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Cathy Kates

Hello, from 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 and life with you since 1996. It's like audio Facebook. You're the reason getting up at 3am is totally worth it! I love hot buttered movie theater popcorn, the smell of a lake (especially if I’m fishing), 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. Kudos to my family, Homie, Kylee, and my Schnauzer, Bauer for always being by my side. 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!
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Top 5 Favorite 5K Races In Duluth

Grandma's Marathon is just one of the events that puts Duluth on the map.  They are in full swing with their Wednesday Night at the Races at this time.  Running events like that have spurred several 5K races to crop up, mostly as fundraisers for non-profits and due to that we have a huge running community in the Northland.  These are some of my favorites, maybe you have a few different ones, what's yours and why?

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Coleen Nordwall
Coleen Nordwall
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I Crossed Something Off My Bucket List While On Vacation

I've really never been one to have a bucket list.  I consider myself lucky to have been able to participate in so many crazy, wild, fun and amazing things due to my job.  But, if I did have an actual bucket list I don't think I'd have death defying activities on it anyhow.  Instead it would list things I've always wanted to do and hope that I get time to get around to it.  That happened during my last vacation.

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Hedge Balls: Why Do They Sell Something That Looks Like Fruit In The Produce Section But You Can’t Eat?

Think about it, there are a lot of things sold in the produce department that don’t look edible. for example a kiwi, star fruit or a pomegranate. Of course, we learn from others that these are indeed edible, but what about the “fruit” you see in the picture, these are found in the produce department. They have a variety of names, Hedge Balls, Osage Orange and Hedge Apples. But, don’t eat them!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Something Different For Your Grill: Tin Foil Chicken Dinner

It’s smack dab in the middle of grilling season and you have probably exhausted all your family favorites, steak, shrimp, chicken breasts and pork. I have seen lots of different recipes for tin foil dinners on the grill and have always wanted to try one while we were camping. This is the recipe we chose this past weekend. It was easy and I used pre-cooked grilled chicken for ease and food safety. The only thing I would do differently is possibly use black beans and add more taco seasoning than the recipe calls for, but you can accommodate the recipe however you wish. 

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Jsoh Koop - TSM Duluth
Jsoh Koop - TSM Duluth
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North Shore Scenic Railroad Has A Train Car With A Dome You Can Ride [VIDEO]

The North Shore Scenic Railroad, located in the Depot at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth, has several options to choose from when wanting to ride the rails. I’ve enjoyed the amenities of the couples dinner train several times (I’ve even been a server that served soup while on heels on the dinner train, not recommended!) When my daughter Kylee was young we shared a meal of pizza on the pizza train and I’ve waved to countless tourists and natives while roles were switched and they were on the train and I’m was on the Lakewalk. So, when I was biking near the Depot and saw the one with the solarium on top called the Silver Club, I knew I needed to learn more.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images
Scott Olson/Getty Images
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Do You Experience Road Rage? Take A Quiz And Be Honest

I wish I had this quiz printed to hand to the person that I was following over the Blatnik bridge on Monday.  He was tailgating, driving erratically and the two drivers in front of him weren't having it.  They pretty much blocked him so he couldn't get past either of them, it was very unsafe. 

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Grandma’s Marathon Reveals New Course, Day And Time For The Minnesota Mile

The 12th Annual Minnesota Mile will be a bit more scenic with the new one mile loop to be moved from downtown Duluth.  Registration is now open and fills up fast.  Whether you are a seasoned vet of running or this is your first race, it promises to showcase Duluth's finest views.

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Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund
Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund
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Update: Online Fishing License Scam We Fell For, Gets Worse

It was the Friday before the 4th of July weekend and we jumped on the computer to buy our Minnesota fishing license.  We fell for a scam which I blogged about previously.  We called, complained and were promised our money back.  We thought we had avoided the issue, but it gets worse. 

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Bill Alexander/Photo Permission: Paula
Bill Alexander/Photo Permission: Paula
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Duluth’s World Famous Handbell Ensemble Is Set To Perform This Sunday

They are known as one of the world's top handbell ensembles and we are proud that they call Duluth's First United Methodist Church their home.  I have been a fan since the inception of Strikepoint in the mid 80's when my cousin was a member.  This particular performance will be their homecoming concert from their summer tour.

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Coleen Nordwall
Coleen Nordwall
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In Your Opinion, What Am I Missing In My Tackle Box ?

Recently while out on the pontoon with friends fishing I snapped my line, yes with a dang fish on it.  We needed to fix my line and my husband asked me to get some sinkers out of my tackle box.  When I opened my tackle box I was surprised to find basically nothing. "This is all I have?"  I need your help to fill it.

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Mark Dadswell/Getty Images
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Experience Something Different, Lumberjack World Championships Are Held In Hayward This Weekend

You can take in men and women showing off their skills at the Lumberjack World Championships this weekend in Hayward, WI.  That's huge, it's WORLD championships.  Plus, there is so much more to do in Hayward, your family will love it!

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Which Does Your Family Prefer, Catalina Or Western Dressing?

My husband started a garden last year and this year we're reaping bountiful lettuce sooner than expected.  We were going to a friend's house for a barbecue and we proudly brought a giant bowl of garden lettuce laced with fresh veggies.  While in the grocery store choosing dressing we got into the conversation of which we should bring to the barbecue, Western (often called French) or Catalina.  Which one sits in your fridge?

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