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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!
Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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My Secret Running Energy While Training For Grandma’s Half Marathon

My husband and I have been training to run Grandma's Half Marathon.  The weather hasn't cooperated and I'm not a treadmill kinda girl.  I haven't really been "in to it".  You have to be in the healthy mindset, so I"m grateful for the Northland Community Wellness Day and Essentia Health.  I'm sure it's all in my mind, but these Energy Bites have been a healthy God send.  They're easy to make, keep well and super yummy!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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How Is Bragg Liquid Aminos Good For You? [Recipe]

I've seen the bottles of Bragg's Liquid Aminos on the tables at Duluth Grill and we have a friend who is vegan and uses it, but until I tried a recipe that called for it, I didn't touch it.  Ken Hayes has been searching for it (don't ask) and much to his shock I told him I had a bottle.  It will now be his bottle, but not before I explain what it is and give you my yummy recipe.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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People Miss Out On Making Great Memories With Retail Stores Closing And Malls Seeing Less People

The latest information is that the retail industry is suffering for a couple of reasons.  One of course is the option to shop on line and have it delivered to your home.  The other is that popular retail stores are feeling the crunch of on line shopping and closing their retail spaces.  Sad.  I have such great memories of going to the mall, from a child to pushing my child in a stroller.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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PIGS Motorcycle Group Does Great Things In The Community, Receives Plaque Recognition

The PIGS Motorcycle Group does great things in our community for the Veterans and children.  They are gearing up for their fundraising efforts for 2017 and I had the honor of attending one of their meetings and presenting a recognition plaque for their donation to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Amanda Demme Portrait Shoot
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Consider Donating To The Salvation Army When Spring Cleaning Your Home

Call me crazy (it wouldn't be the first time), but I'm looking forward to another week of wintery mix before we get some warm spring weather in the Northland.  It will give me a little more time to do some much needed spring cleaning.  If you are planning to do the same, consider donating your clothes and other household items to the Salvation Army.

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Larry W. Smith/Getty Images
Larry W. Smith/Getty Images
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Early Morning Gun Shots In My Duluth Neighborhood, What Is Happening In Our City?

It's something that you hear happening in other parts of our country.  It's unnerving and you're glad that you don't live in that state.  Then, you hear a news story that there are gun shots in your city, that's a bit more shocking and you're glad it's not in your neighborhood.  This time, it WAS in my neighborhood and myself and my neighbors are concerned and left wondering why it happened.

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Funeral Held For Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Victim Jonathan Blunk
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Senseless Vandalism At The Ely Area Veterans Memorial Angers Me

You've heard this rant from me before and I'll say it again, "I just don't get it!"  What does one get out of damaging property that doesn't belong to them?    For instance, when the Two Harbors honking tree was cut down and when that young man caused extensive damage to the DTA hub in downtown Duluth just before it opened. Why, why, why?

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Get Your Wisconsin Vehicle Tabs With A Vending Machine? [VIDEO]

Being from Minnesota and having stood in lines at the DMV, I couldn't believe my eyes.  While visiting my sister who lives in the state of Wisconsin I ran across the Wisconsin E-Z Tab machine at a grocery store.  Wait, what....a vending machine that gives you your license tabs?  Wow, that makes life easier doesn't it?  Now you can put it on your grocery list:  milk, eggs, sugar and tabs for your vehicle.

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NAMM California Music Advocacy Fly-In
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Students Studying Fine Arts Are Encouraged To Apply For A Bluebird Foundation Grant

As a parent, I was constantly looking for additional scholarships and grants for my daughter to apply for to help with the cost of college.  Here's one that you should pass on to a student that is pursuing a career in the area of the Fine Arts.  It's through the Bluebird Foundation and the deadline to apply is April 28.

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Heidi Ash, Chocolatier
Heidi Ash, Chocolatier
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Local Chocolatier At 185 Chocolat Handcrafts Chocolates With Love From The Heart [VIDEO]

Chocolates are fascinating.  They're used for emotional assistance (you know what I mean!), in celebration of many events, weddings and holidays or given as a universal gift of thanks. 185 Chocolat is a local company that uses 100% French Chocolate and locally sourced organic ingredients.  But, what does 185 in the company name mean?

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Upper Lakes Foods
Upper Lakes Foods
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What Happens Behind The Gates Of Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet? [VIDEO]

Upper Lakes Foods in Cloquet is celebrating their 50th anniversary of business and after meeting with the family and getting a tour of the facility I wondered how many people know the thought that actually goes into what they do to ensure the utmost freshest and timely delivery of food. It’s interesting to find out the timelines they have when food arrives and is stored to when it is placed on the truck for delivery. Pallets as high as the eye can see filled with product; freezers, refrigerators as big as whole rooms and bags of carrots and fresh produce that are incredibly huge.

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