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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!
Nick Cooper/Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper/Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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We Bid Farewell And Best Wishes To Dan Russell, Executive Director Of The DECC [VIDEO]

I knew this day was coming, I had heard rumor of it, but as of this week, the rumors have become truth.  Dan Russell, the Executive Director of the DECC will be retiring from a position he has held for 27 years.  During the excitement of the DECC celebrating it's 50th anniversary I was lucky to spend some time with Dan and to talk about his memories of concerts, events and share other behind the scenes secrets.

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Vince Bucci/Getty Images
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My Friend’s Family Had An Unusual Tie To The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The passing of Mary Tyler Moore was such sad news for a girl of my age.  I grew up watching the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 70's with my family and when I got older thought it was so cool that the setting for the sit com was Minneapolis. The house that you see in her opening segment still stands to this day.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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What’s Your Opinion On The Warmest Brand Of Boots To Wear To The Lake Superior Ice Festival

Originally, I suggested battery operated socks to keep your tootsies toasty while enjoying all that the Lake Superior Ice Festival has to offer, but on Facebook Brad brought up the fact that a warm pair of boots might just do the trick and that got me thinking. 

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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UMD Bulldog Banter With Assistant Coach Brett Larson [VIDEO]

I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Assistant Coach Brett Larson for the UMD Bulldog Men's Hockey Team every Thursday at 8:10 during the Bulldog Spotlight thanks to Aire Serv and the Dwight Swanstrom Company.  In previous Bulldog Banter video we've put Bulldog team members in the spotlight, but not for an ordinary interview because we wanted to learn more about their life off the ice.  The sixth video in our series gets personal with Coach Larson himself. 

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Harold’s Wild Game Feed In Carlton Is Always Wildly Delicious

I can't believe I actually look forward to Harold's Wild Game Feed at the Carlton VFW now!  I don't usually stray very far from the norm so I haven't been a fan of wild game feeds until now.   It's become a favorite because my husband and I get to share our eggrolls made with Buffalo meat to stay in the wild game theme.

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PIGS Motorcycle Group
PIGS Motorcycle Group
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PIGS Motorcycle Group Raises $2100 For Kids Of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Congratulation to the PIGS Motorcycle Group, they had a second ride/rally and raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The event held in 2016 was a multi-day event with bands, food, camping, a car show and more.

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Cathy's Battery Operated Socks
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Use Battery Operated Socks For Comfort And Warmth At the Lake Superior Ice Festival

Battery operated socks rock!  Honestly there is so much to do the entire weekend at the Lake Superior Ice Festival you'll want to pack extra batteries for your socks.  I'm ALWAYS cold, I even use an electric blanket in July, but I'm not willing to sit out on any of the frozen fun and memories waiting to be made at the Lake Superior Ice Festival so I'm pulling out the long johns, my thermal cuddle duds and battery operated socks.

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Rick Gershon/Getty Images
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Diabetes Prevention Program Offers Important Classes In Duluth, Superior And Proctor

One in three Americans has prediabetes and doesn't even know it.  Almost everyone knows someone that is dealing with diabetes at some level.  If you think you don't, chances are you do and are unaware that a friend or family member is dealing with it.  There are free classes being offered that will introduce a healthy lifestyle that may reverse the prediabetes diagnosis.  That's fantastic and so worth it considering the alternative.

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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When Is The New Lucky’s 13 Pub Opening In Duluth? [VIDEO]

When a new restaurant opens in the Twin Ports there is always a high level of excitement.  It didn't take long for another restaurant to open where Old Country Buffet had been.  It's called Lucky's 13 Pub and the menu is huge, just like the portions, according to General Manager, Ken Wilson.

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Graeme Robertson/Getty Images
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Wisconsin Residents Are Eligible To Settlement Money Involving Dairy Prices

I did not fully understand how this would work since I don't keep my grocery receipts.  How do you prove that you purchased milk and/or dairy products while a resident of Wisconsin from the year 2003 until now?  Sounds goofy doesn't it, but worth the few minutes it takes to give your information since you may be entitled to some cash.  Oh, and they don't ask for receipts.

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The Trussell Trust Food Bank In Liverpool Distributes Christmas Hampers
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Can You Give Some Time? Second Harvest Looks To Increase Volunteer Support This Year [VIDEO]

The last time I was at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank it was to interview the Executive Director Shaye Moris, about the Back Pack Program.  I was amazed at two things.   One was the number of area students that rely the backpack program and the other was the incredible dedication of the volunteers that were packing them.  That day it was a group representing Essentia Health.

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