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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!
Funeral Held For Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Victim Jonathan Blunk
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Senseless Vandalism At The Ely Area Veterans Memorial Angers Me

You've heard this rant from me before and I'll say it again, "I just don't get it!"  What does one get out of damaging property that doesn't belong to them?    For instance, when the Two Harbors honking tree was cut down and when that young man caused extensive damage to the DTA hub in downtown Duluth just before it opened. Why, why, why?

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Get Your Wisconsin Vehicle Tabs With A Vending Machine? [VIDEO]

Being from Minnesota and having stood in lines at the DMV, I couldn't believe my eyes.  While visiting my sister who lives in the state of Wisconsin I ran across the Wisconsin E-Z Tab machine at a grocery store.  Wait, what....a vending machine that gives you your license tabs?  Wow, that makes life easier doesn't it?  Now you can put it on your grocery list:  milk, eggs, sugar and tabs for your vehicle.

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Cathy  Kates
Cathy Kates
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Arby’s Gyros Are A Disappointment, Probably My Own Fault For Not Paying Attention

My family loves gyros. We’ve driven past the Arby’s sign in West Duluth and seen the 2 gyros for $6 offer on the sign and thought we’d finally give it a try. Especially after seeing their hilarious ad on TV several times. We went through the drive through and when we got home, we were surprised at what we had. Apparently, I don’t pay attention to the ads on TV, nor did I “get it” when my husband placed our order.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Do You Remember When You Sent Your Film Through The Mail To Be Developed?

Our youth today has no idea how lucky they are to be able to take pictures on their phones and share them on social media immediately.  When I was young we had to send our film through the mail to be developed.  Do you remember the photo mailer in the picture above?  Yes, Holiday Gas Station use to deal with developing film!

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Michelle Truax
Michelle Truax
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Woman Today Magazine Recognizes Women In The Northland

I had the pleasure of attending the "Recognizing Women as a Driving Force Event" with the Woman Today Magazine at the Northland Country Club. The dubious award is given to women in our area that go above and beyond their daily contributions and deserve to be recognized for their additional time, talents, knowledge and volunteerism they give to Northlanders and for some, across the world!

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NAMM California Music Advocacy Fly-In
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Students Studying Fine Arts Are Encouraged To Apply For A Bluebird Foundation Grant

As a parent, I was constantly looking for additional scholarships and grants for my daughter to apply for to help with the cost of college.  Here's one that you should pass on to a student that is pursuing a career in the area of the Fine Arts.  It's through the Bluebird Foundation and the deadline to apply is April 28.

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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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