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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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Minnesota’s Highways Converting To LED Light Fixtures; MNDOT To Convert Entire State By 2020

The Federal government passed legislation that banned manufacturers from making and selling incandescent light bulbs for consumers a few years ago.  LED bulbs quickly became the new go-to bulb of choice for many home users.  Now it appears that the State of Minnesota is getting ready to join the trend.

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Spring Road Restrictions Go Into Effect For St. Louis County On March 8

It's a sure sing that Old Man Winter is on it's last days (or weeks);  St. Louis County has released their Spring Road Restrictions - which take effect on Tuesday, March 8.  Drivers who operate vehicles with an axle weight that's greater than 5 tons need to be in compliance while the postings are in place.

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Train-Car Crashes Down In Minnesota; 2015 Numbers Detail Their Lowest Levels In More Than 40 Years

Here's a bit of good news:  Crashes between automobiles and trains at Minnesota rail crossings was down in 2015.  According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the number of people killed in vehicle-train crashes was the lowest since 1970 - matching the total number of crashes which was also the second lowest since 1970.

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Kwik Trip Announces Plans For South Superior Location

The final piece of Kwik Trip puzzle in Superior appears to be moving forward.  The "talk" has been that the Wisconsin-based retailer planned a location at the corner of Tower and 60th - the old Thompson Rental spot.  Now - according to the Superior Telegram, those plans are coming to fruition.

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Speed To Increase On Highway 210 – Between I-35 And 169 Junction

It appears that officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation have finally heard the cries from motorists that regularly travel Highway 210 between Carlton and Aitkin County.  The state road agency has announced plans to raise the speed limit.

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Watch Chris Allen Play The St. Jude Star Guitar Live On The Radiothon [Video]

What goes on behind the scenes (and the microphones) at the B105/KOOL 101.7 St. Jude Radiothon?  Things like this!  One of the popular incentives for Partners In Hope each year is the Star Guitar - which is signed by numerous country and rock artists...

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Who Was St Jude? Why Is The Saint Important To The Work Of The St Jude Children’s Research Hospital?

One of the questions that a lot of people often ask during our St Jude Radiothon is:  Who was St Jude? That question then begs a follow-up:  Why is he important to the work of the St Jude Children's Research Hospital?

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Why Does Minnesota Caucus Instead Of Having A Primary Election? Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness Adds His Voice In Favor Of Changing Our State Political Process

Why does Minnesota hold caucuses instead of a primary election to determine their preference in the Presidential Election nomination process?  After yesterday's Super Tuesday events, many are wondering why the state hasn't adopted the primary process.  One of those voices is former Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

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