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Steve Tanko

I’m a proud life-long resident of the Northland: Born and raised on the Iron Range, I’ve lived in the Twin Ports all of my adult years. I enjoy the fact that we get to enjoy all four seasons and I love the natural beauty that our area provides. I’m worked for the company that owns KOOL 101.7 since 1993 and I enjoy the fact that no two days are ever the same. Although you hear me on the radio during the mid-day shift, my mail role is Production Manager for our stations – writing and producing the commercials you hear. I’m married with one son. In my spare time (what is that?) I enjoy cooking, collecting records (primarily classic country), studying history and politics and being involved in the community on a variety of boards and committees.
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Speed Limit Increases On Four Northland Highways

The phrase "put the pedal to the metal" comes to mind - but perhaps that's not what officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation had in mind when increased the speed limit on four Northland highways.  Within the next two weeks, sections of some highways will see speed limit increases from 55 to 60 mph.  The move is the result of traffic and engineering studies - which took crash rates and physical attributes of each roadway into account.

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Obama's New Budget Calls For Major Investments Into Public Works Projects
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$4.2 Million Resurfacing Project To Start On Highway 37; Major Impacts Expected

Drivers who take the Highway 37 short-cut on the Iron Range can expect major impacts for the rest of the summer as MNDOT crews kick-off a $4.2 million resurfacing project.  The good news: When it's done, it'll greatly improve the roadway.

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MNDOT Warns About Toxic Ditch Vegetation

What's the old saying about knee-high corn by the 4th of July?  That same principle could be applied to roadside weeds and vegetation;  by this point of the summer season, a lot of ditches are filled with overgrowth.  What you may not know or be aware of is that some of these weeds have the potential to be toxic even through skin contact.

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Wildflowers Bloom On First Day Of Summer After Record Rainy Winter
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MNDOT Offers Information About Upcoming Project On Highway 48 Near Hinckley

A popular route "back" to the Northland is scheduled for some resurfacing work the last half of this summer.  Highway 48 east out of Hinckley will see lane closures and one-way traffic beginning September 11 as work crews make significant improvements to the roadway.

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Superior’s Wisconsin Point Receives $1.4 Million Grant

It's no secret that Lake Superior looms large as probably the largest natural resource we have in our area.  The Twin Ports benefits from the largest freshwater lake in the world in many ways.  Both Duluth and Superior have a variety of man-made and natural access points to Lake Superior.  A recently-awarded grant will help to shore-up one of those access points on the Superior side.

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Rising Energy And Food Prices Cause Wholesale Prices To Spike Upwards
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Downtown Duluth Farmers Market Starts Summer Season On July 18

Nothing says summer like fresh produce from the garden.  If you're not lucky enough to have a garden for fruit and vegetables on your property there's still a way:  The Northland is home to a variety of Farmers Markets that offer abundant, locally-grown food for sale.

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Near-Record Heat Wave Grips U.S. East Coast, Midwest
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Highway 169 Temporary Lane Closures Begin July 17

Summer is the season of road construction!  As we near the half-way point to the summer construction season, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to some work that will require temporary lane closures well into fall.

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Chrylser To File For Bankruptcy
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Duluth Loses Some Of Its One-Way Avenues Next Week

If you drive in the downtown area you'll want to be a little more alert starting next week.  Three of the one-way avenues in downtown Duluth will be converting towards being two-way roads starting Monday, July 17.  The project is designed to ease access to downtown businesses and the area in general.  The move will be gradual and in stages over the next week.

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Sign Up To Volunteer At Super Bowl LII – Coming To Minnesota In 2018

The 52nd Super Bowl will be here before you know it.  On February 4, 2018 Minnesota will once again host football's biggest game - for the first time since 1992.  Just like any big event, organizers are putting together a crew of volunteers to donate their time to make sure it's a success.

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