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Hot Dogs for Cultural Acceptance in Minneapolis

Hot dogs are tasty, but can they build cultural acceptance? A food-cart entrepreneur thinks so.

Labor Day may mark the end of the United States' unofficial hot dog season, but a new a line of hot dog carts in Minneapolis is just getting started. Halal Hotdogs is a collaboration between MFA candidate Brian Wiley and leaders from the city's Somali community. Wiley came up with the concept in his social design class at the Minneapolis College for Art and Design as a way to build acceptance for Somali culture in the greater community by using food as a catalyst.

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Bike-Part Vending Machine Arrives in Minneapolis Bike Fixtation Brings Self-Service Bike Repairs to Minneapolis

Minneapolis just got even more bike-friendly: A self-service bike repair station just opened along its highway for bicyclists

Minneapolis was named the country's number one city for biking last year by Bicycling magazine, but the city's bike community isn't resting on its laurels. Looking to make Minneapolis even more welcoming to cyclists, local entrepreneurs recently opened the city's first self-service bicycle repair kiosk, to serve the flat tubes and busted gears of the thousands of cyclists who travel Minneapolis's bike paths each week.

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Good morning. And the sun is rising on a wave of new bike-sharing programs in America as well. Minneapolis just launched Nice Ride, the nation's largest bike-sharing system to date:

Minneapolis is joining Denver in a new wave of cities in car-crazy America trying to cut down on obesity, traffic jams and air pollution with bike-sharing programs. It was debuting Nice Ride Minnesota on Thursday with 700 bicycles and 65 kiosks where riders can swipe a keycard, pick up a bike and go — making it one of the largest urban bike-sharing programs in the U.S.

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