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After help from city, Minneapolis 13 year old can now run his hot dog stand

The city helped Jaequan Faulkner get the required hygiene permits.

Entrepreneurial spirit was rewarded in north Minneapolis on Monday, when a 13-year-old boy was officially given permission to operate his hot dog stand.

Jaequan Faulkner has been selling hot dogs at the front of his Penn Avenue home from his stand, Mister Faulkner's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs, since 2016.

It's proved a popular location among Willard-Hay neighborhood residents, but Faulkner's success attracted the attention of city food inspectors.

Rather than shut his stand down, however, the Minneapolis Health Department and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) helped Jaequan get the required food hygiene permits to run his business.

The city even chipped in to help pay for the permit.

City and NEON officials were among the first customers when Jaequan reopened his stand on Monday. He'll now take it on the road to visit the 4th District Police Station, the Urban League and the Sanctuary Covenant Church.

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The Star Tribune reports he serves about 20 customers a day, starting his business after finding an old hot dog grill at his uncle's house.

"I like having my own business," he told the newspaper. "I like letting people know just because I'm young doesn't mean I can't do anything."

Minneapolis says he's hoping to make enough money this year to buy a food cart for next summer.

You can find Jaequan's stand on Penn Avenue North, he's open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer.

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