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Dan Tillberg and Judy Collins from Viking Pawn and Pay Day Loans run the local shop. (photo by Tara Bitzan)

TV shows boost interest in pawn business

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Some pawn shop owners may question the "reality" in two popular reality television shows - Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn - but many are happy the shows are running, nonetheless.

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"Our traffic has doubled since those shows started," said Dan Tillberg, who works at Viking Pawn and Pay Day Loans on Broadway in Alexandria.

Hardcore Pawn is a truTV documentary reality series that shows the day-to-day operations of American Jewelry and Loan, a family-owned pawn shop in Detroit.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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