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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.
IRS Facility Processes Tax Returns A Week Before Filing Deadline
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Deadline For 2015 Minnesota Property Tax Refund Approaches

Who wouldn't like a little extra cash in their pocket.  Officials with St. Louis County are reminding homeowners that the deadline to apply for a 2015 Minnesota Property Tax Refund is approaching;  applications need to be filed by August 15.

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Duluth’s “Can Of Worms” Intersection Continues Its Path Towards A Rebuild

Dallas has "The Zipper".  Boston has "The Big Dig".  Duluth has the "Can of Worms" intersection.  One of the iconic on/off-ramps in the Twin Ports continues its path towards a rebuild or replacement.

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Highway 73 Roundabout Project Starts August 14

A major road project kicks off on Monday, August 14 in Chisholm, Minnesota.  Work crews with St. Louis County will begin the process of constructing a roundabout on the south end of town where Highway 73 meets up with the new route of Highway 5.  A detour will be in place during the two-month process.

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What Are The Top Five Suggested Names For The New Highway 53 Bridge?

Back in June we reported that Explore Minnesota was having a contest to solicit names for the soon-to-open bridge east of Virginia - part of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  While the winner wasn't guaranteed that their submission would be the final name chosen by state authorities, they would win a gift card and their name would be forwarded to the state legislature for consideration.

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Tougher Sentencing Blamed For Crowded Prisons
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St. Louis County Warns Of Fake Driveway Contractor

This time of year is made for legitimate outdoor projects;  from roofing and siding to asphalt and landscaping, the mid-summer months are a hive of activity for contractors.  Unfortunately, it's also prime season for scammers.

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Duluth Police Search For Individual In Connection To Apartment Property Damage Incident

Social media has brought success for local law enforcement as they try to solve recent crimes.  That's why the Duluth Police Department is turning once again to their Facebook page to help identify a person wanted for questioning.

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Duluth Police Ask For Help Searching For Missing Duluth Couple

Authorities in the area are looking for a missing Duluth couple who haven't been seen since July 29.  According to the Duluth Police, Ron Tarnowski (age 82) and his wife Mary (age 78) are most-likely driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4-door S-U-V - silver in color, with black plastic fender flares.  License plate number is MN 852JXG.

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I-35 Patching Project To Affect Drivers The Next Two Weeks

If you noticed some road work on I-35 this afternoon, it's part of a project that will occur the next few weeks.  Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will progress on a large-scale asphalt patching project during the daytime hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  The schedule was designed to have limited impact on drive-time hours.

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