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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 second year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. 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 16 years and thank you for your friendship and waking up to laugh with Ken, me and the Breakfast Club. ~Peace, Love & Hugs
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City Of Duluth Now In Round THREE Vying For Best Town In America: Keep Voting!

Thank you Northland!  Your votes and sharing on social media has kept the City of Duluth in the running to be named "Best Town in America".  The contest, being run by Outside Magazine, started with 64 towns vying for the honors and now we are down to the "sweet sixteen".  Who are we up against this time?

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While There Is Still Ice Floating On Lake Superior, Spring Is Evident On Park Point With The Birth Of A Baby Fox

My friend Lisa works on Park Point and was able to snap a couple of shots of the new baby fox.  He IS darling!!!  Many people have mixed feelings of a family of fox living on the famous peninsula.  Residents on the point have actually named the fox.  I train for Grandma's Half Marathon on the Point and while I was freaked a little the first time I saw the fox, I've come to look for her near the boat house.  Now that there's a baby, I'm really going to be searching for a peek!

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You Could Be A Contestant On Wheel of Fortune! [Audition Information]

If you're like most families in American, you watch TV while eating dinner.  What show is usually on during the dinner hour, Wheel of Fortune.  My co-host Ken says he and his family eat dinner while watching it and play against each other.  Do you always solve the puzzle before the contestants on the show?  Then you should audition and make your dream come true!

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Taste of Home's Southwestern Backyard Burgers
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Spice Up Your Memorial Day Barbecue With Southwestern Backyard Burgers

The weather isn't the only thing that's going to be HOT this Memorial Day weekend if you make these mouth watering burgers from Taste of Home.  The beauty is that after you make the burgers your job is done.  Your family and guests take over and dress them up the way they want. 

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The Northland Honors Veterans on Memorial Day With Parade And Memorial Ceremony [Details And Traffic Info]

Many of us are looking forward to the long weekend ahead.  Some are camping, some are opening up the cabin for the summer and some are planning on staying home, sleeping in and picnicking.  However, the weekend leads to an important day, Memorial Day Monday.    Make your plans with your family to attend the Memorial Day Parade and Veteran's Memorial Ceremony to honor our Veterans.

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Aerial Lift Bridge In Duluth Will Begin Summer Schedule for 2014

Vehicle and foot traffic on Park Point picks up in the summer and so does the the shipping industry.  It is a sure sign that warmer weather and sunny days are ahead when the Aerial Lift Bridge starts their summer schedule.  What does that mean to you?  Maybe a little time spent in your car being "bridged".  Check out the summer schedule here.

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Street Cleaning Starts In City Of Duluth On Thursday

Ah, a sure sign of Spring.  When the city sends out the street sweeper to eliminate the abundance of dirt, sand and salt that has accumulated near the curbs.  Of course, we will not be able to park on the streets they are cleaning.  Our cooperation will make the process much easier for the crew.  Here are the routes they plan to clean which will be clearly marked.

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Tony Hart - TSM Duluth
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The City of Duluth Is Now In Round Two, Cast Your Vote For Duluth To Be Named Top Town In America

Congratulations, Northland!  Duluth has advanced to the second round garnering more votes than Columbia, MO.  Now we need to beat Athens, OH, we've got this!  Duluth was selected as one of 64 Best Towns in America vying to be number one by Outside Magazine.  According to the Northland's News Center, Duluth was listed as one of the top Dream Towns in 2001 and one of the 30 Best Towns in America in 2007 by Outside Magazine.  Let's take our town to the TOP!  All it will take is your vote and sharing it on social media to keep those votes coming in!

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Hibbing Park Hotel Fire
Photo Credit: Don Monroe
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Fire Causes $20,000 In Damages At The Hibbing Park Hotel

Last night I got a emergency text that several Iron Range firefighters were battling a fire that was in progress at the Hibbing Park Hotel.  I immediately contacted my friend Don, who is a photographer, to check it out.

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An Important Memorial Day Reminder From Cathy Kates To Share

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up the end of this week, are you ready?  Besides getting ready for your picnics, camping and opening up the cabin, you also need to remember why the day exists.  Every year I forget to do my family duty until the last minute.  This year, you're helping me remember.  Since I'm blogging about it, I'm also getting it done earlier than ever before.

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UPDATE: Duluth Police Department’s Property Crimes Person Of The Week Wanted For Burglery, ARRESTED!

The Duluth Police Department has been sending out information on the “Property Crimes Person of the Week” and found it has helped locate the individual and in many cases lead to an arrest. This was the case with Devin Larson.  Here is the update:

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DTA Suspends Some Routes To Local Colleges For The Summer

First things first, congratulations to our high school and college graduates.  Another mile stone reached to enhance your continued journey!  This past Saturday was a busy one for the canal park area and the DECC/Amsoil Arena.  UMD held it's commencement ceremonies for 2, 353 students.  The U-of Wisconsin Superior also had 356 students graduate on Saturday.  With our local colleges on summer break, the DTA is suspending some routes.

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