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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
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Duluth Residents Are Asked To Adopt-A-Hydrant; A Good Reminder For All Communites

Luckily, we haven't received a whole lot of snow, so it hasn't been an issue.  I doubt that we'll get lucky enough NOT to have a major snowfall soon and that's why this info is valuable to your and your family.  It will require help from you and your neighbors.

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Chief Warrant Officer Jason Johansen Wishes His Hometown Of Duluth Happy Holidays [AUDIO]

I'm almost certain that everyone in the Northland either has a family member or knows of someone who serves in one of our Armed Forces.  The holidays are always a tough time for those families when they're loved one is deployed.  Years ago the only correspondence was a written letter that took a very long time to reach it's destination.  Thanks to modern technology we can now skype, facetime on our phones and send pictures and audio.  Like the holiday greeting that Chief Warrant Officer Jason Johansen has sent to the Northland.

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Thanks Facebook Friends: Multiple Facebook Likes Solidifies My New Christmas Carpet

It wasn't that the carpet was well worn, it was that no matter what I did to clean it even professionally, it never truly looked clean.  It was over ten years old, it was time.  My husband Homie was VERY good at deflecting my pleas for new carpeting until I caught him in a weak moment and he agreed to "go look".

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family open skate
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Free Recreational Activities Available To Northland Families During The Holiday Break

Isn't that the way it always goes?  The kids can't wait for school to get out for break, then they're bored.  Suddenly, you become the "activities director" and have to come up with stuff to do that is affordable, but fun.  The City of Duluth has you covered!  Skating, snowshoeing, bonfires and more!

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Bauer
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End Of Year Task: Apply For 2015 Pet Licenses

As the holidays draw near, we begin to think about end-of-the-year tasks that need to be completed (like getting info together to file for taxes)!  One thing we overlook is licensing our pets. I 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.  If you haven't already filled out your 2015 Pet License yet, it's time. (Yes, that's MY dog in the picture.  I came into the bedroom and found him using my neck pillow. Smart dog!)

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homie with the flu
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Unexpected Flu Bug Visits Cathy Kates’ House

My husband Homie was feeling a little funky on Friday night.  He didn't really sound normal but he forged on.  Probably should have listened to the warning signs and stayed home instead of coming with me to the hockey game.  Who knew he had a 101.5 fever on the horizon?  Now, I'm playing nurse and washing my hands every five minutes.  I AM NOT GOING TO GET THE FLU!

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cathy and lucky with friends at Lake Superior Zoo
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Last Minute Holiday Gift: Lake Superior Zoo Membership, New Hours Announced

Looking for that last minute gift?  No worries, the Lake Superior Zoo has the gift of membership that the receiver can enjoy multiple times all year long!  You won't have to use gas, you won't have to take the time to go pick it up, you can shop in your jammies at home online.  How easy is that? 

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Toys of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s Exhibit At The MN History Center Extends Hours For Final Days

Remember these cute little bugs?  The Cootie Bug game was one of my favorites as a child, along with Parcheesi, Yahtzee and Life! (not a fan of Monopoly due to my crappy math ability, although it did teach me to make change).   But, everybody had their favorites.  "Toys" is a national traveling exhibit of toys making stop at the MN History Center and has been breaking attendance records.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy, but time is running out!

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Duluth Police Department’s Property Crimes Person Of The Week

If you know the whereabouts of the Property Crimes Person of the Week, please tell the Duluth Police Department.  It’s a good feeling to know that information you’ve shared with the police may have helped apprehend a suspect. 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 Snowmobile Trails Open; Enthusiasts Can Check Trail Conditions Here

I use to be so scared of our snowmobile.  I would play in the snow at age 4 while my dad and sister would ride the Scorpion around the yard, running up on the porch shaking my head NO when they would stop and ask me if I wanted to ride.  Then, I got the guts to sit on it one day and dad took off.  My first ride on a snowmobile was a surprise, but honestly, you couldn't get me off the dang thing after that.

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kylee and steven at ice caves
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UPDATE: Lake Superior Ice Caves Near Apostle Islands Will Charge A $5 Fee, Season Passes Available

Did you get to see the ice caves last year?  I  regret I couldn't find the time to travel to Bayfield and see the amazing Wisconsin Ice Caves.  As you can see, my daughter and her boyfriend made it and said they were breath taking.  There's a very good chance the ice caves will happen again this year and this time the public will be charged a small fee.

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Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
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Check Out The Lighthouse Center For Vision Loss Store For Gift Ideas

I pass by the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, 4505 West Superior Street (also known as Duluth LIghthouse for the Blind) every time I head to our neighborhood grocery store.  When I was a Duluth Lion's Club Member I helped to raise funds for the organization and collected used glasses on a regular basis from St. Luke's.  While I was in a public restroom yesterday I saw a poster for the Lighthouse and their low vision store.  I had no idea they had one, THIS is fabulous!

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