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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!
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Top 5 Northland Bugs That Should Be Eaten In New Trend, Insect Inspired Food

I am not warped, there is a reason why I came up with the top 5 most popular insects of our area that should be used in insect-inspired food.  Because a museum in Houston has a vending machine that carries only snacks made from insect parts.  I thought why not get rid of our top 5 most annoying Northland insects, can you guess which 5 they are?

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Skeeter Moore Makes Training For The NorthShore Inline Skate Marathon Fun [VIDEO]

Just say the word marathon and my confidence level drops.  I have run several half marathons and am currently training for another, my goal is always just to finish.  That's because I think just finishing is an unrealistic goal for me.  I never thought about an inline skate marathon until Skeeter Moore showed me how easy it could be.

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Instagram: Originalromphim
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The Good And Bad Of Men In Rompers, Do You Agree?

Ok, where to start.  First, I personally am not a fan of rompers on my own body, they can be uncomfortable and if you have to go to the bathroom one side of said romper will  inevitably end up laying in a pool of God only knows what on the public restroom floor.  There's good and bad when it comes to rompers for guys, here they are and you decide.

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Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Photo Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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DTA Offers Free Ride To Passengers Who Bring Their Bicycles This Friday

It's National Bike to Work Day this Friday and the DTA is getting involved.  Now I understand the premise is to actually "bike to work", but with the hills in Duluth no one is going to jump on ya if you take the DTA back home, that hill after a long days work could be brutal.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Unique Housing Suggestions For Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

Grandma's Marathon is about 5 weeks away and if you're wondering where you'll stay or if you have guests coming you have no room to accommodate comfortably, Grandma's Marathon has suggestions for you. On-campus housing at our colleges and universities.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Embrace At A Wisconsin Bar Is A Great Idea, But Sad Sign Of The Times

Recently I was at Birch Island Bar in Wisconsin enjoying a fish fry and a few beverages. After some time I ventured into the restroom and while I was doing my thang I noticed something on the wall that not only was an eye opener, but a great idea. Although, I’m sure if you had to use it, it would be a very awkward situation.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Consider Making Mom Dinner With This Easy Mini-Lasagna Recipe

I love the taste of lasagna, but the fact that we’re currently training for the half marathon  has us watching what we eat to keep the weight down. When I found this recipe that is made in muffin tins with those little won ton wrappers instead of thick lasagna noodles I though I’d give it a try. They are fabulous and I made them for my sister and brother in law who immediately asked for the recipe and will be making it regularly. You want easy to make and easy to share? This is it!

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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The Art Of Cupping, What Is It? [VIDEO]

I stepped out of my comfort zone and allowed myself to be videoed while being cupped.  You may be familiar with the term but not understand what it means.  The art of cupping has been around for centuries but it had it's Olympic moment last year in Rio when the marks cupping leaves was seen on Michael Phelps, the decorated US Olympic swimmer.

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Junko Kimura/Getty Images
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Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation Holds A Baby Shower For Orphaned Animals [VIDEO]

I am a self-proclaimed mammal lover and when it's a baby I melt even more.  There is a wonderful place that exists in our community that strives for the well being of our wild life, especially the babies.  Now that it's spring the will be seeing more and that has prompted Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation to throw an most unique baby shower.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Fidget Spinners? Fidget Toys Are Nothing New – Do You Remember These Finger Fidgets By Era? [VIDEO]

Ha, show this blog to your kids and they'll be saying the same thing we are about the latest trend of fidget spinners.  What the heck?  What's the point?  What do you get out of it?   I started thinking about the finger fidgets I've had throughout the years and came to the conclusion there is usually one per era, here's my cache of them, did you have these?

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Friends Of The Children’s Memorial Park Now Accepting Memorial Tile Orders

People often say that parents should outlive their children, but that isn't always the case.  To help those parents cope with the loss of their child or children, there is a national/international network of memorial parks.  One such park is located on the Range and is taking orders for memorial tiles to be placed on a memorial wall.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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How Are Shoes So Sacred They Have To Be Retrieved From A Backroom?

My sister and I were shopping at a mall in Wausau, WI when we started looking at shoes (imagine that) in one of the mall’s anchor stores.  We both found a few pairs that we wanted to try on, but there was only one girl working the shoe department, meaning getting shoes and working the register to check people out. I can appreciate that the store is trying to save money by not over staffing or that someone may have called in sick since it was a beautiful sunny day outside, but while waiting 30 minutes for our shoes to be retrieved, I had a lot of time to think.

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