a bit. I do know the room was full for every event and in the trade show area. I want to congratulate Mr. Larry Thury for being chosen to receive the 2013 SDTA Chairman’s Award. Larry is not only a personal friend of mine, but he is also a friend and asset to the South Dakota Trucking Association. I also want to congratulate the South Dakota Highway Patrol for being awarded the Pride of the Show Award. In addition, I want to congratulate Mr. Randy Hindt for being honored as the Safety Director of the Year and Mr. Alvin Ploen, Ploen Trucking, Brandon, SD, as the Driver of the Year. I again want to thank the Associates for their support; without that support, we could not have an annual convention. Please mark your calendars and plan to join your industry partners and friends at the 2014 Annual Convention of the South Dakota Trucking Association which is scheduled for September 3 through 5, 2014, at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, in Rapid City. Changing gears, I would like to briefly talk about the state and national truck driving championships. I am not sure how long these events have been taking place, but I do know that I have been involved since 1987. During that entire period, states have held driving championships and crowned the “best of the best” to represent their state association at the national level. What seems to be that simple in fact is not! The state champions or their company must be a member of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in order to actually participate regardless of the fact that the state has qualified them. There are a couple of other options: a first time company participant or a one time “wild card” participant. These ATA Rules have always been very contentious for members of the Trucking Association Executives Council (TAEC), a group to which I belong. To the best of my recollection, the TAEC brought our displeasure to the attention of the ATA Executive Board around 2003 and nothing was changed. At the recent TAEC Annual Meeting, we unanimously passed a resolution requesting the ATA accept all drivers that are pre-qualified and crowned as state championships regardless of ATA Membership. I am pleased to report that last month at the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships, ATA Chairman Mike Card announced that he is supporting the TAEC proposed change. Card said the proposal was approved by members of the TAEC in July and the resolution is expected to be on the ATA Executive Committee’s Agenda in October. If the change is approved, state champion contestant companies would need to be a member of the respective state trucking association but not ATA members and given full participation rights in the national competition. Mr. Card went on to say that he believes changing this rule eventually could increase ATA Membership. I personally look forward to seeing this rule changed: it must be changed! As I say so often, stay tuned for further developments. Stay SAFE! Until next month . . .
UPDATE FROM THE BLACK HILLS LOG HAULERS ASSOCIATION From the Desk of Robert Christian Black Hills Log Haulers Association In July and August editions of South Dakota “Trucking News,” Chairman Rick Hoogendorn and President Myron Rau elaborated on the fact that we are very close to setting a SDTA membership record of over 600 regular and associate members. I believe we still have enough log haulers out there and entities that we do business with to push this right over the top all on our own. Let’s buddy up and approach some of our non-members and businesses to see what we can do to get them signed up for both the South Dakota Trucking Association and the Black Hills Log Haulers Association. All you should have to do is explain what we have done, what we are doing and what we are trying to do for them on a Federal, State and Local level. We have been to Washington, DC to address the pine beetle epidemic and have taken road issues all the way to the Secretary of Transportation. These are just two of our accomplishments. Collectively, as a group we spend over 5 million dollars per year on fuel, insurance, tires, parts, and repairs alone in the Black Hills. This is just a portion of what we spend! We have set up a Black Hills Log Haulers Meeting for October 20th, at 1:00 p.m., at the Deadwood Mountain Grand, in Deadwood, SD. It was in April at the Log Haulers Seminar that we last had the opportunity to discuss any issues. With the SDTA Board Meetings coming up in November and February, it is important that we meet beforehand. One of the topics of discussion at the SDTA Fall Board Meeting in November will be the proposed bills for the 2014 Legislative Session. In February, we will be updated as to the progress of the 2014 legislative session. Following the February SDTA Winter Board Meeting, all SDTA members are invited to attend a member dinner followed by Pierre’s Largest Ice Cream Sundae Bar. It’s a great time to visit with our legislators and give them your input and feedback. Consider this to be your notification of the October 20th meeting. Also please bring your information packets and survey information along for discussion. We will be making plans for another seminar in April 2014 so give some thought as to who you may like to have for speakers. Congratulations to the 2013 scholarship recipients! It was nice to see five scholarships given out this year.
