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Kottke Trucking, Inc. purchases Walbon & Company, Inc.’s over-the-road division

BUFFALO LAKE, MINN –   Kottke Trucking, Inc. has purchased Walbon & Company, Inc.’s over the road operations including Walbon’s routes, trucks, trailers and Wildwood, Florida based terminal. In addition, Kottke has set up an office in Eagan, Minnesota to manage the newly acquired lanes and accommodate staff from Walbon. The acquisition will not affect the Buffalo Lake, Minnesota based operations that Kottke has held for nearly eight decades.

“Our family continues to grow and we are excited to welcome the Walbon employees into our business.  We have and will continue to build a company of great people, great customers and great service,” stated Kurt Kottke, President.

Kottke Trucking, Inc. is a third-generation interstate hauler that focuses on refrigerated and dry van transportation. Kottke has been in operation since 1938 and currently operates over 175 semi-tractors. Proudly based where it all began in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, Kottke Trucking, Inc. also holds terminals in Eagan, Minnesota and Wildwood, Florida.

10th annual Golf Towards A Cure event raises over $22,000

On Monday, June 20, Kottke Trucking and the 18 Wheelers Relay for Life team held our 10th annual Golf Towards A Cure golf outing at beautiful Oakdale Golf Club just north of Buffalo Lake. It was an absolutely gorgeous day while raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

The event was our most successful event monetarily to date. Proceeds of the event came in at $12,600. Kottke Trucking matched the total of the day up to $10,000 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the event, making the grand total of the day $22,600.

The day was a success thanks to everyone who participated in the day and helped sponsor the event. A special thanks to Oakdale Golf Club for being gracious hosts and allowing us to play on their breath-taking course.

It is truly one of our favorite days of the year and, again, thank you to all who participated and donated both their valuable time and money to help in the battle to defeat cancer.

The 11th annual Golf Towards A Cure event is set for June 19, 2017, the Monday after Father’s Day, at Oakdale Golf Club. We can’t wait to see you again.

Kottke Trucking has been in business since 1938 and for the past three decades has found our primary business in transporting dry, refrigerated and frozen food items. We operate in the midwest, south and southeastern parts of the United States. Our fleet consists of 100-plus drivers and 20 support staff. For more information on Kottke Trucking, go to our website at kottketrucking.wpengine.com.

EY announces Kurt Kottke, Kory Kottke and Kyle Kottke of Kottke Trucking, Inc. as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Logistics Award winner in the Upper Midwest

EY today announced that Kurt Kottke, Kory Kottke and Kyle Kottke of Kottke Trucking, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the logistics category in the Upper Midwest. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Kurt, Kory and Kyle were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America on June 9.

“Tonight we received a great honor of being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest in the Logistics category. Thank you to EY for this award, we are truly grateful. A huge thank you to our drivers and staff, you are the reason we thrive as a business. We share this with you and we thank you for all your hard work. We literally could not have done it without you,” Kurt, Kory and Kyle said in a joint statement.

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As an Upper Midwest award winner, Kottke Trucking is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.  The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include PadillaCRT, Faegre Baker Daniels, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton and Pohlad Companies.

About Kottke Trucking, Inc.

Kottke Trucking has been in business since 1938 and for the past three decades has found our primary business in transporting dry, refrigerated and frozen food items. We operate in the midwest, south and southeastern parts of the United States. Our fleet consists of 100-plus drivers and 20 support staff. For more information on Kottke Trucking, go to our website at kottketrucking.wpengine.com.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

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Mariah Paulson and Trey Weispfennig Named ALL Mustang Winners

Photo May 25, 7 55 17 PMBUFFALO LAKE, MINN –   Every spring, Kottke Trucking teams up with Buffalo Lake – Hector – Stewart High School to recognize one female and one male from the graduating class with the ALL Mustang award. This past Wednesday, May 25, graduating seniors Mariah Paulson and Trey Weispfennig were presented with the ALL Mustang awards at the 5th annual ceremony held at the Buffalo Lake Community Center. In addition to the award, Kottke Trucking presented both winners with a $500 scholarship.

