Charcoal kilns are one of the most interesting treasures of rural UP history, remnants of one of its important early industries. There are two prominent restored charcoal kilns in the UP, but how many authentic kilns still exist? Dr. Thomas Straka addresses that question in his Rural Insights debut.

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Inflation Felt All Across the Yoop, the Search for Affordable Housing Solutions, and McBroom Declines January 6th Committee Testimony

Inflation Felt All Across the Yoop, the Search for Affordable Housing Solutions, and McBroom Declines January 6th Committee Testimony. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Catching Up With Brian Chapman, Sault Ste. Marie City Manager

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Brian Chapman, City Manager for Sault Ste. Marie to catch up on the latest issues surrounding municipal finance and rural government.

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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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State Legislature and Short-Term Rentals, New 1st Congressional District? Michigan Ballot Questions, Transparency in Marquette Hospital Deal, and Apollo Investments

State Legislature and Short-Term Rentals, New 1st Congressional District? Michigan Ballot Questions, Transparency in Marquette Hospital Deal, and Apollo Investments. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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My Memories of John X. Jamrich

NMU History Professor Emeritus Dr. Russell Magnaghi shares some of his memories of the late John X. Jamrich, NMU’s third-longest serving president. Jamrich passed away February 20, 2022 at the age of 101.

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Longtime UP Business Closing Doors, Former UP State Rep Has Home Searched, Sault Ste. Marie School Makes List, Police Officers in Schools, and Local Gov Finance Challenges

Longtime UP Business Closing Doors, Former UP State Rep Has Home Searched, Sault Ste. Marie School Makes List, Police Officers in Schools, and Local Gov Finance Challenges. Read this week’s Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Research

Earned Income Tax Credit: Max Steele’s Analysis

Rural areas have several demographic components that lend themselves to having a…

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Recent Population Changes in the U.P. Amidst the Pandemic

The population dynamics of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are well documented. Its population,…

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Boom and Bust: Calumet and Keweenaw National Historical Park 30 Years On

Many communities throughout the Upper Peninsula have developed their sense of place…

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Survey Shows Diversity of NMU’s Student Veterans

Diversity is something that members of America’s armed forces inadvertently come to…

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Housing Rental Cost Dynamics in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Housing prices in the US have been increasing at an average rate…

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