Robert Christian, President
Black Hills Log Haulers Association
SEPTEMBER 2013 Driver of the month
NOMINATE YOUR DRIVER For SDTAâ€™s Driver of the Month Program! Each month the SDTA Safety Management Council selects one driver to be recognized as the Driver of the Month.
DON JENSEN ENTERPRISES IRENE, sd Don Jensen, Don Jensen Enterprises, Irene, SD, has been selected as the September 2013 Driver of the Month by the South Dakota Safety Management Council. Mr. Jensen has logged over 3 million miles in a professional driving career that spans 40 plus years. Don has participated in the South Dakota Truck Driving Championships 20 times since 1994. He has representented South Dakota at the National Truck Driving Championships numerous times as well. In 1988 Don was selected as a Goodyear Highway Hero nominee. In his multiple decades as a professional truck driver Don has received several safe driving awards.
Annually the 12 Drivers of the Month interview during the SDTA Convention for the SDTA Driver of the Year. Donâ€™t your drivers deserve to be recognized? Sign them up today! Nomination forms and rules are available online at: www.southdakotatrucking.com. Call Michelle Wells with any questions at the SDTA office at 605-334-8871.
Don is the parent of two adult children, Zach, age 28 and Kim age 25. Don resides in Irene, SD. SDTA joins the Safety Management Council in congratulating Don Jensen for being selected as the September 2013 Driver of the Month. 9
FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over September 18, 2013 By Oliver Patton
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal.
The agency does not spell out a schedule for a revised approach. It says it will solicit comments on what Congress ordered in last year’s highway bill. And it has two research projects under way on entry-level training, each looking at different aspects of the relationship between training and safety performance. Reprinted from:
The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007. Comments on the proposal and recommendations from an advisory panel led the agency to conclude that it has to start over again. The proposal would have required both classroom and behind-the-wheel training for applicants for a commercial license. While most of the 700 comments on the proposal supported the concept of the training, views on the details were mixed, the agency said. Some industry groups, for example, objected to the agency’s plan to require a specific number of training hours rather than a performance-based approach. Also, there were objections to the agency’s plan to require driver training schools to be accredited by an agency recognized by the Education Department or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Some said that the accreditation process would be too long and costly, and would not necessarily lead to better training. In addition, some urged the agency to consider adding a graduated licensing system to the proposal, and others were concerned about how the behind-the-wheel portion of the training would be conducted. Finally, the agency noted that last year’s highway bill added additional requirements to the regulation. It says the rule must establish a training regime that addresses safety performance and hazmat operations, and it must certify that applicants and trainers meet federal standards. These add up to a significant change of direction for the rule, the agency said.
(Pictured Left to right): SDHP Trooper Matt Koll, Patty Hinz, Steve Hoffman, Blake Otteson, Chad Rogers, Joe Sandoval, SDHP Motor Carrier Inspector Rhianna Nerby, Fred Rule & Tim Miller (Not pictured: Dusty Rhode and Michelle Wells)
Twice a year the South Dakota Trucking Association’s Safety Managment Council cleans up a two-mile stretch of SD Highway 19, just north of Humboldt, SD. We appreciate the help of our Council Members in getting this done year after year.
