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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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UW Extension Provides FREE Classes in Climate Change Adaptations for Agriculture

Growing up in Wrenshall gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about agriculture through friends like the Laveau family.  Dairy, crops, livestock of all kinds and I loved having "chores".  I'm sure they thought I was nuts!  If you are a farmer, agriculture producer or involved in local agriculture business you may be interested in a presentation on agricultural adaptation for climate change in the northland.   It's free of charge and will give you valuable info to help in the success of your livelihood.

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Interactive Piano Puts a Smile on Unsuspecting Travelers Faces in Grand Central Station [Cute Video]

 

I have to admit, self playing pianos have always sorta freaked me out.  Until I saw this video and watched the joy and wonderment that total strangers got out of a piano that could interact with them.  It will make you smile!

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Duluth Police Department Property Crimes Person of the Week, Do You Know This Man?

The Duluth Police Department is looking for Matthew Edward Edblom.  He is this week’s “Property Crimes Wanted Person of the Week. The public has been the key to finding many “persons of the week”. Take a look, share the photo and information with friends and family on social media. Have you seen this man?

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Chum Raises Awareness and Honors the Homeless in Our City with a Noon Vigil

It amazes me when I hear of the homeless in our area.  But, if you look close, they're there, wandering the city streets in tattered clothing, looking for warmth, a hearty meal and friendship.

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Make a Super Easy, Super Cute DIY Gift Idea In Five Minutes: Candy Sleigh

My co-host Ken Hayes has a new baby girl in their household, Jane.  From experience, I know that most visitors to his home want to meet the new baby and hold her.  He also has a five year old and I was afraid he might be feeling left out.  Last night we went for a visit and I brought the materials needed for this easy DIY craft idea so just Zach and I could have some one-on-one time and he could make gifts for his teachers.

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Duluth Police Now Have a National Tip 411 Anonymous Text Program

In an effort to provide a safer community the Duluth Police Department launched tip411.  It's an internet based tool that will allow the public to text message "tips" to the police.  The individual sending the message will remain anonymous and the police will be able to respond thus creating a two way chat.

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Update: This Week’s Property Crimes Wanted Person ARRESTED!

The Duluth Police Department is asking the public for help locating the Property Crimes Person of the Week. It has been very beneficial in the past to share the picture and information on social media and has lead to several arrests. Can you help this week?

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Revised Pet Licensing Rules Takes Effect in Duluth For 2014

As the holidays draw near, we begin to think about end-of-the-year tasks that need to be completed.  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 dogs are now on a leash in the yard for safety concerns, theirs and that of people passing by.  Now, I have to license my dog, something I never had to do before.  There is a new licensing structure in the City of Duluth you should be aware of.

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Update: One-third of Commercial Drivers Have Yet to Comply With State and Federal Law, Time is Running Out

Early in the year I had blogged that Minnesota commercial licensed drivers needed to comply with federal and state regulation or lose their driving privileges.  I also told you it had to happen before the end of January.  There are still one-third of drivers that have not yet complied.  If you're in that number take action now!

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Shocking “Child’s” Product Offered at Local Store Makes Me Ask WTH?

Like everyone else we were doing some holiday shopping this weekend.  My co-host Ken Hayes has a new baby girl and we thought we would restock her daily necessities for Christmas rather than toys or more baby clothes.  While I was picking up no tears shampoo, I decided it would be a good place to get something fun for bath time for Ken's 5 year old, Zach.  There was bath time crayons, markers and then I saw THIS...are you SERIOUS?

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Warm Up the Family With Taste of Home’s Aromatic Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider

Temps in the single digits and more snow on the way!  Use it to your advantage!  This would be a great weekend to make Taste of Home's Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider.  What could be easier?  Throw it in the crock pot, the house smells awesome and when you come in from the cold you'll have something to warm your insides :)

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Do You See Both Sides? Pantene Commercial Empowers Women, Men Stand Up and Say HEY

This Pantene commercial was brought to my attention by another female.  She told me the message was that there was inequality between women and men and that women should remain strong and powerful and forge forward in our quest for equality.  However, after viewing the video and reading what men had to say, I see both sides.  Do you?

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