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Steve Tanko

Here's more than you ever cared to know about me. I'm a "lifer".  ...Born and raised on Minnesota's Iron Range...moving to the Twin Ports area 20 years ago. I've worked for these radio stations for18 years and love every minute of it.  Although you hear me on the radio during the mid-day, my main role is Production Manager for our stations - writing and producing commercials. In my spare time (what's that?)  I'm married with one child.  I'm active in my son's school and volunteer in the community and serve on a variety of boards and committees.  I love to cook and have collected records for my entire life.  Although I spin "the Northland's Favorite Hits" on the radio, my collection is mostly comprised of classic country.   I'm also interested in business and economics. Thanks for listening!!
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Why Does Minnesota Have Such Unique-Sounding Names For Towns; A Top Ten List Spotlights The Best

If truth be told, probably every state is home to communities with unique-sounding names.  Most of these communities were established long-ago, and many of the names pay homage to their founders. Living in Minnesota, we've all probably heard interesting city names - especially in the Northland.

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Cold Weather Might Be Good For Us; An Opinion Piece Makes The Case That Our Recent Weather Might Be Beneficial

No matter what happens in the remaining months to come - the Winter of 2013-2014 will go down in the record books as one of those winters.  You know the type:  snow and cold;  Okay, lots of snow and lots of cold.  Contrary to what you might be thinking about our recent weather - it may be beneficial to you.

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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What Not To Flush; Prevent Clogs And Help Our Cities Infrastructure

Flushing something down the toilet doesn't make it go away - you're just moving the problem somewhere else.  The City of Superior's Environmental Services - a Division of Public Works - reminds everyone that proper disposal of wastes and garbage can prevent problems for both you and the city.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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How Much Of A Benefit Do Trees Provide Our Environment? An Easy-To-Use Calculator Helps Assess The Gain

Ever wonder how much of a benefit that tree in your yard provides you?  Everyone talks about the financial and environmental perks of planting trees - but defining the value is difficult.

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Chisholm’s Coach Bob McDonald Finishes Out Final Year In Style

More years ago than I care to admit to, I had Bob McDonald as a teacher for World History.  He was also someone that I knew as a classmate of my dads in high school and of course I was aware of his basketball career - even though I never played sports in school.

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(Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Can It Snow When It’s Really Cold? The Science Behind The Myth That Cold And Snow Never Go Hand In Hand

Live in the northland for any length of time and you'll hear the adage:  It can't snow when it gets cold - or - it's too cold to snow - or - something along those lines.  And it's true, there appears to be a correlation between the temperature and the chances of significant snowfall.  But what about the science behind the claim?  Is there factual evidence that can back the claim up?

Yes and no.

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(Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
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Pancake Breakfast To Benefit Cathedral School Athletic Association – Sunday, January 26

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, the Cathedral School Athletic Association is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 26 in Cathedral of Christ the King's Kress Hall - from 8AM to 12:30PM.

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Hell’s Kitchen Is Coming To Embarrass, Minnesota, February 22; Fundraiser Will Raise Money For The Communities Fire Department And Regional Fair

Hell's Kitchen is getting ready to open up shop in Embarrass, Minnesota!  Now before you start calling for reservations, you should get the full story.

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