High Price Of Diesel Fuel Negatively Affecting Trucking Industry
(Le Mars) — We all have felt the pinch in our pocket books and wallets with the rapidly rising cost of gasoline, but what about trucking companies? Diesel fuel is rising just as fast as gasoline costs. How does the rise in fuel prices affect trucking companies? Jeff Arens serves as the general manager of the locally owned Schuster Trucking firm. He says rising fuel prices are hurting truckers, just as they are hurting everyone.
Arens says with the price for fuel changing, sometimes as often as hourly, the trucking firm has to eat the over-run expense cost of their original delivery contract.
The Schuster Trucking official says the higher fuel prices will quickly mean higher prices for the products they haul that appear on a shelf whether that be Wells Blue Bunny ice cream, or hardware tools for Bomgaars. He says higher petroleum prices goes beyond just the cost for diesel fuel, but extends to many components on the truck.
Arens says Schuster’s tries to have back hauls when ever possible, but with the higher fuel prices, it is even more important to have a full truck on the return route, and not to run over the highways with an empty load.
Arens says Schuster’s is trying to make certain each truck and trailer are aerodynamic, so to help reduce the amount of fuel needed to run on the highways.
Arens says Schusters operates more than 450 trucks and purchases up to 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel, each and every week.
Siouxland Energy Cooperative Signs On With Summit Carbon Solutions
(Sioux Center) — Last week the Summit Carbon Solutions Company held a news conference at the Siouxland Energy Cooperative, west of Sioux Center. Summit Carbon Solutions is one of three proposed pipelines to go through Iowa transporting compressed carbon dioxide to an underground storage facility. Siouxland Energy Cooperative is one of 31 ethanol processing plants to sign up with Summit Carbon Solutions. Jeff Altena, is the general operations manager with Siouxland Energy Cooperative. Altena says every ethanol processing plant produces carbon dioxide and most of it is emitted into the atmosphere. He says the ethanol facility has been marketing its product to the west coast states that require a low carbon source of fuel. Altena explains why the proposed pipeline is a good idea, and why the Siouxland Energy Cooperative ethanol facility has signed on with Summit.
Construction has already begun at the ethanol plant to pressurize the carbon dioxide and transport it through the pipeline. Altena tells of the physical modifications that will take place.
Little Sioux Corn Processing of Marcus is another area ethanol plant that has signed up with Summit Carbon Solutions to transport pressurized carbon dioxide.
Dordt University Promotes 100 Percent Graduate Placement
(Sioux Center) — Dordt University of Sioux Center is reporting 100 percent of the university’s class of 2021 were employed or were accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation. This statistic is based off a knowledge rate of 98 percent, which means that there were only six students from the entire graduating class that Career Development was unable to connect with following commencement.
Amy Westra, associate director of career development says, “We are so pleased with the outcomes for our graduates. This data shows the hard work and dedication of Dordt students and also the value of a Dordt education.”
Dordt’s mission is to equip students to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all areas of contemporary life—which includes the workplace. This means sending out students who serve well, no matter what their area of expertise.
Chloe Hansum (’21) serves as a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Sierra and Cascades Mountain division, which is based in Sacramento, California. Hansum finds that most days she can relate her work back to something she learned in her classes at Dordt.
“Creation care is an essential part of Christianity,” says Hansum. “My job is a way that I can love my neighbors—my non-human neighbors, to be exact.”
She credits Dordt’s faculty for making a big impact on her journey.
“I would not be where I am today without the professors at Dordt. From answering my many questions on class material, to chatting about Christianity; to talking about the cultural context of Sioux County and the United States as a whole, the professors always took the time to not only invest in my education but also invest in me as a person.”
Alicyn Gerhardt (’21), who now studies law at Southern Illinois University School of Law, is grateful for her Dordt education.
“Transitioning from undergraduate coursework to a fast-paced and highly competitive environment seemed overwhelming at first, but my academics at Dordt prepared me well for the skills I would need to succeed in legal writing and researching, enabling me to quickly excel to the top of my class,” shares Gerhardt.
Gerhardt found that professors in both the agriculture and business departments pushed her to succeed.
“Coming from a small, Christian university and entering law school, I quickly realized I had gained many unique experiences, unlike many of my new peers,” says Gerhardt. “Dordt connected me to friends, students, and professors with experiences all over the nation, as well as internationally; provided many activities and clubs for me to become involved in; and gave me a well-rounded experience both academically and spiritually. Being in a close-knit community where it was easy to get involved helped make my law school application stand out more.”
Consistently high career outcomes are a testament to the collaborative and supportive environment at Dordt, says Westra.
“Everyone at Dordt wants to see our students grow into the men and women they are designed to be. The whole campus truly envelops our students and everyone – from faculty to coaches to on-campus work supervisors, support staff, and alumni – pulls together to help our students reach their goals.”
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