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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!
Photo Permission:  Aerial Lift Bridge
Photo Permission: Aerial Lift Bridge
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Tregurtha’s Arrival Ends The Duluth Superior Shipping Season

Even though we are experiencing above average temps there is still ice on Lake Superior and the ships coming through under the Aerial are a bit frosty.  This picture is of the final ship to sail under the Aerial Lift Bridge this shipping season.  The Lee A. Tregurtha will call the Duluth Port home until shipping resumes in March.

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A New Living Rainforest Experience Is Launched At London Zoo
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Celebrate Georgie The Sloth’s Birthday At The Lake Superior Zoo

I'd call Georgie cute (cuz I'm a mammal lover) until I see her nails.  She's in some serious need of a mani/pedi!  Especially because she has to look her best for her birthday party that you are invited to attend!

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Wisconsin Residents Are Eligible To Settlement Money Involving Dairy Prices

I did not fully understand how this would work since I don't keep my grocery receipts.  How do you prove that you purchased milk and/or dairy products while a resident of Wisconsin from the year 2003 until now?  Sounds goofy doesn't it, but worth the few minutes it takes to give your information since you may be entitled to some cash.  Oh, and they don't ask for receipts.

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Avoid Identity Theft, Remove Your Personal Info From This Website

I am always telling you about scams, risks and warnings from local authorities and national companies like the IRS.  Today, I learned of a website that shocked me.  This website allows a person to search, obtain and share your personal information for free.  That just leaves the door wide open and so much easier for your identity to be stolen.

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The Trussell Trust Food Bank In Liverpool Distributes Christmas Hampers
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Can You Give Some Time? Second Harvest Looks To Increase Volunteer Support This Year [VIDEO]

The last time I was at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank it was to interview the Executive Director Shaye Moris, about the Back Pack Program.  I was amazed at two things.   One was the number of area students that rely the backpack program and the other was the incredible dedication of the volunteers that were packing them.  That day it was a group representing Essentia Health.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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UMD Bulldog Banter With Jade Miller and Hunter Shepard [VIDEO]

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach, Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  We decided it would be cool to put each team member in that spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview.  We wanted to learn more about their life off the ice.  I had a little help from the team with Hunter, watch the video and see how he handles it.   This is the fifth video in a series that just keeps getting more and more personal.

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Minnesota Deer Hunters Input Needed To Help Set Goals And Values

While I don't hunt, I was born into a family that hunts, was once married to a huge family that hunts and work with a co-host that looks forward to time off to hunt every year.  There was once a time when the rules came out in a small booklet and that was that, but not anymore, the Minnesota DNR is looking to talk with hunters about deer management.

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Nick Cooper  - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Get Text Alerts From Your Favorite UMD Athletic Teams

Whether you're into tailgated in the Griggs Field parking lot before a UMD football game, sat in Romano gym watching a volleyball or basketball game or ate ice cream between 2nd and 3rd period at a UMD Men or Women's hockey game at the Amsoil, you are a considered a UMD Bulldog fan.

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Gas Prices Rise On Record High Oil Costs
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Local Gas Station Goes Retro, Brings Back Memories Of Full Service

A local gas station company, ICO on London Road, announced that they will be offering full service fueling at their pumps week days from noon to 3p.  They use to be called gas jockeys or full service attendants.  When I was a child there was more gas stations with full service than self-serv.  They would pump your gas, wash your windshield, sometimes your headlights and check your oil. My mom always went to Harold's in Carlton because they came out and pumped gas for you.

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City of Duluth Offers Indoor and Outdoor Skate Opportunities For Your Family

Recently the skating rink at Bayfront Festival Park closed for a few days due to the subzero weather conditions.  Hopefully the thermometer will cooperate and the rink can remain open.  Keep in mind the rink would close if wind chills reach -20 degrees Fahrenheit or if warm weather creates melted puddles on the ice.

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