Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and loved ones and feel a sense of gratitude for all that we have. On social media and in person we asked our readers a simple question: What are you thankful for? The answers were many, enthusiastic and varied. It’s been said that those who make a point of finding opportunities for gratitude are often happier in life. If this is true, it explains why one sees so many smiling people on the sidewalks of Pine City.

I am thankful for my wonderful family and our awesome community we live in.  ~ Sundance R. Ruud

Smiles, kindness, opportunity, my family and pumpkin pie. ~ Angie Filler

I am thankful for my children whom have taught me just as much as I have taught them. They make every single day bright, and filled with love.  ~ Laura Mikel Root

I am thankful for my family, friends, health, my job, and the community as a whole as we all work for the betterment of the city. ~ Lisa Dunbar

For being alive. ~ John Sadowski

Ten years ago during Thanksgiving week I became gravely ill and almost didn’t survive. I was diagnosed with vasculitis and given a pretty poor prognosis. I am thankful to say that my disease is in remission and the future looks bright! Thankful for all the help and support in the last 10 years as well! ~ Kami Schmidt

 I am thankful for a God who loves me unconditionally. ~ George AP Johnson

I am thankful for this amazing community. ~ Todd Satter

Faith, family, Journey North Church, children, kindness! ~ Melanie Hedberg

My husband, my kids, family, friends and something to never take for granted...good health!! ~ Kim David

I am so grateful for my family and our health. As I was watching the Little Mermaid I am so grateful for our school system. Our students can be in sports, theater, speech, NHS, band, choir...anything they choose. We produce well rounded students who are successful! ~ Kathryn Olson

I am thankful for God’s unfailing love and each day he gives me with my family and friends. ~ Kris Engh

Great friends and family. ~ Jerry Barton

I am very thankful for my daughter, my yoga instructor, my MN Vikings, my strong drive to work hard everyday, my irreplaceable bonds with my friends, and that my future is so bright, I gotta wear shades. ~ Shona Hughes

I am thankful for family, friends and co-workers. ~ Theresa Slama

My wife, family and friends. The Gophers’ remarkable season thus far, and Three Twenty Brewery! ~ Jim Clune

Thankful we have some progressive people who have a chance to lead their countries to real peace. ~ Bill Brown

The multitude of truly caring friends and neighbors we’ve met since moving here. ~ Marcia Ahola Chess

I’m thankful to God for all the blessings I receive daily! ~ Linda Kleppe

Family. Also wishing everyone to be happy, healthy, prosperous and loved. ~ Russ Peterson

Family, friends, the ones who have created paths for us to continue our journey of life in a positive healthy way. Must add the air I breathe. ~ Terry Ennen

I am thankful for such a strong and supportive community to come home to! ~ Emily Elliot

I’m thankful for family...and friends that have become family; in other words my “village.” I’m thankful that our community allows me to add more people to that list every day, because it’s nice to have someone to reach out to when things are difficult...or when you want to celebrate the good stuff. ~ Kimberlee Bever

Family, friends and things that bring purpose to my life. ~ Judy Scholin

I am thankful for my heart transplant, for my donor family, especially my Heart Sister, Miah, family, friends, neighbors, and this opportunity God has given me to enjoy life! ~ John Vosberg

I am thankful for my husband, my son, my family, my friends and for Sadie the dog. ~ Tracey Barton

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