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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!
Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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No Charge Prom And Formal Dresses Offered At Valley Youth Center With Annual Dress Drive

They call her the "dress fairy".  I call her a woman with utmost compassion and true love for helping others.  Her name is Mary and thanks to her dedication and giving up half her basement for storage, high school aged girls currently enrolled in a school of the Northland that might not have a dress for the high school dance or prom can now show up with sparkling confidence.

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Cathy Kates
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A Portion Of Duluth’s Lakewalk Will Be Closed During The Day For Two Weeks

I've only been on the Lakewalk a couple of times lately because of surgery, but I'm going to be ramping my running up in hopes to run the Grandma's Half Marathon.  If you're a frequent user of the Lakewalk or are floatin' in my boat with just starting training, you need to know that they will be closing a portion for about two weeks.

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Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO
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Gordy’s Hi-Hat In Cloquet Will Be Our Next Seasonal Business To Open

I had just noticed that DQ in West Duluth had opened and posed the question as to what seasonal business might be next.  I think we have our answer thanks to the Facebook page of Gordy's Hi-Hat.  I'm uber excited that they are opening soon!

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Christopher FurlongGetty Images
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Don’t Change The Kids Routine Just Because It’s Daylight Saving Time

You read the headline and said "oh yeah", didn't you.  Yup, this week-end is Daylight Saving time! If you are still confused, think of the season, it’s SPRING ahead an hour. So, yes, we lose an hour of sleep, but on the "bright" side we gain an hour of daylight.  Another thing to remember is to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Even if they are still good, change them. That way you know they’re fresh and ready to keep your family safe.

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Water - Photo Illustrations
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Ever Wonder Why Toilet Water Moves When It’s Windy Outside?

We have had several windy days in a row and according to our WDIO Storm Team meteorologists, we have several more to come.  I have always gauged how windy it is outside by the rockin' and rollin' of the water in the toilets inside, but never really knew why or how that can happen.  Curiosity got the best of me and we now have the answer.

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Florida Panthers v New York Rangers
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When Can You See Your Favorite TV Shows With The Minnesota High School Hockey Playoffs On WDIO

It's an exciting time in the Northland for many families, the Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament begins this week.  Our media partners, WDIO/WIRT will be airing the hockey action, but for those that are still interested in their favorite TV show, when you can you catch that?  No worries, we've got the playoff brackets and the programming schedule just for you.

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Photo Permission:  Animal Allies
Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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A Quiet, Gentle Black Cat Named Inky Is Our Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

Inky, our Animal Allies Pet of the Week has two names, he is also called Shadow.  That makes sense since he is a domestic, short haired black cat. When it comes to relationships Inky is very level-headed. Like most humans he doesn't leap in paws first, but give him a little time and a loving forever home and you'll have a bestie for life.

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Google Street View
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UPDATE: The Corporate Answer To If Outback Steakhouse In Duluth Will Close

As we awaited news on whether Duluth's JC Penney will be closing.   We heard that another national company, Outback Steakhouse, would be closing some of their locations and wondered if our local Outback restaurant was on the "chopping block".  We were contacted by the parent company, Bloomin' Brands and we have the answer!

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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DQ In West Duluth Is Open, Which Seasonal Business Will Be Next? [LIST]

Just like a budding flower in Spring there are certain businesses that re-open after taking a winter hiatus and it gets Northlanders excited about the possibility of our seasons changing.  I was surprised to see one such business open on Grand Avenue in West Duluth already, Dairy Queen.  Woot Woot!  Here's my list of other businesses that I can't wait to open, can you add to it?

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Despite Hardship, New Orleans Teen Goes To Prom
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2nd Annual Dress Drive Continues To Offer Prom And Formal Dresses Today

Thanks to help from a gal that knows first hand how expensive going to prom can be,  there is a chance for students currently enrolled in a school of the Northland that might not have a dress for the high school dance or prom can now show up with sparkling confidence.

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Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Kena Betancur/Getty Images
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A Mother Of A Lost Child At Wal-Mart Shocks Us With Her Reaction

Recently while at Wal-Mart I witnessed a woman helping a lost child find her mother. What happened when her mother arrived was both appalling and rude.  Not only did she shock the woman who took the time to help her child, she shocked the Wal-Mart employee we were dealing with in the pharmacy and my husband and I.

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