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Cathy Kates

I'm a Northland girl, born in Cloquet, raised in Wrenshall, and currently living in Duluth. I consider myself lucky to have been able to share my mornings laughing with you for the past 20 years. It's like audio Facebook. I make new friends, but I keep up with old friends too. I set three alarms to get up at 3:10am to do my job, then nap in the afternoon! I am a self-proclaimed multi-tasker (FYI: I am writing my bio, eating breakfast, holding three texting conversations and contemplating what I'll be having for lunch and what to make for dinner ALL right this second). I can't sit still. I even wear a head lamp at campfires so I can cross stitch at the same time. I love puppies, (especially my Schnauzer, Bauer), hot buttered movie theater popcorn, soup, the smell of a lake (especially if I’m fishing in it) and warm fuzzy blankets. I’m a lover, not a fighter, and yes it’s true, I get my hair cut on a weekly basis. I appreciate that you wake up with the B105 Breakfast Club, read and share my blogs and most of all, your friendship through the years! Peace, love and hugs!
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Minnesota Deer Hunters Input Needed To Help Set Goals And Values

While I don't hunt, I was born into a family that hunts, was once married to a huge family that hunts and work with a co-host that looks forward to time off to hunt every year.  There was once a time when the rules came out in a small booklet and that was that, but not anymore, the Minnesota DNR is looking to talk with hunters about deer management.

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Nick Cooper  - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Get Text Alerts From Your Favorite UMD Athletic Teams

Whether you're into tailgated in the Griggs Field parking lot before a UMD football game, sat in Romano gym watching a volleyball or basketball game or ate ice cream between 2nd and 3rd period at a UMD Men or Women's hockey game at the Amsoil, you are a considered a UMD Bulldog fan.

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Gas Prices Rise On Record High Oil Costs
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Local Gas Station Goes Retro, Brings Back Memories Of Full Service

A local gas station company, ICO on London Road, announced that they will be offering full service fueling at their pumps week days from noon to 3p.  They use to be called gas jockeys or full service attendants.  When I was a child there was more gas stations with full service than self-serv.  They would pump your gas, wash your windshield, sometimes your headlights and check your oil. My mom always went to Harold's in Carlton because they came out and pumped gas for you.

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City of Duluth Offers Indoor and Outdoor Skate Opportunities For Your Family

Recently the skating rink at Bayfront Festival Park closed for a few days due to the subzero weather conditions.  Hopefully the thermometer will cooperate and the rink can remain open.  Keep in mind the rink would close if wind chills reach -20 degrees Fahrenheit or if warm weather creates melted puddles on the ice.

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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Upcoming Saturday Morning At The Races With Grandma’s Marathon Includes Meeting Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders

If you and your family have experienced Wednesday Night at the Races with the Young Athletes Foundation and Grandma's Marathon, you already know how much fun it is.  If you haven't attended the event before you'll be hooked.  You don't have to wait for a Wednesday in the summer either, get ready for (drum roll) Saturday Morning at the Races, Indoors!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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We’ve Turned To Natural Healing With An Infrared Sauna

Back in the 70's & 80's it was cool to own a hot tub, remember?  As you get older and your body gives it up to gravity the idea of having a hot tub isn't that great anymore. (What?  I have to put on swimming suit and be in front of people???)   That's why we started researching infrared saunas and the benefits made sense.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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We Need More Cowbell #8 With The Northern Lights Foundation Is This Thursday

The anticipation of fierce competition in the Northland is about to explode this Thursday, January 12.  That's the night of the Northern Lights Foundation's We Need More Cowbell #8 and it's night you won't want to miss! 

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Rob Carr/Getty Images
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How Cold Does It Have To Be Before Our Children Are Excused From Walking To School?

There use to be a day when a -35 and -40 below wind chill was considered dangerous and our schools closed for the safety of our students.  What has changed that they now go to school in these extremely cold temperatures?  I have scoured a couple local school's websites and can't find the magic number posted anywhere.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Time To Pack Bentleyville Up For Another Year, Your Help Is Needed

I know the temps will be chilly this weekend but at the time I'm writing this I haven't heard that they are postponing the tear down of our beloved Bentleyville.  There is a massive amount of lights and decorations that need to come down and your help would be appreciated.

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Blood Supply Shortages Reported Throughout U.S.
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American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call For Blood And Platelets

Our local food shelves aren't the only thing that takes a toll during the holidays.  This busy time of year also affects are donated blood supply.  There are lots of legitimate reasons for the blood shortage.  People are busier this time of year and there's a better chance that they may have a cold or the flu.  But, the need exists, can you give an hour of your time and the gift of life?  One donation could save up to three lives.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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UMD Bulldog Banter: A Candid Conversation With Our Men’s Hockey Athletes

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach, Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  We decided it would be cool to put each team member in that spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview.  We wanted to learn more about their life off the ice.  What's the wildest thing you've done to catch a girl's eye and who on the team keeps his clothes in the washing machine much to the dismay of his roommates?  This is the fourth video in a series that just keeps getting more and more personal.

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