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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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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Learn How To Recycle And Reuse Your Christmas Cards At The Duluth Public Library

Go green with more than your tree this year!  Have you ever felt guilty to read a Christmas Card and toss it to the side?  Think about it, someone thought you special enough to buy, write, address and spend money on a stamp to wish you a happy holiday.  Feel guilty no longer, instead upcycle or reuse your Christmas cards.  Learn how with the Duluth Public Library.

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John Borash
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A Different Kind Of Christmas Cookie Exchange Allows Time Together [LIST OF RECIPES]

Have you ever participated in a cookie exchange?  You know the kind where you bake umpteen cookies at home, by yourself and bring them to exchange with others that have done the same thing?  My former mother-in-law made our cookie exchange much more fun with time spent together making memories and we went home with 7 dozen different cookies in just under 3 hours.  Here's how and the recipes of the cookies we made.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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City Of Duluth Announces Online Renewal For 2017 Pet Licenses

Wow, the City of Duluth is on top of it this year.  While on their website I noticed that you can already go online and get your pet licensed for 2017.  I've lived in the country most of my life, so moving to Duluth was a culture shock where pets are concerned.  My dog is now on a leash in the yard for safety concerns, his and that of people passing by.  Before you get busier with holiday festivities, get your 2017 Pet License renewed and cross it off your list.

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Berlin Citizens Shop For Christmas Trees
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31 Years Of Christmas Trees And Memories At The Chub Lake Tree Farm

This was one of my favorite blogs to write all year because I got the honor of visiting with Jim and Bev Whorton, owners of the Chub Lake Tree Farm in Carlton.  The business is dear to me because it holds precious memories of when my mother and I would go there to get our Christmas trees.  This is their 31st year in business and are once again involved with Trees for Troops.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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A Plea For Pet Owners To Clean Up After Their Dogs On The Lakewalk [VIDEO]

Please excuse my rant, but we are very lucky in the Northland to have several dog parks, nature trails and the Lakewalk to exercise our pets.  It amazes me that so many pet owners either don't take pride in our scenic beauty or care about keeping it nice for others.  This past weekend I found this, which is impressive for the dog's aim, but not impressive that it was left there by the owner for me to clean up.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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5 Northland Annual Holiday Must See Traditions To Experience

The Northland is bursting with holiday spirit and so much to see for every person in the family.  Sights, sounds, taste, arts and motion come together in an array of holiday favorites that will become must see traditions for the whole family...

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Update: Kudos To City Of Duluth For Clean Up After First Storm Of The Season [VIDEO]

This amazing photo explains why the the beach and Lakewalk in Canal Park were covered in rock, snow, ice and debris.  Locals will recognize this as the lighthouse on the pier by the Aerial Lift Bridge.  My friend and photographer, Marcie Crain took the photo at the height of the first storm of the season showing an angry Lake Superior.  In my first video it showed the Lakewalk buried under rocks and debris and wondered how long the clean-up would take.  The City of Duluth surprised me as you'll see the difference in my new video.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Doctored Mashed Potatoes That Will Wow You

My mother always made real potatoes, that's what my father wanted, that's what he got.  I never tasted instant potatoes or potato buds until recently.  Wow!  They're fast, but I can't help feeling like I'm cheating the family out of real potatoes.  Then, I tried this recipe suggestion and I call it a "flavored" side dish now and it's super easy.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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5 Brain Games To Keep Kids Entertained On Road Trips

I love road trips, but my daughter is almost 23 and that makes for a much more relaxed drive.  For those of you with young children it can be stressful, but there are ways to keep them engaged that doesn't involve a movie, computer or electronic game.  In fact, some of these games can enhance their math and reading skills.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Seriously, Not My Idea Of Getting Out Of Cooking A Thanksgiving Meal

If you want to get out of making Thanksgiving dinner, this works, but that wasn't my intent.  I was shocked when I head the crash and walked into the kitchen and everyone I talked to has said they didn't know a stove top could break like this.  Living proof, it can.  Here's my word of warning so it doesn't happen to you.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Easy Holiday Tree Decorations In Minutes [VIDEO]

My daughter saw these cute little holiday tree ornaments on Facebook and asked if we could do crafts this past weekend.  I expected to dedicate my entire Sunday to crafting but these little cuties only took a couple hours to make and were super easy.  If you are in looking for craft ideas for a group setting, these would work like a charm.

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Food Bank Hands Out Turkeys Ahead Of Thanksgiving
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5 Things Often Forgotten Until Thanksgiving Day

You're the chosen one, Thanksgiving will be at your house and besides cleaning you now have to invite, make a list, grocery shop, make sure you have enough plates, make the table festive and umpteen other things to make the day enjoyable (and one up your sister-in-law from last year)...

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