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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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Buckle Up! Law Enforcement Promotes Seat Belt Usage With Click It Or Ticket Event – May 22-June 4

Historically, the weeks around Memorial Day can be some of the highest for automobile accidents.  With the large number of vehicles on the road, drivers need to do all they can to be proactive.

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Bridge Repair To Close Highway 5 Near Bear River Until Mid-November

A bridge repair will close down a stretch of a Northland roadway for almost the rest of the year. St. Louis County crews will begin their work on the bridge that crosses Bear River on Highway 5.  A new bridge will be constructed on the site - to replace the existing one that dates back to 1934.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
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SS Meteor Whaleback Museum And Old Firehouse And Police Museum Reopens This Weekend

Two popular attractions in Superior are reopening their doors to the public for the season with new exhibits and more.  The SS Meteor Whaleback Museum (located on Barkers Island) and the Old Firehouse and Police Museum (in Superior's East End) will host a free open house on Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM.

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Summit Brewing Wants Your Help Naming Their State Fair Beer

Food on a stick.  Carnival rides.  Animals.  And this year - a beer that could be named by you!  As the weeks roll by and the Minnesota State Fair gets closer, the brewers at Summit Brewing are gearing up and preparing a specially-crafted ale to cool off fair-goers - and, they would like your help giving it a name.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
TSM - Nick Cooper
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Roadwork Closes Parts Of Highway 7 Until August

A popular scenic highway in the Northland is going to see some roadwork - and temporary closures - for the remainder of the summer.  County State Aid Highway 7 - which runs parallel to Highway 53 from Duluth to the Iron Range - will get some much-needed reclaim and overlay work.  In order to accommodate the work crews, portions of the roadway will be closed to traffic.

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Steve Tanko
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Oliver Bridge Project Update For May 15

The second year of work on the Oliver Bridge is almost a month in this summer and officials with the CN Railroad and Douglas County have updates.  According to information released by the railroad, work is progressing nicely.  Crews have delivered the first round of timber panels for the upper railroad deck part of the bridge - with more to come.

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