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PHOTOS: Shoppers hit the stores in Willmar for Black Friday deals

The annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza brought a wealth of shoppers out to area stores this Friday in Willmar.

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Shoppers mingle around while searching for Black Friday deals at Menards in Willmar the morning of Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — Arguably still the most popular shopping day of the calendar year did not disappoint in Willmar following the Thanksgiving holiday, as shoppers came out in full force Friday to shop at area establishments in search of Black Friday deals.

Black Friday has long been referred to as the official start to start of the Christmas shopping season in the United States, as stores traditionally roll out large sales of heavily discounted items to draw shoppers in to stock up on holiday gifts.

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Hordes of people walk through the Target parking lot while shopping on Black Friday in Willmar on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. The storefront of Slumberland Furniture across the street is visible in the background.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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Shoppers scan the aisles for Black Friday deals at Menards on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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As part of the annual Spicer WinterFest activities, snowmobile enthusiasts gathered on the ice at Green Lake Saturday for a full day of racing action.
The Litchfield High School girls basketball program played host to Minnesaska on Saturday, January 21, 2023.
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Skaters from 16 various figure skating clubs converged at Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the Willmar Civic Center for the 15th annual Lakes Area Classic.
Children gathered at the Willmar Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, to handcraft their very own roller coasters during STEMtastic Thursday.
Dozens of volunteers came together on the shore of Green Lake over the weekend to build the annual Spicer WinterFest ice castle.
People got a chance to work out in style Saturday morning at the Willmar Community Center with the help of a few dogs from Hawk Creek Animal Shelter during Pups, Butts and Guts.
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Dozens of trumpeter swans seek refuge from harsh winter elements in a small patch of open water along the shore of Green Lake where the Middle Fork Crow River flows in.
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A weather observer 5 miles north of Willmar reported 6.6 inches of snow fell Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Other totals reported to the weather service by mid-afternoon Thursday ranged from 4 to 5 inches in the vicinity of Willmar.
Churchgoers gathered at Salem Historical Church for its annual Christmas service Saturday evening north of Paynesville.
Hundreds of toys were available for community members to choose from during the first-ever toy swap at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Willmar.
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In celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday, folks gathered at the Willmar Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, to sing Christmas carols and share stories about why certain carols mean something to them during the Aging Wisely Holiday Show.
The Willmar Public Library hosted a craft gathering for tweens on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, where children created gingerbread house ornaments to adorn their Christmas trees this holiday season.

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A shopper meanders through Menards while Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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