William D. VinjeWilliam D. Vinje was born in Granite Falls, Minn., in 1940 and died in 2001. Bill purchased his first truck and began his career as an owner-operator in 1957.
William D. Vinje was born in Granite Falls, Minn., in 1940 and died in 2001.
Bill purchased his first truck and began his career as an owner-operator in 1957. In 1968, he along with four partners (all owner-operators) started Halvor Lines to haul snowmobiles and related products for Halvorson Equipment Co., of Duluth, a distributor for Bombardier Corp., of Quebec, Canada. In 1977 he purchased his partners’ interest in the company.
In 1983, Bill moved Halvor Lines to Superior where it has grown into one of the largest employers in Douglas Country and the largest trucking firm in the Twin Ports employing more than 400 people. He helped establish Superior as a trucking hub for the Upper Midwest.
Bill was known for determination and his drive to succeed. One former customer remembered Bill as “a tough negotiator but always fair and truthful. He was loyal to his drivers, he was loyal to his owner operators and he was loyal to his customers. He always believed in giving people a chance.”
Bill’s legacy is carried on by his five children. His son Jon and his daughter Lori Vinje-Pint lead the management team of Halvor lines as president and vice president, respectively. His son Joe is a consultant to Halvor Lines. His daughter Sue Vinje owns Sue Vinje Trucking. His daughter Kim BelCastro is a school principal. Bill married Yvonne Wood in 1959.