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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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Stormwater Problems? City of Duluth Wants Your Input To Available Programs

My husband and I have always had storm drain issues, but even more so now that the new Duluth Middle School has been built.  We get a rush of water from that facility because we live down hill of it.  We investigated and found that there is a good reason why.  If you have similar problems with storm drain run-off, you are encouraged to attend a meeting to have your voice heard.

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2013 Gruene Woche Agricultural Trade Fair
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Be Aware of the Traffic Detour and Street Closure for the Far West Fest Starting Thursday

Far West Fest begins on Friday, but in preparation of the event they will have a significant amount of street detours and closures you should be aware of starting today.  To make your travel stress-free the Duluth Police Department has laid out their plan.

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Jamey Johnson Pays Tribute To Mentor Merle Haggard At Grand Casino Mille Lacs [VIDEO]

Jamey Johnson will be paying tribute to what he calls "his mentor", Merle Haggard at Grand Casino's Amphitheater in Hinckley on Saturday, July 2.  He welcomes the opportunity to pay Merle a debt of gratitude.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of MN’s Cheer Zone Opens As A Retail Center In Duluth Soon [VIDEO]

I had the honor of spending the day with Skye the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Owl at Grandma's Marathon cheering the runners to the finish line which was just about a mile away.  On that Saturday it was the "cheer zone" but soon it will be the location of the new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Retail Center in Duluth.

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Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet of the Week is Darla a Spunky American Staffordshire Terrier

Awwww, look at that face!  This spunky girl is an American Staffordshire Terrier currently living at Animal Allies and hoping to find her forever home filled with love.  There are some specific things Darla's adopter should be aware of but if you're in search of a high-energy girl, she could be the one!

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Drew's Road Mgr
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New Artist Drew Baldridge Rocked My World At Country Fest

We had just settled down in our seats when Drew Baldridge took the stage.  I knew he was a new artist (his first CD just came out June 10) and totally expected to kick back and nap in the sun while he was performing.  Instead I was listening intently and noticing his "dance moves".  I'm a fan!

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Children riding bike
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Outfit Your Child With A Bike Helmet Compliments of Kohl’s And Essentia Health

Some adults still don't wear bike helmets and on rare occasion I see a child without one.    If you have a child or children that either doesn't have a bike helmet or has outgrown theirs, here is your chance to pick one up for free from  Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares.

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Nick Cooper-TSM Duluth
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Update: Canal Park’s Minnesota Blue Slip Bridge Back In Service

According to a City of Duluth press release, the Minnesota Slip Bridge, also known to the locals as the "blue slip bridge" that connects Canal Park to the DECC and Vista Cruise Tours is back in service.  That didn't take long at all!

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ebay/ justzebest
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Fastest Growing Sport In America Comes To Duluth: Pickleball

Wait, what, Pickleball?  What's that?  The best way to describe it is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis all rolled into one.  So if you're good at all three, you have got to join in at giving it a shot thanks to the City of Duluth.

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Ministry Cares For Philadelphia's Impoverished Residents
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Animal Allies Makes Adopting A Pet Affordable For Seniors

Every Wednesday at 8:10 Ken and I talk with Daryl Yankee from Animal Allies about the Pet of the Week.  This week we were unable to talk with Daryl and I thought I'd take the opportunity to give you info on their "Sidekicks for Seniors" program.  

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Whipper Snapper Races Will Kick Off Grandma’s Marathon 2016 On Friday

Make it a family affair and get the kids signed up for the FREE Whipper Snapper Races this Friday afternoon!  There will be plenty of time to get to the William A. Irvin 5K afterwards and your children will have a sense of participating and accomplishment.  Here's everything you need to know to make your day perfect!

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