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Black Friday sales held in Jamestown held steady this year and in some cases, even exceeded expectations.

"We're very pleased," said Joni Dalke, manager of Jamestown's Kmart, saying she couldn't say how sales this year compared to last.

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"So take that how you want," she said.

Hot items this year included toys and electronics -- which is typical holiday gift fare, she said.

And unlike other parts of the country where crowds got so chaotic, one Wal-Mart employee in New York was killed after being trampled and two California shoppers were killed after another shopper opened fire, the Jamestown store was crowded but shoppers were friendly, Dalke said.

Wal-Mart Supercenter aisles were crowded Friday too, said John Shafer, Wal-Mart store manager.

"Our day has been extremely busy, better than projected," he said.

Big sellers were a Kitchen Aid mixer, he said, as well laptops and big screen TVs.

At Gun & Reel Sports, the store's biggest sellers were clothing items like hunting and outdoor apparel as well as shoes and boots, said Woody Woodward, owner.

Woodward said sales this year were about the same as last year.

"I'd say it's on par with last year," he said.

As for the rest of the season, Dalke said the Jamestown Kmart has high expectations despite a national economic downturn.

"I expect sales to be at least equal to or higher than last year's," she said.

North Dakota doesn't have the same financial troubles as other states, she said.

"We don't have the unemployment and the layoffs that other areas are having," Dalke said.

Sun reporter Katie Ryan can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by e-mail at kryan@jamestownsun.com

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