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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!
Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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My Secret Running Energy While Training For Grandma’s Half Marathon

My husband and I have been training to run Grandma's Half Marathon.  The weather hasn't cooperated and I'm not a treadmill kinda girl.  I haven't really been "in to it".  You have to be in the healthy mindset, so I"m grateful for the Northland Community Wellness Day and Essentia Health.  I'm sure it's all in my mind, but these Energy Bites have been a healthy God send.  They're easy to make, keep well and super yummy!

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Cathy Kates
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How Is Bragg Liquid Aminos Good For You? [Recipe]

I've seen the bottles of Bragg's Liquid Aminos on the tables at Duluth Grill and we have a friend who is vegan and uses it, but until I tried a recipe that called for it, I didn't touch it.  Ken Hayes has been searching for it (don't ask) and much to his shock I told him I had a bottle.  It will now be his bottle, but not before I explain what it is and give you my yummy recipe.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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People Miss Out On Making Great Memories With Retail Stores Closing And Malls Seeing Less People

The latest information is that the retail industry is suffering for a couple of reasons.  One of course is the option to shop on line and have it delivered to your home.  The other is that popular retail stores are feeling the crunch of on line shopping and closing their retail spaces.  Sad.  I have such great memories of going to the mall, from a child to pushing my child in a stroller.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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PIGS Motorcycle Group Does Great Things In The Community, Receives Plaque Recognition

The PIGS Motorcycle Group does great things in our community for the Veterans and children.  They are gearing up for their fundraising efforts for 2017 and I had the honor of attending one of their meetings and presenting a recognition plaque for their donation to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Amanda Demme Portrait Shoot
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Consider Donating To The Salvation Army When Spring Cleaning Your Home

Call me crazy (it wouldn't be the first time), but I'm looking forward to another week of wintery mix before we get some warm spring weather in the Northland.  It will give me a little more time to do some much needed spring cleaning.  If you are planning to do the same, consider donating your clothes and other household items to the Salvation Army.

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Traffic Advisory And Parking Information For The Fitger’s 5K Race This Saturday

Our local Fitger's 5K is this Saturday, every year the Duluth Police Department provides a traffic advisory and I wanted to share that with you to help plan the best route for travel that day.

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Larry W. Smith/Getty Images
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Early Morning Gun Shots In My Duluth Neighborhood, What Is Happening In Our City?

It's something that you hear happening in other parts of our country.  It's unnerving and you're glad that you don't live in that state.  Then, you hear a news story that there are gun shots in your city, that's a bit more shocking and you're glad it's not in your neighborhood.  This time, it WAS in my neighborhood and myself and my neighbors are concerned and left wondering why it happened.

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Butterball The Cat, Not The Turkey, Is Our Pet Of The Week

We were originally going to talk about a cat named Jasmine, but she was adopted last evening, YAY for Jasmine, a forever home!!!!  So, Butterball a domestic longhair cat rose his paw in the air to take her place in hopes he can find a forever home too. But, he would like to ask if you'd be willing to take him and his bestie Taz.  Butterball the cat, not the turkey and Taz are waiting for that special person (you) at Animal Allies. 

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Funeral Held For Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Victim Jonathan Blunk
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Senseless Vandalism At The Ely Area Veterans Memorial Angers Me

You've heard this rant from me before and I'll say it again, "I just don't get it!"  What does one get out of damaging property that doesn't belong to them?    For instance, when the Two Harbors honking tree was cut down and when that young man caused extensive damage to the DTA hub in downtown Duluth just before it opened. Why, why, why?

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Get Your Wisconsin Vehicle Tabs With A Vending Machine? [VIDEO]

Being from Minnesota and having stood in lines at the DMV, I couldn't believe my eyes.  While visiting my sister who lives in the state of Wisconsin I ran across the Wisconsin E-Z Tab machine at a grocery store.  Wait, what....a vending machine that gives you your license tabs?  Wow, that makes life easier doesn't it?  Now you can put it on your grocery list:  milk, eggs, sugar and tabs for your vehicle.

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