NMU Foundation and the Old Marquette Hospital Purchase, Global Supply Chain in the UP, and State Teacher Shortage. Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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NMU Grads, Young City Leaders: Discussion with Nick Sizeland, Mitch Foster, and Brian Chapman

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Northern Michigan University alumni Nick Sizeland, Mitch Foster, and Brian Chapman to discuss their current roles as young leaders in three Michigan cities and the challenges they are currently facing, and how they are working to overcome those challenges in their respective cities.

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UP Scholars, Another Yooper Moves On Up, Women and Selective Service, 2022 State Elections, and Women and Selective Service

UP Scholars, Another Yooper Moves On Up, Women and Selective Service, 2022 State Elections, Women and Selective Service, and the Most Expensive Real Estate in the Country. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Rural Voices: Don Wotruba

In the latest Rural Voices column, Upper Peninsula Native Don Wotruba gives an account of how his small-town upbringing in Carney-Nadeau provided a valuable foundation that has served him well in the years since he left the UP.

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Gender and Factory Work in the Upper Peninsula – Part Two

In Part Two of this two-part series, Dr. Russell Magnaghi explores gender and employment jobs during the industrial development of the Upper Peninsula’s mining regions: the Marquette, Menominee, and Gogebic Iron Ranges, as well as the Copper Country.

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Cybersecurity and Technology in the UP with Lois Ellis, Evan Rice, and Doug Miller

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with several UP leaders to discuss issues relating to technology and cybersecurity in the Upper Peninsula.

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McBroom named a Michiganian of the Year, veteran issues, Rural Insights employs student and faculty researchers, VRBO regulations, and “Definitely Not Fritz Erickson” Twitter account

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Americans are willing to pay higher taxes to improve care for veterans

Americans are quick to show their appreciation for the service of our armed forces, but are they willing to contribute more to provide better care for veterans? Marine Corps veteran and current NMU student Clay Postlewaite analyzes a recent RAND Corporation study that shows Americans are willing to pay more taxes for better veteran care.

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Research

Childcare: An Overview of Costs and Solutions

Childcare is one of the most pressing issues to the modern working…

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Hidden Homelessness in the Upper Peninsula

Hidden homelessness is a scary reality–it can affect friends, family, and others…

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A Quantitative Analysis of GDP in the Upper Peninsula

The data listed here comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)….

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Dark Store Theory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Impacts and Predictions

NMU student researcher Isabelle Karl gives an in-depth look at the losses in revenue and increased costs for local governments in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to tax breaks given to big box stores under the “dark store” loophole. She also discusses current legislative efforts to change how big box stores in Michigan are taxed in order to bring more revenue to local communities.

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Hotel Tax in the Upper Peninsula

NMU research student Elan Barber gives an overview of the history and structure of hotel taxes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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