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Black Friday deals draw shoppers in Dickinson

Despite a nationwide recession, many area retailers faired well with some more than doubling sales over last year.

Hoards of shoppers braved the chilly temperatures and early morning hours to wait at their shot at one-day bargains.

Brandon Grover, assistant manager at Runnings Farm & Fleet, said this year's sales will double last year's numbers.

"This is our highest ever, today and we're still going," Grover said.

Guns were a popular item along with space heaters, he said.

Melissa Rustan, manager of Sears Holding Corp., said the store had several popular items including snowblowers, washers and dryers and TVs.

Rustan said the store sold out of "pretty much everything."

"It's looking like we might have done a little better than last year," Rustan said.

Herberger's, located in Prairie Hills Mall, had a large crowd waiting for the doors to open at 3 a.m. Friday.

"We were very pleased with the traffic that we had," said Manager Paul Bonicelli. "I'm just very pleased with how things went today and it was a great day and certainly do appreciate the patronage we get from the community."

Keurig Coffee Makers were "a great item for the beginning of a holiday season," Bonicelli said.

Winter weight apparel sales were also very good, he said.

"(We were) grateful the weather was on our side," Bonicelli said.

Matthew Lee, co-manager at Wal-Mart Supercenter in north Dickinson, said electronics carried the most popularity.

"Laptops are hard to come by and they go super fast so those were some of the fastest," Lee said.

Televisions and Nintendo DS were also extremely popular.

"It was different this year," Lee said. "Our sales started at midnight except for most of the electronic stuff, that was at 5 a.m. We had one of our better years of selling through toys than we've ever had so a lot of toys. More so than ever."

This year's sales "definitely will" surpass last year, Lee said.

"I think most of everyone in Dickinson and Williston will have to have increased," Lee said. "The (oil) boom has been helping that's for sure."

Jason Penny, manager at KMart, also said electronics were the hot items this year.

When the store opened at 5 a.m., about 100 people were waiting to be let in the store, Penny said.

"We hammered them," Mike Wilkinson, owner of Blue Hawk Audio/Video in the mall, said of the Black Friday sales.

Wilkinson said big ticket items were 42-inch and 50-inch plasma TVs and LCD TVs.

As of about 4 p.m. Friday, the store had sold more than 30 TVs, Wilkinson said.

"As it sits right now, we're almost dead even on track as last year," Wilkinson said. "It's nice to see that people don't care just about price, price, price -- they actually care about quality and we proved that today."

The Dickinson Police Department saw no major issues with increased shopping traffic or patrons.

Sgt. Dan Brown of the Dickinson Police Department said the department responded to one incident of shoplifting where an unnamed man attempted to steal a laptop valued at more than $500 from Wal-Mart, an amount high enough to warrant felony charges