We thank you for your commitment! 11
IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION
Protecting Your Health: Learn About Prostate Cancer Awareness By Michele Lohr Corsini, MD, MS, Radiation Oncologist, Sanford Cancer Center When you are in the driver’s seat, there’s plenty to think about. There’s a lot riding on your mind and your wheels. An awareness of your risks and all of your options is important in the trucking business, but it’s also important to your health. September is prostate cancer awareness month. It’s a great time to learn a little about a condition that is the second most common type of cancer found in men. Know your risk The prostate is a gland located in front of the rectum and below the bladder. Almost all prostate cancers develop from gland cells. We don’t know why that happens, but there are factors that seem to raise your risk of getting prostate cancer. In 2013, approximately 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 28,170 deaths will occur from the disease. Approximately one in six men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in 36 will die of this disease. Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. The chance of getting prostate cancer goes up quickly after a man reaches age 50. For unknown reasons, prostate cancer is more common in African-American men than other races. Men with close family members who have had prostate cancer are also more likely to get prostate cancer, especially if their relatives were young when they got the disease. While many risk factors cannot be controlled, there are some things that can lower your risk of getting prostate cancer. Studies have shown body weight, exercise and diet may have an effect. For now, doctors recommend that you: • Eat at least 2½ cups of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits each day. • Be physically active. • Maintain a healthy weight. Talk to your doctor Early prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. It may be found by a blood test called PSA (prostatespecific antigen) and a digital rectal exam (DRE). This is an exam into the rectum to feel the prostate gland. Because the prostate gland is in front of the rectum, during the DRE the doctor can feel if there are any bumps or hard places on the prostate, which may be a sign of cancer. (Continued on page 15)
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IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION
Protecting Your Health: Learn About Prostate Cancer Awareness continued... The American Cancer Society recommends discussing the risks and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening with a health-care provider before deciding to be screened. At age 50, discussions about screening should take place for those who are at average risk and discussions should begin at ages 40-49 for those at a higher risk. A biopsy may be done if a PSA test or DRE are abnormal. During a biopsy, tissue from the prostate is removed and analyzed to see if it contains cancer cells. If cancer is present, your medical team will likely grade the cancer, which helps predict how fast it is likely to grow and spread. Options to follow up If the biopsy shows cancer, more tests can be done to determine if, and how far, the cancer has spread. This process is called staging. Staging is very important because treatment choice and the outlook for recovery depend on the stage of cancer. In some instances, men with prostate cancer may need additional tests, such as a bone scan, CT, or MRI. Because prostate cancer often grows very slowly, some men may never need treatment for their cancer. Instead, watchful waiting or active surveillance may be suggested. If treatment is needed, there are a variety of options available. Whatâ€™s most important is that you take the time to talk with your doctor about what types of prostate cancer detection are appropriate for you. For more information about prostate cancer, go to www.sanfordhealth.org or call Sanford Cancer Center at (605) 328-6000 or (800) 843-2638. The Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls invites you to join us for Prostate Peers at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Cancer Center. Prostate Peers is a system of education and expert guidance for men (and women) affected by prostate cancer. It is a time to get answers to your questions, learn about treatment options, individual experiences, and the effects of cancer and its treatment. For more information or to RSVP please call (605) 328-6050.
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OOIDA Supports Subjecting Sleep Apnea Policy to Formal Cost Benefit Analysis Article reprinted from OOIADA Grain Valley, Mo., Sept. 12, 2013 – The nation’s largest association representing professional truckers, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, supports legislation introduced by Congress that would ensure a formal rulemaking process regarding future policies on the issue of sleep apnea. This would include requiring that a full cost-benefit and regulatory impact analysis be used should the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decide to set policy regarding screening, testing and treatment for sleep apnea as opposed to guidance, which is not subject to this critical analysis. “The best policy is for the agency to use the rulemaking process already in place rather than sidestepping it,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “With the potential cost to trucking running north of $1 billion without the proven safety improvement, guidance is not a practice we can support.” Reps Larry Bucshon (R-IN), and Dan Lipinski (DIL) introduced the bipartisan bill, H.R.3095, to ensure that any FMCSA sleep apnea policy take into account costs to the industry and consider the best screening, testing, and treatment methods versus an overly broad approach that was initially issued by the FMCSA in since-withdrawn guidance from April 2012. H.R. 3095 does not require FMCSA to issue any policy or regulation regarding sleep apnea. It simply ensures that any policy issued does not avoid a thorough analysis of the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among truck and bus drivers, the range of possible actions to address the problem, or the costs and benefits of any policy.
“Small-business truckers applaud Representatives Bucshon and Lipinski for their efforts on this important issue to truckers and to small businesses,” said Spencer. “H.R.3095 is common sense legislation that has the support of the entire industry. That fact alone should send a strong signal that anything FMCSA does regarding sleep apnea should absolutely consider the costs such a policy will pass on to truckers, especially more experienced and safer drivers.” OOIDA holds the position that any truck driver who has symptoms or signs of sleep apnea should seek the advice of their own primary care physician. OOIDA has been opposed to suggested mandates that require testing solely based on Body Mass Index (BMI), and requirements that truckers use only expensive medical devices to treat the condition when other less expensive alternatives may be as effective. According to research on sleep apnea published by FMCSA, there is no statistical evidence to suggest that the presence of sleep apnea significantly increases the likelihood or the risk of motor vehicle crashes. Article provided by: Norita Taylor Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association firstname.lastname@example.org 816-229-5791 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the largest national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 150,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the Greater Kansas City, Mo., area
The legislation is part of a broad industry effort that includes OOIDA, the American Trucking Associations, the American Bus Association, the United Motor Coach Association, the Private School Bus operators, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 17
September 7, 1956 to September 13, 2013
Dan McFarlane passed away on September 13, 2013, at the age of 57. Dan was a member of the South Dakota Trucking Association. He was an owner-operator out of Huron, SD. Above all things, Dan loved to spend time with his family. He was the father of three, Holly, Adam and Caroline. Please keep his children and his special friend Robin Bernards in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn their loss.