The ceremony honors the monthly winners from the past academic year who have had great achievements and shown excellence in athletics, leadership and learning.

This year’s monthly winners were: Kiana Johnson, Ash Petersen, Keighly Daak, Jakob Pettit, Breanna Buboltz, Tanner Edwards, Rachel Grimm, Brock Luthens, Mariah Paulson, Noah Rolling, Mackenzie Marconcini, Trey Weispfennig, Alexis Grams, Bradley Ebbers, Emily Markgraf and Brittany Schmalz.

Kottke Trucking would like to thank the following for making theceremony possible: 18 Wheelers Relay for Life team for the meal preparation, Jodi Mellies for the photographs and presentation, Mr. Steve Wolff for being the master of ceremonies, Heidi Anderson-Isaacson for being our guest speaker and the various coaches and advisors at BLHS who voted for the ALL Mustang awards throughout the year. Another hearty thanks to the friends, family and everybody in attendance for making the event a success.

The past ALL Mustang winners include: 2012 – Jessica Kalenberg and Taylor Broderious, 2013 – Carly Schmalz and Baron Juhl, 2014 – Rebecca Ebbers and Christopher Schmidt, 2015 – Ashley Petersen and Scott Buboltz.

The 6th annual ALL Mustang ceremony is tentatively scheduled for May 24, 2017.

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Memory Overload: Testing your memory via your car’s dashboard

Do you think you have a good memory? I bet you that I can prove that it’s not as good as you think it is. Grab a blank sheet of paper and draw the instruments on your car’s dashboard from memory. That’s easy, right? Now go look at the dashboard of your car… I’ll wait.

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You weren’t even close were you?  If you were, congrats, you are one of the few. For a psychology course in high school we did this activity with us drawing the dash in the classroom and then headed down to the parking lot to compare our drawing to the actual thing. I wasn’t even close. Not many in my class were. I saw my Oldsmobile Alero’s dashboard every day, but I obviously didn’t have it as well-studied as I thought I had.

The main purpose of this activity is to test our memory of things we’ve seen a million times and probably on a daily basis. Another way of doing it is trying to draw a bicycle with all it’s working parts. You got your handlebars, your frame, your wheels and your seat and you’re good, right? Oh, shoot, we forgot the chain. Now what tire does the chain go to or does it go to both tires… this activity isn’t easy either. Velocipedia had 376 people draw a bicycle from memory over the course of six years and not too many drew a fully-functioning bike.

There are many things to learn from this.

One, we humans are not elephants, we don’t remember everything. I may know every word to every Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and Beatles song, but, good golly, do I have issues remembering the multiplication table once you get over 75 percent of the way through it.

Two, we don’t even fully know and remember things we see on a daily basis. We see our dashboards virtually every day and we can’t draw that. Can you remember what apps are on the main page of your iPhone? Just yesterday, I realized that Ms. Pac-Man was still on my homescreen and I hadn’t played it in nearly two months. That’s something on a screen I see, most likely, hundreds of times a day.

Third, we are not perfect and we’re not really close to it. We should be able to remember these things, but we simply don’t. We only have so much space in our brains and mines filled up with song lyrics and the dialogue to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a fact that we sometimes, ironically, forget. We simply can’t remember everything.

So while we all go through our crazy lives, remember that it isn’t natural to remember everything. Write yourself some notes, put some sticky notes on your wallet, use the Notes app on your phone (hint: use this for your shopping list, you are much less likely to forget your phone before going shopping than a paper list) and ask people to remind you of things. We all have different memories and we all have different ways of remembering things. We need to remember a lot of things and we only have so much space on the hard drive that is our brain. We can all benefit from writing down a few things to help us out.

Note to self: remember to publish this on the website.

