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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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Grand Casinos Mille Lacs And Hinckley Offer FREE Veteran’s Day Meals

Veteran's Day is coming up next Wednesday, November 11 and both Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs is looking to continue an 8 year tradition of honoring our veterans and active servicemen and women by offering a free meal in the Grand Buffet.

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Homie Kates
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P.I.G.S. Motorcycle Group Receives Award For Fundraising Efforts [VIDEO]

It was a foggy, misty Northland day when the P.I.G.S. Motorcycle Group held their ride to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Their efforts along with over 65 riders earned them recognition and a HUGE thank you from the kids of St. Jude.

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Clive Rose/Getty Images
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Get Creative To Win The Superior Douglas County Chamber Ambassadors’ Holiday Decorating and Lighting Contest

It's not too soon to start figuring out what you need to get your home ready for the Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors annual Holiday Decorating and Lighting Contest.  This year they've added a new category!

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Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Is It Too Early To Start Putting Christmas Decorations Up?

I realize that some people leave their outdoor Christmas lights up year round, but that's not what I'm talking about.  I want to know what you think is TOO early to put up a Christmas tree, and set out your creche and nativity figurines or go into full blown holiday mode INSIDE your house?

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ThinkStock
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Update On Duluth Roads And Utility Projects

Heads up on what's happening with our roads will help elevate frustration when you travel around town.  While this has been a busy construction season, it's almost over and our roads, streets and the DTA multi-modal transportation center is going to be awesome!

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Laura Plys
Laura Plys
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Spread Hope, Help To End Hunger With Project Joy This Friday

Project Joy is an event that was started by an man I had the honor to work with on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet Committee, Patrick Plys.  Even while battling brain cancer his concern was for others.  Especially, children who went hungry without access to food.  Patrick sadly lost his battle, but not before he told his wife, "he chose Joy".  Thus, Project Joy was developed and has continued to be fueled by the passion of Patrick's friends, family and a generously supportive community.  

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Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Duluth Transit Authority Will Offer FREE Rides Tomorrow, Election Day

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day.  The Duluth Transit Authority, (DTA) wants to help ensure a good voter turnout and is helping by offering free rides for some of their routes.  Find out which ones, here.

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Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Two Duluth Transit Authority Bus Stops Will Be Permanently Removed

I've never heard of removing bus stops before, but because the two stops were deemed unsafe for boarding and waiting for the bus, they have made the decision to do so.  The DTA has made alternative suggestions for riders.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Why Can’t I Let Go Of My Wii And Guitar Hero?

With the cold, windy weather we had on Saturday I decided it was a good day to clean.  As I was dusting in the living room I started to tackle the intricate chore of dusting the Wii tower.  It houses not only our Wii games and controllers but our Guitar Hero guitars and Dance Dance Revolution too. I realized with dismay that we haven't used any of it in the past three years.  If you have them, have you?

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I’ll Bet You Can Relate To A Day In The Life Of A Northland Witch [PICS & VIDEO]

The life of a witch gets busy, especially during the week of Halloween.  You would think I'd get a break, right?  I mean, Santa has wife Mrs. Claus to do all the planning, his elves execute the plan beautifully and he's even got not one, but eight chauffeurs.  Me?  I've got lots to do and only days to get it done!

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