The World Around Us, Listening and Learning in the UP, Luce County’s Census, and Civil War Tombstone Cleanup. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Taking a Look at Housing Rental Cost Dynamics in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

In this newly-published research paper, NMU’s Dr. Weronika Kusek and Max Steele take a look at the issue of rising rental costs across four counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Covid Vaccination Response, University Presidential Search, UP Hospital Owners Make Loan to Japanese Bank, UP Prison Population, and New Job for Bill Vajda

Covid Vaccination Response, University Presidential Search, UP Hospital Owners Make Loan to Japanese Bank, UP Prison Population, and New Job for Bill Vajda. Read this week’s 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 Conversation With Ed Legault, Executive Director for the Delta County Economic Development Alliance

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Ed Legault, Executive Director for the Delta County Economic Development Alliance, to talk about what’s happening in his part of the Upper Peninsula.

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Welcome to 2022, New Digital Journalism Nationally and Locally, Income Inequality, Reapportionment in Michigan, and Lack of Rural Representation

Welcome to 2022, New Digital Journalism Nationally and Locally, Income Inequality, Reapportionment in Michigan, and Lack of Rural Representation. Read about this and more in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Affordable Housing in Marquette

Bill Vajda gives his thoughts on affordable housing in the City of Marquette, and in particular the impact of current rates on renters and the service economy.

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Research

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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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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