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Food for Thought

Did you miss the MCCL #45 Food for thought this month on KKCQ? Don't worry. You'll find it here! Want to hear it live? Tune in the third Monday of every month on 96.7FM between 8:30-9am. It airs right after the Community Calendar.

MCCL #45 Mondays

Hear from people in our community who are spreading the message that all life is valuable; at any age and at any stage. This message comes to you from your family, friends and neighbors who have accepted the challenge of being voices for the voiceless. Together we Speak LIFE!

Jan. 16, 2023

MCCL 45 Member, Todd Lundell, joins Tom in the studio to highlight the opportunities in our local area to Speak LIFE. Regular chapter meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, 7pm at Mt. Carmel Church in McIntosh, MN. He share various rallies and marches occurring in Minnesota during Sanctity of Life month: January. Our most local march is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 10 am. The march will begin uptown, circle through downtown businesses then gathering at New Journey Church. He shares a moving, personal testimony about his commitment to march for all the babies who have perished, drawing attention to the fact that God is pro-life. Leaving listeners with a plea to find ways to become involved in the effort to Speak LIFE.

Jan. 12, 2023

Kathy Lavoi, from MCCL 45, joins Tom in the studio to share the background on the sanctity of life month: January. The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Overturning Roe vs. Wade is not the end of the battle for protecting unborn babies, it is the beginning. Compelling listeners to "Speak LIFE", she outlines the many resources available for those who may not feel confident sharing their perspective because they don't feel informed enough to speak. "The only way to correct not being informed is to get informed." She concludes by giving an overview of the efforts of MCCL 45 in our local area and outlining opportunities to Speak LIFE in the upcoming months. John 10:10, "I have come that they might have life and have it to the full." That is what sanctity of life is about: full life for all.

Sponsored by Jered's Grocery - McIntosh, MN

Jan. 2, 2023

Kathy Kjollhaug, invited by MCCL Chapter 45, joins Tom in the studio to share their adoption story. Miracles are messy, Kathy states more than once, pointing out that even as they were praying for their miracle, their eventual daughters were experiencing the trauma of their family falling apart. As their first opportunity to adopt from Costa Rica evaporated in heartbreak, the process underway for others to adopt Esther and Rebekah in India, their future daughters, ground to a halt. The Kjollhaug's were able to slide into that opportunity: their messy miracle. Her heartfelt and grounded account will touch you and encourage you to view the option of adoption in a new way. Is there room in your inn?

Sponsored by Jered's Grocery - McIntosh, MN (Jered was adopted)

Dec. 19, 2022

Author of the ongoing series Speak LIFE Baby O 2.0, Alison Opdahl, joins Tom Lano in the studio for a thought provoking synopsis of the agenda of abortion. The writing is on the wall for those who can read it. She may surprise you with her statement that she does not believe abortion kills a child. Why not? What does she believe? Is that even the right word? You'll have to listen to discover her rationale. As a member of MCCL #45, she also hints at events to come in the New Year.

Nov. 21, 2022

MCCL #45 Member Linda Blaser, joins Tom Lano in the studio for our monthly MCCL update. She shares information, shedding light on the details of chemical abortion such as the process, risks and results of such a procedure. Chemical abortions account for 55% of abortions in Minnesota. In 2021, the FDA changed requirements so chemical abortion pills can be mailed to a woman without an in-person, medical consult. There is a reversal period, up to 72 hours, in which an antidote can be taken after the first chemical abortion pill is ingested. The reversal success is 64-67%. Is Planned Parenthood really about women's health? Their annual report bragged they provide 82% of all chemical abortions in the United States, contributing to their financial income of over 1.7 billion dollars... all of this accomplished with our tax dollars.

