Oct 07, 2009 — It's been a tough year for the North Country economy. Government agencies have implemented hiring freezes. Many local firms have trimmed staff. Unemployment in many parts of the region tops ten percent, running well above the state and national averages. But in Saranac Lake, one bright spot is the expansion of Trudeau Institute. The research lab founded in the 1880s to battle tuberculosis has reinvented itself as one of the top science institute's in the country studying the human immune system. Now Trudeau is adding new jobs and preparing to open a massive new laboratory. Brian Mann has part one of our series on Trudeau's history and its impact in the North Country.