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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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Our Beautiful Duluth Art Institute Houses Many Learning Opportunities [VIDEO]

Have you driven past this historic brick building at 2229 West 2nd Street in West Duluth  and wondered what it was?  You may have seen the sign and knew it was the Duluth Art Institute but not sure what they do there.  I'm glad you're here, Dana shares info about the history of the building, what artists do within the building's brick walls and how your family can benefit from classes and events they hold.

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Variety Lunchers
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5 Extinct Northland Restaurants Saw Many Valentine’s Proposals

As I was on air warning people to remember to make their dinner reservations for Valentine's Day before the ultimate times were booked, I began thinking about the restaurants we use to have in the area that many couples use to get engaged at while celebrating Valentine's dinner.  If you remember these restaurants do you miss them as much as I do?

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The Cold Moon Rises Over Cornwall
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Snowshoe Under A Full Moon Friday Night In Superior

Want something new and unique to do with the family?  The weather is warming up perfectly for snowshoeing and the bonus is you can do it under a full moon.  I would be able to tell my husband to leave his head lamp at home!  No worries if you don't own snow shoes, Superior Adventure through UW-Superior will provide them.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Farley’s Reveals Secret Flavor With Competition Cupcakes At Arc Northland’s Chocolate After Dark [VIDEO]

Arc Northland will be having their Chocolate After Dark event on Thursday, February 9 at the Historic Duluth Depot, 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth, from 5-8p.  Many area chefs will have their chocolate inspired specialties available to sample, even chocolate stout beer and you will be asked to pick your favorite.  Farley's Family Restaurant in Hermantown was gracious enough to share the secret to the cupcakes their bringing to the competition.

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4 Easy Valentine Ideas For People That Think It’s The Little Things That Count

When you think of Valentine's Day you think of candy, cards, flowers, dinner and maybe (depending on what day it falls on) entertainment.  All easily attainable and appreciated, but have you ever heard of "it's the little things that count"? Here are 4 little ways to make your sweetheart melt with appreciation for your thoughtfulness.

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What’s Happening In Our Community, More House Fires And Another Two Shooting In Duluth Over The Weekend

What is happening in our community? Shooting, robberies and house fires are occurring almost on a daily basis and in all parts of town.  There was additional house fires and another two shootings over the weekend.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Hand-Craft Bowls At The Duluth Art Institute For The Empty Bowl Fundraiser [VIDEO]

Many Northlanders look forward to the Empty Bowl Event each year. It's designed to help fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, but it does so much more than that.  It brings the community together, whether it's sharing time and talent making the bowls or enjoying soup and conversation on the day of the event.  The opportunity to make bowls for Empty Bowl 2017 in April is available at the Duluth Art Institute, get your friends or group together and have fun making bowls that will ultimately help feed local families.

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The USDA Keeps Your Chicken Wings Out Of The Danger Zone With Tips And Personal Food Safety Coaching

Even though the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers aren't in the Super Bowl there's still a lot of excitement and plans for Super Bowl parties this Sunday.  Over 100 million football fans will watch the game and approximately 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed.  The last thing you want is you or any of your guests getting sick after eating something at your party.

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National Geographic Channel's World Premiere Of "The Story Of God" With Morgan Freeman
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University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Jazz Band Holds Valentine Swing Dance

Looking for culture, dancing, big band jazz music?  How about all that and it covers your plans for Valentine's Day?  Yup, you can thank the University of Wisconsin-Superior Jazz Band for your romantic evening that includes a little swing dancing (only if you want too!).

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Duluth Kids Club Gets Into Valentine’s Day With An Extravaganza To Benefit The Northern Lights Foundation

Valentine's Day, a day that is usually reserved for adults, lovers and those seeking love.  Oh sure, as kids we got to exchange little cards and treats in school, (not even sure they still do that) but how about a full on party to celebrate Valentine's Day for the younger ones?  You've got it, thanks to the Duluth Kids Club!

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2nd Annual Winter Warm Up Raising Money For The Kids Of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tracy Jacobsen came out of retirement in 2008 to make bread and share recipes to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.     He made the decision to give back to organizations that have helped him continue to thrive in his life's passion, food and cooking, despite obstacles.

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