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Marv Skar, Published April 02 2012

Sensational dirt ignored true trucking story

North Dakota Motor Carriers Association Executive Vice President Tom Balzer was 100 percent correct that our state does not have enough rest areas for trucks.

Where are the rest areas for Bismarck, Jamestown and Dickinson? They are within five miles. Does The Forum editorial staff even know where the Fargo-area rest stop is located? It is in Tower City, N.D. – 50 miles from Fargo. Do you think the state should provide a rest area closer to its largest city?

Every Monday morning, I drive past the rest area. It is filled with trucks and trailers. They are parked on the entrance ramp and the exit ramp. It is a safety hazard to the motoring public and the transportation community.

I frequently travel from Bismarck to Rolette, N.D., for business. Try finding a rest area or a designated truck parking area that you can park an 80-foot truck and trailer between Sterling and Rugby. They don’t exist. That was the point Balzer was trying to make. Whoever interviewed Balzer was looking for sensationalizing dirt. Adding the cheap shot at the transportation industry was poor.

The Forum should remember that without trucks they wouldn’t be in business. The Forum should interview someone with some transportation knowledge.

Skar, Fargo, is a board member of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.