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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!
Heidi Ash, Chocolatier
Heidi Ash, Chocolatier
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Local Chocolatier At 185 Chocolat Handcrafts Chocolates With Love From The Heart [VIDEO]

Chocolates are fascinating.  They're used for emotional assistance (you know what I mean!), in celebration of many events, weddings and holidays or given as a universal gift of thanks. 185 Chocolat is a local company that uses 100% French Chocolate and locally sourced organic ingredients.  But, what does 185 in the company name mean?

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Upper Lakes Foods
Upper Lakes Foods
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What Happens Behind The Gates Of Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet? [VIDEO]

Upper Lakes Foods in Cloquet is celebrating their 50th anniversary of business and after meeting with the family and getting a tour of the facility I wondered how many people know the thought that actually goes into what they do to ensure the utmost freshest and timely delivery of food. It’s interesting to find out the timelines they have when food arrives and is stored to when it is placed on the truck for delivery. Pallets as high as the eye can see filled with product; freezers, refrigerators as big as whole rooms and bags of carrots and fresh produce that are incredibly huge.

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Travis Anderson Photo
Travis Anderson Photo
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Family Owned Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet Celebrates 50th Anniversary [VIDEO]

If you’ve lived in Carlton County or are a business that deals with the sale of food you are probably very familiar with Upper Lakes Foods and have used their services within the last 50 years. Kudos goes out to the Sorensen family, now in their 3rd generation at Upper Lakes Foods. How did the family get started in this choice of business and what are their plans for keeping the business going for another 50?

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Travel Destination: North Sea Coast Of Germany
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If You Own A Dog In The Northland, You Need To Know This (Humans Can Get It Too)

My Facebook friend Greg has experienced something with his dog that I never knew existed and it’s something all dog owners in this area should know about. It’s something that humans can get too and is picked up in wet marshy lands like the areas where many of us walk our dogs. Here’s his story and the symptoms to watch for. Let us know if you’re beloved pet experienced this and where they picked it up from.

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BO NIELSEN
BO NIELSEN
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Local Woman Followed Around Cloquet Wal-Mart By Male Stranger, Be Aware Of Surroundings

Before we start sharing this important information that every person male or female should know I want you to know that this in no way indicates that Wal-Mart is responsible for the situation, it's just where she was when it happened and could happen anywhere.  I was so rattled by her story, I want to get it out to as many of people as possible, especially since it happened in our community.

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
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LuLaRoe Leggings Under Fire For Poor Quality, Have You Experienced This?

First off I have to say that I do not own a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  I was invited to a friend's party was unable to attend.  When the fashion craze first hit I heard how soft they were and a bit on the spendy side, but my friends were all buying them.  Now, there is a class-action lawsuit in California against the company and I'm curious if women in the Northland agree.

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Massachussetts Considers Mandatory Health Insurance
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What’s With The New Strep Throat Illness That Hits Without A Sore Throat?

Remember the day when you got a sore throat and you didn't know it was strep until it felt like you were swallowing razor blades?  Then you'd look at your throat in your mirror and see white streaks, are you with me?  How is it that the strep illness has changed to the point you don't get a sore throat anymore.

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Rock Legend Prince Dies At Age 57
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Honor Prince On The Anniversary Of His Passing At The Minnesota Historical Society For Free

It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since the passing of our iconic artist Prince on April 21, 2016.  There has been many tributes to the late singer with special events and concerts and during several awards shows. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd in St. Paul will have a very special display that I'm sure his fans will love to see.

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Virgin London Marathon 2011
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Cool New Incentives For Runners Of The 28th Annual Fitger’s 5K, Register Now

If you're looking for incentive to join in the fun waiting at the 28th Annual Fitger's 5k with Grandma's Marathon benefiting the Young Athletes Foundation, this should do it!  Remember, they are capping the entries at 2,000 and I guarantee it'll fill up fast.  By the way, if you're training for Grandma's Half or Full Marathon, this is a great training race!

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet Of The Week Is A Purrfect Twofer

A pair of buddies that luv each other are our Pet(s) of the Week with Animal Allies.  They find comfort in each other's company and are waiting for their forever home with that special person (you) at Animal Allies.  Meet Joe Meower and Rusty!

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Car Production At Volkswagen Wolfsburg Plant
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New Volkswagen “Luv Bug” Commercial, Naughty or Funny?

It actually took watching the new "Luv Bug" Volkswagen TV commercial twice to get it.  The first time we saw it, my husband and I looked at each other in disbelief and said, "were they insinuating", "was that suppose to be them",  "did they just"?  After the second time we saw it we laughed and wondered if other people thought it was naughty or funny?

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