Tourist Visits to the UP, NMU Olympic Training Center Sends Athletes to Olympic Games, Annual UP Truck Show, Short-Term Rental Regulations, and more. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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Locally-Produced Beer a Growing Industry in the UP

Locally-produced beer is a growing industry in the Upper Peninsula, and despite an overall decline in the consumption of beer, microbreweries and brewpubs in the UP have found success in part by tying regional identity and community to their product.

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Veteran Food Cards, UP Citizens Appointed to Boards, HIPPA Law and Vaccination Privacy, Mandating Masks in UP Schools, Digital Media in the UP

Veteran Food Cards, UP Citizens Appointed to Boards, HIPPA Law and Vaccination Privacy, Mandating Masks in UP Schools, Things You Are Required to do in America, and Digital Media in the UP. Read all the latest in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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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 UP’s Farming Revival

Most people would consider the Upper Peninsula largely unsuitable for agriculture; its short growing season, poor soils, extreme weather and small market make farming a challenge. However, as Michael Broadway details, there has been a reversal in the decline of farms in the UP over the last 30 years.

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Child Care Tax Credits in Mail, Rocket Launch Opposition in Big Bay, Affording Basic Necessities in Michigan and the UP, National Service, and Drug Deaths in America

Child Care Tax Credits in Mail, Rocket Launch Opposition in Big Bay, Affording Basic Necessities in Michigan and in the UP, National Service, and Drug Deaths in America. Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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An Overview of Childcare Costs and Solutions

Rural Insights student researcher Max Steele recently published a new report detailing the costs of childcare in the United States and an overview of some of the main initiatives in place to help ease the burden of high childcare costs for Americans.

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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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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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