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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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Twin Ports Politics And Economics Spotlighted In New York Times Article

Sunday's New York Times featured an article about a place we know and love all too well:  Home.  The story by Monica Davey put the spotlight on the increasing chasm between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin - especially in regards to politics and the economy.

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(Photo by Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Drugstore Where Mick Jagger Met Mister Jimmy Being Turned Into A Pizzaria

They say "you can't always get what you want" - but apparently at the Beacon Drugstore you CAN - as long as it's pizza!  The infamous Minnesota landmark in Excelsior where Mick Jagger met Mister Jimmy and turned the event into one of their signature songs is being turned into a pizza place by developers.

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Source: Getty Images
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What Do The Colored Squares On The End Of Toothpaste Tubes Mean? Debunking The Myth That They Inform Customers About The Chemicals In The Product

By now you should probably know to never believe anything you see on the internet or social media without checking into the facts behind the claim.  Over the last few weeks, the web has been abuzz with claims that the colored squares at the end of tubes of toothpaste clue consumers in to the chemical make-up of the product.  I.E. - one color supposedly means that the product is organic, another color means that it includes some chemical or another, etc.

With just a cursory search into this subject, I can boldly inform you that this is a myth.

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(Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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MPCA’s Sulfate And Wild Rice Study Released; More Information Needed Before Levels Are Adjusted [Update]

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has released their study on the affects of sulfate levels on the state's wild rice growth.  The raw data was released today, with a summary to be issued by the end of February

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Source:  Cathedral School/Jessica Poskozim
Source: Cathedral School/Jessica Poskozim
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3rd Annual Pasta Extravaganza To Benefit Cathedral School On January 11

It's a taste of Italy right in our own backyard!  Cathedral School hosts their 3rd annual Pasta Extravaganza - Saturday, January 11 - 5:30PM - in Kress Hall at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior.

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(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Sulfate, Mining, And Wild Rice: All Eyes On MPCA Study Coming Out Today

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is releasing an updated report on sulfate levels in the state today and leaders from mining companies, indian tribes, and wild rice eaters are following those results closely.

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(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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What Affect Does The Cold Weather Have On The Emerald Ash Borer? Superior’s Ash Tree Population Might See Reprieve

The deep-freeze we've been stuck in the last week or two might have an unintended benefit;  Sub-zero temperatures are fatal to the Emerald Ash Borer - the pest that has invaded our area, killing Ash Trees along the way.

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Why Is Eric Clapton Called Slowhand? How Did Eric Clapton Get His Nickname?

Was it his fast guitar playing chops?  Was it the fact that he took forever to change his broken guitar strings?  Was it drug-related?  How did Eric Clapton come to be known as Slowhand?  The answer isn't definitive, as the facts and story surrounding the nickname have changed or evolved over the years.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Who Says Vinyl Is Dead? World’s Largest Record Being Used To Promote Upcoming Eagles Concert

It's been over 25 years since the major record labels stopped servicing consumer vinyl, but the format is alive and well in 2014 - with increased sales and perhaps one of the largest publicity stunts ever.  Concert promoters are using a 407-foot record replica to promote an upcoming Eagles' concert at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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