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Cathy Kates

Hi y'all, thanks for checking out my bio! I grew up in the country community of Wrenshall, attended church in Carlton and worked in Cloquet. I adore and respect my family. My husband and I laugh and run together (well, I jog). My daughter is in her final year of college and keeps me young and our dog Bauer is an overactive Schnauzer. (he keeps me on my toes!) I love shoes, Asian food, and trying new recipes. My dream (at the moment) is to be on the Big Bang Theory or the Ellen Show. I have been in broadcasting for 18 years and thank you for your friendship and waking up to laugh with Ken, me and the Breakfast Club. ~Peace, Love & Hugs
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Tailgate On Big Game Day With Johnsonville’s Onion And Garlic Sausage Bath Recipe [sponsored]

Save this recipe from Johnsonville!  Not only will it be something easy to serve guests you have over for the big game, but will come in handy during the summer grilling season.  Three great flavors together, onion, garlic and sausage or brats.  Grab your buns, get set, GO!

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UPDATE: Minnesota’s Frozen Ice Castle In Eden Prairie Opens January 23 [VIDEO]

A few years ago the Ice Castles were moved from the Mall of America and established in Eden Prairie, MN.  I think it's cool that people from the Twin Cities visit the Twin Ports to experience Bentleyville Tour of Lights and we can travel down to take in the amazing Ice Castles.  If you enjoy Lake Superior's Ice Caves you'll love this!

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Chris McGrath/Getty Images
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Get Your Picture Taken By The 22 Foot Snowman Near Kettle River

My Facebook friend Pam (thank you, Pam) told me about an amazing snowman near Kettle River, one much, much bigger than in the picture above.  This is a 22.5 foot snowman located a mile south of Kettle River on Highway 73. The man who constructed it says you're welcome to come get your picture taken by the monstrosity.

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Alex Wong - Getty Images News
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The Largest EVER Powerball Jackpot Swells To An Estimated 1.4 Billion, What You Need To Know About Winning

Bad News, you didn't win the $900 million dollar Powerball jackpot on Saturday night.  Good news, NO ONE DID!  At the time I am writing this blog, they estimate the jackpot for this Wednesday to be 1.4 billion dollars, the largest EVER, but the number could grow even larger.  Are you in?

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Cathy Kates Removes Her Layers
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Cathy Kates Suggests How To Dress Warmly For The Vikings Playoff Game This Sunday [Video]

Good News and Bad News.  First, the good news. Adrian Peterson's back is feeling much, much better and he WILL be playing in Sunday's play-off game against the Seattle Seahawks.  The bad news, it will be downright frigid in the outdoor TCF Bank stadium.  I thought I'd share how I dressed for a local high school football game to give fans an idea of how to stay toasty.

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UPDATE: Park Point Brush Drop Off Site Due To Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Temporarily Closed

Last October there was evidence of emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle found in trees on Park Point in Duluth.  An emergency quarantine went into effect until February for Park Point prompting a brush drop off site for Park Point residents.  That is now temporarily closed.

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Elizabeth, Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth, Dental Hygienist
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Make Visiting A Dentist A Priority This Year

I am a dentist "regular", every six months like clockwork.  My amazing hygienist, Elizabeth makes my next six month appointment while I'm still there, so there isn't any chance of me becoming TOO busy to make my next appointment.  I know a lot of people that say they haven't been to the dentist in years and SHOULD make an appointment.  This blog is for you.

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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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Cathy Kates
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Northland Winter Running, What Should I Wear? [VIDEO]

Whether you're training for an upcoming Spring or Summer race or your New Year's resolution involves a commitment to exercise more, running during our Northland winters is possible, if you dress properly.  I've learned from experience and this quick video will show you what I wear for a safe and comfortable winter run.

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