EY announces Kottke Trucking as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 finalist in the Upper Midwest

BUFFALO LAKE, MINNESOTA – EY has announced that Kurt Kottke, Kory Kottke and Kyle Kottke of Kottke Trucking are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Upper Midwest, which encompasses Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Kurt, Kory and Kyle were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

“An honor of such magnitude is quite humbling,” Kyle Kottke said. “We will forever operate our business that our achievement is that of working with great customers, a great team and delivering our freight on-time and safely.  We thank the team at EY for thinking we are worthy of more recognition.  We are honored and forever thankful.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of T
he Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include PadillaCRT, Faegre Baker Daniels, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton and Pohlad Companies.

Kottke Trucking has been in business since 1938 and currently in its third-generation of family ownership. For the past three decades the primary business is to transport dry, refrigerated and frozen food items.  We operate in the Midwest, South and Southeastern part of the United States.  Our fleet consists of over 100 drivers and 20 supportstaff. Kottke Trucking is based out of Buffalo Lake, MN.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

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James Rogalski named First Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence winner

BUFFALO LAKE, MINN – Kottke Trucking is proud to announce James Rogalski as our first quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence winner. Rogalski has been with Kottke Trucking since 2007 and has driven without any accidents or any violations. Rogalski has been driving professionally for 25 years.

2016 First Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence winner James Rogalski.

Rogalski was nominated by his peers. In addition to his excellent delivery record, they noted his willingness to help with electronic logs and scanners. With e-logs being relatively new to Kottke Trucking, it is great to know that James is helping anyone out there in need of assistance.

General Manager Kyle Kottke had this to say about James:

“James is an example of what every driver should shoot for. He’s been driving for 25 years without any accidents and is always looking for ways to become and even better driver. We are proud of James and lucky to have him on our team.”

Rogalski has now qualified for the Duane and Connie Kottke Driver of the Year Award which will be awarded again at the conclusion of 2016. Jim Doering was Kottke Trucking’s first long time driver and stayed with our company for over 35 years.  The quarterly awards are named in his memory.

Congratulations, James!

 

An update on the un-American American crime: tax evasion

From the desk of Kyle Kottke…

In July of 2014, I published an opinion that was very direct about my views on corporate tax inversions or in short: tax evasion.

Listening to the now thwarted Pfizer deal, I have mixed emotions.  The rules hadn’t changed and Pfizer was just doing what is in the best interest of their shareholder and we, the United States government, changed the rules mid-path on them?  This seems very wrong to me.  What the heck?!

Instead of making it that the United States and its companies are competitive with the rest of the world, we just change the rules midstream and leave companies with the mess? The mess for Pfizer now doesn’t allow the company to go forward with plans that would have saved them a projected $1 billion a year.  On top of that, Pfizer will have to pay Allergan, the company they were to merge with, a $400 million break fee.

I hope there is a ‘rest of the story’, but until then…. I say rubbish.

Diving on in to the river of efficiency

Think of where you were in 1985. Ronald Regan was just sworn in for his second term as President of the United States, New Coke was a thing and the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted. Back to the Future, The Goonies and The Breakfast Club were new movies with MacGyver and The Golden Girls dominating the smaller screen. Has life drastically changed since then for you?

Some of us in this world, not to date the others of you, weren’t even born yet.

Has life flowed for you the way you planned on it going 30-some years ago? If not, you are not alone. You have that in common with the Ucayali River in Peru. The river has drastically changed its flow in 30 years. Just watch this time-lapse from Hindered Settling.

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I think we all expect for the Earth and its moving things to change over time, but not quite like that.

The Ucayali changed its flow, cut out a couple huge bends and became a virtual straight shot. Now I can’t tell you the science as to how this happened, or any science to how anything happens really, but I can tell you that the Ucayali became much more efficient of a river.

The trucker in me says that going straight from Point A to Point B is much more time efficient than having to bend down and around it and back on up. The Ucayali has some rapids, but I’m sure the Amazon river dolphins, they are totally real animals, appreciate the newfound quickness of the route.

While writing this on a trucking company’s website, I could take the easy way out and say something to the tune of: “so if a river can figure out how to flow easier, you can figure out the best route to drive to your destination. The end.”

But I won’t.

