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Free muffins, a fancy cappuccino machine, and a $1,000 signing bonus: A Minnesota school-bus-company CEO talks about the struggle to hire drivers amid the pandemic worker shortage.

Sacad Guled owns and operates a fleet of 50 yellow buses and minivans across the Twin Cities, largely serving charter schools. These days, he says, he’s also driving a school bus route himself. Sacad told Sahan Journal what he’s doing to hire and retain drivers—and why $25 an hour often can’t compete with job offers from Amazon.