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Dave Ernest Named Minnesota's Top 2009 Truck Driver

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Dave Ernest, a

professional truck driver for Smith Trucking, Inc. based in Worthington

Minnesota, as Minnesota's 2009 Truck Driver of the Year.

Ernest was selected from among a group of distinguished drivers (see list

below) by a team of judges comprised of the division administrator of the

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a captain from the Minnesota

State Patrol and a director at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

He was chosen based upon his safe driving record, job performance and

community service. The Minnesota Truck Driver of the Year Program has been

in existence since 1973.

For the past 11 years, Dave has been a professional truck driver for Smith

Trucking. Dave has driven over 1.2 million accident free miles and earned

the Trainer of the Year award in 2004. From playing as a child to coaching

as an adult, Dave is a sports enthusiast and enjoys football, basketball

and baseball.


The 2009 Drivers of the Month and nominees:

· Al Beck of Dart Transit Company, Eagan, MN

· Dave Beckius of B.J. Transport, Inc., Afton, MN

· Nick Christenson of McFarland Truck Lines, Inc., Austin, MN

· Jerry Ehlebracht of Dedicated Logistics, Inc., Oakdale, MN

· Dave Ernest of Smith Trucking, Inc., Worthington, MN

· Eric Gardner of Anderson Trucking Service, Inc., St. Cloud, MN

· Steve Hurd of Transport America, Eagan, MN

· Brad Larson of UPS, Minneapolis, MN

· Jesse Mudgett of Con-Way Freight, Fridley, MN

· Tom Ogle of SUPERVALU, Eden Prairie, MN

· Rodney Rugeley of S.A.V. Transportation Group, Inc., Coon Rapids,


· Craig Walz of LeFebvre & Sons Inc., Elk River, MN

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