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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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Authorities Warn of Summer Blacktop Scams in the Northland

I guess it's that time of year.  I tell you of the IRS scams in February and May, now that we're on the cusp of summer I need to share info about blacktop scams.  Honestly, you really can never let your guard down, you never know where the next scam will hit you!

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Animal Allies
Animal Allies
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Adopt Any Cat One Year and Older For $10 in June at Animal Allies

This little guy has quite a story, thus the name John Wayne.  He recently came to Animal Allies with a slug from a pellet gun in his head.  But, medical staff removed the slug and got him ready for his forever home.  By the time I was going to blog about him, he was adopted.  YAY for John Wayne!!!  Instead I'll tell you about the deal at Animal Allies that will save you cash and give a loving cat a forever home. 

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TSM Duluth
TSM Duluth
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Cathy Shows No Fear, Ken Freaks with Rosie a Lake Superior Zoo’s Tarantula [VIDEO]

When I first got the call that the Lake Superior Zoo wanted to come for a visit with a tarantula, I didn't think it would be that big of a deal.  Boy, was I wrong!  Ken was freaking out to the point of literally making audible sounds that I've never heard come out of his mouth before.  That made me even more brave to have Rosie crawl on my arm...well, sorta brave.

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Need A Job? Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Is Hiring an Agency Relations Coordinator

I can't count how many times I've had friends and acquaintances tell me that they are in need of a job and to keep my eyes and ears open for them.  When I got the email about this job I thought I would share, it might be right up your alley.  Before you think it isn't for you, read on!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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My New Favorite Summer Sipper, Toasted Carmel Whiskey [Recipe & Video]

Believe it or not (HA!) Ken Hayes introduced me to my new favorite summer sipper quite by accident.  We were out on a Saturday night at the Belknap Lounge and he had bought this as a shot for my husband.  They were busy playing pool so I started sipping on it and by the time they were done, it was gone.  It's Black Velvet Toasted Carmel and tastes like a Werther's Original, buttery and smooth, I just sip it on the rocks.  But, my friend Kevin has come up with an excellent mix for a recipe you've got to try, especially if you like Crown Royal!

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Duluth Police Department
Duluth Police Department
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Duluth Police Department Asks for Help Locating a Female Property Crimes Person of the Week for a Second Time

This woman looked familiar, so I went back in our records.  Yup, the Duluth Police Department is looking for a female Property Crimes Person of the Week for a second time, do you have any information to share?  It’s a good feeling to know that you may have helped the police apprehend a suspect. For some time now, the Duluth Police Department has been sharing information about the “Property Crimes Person of the Week”, we share it with you and have found that it has helped locate the individual and in many cases has lead to an arrest. Can you help this week?

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Have Your Kids Entered the Superior Farmer’s Market Coloring Contest, Deadline is June 10

The Superior Downtown Farmer's Market is back in busy and is held every Wednesday at Center City Park (corner of Tower and Belknap) in Superior from 11a-2p.  Even in the early days of the farmer's market you'll find fresh produce, plants, maple syrup, eggs and more.  Of course, lunch is always available too.  The kids can get in on winning two ways with the farmer's market coloring contest.

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Mario Tama / Getty Images
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Bring Smiles to the Office Today It’s National Doughnut Day [VIDEO]

Whether you like glazed, Boston cream, jelly-filled or powdered, today is a great day to be an American and make friends at the office.  It's National Doughnut Day.  I truly thought Ken would bring me a doughnut to celebrate, but like Yukon Cornelius of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I got nothing!

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City Of Duluth Park And Rec And Denfeld Junior Football League Offers Free Football Clinics For Kids

For years the City Of Duluth Parks and Recreation has offered a Flag Football League.  It's a non-contact sport that has continued to grow in popularity with both genders. Now the City is partnering with the Denfeld Junior Football League for a couple of very useful free football clinics and a football camp. 

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Last Week I Experienced the Best Customer Service, This Week The Absolute Worst!

Last week I wrote a blog about a company that surprised me with incredible customer service.  That kind of service is few and far between and maybe that's why it inspired me to write a blog, because it's so rare.  This week, the worst customer service EVER!  I feel like they boldly make it nearly impossible to accomplish anything on their website or on the phone so you'll just give up and go away.  But, I didn't!

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Animal Allies
Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Pet of the Week is Izzy the Border Collie/Shepard Mix

This spunky girl is Isolde or lovingly called Izzy and is a  Border Collie/Shepard mix currently living at Animal Allies and hoping to find her forever home filled with love.  If you're looking for a medium sized dog to play tug-o-war or throw the ball to fetch, Izzy would love to share your home and life with you!

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