The Minnesota Trucking Association named Arthur Stoen, who drives for Kane Transport in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, its 2018 Minnesota Driver of the Year. Stoen, from Austin, Minnesota, has driven for 55 years and more than 4.4 million safe miles.
“Art is hard working, safe, efficient and reliable, and truly understands customer service and expectations of a driver,” said John Shaleen, director of safety at Kane. “He is one of the best running and efficient drivers in our fleet, and always goes above and beyond.”
Kane Transport handles petroleum, asphalt, biodiesel, and ethanol.
“This award is a great way to honor the best in our industry,” said John Hausladen, MTA president. “Driving safe is no easy task, especially when you take into consideration his daily driving conditions like congestion, driver distractions, and Minnesota winters. Having 4.4 million safe driving miles is an astonishing accomplishment, especially given the unique challenge of safely delivering and unloading diesel and gasoline without incident. We’re proud to award Art for this outstanding achievement.”
The driver of the year was chosen from the year’s 12 monthly winners. Judges for the award were Matthew Marin, division administrator for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Deb Ledvina, director of Commercial Vehicle Operations at Minnesota Department of Transportation; and Captain Jon Olsen, Minnesota State Patrol.