If it bleeds, it leads. That's the saying in the news business and it’s the talk radio way many days, too.

North Dakota just finished its 67th legislative session and you didn’t hear much about the significant accomplishments of the 141 citizen legislators. What you did hear about were the food fights, mask mandates, boys that identify as girls wanting to play girls' sports, and North Dakota State University's insatiable appetite for Planned Parenthood money. These were the hot topics everyone wanted to talk about. It's understandable given the woke culture we live in and the mask shaming that has gripped America in a pandemic.

Freedom has been under attack and too many of us have cashed in our ability to think critically and many have become sheeple. This session, many missed the creative genius that saved the Coal Creek Station and the nearby mine jobs, or the historic innovation that is happening in clean, sustainable energy. Remember, the UAS/drone industry is thriving through nation leading partnerships in Grand Forks at the University of North Dakota and the FAA test site. And remember, carbon capture and storage are not a theory in North Dakota … our ethanol industry is doing it.


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I'm a radio talk show host who has the blessing of hearing from thousands of people all across the Northern Plains every week. I know what they worry about. We have that conversation every day. These are your neighbors. Farmers and ranchers from small towns and cities. They are business owners and hardworking energy industry workers, veterans and National Guard heroes, teachers and nurses, law enforcement and volunteer first responders. They are simply "salt of the earth" folks who are God-fearing, freedom-loving people. They are models of our Founding Fathers. They revere the Constitution of our Republic. And so many of them are fearful for the future of our great America.

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction …We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

We are in a digital war. It’s time we wake up and realize it. In the past 80 days, we have spent more time talking about the crazy shift in culture and less time talking about the financial stability of our state. We will prevail, because the problems that grip most other states (South Dakota we don't include you..."Go Kristi go!") are the butt of jokes here. We still have citizen legislatures and more common sense than most. Our energy industry is robust. We have a Legacy Fund that has preserved the bounty of oil. Agriculture is always a pillar of our economy. The beauty of our Badlands are a draw for tourists and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library is coming in 2025, located in the only national park named for a president.

Life is good. Say a prayer of thanks that you live where you do. Let's be glad we live in North Dakota.

Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, KFYR AM 550, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at ScottH@FlagFamily.com

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.