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Published November 26, 2010, 12:13 PM

Fargo Shoppers Hit Stores on Black Friday

With Thanksgiving done, shoppers streamed to the stores across North Dakota on Friday as the Christmas shopping season kicked off. Some eager shoppers didn't wait for the turkey holiday to pass before beginning their quest for great deals on gifts.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — With Thanksgiving done, shoppers streamed to the stores across North Dakota on Friday as the Christmas shopping season kicked off. Some eager shoppers didn't wait for the turkey holiday to pass before beginning their quest for great deals on gifts.

Five friends camped outside a Best Buy store in Fargo starting Wednesday night, in a small tent equipped with a heater.

"Maybe a TV, camera and what else . a printer," Ben Klein told KFGO radio about his targeted items.

Friend Tyler Pool had one acquisition in mind, but it wasn't a material good.

"The experience," he said. "I'm not getting anything. I'm just here to have some fun."

Temperatures early Friday were relatively warm, but shoppers in Bismarck still had to deal with gusty winds and a light sprinkling of snow. Chance Baesler and his friends used a hut built for ice fishermen to stay warm while they waited for a Best Buy to open.

"The ice house we brought out about 12:00. It's a three-person ice house. We have about eight people crammed in that thing just to get away from the wind," Baesler told North Dakota Public Radio.

Many stores entice customers with good deals on Black Friday, named because it traditionally was the day when crowds would push stores into "the black," or profitability. The North Dakota Retail Association expects Christmas sales to be up as much as 5 percent over last year because of the state's good economy, bolstered by the energy boom in the western part of the state and a good year for agriculture.

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