NMU Selects New President, Michigan Child Care Funding, New Michigan Scholarship, and Young UP Voices in Leadership. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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The Jesuits Open the Upper Peninsula to the World

Historian and author Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the Jesuits explored the Upper Peninsula area in the 17th and 18th centuries and their great contributions to expanding the knowledge of the region’s environment and people.

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Union Approval Rating, College Tuition Assistance, Rural K12 Funding, and Michigan Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot

Union Approval Rating, College Tuition Assistance, Rural K12 Funding, and Michigan Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot. 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 Steve Young, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NMU

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down to chat with Steve Young, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Northern Michigan University. Topics covered include NMU’s search for a new President, and the various challenges facing higher education and how the board and NMU is addressing those challenges.

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Fall Tourism in the Upper Peninsula, Banned Books, State Constitutional Amendments, UP Slogans, and Child Poverty in Michigan

Fall Tourism in the Upper Peninsula, Banned Books, State Constitutional Amendments, UP Slogans, and Child Poverty in Michigan. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Chatting with Duane DuRay, Airport Manager at Sawyer International Airport

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Duane DuRay, Airport Manager for Sawyer International Airport–the Upper Peninsula’s largest airport.

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Research

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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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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