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Published November 26, 2010, 02:12 PM

Grand Forks Shoppers Brave the Cold For Hot Deals

Thousands of people lost a little sleep in Grand Forks to save a few dollars this Black Friday, but this mad dash for a hot deal wasn't even the beginning of what some went through.

Thousands of people lost a little sleep in Grand Forks to save a few dollars this Black Friday, but this mad dash for a hot deal wasn't even the beginning of what some went through.

Drew Jaeger and Jeremy Zahradka were two of the couple dozen people who spent the night outside Best Buy in Grand Forks in the subzero temperatures.

"Lots of handwarmers. We went through a lot, three in each shoe at one point, cause my toes were frozen, but we made it through it," shopper Drew Jaeger said.

But they were 9th in line. The number one spot went to a family from Winnipeg that waited outside for 15 hours.

"It was freezing. This is by far the coldest year I've been here," Bruce Macdonald, who brought his family from Canada, said.

The Macdonalds came prepared with coffee, an ice tent, and a heater.

And their wait paid off as hundreds more people later joined in. The Macdonalds were rewarded for their subzero wait: guaranteed laptops.

But as the doors opened, Drew and Jeremy didn't have any guarantee on what they wanted to buy: an iPod and TV.

Luckily after rushing through Best Buy, both of them found what was on their Black Friday wish list, and Jeremy actually got a more expensive TV.

"I thought it was just a better deal. It was $100 more for a better one, so I just got it," Zahradka said.

Jeremy says he's done enough waiting these last couple days. He's not going to wait until Christmas to take advantage of his Black Friday buy.

"I'm very happy. Now I'm going to go play my video game," he said.

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