June 5, 1995 to September 5, 2013 Paul Jackson, step-son to Scott Wiertzema of Big Rig Signs, in Brandon, SD, passed away unexpectedly on September 5th at the age of 18. Please keep the Wiertzema and Jackson families in your thoughts and in your prayers as they mourn the passing of Paul. Memorial contributions can be made to the South Dakota Trucking Association Foundation through the SDTA office in honor of those lost.
SD Highway Patrol
Pride of Show winners for the 2013 SDTA Convention!
Of the 33 vendors displaying their products and services at the78th Annual SDTA Convention, the SD Highway Patrol received the most votes for Pride of the Show.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VENDORS THAT TOOK THE TIME TO DISPLAY THEIR PRODUCTS AND THEIR SERVICES AT OUR 78TH ANNUAL SDTA CONVENTION: Avera Occupational Medicine, Sioux Falls Avitus Group, Sioux Falls BetterTrucker.com, Winnipeg, MB Black Hills Truck & Trailer, Rapid City Black Hills Urgent Care, Rapid City Butler Machinery Co., Fargo, ND & Sioux Falls Cummins Central Power LLC, Sioux Falls Dakotacare - Boen & Associates, Sioux Falls - Wollman Insurance Group, Sioux Falls First Line Funding, Madison Innovative Employer Solutions, Sioux Falls Interstate PowerSystems, Sioux Falls IState Truck Center, Sioux Falls Jim Hawk Truck Trailer, Sioux Falls Mid-States Utility Trailer Sales, Sioux Falls North Central International of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Peterbilt of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
RAS Companies / Dakota Truck Underwriters, Sioux Falls Retrac Mirrors, Brandon Sheehan Mack, Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Truck & Trailer, Sioux Falls Siouxland Trailer Sales, Sioux City, IA SDTA Safety Management Council South Dakota Highway Patrol South Dakota Trucking Association Special Olympics of South Dakota Stern Oil Company, Sioux Falls TAB Bank, Ogden, UT Thermo King of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Transport Data Systems, Inc., Brookings Wallwork Financial, Fargo, ND Watertown Truck & Trailer, Watertown Wilson Trailer Sales, Sioux City, IA Workforce Occupational Medicine, Sioux Falls
Thank you to our very own funny man Mark Dybvig (pictured right) who was our auctioneer for the convoy print and to our auction spotters, Bill Rezac (pictured above) and Bob Willey (not pictured).
A special thank you to Tim Miller (right) of Cliff Viessman, Inc., Gary, SD, who came in with the winning bid of $1,800 for the 2013 print for the World’s Largest Convoy for Special Olympics. We thank Cliff Viessman Inc. for their support of this amazing event! The picture was presented by Jerry “Skimpy” Seaman (left), Committee Member for South Dakota’s chaper of the Convoy.
Comedian: David Testroet
Thank you to all who attended the Convention! 20
Congratulations to the 2013 Driver of the Year
Ploen Trucking, Inc. Brandon, SD Alvin Ploen, Ploen Trucking, Inc., Brandon, SD, has been selected as 2013 Driver of the Year by the South Dakota Truck Association. Mr. Ploen has logged over 3.15 million accident-free miles in a professional driving career that spans 30 years.
Pictured Above: Mikayla (daughter), Arnold (father), Alvin, Dorothy (mother) & Tanner (son)
Alvin is a Trucker Buddy for the Brandon School Discrict. He is a participant of the South Dakota Chapter of the Worldâ€™s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. He is a very accomplished driver and businessman. He is always wanting to stay on top of any regulation changes and always delivers a message to the public displaying professionalism and courteous acts towards the motoring public. Alvin prides himself on having such a good safety record, as he knows how valuable safety really is. Alvin resides in Brandon, SD. He is the parent of two children, Tanner, 18 and Mikayla, 15. SDTA joins the Safety Management Council in congratulating Alvin Ploen for being selected as the 2013 Driver of the Year!
