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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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A Route Suggestion and Winter Weather Storm Advice From the Duluth Police Department

It's our first major snowfall of the season!  At least it missed Thanksgiving by a few days.   Now that the advisory has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning it's time to reconnect with our winter driving skills, slow it down and allow extra time for scraping, shoveling and warming the car.  The Duluth Police Department has also given some suggestions on what roadway would be best to use during this storm and tips on clearing the snow before the cold weather hits.  Yes, that's coming next!

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Habitat for Humanity of Superior Collects and Recycles Your Used and Defective Holiday Lights

I have been monitoring the map for the Recycling Association of MN because they have a holiday lights recycling program in place, however the closest to us is either Hinckley or Grand Marais.  I was excited to read that Habitat for Humanity of Superior has stepped up and is collecting and recycling your used and or defective holiday lights in the Northland. 

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Hunter’s Delight Venison Taco Pie Recipe from Taste of Home

My daughter's birthday dinner was at grandma's house last night.  Corned venison was on the menu.  I didn't try it then, but took a baggie of it to work this morning so Ken could try it.  He MADE me try it too and ya know what???  It wasn't that bad, tasted JUST like corned beef.  With MN and WI deer hunting seasons over, I thought I'd look for other possible venison recipes that I think would have a taste that I wouldn't mind.  Taste of Home's Venison Taco Pie looks yummy! What's your favorite venison recipe?

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Actor Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash at Age 40

I woke up Sunday morning to shocking and sad news to end a holiday weekend.  A favorite actor from the Fast and Furious movies had passed in a tragic car crash at the young age of 40. He and his co-star of the Fast and Furious movies, Vin Diesel were most recently working on Fast and Furious 7, plans for that movie are now on hold.  Heart breaking news for his family, friends, fans and 15 year old daughter.

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Five Highlights of My Life in 2013 By Cathy Kates

Every year I am grateful for people that come into my life, the ability to attend amazing events and that I have the opportunity for a little downtime and fun with my family. It's hard to narrow them down to just five, but as I look back at 2013 these are some of my favorites.  Even the simplest of time spent with family should be considered a highlight.  Hopefully this blog helps you ponder your life and appreciate all that you experienced too!

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Local Law Enforcement Will Be Out In Full Force Looking for Impaired Drivers This Thanksgiving

As added incentive to influence your decision whether to drive after you drink this Thanksgiving, there will be added DWI enforcement on the roads.  Think ahead and pack a bag or make sure you have a designated driver committed to sticking to non-alcoholic drinks.

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Wow Your Overnight Guests With a Special Breakfast the Day After Thanksgiving

I have always resorted to an "egg bake" when I have overnight guests.  It's something I can whip up the night before and throw in the oven the next morning.  But, this recipe from Taste of Home is too unique and sounds too yummy to pass up this year.  It's a five-star recipe that got rave reviews.  I'll be a one-upper on myself this year!  If you have holiday guests spending the night WOW them on Thanksgiving and now for breakfast the day after.

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Interesting Facts About the Peppermint Stick AKA: Candy Cane [Video]

 

Candy canes, what do you know about them?  The most popular flavor is peppermint, they're red and white striped and usually only available around Christmas.  Some people eat them, others use them for decoration and crafts.  But, times have changed, flavors have changed and believe it or not, the shape has changed from when they were first introduced as a peppermint stick.

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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone Like Ken and Cathy? Take the Test

Did someone say Bejeweled?  Wait Cathy, put down your phone, you're AT WORK!  Experts have come out with a study that will determine if you're addicted to your smartphone and Ken and Cathy took the test.  Here's their results.  After you laugh, take the test yourself.  Will you need to join them in an intervention?

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Sharpen Your Financial Focus During the Holidays with a New Free Tool Offered By Lutheran Social Services

Everyone needs a little financial guidance especially when we start to spend a little more on holiday necessities.  Lutheran Social Services is bringing a new tool to the Duluth area that is free and can help you with your personal financial goals.

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Three New Information Kiosks on Duluth’s Lakewalk are the First of Their Kind, with More to Come

You will soon find new additions to the Lakewalk in Duluth.  The Friends of the Lakewalk, in partnership with the City of Duluth,will start by installing three new information kiosks, with more to come.  You don't have to be a tourist to appreciate information about things we have come to take for granted in our city.

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