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A north Minneapolis bakery staffed by teens is adding a second location, on St. Paul's East Side.
The nonprofit Cookie Cart organization has purchased space for a bakery at 946 Payne Av. and is working to raise $3.2 million to renovate the building. The group has set a goal of opening the bakery in 2017, but plans to start working with teens in St. Paul next year.
The Minneapolis Cookie Cart bakery, started by Sister Jean Thuerauf, has been in operation since 1988. It reopened last fall at 1119 W. Broadway after a major renovation, and currently employs 200 young people.
"We look forward to working hand in hand with our new neighbors on the East Side to transform the lives of more teens," said Matt Halley, the group's executive director.