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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 Police Warn Of Fraudulent Gift Cards

I LOVE to get gift cards.  While some people say, the giver didn't put any thought into the gift, I disagree.  They thought, I don't want to get her something she isn't going to use, like or have to waste time to return, so I'll get a gift card and she can get EXACTLY what she wants.  That to me, is the "perfect" gift.  But, recently the Duluth Police Department has issued a warning about gift cards.

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Taste of Home Candy Cane Fudge
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Put A Holiday Twist In Your Fudge With Taste Of Home’s Candy Cane Fudge

If you're an avid fudge maker and what to change it up for the holidays, Taste of Home has an easy recipe that will take care of those extra candy canes you didn't have room on the tree for :)  This also makes a fantastic holiday hostess gift!

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kylee and steven at ice caves
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Lake Superior Ice Caves Near Apostle Islands Could Happen Again This Year

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.  The experts are saying there's a very good chance the ice caves will happen again this year and I'm NOT going to miss out again!

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Weekend Travel Adisory And Parking Information For Bentleyville

The weather has certainly cooperated for families to get out and enjoy Bentleyville early this year!  Last weekend we were driving Southbound on I-35 and saw a HUGE back-up on the Northbound lanes near Bentleyville.  I immediately asked my husband if there was a UMD hockey game, symphony performance or something that was causing the back-up.  It was Bentleyville and that has prompted the Duluth Police Department to issue a traffic advisory and information about additional parking.

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apple turnover
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Easy Apple Turnover Tastes Like Pie

I've made this easy Apple Turnover several times because an apple pie is just to big for a household of two.  This is the perfect size, is easy to make and tastes just like apple pie.  My friend Sandy shared the recipe with me years ago and I just rediscovered it in a pile of recipes shoved in a drawer.

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Your Disgusting Habits Just Might Be Considered Normal

My original plan was to ask Chris Allen (Ken Hayes was on vacation or he would have been my victim)  if he had any of these disgusting habits to throw him in front of the bus.  But, as I started to run down the list of habits, I had to admit that I too am guilty of a lot of them.  I found out I'm icky and need to do some major cleaning up of my act!

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Denfeld Hockey Cheer Team
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Important Parking Information For Perkin’s High School Hockey Frenzy TONIGHT

It'll be an exciting busy night at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center with the Perkin's High School Hockey Frenzy pitting the Duluth East Greyhounds against the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks in the first game at 6p.  Then the Duluth Denfeld Hunters will take on the Hermantown Hawks in an 8p match-up.  It's expected to be a sell-out crowd, so satellite parking has been arranged.

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Harold Ankrum, Kevin Koen And Carlton County Raise Over $16,000; Receive St. Jude Awards

There was excitement in the town of Carlton this past week with the presentation of two awards from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Every summer Harold Ankrum and his fabulous group of volunteers pour their heart and soul into three events that many in the community enjoy year after year.

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Volunteer Fire Departments In The Northland Are Short On Volunteers

According to WDIO.com the rural fire departments in our area are experiencing a shortage of volunteers.  Actually, they have volunteers, but only a few can be really be counted on to show up when needed.  Then, additional volunteer departments need to be called in and that leaves their township without a crew.  What can be done to solve this growing problem?  Is it possible that volunteer fire departments will soon be a thing of the past?  Who would someone living in the rural areas call with a medical emergency or a fire?

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Greater Downtown Council Window Display And Lighting Winners Announced [Let The Shopping Begin!]

Let's SHOP, y'all!  Downtown Duluth is all festive for the holidays and the 9th Annual Storefront Window Display and Lighting Contest winners have been announced, presented by the Greater Downtown Council.  28 downtown businesses transformed their storefronts into holiday wonderment and you voted for your favorite while you shop for unique gifts (and yourself!)  Here's the winners to check out while shopping!

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Tedious Spritz Cookie Making Is Made Easier With Cathy Kates’ Spritz Chips

Circle slash cookie press!  I had to find a better way to maximize time and efforts when it comes to making Spritz.  It's my husband's favorite Christmas cookie (besides one that looks super involved and I'll continue to let his sister make).  So, I experimented and it worked!  Same great taste, no frustration and one happy husband!

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Cathy's Door BEFORE
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HELP! My New Doors Look Horrible With Cheesy Plugs [SEE What I Mean]

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that we got the new doors.  We actually purchased them about two years ago, but because my husband has been doing "projects" for other people our home has always been put on hold.  I was SO excited when he began the install!  I asked what the little plastic baggie of white pieces were and was shocked to hear what I was suppose to do with them.

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