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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!
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Pita Pit Restaurant Now Opened In The maurices Building, Downtown Duluth [VIDEO]

There is always a buzz when a new restaurant opens in the Northland.  The buzz in the Northland is in downtown Duluth in the new maurices building with the opening of the Pita Pit.

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The Duluth Transit Authority Is Looking To Fill Vacant Board of Directors Positions

You are being called on to represent. There are vacancies on the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) Board of Directors. You can have a say in shaping the the mass transit in our city.  Are you or someone you know interested?

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Cathy’s Attempt At Making A Wine Cork Reindeer Is A Hilarious Epic Fail [VIDEO]

We were at our friend's Dave & Kathy's near Barnum for a day of baking cookies and a little crafting.  I had gotten the materials to make cute little reindeer out of wine corks for our craft project.  We found that the grapevine sticks used for the antlers and legs of the reindeer were hard to get into the cork, so we pre-made holes to make it easier for the video.  I wasn't paying attention and made an epic mistake that made me lose it and I just couldn't recover.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Learn How To Recycle And Reuse Your Christmas Cards At The Duluth Public Library

Go green with more than your tree this year!  Have you ever felt guilty to read a Christmas Card and toss it to the side?  Think about it, someone thought you special enough to buy, write, address and spend money on a stamp to wish you a happy holiday.  Feel guilty no longer, instead upcycle or reuse your Christmas cards.  Learn how with the Duluth Public Library.

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John Borash
John Borash
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A Different Kind Of Christmas Cookie Exchange Allows Time Together [LIST OF RECIPES]

Have you ever participated in a cookie exchange?  You know the kind where you bake umpteen cookies at home, by yourself and bring them to exchange with others that have done the same thing?  My former mother-in-law made our cookie exchange much more fun with time spent together making memories and we went home with 7 dozen different cookies in just under 3 hours.  Here's how and the recipes of the cookies we made.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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City Of Duluth Announces Online Renewal For 2017 Pet Licenses

Wow, the City of Duluth is on top of it this year.  While on their website I noticed that you can already go online and get your pet licensed for 2017.  I've lived in the country most of my life, so moving to Duluth was a culture shock where pets are concerned.  My dog is now on a leash in the yard for safety concerns, his and that of people passing by.  Before you get busier with holiday festivities, get your 2017 Pet License renewed and cross it off your list.

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TSM Creative
TSM Creative
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Planned Closure Of A Portion Of Superior Street On Thursday December 1

Heads up for you downtown Duluth motorists.  They'll be closing Superior Street for a few hours on Thursday, December 1 (barring any weather issues) to place a crane for workers to perform a scheduled maintenance.  Here's what you need to know.

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Berlin Citizens Shop For Christmas Trees
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31 Years Of Christmas Trees And Memories At The Chub Lake Tree Farm

This was one of my favorite blogs to write all year because I got the honor of visiting with Jim and Bev Whorton, owners of the Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton.  The business is dear to me because it holds precious memories of when my mother and I would go there to get our Christmas trees.  This is their 31st year in business and are once again involved with Trees for Troops.

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet Of The Week Is A Shy Labrador Retriever Siberian Husky Mix

Shy, but lovable, that's what Cooper our Animal Allies Pet of the Week is.  Once Cooper warms up to you she is a energetic dog that wants to play.  Cooper is a 4 year old black Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky Mix hoping to be in his forever home before Christmas.

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Neil Kerr/Getty Images
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Curling Night In America Needs You As An Extra When Filming [VIDEO]

This is exciting! NBC will be in Duluth to film for the show called Curling Night In America. The filming will take place this Thursday through Saturday, December 1-3 and they are in need of extras of all ages while filming...

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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A Plea For Pet Owners To Clean Up After Their Dogs On The Lakewalk [VIDEO]

Please excuse my rant, but we are very lucky in the Northland to have several dog parks, nature trails and the Lakewalk to exercise our pets.  It amazes me that so many pet owners either don't take pride in our scenic beauty or care about keeping it nice for others.  This past weekend I found this, which is impressive for the dog's aim, but not impressive that it was left there by the owner for me to clean up.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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5 Northland Annual Holiday Must See Traditions To Experience

The Northland is bursting with holiday spirit and so much to see for every person in the family.  Sights, sounds, taste, arts and motion come together in an array of holiday favorites that will become must see traditions for the whole family...

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