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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.
Defense Secretary Hagel Marks Veterans Day At The Vietnam War Memorial
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Veterans Expo Happens April 25 In Superior

Whether you're a veteran, have a family member who served in the military, or just want to get involved in the veterans community, a free event coming up on Tuesday, April 25 is one you won't want to miss.  It's the 4th annual Veterans Expo - from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Yellowjacket Union Great Room on  the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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Steve Tanko
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More Details About This Summers Oliver Bridge Work Released

Details about the work to be performed this summer on the Oliver Bridge continue to slowly trickle out from the authorities involved.  Since the initial word was released that the bridge would see daytime closures again this summer, officials have revised the start date - from April 17 to April 24...

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Urban Gardening Growing In Popularity
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St. Louis County Extension Office Presents A Living Off The Land Workshop On April 25

A lot of Northlanders plant gardens and many have thought about ways of improving their harvest.  A presentation from the St. Louis County Extension office aims to help people get the skills and know-how they need to make that happen.  As part of the two-part gardening series "Spring Gardening Extravaganza", a session on Living Off The Land:  Your Edible Landscape has been planned for April 25 at the First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop Church).  Check in starts at 4:45 PM and the actual session runs 5:30 to 8:45 PM.

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President Trump Meets With Iraqi PM Al-Abadi At The White House
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A Minnesotan Heads To The White House; University Of Minnesota Professor To Join Trump Administration

If you had to compile a list of states that most presidential appointees come from, Minnesota probably wouldn't bubble to the top;  while it's true we've had the occasional Vice President (Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale), the Gopher state doesn't seem to hold the political clout that a Texas or New York might.  But, it looks like we'll be able to add to the list soon.

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Iguacu Falls A Finalist In New Seven Wonders Of Nature Contest
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$10 Senior Lifetime Pass For National Parks Expected To Go Up; $70 Increase Before The End Of The Year

They say that we should never grumble about growing older as it's a privilege that not everyone gets to experience.  Plus,  there are many perks to take advantage of - from discounts at restaurants to the lifetime fishing license.  Seniors have also been able to purchase a Lifetime Pass to the National Park System for only $10;  however, if you're 62 or older and want to get one for yourself, you'd better hurry.

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Annual March For Life Held In Washington DC
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Grant Money Awards Duluth 60 New Recycling Bins For Park Spaces

Recycling that pop or water bottle will be a whole lot easier the next time you're enjoying one of Duluth's parks.  The city was recently awarded grant money to provide for 60 new recycling bins to be placed in the park system.  300 cities applied for the money and Duluth was one of 41 communities to receive the grant money.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
TSM - Nick Cooper
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MNDOT Plans Bridge Inspections; Ramp Closures Happen April 24-27

With two major bridges in the Twin Ports - not to mention an interstate highway and miles of highway - road maintenance is a significant concern.  The crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation work diligently to inspect and repair the roadways we use each and every day.

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State Budget Standoff Continues In Madison, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin Runs Out Of License Plate Number Combinations

Something significant is about to happen!  According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, their agency is about to run out of available three-letter/three-number combinations.  A post and story on their Facebook page suggests that the current set-up has lasted for about 31 years before hitting the end of the line for remaining plate numbers.

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Volunteers Clean Up Community Garden On Earth Day
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St. Louis County Extension Office Offers Spring Gardening Extravaganza On April 18

While we haven't had a lot of April showers (at least up to this point), we can definitely county on May flowers - especially if we take part in the 2017 Spring Gardening Extravaganza presented by the St. Louis County Extension office.  A two-part gardening series kicks off with the inaugural session on April 18 at the First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop Church).  Check in starts at 4:45 PM and the actual session runs 5:30 to 8:45 PM.

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