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Published April 08, 2012, 08:18 PM

Moorhead waitress gets to keep the $12K tip she found

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead waitress who found a $12,000 tip, is rejoicing this Easter Sunday. After a legal battle, Stacy Knutson received word Thursday that money would be hers to keep. This devout Lutheran is crediting her faith for this blessing during a difficult time.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead waitress who found a 12 thousand dollar tip, is rejoicing this Easter Sunday. After a legal battle, Stacy Knutson received word Thursday that money would be hers to keep. This devout Lutheran is crediting her faith for this blessing during a difficult time.

As Stacy Knutson sings along with the church band, it is this day she may be singing with more conviction than ever.

Stacy: "Today I just feel extremely blessed for all of this and it came at an awesome time of the year."

Around the same time of receiving the enormous tip,

When I opened it, it was just like wow, never ever seen that kind of money ever in my life.

Knutson had been praying more than in times past for help to make ends meet.

Stacy: "Receiving this money was a blessing from God, because I have prayed a lot for some help with getting caught up on things and I know for a fact God had a place in this."

This mother of 5 relies on the money she makes at Fryn' Pan, along with many other side jobs to bring in extra income. But most of all, this waitress relies on the Lord and thanks him for this great blessing.

Stacy: "Always do that, yes I thank him every time of the day almost, and yea I did."

Knutson's long time friend Ralph Fiskness has been aware of her struggles. He sees how faithful she has been over the years.

Ralph: "That faith has kept her going, and she knew that at some point she would be rewarded."

He along with other church members have always been praying for Knutson.

Ralph: "Very quiet prayers, kind of every time I would see her you know I thought hey this girl needs help."

It is no question to Knutson, Fiskness, and the rest of this church that God played the biggest role in this big blessing.

Stacy: "He was 100 percent."

Knutson volunteers at the church nursery every Thursday.

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