In his latest article, Michael Broadway analyzes job growth among Michigan’s counties between 2006 and 2023, and compares the Upper Peninsula’s job creation performance with other areas in the state.

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Budget Proposals Backtrack on State’s Recent Commitment to “At-risk” Students

In an opinion piece for Bridge Michigan, Craig Thiel examines Michigan’s proposed changes to the K-12 education budget, which could allow school districts to divert “at-risk” student funding for general expenses, potentially undermining support for low-income students with unique educational needs.

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Chippewa County Gets Massive New Industrial Park, Ironwood CEO Wins Award, From the World Around Us, and Survey Questions for our Readers

Chippewa County Gets Massive New Industrial Park, Ironwood CEO Wins Award, From the World Around Us, and Survey Questions for Our Readers. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Global Service from Upper Peninsula Roots: Talking to Karen Ogle About Her Foreign Service Career

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Karen Ogle, a Marquette native who has carved out a distinguished career in the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service.

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Diplomatic Paths: From Marquette to the World with Robert Hilton

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Robert Hilton, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army and a Marquette native with a storied international career.

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Proceed With Caution

In her latest “CLOSUP on the UP” article, Katelyn Jasmin discusses the unchanged perceptions of climate change seriousness among Michigan local officials despite increasing climate disasters, emphasizing the need for urgent action and preparation.

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Congratulations to High School and Higher Ed Graduates, Citizen Journalism Presentation, Homeownership in the UP and America, Finnish-American Classes, & Transparency in Nonprofits

Congratulations to High School and Higher Ed Graduates, Citizen Journalism Presentation, Homeownership in the UP and America, Finnish-American Classes, & Transparency in Nonprofits. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center Expands Veteran Care with New Specialists and Improved Access

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is expanding access to healthcare for Veterans by hiring new specialists, including its first gynecologist and gastroenterologist, and implementing gap and surrogate providers to reduce wait times.

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Research

Assessing Socioeconomic Trends and Disparities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: A County-by-County Analysis

We occasionally publish research by NMU students, and this article is an…

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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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