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Spider scare prompts growing pet tarantula
Spider men

Mike O’Brien on the parts counter, left, isn’t afraid to laugh or to allow
coworker Scott Carter to place the department’s pet taratunla on his back.

If good jokes never seem to die, this one continues to crawl along, though mostly inside a cage.

Brookdale Mazda Mitsubishi parts is likely the first Luther store to have its own pet tarantula, but the large bodied arachnid wasn’t the first to creep into this brook-spider1-webbustling shop.  The pet idea stems from a brown recluse spider that arrived with a shipment from Georgia, said Mike O’Brien in parts.

Counter staff began playing with the visitor, until someone looked up photos of skin damage caused by recluse bites.  After the spider was killed, a story circulated that GM Gary Peterson had lost it.  Parts counter staff then taped a plastic look-alike to the door, scaring at least one employee.


Stan, the Brazillian white-kneed tarantula, has shed his exoskeleton, below, several times and should reach a legspan of 9 inches.

Thousands expected for Bug-in event at Westside

Volkswagen dune buggy inventor Bruce Meyers headlined the 28th Annual Bug In event at Westside Volkswagen on June 2, which expected to draw 2,500 topambugin-2009-web 4,000 people to the store in St. Louis Park.

Meyers created the “Meyers Max,” the first fiberglass bodied vehicle built on a VW Beetle chassis.  Meyers is to VW what Carroll Shelby was to Ford, explained Westside General Manager Steve Hendricks.  Learn more at

Adogo dog park offers pet setting on store lot

The quest to serve customers took on a different twist at Jaguar Land Rover Minneapolis, where the Adogo Dog Park makes available a very realistic fire hydrant, pet cleanup materials and comfortable turf for animals that accompany their owners on car business.

Minnesota new vehicle sales up strongly

If January sales figures reported by the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association prove consistent, the state is headed for a very strong year in

The Fiat 500L 4-door is expected this summer.

The Fiat 500L 4-door is expected this summer.

new vehicle sales.

MADA found January new vehicle registrations in the state were up 105 percent for cars and 107 percent for trucks compared to January 2012.  Minnesota market share leaders for the first two months of the year were Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota, in that order.  Ford has close to 20 percent of the Minnesota new

vehicle market.  Fiat led sales growth numbers for the first two months of 2013, followed by Cadillac, Land Rover and Subaru.

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