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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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Carlton County Sherriff’s Office Needs Your Help To Identify Man Who Assaulted A Woman Near Esko

Northlanders, your help is needed.  Especially those that travel the I-35 corridor from Duluth to the Carlton area.  The Carlton County Sheriff's office is looking for a man that physically and sexually assaulted a woman on Tuesday night.  Maybe you know this person by the description of him and his vehicle.

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Duluth Transit Authority Gets Grant For Six Electric Buses

People in the Northland have been anxiously watching the Duluth Transit Authority's Multimodal Transportation Center take shape in downtown Duluth.  The DTA has been around for more than 130 years.  Their mission is to provide public transit that is safe, convenient, efficient and affordable, that's why using electric buses in the Northland is perfect!

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McDonald’s Spreads Love In The Northland: Your Ticket To Free Food [Video]

If you watched the Super Bowl you may have caught the McDonald's commercials introducing their new initiative to spread the love.  They want to fill the world with more lovin' and less hatin' and a simple act of compassion or friendliness could mean a free meal to you.

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Jimmy The Groundhog Bites Mayor During Groundhog Day Declaration [Video]

Locally, we relied on Spike, the porcupine at the Lake Superior Zoo to tell us if we will have six more weeks of winter.  He ate his breakfast on Monday, made his predictions and scampered off.  One groundhog in Wisconsin wasn't so cordial and was naughty with their Mayor.  At least he didn't draw blood.

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Lake Superior Zoo’s Porcupine Spike Steps In For Groundhog Day

It's February 2, Groundhog Day.  The Lake Superior Zoo's porcupine, Spike will be playing the part of a groundhog today keeping the tradition of Groundhog Day alive in the Northland.  Do you remember the significance of Spike seeing his shadow?

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Cathy Kates Is Floored By A Picture and 35 Year Old Memory From A Facebook Friend

I check facebook several times over a weekend.  This weekend I saw a friend request from an Amy.  I recognized her last name and thought "could it be"?  Sure enough, it was a former student from when I taught Red Cross swimming lessons at the Wrenshall School pool in the late 70's.  I accepted her request for friendship and she sent me two photos that absolutely FLOORED me!

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Did We See A Sundog Near Scanlon Saturday Afternoon?

The picture doesn't do the phenomenon justice.  As we were driving southbound on I-35 to the Carlton VFW to volunteer at the monthly steak fry Saturday afternoon I saw this small rainbow-like light in the sky.  I said it was a sundog and my husband, Homie questioned me on what a sundog is.

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Update: City of Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Operator Application Deadline Extended

The City of Duluth is looking to hire a Bridge Operator, what an opportunity for someone with the right qualifications! If you've been holding out for a dream job in the Northland, this is it!  They have extended the application deadline to Friday, February 6, 2015 to make sure all who are interested have the time to apply.

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Parents May Soon Be Required To Talk To A Doctor Before Deciding Not To Vaccinate Their Child?

When I think back to the vaccinations I got as a child I don't remember my parents having a choice.  But, it was a different time.  They actually gave us a cube of sugar, A CUBE OF SUGAR, with a pink dot of medicine on it.  I think it was to prevent polio back then.  Parents today would never go for that, but some are eliminating vaccinations all together and I don't see why.

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Duluth Police Department Ask For Your Help Locating Vehicle Theft Suspect

If you know the whereabouts of this person, please tell the Duluth Police Department. It’s a good feeling to know that information you’ve shared with the police may have helped apprehend a suspect. The Duluth Police Department sent out information on the about a vehicle theft in November and now are looking for Nicholas Kent. Do you know this man?

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My Alma Mater The Wrenshall Wrens Keep The “Little Brown Jug” With A Win Over Carlton

The Little Brown Jug game has been played between friendly rivals Wrenshall and Carlton for 65 years.  With both school's basketball teams vying to score the most points and earn the right to house the "little brown jug" in their school until the next match.  However, this is a historic year because the two schools are considering consolidation, therefore this might be the last time the "little brown jug" would ever be played.  Both teams brought their A game, but my alma mater made me proud!

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