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Jhaylen Carlson, 3, identifies the characters Tuesday on a table decorated with scenes from the movie "Toy Story" at Runnings Fleet Farm in Willmar. He was Christmas shopping with his parents and sister. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar, Minn., retailers report shoppers are far more optimistic


Holiday shoppers are in a good mood this year. Local retailers say they see signs that customers are shaking off their recession worries and starting to spend again. "We've had days when it seemed like it used to be," said Jan Scheltens, co-owner of Ken's Casuals in downtown Willmar.

Even regional sales representatives are reporting optimism at the stores they supply across southern Minnesota, said Ginny Knapp of Mill Pond Mercantile in New London.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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