Army veteran and current NMU student Matt Goss writes: “The faculty of the Construction Management and Building Technology department at NMU are second to none in helping transitioning veterans. They are hoping to bring veterans into this field because we have the leadership skills and attention to detail this field requires.”

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NMU Alumnus Howard Schultz Starts New Program, Fixing Michigan’s Property Tax System, Masks in Our K-12 Schools, NMU Faculty and Admin Reach Tentative Agreement

NMU Alumnus Howard Schultz Starts New Program, Fixing Michigan’s Property Tax System, Masks in Our K-12 Schools, NMU Faculty and Admin Reach Tentative Agreement. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Norway Michigan: A Classic Community

What’s going on in Norway? In this piece we feature an interview with Norway City Manager Ray Anderson, and highlight the news and current happenings of interest in this classic Upper Peninsula community.

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Rural Voices

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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Interview with Don Wotruba, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David sits down with Don Wotruba, UP native and Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, one of Lansing’s biggest educational associations and one of the most powerful in the state.

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State Funding for Lower Income Students, Fudge and Pasties in the UP, NMU Changes Masking Policy, K-12 Mask Debate, and NMU Faculty Calls for Strike Authorization Vote

State Funding for Lower Income Students, Fudge and Pasties in the UP, NMU Changes Masking Policy, K-12 Mask Debate, and NMU Faculty Calls for Strike Authorization Vote. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Interview with U.P. State Representative Sara Cambensy

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes talks with Sara Cambensy, State Representative for Michigan’s 109th District. Rep. Cambensy talks about some issues affecting the U.P. that the legislature will be working on in the current legislative session, and how rural areas like the U.P. can achieve greater influence in Lansing.

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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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