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Friday P.M. Report

Minneapolis projects in line for $5.2M in federal funds: The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a spending bill that, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, will provide about $5.2 million for a handful of projects in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. The funds will help with a variety of programs, including providing services to at-risk youth, offering community-based alternatives for seniors and putting digital cameras in Minneapolis police officers’ squad cars. Read full story

Schussler opens BBQ concept in Kansas City: Steven Schussler has fired up another over-the-top restaurant concept with the opening of Backfire BBQ in Kansas City, Mo. The 8,300-square-foot restaurant held its grand opening Thursday. The restaurant represents a relationship among Schussler, Orange County Choppers, and Levy Restaurants, combining burgers, barbecue and motorcycles. The concept could be duplicated in as many as 10 locations throughout the country, but no other locations are planned now. Read full story

MetroTransit to open Marquette bus lines, promises faster commutes: Minneapolis bus commuters are getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of a streamlined route through downtown. Starting Monday, Metro Transit is unveiling its newly remodeled Marquette Avenue and Second Avenue corridors, which is expected to shave several minutes from workers’ commutes. Read full story

Rauenhorst resigns from Graco board: Mark Rauenhorst has resigned from the board of directors of manufacturer Graco Inc. Graco’s board has accepted his resignation from the board and related responsibilities on the audit and management organization and compensation committees. Read full story

Best Buy picked for Jefferson Award recognition: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal honored a dozen Twin Cities-area companies for philanthropic efforts Tuesday at its Celebrate Twin Cities event, and Best Buy was selected for national recognition for its work with teens. Together with the Wilmington, Del.-based Jefferson Awards, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognizes 12 companies throughout the year for their philanthropic work. Read full story

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