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By 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the parking lot was full of cars at Kohl's in Cottage Grove and late-night and early morning shoppers were lined up past the far edge of the building. Most were trolling for bargains in all areas of the store. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Shoppers hit Cottage Grove stores for Black Friday deals


Alyse Hays' dog ripped up her bed sheets so she was waiting in line with other bargain hunters to get buy new ones at Kohl's in Cottage Grove for the midnight opening on Black Friday.

This year, retail experts predicted 152 million Americans would line up for midnight store openings on what has become known at Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, 138 million shopped early.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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