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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!
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Traffic Advisory For Saturday’s Swain Cross Country Meet [Race Schedule]

When I was first dating my husband and October was around the corner, he and his friends became increasingly excited for something they called "The Swain".  I had no idea what it was, but was asked to volunteer for it.  It is a monstrosity of a High School Cross Country Meet held on Enger Golf Course with close to 2500 runners participating.  It's still going strong and it's this Saturday, October 1 and that prompts a traffic advisory.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Does Anyone Still Have Foosball, Pool Tables Or Air Hockey In Their Homes Anymore

Luckily my friends had rec rooms, rumpus rooms and basements filled with fun games, because all I had was a phonograph.  That was it, a phonograph.  Through my friends I learned how to play pool, air hockey and foosball.  We recently acquired a foosball table through a Family Pathways Thrift Store in St. Croix Falls, WI and childhood memories came flooding back.

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Animal Allies
Animal Allies
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Animal Allies Can Help With Rodent Control, Consider A Barn Cat

In the words of Daryl at Animal Allies, "they need a place to stay, you need varmint control, let's get together."  September is Cat Month at Animal Allies and this week we are highlighting all the barn cats that can live with you and actually work to earn their board and keep.  

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Zach Dudek
Zach Dudek
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Your Help Is Needed Finding Elvis The Dog, In The Superior Area

This morning while on Facebook I received a share from Katrina and the Missing Pets In The Northland page.  It was about a lost dog named Elvis that his owner had posted.  Have you seen Elvis?  Our hope is that you have him and we can now unite him and his owner, Zach.

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Christof Koepsel/Getty Images
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Remember When You Had To Share A Bathroom Cup? Ewwwww

Years ago it was not uncommon to see a toothbrush holder in the bathroom with the family's toothbrush standing at attention around one cup that everyone would use when they wanted a drink of water or to rinse their mouth when brushing their teeth.  Plain and simple, that. is. gross.  Did your family do that, do they still?

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Sewer Cleaning Project Will Close 1st Avenue East For The Week Of September 26-29

The City of Duluth will be working on a sewer cleaning project that is a prelude to a sewer lining project next month.  That means that for the week of September 26-29, a portion of 1st Avenue East in downtown Duluth will be closed. Here are the full details so you can plan ahead accordingly.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Duluth’s Bentleyville Tour Of Lights Currently Looking For Volunteers, Promises To Be Bigger This Year

Talented volunteers gathered this past Saturday to start turning Bayfront Festival Park into the much anticipated Bentleyville Tour of Lights, America's largest free walk through lighting display.  It will take several weeks of volunteer hours to put the enchanted wonderment together for thousands to enjoy.

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Canal Park Goes Green With Electric Vehicle Charging Station

For those that are driving a car that is powered by electricity in Duluth you probably already know there are vehicle electric charging stations at the Holiday Center Parking Ramp.  Soon there will be additional charging stations for you to utilize.

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Golden Gate Bridge High Above the Fog
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4 Northland Beverages That Parallel The Martini Made With San Francisco Fog

The new crazy trend is a $43 martini made with what they call genuine San Francisco fog.  I expected it to be just a bottle of air, but what really happens is that the vodka is harvested water from the fog in San Francisco.  That got me thinking of all the opportunities we have right here in our own backyard.

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