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Case study: District sees propane school bus benefits, adds 38 to fleet
October 1, 2015
After testing three propane-powered buses, Independent School District 15 in Minnesota ordered the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses for the 2015-16 school year.
Man on ‘no-fly’ list receives school bus driver’s license
September 15, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it has no legal reason to deny the license to Amir Meshal, who already has a commercial truck driver’s license and has no disqualifying offenses.
School bus driver’s international route includes multiple customs visits
July 29, 2015
Every school day, Dale Westover, a driver for Warroad (Minn.) Public Schools, travels to and from Canada and checks in with U.S. and Canada customs several times.
Winners named in School Bus Driver Int'l Safety Competition
July 20, 2015
Two drivers from a West Virginia district take the top spots in the conventional and small bus categories, while a California contestant comes in first in the transit category.
First Student location wins community education award
July 7, 2015
Minnetonka Community Education recognizes First Student Tonka Bay for its support of the community and the local school district.
Minnesota school bus drivers, operators honored
June 24, 2015
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association presents awards to six school bus drivers and two veteran contractors for their dedication to the safety of students.
Minnesota school bus drivers showcase skills
June 18, 2015
Eighty-six drivers from across the state take part in the 2015 Minnesota School Bus Roadeo, which tests competitors’ driving skills and their knowledge of school bus rules.
School bus company owner bounces back from fire
May 7, 2015
Joe Schieffert, the owner of Superior Transportation Services in Minnesota, lost 10 buses and the garage in a fire four months after buying the business. He was able to get six buses from a dealer to complete school routes soon afterward.
First Student employees collect food for those in need
April 15, 2015
Workers participated in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign and collected more than 5,300 pounds of food and nearly $1,000 to benefit food shelves.
Proposed bill aims to crack down on stop-arm runners
April 6, 2015
HF 1948 would raise the fine for Minnesota motorists who illegally pass a school bus by $200 in an effort to make it tougher for violators to plea down the charge.
Minnesota students design school bus safety computer game
March 23, 2015
Four seventh and eighth graders teamed up to create Bus Whiz to teach young students about school bus safety in a fun way.
Hoglund Bus owner Holly Hoglund Klein dies in crash
March 4, 2015
Hoglund Klein, who led her family’s Minnesota-based school bus dealership, is remembered for her passion for pupil transportation and her efforts to help others succeed.
Trucker gets jail time for passing school bus on right
March 2, 2015
Minnesota police said that the semi-truck driver nearly hit a student as he swerved around a stopped school bus in the May 2014 incident.
Minnesota district launches late-bus alert app
February 25, 2015
St. Paul Public Schools’ free MySPPS Bus application provides alerts on school buses that are running more than 10 minutes late.
First Student gives children access to winter coats, free skating program
February 19, 2015
A driver in Minnesota organizes a coat drive for needy students. Meanwhile, the contractor provides students in Cincinnati with transportation to a free after-school ice skating program.
Driver receives school bus casket as gift
February 10, 2015
Glen Davis, a former longtime bus driver for Grand Meadow (Minn.) Public Schools, received a casket built and painted to resemble a school bus from his friend, the owner of a funeral home, who wanted to pay tribute to his life.
Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl
August 15, 2014
Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus. The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over Schwartz, who was not injured.
MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit
August 14, 2014
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
New contract brings 65 propane buses to Minnesota district
July 16, 2014
Under the five-year, $4 million contract with St. Paul Public Schools, Student Transportation of America will provide new propane-powered vehicles and a refurbished facility. The contract award also marks the expansion of the company's operations in Minnesota.
School bus driver award brings crowd to tears
June 30, 2014
Don Puetz was among five recipients of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards. His dedication to his students, even amid personal sorrow — he lost both his wife and his daughter in the past year — made for an emotional ceremony.
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