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Canadian Shoppers Swoop into Grand Forks

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  Talk about shopping determination. Despite wind gust of over 30-miles per hour and a wind chill of 7 degrees below zero, shoppers lined up around the corner at the Best Buy store in Grand Forks for its midnight, Black Friday opening.

  In fact, over 300 people waited in line to get the first shot at Black Friday deals. Many of those waiting in line are Canadians. 

   David Adams of Winnipeg is buying two laptop computers. He says he'll save 200-bucks on each of them compared to Winnipeg prices.

Reporter: "What time did you start waiting in line?"

David Adams, Winnipeg: "Around 2:30 this afternoon."

Reporter: "Are you getting cold?"

Adams: "Yeah. This is the remains of my tent from a yard sale…ha."

  Joan Wiebe is waiting for her flat screen TV deal.

Reporter: "How long have you been in line?"

Joan Wiebe, Winnipeg: "Just before seven. Yeah, I'm cold, that's why we're sharing a blanket and sharing a car warming up."

  The majority of people standing in line, locals and Canadians, we're scooping up a deal on a limited number of flat screen TV's.

John Rukrut, Winnipeg: "40-inch Toshiba T.V."

Reporter: "How much?"

Rukrut: "$179."

Reporter: "How much in Winnipeg?"

Rukrut: "God knows… don't know. Way more."

  Finally after a long wait, the doors opened at midnight and it was time to come in from the cold.

  The manager says she was surprised by the number of people that turned out, despite the harsh weather.

  However, by 5 a.m. today, the crowds had thinned. So, it remains to be seen whether opening extra early on Black Friday will be any more profitable for stores.

   Over in East Grand Forks, several hundred people were also lined up outside of Cabela's for their 5 a.m. opening.

  Early bird shoppers at Cabela's got free gift bags and a chance at winning a one-thousand dollar rifle.

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