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Published November 27, 2009, 09:17 AM

Bargain hunters hit North Dakota store on Black Friday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bargain hunters are out in force around North Dakota today, on the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Will Skees began standing outside the Best Buy store in Bismarck at 7 o'clock Thursday night. He says he's after items such as laptops and video games, for presents for family members.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bargain hunters are out in force around North Dakota today, on the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Will Skees began standing outside the Best Buy store in Bismarck at 7 o'clock Thursday night. He says he's after items such as laptops and video games, for presents for family members.

Greg Wheeler waited in the 25-degree weather outside Bismarck's Target store this morning. He says that when he met his wife 10 years ago, he thought she was "nuts" when she took part in Black Friday shopping -- but now it's become a tradition for the family.

North Dakota stores are filled not only with state residents but also some Canadians. Kristy Hurrell traveled from Manitoba to Fargo with her husband and children for a day of shopping. Her plan is simple -- leave the family at the hotel and hit the stores.

Black Friday gets its name because it traditionally was the day when huge crowds would push stores into "the black," or profitability.

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