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Cathy Kates

Hi y'all, thanks for checking out my bio! I grew up in the country community of Wrenshall, attended church in Carlton and worked in Cloquet. I adore and respect my family. My husband and I laugh and run together (well, I jog). My daughter is in her final year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. (he keeps me on my toes!) I love shoes, Asian food, and trying new recipes. My dream (at the moment) is to be on the Big Bang Theory or the Ellen Show. I have been in broadcasting for 18 years and thank you for your friendship and waking up to laugh with Ken, me and the Breakfast Club. ~Peace, Love & Hugs
Photo Credit:  Animal Allies
Photo Credit: Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet of the Week Uses the Buddy Program

Meet Yum-Yum and Rascal, they are besties and would like to find their forever home together.  Rascal is the Siamese on the left.  They will keep each other company and you'll get to enjoy the company of two wonderful pets in your home with a discount from Animal Allies.

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Stephanie Reinsch-Peterson
Stephanie Reinsch-Peterson
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Denfeld Cheer Team Wins National Contest Thanks to Your Support

Proud, loud and nothing but the best for DHS.  That's the Denfeld Cheer Team and they really have something to cheer about.  They put on their rally caps and won a national contest that put their team up against 31 other schools in 19 different states!

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Palestinian - Israeli Summer Camp
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Choose Between 5 Fun, Educational, Local Day Camps To Keep Your Kids Busy this Summer

The end of the school year is near and if you're like me when my daughter was young, you're too busy to research and find exciting constructive things for your kids to do to fill their time this summer.  Since my daughter Kylee is graduating from UMD in May, I have time to do the research and help you out.

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Flickr User: Jeff Kubina
Flickr User: Jeff Kubina
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Empty Bowl 2016 Practices Sustainability In Many Ways, Even Using Trees Removed from 4th Street


Empty Bowl is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12.  You can join forces to benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank with other Souper Heroes just by attending!  Some of these Souper Heroes started months ago when adults and children in our community started putting time and talent into making the bowls.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Pizza, Do You Sometimes Feel That You Don’t Get What You Pay For?

I know there are lots of different pizzas to choose from, some locally made, some nationally. Some have spicier sauce, some have more cheese and still, some people are more interested in what kind of crust the pizza has. Thick, thin, stuffed, rubbed with olive oil, such a variety to choose from. For us, we try to stay middle of the road price-wise, but still look for it to be tasty and “put together with care”. What does that mean?

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Need a Summer Job, UMD’s Rec Sports Outdoor Program Needs Water Safety Instructors

I was at the Northland Community Wellness Day this past Saturday and one of the exhibitors caught my eye.  Primarily because I use to be a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) at the Wrenshall Pool in the late 70's, early 80's.  It's a very fulfilling job knowing that you are teaching a lifesaving technique to students, some of whom are still in contact with me today.  If you need a summer job, consider working with UMD's Rec Sports Outdoor Program, teaching swimming.

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TSM Creative
TSM Creative
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Road Construction Resumes on Hwy 23 Grand Avenue Project Next Monday

My husband and I wondered if they were going to complete the road construction near the Lake Superior Zoo last summer.  They didn't, but at least they took a hiatus so all lanes were available through the winter.  Now that it's Spring, they are going to start working on the roadway again and that means some lane closures and delays you should be aware of.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Stadium Journey Magazine Lists Amsoil Arena Number One for College Hockey Arena Experience [VIDEO]

I have to agree, Amsoil Arena is amazing for many reasons. Both for the experience of attending a game and behind the scenes, which you can get a peek at with this video.  You'll get to see that the experience of a UMD Bulldog hockey athlete is just as incredible.

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NCWD/Permission: Michelle Russell
NCWD/Permission: Michelle Russell
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The Diabetes Walk Joins Northland Community Wellness Day This Saturday

I have had the honor of emceeing the Northland Community Wellness Day for the past two years and I've watched the event continue to grow both in exhibits and community interest.  It's coming up this Saturday and I hope you can make it!  One of the growths this year is that the Diabetes Walk will be held in conjunction with NCWD.  It's truly a day the family can enjoy for free with over 75 exhibits.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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UMD’s Planetarium Celebrates With Astronomy Day

Have you ever been to the planetarium at UMD?  As a child I use to love going there for field trips.  It was so much fun for us kids and interesting for the chaperones.  If you haven't been there or haven't been there for some time, consider going during Astronomy Day.

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Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Volunteer Need is Critical, Can You Help

I was shocked to receive word of the critical need for volunteers at Empty Bowl because I have usually had to fight (in a good way) my way onto the line to serve soup.  However, the volunteers they are looking for are needed before the date of the event, can you or someone you know help?

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