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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!
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Why Make A Vegetarian Burger That Bleeds?

I have several friends that are either Vegan or Vegetarian.  Yes, there's a difference.  My friend that is a vegetarian will still eat some fish and shrimp and I always know I can toss a salad her way and she'll be good.  However, when I cook for my friends who are Vegan, it is a bit more difficult.  But, why in the world would either of them want to eat a non-meat burger just because it actually bleeds like a real burger patty?  From what I've seen that just makes them cringe.

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5 Unusual Official State of Minnesota Symbols

If you were honest you could probably name the Minnesota State Bird, right, the Loon.  I learned that and our State Flower, the Lady Slipper at a very young age.  But, did you know we have a State Muffin or a State Soil?  Here are some other Minnesota State symbols you might not have known, just in case you're ever playing a radio trivia game.

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Cathy Kates
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Can You Help With Advice On Starter Seeds And Garden Planting [Bonus Recipe]

My husband decided late in the Spring to start a garden last year. I told him it would be all him since I kill air ferns (who knew they needed water too, I thought they just needed air!) However, I felt horrible guilty when the garden began to reap a harvest and I had nothing to do with it but make the salads and/or cook the vegetables. They were delicious, it saved on our grocery bill and I know it was loads healthier. This year he decided to start earlier and use the starter seeds pictured above, have you used these?

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Gordy’s Hi-Hat Takes You Behind The Counter [VIDEO]

Oh yes I did and I was thrilled!  My family has been going to Gordy's Hi-Hat since the day I was born, literally.  I was born at the Cloquet Hospital which is blocks from Gordy's Hi-Hat.  My father got tired of waiting for my arrival and left for lunch.  While he was AT Gordy's I was born and they had to call him back.  Gordy's has countless fans because they know exactly what they're getting when they walk through the door.  Delicious hand-crafted food made with customer satisfaction in mind.  But, have you ever been on the other side of the counter?

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Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Mary The Snuggler Adopted, Symphony Is Our New Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

Mary, was our pet of the week, but we're happy to report she is close to finding her forever home.  Because we didn't get a chance to go on air with Mary, we're doing a switcheroo and instead would like you to meet Symphony.  Like Mary, Symphony is a sweet and mellow girl waiting at Animal Allies for that special person to come and give her a forever home. 

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Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Mary The Snuggler Is Our Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

Mary, our pet of the week is a snuggler and apparently digs Girl Scout cookies (or at least playing in the box they were delivered in)  Mary is waiting at Animal Allies for that special person to come and give her a forever home.  Oh, and lots of head scratches!  

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Steady Decline Of Oil Prices Take Toll On Oil Sands Dependent Economy In Fort McMurray, Canada
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Jason Aldean’s Any Ol’ Barstool Song Triggers Question, Where’s Your Go To Barstool?

I was coming home from the Carlton VFW last night listening to B105 and Jason Aldean's song, Any Ol' Barstool came on.  As I was listening to the lyrics I started to think about where my barstool would be in the Northland.  Where have I gone when I was feeling depressed, was in need of cheering up, laughter with friends, a pick me up.  We all have our favorite places.  Where's your go to barstools?

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Scott Olson?Getty Images
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So, You Won The Minnesota Powerball, What Do You Do Now?

Early on Monday we were alerted to some exciting news, a Minnesota State Lottery Power Ball ticket matched all 5 numbers and the power number!  To add to that excitement, we found out that it was sold at the Holiday Gas Station at 5430 Grand Avenue in Duluth.  Dang, that's close to my house, it could be someone I know!!!  Have you ever thought about what you should do if you won the power ball?  Somebody needs this info!

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Photo Credit:  Austin Rush
Photo Credit: Austin Rush
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NCHC Frozen Faceoff Champs UMD Bulldogs Victorious, Fan Experience Vicious

Congratulations to the UMD Men's Hockey Team, bringing the NCHC Frozen Four Trophy back to Duluth.  Wow, I am certainly ignorant when it comes to attending hockey games outside of the Amsoil venue.  I was fully expecting there to be a plethora of Bulldog fans at the NCHC Championship game at the Target Center on Saturday, instead the ratio was probably 4 to 1 and I ended up in a section I'll describe as a hostile environment.

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I Dislike And Don’t Understand The New Descriptions Of Hazardous Weather

Has anyone else noticed that when we get notification of hazardous weather in the Northland they aren't using watches and warnings as much?  When I started in radio I used my voice to explain the difference between the two. Now they've morphed to other descriptions and I'm not comfortable with them.

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Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Kudos To Superior Residents Preparing For Road Construction Again

They're set to start a two-year road construction project in Superior that will affect US Highway 2 and Belknap Street.  I'm sure Superior residents are exhausted with the road construction they've endured the last couple of years and it's starting once again. Here's the scoop!

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