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Published July 16, 2011, 12:44 PM

Star couple Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian dine in St. Cloud, cause a stir

Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kris Humphries rolled up in a white Infiniti SUV and did what many others do on a Friday: have lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in St. Cloud.

By: Frank Lee,, Associated Press

Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kris Humphries rolled up in a white Infiniti SUV and did what many others do on a Friday: have lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in St. Cloud.

While the reality TV star and the NBA player dined quietly, gawkers took photos of the couple during their hourlong meal at the family-owned eatery on Second Street South.

"We opened 15 minutes earlier because we already had 10 people at the door," said William Humphries, who, along with his wife and son, took over Five Guys in St. Cloud in 2009. They also own franchises in Duluth, Rochester and Mankato.

A television crew recorded the couple's moves as they entered the establishment and while they ate, for a two-part, four-hour engagement special to air in early October on the E! cable channel, which also airs Kardashian's reality show.

"They're still kind of ironing out the wedding details, but I believe it's Aug. 20," said William Humphries, a former football player for the University of Minnesota.

Kardashian, who has courted fame and fortune by lending her name and likeness to products, and graced the covers of countless magazines and tabloids, seemed oblivious to the commotion caused by the couple's presence.

Kardashian and Kris Humphries were visiting his grandparents in St. Cloud when they stopped at Five Guys on July 5, according to William Humphries.

"I like her. She's very kind, she's a very gentle person. She has a very strong faith, being a Christian -- that's probably what doesn't come across (on her show)," William Humphries said of his son's fiancee.

Jessica Backowski was at Five Guys and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich just to catch a glimpse of the celebrity couple, even though she has never before been to the burger franchise.

"We heard Kim was going to be here," Backowski said, shortly before Kris Humphries mentioned on his Twitter account that he would be stopping by the red-checkered dining room.

The 23-year-old graduate student at St. Cloud State University said she was a fan of Kardashian's E! reality series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," as well as its spinoff featuring one of Kardashian's sisters, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York."

"I like her because I feel like they're more real than some of the other reality stars out there," Backowski said. "I feel like -- in terms of body image -- they present more of a reality of, like, what people should look like. They're not sticks, and I appreciate that."

Kardashian wore high heels with her shorts, but her fiance still towered over her. They talked in hushed tones while they ate and were later joined at the table by his sister Kaela Humphries.

"I just think it's exciting that somebody is in St. Cloud that's famous, but I'd like to get a picture with her if I could, but I don't know. There's a lot of people here," Backowski said.

Posters for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" were recently spotted inside Crossroads Center mall. The promotional photographs on several mall kiosks prominently feature the photogenic family.

"It's crazy because you see her on TV and then you see her in here," said Heather Gradin, a 22-year-old St. Cloud State University student who loves the show.

The St. Cloud resident was taking photographs of the couple while using a cellphone at the same time to talk to her sister, who watches "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

"The photos are going to go on Facebook," Gradin said of the 15 "and counting" photos that she took of the couple.

Humphries was at the fifth annual basketball clinic at the Eastside Boys & Girls Clubs in St. Cloud after lunch. The Kris Humphries Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota hosted the clinic.

"They're hilarious and they're so real. They keep it real," Gradin said of Kardashian and Humphries, who was born in Minneapolis.

The couple signed an autograph for a little girl, shook hands with a few store employees and posed for a photo for the crowd before leaving. They did not talk to the other customers or answer questions from the media.

"I was hoping to get a picture with her, but I can see that's not going to happen," Gradin said excitedly and a little disappointedly. "But I got plenty of other pictures and so that's good enough for me."