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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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The City of Duluth is Testing a New Brine Solution on Northland Icy Roads

We all complained about our Northland roads.  Oh sure, the snow was taken care of but the ice that was under that snow is thick, rough and impossible to remove with our usual means.  The City of Duluth heard our voices are tackling the situation with a new brine solution.

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Santa, Rudolph and the City of Duluth Invite You to a FREE Skating Party at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center

The weather has been C O L D! Too cold to be outside at the skating rink. There's a way for your family to make up for lost skating time and includes time with a very special person and a well-known reindeer.

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Tired of Being Broke During the Holidays? The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge Makes Saving Easy for Next Year

The holidays always seem to be the time I realize that my skill of saving money sucks!  Then I panic and wonder if I'll be able to pay bills, get food and take care of the extra spending for presents, baking, decorations and other holiday costs.  My mom use to have a Christmas Club account, not sure if banks and financial institutions still offer that, but this easy saving chart can certain give you some direction so you have money to spend next holiday season.  Consider doing it and saving with me!

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I Failed Garth Brooks in 98′! I Hope and Promise to Make it Up to Him in 2014!!!

In 1998 Garth Brooks, country music's reigning Entertainer of that Year performed nine sold out shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis.  B105 chartered buses to take Northland listeners to the shows and my co-host and I were in charge of hosting a limo with one lucky winner and their guest.  Everything was going great, then I failed Garth Brooks and have never quite gotten over it.

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City of Duluth Explains Road Salt Ineffectiveness and What to Expect

First everyone talked about the storm coming and how much snow we could potentially get.  Then, it was here, we talked about school closings and the fact that no travel was suggested.  Now that's it's over and the snow has been moved off the roads, we're talking about the build up of ice that makes our ride bumpy, rough and uncomfortable.  The City of Duluth has been out trying to remedy the situation but there's a good explanation why the roads haven't been cleared completely.

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Superior Municipal Forest Cross Country Trails are Open for Your Recreational Use

Whether you're a cross country or down hill skier, the weather has cooperated as far as snow.  Although, the temps could accommodate by warming up a bit.  But, it will soon and when it does, the Superior Municipal Forest Trails are open.  There are some things you should know before you go.

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Hit By the Christmas Spirit? Sign Up to Ring Bell with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Program

I started ringing bell (or shaking maracas) years ago.  When my daughter Kylee was old enough she rang with me.  It's a great opportunity for family time while teaching your kids the spirit of donating and sharing your time and energy.  As she grew older we morphed to wrapping gifts at the Salvation Army Gift Wrap booth at the mall.  If you just haven't had time to sign up or recently decided you would like to participate, here's everything you need to know.

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Gift this Easy to Make Adorable DIY Candy Cane Decoration or Keep It for Your Own

I love DIY crafts, even though my craft skills resemble that of a 2nd grader.  It's fun to get a group of gals together and chat while being productive.  I've been following Alejandra and her organizational videos.  When I saw this simple yet darling craft she made, I had to share.  She mentions tie your gift cards to them so you're not just handing over an envelope.  Genius!

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Santa Pictures Benefit the Northern Lights Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank, FREE for Military Families

Kids, families and even dogs are invited to get their picture taken with Santa at the Fitger's Complex.  Donations benefit the Northern Lights Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank.  It's FREE to military families and pets are welcome!

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Warning from City of Duluth: Watch for Falling Snow and Ice Around the Aerial Lift Bridge

Whether you're walking the dog, checking out the waves or even training for Grandma’s  Marathon (which isn't easy with the snow and ice), use extreme caution around the Aerial Lift Bridge. It never occurs to me that there could be potential danger lurking above me, other than from the pigeons and seagulls.

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Important Travel Advisory and Snow Removal Info from the City of Duluth

The National Weather Service has predicted the next phase of the snowstorm will result in at least 15 additional inches of snow in the area accompanied by strong winds and falling temperatures.  This is a dangerous storm and the City of Duluth advises no travel.

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What Is Veganism? Would You Consider Becoming Vegan Like Carrie Underwood and Ellen DeGeneres?

We have a friend who is vegan.  When I asked what that meant, he said he doesn't eat anything with a face.  I guess that's true, but I had been hoping for a more technical answer.  I wanted to know the difference between vegan and vegetarian.  I don't know if I could do it, but I've heard of so many health benefits, I thought I'd research it and even borrowed a vegan cookbook to see if anything sounded good.

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