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Solon Springs Firefighters Climb At Lambeau Field To Support National Fallen Firefighters Foundation [VIDEO]

Jonathan Brostowitz and his family have listened to B105 since I started in 1996.  That's how I met him when he was a young boy with big dreams.  He has always been kind and compassionate and he took those qualities into his career of firefighting and now to support the fallen firefighters of our National 9/11 tragedy.  An additional Solon Spring Firefighter and local resident will be climbing at Lambeau Field with Jonathan in a very moving, symbolic event in full gear.  Here's why.

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Nick Cooper TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper TSM Duluth
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Best ‘Growing Up In Minnesota’ Tweets

If you grew up in Minnesota, you probably can relate to these tweets.  There were a lot to choose from, but these are ones that made me actually laugh out loud.

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A Reminder Warning to Spring Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Cleanup Crews

A few years ago, the Carlton County Transportation Department made us aware of a potential danger to our Adopt-A-Highway volunteers or and others that walk a long the roadway with our families or pets. Usually, the biggest safety concern is being hit by a passing vehicle, or if you are doing a highway clean-up project, being cut or poked by a piece of glass or metal.  But, this concern is much more dangerous and could leave you disfigured.

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Flooding in Carlton County Causes 9-1-1 Phone Issues

Flooding from our recent Spring snrain (snow+rain) storm has caused phone issues in Carlton County.  They have determined the issue is a break in a fiber optic line.  Repairable?  Yes, however, at this time the area that needs to be repaired is underwater and that's compounding the problem.  Crews are working on the situation.

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Cathy Kates
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Ken & Cathy Talk About Laskiainen, and Cathy Tries To Pronounce It [VIDEO]

My family and I are traveling up North to the Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo.  It's a Finnish tradition of celebrating the coming of spring and preparing for the upcoming season.  There's arts, crafts, music, food, and most importantly a sliding hill.  Cathy's had some problems in the past pronouncing these Northern Minnesotan festivals, (who can blame her) so I wanted to see how she would do with this one.

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Photo by IOC via Getty Images
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Birkebeiner Ski Races Offer Volunteer Opportunities

Tired of being stuck in-doors?  Want to get a free Birkie hat? The American Birkebeiner and BirkieTour are coming up soon and have volunteer opportunities available in several areas. You'll get out in the fresh air, earn a free hat and get an invite to an appreciation dinner in February.

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Hibbing Community Only Has 10% Of Bell Ringing Positions Filled, Can You Help

You may have noticed that the Salvation Army Red Kettles are out in the Twin Ports.  I always try to make sure I have dollar bills in my pocket so whenever I pass a red kettle I can drop on or two in, I know the bell ringer is appreciative.  Obviously they are giving of their time and energy in hopes they have a full red kettle at the end of their volunteer shift.  In Hibbing, the red kettle stand is empty and the call is out for the desperate need for volunteers.

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City Of Duluth Celebrates Centenarians With A Huge Party And Senior Safety Tips

The City of Duluth is very good to it's Senior Citizens. From website information regarding Senior Citizen Safety to providing an Senior Citizen liaison to help with job placement and delivered meals.  Now, they're looking to honor  Senior Citizens locally and in the surrounding area, who are reaching or have  reached the young-at-heart age of 100 and beyond!  Do you know someone?

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Bob Dylan Mural Painted In Minneapolis
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Bob Dylan Tribute Mural Revitalizes Downtown Minneapolis [VIDEO]

There are many Bob Dylan fans in the Northland.  He's played in Duluth a couple of times, the most recent a foggy July day at Bayfront Festival Park.  At his concert here in 1999, he made reference to being born over the hill in Duluth and hoped it was still there sending the crowd into a frenzy.  His fame is world-wide and proof is in the huge mural in downtown Minneapolis.

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Here’s What Iron Range Solidarity Looks Like [PHOTOS]

Yesterday in Virginia, MN miners, their families, retirees, community leaders, and other unions marched together in the Solidarity in Steel Rally and March.  Roughly 2,000 people participated in their "Fair Contract Now" fight.

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Iron Range Loses Iconic Tourist Destination Mineview in the Sky [VIDEO]

The mining industry on the Iron Range has certainly been in the news lately.  Some good news, like laid off workers being asked back, some not so good news with closures that include an iconic tourist destination, Mineview in the Sky

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Twin Cities Woman Uses Social Media To Help Her Audition for “Biggest Loser” [VIDEO]

Megan has been trying to lose weight for 20 years.  She says she's tried everything from low carb to gluten free diets.  Now she's set a goal to make it on the show "Biggest Loser," and social media is helping.

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