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JCPenney is one of the stores in Willmar’s Kandi Mall that plans to open its doors Thursday evening to get the sales started early. Kayla Unke, an employee at the store, was busy Tuesday arranging a clothing display. The Black Friday sales at her store will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, and the store will stay open for 25 hours straight. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Stores, mall, cops and shoppers ramp up for start of key holiday shopping season

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WILLMAR — Consumers are expected to spend 11 percent more this holiday season, which officially kicks off Thursday, and they are likely to go shopping just as soon as the turkey dinner is finished and maybe even before the pumpkin pie is served.

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