Nov 2017: President’s Note


As I pen this, I find myself in a state of total denial! The lawn furniture is still outside, my motorcycle is still parked in its spot waiting for the next ride however, Mother Nature has sure given me a huge reality check!

Pertaining to the October 27th snowfall, the Duluth News Tribune reported, “The 10.2 inches at the Duluth airport is the greatest daily snow total for October on record in Duluth – beating the 10 inches that fell on Oct. 23, 1933.” According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Great Lakes region is expected to see snowier-than-normal conditions. This being said, please take note of these important links regarding road conditions during the winter months: and

Moving along to happier topics, the Highway 210 Jay Cooke State Park project results are absolutely astounding! I’ve taken several rides through the park from the Fond du Lac area of West Duluth to Carlton and have to tell you that I am addicted to that ride! The multiple switchbacks remind me of riding the Needles Highway in South Dakota as the road ebbs and flows around tight corners. The scenery is breath-taking, riding along the river and through the carved-out embankments. If you haven’t ventured through the park yet, I highly recommend that you do so.

The DSTA Scholarship Committee is meeting again in early November, and I am happy to share with you the fact that we are almost halfway to our initial goal of establishing an endowed scholarship that will benefit students in the UWS Transportation & Logistics program! I will be sending out an email in the near future asking for your support. By investing in transportation-related education in our community, we will strengthen our organization and in turn, help solidify our future.

Lastly, I would like to encourage you all to attend our Past Presidents’ Dinner and Election Night on Wednesday, November 15th. This is a special event where we have the opportunity to thank our past presidents and elect those that will lead us into the future.

Take care, stay safe, and I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is filled with family, friends and of course, great eats!

Until next month…
Leyla Aktekin
2017 DSTA President