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Fighting Food Deserts

You may not know it, but we’ve got plenty of deserts here in Minnesota. Food deserts, that is. They’re urban areas where locals do not have access to quality grocery stores or fresh produce. That’s a big problem when it comes to nutrition and obesity. But a group called The Carrot Initiative is doing something about it. “The group has recently taken a big step by putting a $5,000 deposit down on the old Furniture Liquidators building on Chicago Avenue and 37th Street,” according to MPR. The plan? To lure a grocery store.

Baseball Goes Country

The country music mega-stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw drew in more fans than the Twins when they played at Target Field yesterday. The likely record-breaking 40,000 fans had seats on the fields and in stadium. Twins officials say they could see the ballpark hosting a concert each summer. We can see why; the Strib. estimates ticket sales near $4 million, not to mention profits from concession sales.

No Love for the Geek

Best Buy has started to layoff Geek Squad employees, no doubt a result of the company’s restructuring plan. Kare 11 reports 650 techies who service appliances and televisions will be laid off nationwide. Best Buy says the employees will receive severance packages and job placement assistance.

Minnesota Women’s Softball Dominates Midwest Tournament

Sometimes, it’s rough being a Minnesota sports fan. But not if you were cheering on women’s softball this weekend. The Midwest’s 35th Annual Ringneck softball tournament’s scoreboard showed Minnesota teams winning 7 of the 12 brackets. It’s fitting, really, with team names such as The Minnesota Renegades, seeing as winning isn’t exactly the current norm for athletics here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

St. Paul Man Steals Ice Cream Truck

Need a way to beat the heat? Buy an ice cream cone. Or better yet, just steal the whole damn truck. (Editor’s note: The Secrets staff does not condone stealing). That’s what Joseph Allen Facent did Wednesday when an ice cream vendor left his truck running at a gas station in St. Paul. Facent hopped in the van, pulled away from the SuperAmerica station, and started cruising, reports the Pioneer Press. But the joy ride didn’t last long. Police caught up with him at Interstate 35 and Minnesota 13. Ah, the things we do for ice cream.