A great American hero joins the ancestors, NMU trustee honored, child care cost priority continues, census undercounts, and how high does $1 trillion stack up? Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Discussion with Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith and City Commissioner Cody Mayer

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes talks to Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith and City Commissioner Cody Mayer to discuss the challenges currently faced by rural cities like Marquette, and what their thoughts are on where the future is headed for rural cities in the Upper Peninsula.

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Giant Hedge Fund Apollo and UP Nurses Problems, More Health Care News, Finlandia President Announces Exit, Census-Related Losses, and Child Care Spending

Giant hedge fund Apollo and UP nurses problems, more health care news, Finlandia president announces exit, census-related losses, and child care spending. Read the latest Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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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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A Tale of Two Counties: Houghton Sees Younger Population, Stronger Economy Than Marquette

Houghton and Marquette Counties are two major economic and population centers in the Upper Peninsula. Michael and John Broadway take a look at how the two have compared in recent years, and why proactive initiatives by Michigan Tech University and the MTEC Smartzone have contributed to Houghton County having a younger population and arguably stronger economy than that of Marquette.

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UP Trivia, IRS Poll, Fired NMU President Speaks Out, New Grant for Econ Development, and Local Resources for Domestic Violence

UP Trivia, IRS Poll, Fired NMU President Speaks Out, New Grant for Econ Development, and Local Resources for Domestic Violence. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Update On NMU President Firing, Women-Owned and Operated UP Businesses, Are Left Handers Smarter Than Right Handers? and Student Debt Continues to Mount

Update On NMU President Firing, Women-Owned and Operated UP Businesses, Are Left Handers Smarter Than Right Handers? and Student Debt Continues to Mount. Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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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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