DRIVER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES: (pictured left to right)
Sam Boska, T Brothers Trucking; Don Davis, North Central Farmers Elevator; Timmy Davis, TBI, Inc; Alvin Ploen, Ploen Trucking, Inc.; Cheryl McClintic, K&J Trucking, Inc.; Rick Otten, Mid States Transport, Inc.; Dan Norgaard, MCT Transportation LLC; Ray Juarez, TBI, Inc.; Bob Fleming, A&A Express, Inc.; Leo Ruder, Orion Food Systems; and Rick Geerdes, K&J Trucking, Inc.
Fun With The Neo Johnsons Band 21
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING
SPONSORS OF THE 78TH ANNUAL SDTA CONVENTION SEPTEMBER 4, 5 and 6:
Diamond ($1500 and up) Baldwin-DeBates Insurance, Inc., Sioux Falls Black Hills Truck & Trailer, Rapid City Dakota Truck Underwriters, Sioux Falls Drivewyze, Edmonton, AB Great West Casualty Company, S. Sioux City, NE Interstate PowerSystems, Sioux Falls JJ Keller & Associates, Neenah, WI Midwest Truck Insurance, Sioux Falls Norpass, Lexington, KY North Central International of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Peterbilt of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Quality Truck Insurance, Rapid City RAS Companies, Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Truck & Trailer, Sioux Falls Transportation Insurance Services, Pierre Truck Insurors, Mitchell Watertown Truck & Trailer, Watertown Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Charlotte, NC Gold ($1000 - $1499) Butler Machinery Company, Fargo, ND & Sioux Falls Cummins Central Power LLC, Sioux Falls Eddie’s Truck Center, Ft Pierre & Rapid City I-State Truck Center, Sioux Falls Silver ($750 - $999) Mid-States Utility Trailer Sales, Sioux Falls Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc., Aberdeen & Sioux Falls Transport Refrigeration of SD, Sioux Falls Platinum ($500 - $749) Boen & Associates, Sioux Falls Coffee Cup Fuel Stops, Aberdeen Crossroads Trailer Parts & Service, Sioux Falls Jim Hawk Truck-Trailer Sales, Sioux Falls Larson Trailer Sales, Inc., Sioux Falls Northwest Food Products Transportation, Volga Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, Indianapolis, IN The First National Bank of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Thermo King of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Truck Writers, Blaine, MN Wollman Insurance Group, Sioux Falls
Bronze ($250 - $499) Arvid J Swanson PC, Canton Black Hills Urgent Care, Rapid City Boyer Ford, Sioux Falls Carrier Transisold, Sioux Falls CHS, Inc., Sioux Falls Insurance Specialty Group, Sioux Falls MCT Transportation LLC, Sioux Falls Orion Food Systems, Sioux Falls Prorate 48, Rapid City Transport Data Systems Inc., Brookings Wilson Trailer Company, Sioux City, IA Other Sponsors (Under $250) Assist Financial Services, Madison Big D Technologies, Sioux Falls Blachowske Truckline, Brandon C&S Licensing, Sioux Falls Contracting Consultants, Sioux Falls Dakota Alignment, Sioux Falls First Century Federal Credit Union, Sioux Falls Godfrey Brake Service & Supply, Inc., Rapid City Habeck Trucking, Inc., Belle Fourche Heartland Paper Co., Sioux Falls Hills Stainless Steel, Luverne, MN Hoffman Diesel Service, Inc., Sioux Falls Jet Service, Beresford K&J Trucking, Inc., Sioux Falls Lawrence NationaLease, Sioux Falls Prorate Services / Truck World, Stratford Sheehan Mack Sales, Sioux Falls Stone’s Truck Stop, Watertown TAB Bank, Ogden, UT The Truckers Place, Tea Transfreight Logistics, Tea Vanderhaag’s, Inc., Sioux Falls Wallwork Financial, Fargo, ND Wells Fargo Bank, Sioux Falls Workforce Occupational Health, Sioux Falls YRC Freight, Sioux Falls Zomer Truck & Trailer Sales, Inc., Sioux Falls
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Thanks to Great West Casualty for sponsoring these awards: Tom Beuzekom (left) and John Uhl (right)
Fleet Safety Award Winners:
1-149,999 C&V Hayworth Trucking Co., Rapid City, SD 150,000 - 299,999 Mountain Trails Trucking, LLC, Rapid City, SD
Pictured above with the Fleet Safety Grand Award: Matt Stensland, Johnson Feed, Inc. (left) and Randy Miller, Great West Casualty Company (right)
300,000 - 449,999 Selland Livestock, Inc., Woonsocket, SD
Great West Casualty Company of S. Sioux City, Nebraska sponsored the 2012-2013 Fleet Safety Contest. We thank them for this sponsorship.
