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Shoppers brave cold, rain

November 23, 2012
The Journal

Looking for 50-inch TV, iPods

NEW ULM - Eight "Grey Thursday" shoppers bundled up in heavy winter coats and blankets Thanksgiving Day, in anticipation of the Target store opening at 9 p.m.

Dillon Meyer and Jacob and Chad Ludewig, all of New Ulm, said they began waiting outside the Target store at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Dillon Meyer, front, and Jacob and Chad Ludewig, all of New Ulm, play cards early Thursday evening, waiting for Target to open with its “door buster” sales at 9 p.m. Some of the boys said they began waiting outside the door at 10:30 a.m.

The guys were still playing cards by late afternoon as the wind blew up to 36 mph from the northwest, intermittent rain fell, and the outdoor temperature dipped to 35 degrees F.

Three kids, a man and woman began waiting outside the door, behind Meyer and the Ludewigs in the late afternoon.

Most of the shoppers in waiting said they came early in hope of buying a 50-inch LCD television and/or an iPod at 9 p.m. Thursday, when the store advertised it would open its doors for Black Friday sales.

When asked what they would do if they lived in the Twin Cities where some holiday shoppers in search of low prices have been living in tents outside big box discount stores since Monday, Meyer said, "There is nothing I need so bad to do that."

Shoppers walked in and out of New Ulm's Wal-Mart Supercenter late Thursday afternoon. The store advertised its holiday specials would be available at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Friday temperatures were forecast to remain below the freezing mark. Winds were predicted to decrease somewhat.



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