MN business that lets people play with bulldozers to be on 'Shark Tank'

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A Hastings business that lets people play with heavy construction equipment will be featured on "Shark Tank" – the ABC show where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors.

The business is called Extreme Sandbox and, according to their website, customers can drive skid steers, bulldozers and excavators in a 10-acre sandbox. People can even sign up to have "duals" with other customers or use the equipment to destroy a car.

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Randy Stenger, the founder, says he got the idea for Extreme Sandbox when his kid made a comment about how fun it would be to play with construction equipment.

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Stenger launched the business in 2012, the Pioneer Press says. It only had three pieces of equipment and two part-time employees. Now, it has three full-time workers, four part-timers, seven pieces of equipment and a 6,000 square foot office.

The paper says Stenger hopes the Sharks will invest in Extreme Sandbox so it can expand across the country.

Extreme Sandbox says they host parties and events, and experts supervise it all. They even have team building exercises for corporate parties. According to the Hastings Star Gazette, the founder also hosts camps to help students learn about careers related to heavy equipment.

This isn't the first Minnesota startup to be featured on "Shark Tank." In 2013, a St. Paul rabbi made it on the show with an audio enhancer for the Apple iPad.

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