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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!
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Marcie Crain/CrainGalleries
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Update: Kudos To City Of Duluth For Clean Up After First Storm Of The Season [VIDEO]

This amazing photo explains why the the beach and Lakewalk in Canal Park were covered in rock, snow, ice and debris.  Locals will recognize this as the lighthouse on the pier by the Aerial Lift Bridge.  My friend and photographer, Marcie Crain took the photo at the height of the first storm of the season showing an angry Lake Superior.  In my first video it showed the Lakewalk buried under rocks and debris and wondered how long the clean-up would take.  The City of Duluth surprised me as you'll see the difference in my new video.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Doctored Mashed Potatoes That Will Wow You

My mother always made real potatoes, that's what my father wanted, that's what he got.  I never tasted instant potatoes or potato buds until recently.  Wow!  They're fast, but I can't help feeling like I'm cheating the family out of real potatoes.  Then, I tried this recipe suggestion and I call it a "flavored" side dish now and it's super easy.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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5 Brain Games To Keep Kids Entertained On Road Trips

I love road trips, but my daughter is almost 23 and that makes for a much more relaxed drive.  For those of you with young children it can be stressful, but there are ways to keep them engaged that doesn't involve a movie, computer or electronic game.  In fact, some of these games can enhance their math and reading skills.

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Cathy Kates
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Seriously, Not My Idea Of Getting Out Of Cooking A Thanksgiving Meal

If you want to get out of making Thanksgiving dinner, this works, but that wasn't my intent.  I was shocked when I head the crash and walked into the kitchen and everyone I talked to has said they didn't know a stove top could break like this.  Living proof, it can.  Here's my word of warning so it doesn't happen to you.

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Marcie Crain/CrainGalleries
Marcie Crain/CrainGalleries
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First Storm Of The Season Causes Beach And Lakewalk Destruction [VIDEO]

It's an amazing photo isn't it?  Locals will recognize this as the lighthouse on the pier by the Aerial Lift Bridge.  My friend and photographer, Marcie Crain took the photo at the height of the storm showing an angry Lake Superior.  Imagine what she went through to get the shot while standing on the Lakewalk.  The Lakewalk that is now buried under rock, ice and snow and may be until next Spring.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Easy Holiday Tree Decorations In Minutes [VIDEO]

My daughter saw these cute little holiday tree ornaments on Facebook and asked if we could do crafts this past weekend.  I expected to dedicate my entire Sunday to crafting but these little cuties only took a couple hours to make and were super easy.  If you are in looking for craft ideas for a group setting, these would work like a charm.

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Food Bank Hands Out Turkeys Ahead Of Thanksgiving
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5 Things Often Forgotten Until Thanksgiving Day

You're the chosen one, Thanksgiving will be at your house and besides cleaning you now have to invite, make a list, grocery shop, make sure you have enough plates, make the table festive and umpteen other things to make the day enjoyable (and one up your sister-in-law from last year)...

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City of Duluth
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Dates For Next Two Community Listening Sessions With Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

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 with two more dates in the community listening series, City Hall in the City.

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Photo Permission/Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet Of The Week Is Described As A Sweet Bundle Of Love

This little bundle of love is Ms. Abigail and is a 4 year old brown brindle American Staffordshire Terrier.  Ms. Abigail is a smart girl that knows commands for sit, stay, up and down, go to bed, and go outside. How cute is that?  Our Animal Allies Pet of the Week is spayed and looking for her human BFF.  

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Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images
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Traffic Advisory For The Christmas City of the North Parade

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most anticipated parade of the season in the Northland.  The Christmas City of the North Parade!  Bundle up the family and continue a tradition that started in 1958.  Of course, certain roadways will be closed to accommodate the parade participants and there will be some road detours.  Here is some useful information that will make your night most enjoyable.

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Jail Inmates Care For Abused And Abandoned Pets
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The Love-A-Pet Adoption Event Is This Weekend At Miller Hill Subaru

Animal Allies will have cats and dogs road trippin' to Miller Hill Subaru for adoption this Saturday 10a-5p and Sunday from 11am-2pm.  This event highlights discounted dog and cat adoptions.  It's definitely not too early to get your Holiday Pet Photos for your holiday cards and you can do it here, plus there's free micro-chipping with a donation to the Animal Allies wish list.

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