450,000 - 599,999 Habeck Trucking, Inc., Belle Fourche, SD
The Fleet Safety Grand Award winner was selected on the following criteria by the SDTA Safety Management Council.
600,000 - 749,999 Dixon Bros, Inc., Newcastle, WY
• Their excellent Safety Record.
750,000 - 999,999 TBI, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD 1 - 1.75 million Dizco, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD 1.75 - 2.5 million Stan's, Inc., Alpena, SD 2.5 million and over Johnson Feed, Inc., Canton, SD
• Their support and participation in SDTA and its programs. • The 2012-2013 Grand Prize winner has proven that safety is no accident by submitting an excellent safety record and has for many years.
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Grand Fleet Safety Award Winner:
Johnson Feed, Inc. Canton, SD
to all of the 2012-2013 Capitol Club Members. In order to be invited to the Capitol Club Receptions, held annually at the SDTA Convention, you must contribute $200 or more to the South Dakota Trucking Association Political Action Committee (PAC) before the start of the 2014 Convention in Rapid City. For more information on SDTA PAC, please call the SDTA office at 605-334-8871.
golfers participated in the Bakker Crossing Golf outing at the Convention. It was a PERFECT day to be out on the greens... or the ruff depending on how you golf!
2013 CHAIRMAN AWARD WINNER
SAFETY DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Rick Hoogendoorn awards Larry Thury the 2013 Chairman’s Award Larry Thury - A true pioneer! There are so many reasons why Larry Thury was selected at the 2013 Chairman’s Award recipient. He is a true pioneer for the industry! Larry Thury was one of a handful of people who started the SD Truck Driving Championships (TDC) back in 1978, when we had six competitors. He has been such a big part of the TDC’s that one of the awards given annually to the driver with the highest driving score on the skills course was named the Larry Thury Award. Larry has displayed a long list of resolves to further safety in the trucking industry as well as having received numerous recognitions for his efforts: • President of ATA’s Safety Council of the Interstate Truck Load Carrier Conference • Recipient of the Clare C. Casey Jr. Award from the Interstate Truck Load Carrier Conference Safety Management Council • Sioux Falls Transportation Club Man of the Year • Served on the SD Safety Council • Served on ATA’s Board of Directors Hazordous Materials Committee • Served on the Sioux Falls Traffic Safety Committee • Twice served as the Chairman of SDTA’s Safety Management Council • Safety Director of the Year FOUR TIMES! • Appointed to ATA’s National Truck Driving Championship Committee
Steve Lincoln reads the accomplishments of Randy Hindt, the 2013 Safety Director of the Year, who is pictured above with his son Tyler, daughter-in-law Danielle, Francisco Jimenez, a Spanish Language intern staying with the Hindt family, wife Wynne and son Tanner who joined in the celebration via Skype from Afghanistan where he is currently stationed.
Randy Hindt was named the 2013 Safety Director of the Year at the 2013 SDTA Convention. He has been in the trucking industry for over 30 years, starting back in 1981 at Ruan Leasing. Randy has been a member of the SDTA Safety Management Council since 2006, serving as the Vice Chairman in 2010 and 2011. He has served as the Vice-Chairman of the South Daktoa Truck Driving Championships in 2008 and 2009 and as the Chairman in 2010 and 2011. As the Safety Director of A&A Express, Inc. he is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the company safety policies. He also hires and qualifies new drivers as well as provides ongoing training for current drivers. A&A Express, Inc. has won several awards with the guidance of Randy in the safety department. In his spare time Randy is active in the youth group at Celebrate Community Church, in Sioux Falls. We congratulate Randy Hindt for his recognition as the 2013 Safety Director of the Year!
