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Cathy Kates

Hello, from 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 and life with you since 1996. It's like audio Facebook. You're the reason getting up at 3am is totally worth it! I love hot buttered movie theater popcorn, the smell of a lake (especially if I’m fishing), 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. Kudos to my family, Homie, Kylee, and my Schnauzer, Bauer for always being by my side. 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!
Upper Lakes Foods
Upper Lakes Foods
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What Happens Behind The Gates Of Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet? [VIDEO]

Upper Lakes Foods in Cloquet is celebrating their 50th anniversary of business and after meeting with the family and getting a tour of the facility I wondered how many people know the thought that actually goes into what they do to ensure the utmost freshest and timely delivery of food. It’s interesting to find out the timelines they have when food arrives and is stored to when it is placed on the truck for delivery. Pallets as high as the eye can see filled with product; freezers, refrigerators as big as whole rooms and bags of carrots and fresh produce that are incredibly huge.

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Travis Anderson Photo
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Family Owned Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet Celebrates 50th Anniversary [VIDEO]

If you’ve lived in Carlton County or are a business that deals with the sale of food you are probably very familiar with Upper Lakes Foods and have used their services within the last 50 years. Kudos goes out to the Sorensen family, now in their 3rd generation at Upper Lakes Foods. How did the family get started in this choice of business and what are their plans for keeping the business going for another 50?

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Travel Destination: North Sea Coast Of Germany
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If You Own A Dog In The Northland, You Need To Know This (Humans Can Get It Too)

My Facebook friend Greg has experienced something with his dog that I never knew existed and it’s something all dog owners in this area should know about. It’s something that humans can get too and is picked up in wet marshy lands like the areas where many of us walk our dogs. Here’s his story and the symptoms to watch for. Let us know if you’re beloved pet experienced this and where they picked it up from.

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Local Woman Followed Around Cloquet Wal-Mart By Male Stranger, Be Aware Of Surroundings

Before we start sharing this important information that every person male or female should know I want you to know that this in no way indicates that Wal-Mart is responsible for the situation, it's just where she was when it happened and could happen anywhere.  I was so rattled by her story, I want to get it out to as many of people as possible, especially since it happened in our community.

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
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LuLaRoe Leggings Under Fire For Poor Quality, Have You Experienced This?

First off I have to say that I do not own a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  I was invited to a friend's party was unable to attend.  When the fashion craze first hit I heard how soft they were and a bit on the spendy side, but my friends were all buying them.  Now, there is a class-action lawsuit in California against the company and I'm curious if women in the Northland agree.

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Massachussetts Considers Mandatory Health Insurance
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What’s With The New Strep Throat Illness That Hits Without A Sore Throat?

Remember the day when you got a sore throat and you didn't know it was strep until it felt like you were swallowing razor blades?  Then you'd look at your throat in your mirror and see white streaks, are you with me?  How is it that the strep illness has changed to the point you don't get a sore throat anymore.

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Rock Legend Prince Dies At Age 57
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Honor Prince On The Anniversary Of His Passing At The Minnesota Historical Society For Free

It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since the passing of our iconic artist Prince on April 21, 2016.  There has been many tributes to the late singer with special events and concerts and during several awards shows. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd in St. Paul will have a very special display that I'm sure his fans will love to see.

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Virgin London Marathon 2011
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Cool New Incentives For Runners Of The 28th Annual Fitger’s 5K, Register Now

If you're looking for incentive to join in the fun waiting at the 28th Annual Fitger's 5k with Grandma's Marathon benefiting the Young Athletes Foundation, this should do it!  Remember, they are capping the entries at 2,000 and I guarantee it'll fill up fast.  By the way, if you're training for Grandma's Half or Full Marathon, this is a great training race!

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet Of The Week Is A Purrfect Twofer

A pair of buddies that luv each other are our Pet(s) of the Week with Animal Allies.  They find comfort in each other's company and are waiting for their forever home with that special person (you) at Animal Allies.  Meet Joe Meower and Rusty!

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Car Production At Volkswagen Wolfsburg Plant
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New Volkswagen “Luv Bug” Commercial, Naughty or Funny?

It actually took watching the new "Luv Bug" Volkswagen TV commercial twice to get it.  The first time we saw it, my husband and I looked at each other in disbelief and said, "were they insinuating", "was that suppose to be them",  "did they just"?  After the second time we saw it we laughed and wondered if other people thought it was naughty or funny?

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A Conservative Jet
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Airline Memories: Real Plates, Real Silverware And Hot Food

Once again I’m taking you back to the day when air travel was fun, not as expensive and you could keep your shoes on. About the same time that smoking was still allowed on planes, they also used real food plates with silverware and a cup and saucer.  If you're old enough to remember that you're probably as annoyed as I am that you rarely even get a free soda on a flight now.

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Cathy Kates
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5 Things You Might Not Know Are Made From Recycled Plastic

While I was emceeing the Northland Community Wellness Day my table was directly across from the Lake Superior College's Dental Hygiene program and they were handing out toothbrushes.  The toothbrushes were made from 100% recycled plastic, like yogurt cups.  How cool is that?

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