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Sarah Palin visits northwest Iowa

Republican 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin shakes hands with a purchaser of her new book during a Thursday event at the Spirit Lake, Iowa, Walmart. Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- It wasn't just any old holiday season shopping day Thursday at the Spirit Lake Walmart.

Politician-author-reality show star Sarah Palin, in the midst of a nine day, cross-country tour promoting her new book, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag," attracted a large crowd to the Spirit Lake store, with hundreds waiting on line for a chance to have Palin sign their copy of the former Alaska governor's follow-up to "Going Rogue: An American Life."

Read the full story in the Worthington Daily Globe.