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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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MNDOT Increases Winter Truck Loads For Northern Minnesota

If you're involved with the logging or trucking industry, one of the dates that you use to mark winter and spring is with the increase (or decrease) of load limits.  Truck operators in the Northland will see the announcement from the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding load increases as a sure sign that winter has arrived!

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Construction On Canal Park Electric Car Charging Station Begins

The City of Duluth is making it easier for hybrid vehicles to power-up in Canal Park!  Construction begins on a new 9-car electric car charging station in Canal Park on Tuesday, December 13;  the charging station will be located in the parking lot area by teh former Endion Station Building.

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House Values In Brisbane Set To Take Over Melbourne
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City Of Superior Offers Land For Sale

Looking for a good deal on land in the Twin Ports? The City of Superior and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Superior are offering parcels of land for bid.  The parcels are currently zone for a wide variety of uses - from industrial, commercial and mixed-use to residential.

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Dry Spell Hits Agriculture In Restive Southern Philippines
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Are Banana’s Going To Be Extinct In 10 Years? The Truth Behind A New Rumor

When I first heard someone suggest that banana's are going to disappear from supermarket shelves in the next ten years, I dismissed it as coming from "someone who didn't know what they were talking about".  Then I encountered another person who shared the same story - that a strain of fungus was attacking banana trees, and they would be extinct within the next decade.  Hmm, I thought.  Then a third person passed the story off to me - and that's when I realized that I needed to do some investigation of my own.

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Gateway Tower Sees New Owners And Renovations

One of the more-visible buildings along Superior Street and Duluth's skyline is getting new owners and some renovations!  One Roof Community Housing and Center City Housing formed a partnership to rescue Gateway Tower from foreclosure - saving 150 units of affordable rental housing along the way.

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President Barack Obama Speaks With Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco
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Duluth Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

Be aware!  As we approach the end of the year - and with taxes on a lot of folks minds - those with criminal intent have started ramping up their actions.  The Duluth Police are warning residents about another round of phone scams in relation to the IRS - making their rounds in the Twin Ports.

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Can I Cut Down A Christmas Tree On County Property? St. Louis And Douglas Counties Offer Different Options

With Christmas on the way and a lot of folks decorating their home, many start to look for ways to source a real (non-artificial) tree for their home.  In the Northland, we're blessed to live in a region that is heavy with forest and wood land - home to the sort of evergreen trees that make the perfect specimen to hang decorations on.

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