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Cathy Kates

Hi y'all, thanks for checking out my bio! I grew up in the country community of Wrenshall, attended church in Carlton and worked in Cloquet. I adore and respect my family. My husband and I laugh and run together (well, I jog). My daughter is in her second year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. I love shoes, Asian food, and trying new recipes. My dream (at the moment) is to be on the Big Bang Theory or the Ellen Show. I have been in broadcasting for 16 years and thank you for your friendship and waking up to laugh with Ken, me and the Breakfast Club. ~Peace, Love & Hugs
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BIG Incentive Announcement: HUGE Prize Added To The Trophies And Cash Benna Ford Roush Superior Watercross Shootout Contestants Can WIN [VIDEO]

The Benna Ford Roush Superior Watercross Shootout is almost here!  August 16th and 17th will be an exciting weekend at the Barker's Island Festival Park and you don't want to miss a second of it!  You've met some of the drivers through blog interviews, some of you may be following the IWA circuit and still others have favorite drivers their planning to cheer on to victory.  But, what do they win?  This particular water cross has a HUGE surprise from Benna Ford Roush for the Pro Open Category.

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Street Preservation Construction Starts In West Duluth Today, Expect Delays

The most important thing you should know is that businesses that are affected by the construction ARE open.  There will be signs posted saying "No Thru Traffic", but getting to a business will be allowed.  Here's the skinny:

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Harold’s 4th Annual Flippin’ Flapjack Fiasco to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is THIS Sunday!

You’re invited to enjoy JJ’s famous Family Tradition pancakes with Harold’s Flapjack Fiasco!!!  It's become a tradition, the 4th Annual Harold’s Flapjack Fiasco held in conjunction with Harold’ Golf Fiasco, a golf outing to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, August 23rd at Pine Hill Golf Course.

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Cathy Kates’ Review of the New Lay’s Potato Chip Flavor: Mango Salsa

I love chips!  My favorite flavors are sour cream and onion, Doritos and anything I can pile salsa on.  Which is why I was super excited to see that one of Lay's new flavors is Mango Salsa.  (it was either that or cappuccino, that's their other new flavor and I didn't even have the desire to try that one).  Back to the review...besides chips,  I love Mango Salsa so the two together should be a slam dunk, right?  Wrong!

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Safety First: City Of Duluth Reminds Boaters To Pay Attention To The Water Current Notification Lights

Boating can be a magical journey but can also be dangerous, especially on Lake Superior.  The City of Duluth wants to remind boaters that there is a water current notification system in place to help with your navigation

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Join In The 31st Annual National Night Out Festivities In Your Neighborhood Next Tuesday, August 5th

National Night Out is something our neighborhood looks forward to every summer thanks to the Winklesky family!  They host a HUGE picnic complete with kids games and prizes!!  They provide the BBQ and everyone in the neighborhood brings a dish to share.  It's a great time to connect with people you may only wave to every other day of the year!

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Valuable Traffic Information for the Spirit Valley Parade TONIGHT, Where to Park, the Parade Route and Street Closures

It's an anticipated yearly tradition:  Spirit Valley Days in West Duluth.  There are so many fun activities spread out over many days.  The Crowning of Miss West Duluth Wednesday afternoon is one highlight and tonight it's the Spirit Valley Days Parade.  The Duluth Police Department gives us valuable information on the route of the parade, street closures and parking.

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Get Bit By The Acting Bug: Action Movie To Be Shot On The Range Is Looking For Extras

I know from auditioning for the Google Movie that it can be stressful.  But the fun while shooting the the film is TOTALLY worth it!  Just think, you could be an extra in an action movie that's being filmed on the Iron Range.  It's entitled Sdanka's War and they are in need of "extras".  You should consider it.  Really!!!!

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Father Uses A Vacuum Cleaner In Unconventional Hair Styling Technique

At age seven I had hair down past my bum.  Long, black and very thick.  But, my mom would NEVER let me wear it loose or down my back.  She was dead set on doing my hair EVERY DAY as a child.  It was usually braids, sometimes even french braids and if I was lucky every once in a while she would allow a pony tail.  All I remember is how tightly she pulled my hair to achieve "her" perfection.  I wonder if the little girl in the video will the same memories.

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Two New Volunteer Opportunities Exist With The Duluth Parks And Recreation Deparment

Nothing (other than your family) is more valuable than your time.  It always warms the heart to give back to your community and there are two new volunteer options available with the City of Duluth Parks and Rec Department that you might be interested in.  Here's the details.

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Meet Some Of The Cirque Du Soleil~Dralion Performers And What Part They Play In The Show [VIDEO]

All Cirque Du Soleil performances are superb and amazing, in so many aspects.  Not only are the performances jaw dropping, but behind the scenes is equally as amazing.  My first experience with a Cirque Du Soleil show was the last time they were in Duluth.  I was able to visit with the performers before the show and find that they live in a very intense world where precision and fore thought is common.

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Important Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness To Know

Temps are expected to soar into the upper 80's and 90's.  With the dew point it will feel like 100 and we are not use to it in the Northland.  While I'm sure you'll take necessary precautions with your family.  You should know the warning signs of heat related illnesses and what to do.

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