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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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Summer Grilling Season Safety Starts With A Thermometer

The summer season is just naturally meant for outdoor grilling;  the combination of nice weather and the opportunity to cook meat and vegetables outside - on a deck or patio - is irresistible - especially here in the Northland, where we spend 6 months or so buried under snow.  Whether it's burgers and sausage, steak and chicken, or corn and asparagus, it seems like everyone loves to grill.

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Duluth’s Rip Tide Program Starts June 1

On the surface, Lake Superior is just another body of water - much like the rest of the lakes in the region.  But users of the the largest freshwater lake in the world - swimmers and boaters - know that this isn't necessarily the case.  Due to its size and its geographic features, Lake Superior acts more like an ocean than a lake.

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Temporary Rumble Strips Now Mandatory For Wisconsin Road Projects That Require A Flagger

Summer is the construction season so it's no doubt that you've encountered some orange cones and signs already this time of year.  Along with lane closures, some projects require temporary shutdowns of roadways - requiring a flagger to direct vehicles through.  Now - a new requirement from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will add temporary rumble strip overlays to those projects that mandate a flagger.

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2017 Grandma’s Marathon Race Vehicle On Display At Miller Hill Mall; Vehicle Features The Name Of Every Registered Runner

A few years ago, the organizers of Grandma's Marathon developed a unique way to spotlight their race-vehicle sponsor and honor all of the registered runners at the same time.  This years version - a 2017 Toyota is on display at the Miller Hill Mall - near Old Navy and Barnes and Noble.  The vehicle features the names of every registered entrant in the Grandma's Marathon full marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the William A. Irvin 5K.

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St. Louis County Program Makes Getting Energy Efficient Easier

Good news for homeowners and business owners in St. Louis County!  A new partnership with the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program will make financing available for the initial costs of installing renewable energy technology.

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Culvert Project Closes Parts Of Lakewood Road

Living in the Northland you know the drill:  There are only so many weeks of nice weather so the summer season tends to be full of road construction projects!  Along those lines, a culvert project will close down a portion of Lakewood Road for the next few weeks,

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Buckle Up! Law Enforcement Promotes Seat Belt Usage With Click It Or Ticket Event – May 22-June 4

Historically, the weeks around Memorial Day can be some of the highest for automobile accidents.  With the large number of vehicles on the road, drivers need to do all they can to be proactive.

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Bridge Repair To Close Highway 5 Near Bear River Until Mid-November

A bridge repair will close down a stretch of a Northland roadway for almost the rest of the year. St. Louis County crews will begin their work on the bridge that crosses Bear River on Highway 5.  A new bridge will be constructed on the site - to replace the existing one that dates back to 1934.

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