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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 final year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. (he keeps me on my toes!) 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 18 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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Entice Spring to Hurry to Duluth’s Lakewalk and Rose Garden with the “Raising of the Roses”

It's hard to believe in just months, we'll strolling through the beautiful Rose Garden in the City of Duluth near Lake Superior, without a jacket on, because as I write this blog, we have a wintery mix expected for the next couple of days.  Of course, to reap the benefits of the garden's beauty, the hard work has to start now and you're help is needed.

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City Of Duluth’s Spring Spruce Up With Street Sweeping Beginning This Thursday

It may not feel like Spring, but that doesn't mean the City of Duluth isn't thinking about sprucing up a bit!  It will certainly give us spring fever, but consider yourself forewarned about the street cleaning schedule.

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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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Wrenshall Residents Make The Most Of A Sticky Situation [Video]

Kevin Koen has been making maple syrup for the past 30 years.  Ten of those years have been in my hometown of Wrenshall.  Amazingly, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Kevin and his friends spend hours upon hours boiling sap to perfection, making delicious hand-crafted maple syrup.

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William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
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City Of Duluth’s Spring Spruce Up With Street Sweeping Beginning This Thursday

It may not feel like Spring, but that doesn't mean the City of Duluth isn't thinking about sprucing up a bit!  It will certainly give us spring fever, but consider yourself forewarned about the street cleaning schedule.

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UMD Pharmacy Students Hold A Bone Marrow Drive On Campus Tomorrow

I have been a bone marrow donor for years with the "Be The Match" registry.  I almost made a match a few years back too, but there is a series of tests they do to make sure you are a perfect match and one of our tests didn't match.  I would love the opportunity to match someone and save a life!!!

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Flickr User: Jeff Kubina
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Empty Bowl 2015 Benefits the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Tuesday, April 14


I'm so excited for the annual Empty Bowl next Tuesday, April 14.  I will be there  to serve delicious soup to benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank!  It actually started months ago when adults and children in our community started putting time and talent into making the bowls.

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Leftover Easter Ham? Make Taste Of Home’s Broccoli Scalloped Potatoes

I couldn't believe how many people served ham this past Easter.  I saw them going home with people when myself and the Denfeld Cheer Team were bagging groceries at Cub as a fundraiser.  So, I figure there MUST be lots of leftover ham and I have an awesome recipe from Taste of Home to help use it up!

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Are You For Or Against A New Dog Park Proposed On Park Point Near Lake Superior

I AM A DOG LOVER!  I am all for this!  The City of Duluth already has two dog parks, one at Observation Hill and another at Keene's Creek.  Now, another is being proposed, but will there be room for it?

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Duluth Police Department Ask For Your Help Locating Vehicle Theft Suspect Again

This man may look somewhat familiar to you.  It's because he was a Property Crimes Wanted Person of the Week a few months ago.  If you know the whereabouts of this person, please tell the Duluth Police Department. It’s a good feeling to know that information you’ve shared with the police may have helped apprehend a suspect.  Do you know this man?

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Hear What 55 MPH Winds Sound Like At Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge [VIDEO]

To say it was windy today would be an understatement.  35mph winds were forecast, but one area actually clocked 70mph!  A reliable source told me that one of the ships that arrived around 2pm today, the Philip R. Clarke was having trouble docking due to the winds.

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Duluth Parks & Rec Spring Break Schedule of FREE Activities

Spring break week in Duluth is April 6-10.  While kids are looking forward to a break from school, parents are wondering what they're going to do to occupy their free time that will keep them from being a permanent fixture in front of the TV or video games.  The Duluth Parks and Rec Department is helping with  Spring Break Week  Activities at the Heritage Sports Center.

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