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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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Duluth Plans Series Of Workshops To Help Identify And Stop Spread Of Invasive Plants

Living in the Northland, you've no doubt heard about the battle against invasive species and plants.  Living near the largest freshwater lake in the world - not to mention hundreds of lakes, most of us identify with the process to help curb the spread of these nuisances.

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Michigan Street West To See Sewer Project; Public Meeting Scheduled For June 1

If you live, work, or populate the downtown area, you'll want to know about an upcoming project slated for Michigan Street West.  A public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 1 to outline the plans for a sewer lining project to happen later this summer. The meeting will happen at 8:00 AM in the Duluth City Hall, Room 303.

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Cathedral School Panther Pant 2017 Happens June 2; Great Way To Kick Off The Summer Marathon Season

The 13th annual Cathedral School Panther Pant 5K Walk/Run happens Friday, June 2 in Superior.  This event is an excellent way for runners to put their winter training to the test at the onset of the upcoming marathon season.  This years event also promises some new surprises as well.

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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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