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Local Extreme Sandbox business gets backing from 'Shark Tank' investors

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A Hastings business that lets people play with heavy construction equipment got some financial backing from some well-known sharks.

The business – called Extreme Sandbox – lets customers drive skid steers, bulldozers and excavators in a 10-acre sandbox. People can even sign up to have “duels” with other customers or use the equipment to destroy a car.

Randy Stenger, the founder, appeared on ABC's “Shark Tank” this week, where he pitched his Extreme Sandbox business to investors (also called sharks).

And his idea won over two of the sharks – Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary – who contributed $150,000 for a 20 percent stake in his company, Forum News Service reports. It was the first time in the show's history that Cuban and O'Leary have split an investment, the Pioneer Press reports.

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Stenger has gotten a lot of attention after his TV appearance, he told the Pioneer Press his website saw a 20,000 percent increase in traffic on Wednesday.

Before the show, Stenger had plans to open a second location in North Texas in April, a news release says, and now he and the investors hope to open more extreme playgrounds around the country in the future, the "Shark Tank" website says.

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