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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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Aerial Spraying For Gypsy Moth Happens July 17 In Douglas County

If you notice low-flying aircraft on Monday, July 17 - don't be alarmed.  According to officials with Douglas County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection program will be aerial spraying to combat the spread of the Gypsy Moth on that date in our area.  The spray treatment is expected to start as early as 6:00 AM and continue throughout the day.

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Undocumented Immigrants Apply For Driver's Licenses At Chicago DMV
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Minnesota Driver & Vehicle License Services Restricted July 17-24 For Computer Replacements

If you're a Minnesota driver and need license services for yourself or your vehicles next week - here's a heads up;  due to computer upgrades and replacements, the entire State of Minnesota's licensing system will be restricted next week - July 17-24.

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Minnesota-Based Holiday Station Stores Sells To Canadian Company

One of Minnesota's iconic gas stations/convenience stores has a new owner.  Canadian-based Couche-Tard (which operates the Circle K brand) has announced that they have arranged a deal to purchase Holiday Station Stores from the Erickson family that has operated it since its inception in 1928.

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Amnesty International Holds Anniversary Vigil For Guantanamo Bay Prisoners
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St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office Warrant List For July 9, 2017

The deputies at the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office do a great job of keeping us safe!  Along with more traditional routes, they have also instituted many modern-era technology-savvy ways of fighting crime.  One of those ways is with a digital version of their current Warrant List.

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Los Angeles's 405 Freeway Re-Opens Ahead Of Schedule
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MNDOT Plans 4-Year Rebuild For I-35W; Project Starts In August

If you thought traffic was bad in the Twin Cities now - get ready!  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are getting ready to kick off a massive 4-year rebuild for the stretch of I-35W that runs through the heart of the city.

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Highway 169 Resurfacing Project In Progress Until Mid-October

Summer is the season that a lot of people take to the open road for one reason or another - whether it's to head to the lake or cabin or just because.  Unfortunately, orange cones tend to go hand-in-hand with the summer season, as road crews work diligently to squeeze in their necessary repairs and maintenance during the few months of nice weather we get in our area.

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West Nile Virus Mosquitoes Return Early To California
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Douglas County Establishes Dead Bird Hotline To Combat West Nile Virus

By now you've heard the news that there has been a confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a bird that was found near Spooner, Wisconsin in Washburn County.  As the summer mosquito season heats up, it's important for everyone to be diligent when it comes to their safety.

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How Can I Limit My Risks Associated With The West Nile Virus?

Now that there has been a confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in Spooner, Wisconsin in Washburn County, Northlanders are right to be concerned about the potential risks here in our area.  Being there isn't a vaccination, the health risks involved with West Nile can fatal.

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I-495 Bridge Closed Indefinitely Over Christina  River in WIlmington
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Major I-35W Closure To Affect Metro Traffic This Weekend

Bridge removal, paving, and general maintenance will completely close a major stretch of I-35W in the Twin Cities Metro this weekend - forcing drivers to take alternate routes. The close will occur on the stretch of I-35W that runs between Burnsville and Bloomington - specifically between I-35E and I-494.

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