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AddCar2go comes to Minneapolis, goes Livestrong

What about St. Paul? That's what some Minnesotans may be asking after Daimler-owned car-sharing service Car2go announced that it will start service in Minneapolis in September. Car2go is putting 300 Smart Fortwo two-seaters into service in Minneapolis, letting subscribers use and park the cars anywhere within the city's 55 square miles. Car2go is also temporarily waiving its $35 membership fee to get folks in the Land 'o Lakes to sign up. Minnesota is the 11th North American locale, and the firs

42Watch Where You Store: Minneapolis man busted for driving, crashing customer's Lamborghini

"Looking for a company you can trust? Look no further!" says the boldface type on Top Gear Autoworks' website, an automotive service, repair and storage shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not a very wise move, say the local authorities, after recently arresting David Juntunen, the 40-year-old male owner of the shop, and charging him with insurance fraud after an unauthorized – and destructive – late-night joyride in a customer's Lamborghini.

293Ann Marie Rasmusson, Officer Who Was Harassed, Gets $1 Million

Different cities have had to pay up because their officers accessed Rasmusson's driver's license

Minneapolis has approved paying $392,000 to settle claims by a former police officer who accused other officers of illegally accessing her driver's license information. Anne Marie Rasmusson has now garnered more than $1 million in settlements.

23Visit Motorplex Minneapolis, the Twin Cities' incredible garage village

Motorplex Minneapolis – Click above to view video after the jump

13Buick launching contest for social network fiends

Buick is on the hunt for a younger demographic and it's hoping to find it with the help of a new social media campaign. Called the "Quest for the Keys", Buick is turning to Facebook, Twitter and a variety of location-based services such as FourSquare and Gowalla, to have social media users hunt online for clues. The clues will be doled out over the course of three weeks before culminating in a one-day offline scavenger hunt.

1Minneapolis and Ford want 66 electric, plug-in hybrid cars locally by 2010

Focus EV "mule" - click for a high res gallery

4Smart bridges that keep tabs on condition being developed

In an effort to prevent deadly accidents like the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in 2007, a project led by the University of Michigan is developing various sensing systems that will eventually lead to the development of "smart bridges." Most bridge monitoring today is done visually. Unfortunately, this type of human inspection is often unable to determine the structural health of a bridge with regards to the effects of corrosion, heavy loads, or vibrations on the structure over time.

42Evergreener: Long-running Ford Ranger augments safety features for 2010

Click on the image above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Ford Ranger

4Could Ford plant closing in Twin Cities strike Olympic gold for Minnesota?

If Ford decides to broom the company's Highland Park complex in 2008 as rumored, the Twin Cities want to be ready. Instead of Blue Ovals, local officials are thinking Olympic rings.

13Minneapolis judge orders 'lights out' for traffic signal cameras

A Minneapolis, Minnesota area judge has given red-light cameras a taste of their own medicine. Hennepin County District Judge Mark Wernick has put the red light on the county's automated traffic signal cameras installed this past July.

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