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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 final year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. (he keeps me on my toes!) 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 18 years and thank you for your friendship and waking up to laugh with Ken, me and the Breakfast Club. ~Peace, Love & Hugs
Harold's Flippin Flapjack Fiasco 2015
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Harold’s Flippin’ Flapjack Fiasco 2015 Doubles Last Year’s Donations!!! [VIDEO]

Amazing!  A perfect way to describe this year's Harold's Flippin' Flapjack Fiasco. I am so humbled by the immense support that Carlton County gives through event donations, volunteer hours and energy and monetary donations for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  YOU make the difference!

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Duluth’s Lakeside Neighborhood Asked To Conserve Water Due To Water Main Repairs

If you live in the Lakeside neighborhood and are at work, this probably won't affect you.  However, for those that are home or getting ready to head out, you should be aware that the City of Duluth is asking that you conserve water, here's why.

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Taste of Home's Beef and Bean Chimichangas
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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Tasty Beef and Bean Chimichangas

Even if you aren't planning a Cinco de Mayo party at your house, you can "spice" up the day to celebrate by serving Taste of Home's Beef and Bean Chimichangas!  Why serve just chips and salsa when you can WOW the family with this easy recipe.  Of course, ask for help with dishes after the meal BEFORE you serve it.  You know they'll want to siesta after filling up on this delicious meal!

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Bentleyville Is In Need Of Volunteers For Display Repair, Schedule Your Time Now

The weather has definitely been cooperating and it feels like Spring has sprung.   Bentleyville is thought of in the Fall for set up and of course, the winter while all enjoy.  However, now is a much more comfortable time to do maintenance and volunteers are need to do display repair, can you help?

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UPDATE: Duluth Police Warn Public Of Vehicle Prowling In Woodland Area, Tips For Prevention

Vehicle prowlers can strike anytime, whether you're parked at home, work, shopping, literally anywhere.  Duluth Police warn that it is prominent in the Woodland area at this time.  I had posted a blog just last week because vehicle prowling is becoming a significant problem and the Duluth Police Department wanted to offer some tips to avoid being a victim like I was in the late 80's.  I'm still bitter about my stolen Alf doll!

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Property Crimes Person Of The Week
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40 Year Old Sought For Burglary And Auto Theft By The Duluth Police Department

Here is this week's Property Crimes Person of the Week.  The Duluth Police Department has been sending out information on the “Property Crimes Person of the Week”, we share it with you and have found that it has helped locate the individual and in many cases has lead to an arrest. Can you help this week?

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Minnesota Pedestrian Slip Bridge
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Minnesota Pedestrian Slip Bridge Opens For The Summer

We are really, really, REALLY getting close to summer with the announcement that the blue Minnesota Slip Bridge is opening, Friday, May 1! It's official with the posting of the summer hours. That means we can expect more action in the Canal Park area soon!

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College of St. Scholastica
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A Personal Thank You To The Retiring President Of The College Of St. Scholastica

President Larry Goodwin has been with the College of St. Scholastica for years and he has announced that he will be retiring in 2016.  He is the longest-serving president in the history of St. Scholastica and achieved double enrollment during his tenure.  But, I have a personal thank you for something much bigger that involved the community.

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Aerial Lift Bridge Will Be Down To One Lane For Cleaning Today

Ok, this is embarrassing, I don't even wash my walls (my friend Kathy does!) and the City of Duluth makes me look bad by washing the BRIDGE!  Getting it all shined up for tourist season (dang seagulls!).  But, that means some single lane traffic you should know about.

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Harold's Flippin' Flapjack Fiasco
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Harold’s 5th 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 THIS SUNDAY!!!  The 5th Annual Harold’s Flapjack Fiasco held in conjunction with Harold’ Golf and Hog Roastin' Fiascoes raises money for families and the continued research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Update: Duluth City Hall Front Entry Repairs Completed, Work Starts On Side Steps

It's hard enough to get around our Downtown Duluth Government Offices, so many floors of offices with each one attending to a different need.  One job has been completed since my previous blog and new repairs begin at another City Hall location, here's the new information you need to know.

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Justin Moore
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Why Is Justin Moore Covering A Popular Louis Armstong Song [VIDEOS]

I like Justin Moore songs, I like Louis Armstrong, but I NEVER thought I'd hear Justin cover one of Louis' songs!  I think it would be an honor to be asked to cover one of Louis' songs, but Justin had even more at stake this time.

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