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Lines at the checkouts were a common sight Friday in the stores at the Kandi Mall in Willmar. Reports nationally showed that shoppers were out in force, though they were somewhat cautious in their spending and stuck to their lists. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Black Friday shoppers fill local stores

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WILLMAR -- If Rip Van Winkle awakened from his long slumber on the morning of Black Friday to go shopping in Willmar, he would have thought there was no economic recession and retail groups were not predicting a challenging holiday season.

Shoppers were lined up at the door when the Herberger's store in the Kandi Mall opened the doors at 4 a.m., according to store manager Gordy Lindblad.

"It's been wild," he said later in the morning. "We are up over last year."

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