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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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St. Lawrence Hosts North Country's First LGBT Film Festival

The North Country's first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival opens Friday night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include the needs of youth, raising children, transgender issues, LGBT activism and the politics of AIDS. Todd Moe talks with two organizers of the film festival: Travis Babcock, a student at St. Lawrence and member of SLU PRIDES, and Kate Babbitt, president of PRISM, a regional support and social group.  Go to full article
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring

Growing Gardens in Jefferson County

Land has been cleared for a new community garden in the North Country village of Philadelphia. Organizers say the garden, near Fort Drum, will be a reliable source of fresh vegetables for area families and food pantries, and a powerful means to bring people together. Todd Moe talks with Odette Butler, of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County. For more information about community gardens, call 315-788-8450  Go to full article
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward
Fusia, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward

Snow Fantasies in St. Regis Falls

Despite freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, nine teams from across the state showcased their talents by carving eight ton blocks of snow during the 18th annual New York State Snow Sculpting Championships in St. Regis Falls. Judges awarded 1st Place to the sculpture Fusia, carved by Chris, Bill and Mike Woodward, of St. Regis Falls and Dickinson Center. They'll compete next winter in national snow sculpting competition in Wisconsin. Todd Moe caught up with the winning team Sunday.  Go to full article

Preview: Violin Sonatas Saturday Night in North Creek

Adirondack Ensemble presents the second concert on its Concerts and Conversations Chamber Music Series at Tannery Pond Community Center in downtown North Creek. Hungarian pianist Aniko Szokody and violinist Michael Dabrosky will perform violin sonatas by Mayer, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Franck. The concert is 7:30 Saturday night. Todd Moe talks with Adirondack Ensemble President and Executive Director Mark Bergman, who says the goals of this winter/spring concert series are to make chamber music, classical and jazz styles, accessible, engaging and fun.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam High School Benefit Concert

The Northern Symphonic Winds performs a benefit concert Saturday night at 7:30 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY-Potsdam. Proceeds will go toward renovating Potsdam High School's auditorium. Todd Moe talks with Adrienne Hartman, co-chair of the group, Potsdam Music Friends, and Potsdam High School choral director Tamara Madeja about the need for new audio equipment in the school.  Go to full article

Preview: St. Lawrence University Celebrates the Gullah/Geechee Culture

The focus of this year's Festival of the Arts at St. Lawrence University is on the people of African descent whose ancestors were brought by their captors to the sea islands off the southern coast of what is now the United States. The theme for next week's festival is, The Gullah Connection: From West Africa to the Islands of the Americas. Todd Moe talks with Margaret Kent Bass, one of the organizers of the Festival, about the Gullah culture. She says it's unlike any other in the world. It's a manner of living, working, storytelling and beliefs that trace roots back to the first slaves arriving in the Carolinas in the early 17th century.  Go to full article

Farm-to-School: Improving Farm Income and School Lunches

Cornell Cooperative Extension officials in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence county say the time is ripe to start serving more North Country-grown produce in local schools. Cooperative Extension started its first farm-to-school pilot programs last summer in Canton, Massena and at SUNY-Potsdam. The aim this year is to get more farmers and schools involved. Request program information. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Northern Blend Chorus Open House in Watertown

Women who like to sing are invited to a special program of music Monday night in Watertown. The Northern Blend Chorus' Open House will feature a performance by the women's barbershop quartet For Heaven's Sake. Todd Moe talks with Northern Blend Chorus assistant director Katie Taylor about the joy of singing.  Go to full article

Uncovering Hidden History

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton is sponsoring a local history essay contest with a goal of unearthing hidden history in the North Country. Todd Moe talks with Bart Harloe, one of the coordinators of the writing contest that looks into history "from the bottom up".  Go to full article

Music With a Mission

A group of church musicians has released a CD of Christmas carols, to share a love of music and as a fundraiser. Rejoice contains music for the season, recorded earlier this fall at the Ecumenical Choir Festival 2002. Proceeds will benefit people in need. Todd Moe talks with Ted Tate about "Ministries in the North Country", or MINC, one of the groups behind the idea for Rejoice.

You can order Rejoice from Jan Fife, 505 Anthony St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Cost per copy is $15--half the proceeds support MINC, half the church of your choice.  Go to full article

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