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Bonnie Preuss of Belview, a customer at Dunlavy's General Store in downtown Willmar, looks through merchandise Tuesday as she does some last-minute Christmas shopping. Local shoppers spent the day in a mad dash for last-minute gifts ahead of a major snowstorm that could hit the area today. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf

Christmas nears, but shoppers are far from done

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The nature of the shoppers in Willmar started to change Tuesday. "Today's the first day of the season I've noticed a sense of urgency," said Pam Klein, co-owner of Ken's Casuals in downtown Willmar.

Customers were coming into the men's clothing store with an idea of what they want and they seemed to be in more of a hurry, she said.

"It's been real steady today, and I suspect we'll see the same thing tomorrow," she added.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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