Jennifer Stockinger and Renee Richardson
Families will gather across the region for Thanksgiving Day, enjoying family time and stating what they are thankful for. And there's always the option of starting their Black Friday shopping early on Thursday. This will be the third year retail stores have changed their Black Friday traditions to begin their sales Thursday instead of bright and early on Friday. Store managers and employees have been busy this week getting their stores ready for shoppers by Thursday, with J.C. Penney opening first at 3 p.m. Other stores plan to open around dinner time at 5-6 p.m.
BAXTER — As Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving, people were already waiting outside Best Buy in Baxter when many people were arguing over whom would be doing the dishes following their holiday meals. Jayson Seibert of Aitkin was first in line at Best Buy. He arrived at the store at 1:30 p.m. “There was no one in the parking lot when I got here,” said Seibert, who said he was in line for the 50-inch Sharp flat screen TV. He brought along a lawn chair for the wait.
Dale and Breana Kircher, a young couple with three daughters ages 3, 2 and 6 months, have been homeless for two weeks.
BAXTER — An infant, who was injured in Sunday’s crash at the intersection of Highways 371 and 210 in Baxter, was in critical condition Monday at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The child, Braxton Cherry, is the infant son of the minivan driver, Jason Cherry, 32, Staples, the State Patrol reported. Jason Cherry was taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd where he was treated and then released.