Hardy Black Friday shoppers brave snow, ice and cold


Oh, the difference a day makes.

Retailers hopeful for holiday profits on the official start to the Christmas shopping season no doubt were

dismayed at the change in the


This Black Friday didn’t see the remarkable crowds from last year’s mild November night when some stores began a more concentrated push to open earlier. In 2011, Black Friday was more about staying up late than getting up early as doorbusters moved from 4 a.m. to midnight.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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