Congratulations Larry! We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for the trucking industry!
Business Session 1:
Business Session 2:
American Petroleum Institute John Felmy, Chief Economist
What Can SDTA Do For You? Myron Rau, SDTA President
Business Session 3:
Top 10 Legal Issues for Carriers in 2013 Becky Trenner, Attorney
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Feeding South Dakota Matt Gassen For more information go to:
Presenterâ€™sThank You Continued --
A special thank you to Mary Phillips, American Trucking Associations Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs, for her Capitol Hill Update during Fridayâ€™s luncheon. We were glad to have her with us for our Convention. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Thanks SDTA For Their Recent Endorsement of Truckers Against Trafficking
for more information on Truckers Against Trafficking, go to:
The South Dakota Highway Patrol selected Trimac Transportation for the Partership In Safety Award.
Lieutenant Joel Peterson announced that because of the actions and success of the safety department at Trimac Transportation they were selected as the Partnership in Safety Award recipients for 2013. Congrats to the entire staff at Trimac Transportation!
Members Recruited Since the 2013 Annual Convention:
1 New Member Recruited by: Larry Thury
2 New Members Recruited by: I State Truck Center
3 New Members Recruited by: SD Trucking Association
Do you know of a company that should be a member of SDTA and is not? Membership applications can be found online at www.southdakotatrucking.com. If you have questions or need further assistance, pease contact the SDTA office at 605-334-8871.
WELCOME NEW SDTA MEMBERS Country Lakes Transport, Inc. Mike Feist 25970 US Hwy 14 • PO Box 423 Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 Phone: 701-426-8215; Fax: 507-794-5080 email@example.com Type of Carrier: Exempt / Livestock Sponsored by: SDTA Josten Wilbert Vault o. Tom Josten 1201 S. Van Eps Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Phone: 605-336-0767 Type of Carrier: Flatbed Sponsored by: I State Truck Center K&K Trucking Kevin Franken 806 Lawn Ridge Avenue SE Huron, SD 57350 Phone: 605-695-3238 firstname.lastname@example.org Type of Carrier: Owner-Operator Sponsored by: I State Truck Center Midwest Training Academy Joe Kolbach 1312 Coteau • PO Box 9 Gary, SD 57237 Phone: 605-272-3800 Type of Service: Truck Driving School Sponsored by: Larry Thury Neiman Timber Company L.C. Dan Buehler 23848 Hwy 385 • PO Box 619 Hill City, SD 57745 Phone: 605-574-2512; Fax: 605-574-4154 email@example.com www.neimanenterprises.com Type of Carrier: Logging Sponsored by: SDTA Woltman Vankekerix & Stotz, PC Heath Kooiman 4500 S Technology Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57106 Phone: 605-444-2200; Fax: 605-444-2240 firstname.lastname@example.org www.siouxfallscpa.com Type of Service: Accounting Firm Sponsored by: SDTA 29
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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: • SDTA Fall Executive Committee Meeting - Crossroads Hotel & Event Center, Huron at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, with dinner served during the meeting. • SDTA Fall Board Meeting – Crossroads Hotel & Event Center, Huron at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, with the Annual Guided Pheasant hunt scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13th at Stan’s Inc., east of Alpena, SD. • East River Legislative Reception - Callaway’s, 500 East 69th Street, Sioux Falls on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (east river time). • West River Legislative Reception - Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City - Monday, December 9, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (west river time). • SDTA Winter Executive Committee Meeting - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014 with dinner served during the meeting. • SDTA Winter Board of Directors Meeting - 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014 with a Board of Directors Dinner at 5:30 p.m. In the evening, we will