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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!
Gas Prices Rise On Record High Oil Costs
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Local Gas Station Goes Retro, Brings Back Memories Of Full Service

A local gas station company, ICO on London Road, announced that they will be offering full service fueling at their pumps week days from noon to 3p.  They use to be called gas jockeys or full service attendants.  When I was a child there was more gas stations with full service than self-serv.  They would pump your gas, wash your windshield, sometimes your headlights and check your oil. My mom always went to Harold's in Carlton because they came out and pumped gas for you.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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We’ve Turned To Natural Healing With An Infrared Sauna

Back in the 70's & 80's it was cool to own a hot tub, remember?  As you get older and your body gives it up to gravity the idea of having a hot tub isn't that great anymore. (What?  I have to put on swimming suit and be in front of people???)   That's why we started researching infrared saunas and the benefits made sense.

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Rob Carr/Getty Images
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How Cold Does It Have To Be Before Our Children Are Excused From Walking To School?

There use to be a day when a -35 and -40 below wind chill was considered dangerous and our schools closed for the safety of our students.  What has changed that they now go to school in these extremely cold temperatures?  I have scoured a couple local school's websites and can't find the magic number posted anywhere.

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Blood Supply Shortages Reported Throughout U.S.
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American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call For Blood And Platelets

Our local food shelves aren't the only thing that takes a toll during the holidays.  This busy time of year also affects are donated blood supply.  There are lots of legitimate reasons for the blood shortage.  People are busier this time of year and there's a better chance that they may have a cold or the flu.  But, the need exists, can you give an hour of your time and the gift of life?  One donation could save up to three lives.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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UMD Bulldog Banter: A Candid Conversation With Our Men’s Hockey Athletes

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach, Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  We decided it would be cool to put each team member in that spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview.  We wanted to learn more about their life off the ice.  What's the wildest thing you've done to catch a girl's eye and who on the team keeps his clothes in the washing machine much to the dismay of his roommates?  This is the fourth video in a series that just keeps getting more and more personal.

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International Green Week Agricultural Trade Fair
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Wisconsin Department of Health Warns Against Eating Cannibal or Tiger Meat Sandwiches, WHAT? [VIDEO]

It's not what you think.  It's neither human or tiger flesh that makes up these sandwiches, it's raw hamburger or horse meat.  Yes, horse meat and apparently is popular in the state of Wisconsin.  I've never seen it on a menu, but I have heard of steak tartare.  Wisconsin's Health Agency brought this to our attention with a warning against eating raw or under cooked meats.

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Josh Koop ~ TSM DULUTH
Josh Koop ~ TSM DULUTH
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UMD Bulldog Banter: A Candid Conversation With Our Men’s Hockey Athletes

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach, Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  We decided it would be cool to put each team member in that spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview.  We wanted to learn more about their life off the ice, like girlfriend's nicknames.  This is the third video in a series of many that surprised the athletes.

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Josh Koop ~ TSM  Duluth
Josh Koop ~ TSM Duluth
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UMD Bulldog Banter: A Candid Conversation With Our Men’s Hockey Athletes

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach, Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  We decided it would be cool to put each team member in that spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview.  We wanted to learn more about their life off the ice.  This is the first in a series of many that surprised the athletes.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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Lutheran Social Services 4th Annual Diaper Drive Is A Little Behind, Donate Now

Unless you've experienced being out of diapers, you don't understand how crucial they really are.  There's lots of different reasons why families may not have diapers, but it's proven to be a growing stress in the Northland.  That's why the Lutheran Social Services is asking for diaper donations to reach their goal of 25,000 in the month of December.

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Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
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U.S. Post Office Apps Give Peace Of Mind And Delivers Holiday Smiles

My sister's birthday is December 19, which is a bummer for me because the gifts I send are in the mix with the holiday packages and take longer than usual to get to her.  More than 16 billion cards, letters, flats and packages are expected to be delivered for the 2016 holiday season. But, they are keeping up on it and even offering delivery notifications and a sweet new way to SEE that your package has been delivered.

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