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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

Stories filed by Todd Moe

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Sunday's Museum Event Includes New Music

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta took part in Sunday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake. Sinfonietta Artistic Director Mark Laycock composed Adirondack Fanfare and Processional for the new museum.  Go to full article
Kids with flags and Governor Pataki gather to break ground for the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake
Kids with flags and Governor Pataki gather to break ground for the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake

Ground Broken for Adk. Natural History Museum

Officials broke ground on the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake yesterday. The $20-million dollar project, on 31 acres of land, will feature an observation tower, a picnic area, nature trails and a 20-foot waterfall. Todd Moe spoke with some of those who attended Sunday's groundbreaking, including museum board trustee Jim Ellis, who says it's expected to boost tourism, while educating people about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Natural History Museum Construction to Begin Sunday

The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks takes a step closer to becoming a reality this weekend. A groundbreaking ceremony for the museum will be held Sunday morning (11:30) in Tupper Lake. Museum supporters, Congressman John McHugh and Governor Pataki are expected to attend the event. Todd Moe talks with Project Director Betsy Lowe about the start of construction on the museum and tackling the biggest subject in the Adirondacks -- nature.  Go to full article
Church of the Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration

Preview: Gospel Music in Blue Mountain Lake

The Church of the Transfiguration hosts the gospel group "Expressions of faith" this weekend. The Baltimore-based ensemble will perform a series of "floating" concerts from the Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery at various camps on the lake. Their main concert is Sunday morning at 9:30 at the church in Blue Mountain Lake. Todd Moe chats with the Reverend Lyman "Barney" Farnham about the gospel choir and the historic church.  Go to full article
Maestro Mark Laycock
Maestro Mark Laycock

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Kicks Off 2004 Season

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta begins its summer season of music in the mountains with a free Pops in the Park concert tonight (7 pm) on the shore of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. The concert marks the first performance of the ensemble under the direction of newly appointed Artistic Director/Conductor Mark Laycock. He tells Todd Moe that tonight's concert, titled "American Salute", will include many familiar patriotic tunes.  Go to full article
Patriotic Wall Hanging (Randy Merrill, Colton)
Patriotic Wall Hanging (Randy Merrill, Colton)

Preview: SLCHA Summer Quilt Show

Stars and stripes, flags and fireworks are part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association's "Red, White and Blue" summer quilt exhibit. The show continues through the end of August at the Silas Wright House and Red Barn Addition in Canton. Todd Moe chats with exhibit organizer Randy Merrill about quilts and quilting.  Go to full article

Books: Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks

For the past 8 years, a group of Big Moose Lake residents, year-round and summer visitors, has been researching and collecting stories about the early years of life on Big Moose. They've published a book this summer titled Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks: The Story of the Lake, the Land and the People. The book is the story of Big Moose Lake brought to life by more than 250 antique postcards and family photographs, oral histories, diary entries, and personal correspondence of the men and women who settled the area. Todd Moe visits with some of the residents who worked on the book.  Go to full article
Jay Nash
Jay Nash

Preview: Rock for the River in Clayton

Musicians from around the country gather at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30) for Rock for the River, a benefit concert for the environmental group "Save the River". Todd Moe talks with Los Angeles singer/guitarist Jay Nash who came up with the idea for the concert. Originally from Syracuse, Nash spent most of his summers playing guitar in the Thousand Islands and still considers it home.  Go to full article
Canton 4th graders crowd Fred Morgan's musical <i>Tuba Mailbox</i> at TAUNY
Canton 4th graders crowd Fred Morgan's musical Tuba Mailbox at TAUNY

Frugal Folkart: From Waste to Whimsy

A new exhibit at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, in Canton, explores the notion that one person's trash is another's treasure. "Extreme Makeovers" features folkart from found objects and recycled materials. Not so long ago, salvage crafts, like crazy quilts or braided rugs made from fabric scraps were common in North Country homes. Todd Moe visited the new TAUNY exhibit and found that even in today's disposable world, the uninteresting becomes imaginative.  Go to full article
Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

Gay Pride: Plattsburgh Mayor Speaks Out on Marriage & GOP

There are more openly lesbian and gay elected officials now than in any time in history. And contrary to popular belief, they're not all Democrats. Dan Stewart has been the mayor of Plattsburgh, since 2000. Stewart is a Republican, but in recent months he's spoken out against the party's national policies and President Bush's call for a Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Stewart spoke last weekend at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists convention in New York City. He was on a panel of gay and lesbian politicians. Stewart is up for re-election this fall in Plattsburgh. He spoke with Todd Moe during the convention about same-sex marriage, the Republican party and his re-election campaign.  Go to full article

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