hold the annual legislative reception and sundae bar. The SDTA Executive Committee will meet jointly with the SDADA Executive Committee in the afternoon of Monday, February 17, 2014. • SDTA Truck Driving Championships – Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Southeast Area Technical Institute, in Sioux Falls. • Warehouseman & Movers Conference – (tentative) May 16 through 18, 2014, at the Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park. • Wheel Jam at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron - June 6 through 8, 2014. • SDTA Executive Committee will meet in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Calcutta for the Annual Cliff Tjaden Fishing Event will take place over dinner that evening. • Annual Cliff Tjaden Fishing Event on Thursday, June 12, 2014, with boats launching on the Missouri River at 8:00 a.m. and returning for weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at the Redrossa Restaurant next to the Clubhouse Inn & Suites, Pierre. • SDTA Summer Board Meeting – 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Clubhouse Inn & Suites, Pierre. Meeting of the Agricultural Commodities Conference and the Log Haulers Conference will take place in conjunction with the meeting of SDTA BOD. • SDTA East River Golf Outing at the Brandon Golf Course – 10:00 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. • SDTA West River Golf Outing at the Elks Golf Course – 10:00 a.m. shotgun start on Friday, June 27, 2014. • 7th Annual West River Poker Run for Truck PAC, Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the Rapid City area. • National Truck Driving Championships – August 12 through 16, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. • SDTA Annual Convention – Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD on September 3 through 5, 2014. 34
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE COMPANY CITY RICK HOOGENDOORN, cHAIRMAN YRC sioux falls MIKE HABECK, vice chairman HabECk Trucking Belle Fourche DAVID BULTSMA, TREASURER D&J BULTSMA TRUCKING PLATTE jeff gillespie, secretary mct transportation llc sioux falls ALTON PALMER, PAST CHAIRMAN Alton Palmer Trucking LLC RAPID CITY MYRON L. RAU, PRESIDENT sdta SIOUX FALLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPANY CITY Justin Anders Anders Trucking Union Center LINDA BICKFORD QUALITY TRUCK INSURANCE RAPID CITY KIMBERLY BONHART UNITED PARCEL SERVICE LEAWOOD, KS LLOYD BULTSMA LLOYD BULTSMA TRUCKING SIOUX FALLS ROBERT CHRISTIAN BLACK HILLS LOG HAULERS ASSOC. RAPID CITY BRIAN CLARK ZOMER BROS. SIOUX FALLS ART DONOVAN DEAN FOODS / LAND O’LAKES SIOUX FALLS BRYAN EDEN BUTLER MACHINERY COMPANY SIOUX FALLS FRANCIS HAMM TRIMAC TRANSPORTATION RAPID CITY Randy Hartley Hartley Transportation, INc. Watertown LARRY KLAAHSEN DAKOTA TRUCK UNDERWRITERS SIOUX FALLS STAN KOPFMANN STANS, INC. ALPENA jerrEd KOPPMANN NORTH WESTERN WAREHOUSE RAPID CITY Jody kuper valley queen cheese factory milbank BEN OLDENKAMP OLDENKAMP TRUCKING KENNEBEC JERRY OLLERICH JERRY OLLERICH TRUCKING SIOUX FALLS MATT PARKER PARKER MOVING & STORAGE SIOUX FALLS ROBERT PUNT ROBERT PUNT TRUCKING STICKNEY WADE STEBBINS East West logistics llc piedmont Dave Stoterau CHS TRANSPORTATION SIOUX FALLS DAN SWENSON Pro Haul, LLC woonsocket LYN TSCHETTER THERMO KING OF SIOUX FALLS SIOUX FALLS JOHN UHL GREAT WEST CASUALTY CO. S. SIOUX CITY, NE JEFF WATKINS SIOUX FALLS TRUCK & TRAILER SIOUX FALLS BUD WESTENDORF CUMMINS CENTRAL POWER LLC SIOUX FALLS BOB WILLEY BOB WILLEY TRUCKING GETTYSBURG TIM MILLER SDTA SAFETY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL PAST CHAIRPERSONS COMPANY CITY alton palmer alton palmer trucking rapid city WAYNE VIESSMAN CLIFF VIESSMAN, INC. GARY STAN ANDERS ANDERS TRUCKING UNION CENTER LARRY ANDERSON a & a express, inc. brandon MICHELLE SCHIPPER K & J TRUCKING, INC. SIOUX FALLS BERNARD FELDHAUS, JR. FELDHAUS TRUCKING HOWARD DARROLD DEAN DIZCO, INC. SIOUX FALLS GENE PHILLIPS B & G TRANSPORTATION MADISON RICH BURNS BURNS MOVING & STORAGE SIOUX FALLS TED BULTSMA BULTSMA TRUCK LINE PLATTE RANDY THOMPSON TBI, INC. SIOUX FALLS
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