If a river can figure out how to more efficiently flow, we all can figure out how to be more efficient. The Ucayali River doesn’t have a mind. It can’t think for itself. It’s just water, but somehow it still became more efficient. All of us are lucky, we have a brain, but how much we use ours will affect our efficiency.

Using our brainpower, we should also be able to cue up some efficiency in our lives in a much shorter time than 30 years like the Ucayali.

They don’t have to be big sweeping changes to make our lives more efficient. They can be small like once you read a non-important email, deleting it right away instead of never deleting anything in your inbox. Setting up the DVR to record every episode of The Voice because you end up watching sports every night anyway and forgetting to set the DVR thus missing the first ten or so minutes of every episode of The Voice. Those might just be me.

It works for us all, though. For our drivers, it might be using the Hot Keys on PeopleNet even more. It could be making sure we ask our co-workers every single question in one well-thought-out email instead of asking a million questions in two millions emails over the course of the day. It might simply be asking for help when you are lost or stuck. The list is endless, but unique to us all.

We are all unique human beings and we all have our own way of flowing which is both good and bad. Our flows are what make us unique, but sometimes our flows are too much of a rapids and we get stuck or we get too comfortable going down our lazy river and don’t want to change from our 1985.

The Goonies is still a really popular movie and Steven Spielberg is still making films today, but I have a feeling that in today’s world, they would have found a much more efficient way of putting on Sloth’s makeup.

It might be uncomfortable at first, but it’s for the best if we can all find some more efficiency. There’s bound to be rough waters, but with time being more critical to us all than it’s ever been, it’s worth diving on in to the river of efficiency and getting a little wet.

Effort: A Life Lesson From Baseball

The grass is getting green, the days are getting longer and baseball is just around the corner. The Minnesota Twins open up play on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards to take on the Baltimore Orioles and, to be totally honest, baseball has been on my mind a lot recently.

Baseball is a sign of warmer weather, which I am a fan of, but there are, of course, some life lessons to be learned from the game.

Let’s just look at one of the game’s most highlighted stats: batting average. A really good batting average is .300. That means a really good baseball player doesn’t get a hit in 70% of his at-bats. Only three times out of ten do really good baseball players succeed in getting a hit. That’s not a very high success rate, but they keep going back to the plate multiple times every single day.

The routine of baseball probably becomes a drag to some players because it is just that much of a routine. Every day you do the same thing from March through, if you’re lucky, October, but they do it and excel. Seven days a week.

I am a firm believer that the difference between great baseball players and so-so, ordinary players isn’t exactly skill and talent, but it is the difference between who has the dedication to be in the moment for every single pitch for 200-some games a year.

The world is still trying to determine what kind of baseball player Byron Buxton will be. Buxton didn’t show too much at the plate last season, but he still will be the Opening Day centerfielder for the Twins on Monday. Buxton certainly has the tools to be, this isn’t even an exaggeration, a Hall of Famer, but the jury is still out.

I think we found some solid proof on Thursday that Buxton will be great with this catch:

You might be asking: why this catch? Didn’t he do this last season already?

Yes, Buxton has always shown a flashy glove, but this was still Spring Training. Maybe at the beginning of spring, it wasn’t a certainty that Buxton would be on the Major League roster on Opening Day, but he knew he would be on the team for certain well before Thursday’s game. He still went all-out on that catch in a game that didn’t matter at all.

We can all learn from that. No matter what we are doing, every day we should be giving it our all.

John Wooden, one of the best basketball coaches of all time, agrees, but puts it a little differently. One of his most famous quotes which is one of my favorites is: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

It is easy to, to use another sports analogy, punt away a day. To simply give up on it or to not give your whole effort, but that won’t do you or anyone else any good. If you don’t give it your all, you’ll probably have to do it all over again.

Kottke Trucking recently has defined our core values and one of them is ‘doing it the right way’. There are many things that go into doing it the right way and one of them is always giving 110%.

Buxton’s effort and skills will lead him a boatload of money, fame and a mantle full of trophies in the world of baseball. Just think what might happen for you if you gave Byron Buxton’s over-the-shoulder spring-training-game effort every single day in everything that you do.

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