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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!
Duluth Police Department
Duluth Police Department
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Duluth Police Department Ask For Your Help Identifying A Robbery Suspect

Ok, if you were listening to Ken and I on air Friday you will have heard us talk about the fact that the robbery suspect did not wear a purple and pink outfit on the day of the robbery. Ken explained that this is taken with a special camera that changed the color of his clothes.  The actual color of clothing he was wearing is listed below and the Duluth Police Department is asking for your help in identifying this man.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Hand-Craft Bowls At The Duluth Art Institute For The Empty Bowl Fundraiser [VIDEO]

Many Northlanders look forward to the Empty Bowl Event each year. It's designed to help fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, but it does so much more than that.  It brings the community together, whether it's sharing time and talent making the bowls or enjoying soup and conversation on the day of the event.  The opportunity to make bowls for Empty Bowl 2017 in April is available at the Duluth Art Institute, get your friends or group together and have fun making bowls that will ultimately help feed local families.

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Chic Chic A Relli
Chic Chic A Relli
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UnitedHealthCare In Duluth Is Hiring Right Now, Apply Here

This is welcome news at a time when the holiday bills are still looming over your head and the heating bills are mounting due to the cold weather.  If you have been looking to earn some extra money or are in search of a career, beef up that resume, UnitedHeathCare is hiring.

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Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
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The USDA Keeps Your Chicken Wings Out Of The Danger Zone With Tips And Personal Food Safety Coaching

Even though the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers aren't in the Super Bowl there's still a lot of excitement and plans for Super Bowl parties this Sunday.  Over 100 million football fans will watch the game and approximately 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed.  The last thing you want is you or any of your guests getting sick after eating something at your party.

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Animals Live In Squalor At Kabul Zoo
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Meet Spike, The Porcupine Fill-In Groundhog At The Lake Superior Zoo Who Will Make The Call

Don't you think it's weird that once a year, we suddenly turn our attention from meteorologists to a groundhog to make the determination if we have six more months of winter or an early spring.  That has actually become a traditional holiday celebrated on February 2. Spike will be doing the honors in the City of Duluth again this year, but he isn't a groundhog.

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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It’s A Twofer Of Woofers With Our Animal Allies Pet(s) Of The Week

This is Tessa, just one of two Animal Allies Pets of the Week this time around.  According to Daryl at Animal Allies, Tessa has a bonded relationship with another lab and would like to see the two of them adopted together to the same forever home.  This makes them eligible for the buddy program discount - $50 off the total.

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South Florida Continues Recovery From Hurricane Wilma
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North Shore Laundromat Offers Reward In Recent Burglary

I honestly don't know how anyone can steal a bunch of quarters, isn't that heavy?  Not to mention the fact that now they are faced with spending them in machines or risk getting caught trying to cash them in.  If you know or learn of information to this burglary, it could mean a reward, here's the skinny.

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National Geographic Channel's World Premiere Of "The Story Of God" With Morgan Freeman
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University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Jazz Band Holds Valentine Swing Dance

Looking for culture, dancing, big band jazz music?  How about all that and it covers your plans for Valentine's Day?  Yup, you can thank the University of Wisconsin-Superior Jazz Band for your romantic evening that includes a little swing dancing (only if you want too!).

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images
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Duluth Kids Club Gets Into Valentine’s Day With An Extravaganza To Benefit The Northern Lights Foundation

Valentine's Day, a day that is usually reserved for adults, lovers and those seeking love.  Oh sure, as kids we got to exchange little cards and treats in school, (not even sure they still do that) but how about a full on party to celebrate Valentine's Day for the younger ones?  You've got it, thanks to the Duluth Kids Club!

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Poverty In Germany
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2nd Annual Winter Warm Up Raising Money For The Kids Of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tracy Jacobsen came out of retirement in 2008 to make bread and share recipes to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.     He made the decision to give back to organizations that have helped him continue to thrive in his life's passion, food and cooking, despite obstacles.

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Nick Cooper/Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper/Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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We Bid Farewell And Best Wishes To Dan Russell, Executive Director Of The DECC [VIDEO]

I knew this day was coming, I had heard rumor of it, but as of this week, the rumors have become truth.  Dan Russell, the Executive Director of the DECC will be retiring from a position he has held for 27 years.  During the excitement of the DECC celebrating it's 50th anniversary I was lucky to spend some time with Dan and to talk about his memories of concerts, events and share other behind the scenes secrets.

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Vince Bucci/Getty Images
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My Friend’s Family Had An Unusual Tie To The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The passing of Mary Tyler Moore was such sad news for a girl of my age.  I grew up watching the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 70's with my family and when I got older thought it was so cool that the setting for the sit com was Minneapolis. The house that you see in her opening segment still stands to this day.

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