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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!
Photo Permission:  Kayla Wennesson
Photo Permission: Kayla Wennesson
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[Update] Owners Face Charges In Tragic Pet’s Death In Cloquet

As a self-proclaimed mammal lover, especially of canines, I can't fathom the pain that Kayla, the owner of Kaito is experiencing.  It was a senseless death of her beloved dog and it's been tough waiting for a decision from authorities about the dogs that attacked.  This is what

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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A Bright Blue-Eyed Snowball Is Our Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

If you've been holding out for a Siamese feline, today is your lucky day!  Meet Snowball, our Animal Allies Pet of the Week.  Snowball is waiting at Animal Allies for that special person to come and give him a forever home.  Oh, and lots of head scratches!  

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Track Your Runner On Grandma’s Marathon Half Or Full Course

Each year that I run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, I have friends that want to keep track of my progress. (that makes me laugh, but I appreciate their interest).  I tell them it's easy to sign up for free live runner tracking through T-Mobile.  You can sign up to track your favorite runner of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon or Grandma's Marathon.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Meet Sweet Dashi, A Blind Canine That Longs For A Forever Home [VIDEO]

Dashi has been our Animal Allies Pet of the Week twice before this video.  He is special in the aspect that he has been blind since 9 weeks old.  He is a very sweet and beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier and loves to play ball.  I thought showing you Dashi's personality may help you better understand that while he is blind, he would still be a very devoted loving companion in your home.

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US Courts Want You Aware Of A Scam That Could Easily Go National

Not many people my age can say this but, "I have never been called for jury duty".  I have no idea how they contact you or what is expected, I haven't had that life experience yet.  That is why the latest scam makes me so nervous, I don't have anything to compare it to, so it would be harder for me to detect if it was false.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Road Improvements In Lincoln Park Miss My Potholes By Just Blocks

The plan is to fix roadways in the Lincoln Park District on 24th Ave West between 5th and 6th Street.  There is no doubt that work needs to be done, but they are just shy of roadwork near my home that could take an axle off if you aren't paying attention.  How do I get them to add a fix of another three potholes about four block from where they're working, to their list?

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Nick Cooper - TSM Media
Nick Cooper - TSM Media
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Do You Have A Goal For Grandma’s Marathon? Use A Clif Pacer To Succeed

I've run several Grandma's Half Marathon and I've seen them around me, they're known as "the pacer".  To be exact they are a Clif Bar Pacer, they are free to follow and to many they are somewhat of a phenomenon.  Here's why I am in awe of them.

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Photo Permission:  Kayla Wennesson
Photo Permission: Kayla Wennesson
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Tragic Pet’s Death In Cloquet Becomes A Valuable Lesson To Others

As a self-proclaimed mammal lover, especially of canines, I can't fathom the pain that the owner of Kaito is experiencing.  It was a senseless death of her beloved dog and the situation needs to be addressed. Thank you to Kayla, Kaito's "mama" and owner for letting me share her story to help educate others.

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Grandma’s Marathon Collects Gently Worn Shoes For The Young Athletes Foundation

Clean out your closet now while you support Sneakers4Funds!  It is in full swing now through August 3 and there are lots of convenient drop off locations in the Northland and on marathon weekend. 

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Find Treasures At The 37th Annual Park Point Rummages Sales

We have always chosen Park Point to train for Grandma's Marathon.  Years ago we got up early one morning to do our usual run and were met with lots of people and lots of bargains.  I was hooked!  It's awesome to be able to just walk from house to house for four miles searching for your treasures.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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See The Adorable Fawn, Badger And Baby Fox Behind The Scenes At Wildwoods Rehabilitation

Some of us have run into the dilemma of dealing with an abandoned or injured wild animal.  I don't mean "wild" like a tiger or elephant, I mean a non-domesticated animal like a fox, fawn or a turkey vulture.  What do you do?  That's why Wildwoods Rehabilitation exists.  Come behind the scenes at Wildwoods and see some of the animals while you  learn more.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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I Need Your Opinion And Suggestions, Is A Rock Garden Worth The Time?

We have owned our house for over 12 years and for all those years this area has looked just like this.  We believe at one point there use to be a rock garden there, see the big rock?  Now it just gets mowed around and looks horrible, is the attempt at making it a rock garden worth it?  Do people even have rock gardens anymore?

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