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Farmers Approve Coop Merger

North Country members of Allied federated Coops have approved a merger with Agrimark -- a Massachusetts based coop that's already absorbed Macadam, a well-know local cheese maker. Douglas Hopper reports.  Go to full article

Shipping Season Begins Next Week

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation started breaking ice on the Saint Lawrence River this week. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Icebreaker <i>Robinson Bay</i>
Icebreaker Robinson Bay

Ice Breaking on the St. Lawrence

Ice breaking began on the St. Lawrence Seaway this week. Lighter ice conditions this year are making the job easier than usual. That wasn't the case in 2001 -- when David Sommerstein took this ride on the Robinson Bay.  Go to full article

Bush Defends Troubled Medicare Program

President Bush used a western New York high school gym yesterday as the setting to defend Medicare's new prescription drug benefit plan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Little's "Ethan Allen" Insurance Bill Moves Forward

The Senate passed a bill yesterday that requires public boat operators in New York to purchase marine liability insurance. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

The Spring Sky, Venus as a Morning Friend

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about the spring sky.  Go to full article

Inside the Seaway's Aging Locks

The locks and channels of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are getting old. Some were built more than 75 years ago. The U.S. and Canada are conducting a multi-million dollar study to determine how to keep the aging waterway functional, so ships can continue to haul cargo between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. While the Seaway is closed in winter, workers empty the locks of their water for annual maintenance. Last year, David Sommerstein climbed eight stories down to the bottom of the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence River near Massena. He filed this report.  Go to full article

Four Die in North Country Snowmobile Accidents

Four more snowmobile riders died over the weekend in the north country. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Author Nelly Maude Case and cunductor Brock McElheran
Author Nelly Maude Case and cunductor Brock McElheran

Call-in Special: A Conversation with Crane Conductor Brock McElheran

A conversation about the life and work of renowned Crane conductor Brock McElheran. A new biography, Worry Early, written by Crane faculty member Nellie Maude Case, details McElheran's early years growing up in Ontario and his more than 40-year career at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. Brock, Nellie and host Todd Moe take calls from listeners.  Go to full article

Developer Buys Deferiet Mill, But Not for Paper

A Syracuse-area developer has bought the Deferiet paper mill near Carthage. But as David Sommerstein reports, the plant isn't likely to make paper again.  Go to full article

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