In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with UP rural health leader Dennis Smith. Dennis is President of Dennis H. Smith Consulting, a firm working in the Rural Healthcare space, and is also the former President and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

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New NMU President Begins Work, From “Fix the Roads” to “Cut My Taxes”, Child Care Cost Solution Proposed, and Transparency in Nonprofits

New NMU President Begins Work, From “Fix the Roads” to “Cut My Taxes”, Child Care Cost Solution Proposed, and Transparency in Nonprofits. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Alcohol Drinking in the Upper Peninsula

Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a detailed overview of the history of alcohol regulation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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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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The Festival of Struggle

For three days, on July 2-4, 1932, a “Festival of Struggle” was held in Marquette County, Michigan that featured a parade, sporting events, and more. Though not much has been written about this festival previously, the Marquette Regional History Center’s Hunter Laing gives a fascinating and detailed overview.

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University Board Members, Alumni on University Boards, New Legislators Begin Their Service, and a Rural Legislative Agenda

University Board Members, Alumni on University Boards, New Legislators Begin Their Service, and a Rural Legislative Agenda. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Michigan’s Urban-Rural Divide

Is there a clear rural-urban split in Michigan based on economic and demographic factors? Michael and John Broadway explore this question by comparing data from the UP’s 15 counties between 1989 and 2019 to a sample of metropolitan counties from below the bridge.

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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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