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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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Cloquet’s Little Store Too Is Top Seller Of St. Jude Children’s Reseach Hospital Pin-Ups

This past summer 19 Little Stores participated in selling pin-ups in the month of July for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The amount greatly surpassed last year's total and kudos goes out to all 19 stores!  However, we need to recognize the one store that sold the most, it's a truly amazing amount!

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Duluth Police Ask For Help In Two Separate Robbery Cases [SHARE]

What is happening in our Northland.  It seems that I am blogging about crime almost on a daily basis and this time the Duluth Police Department is seeking help finding TWO different suspects in TWO different robbery crimes this week alone!  Can you help with information or share on social media to spread the word, please?

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Parking Info and Traffic Advisory for Friday’s Christmas City of the North Parade

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most anticipated parade of the season.  The Christmas City of the North Parade!  Bundle up the family and continue a tradition that started in 1957.  Or course, you'll want to know the best roadways into the city and where to park.  The Duluth Police Department has provided useful information that will make your night most enjoyable.

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A Temporary Downtown Duluth Road Closure Starts November 25, Will It Affect Your Commute?

The demolition of the Duluth News Tribune warehouse at 408 West First Street will cause a temporary road closure in downtown Duluth that you should be aware of.  This closure will allow for the continued construction of the new maurices headquarters.

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Parking Info and Traffic Advisory for Friday’s Christmas City of the North Parade

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the most anticipated parade of the season.  The Christmas City of the North Parade!  Bundle up the family and continue a tradition that started in 1957.  Or course, you'll want to know the best roadways into the city and where to park.  The Duluth Police Department has provided useful information that will make your night most enjoyable.

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Holiday Shopping Scam Alert From The Duluth Police Department

With the holidays coming up fast more and more people are out looking for that perfect gift.  Of course, the most perfect gift would one that you either same money on or you get a little spiff for yourself.  But, as the Duluth Police Department warns, there are scams out there waiting to take you off guard.  BE WARE!

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Cathy Kates Invites You To Enjoy A Brighton Beach Sunrise [TIME LAPSE]

When Extreme Home Makeover was building a house in Superior and Ken and I were broadcasting our show from there, I watched Glen a photojournalist from WDIO do a time lapse of the build.  It was amazing to watch.  So, when they told me to use the Go-Pro camera with a creative idea, I knew instantly I wanted to do a time lapse and I wanted to share something that I see on a regular basis that you might not.

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UPDATE ROUND 2: Flashing Yellow Light Reactivated On Highway 33 With Explanation

The flashing yellow lights were installed in the Duluth area some time ago and I do admit that I feel a bit funny "going on yellow".  The process has now expanded to the Cloquet area and has some of the residents confused.  I posted this awhile back to inform motorists, then they pulled the flashing yellow light because it caused confusion and thus, accidents.   I'm updating the blog for the second time with news that they've now added signage and the flashing yellow light is back on.

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Turkey Supply Hits Lowest Level, Consider Dining At The Thanksgiving Day Buffet At The DECC

They say that turkey production is at its lowest level in nearly 30 years.  While there may be enough turkey in your grocer's freezer, you might be paying a little more per pound.  My family was so small we resorted to turkey rolls for a few years (sad, I know).  However, there is another option.  A FREE turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the DECC on Thanksgiving Day.  Everyone is invited!

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Avoid Holiday Stress & Disappointment; Pick The Right Gift And Ship Early

It's starting.  We were at the Mall of America this past weekend and it took us half an hour to find a parking spot.  We waited in line to eat, make a purchase, pee and even to use the escalator.  We weren't doing any holiday shopping yet, but those that were are smart.  As long as they get the gift in the mail within the next couple of weeks they are ensured it will arrive before Christmas.  I know, I know it feels too early, but you'll be glad you did.  So, tall boy up, get shopping and giddy up!

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Cathy Kates: “Most Favorite Concert EVER, Garth Brooks” [Makes Good On Personal Promise To Garth]

I have attended my share of concerts in my 18 years in the broadcast industry.  Garth Brooks will go down in MY history as my favorite.  I was in awe of this man that could connect with every single person in the 20,500 seat venue and make it feel like you and he were ole' friends hanging out.

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Testing of Virtual Classes May Make Snow Days A Thing Of The Past

When I was young we only had snow days because of snow.  Now it can because of excessive snow or extremely cold temperatures.  Apparently they thought we were tough and could brave the cold in the 70's and 80's.  While students think a snow day is cool, parents on the other hand are faced with finding child care on short notice.  Despite what parents have to deal with, one school in central Minnesota is saying snow days in their district will be a thing of the past, here's how.

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