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Cathy Kates

I'm 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 laughing with you for the past 20 years. It's like audio Facebook. I make new friends, but I keep up with old friends too. I set three alarms to get up at 3:10am to do my job, then nap in the afternoon! I am a self-proclaimed multi-tasker (FYI: I am writing my bio, eating breakfast, holding three texting conversations and contemplating what I'll be having for lunch and what to make for dinner ALL right this second). I can't sit still. I even wear a head lamp at campfires so I can cross stitch at the same time. I love puppies, (especially my Schnauzer, Bauer), hot buttered movie theater popcorn, soup, the smell of a lake (especially if I’m fishing in it) 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. 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!
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Imagine My Surprise When I Ran Across Escargot At Wal-Mart

Yup, what you see in the picture is giant snail shells.  The word Escargot means "edible snail".  Honestly, when I saw the container of snail shells in water, I thought it would look cute on my coffee table with a floating candle on the top.  I rarely see escargot on menus at restaurants I frequent, I didn't think making it at home was even a possibility.

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An Entertaining Night Awaits At The Christmas By The Lake Volume X CD Release Party

Whether you have the entire collection or are starting this year, you don't want to miss the incredible line-up of talented musicians that will be performing at the Christmas By The Lake Volume X CD Release Party.  The entire family will get into the holiday mood and all are welcome!

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Epic Family Fun Awaits At The Superior Douglas County Tree Lighting

Who needs Rockerfeller Center, we have our own Tree Lighting Ceremony at Center City Park in Superior!  Young families, here's your chance to start your own holiday tradition. Or, perhaps you're going to be out of town on Christmas or the kids are grown and out of the house, there are many reasons that people choose not to put a tree up in their home.  This community tree can be enjoyed by all and you don't want to miss all the fun that comes with it!

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Alex Wong/Getty Images
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In The Spirit Of Community Celebrate A Region-Wide Free Thanksgiving Meal At The DECC

It's a favorite local tradition for many Northlanders, the 27th annual Twin Ports Community Thanksgiving Day Buffet.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a free turkey dinner with all the usual Thanksgiving trimmings on Thanksgiving Day, November 24...

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The City of Duluth Invites You And Your Family To Enjoy The Gobbler Glide And Other Fun Activities

Everyone regardless of age is invited to enjoy making memories with fun activities thanks to the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation department.  The Gobbler Glide at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center will have free skating, making holiday cards for military and even frozen turkey bowling!

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Traffic Advisory For Veteran’s Day March In Downtown Duluth

Tomorrow is the day to honor and thank our veterans and active servicemen and women.  Many restaurants are offering a free meal to them if they show proper ID.  Another way to say thank you for their sacrifices is to attend the Veteran's Day March held each year in Downtown Duluth.  This will alter traffic for a period of time, here's what you need to know.

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Start Hand-Crafting Bowls For The Empty Bowl Fundraiser That Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

Many Northlanders look forward to the Empty Bowl Event each year. It's designed to help fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, but it does so much more than that.  It brings the community together, whether it's sharing time and talent making the bowls or enjoying soup and conversation on the day of the event.  The opportunity to make bowls for Empty Bowl 2017 is already available, get your friends or group together to help feed families.

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Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet Of The Week Is A Cat Named Murphy Who Loves Attention

Don't let that smug face fool you!  Murphy our Animal Allies Pet of the Week, loves people and attention.  This domestic grey and white medium hair cat is 9 years old, already neutered and looking for his forever home.  

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
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Twin Ports Veterans Day March This Friday Commemorates The Day

This Friday is Veteran's Day. A day to show our appreciation and compassion for those that have sacrificed love, family....life, for our continued freedom. If you're like me, saying "thank you" just doesn't seem like enough. Attend the Twin Ports Veterans Day March to honor our Veterans on Friday, November 11th to show your gratitude.

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Junior League Of Duluth Celebrates Holidays With Yearly Tradition, The Festival Of Trees

It's a tradition for many in the Northland, the Junior League of Duluth's Festival of Trees.   I remember going to this event years ago when it was held at another location.  It grew in size with both vendors and attendees and that prompted a move to the Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall and the Lake Superior Ballroom at the DECC.  It doesn't matter where it's held, it's always an enchanting holiday shopping experience that will touch the spirit of the holiday in you.

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Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images
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5 Go Green Local Holiday Handcrafted Gifts Ideas They’ll Love

Even if you're an avid online shopper you can take advantage of buying holiday gifts that have been handcrafted by our local artisans.  Gifts for both genders are represented and I just bet you can add to the list and help with ideas...

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