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Black Friday now Thursday night

Published 11:02am Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fergus Falls Sears owners Keith and Bernadette Erickson figure to have a relaxing morning on Thanksgiving, and get back to work in the afternoon to prepare for shoppers.

“We figure we’ll take a little nap, and then get to the store,” he said.

In recent years, Black Friday has officially leaked into Thanksgiving Day. Pre-Black Friday sales for Sears and Walmart in Fergus Falls start at 8 p.m. Thursday, and Target opens at 9 p.m.

You can continue on to WestRidge Mall, where three stores — Dunham’s Sports, Herbergers and Vanity — will open at midnight. If you’re still out by dawn on Friday, you can hit Mills Fleet Farm at 6 a.m.

Black Friday used to be a great time for in-store specials, but with the advent of Black Friday on-line shopping, some of the best deals could be made from the comfort of your jammies at home.

But according to shopping sites like, there are certain things you won’t get the best price on during Black Friday, whether on-line or in stores.

Looking for a new flat screen TV this holiday? The rock bottom prices in big box retail ads are generally not the top-of-the-line brand and models.

The best TVs are at their lowest prices in January and




February, according to DealNews, when manufacturers look to clear stock for the arrival of new models in the spring. According to the consumer-price research firm Decide Inc., many of the holiday’s most popular gifts, including toys, are not sold at their lowest price on Black Friday.

Before you hit the road or the computer for Black Friday, check out on-line sites like and, that gathers all of the Black Friday deals, and also provides reviews and information about what not to buy this holiday weekend.

Another Black Friday shopping idea is shopping local, at downtown Fergus Falls places like Victor Lundeens, Biffley’s Bookmark, The Market, Crates of Yarn or the quaint shops in the town closest to your home. Buying close to home is not just a feel-good idea, it pumps dollars back into the community you live in.

Buying local creates employment in small towns, grows community relationships, and helps with the viability and sustainability of the region.

Many of us need the big box stores because their prices are low all year long, and we are supporting ourselves and our families. This year, also consider shopping at smaller, locally owned businesses in your community, and keep your hard earned dollars circulating close to home.

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