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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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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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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 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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Port Town Trolley Returns To The Streets Of Duluth This Sunday

THIS is exciting and yet another sign that summer is upon us (although you can't tell by how cold and windy it was last night)!  Soon we'll see the Iconic red Port Town Trolley lumbering through Duluth.  It's definitely a tourist favorite, but for locals it's a great way to get around Duluth in style!

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A Businesses’ Customer Service Shocked Me Not Once, But Twice

I'm the kind of person that says thank you to the check out person and it peeves me when I say thank you and they don't.  It should be them thanking me for choosing their store to make my purchase, right?  We recently stumbled across a pet store in Coon Rapids that I had never heard of before, Chuck & Don's.  We were looking specifically for calming treats for our Schnauzer and thought we'd give the store a shot.  We were pleasantly surprised, not once, but twice.

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Cathy Kates
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Quiet Moments Calming Dog Treat Review and Important Lesson Learned

My friend Sandy in FL told me about these Quiet Moments calming treats and swore they worked.  I had looked at the local department stores we frequent and couldn't find it.  I figured I'd have to go to a local pet specialty store, but before we did we were camping and ran across a pet store that had them.  My experience is a review that will lend as a warning.

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My Rummage Sale Purchase Could Have Killed Me

 

Recently I was rummage sale(ing) in Anoka and bought the huge dish pictured above. My plan was to use it to serve my Filipino noodle dish called Pancit, it would have been perfect. WOULD have been in the key word. It wasn’t until I got home and flipped it over to put it in the dishwasher that I was horrified to find out I shouldn’t, I couldn’t use it for what I intended.

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Ultimate Frisbee Offered at Duluth Heritage Sports Center for Area Youth Cancelled for May 29

David Drew had blogged about the fun and unique sport of Ultimate Frisbee and the fact that the City of Duluth Parks and Rec was running a program for your kids to get involved.  It's a great way for your kids to get exercise while learning a new sport at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.  However, there is one date that's cancelled.

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My Most Stupid Rummage Sale Purchase to Date [VIDEO]

We camped this past weekend in Anoka and while on a long bike ride decided to stop at a few rummage sales (because it was a nice part of town)!  I quite possibly made the most stupid purchase of a unique item that I was thrilled to get for a buck.  Have you ever seen one of these?

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Aerial Lift Bridge In Duluth Transitions to Summer Schedule on Friday

Vehicle and foot traffic on Park Point picks up in the summer and so does the the shipping industry.  It is a sure sign that warmer weather and sunny days are ahead when the Aerial Lift Bridge starts their summer schedule.  What does that mean to you?  Maybe a little time spent in your car being "bridged". 

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Cathy Kates
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Animal Allies Pet of the Week is Lily the Senior Beagle

This is Lilly the purebred Beagle currently living at Animal Allies and hoping to find her forever home filled with love.  If you're looking for a smaller dog to share your home and life with Lily is your girl, she only weighs about 35 pounds!

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