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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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Portions of 24th Ave West in Lincoln Park Close Starting Today For Pavement Repair

I knew it would only be a matter of time before construction hit my side of town.  I've been warning you of bridge closures and detours and up until now, it hasn't affected me in my daily driving.  But, for those of us in the Lincoln Park District, the time has come.  Here's what you need to know to make sure you pick an alternative route to get you to your destination on time.

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Why Is Cathy Kates Going Over The Edge For The Greater Downtown Council

Downtown Duluth holds such wonderful childhood memories for me.  My uncle Russell was a VP at North Shore Bank in the early 70's and I would visit him at his big desk.  From there we would walk to Oreck's, Glass Block and I absolutely loved going to Woolworth's.  That was an era before there was an Interstate 35, so traveling to downtown Duluth was just as fun as shopping.

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Heads Up! Road Repair To Lake Avenue Starts Monday, June 23

Tis' the season of road construction.  Of course, we will all appreciate the upgrades when they are done, until then it can cause frustration.  But, if you know what to expect you can choose an alternative route and avoid the area they're working in.  The City of Duluth has given us heads up on some construction starting this Monday.

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State Of Wisconsin Urges Caution During Storm And Flood Cleanup

Memories of flooding in the Northland back in June of 2012 were recently revisited as the rain has again caused waters to rise.  From International Falls, MN where they are continuing sandbagging attempts, to the State of WI.  We are always reminding you to use caution when driving in flooded areas, but the State of WI Department of Health Services has thought one step further and urges caution while you are participating in flood clean-up.

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Get Your Grandma’s Marathon Get Up and Go With Taste Of Home

If you're running any one of Grandma's Marathon races and need a little "get up and go" or if you're looking to eat healthy, then try this yummy granola recipe from Taste of Home.  It's easy, tasty and will give you additional energy, whether you're running or dancing under Grandma's big top tent!

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Whipper Snapper Races Will Kick Off Grandma’s Marathon 2014

Make it a family affair and get the kids signed up for the FREE Whipper Snapper Races this Friday afternoon!  There will be plenty of time to get to the William A. Irvin 5K afterwards and your children will have a sense of participating and accomplishment.  Here's everything you need to know to make your day perfect!

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Traffic Advisory For Grandma’s Full And Half Marathon

Thousands of runners and spectators are expected descend upon the City of Duluth and surrounding areas  this weekend.  Being on time for the events, whether it be racing, meeting the family for the spaghetti dinner or gathering to enjoy the entertainment under the Big Top Tent, getting there and finding parking will need to be factored into your travel.  Here is VERY helpful information to get you to your destination.

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Traffic Advisory for the William A. Irvin 5K Friday, June 20, 2014

The William A. Irvin 5K is the kick-off to the three Grandma's Marathon foot races.  It is an exciting time for runners and spectators, you can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air.  You can also count on clogged traffic intersections, road closures and minimal parking near the event.  The Duluth Police Department has given us great information that should help to elevate stress Friday evening.

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Own A Piece of Duluth History For All To Enjoy

The City of Duluth was just voted #1 in the Country for best Town in America to live in.  It's possible for you to OWN a piece of Northland history for residents and visitors to enjoy.  It's a conversation piece while enhancing the look of the Enger Tower property.  It's a guarantee that many people will enjoy using it.   Read on, I'll tell you how you can purchase a historic park bench.

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Traffic Advisory: Live Fire Training Exercises May Affect Your Travel

Our public services are in continual training mode to keep up to date on the latest knowledge to keep us safe.  Many times you'll see them training in the community because it provides them with real life training situations.  One such training will be starting today and continue through the end of the month.  It will affect travel near the Miller Hill Mall.

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A 21 Year Old Male Is STILL Wanted By The Duluth Police Department For Burglary, Do You Know This Man?

It has been very beneficial to share the Property Crimes Wanted Person of the Week's picture and information on social media and has lead to several arrests.  However, in this instance, this man has been "wanted" since May and has not been located.  Once again, the Duluth Police Department is asking for your help in locating him.  Can you help by sharing on social media?

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Taylor Swift Pens Song About Stephen From Love and Theft [Breakfast Club Interview Audio]

I had the honor of interviewing Love and Theft, the band that will headline Friday night under the big top tent at Grandma's Marathon.  I talked with Stephen, which is EXACTLY who I wanted to dish the dirt on the song that Taylor Swift wrote about him.  Listen to see if it was another one of Taylor's famous "love me and leave me songs".

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