Hennen: Every day should be Thanksgiving Day

We're blessed to live where we do.

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Scott Hennen

We could learn a lot from the pilgrims. The history of Thanksgiving Day speaks volumes about simpler times and pausing to give thanks. I know I don't do it anywhere near as much as I should. Do we thank God for having been born in the United States of America? Or for all the enormous opportunities that are available to us? How about for our family, friends and our job, our employer and co-workers? There are so many things to be thankful for, and yet it is seemingly so hard to give thanks as a top-of-mind exercise in our daily routine.

So there is no day like the present, on Thanksgiving weekend, to take a pause and ponder the things I'm thankful for.

As Teddy Roosevelt said, “The greatest gift life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.” I get that incredible honor every day as a radio talk show host, so much so I don't consider it work. It's a great joy to spend a large percentage of my day interacting with our listeners from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and these great Northern Plains.

The people who call this part of the world home have no peer. When you combine the grit of the pioneers who settled this land, passed down over generations, with the open air common sense that exudes from the vast majority of the citizenry here, it’s breathtaking. Then we should add the the virtue of humility, found among many, which sometimes hides the enormous amount of wisdom available for the asking.

I'm thankful that I'm curious. I'm thankful for the gift of two ears and one mouth, so I can listen more and talk less. I'm thankful for the ability to learn from great people, day in and day out, and engage in a conversation less about the ills that the world throws at us, and more about the solutions to solve them!


You can't live in this rural, climate-challenged Northern Plains and not be hardier than most. As my mother used to say, “20 below keeps the riff-raff out.” Not that we don't have our fair share of evil, because in this world we will always have evil. We just have considerably more good than evil in the neighbors we share.

I'm thankful for the callers, emailers, texters, and even social media keyboard warriors we hear from every day. I'm thankful for the team that supports what we do to deliver not just news and information, but to welcome your opinions as well. Talk radio was the first social media outlet. Those well-informed opinions paint a beautiful mosaic every day about all that is good in the place we call home.

Take a look around you and see all the blessings in your life. And give thanks to God every day.

It is human nature to effortlessly lean into prayer when we are pleading for an answer, but it's much more challenging to do after those prayers have been answered. Let's do our best to give thanks for every blessing and every answered prayer, every day.

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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

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

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