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Continued: Cookie Cart set to expand, despite a scare with a stray bullet

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 20, 2013 - 5:41 AM

Halley said he heard rumblings that some council members didn’t like the idea of using Community Development Block Grant dollars — a source of federal funds — to buy bulletproof glass for the front of a neighborhood bakery. He was not asked to speak during Tuesday’s committee meeting, but he said he was prepared to.

“I would have said, ‘I don’t want to be here asking for bulletproof glass, but we’re committed to staying here and being safe,’ ” he said.

They expect the six-month project to begin in March. The bakery on W. Broadway will shut down during the work but plans to outsource cookie production to a commercial bakery during the project.

People walking past the Cookie Cart will see a big change after the renovation. The bakery, now in the back, will move to the front to show off the work.

Fundraising continues online, with the renovation project nearing $1.2 million of its $1.4 million goal.

Once the renovation is complete, Halley said the Cookie Cart will set its sights on opening a St. Paul location. That could happen within a couple of years, he said.

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

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  • Video: Cookie Cart set to expand despite stray bullet

    Wednesday November 20, 2013

    A shot from a passing vehicle slammed through the Cookie Cart’s front window and sailed through the front lobby...

  • Summer Davis, left, 17, Diamond Lloyd, 15, piled on the cookie dough as they prepared to make M&M cookies with some of the 145 teens who work at the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis.

  • Along with baking, Cookie Cart employees learn job skills that will help them in any career. A classroom upstairs teaches how to write a résumé and to deal with customers.

  • Cookie Cart

    What: The Cookie Cart bakery helps teach young people job skills and career readiness.

    Where: Moved in 1996 to W. Broadway in Minneapolis, a busy but troubled neighborhood.

    Its start: A Catholic nun began the operation in her home in the 1980s.

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