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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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City Of Superior Closes Skating Rinks And Pulls Grooming On Ski Trails Due To Weather

You might love the January Thaw we're experiencing - but it doesn't bode well for outdoor winter activities.  With the warm temperatures and rain we've experienced this past week (and are anticipated throughout the weekend), the City of Superior has moved to temporarily close the municipal skating rinks and pull grooming efforts from the cross country ski trails.

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The 50th Anniversary Of Donald Campbell's Death Is Commemorated At Coniston Water
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DNR Seeks Input On Duluth-Area Lakes And Streams

We live in an area rich with natural beauty and resources. From trees and woodland to lakes and streams, we are lucky that we get the chance to recreate close to home.  As the organization tasked with regulating the use of these items, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking to make plans for the next decade or two.  By establishing long range plans, they can most-effectively manage the resources we have.

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Station Crew Gets Opportunity To Play On The Lake Superior Ice Festival Rink [Video]

Sometimes you can hear about an event but you need to experience it for yourself in order to realize what it's all about.  That was the idea behind our radio station crew playing hooky (not "hockey" - with pun (semi) intended) yesterday on the ice near Barkers Island in Superior.  As the Twin Ports gets ready for the Lake Superior Ice Festival, we decided to actually get out on the ice at the event site to get an up-close and personal look at what awaits.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe And Shawn Boothe Celebrate Their 1st Valentine's Day Together With Dunkin' Donuts Heart-Shaped Donuts
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Free Kids Valentines-Craft Program Happens February 4 At Superior Public Library

Make sure the kids don't miss this one!  A Tricked Out Valentine's craft program will happen at Saturday, February 4 at the Superior Public Library, starting at 11:30 AM.  Kids of all ages are invited to take part in this free program, co-presented by the Northern Expressions Arts Collective.

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Chinese Farmers Pick Pine Cones On Changbaishan Mountain
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Help The City Shape The Future Of The Western Waterfront Trail’s Master Plan

Big things are in store for the Western Waterfront Trail - the scenic walkway that snakes along the St. Louis River near West Duluth, Morgan Park, Smithville, Gary-New Duluth, and Fon Du Lac.  City officials are about to embark on a revitalization effort that they hope will breathe new life into the area.  As they create those plans, you're invited to help out.

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President Gauck Visits Stasi Secret Police Archives
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How To Delete Your Private Data From A Genealogy Website

As trendy as genealogy is these days, there are a bunch of websites that make it easy for the average person to get started tracing their family tree.  Most of these sites require a membership fee - or at least make you sign up for a free trial membership.  However, there is a site that allows anyone and everyone to search public data for free and you may want to learn more about it to control your privacy.

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SWL&P Customers Can Get A Free Focus On Energy Kit

Whether you're looking to "go green" or just "save some green", here's an opportunity available through your utility provider.  Customers who receive their electric and gas needs via Superior Water Light and Power are able to order a free kit from the Simple Energy Efficiency Program made available via Wisconsin Focus On Energy.

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Arctic Weather Arrives In The UK
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When Will Northland Roads Get Better? MNDOT Offers Insight Into This Winter’s Slippery Roads

If it seems like the roads in the Northland have been extraordinarily slippery this winter - you're probably correct.  A so-called "perfect storm" of weather conditions - alternating cold and snow - have left our highways and side streets a virtual skating rink of black ice so far.

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City Of Superior Opens Municipal Ski Trails On January 13

Winter outdoor enthusiasts - the time has come:  The City of Superior will open the municipal ski trails on Friday, January 13.  Residents and non-residents are invited to cross-county ski on the multi-use trails;  there is even a specific section for skijoring.

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City Of Chicago Prepares For Another Winter Storm
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Salt Or Sand: What Impacts Plow Truck Decisions?

In a winter where we've seen pretty messy driving conditions - a question often comes up:  Why do the plow trucks sometimes use sand and sometimes use salt when treating the roadways.  The answer has a lot to do with science and temperature conditions.

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