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Tim Hoag, center, owner of Copeland Trucking, pictured here at the company's location in Fridley, Minnesota on October 2, 2014, recently hired driver Bill McMahon, left, who lives in California, due to a driver shortage. At right is mechanic intern Tony Code of Minneapolis, another recent hire.

[ Angela Jimenez/Special to the Star-Tribune angelajime@gmail.com Assignment #20036493A_ SLUG: TRUCK100514_ EXTRA INFORMATION: Minnesota's severe trucker shortage is forcing wages up and creating accommodating working conditions for drivers. That means shorter trips and less time away from family. In Bill McMahon's case, he and Copeland co-owner Tim Hoag struck a deal: McMahon will get to haul a load to his home in California at least once a month, an exception the company made due to the driver shortage.

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Tim Hoag, center, owner of Copeland Trucking, pictured here at the company's location in Fridley, Minnesota on October 2, 2014, recently hired driver Bill McMahon, left, who lives in California, due to a driver shortage. At right is mechanic intern Tony Code of Minneapolis, another recent hire. <br />
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[ Angela Jimenez/Special to the Star-Tribune  angelajime@gmail.com Assignment #20036493A_ SLUG: TRUCK100514_ EXTRA INFORMATION: Minnesota's severe trucker shortage is forcing wages up and creating accommodating working conditions for drivers. That means shorter trips and less time away from family. In Bill McMahon's case, he and Copeland co-owner Tim Hoag struck a deal: McMahon will get to haul a load to his home in California at least once a month, an exception the company made due to the driver shortage.