Nov. 7, 2022

MCCL #45 member, Eileen Hegg, joins Tom in the studio to discuss the very real impact abortion has on relationships, futures and everyone affected by it. Her heartfelt appeal encompasses her desire for her grandchildren, their potential children and all of us to be well informed about the facts of abortion. Facts versus fiction. There is a great need for accurate information to be shared compassionately and boldly. She shares some grim, hard-hitting facts... you only have to "follow the money" to discover the unfolding agenda to de-humanize not only babies, but all of us.

Oct. 31, 2022

As part of MCCL #45's ongoing effort to highlight the impact of abortion, Margaritte Roue joins Tom Lano in the studio to share many facts and truths about abortion.  The long and short of abortion is this: for some women it is a decision that is made today and lived with for the rest of their lives. PTSD is a condition of having severe negative reactions to an event. She highlights the importance of recognizing that victims of abortion include the mothers and fathers, not only the babies. A thoughtful and thought provoking segment.

Oct. 24, 2022

MCCL #45 member, Dr. Darren Swanson joins Tom Lano in the studio and clarifies why he is pro-life. Sharing interesting perspectives on the science behind the proof of life that a baby is a baby in the womb. He believes that abortion degrades women; treating their fertility as a defect. He is against violence, and views abortion as extreme violence against pre-born babies. The discussion touches on Roe vs. Wade, and the stance that many candidates are supporting: which is abortion up until birth. The interview wraps up with Psalm 139.

Oct. 17, 2022

MCCL #45 member, Betty Syverson, highlights the helplessness of a newborn baby. She emphasizes the humanity identity of a baby in the womb or newly born and points out the irrefutable truths that those who support abortion subvert for their own gain. Touching on the overturned Roe vs. Wade decision, she clearly defines a godly understanding of the value of life, before we were even born. This thoughtful and provocative presentation will equip and inform you.

Oct. 10, 2022

MCCL #45 members, Theresa Voxland and Alison Opdahl, draw attention to the need for voters to be informed regarding the issue of abortion as we approach our upcoming election. Theresa highlights the role of MCCL in Minnesota over the years. Candidate information is key to discerning the best way to make sure our voices and the voices of the unborn are represented by our legislators.

Oct. 4, 2022

MCCL #45 Alison Opdahl and her daughter Dinah join Tom Lano in the studio for a very informative and thought provoking segment regarding the human status of a pre-born baby. Addressing concerns about a narrative push in our nation to de-humanize pre-born babies and relegate them to the status of disposable tissue. Dinah's simple answer, "A tiny baby," hits at the heart of the matter when Alison asks her what she sees when shown a picture of a pre-born baby at 3 months old. Baby Olivia is a video that shares the wondrous journey of the development of a child in the womb. Also highlighted is the 7pm MCCL Fall Rally on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the McIntosh Community Center.

See the link for Baby Olivia at the top of this page!


Sept. 29, 2022

Kelly - the executive director of Northwoods Pregnancy Center in Bemidji, MN - joins MCCL #45 Member Earl Roed in the studio with Tom Lano. She highlights the services and opportunities for clients and sponsors of the pregnancy center. Among those opportunities are a HOPE Program for moms and dads which equips them for parenting, monthly care packages, abortion pill reversal, bi-weekly Bible Study, fatherhood classes and miscarriage support group. Earl shares the mission statement of MCCL #45, the importance of "humanizing" our babies and details of the upcoming MCCL Fall Rally on Thursday, October 20 @ 7pm @ the McIntosh Community Center.

Sept. 19, 2022

MCCL Chapter 45 President, Mike Brouse, joins Tom Lano in the studio for a discussion about recent changes to pro-life legislation in Minnesota. Specifically, Attorney General Ellison's Consumer Alert. Addressing the concerns of many who value the lives of the preborn, Mike emphasizes language choices have a great impact on how we perceive the the value of preborn babies. They are not clumps of cells or fetuses, they are children.

