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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.
Steve Tanko
Steve Tanko
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Duluth-Superior Winter Bridge Etiquette 101

So you may have noticed that we get a little snow and ice here in the Twin Ports from time to time.  The average winter brings measurable snow every couple of days with at least 3 or 4 major snow events for the season.  You may have also noticed that our Twin Ports community is divided by the St. Louis River, which requires a bridge to travel to-and-from Duluth and Superior.  We have two major bridge option routes to choose from in the heart of the metro, with a few outlying choices as well.

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Traditional Opening Of The Tay Salmon Season
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Program To Highlight The Historic Brule River, February 21

Here's a great cure for Cabin Fever and a way to get a head-start on the spring fishing season!  The Superior Public Library welcomes Damian Wilmot on Tuesday, February 21 to share his extensive knowledge of the historic Brule River.  The presentation will start at 6:00 PM.

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Pier B Resort Hotel Receives Recognition From The Economic Development Association Of Minnesota

One of Duluth's newest hotels is getting state-wide recognition.  The Economic Development Association of Minnesota has recognized the Pier B Resort Hotel with their 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Redevelopment category.  The award recognizes the work that Pier B owners and the City of Duluth did to re-purpose the former LaFarge Cement site on the waterfront.

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The Pound Falls Against The Dollar Ahead Of Theresa May's Brexit Speech
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Douglas County Unclaimed Funds; Is Your Name On The List?

You could have cash waiting for you and not even know it!  Douglas County has issued their updated list of Unclaimed Funds - money that belongs to individuals but has not been claimed yet.  Click here to see if your name made the list and how much you could possibly stand to collect.

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Obama's New Budget Calls For Major Investments Into Public Works Projects
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MNDOT Unveils Planned Two Harbors Road Work At Open House On February 7

A major road resurfacing and safety improvement project is planned for the Two Harbors community during the summer of 2018.  In advance of the actual work, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will present their plans to the general public at an Open House on Tuesday, February 7.  The event will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Tax Preparation Gets Underway Ahead Of April Deadline
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Northland Leaders To Celebrate Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day On January 27

In an effort to spotlight the difference that tax credits bring to low to moderate-income families, the Head of the Lakes United Way is bringing together community leaders for an Awareness Day assembly on Friday, January 27.  The event will take place at 11:00 AM in Conference Room A at the Ordean Building, 424 West Superior Street.

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Charges Stem From Duluth Police Drug Bust

More than 25 grams of heroin, over $11,000 in cash, and miscellaneous drug packaging and paraphernalia is off the Duluth street thanks to a drug bust on January 23.  Duluth Police officers executed a search warrant on an apartment in the 6700 block of Redruth Street, resulting in charges for a 32-year old suspect.

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Mid Atlantic States Prepare For Large Snow Storm
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MNDOT Installs Plow Cams On Their Snowplow Fleet

Northlanders looking for a different perspective on road conditions can now access the view from the crews battling the worst that Mother Nature throws our way.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation made the announcement that they have installed plow cams on some of  their 838 snowplows - allowing the general public a first-hand look at road conditions.

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Nellis Air Force Base Commemorates Opening Of Solar Array
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Does My Home Get Enough Sun To Warrant Solar Panel Installation? A Free Interactive Map Lets Duluth Residents Find Their Homes Solar Potential

Going solar is easier than ever these days as the costs of the necessary equipment continues to decline with each passing year.  Many people here in the Northland have added solar panels to their existing homes allowing them to subsidize or (in some cases) replace their utilities.

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Interest In Bioenergy On the Rise
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Wisconsin DNR To Debate Allowing Temporary Tree Stands Overnight In Our Area

Northland hunters who use temporary tree stands may be able to leave them up overnight in state-managed lands - depending on the outcome of the next Wisconsin DNR meeting.  That meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 - will discuss the issue with changes to the law as a possible outcome.

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