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Carlya Watkins a cashier at Hy-Vee in New Hope, Minnesota. Photo: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images

You'll soon be able to order a treadmill while grocery shopping.

  • A select number of Hy-Vee stores will feature fitness equipment showrooms that customers can try before they buy.

Driving the news: The grocery chain is planning to open its first fitness showroom in Iowa, at the new Grimes store opening Sept. 14.

Details: Hy-Vee will offer treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes and other equipment through a partnership with Wisconsin-based Johnson Fitness & Wellness.

  • Customers can use a kiosk and QR codes in the showroom to order directly from the exercise equipment company.
  • Hy-Vee hasn't yet disclosed how many other showrooms are planned — or where they'll be located.

Thought bubble: This isn't Hy-Vee's first non-grocery venture, and certainly not its last.

  • Maybe they'll give Walmart a run for their money?
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Singer R. Kelly on Monday was found guilty of racketeering and eight counts of violating an anti-sex trafficking law, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Sexual misconduct allegations have surrounded R. Kelly's career, including a child sexual abuse image case in 2008 where he was acquitted. Multiple other victims have come forward to speak about the abuse in recent years.

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Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) pulled off a come-from-behind victory in Sunday’s elections, 10 seats ahead of the Christian Democrats (CDU), which failed to finish top for the first time in 16 years.

State of play: SPD leader Olaf Scholz has said he’ll seek to form a government, but so too has Armin Laschet, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor as CDU leader.