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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!
Grandma's Marathon
Grandma's Marathon
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Last Grandma’s Marathon Wednesday Night at the Races Is At Wade Stadium This Week

Wow!  Hard to believe we are down to the last Wednesday Night At The Races, where has the summer gone?  Plan on spending the evening this time because following the races it will be the end of the season picnic (please note location change).

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Dog Park Action
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Duluth’s Third Dog Park Is Officially Opened On Riley Road

I grew up in the country, the whole world was my dog's "park".  It wasn't until I moved to the city and saw the smaller yards that I understood the need for dog parks.  The first dog park in Duluth was introduced in 2004, the next in 2011, now we have a third.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Winning Our Get Grillin’ Giveaway Results In A Remodeling Project

My second Get Grillin’ Giveaway delivery was to Sherie and Greg in Duluth. It's was a beautiful day and when I arrived it was met with a surprise.  They were so excited to win the huge prize pack they started a remodeling project.

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DTA Bus
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DTA Offers Special Evening Service To Head Of The Lakes Fair In Superior [Schedule]

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) and the City of Superior will provide special evening service between downtown Duluth, downtown Superior and the Head of the Lakes Fair, now through this Saturday, August 27.  This alleviates trying to find a parking spot, saves gas and you can drink beer without having to worry about who is going to drive home.  Do you need a ride?

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City of Duluth
City of Duluth
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City Of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson Holds Another Community Listening Session

If you have issues with your storm sewer drain system, don't like the pot holes on your road, want to discuss taxes for your neighborhood, need to discuss the job situation in our area, or just want to meet our Mayor, Emily Larson, you'll have that opportunity to get face time during her community listening series on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30p, it's called City Hall in the City.

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Tara Ankrum-Olson
Tara Ankrum-Olson
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Harold’s Fiasco Golf Outing To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Is THIS Saturday At Pine Hill Golf Course

It's affordable fun for the whole family and it's coming up this Saturday, August 27 at Pine Hill Golf Course in Carlton.  This is the second in a series of three "fiascos" this year to increase an already fantastic fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It’s always a great time, and the best part it's just $20 for 9 holes of golf!!  Here's other details of the day and where to call for your tee time!

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Photo Permission/Animal Allies
Photo Permission/Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Is Moving Cats With No Fee Adoptions, Their Pet Of The Week Is Ms. Betty White [VIDEO]

Ok cat lovers, this is your week (and tell your other cat lover friends).  Animal Allies needs to move cats and there's even a cat special!  Animal Allies Pet of The Week is a domestic medium hair adult male already neutered and looking for her forever home.  

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Grandma's Marathon
Grandma's Marathon
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Grandma’s Marathon Wednesday Night at the Races Is In Superior This Week [2016 Schedule]

Wednesday Night At The Races continues tomorrow with the Young Athletes Foundation and Grandma's Marathon.   This is the last one of the regular weekly series before the final races and the end of the year picnic.  This week's location can accommodate a wheelchair division!  Children 14 and under are invited to lace up their shoes and take part again this year.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Condiment Design Flaw Causes Customer Frustration

I'm not going to reveal the fast food restaurant we were at but maybe you can figure it out based on the same frustration we had while dining there.  It had to do with placement of the condiments in regards to the beverages.  Do they just plop the stuff on the counter and not "go with the flow" to see if it works well?

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Kylee Kates
Kylee Kates
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College Students Are Moving In, Be Forgiving With Drivers Unfamiliar With The Area

My daughter Kylee just graduated from UMD.  I remember "move in" day and the chaos that transpired at our area apartments, houses and especially on campus at the dorms.  With that said there are a lot of families driving in the Northland unfamiliar with the city and natives need to be forgiving.

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Martin Rose/Getty Images
Martin Rose/Getty Images
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Will The Duluth Police Or Firefighters Be Victorious In The 9th Annual Guns N Hoses Softball Challenge To Benefit The Northern Lights Foundation

It's a big softball challenge (and somewhat of a rival game)!  The 9th Annual Guns N Hoses Softball Challenge pitting the Duluth Police Department against the Duluth Firefighters. Who will win this year?  I know who be a big winner thanks to both of the teams, the Northern Lights Foundation and here's why.

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Visit Duluth
Visit Duluth
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Local Distillery Needs Your Votes To Be Deemed 2016 Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery

If you haven't yet had the chance to visit the Vikre Distillery in Duluth near our iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, you best hurry.  They've become very popular and they're moving forward with fury.  They need your vote to win a "10 Best" nationwide contest with USATODAY.

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