Sept. 19, 2022

MCCL Chapter 45 President, Mike Brouse, joins Tom Lano in the studio for a discussion about recent changes to pro-life legislation in Minnesota. Specifically, Attorney General Ellison's Consumer Alert. Addressing the concerns of many who value the lives of the preborn, Mike emphasizes language choices have a great impact on how we perceive the the value of preborn babies. They are not clumps of cells or fetuses, they are children.

August 15, 2022

Representative Deb Kiel joins Tom Lano for the monthly MCCL #45 update. Speaking of the challenge in Minnesota because of the Doe vs. Gomez decision. Discussion centers around the importance of the role of the legislature regarding the issue of abortion in our state. Deb highlights the importance of gleaning accurate information about what can be accomplished legislatively and the roles citizens can have in that process. The conversation needs to be centered around "life from conception to death." Abortion clinics in Minnesota are not licensed, why not? Many conversations need to be raised regarding this very important issue.

July 18, 2022

New MCCL #45 Members, Tom and Carrie Bahr, share about their convictions regarding the value of life. Tom speaks about their first experience viewing the movie, "Unplanned." The message and content in the film changed his life. They now purchase copies of the movie and distribute them wherever they can to spread the truth about the impact abortions can have on so many lives.

Apr. 18, 2022

MCCL #45 member Betty Syverson makes a point of connecting Resurrection Sunday with the fact that our Creator is pro-life, evidenced by the Resurrection of Jesus after He died for our sins. She shares the upcoming events and goals of this local chapter and the need for ongoing community support.

Mar. 21, 2022

Speak LIFE author, Alison Opdahl shares about the recent MCCL #45 celebration of the "birth of Baby O" (completion) of the "Baby O" Series and shares a glimpse of the new series: "Baby O 2.0." She also highlights some of the goals MCCL #45 has in the upcoming year.

Feb. 21, 2022

MCCL member, Dick Roue is in the studio sharing about a recent newspaper column he wrote regarding Safe Haven Laws. He highlights area Pregnancy Centers in our area and the free, non-judgemental services available to all who seek their help.

Jan. 17, 2022

MCCL member, Todd Lundell highlights the upcoming March for Life in Bagley, MN. He shares about the focus of the citizen lead effort to preserve the life of babies and touches on available area resources.

Dec. 20, 2021

MCCL #45 member, and author of Speak LIFE, Alison Opdahl shares a look at the past year of activities and an update on the chapter as it plans for the new year. She also shares her thoughts on the perception of conception.

Nov. 15, 2021

MCCL #45 Members: Betty Syverson, Earl Roed and Rick Ford. Update on abortions in Minnesota, which are dropping since their peak in 1980. However, the role Planned Parenthood is playing in perpetuating their agenda is disturbing. Great news about local resources available through area Pregnancy Centers. Updates on states which are advocating for the lives of the unborn. The importance of the Hyde Amendment.

Oct. 18, 2021

MCCL #45 Member, Dick Roue in the studio, reminding us of the MCCL Fall Tour, Thursday October 21, 2021 at the McIntosh Community Center at 7pm. Also sharing how MCCL speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Touching on the political and social changes of the battleground in this fight for life. Highlighting options such as adoption.

Sept. 20, 2021

MCCL #45 members, Theresa Voxland and Alison Opdahl share Speak LIFE updates. Highlighted are the upcoming WPC Annual Banquet and the MCCL Fall Rally. What does Speak LIFE look like in our area? Well, they discuss that too. It is easier than you think!

Aug. 16, 2021

MCCL #45 member, Betty Syverson, discusses her personal experience in the pro-life movement in our area. Highlights include experiences at the Polk and Clearwater County Fairs, the similarities between Adoption and Abortion, the Vacation Bible School effort at Trinity Church to support the Women's Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, ND.

July 19, 2021

MCCL Chapter #45 president, Mike Brouse. Updates on the Speak LIFE and MCCL float in the Fosston Parade and the Booth at the 2021 Polk County Fair. Information on in vivo abortion (organ harvesting) from babies paid for by our tax dollars.

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