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39 Bus Drivers to Compete at 30th MN Statewide Bus Roadeo

Competition Location: Fergus Falls Senior High School, 601 Randolph Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537


39 public transit bus drivers will compete for honors at the 30th MN Statewide Bus Roadeo on Saturday, July 15th 2017. The Opening Ceremony will be at 7:00 AM and competition begins at 8:00 AM, running throughout the morning and early afternoon. This event is free and open for the public to watch. The event’s hashtag on Twitter is #MNRoadeo17 and competition results will be live tweeted by MPTA’s account, @MNPublicTransit.

Large Bus Contestants

Name Transit System Hometown

Paul Mattson Duluth Transit Authority Hermantown

Terry Vajdl Duluth Transit Authority Esko

Sony Vang First Transit Brooklyn Park

George Booker First Transit Little Canada

Chris Daniels First Transit/Rochester Public Transit Rochester

Kelly McGee First Transit/Rochester Public Transit Rochester

Nikolay Korzh First Transit/Southwest Transit Shakopee

David Palm Metro Transit Baldwin, WI

Douglas John Metro Transit Minneapolis

Michael Keller St. Cloud Metro Bus Clearwater

Jerry Schmitz St. Cloud Metro Bus Sauk Rapids

Small Bus Contestants

Tom Spears Big Woods Transit Nett Lake

Amber Ball Central Community Transit Bird Island

Barb Cloud Chisago-Isanti Co. Heartland Express Cambridge

Joy Mindrup Chisago-Isanti Co. Heartland Express Harris

Donna Lewis Paul Bunyan Transit Gonvick

Larry Yackley Prairie Five RIDES Canby

Monica Engen Prairie Five RIDES Montevideo

Dan DeBraske Prairie Five RIDES Madison, MN

Rick Hanson Rainbow Rider Transit Alexandria

Sandy Englund Rainbow Rider Transit Long Prairie

Jeff Iceman Red Lake Transit Blackduck

John Higgins Rolling Hills Transit Kasson

Mary Haupt SMART Transit Elysian

Robin Stoen SMART Transit Owatonna

John Simonette SMART Transit Waseca

Julio Zavala Lopez SMART Transit Owatonna

Todd DeZurik St. Cloud Metro Bus Holdingford

David Peacock St. Cloud Metro Bus Sauk Rapids

T.J. Johnson Transit Alternatives Fergus Falls

Erick Fronning Transit Alternatives Fergus Falls

Cathy Payson Transit Alternatives Fergus Falls

Glenn Zimmel Tri-CAP Transit Osakis

Juan Ortega Tri-CAP Transit St. Cloud

Leah Van Meeteren UCAP Luverne

Bobby Rau UCAP Tracy

Linda Anderson UCAP Luverne

Curtis Petersen Wadena Co. Friendly Rider Transit Staples

Leroy Rentz Wadena Co. Friendly Rider Transit Wadena

About the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA):

MPTA is the only statewide coalition of transit systems and advocates that provides the latest information on transit activities, releases in-depth research on key issues, hosts training sessions and events and advocates for transit with elected officials at both the state and federal levels. Visit MPTA’s website for more information:


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