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Mystery illness strikes Potsdam

The stomach ailment tests the local hospital. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

North Country anglers compete for fish funds

Last year, Occidental Chemical, a company in the Buffalo area, agreed to pay New York $12 million for dumping toxic waste in the Niagara River in the 1980s. The chemicals have spread downstream and contaminated Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. It's too late to clean up the mess now. So the Department of Environmental Conservation is going to spend the money on improving the fishery from Niagara Falls to Massena. The DEC is casting for the best "bang-for-your-buck" projects at meetings statewide. Last week, St. Lawrence County anglers made a striking showing at a meeting near Ogdensburg - more than double the attendance of the Rochester meeting. But as David Sommerstein reports, there was a sinking feeling big city wishes may trump North Country concerns.  Go to full article

Renowned conductor dies in Brushton

One of the top orchestra conductors of the 1940s and 50s died Tuesday in Brushton, in Franklin County, when he and his wife were caught in an early morning house fire. Siegfried Landau founded the Brooklyn Philharmonia in 1954. Irene Landau was a dancer who studied under Martha Graham. The couple had retired to the North Country. Maurice Edwards is the historian for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and worked with Landau when he was conductor there. He remained life-long friends with the couple and visited them at their Brushton home. Jonathan Brown asked him how Landau will be remembered.  Go to full article

Mohawk Catskills casino takes major step

Another big step forward for the St. Regis Mohawks' casino in the Catskills. Monday Governor Spitzer announced an agreement with tribal chiefs on a gaming compact. As David...  Go to full article
Members of Crosswinds during their UpNorth Music session

About Crosswinds

Until recently, this band was called the Thundertones, and it is the longest running band at Akwesasne. Fiddler Joe Jacobs was with the band when they began playing in 1955....  Go to full article
Atsiaktonkie

About Atsiaktonkie

Atsiaktonkie calls himself a crossover musician. He relies heavily on Mohawk musical customs, such as calling, in his songs, but uses them to create a more contemporary rock...  Go to full article
The Akwesasne Women Singers

About the Akwesasne Women Singers

This group of women sings traditional Mohawk dance songs in the native language. Traditionally, men would have sung these songs, but the Akwesasne Women Singers want to...  Go to full article
December Wind

About December Wind

December Wind recorded an album with Canyon records and now enjoys a substantial following in Europe and the southwestern United States. They travel a lot, performing at...  Go to full article

NY lawmakers push back on passport plan

Republican Congressman John McHugh is joining with a Democratic colleague from Rochester to keep fighting a passport requirement for border crossing. David Sommerstein...  Go to full article
The rivalry: January, 2007 in Canton. Photo by Tara Freeman.

Hockey rivalry heats up before playoffs

The North Country is home to one of the great - some say greatest - rivalries in college hockey. And this year, the St. Lawrence Saints and Clarkson's Golden Knights are one...  Go to full article

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