“The compass was always there, steady and true. I looked at it often and knew my headings to each location by heart. I never doubted the compass when I could see clearly–but when the fog rolled in, so did my doubts and fear.” Read more from Marquette native and current Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Police Chief Paul Tomasi in this edition of Rural Voices.

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Veteran Food Assistance, Health Care in the U.P., More on University Trustee Oversight, and a New Guest Podcast

Veteran food assistance, health care in the U.P., more on university trustee oversight, and a new guest podcast. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Eastern U.P. School District Maintains Educational Excellence Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Superintendent for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District Angie McArthur describes how her district–the largest geographic intermediate school district in the state–successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic using collaboration and technology, and what the continuing challenges and opportunities will be for students and educators moving forward.

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Trust the Compass

“The compass was always there, steady and true. I looked at it often and knew my headings to each location by heart. I never doubted the compass when I could see clearly–but when the fog rolled in, so did my doubts and fear.” Read more from Marquette native and current Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Police Chief Paul Tomasi in this edition of Rural Voices.

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Rural Voices: Jon G. LaSalle

“I was raised on our family’s homestead near Fayette Historic State Park on the Garden Peninsula. I attended school in a two-room schoolhouse in Fairbanks Township called “Mud Lake School” that had K-4 in one room and 5th-8th grades in the second room.” Read Jon G. LaSalle’s fascinating account of growing up in the Upper Peninsula in his Rural Voices piece.

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Should Universities require students to have the COVID vaccine prior to the start of Fall classes? Also, we’d love to know your personal philosophy to post to our site. Read about this and also rural food insecurity, an Upper Peninsula hero, and public university trustee oversight in this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Rural Insights student researcher Elan Barber has published a paper on the history, legislation, and structuring of hotel taxes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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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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Upper Peninsula Voting Data

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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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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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