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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!!
Chris Boswell
Chris Boswell
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DTA Transportation Center Project And Greysolon Plaza Repairs To Temporarily Close Some Downtown Streets – June 26 & 29

Work is progressing on the Duluth Transit Authority's Multimodal Transportation Center in downtown Duluth.  In order to accommodate construction on the project, some streets in the downtown area will need to be closed temporarily on June 26 and June 29.

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North Shore Scenic Railroad Facebook Page
North Shore Scenic Railroad Facebook Page
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Railroad Tracks And Cameras: Duluth Incident Spotlights The Hazards Of Mixing The Two

Over the last two days or so, I've posted stories about proper picture-taking etiquette in regards to railroad tracks and train yards.  Looks like there was another situation that happened today on the tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad - right near Leif Erickson Park.

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Ethan Miller;
Ethan Miller;
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What New Foods Will Be At The Minnesota State Fair? The 2015 Menu Options Have Something Deep Fried For Everyone

The best part of the Minnesota State Fair?  The food - of course!  Just as famous as the rides and the grandstand concerts, the deep-fried offerings are legendary;  some people go just to eat.

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Duluth Police Department
Duluth Police Department
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Duluth Police Rescue Dog From Locked Vehicle

This afternoon, the Duluth Police Department responded to a call regarding a dog that was left unattended in a locked vehicle with its windows rolled up.  With the aid of Animal Control, they were able to unlock the vehicle and rescue the dog from the rising temperatures inside.

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Justin Sullivan
Justin Sullivan
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Why Doesn’t My New Credit Card Work At The Store? New Security Chip Cards Cause Problems At Some Stores

In case you haven't heard, the United States is migrating towards adopting EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip technology on every card issued in this country.  The move follows what has become standard already in the rest of the world.  MasterCard and Visa are initiating those cards to their customers as their old cards come up for renewal.

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Jennifer Dodge
Jennifer Dodge
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June Is Rail Crossing Safety Awareness Month; Minnesota Department Of Transportation Urges Motorists To Be Safe At Train Crossings

"Minnesota ranks in the top 15 states with the most highway-rail grade crossing incidents".  That quote from Minnesota Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Sheryl Cummings highlights the importance of train-car safety especially here in the Northland.

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Digital Vision
Digital Vision
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Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued For Highway 53 Relocation Project

The biggest highway project for the State of Minnesota in decades is coming closer to its target start date.  Once complete, the relocation of Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia will result in the tallest bridge in the state.  It will also impact communities, businesses, and the environment.

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Tony Hart
Tony Hart
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Train Companies Urge Amateur and Pro Photographers to Stop Using Their Tracks as Location Backdrops

We all know that we should never mess around with a train - right?  As kids we're told to not play on railroad tracks.  When we start driving, the instructions are to stop, look both ways, and go through train crossings as expediently as possible.  The train always wins!  So - why do some people think that posing for pictures on railroad tracks is an okay thing?

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10 Roads To Avoid During Winter In The Duluth Superior Area

Let's face it - getting around the Twin Ports in the winter can be tough.  Not only do we get the brunt of all that Mother Nature throws our way in the winter (I.E. snow, ice, cold) but we also live in a community that's built on a hill right next to a body of water that acts like an ocean.  To say that our roads can be treacherous at times would be an understatement.

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