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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
cathy and lucky with friends at Lake Superior Zoo
Anya Russom/LS Zoo Photographer
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Last Minute Holiday Gift: Lake Superior Zoo Membership, New Hours Announced

Looking for that last minute gift?  No worries, the Lake Superior Zoo has the gift of membership that the receiver can enjoy multiple times all year long!  You won't have to use gas, you won't have to take the time to go pick it up, you can shop in your jammies at home online.  How easy is that? 

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cootie bug game
Minnesota Historical Society
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Toys of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s Exhibit At The MN History Center Extends Hours For Final Days

Remember these cute little bugs?  The Cootie Bug game was one of my favorites as a child, along with Parcheesi, Yahtzee and Life! (not a fan of Monopoly due to my crappy math ability, although it did teach me to make change).   But, everybody had their favorites.  "Toys" is a national traveling exhibit of toys making stop at the MN History Center and has been breaking attendance records.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy, but time is running out!

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property crimes person of the week
Duluth Police Department
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Duluth Police Department’s Property Crimes Person Of The Week

If you know the whereabouts of the Property Crimes Person of the Week, 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. The Duluth Police Department has been sending out information on 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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snowmobiles
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Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Open; Enthusiasts Can Check Trail Conditions Here

I use to be so scared of our snowmobile.  I would play in the snow at age 4 while my dad and sister would ride the Scorpion around the yard, running up on the porch shaking my head NO when they would stop and ask me if I wanted to ride.  Then, I got the guts to sit on it one day and dad took off.  My first ride on a snowmobile was a surprise, but honestly, you couldn't get me off the dang thing after that.

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kylee and steven at ice caves
Kylee Kates
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UPDATE: Lake Superior Ice Caves Near Apostle Islands Will Charge A $5 Fee, Season Passes Available

Did you get to see the ice caves last year?  I  regret I couldn't find the time to travel to Bayfield and see the amazing Wisconsin Ice Caves.  As you can see, my daughter and her boyfriend made it and said they were breath taking.  There's a very good chance the ice caves will happen again this year and this time the public will be charged a small fee.

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Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
Cathy Kates
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Check Out The Lighthouse Center For Vision Loss Store For Gift Ideas

I pass by the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss, 4505 West Superior Street (also known as Duluth LIghthouse for the Blind) every time I head to our neighborhood grocery store.  When I was a Duluth Lion's Club Member I helped to raise funds for the organization and collected used glasses on a regular basis from St. Luke's.  While I was in a public restroom yesterday I saw a poster for the Lighthouse and their low vision store.  I had no idea they had one, THIS is fabulous!

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holiday gift wrapping
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Time Saver: Wrap A Gift In Ten Seconds [VIDEO]

Ken and I have always volunteered to wrap gifts at the Salvation Army gift wrap booth at the mall.  We volunteer, we didn't say we were good at it.  In fact, we pretty much have anxiety all day, wait for days before we're scheduled.  But, this video may just change the anxiety to anticipation!

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Cathy's parking pic
Cathy Kates
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Fresh Snowfall Always Brings Out The Worst In Northland Parking Habits

I HAD to blog this because I feel like I need to defend myself.  Honestly, a fresh snowfall certainly brings out the worst in our parking habits.  Proof is in the picture above.  We've all experienced it and wondered what people were thinking (or if they even were) when they parked!

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Stuart Miles
Stuart Miles
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Duluth Police Warn Of Fraudulent Gift Cards

I LOVE to get gift cards.  While some people say, the giver didn't put any thought into the gift, I disagree.  They thought, I don't want to get her something she isn't going to use, like or have to waste time to return, so I'll get a gift card and she can get EXACTLY what she wants.  That to me, is the "perfect" gift.  But, recently the Duluth Police Department has issued a warning about gift cards.

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Taste of Home Candy Cane Fudge
Taste of Home
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Put A Holiday Twist In Your Fudge With Taste Of Home’s Candy Cane Fudge

If you're an avid fudge maker and what to change it up for the holidays, Taste of Home has an easy recipe that will take care of those extra candy canes you didn't have room on the tree for :)  This also makes a fantastic holiday hostess gift!

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kylee and steven at ice caves
Kylee Kates
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Lake Superior Ice Caves Near Apostle Islands Could Happen Again This Year

Did you get to see the ice caves last year?  I  regret I couldn't find the time to travel to Bayfield and see the amazing Wisconsin Ice Caves.  As you can see, my daughter and her boyfriend made it and said they were breath taking.  The experts are saying there's a very good chance the ice caves will happen again this year and I'm NOT going to miss out again!

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Bentleyville
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Weekend Travel Adisory And Parking Information For Bentleyville

The weather has certainly cooperated for families to get out and enjoy Bentleyville early this year!  Last weekend we were driving Southbound on I-35 and saw a HUGE back-up on the Northbound lanes near Bentleyville.  I immediately asked my husband if there was a UMD hockey game, symphony performance or something that was causing the back-up.  It was Bentleyville and that has prompted the Duluth Police Department to issue a traffic advisory and information about additional parking.

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