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God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.

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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 09/07/17 - NOON EDITION

Drought conditions in the Dakotas haven't changed much over the past week, due to above-normal temperatures and little rain....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in the Dakotas haven't changed much over the past week, due to above-normal temperatures and little rain.
 
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 66 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought, unchanged over the week. Twenty-one percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought, down slightly from 22 percent. The Drought Monitor says conditions improved in south central North Dakota but worsened in the north central part of the state.
 
     In South Dakota, 71 percent of the state is in some stage of drought, up from 69 percent. Forty-four percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought, up slightly from 43 percent. The Drought Monitor says conditions improved in southeastern South Dakota but worsened in the western part of the state.

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     BERTHOLD, N.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol has identified a Rugby man who died after a vehicle crash west of Berthold. Authorities say 63-year-old Timothy Bartsch was driving a pickup truck that went out of control and rolled onto its side on U.S. Highway 2 shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. A passing motorist found him lying on the shoulder of the road. He was taken to a Minot hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Bartsch was alone in the pickup.

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     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - Wahpeton Mayor Meryl Hansey has resigned in the midst of his battle with cancer. The 81-year-old Hansey had been absent from his public duties due to his illness since June. The Daily News reports that the City Council accepted his resignation on Tuesday.
 
     City residents have 15 days to file a petition calling for a special election. If no one files, the council may appoint one of its own members to fill out Hansey's term, which expires next June. Council President Steve Dale has been handling the mayoral duties.

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    BURNSVILLE, MN - Excitement is sky-high as the Minnesota Vikings start the regular season with a big Monday Night matchup against Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 11. Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns fans scammers might attempt an end around with bogus tickets right up to the time of opening kickoff.

    "Simple awareness of this growing problem is your best defense," said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "Fake tickets are a fact of life for sports fans these days. By staying between the lines, you can greatly reduce your odds of being thrown for a big loss."

    BBB reminds everyone that reputable ticket sources are out there and are the best option to secure a seat and not get scammed. Also, ticket selling on U.S. Bank Stadium property is illegal.

    To avoid getting sacked by scammers, BBB recommends you:

    - Choose a reputable online ticket broker. Only the Vikings ticket office, Ticketmaster and the NFL TicketExchange (nfl.com/tickets) can guarantee the ticket you purchase online will be valid to attend the event. When purchasing tickets through any other online brokers, look for the BBB seal on their website and research them online at bbb.org. Review the company's track record and what their policy is if tickets purchased through their site are fake or not as advertised. When buying tickets online, always pay with a credit card.

    - Be leery of buying from scalpers at the event. Buying tickets near the venue on game day can be a dangerous game. The seats may be just as advertised or you might find yourself on the outside of the stadium - and also out whatever money you paid to the scammer.

    - Never wire money to someone you don't know. If you find a seller online that claims to have tickets to the game, be very careful. Any request by the seller to have you wire money to pay for the tickets should be the red flag that makes you walk away. This is virtually always the sign of a scam.


    On their website, the Vikings offer these additional tips:

    - Always check with the Vikings Ticket Office or the ticket booths to see if walk-up tickets are available.

    - The Vikings have two types of authorized tickets: accessible through the Vikings Mobile App or printed (8 ½ x 11) PDF tickets.

    - Vikings tickets are not printed on Ticketmaster hard ticket stock. If you are buying tickets printed on Ticketmaster hard ticket stock, they are fake.

    - If you are buying tickets on the street, scrutinize them closely for inaccuracies or alterations. Cross-check the seat assignment and prices with a stadium map found on the Vikings Mobile App.

    - Ask the person who is selling tickets on the street if you could take a picture of him/her with their valid ID before the transaction. If they refuse, move on.

    - Finally, apply common sense. Tickets for big games such as this one are always in high demand. The chances of you getting lucky and finding an unbelievable deal are slim at best. If a situation sounds too good to be true, such as someone selling tickets for much less than they're being offered elsewhere, the offer is likely not legitimate.

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    FARGO, N.D. - Across the country, many people recently gave blood to help patients in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. And there may be another call for donors depending on where Hurricane Irma makes landfall. While this outpouring of support is appreciated, it underscores the importance of always having enough blood readily available when and where patients need it. It's the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives when disasters hit.

    To encourage more people to become blood donors, this week of September 4 - 10 has been declared as National Blood Donation Week. New blood donors are needed every day to replace those who can no longer donate. Dr. Daliah Wachs, syndicated radio personality, and United Blood Services along with blood banks across the country have teamed up to reverse the decline in new blood donors and to encourage active blood donors to continue donating on a regular basis.

    Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com or by calling (877)827-4376. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services' Hero in Me rewards program.

    Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It's at www.bloodhero.com.

    Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 or 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

 


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