13 June 2014
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Wanna ride a bulldozer? Excavator? Hastings business can help.

Jeni Christopher really digs heavy machinery. How much? Christopher, a St. Paul mother of two young children, passed up a last-minute pedicure and manicure invite from a friend to instead run a 19-ton, 115-horsepower excavator on a recent rainy Saturday afternoon – all for “fun and the experience.” “Maybe that’s the tomboy in me,” she said. Christopher was among the first customers of Extreme Sandbox, a new business in Hastings that gives people the chance to pay to “play” with an excavator, skid steer loader more »


13 June 2014
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Extreme Sandbox: Digging up business

Play with toy bulldozers and trucks as a child? Always wanted to sit at the controls of the real thing? At the Extreme Sandbox, go ahead. Do it. Mike Stiff always thought running a monster dirt-digger would be fun. Now he knows. And, yes, it is. When Stiff, of Woodbury, and his then-fiancée, Ann, heard about the Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, she kept it in the back of her mind. A week before their marriage earlier this month, Ann surprised Mike with a “pre-wedding” present— more »


13 June 2014
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Minnesota Bound

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — I’m sitting at the controls of an 18,000-pound CAT bulldozer, revving the engine and bearing down on a parked white compact car with my blade down ready, to push it forward as far as I want. Nearby, my 17-year-old daughter Sarah is pulling levers back and forth as she plunges the bucket on her 19-ton excavator down into the soil and back up, quickly creating a small crater before dropping dirt from above like a mini waterfall. Watching and waiting her turn more »