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Published September 09, 2010, 07:46 AM

Churches offer sports tickets to lure attendees

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — At least two Minnesota churches are hoping to pack the pews by offering the chance for free tickets to Minnesota Vikings or Minnesota Twins games.

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — At least two Minnesota churches are hoping to pack the pews by offering the chance for free tickets to Minnesota Vikings or Minnesota Twins games.

Those who show up at Crossing Church in Elk River Saturday or Sunday have a shot at season tickets for the Minnesota Vikings. Pastor Eric Dykstra says he "would do anything short of sin to get somebody in the door."

WCCO-TV says Dykstra's church doubled attendance when it gave away three cars last Easter.

The Exchange Church in Uptown is giving away Twins tickets to anyone who attends services this weekend. Church members raised $10,000 in order to offer the free tickets to the Sept. 30 home game against Toronto.

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