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Last-Minute Shoppers Search for Close Parking Spots

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Last minute Christmas shoppers have to fight through the crowds, but there's a much more deadly foe outside: The extreme cold.

To avoid it, many drivers will circle lots for long periods of time to find a close spot to park.

In case you are not aware, it's cold outside.

"Frigid, right? But we're used to it--At least the wind's not blowing."

"Well it takes your breath away, so I'd say it kind of stuns you when you walk outside and you can't breathe, but then you recover." says Sean Flaherty, Minneapolis.

If you can get your vehicle started, many people are steering straight to the stores for some last minute shopping.

"I've been told so many times, get it done early, but I just can't seem to do it, but I got it done." says Bob Valeu, Bismarck.

To get it done, some are staking out the perfect parking spot.

That means one that's close to the door.

"I circled twice in order to get a close parking spot." says Bob Valeu, Bismarck.

"So far it's not too bad, but later in the day, you have to plan a lot of extra time and have a lot of patience." says Wegner.

"It is jammed close, but I've got a big vehicle, so I'm parking a big vehicle so I can get in and get out, I'll park further away." says Sean Flaherty, Minneapolis.

"The worst part was trying to find a parking spot over at the mall, it took like 15 minutes, it took longer than the shopping." says Ashley Meyer.

Whether last-minute shoppers find what they're looking for or not, most people appear to be in the holiday spirit.

Not letting the exposure to extreme cold drag them down.

"To me, it's not that bad." says Lauren Wegner.

"I got the important stuff, hats and gloves." says Sean Flaherty.

"Well actually, with the sun shining and no wind it feels pretty good, but I have to admit, it is definitely cold and this is what I get for shopping the last day before Christmas." says Valeu.

"Tomorrow when it's 34 maybe there'll be somebody with shorts on." says Tracy Wegner.

Considering that would be 65 degrees warmer than the low Monday, you never know.

According to Officer Pat Renz with the Bismarck police department, they have responded to eleven crash reports total at Gateway and Kirkwood malls in the month of December so far.

Police have also responded to two hit and runs.

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