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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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Bridge Replacement On Highway 88 Starts August 7

A project to replace the bridge the crosses Burntside River west of Ely will begin on Monday, August 7.  The existing bridge on Highway 88 - which was constructed in 1938 - has reached the end of its serviceable life.

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St. Louis County Unveils New Flag Disposal Option

Anyone who's sat through an American Civics course knows a thing or two about flag etiquette.  From the proper way to handle and display the American Flag to what you shouldn't do with it, there is a whole list of things you need to know.

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Duluth Police Search For Individuals Connected To Shoplifting Incident

The Duluth Police Department is looking for help from the public in identifying and finding two individuals wanted for questioning in relation to a shoplifting incident.  The department has been successful in the past using social media;  that's why they've turned to their Facebook page to ask for help.

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St. Louis County Goes High-Tech With Road Condition Sensors And Cameras

This winter, new tools will be waiting on county road to help you battle the inclement weather and changing road conditions.  St. Louis County has just installed remote data sensors and cameras at various locations throughout the Northland.  These units - part of the Roadway Weather Information System - will allow officials real-time data, monitoring weather and road conditions to allow for more-informed decisions.

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Free Backpacks Are Distributed To Needy Students Ahead Of New School Year
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CHUM Collects Backpacks And Supplies For Those Who Need Help With Back-To-School Needs

The new school year will start sooner than you think;  while many look forward to adventure of the season, others look to back-to-school time with trepidation.  Many families in the Northland have a difficult time making ends meet all year long - but especially when clothes and supply shopping stretch their budget.

CHUM is looking to change that by organizing a backpack and school supply collection.  According to officials with the agency, participation can take many forms.  Scott Van Deale - CHUM's Distributive Services Director expands:

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Los Angeles's 405 Freeway Closes Completely For Bridge Repair
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Arrowhead/Haines Road Area By Highway 53 To See Construction Starting July 31

A busy section of roads in Hermantown will see some significant construction work starting Monday, July 31.  Crews with St. Louis County will be working on the area west of Arrowhead Road between Highway 53 and Haines Road - making improvements that will ease the traffic congestion.

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Peter Frampton Freaks Out Over Video On Minnesota Stage Over The Weekend

Instead of "Frampton Comes Alive" - it was Frampton (be)comes angry on Sunday, as he performed in Red Wing, Minnesota.  During a show at the Treasure Island Casino, Peter Frampton halted his performance twice over the video content that was being shown on the big screen monitors behind him.

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An Aspirin A Day Could Prevent Both Heart Disease And Colon Cancer
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Local Health Officials Suggest Patients “Ask About Aspirin” To Reduce Heart Risks

You only get one heart;  that's why it's important to take care of the one you have!  For many years now, medical research has shown a correlation between daily intake of aspirin for some patients and a reduced risk of heart-related issues.  Now, local health officials are prompting people to learn more.

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