Iron Mountain’s Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center has opened a $12M addition to its Community Living Center, adding 12,300 square feet to the center and renovating nearly 4,000 square feet of the existing facility.

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Michigan Lockdown and UP Impact, Legislative Issue Suggestions, Generational Changes in Local Government, 109th Seat, and Moose Car Licking

Michigan lockdown and its U.P. impact, legislative issue suggestions, generational changes in local government, 109th seat in 2022, and Canada’s prohibition on moose car licking. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Fall Freshman Enrollment Down, COVID Cases Up, Marijuana Edibles in the UP, and Veterans Launching Ventures Course

Fall freshman enrollment is down, COVID cases are up, marijuana edibles in the UP, and details on new Veterans Launching Ventures course. Read about it in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Euro-American Commercial Fishing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula – Part Two

Check out Part Two of Upper Peninsula historian Russell Magnaghi’s report on early Euro-American commercial fishing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

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Euro-American Commercial Fishing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula – Part One

Check out Part One of Upper Peninsula historian Russell Magnaghi’s report on early Euro-American commercial fishing in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

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NMU Educational Access Network Has Big Impact on Rural Education

Eric Smith, the Director of Broadcast and Audio-Visual Services for Northern Michigan University, talks about the Educational Access Network and how it has positively impacted education in rural areas.

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U.P. Election Update, Veterans Day, NMU Awards Student Veteran of the Year, and M-Care Coming to the U.P.?

U.P. election update, Veterans Day, NMU awards student veteran of the year, and M-Care coming to the U.P.? Read more in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise, & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Is Rural America Failing or Succeeding? Maybe Both

Kenneth Johnson and Daniel Lichter of the University of New Hampshire Casey School of Public Policy summarize the findings of their peer reviewed article that provides cautionary lessons regarding the commonplace narrative of widespread rural decline and urban growth.

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Research

Veteran Talent Utilization in State and Local Leadership

In this recent study, Dr. David Haynes and Jesse Sherman took a look at veteran representation among the leadership at the three public universities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Rural America and the Veterans of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Living in rural America presents challenges, especially in regard to the Veteran…

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The Impact of Child Care in Rural Upper Peninsula and Compared to Three Urban Counties in Lower Michigan

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, though facing much higher rates of poverty and unemployment,…

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Veteran Data: Population by County with Age Considerations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This report is part of a series of research papers put together…

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Veteran Data: Population and Compensation/Pension Statistics in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is separated by a body of water called the…

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