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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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When Can You See Your Favorite TV Shows With The Minnesota High School Hockey Playoffs On WDIO

It's an exciting time in the Northland for many families, the Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament begins this week.  Our media partners, WDIO/WIRT will be airing the hockey action, but for those that are still interested in their favorite TV show, when you can you catch that?  No worries, we've got the playoff brackets and the programming schedule just for you.

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Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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A Quiet, Gentle Black Cat Named Inky Is Our Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

Inky, our Animal Allies Pet of the Week has two names, he is also called Shadow.  That makes sense since he is a domestic, short haired black cat. When it comes to relationships Inky is very level-headed. Like most humans he doesn't leap in paws first, but give him a little time and a loving forever home and you'll have a bestie for life.

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Google Street View
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UPDATE: The Corporate Answer To If Outback Steakhouse In Duluth Will Close

As we awaited news on whether Duluth's JC Penney will be closing.   We heard that another national company, Outback Steakhouse, would be closing some of their locations and wondered if our local Outback restaurant was on the "chopping block".  We were contacted by the parent company, Bloomin' Brands and we have the answer!

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Homie Kates
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DQ In West Duluth Is Open, Which Seasonal Business Will Be Next? [LIST]

Just like a budding flower in Spring there are certain businesses that re-open after taking a winter hiatus and it gets Northlanders excited about the possibility of our seasons changing.  I was surprised to see one such business open on Grand Avenue in West Duluth already, Dairy Queen.  Woot Woot!  Here's my list of other businesses that I can't wait to open, can you add to it?

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Despite Hardship, New Orleans Teen Goes To Prom
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2nd Annual Dress Drive Continues To Offer Prom And Formal Dresses Today

Thanks to help from a gal that knows first hand how expensive going to prom can be,  there is a chance for students currently enrolled in a school of the Northland that might not have a dress for the high school dance or prom can now show up with sparkling confidence.

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Kena Betancur/Getty Images
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A Mother Of A Lost Child At Wal-Mart Shocks Us With Her Reaction

Recently while at Wal-Mart I witnessed a woman helping a lost child find her mother. What happened when her mother arrived was both appalling and rude.  Not only did she shock the woman who took the time to help her child, she shocked the Wal-Mart employee we were dealing with in the pharmacy and my husband and I.

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Jeff Frey & Associates
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Need Inspiration? Gearing Up For Grandma’s 2017 Features Olympian Jeff Galloway

Every Tuesday I call Jim Stukel from Tortoise & Hare Footwear.  He reminded me that Gearing Up For Grandma's is tomorrow.  The weather is suppose to be getting warmer and if you're registered for one of the races on Grandmas Marathon Weekend, training should start if it hasn't already.   However, if you're in need of inspiration or if you are looking for valuable running information then you'll want to attend the annual Gearing Up for Grandma’s pre-race seminar, Saturday, March 4.  It doesn't matter if you're a novice or a beginner, the event will hold something for everyone.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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The Secret To Why A&W Root Beer Tastes So Much Better [VIDEO]

While driving on Belknap in Superior this past weekend I noticed the sign boasting homemade Root Beer at the A&W Restaurant.  They aren't kidding, it IS homemade.  I use to work at the A&W in Cloquet and we made our root beer too.  Don't believe me, here's proof.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Consider Ending Snow Days For Schools, Here’s Why I Think It Won’t Work

Minnesota lawmakers are considering to put an end to snow days.  Most students, parents and teachers alike are probably shaking their heads.  But, it's not what you think, students won't be expected to brave the harsh elements, there's another plan in place and here's why I don't think it will work.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Celebrate 25 Years With The Mall Of America By Winning A Chance To Live There

Wow!  Can you believe that the Mall of America will be celebrating it's 25th Anniversary?  I still know people that have never ventured to the monstrosity that boasts something for everyone (and it's true)!  Whether you have been there numerous times or are a first timer, you have the chance to take up residence at the Mall of America for five days, how cool would that be?

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Outback Steakhouses Close Across The Nation, Will Duluth’s Be Spared

Last week we learned that the company that owns JC Penney will be closing some of their stores and that honestly made me sick to my stomach.  I love shopping at JC Penney and it has been an anchor store at the Miller Hill Mall for so many years. While we're waiting to hear for sure what stores they'll be closing, another company has announced they'll be closing some of their locations, will our Outback Steakhouse on Haines Road be on the chopping block too?

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Photo Permission: Animal Allies
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A Two Year Old Chestnut Labrador Is Animal Allies Pet Of The Week

Meet Brutus, a 2 year old chestnut Labrador. I haven't heard of the color chestnut for a dog before, but it sure is a stunning color, isn't it?  He is looking for a loving home and family that will give him lots of attention.

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