Houghton and Marquette Counties are two major economic and population centers in the Upper Peninsula. Michael and John Broadway take a look at how the two have compared in recent years, and why proactive initiatives by Michigan Tech University and the MTEC Smartzone have contributed to Houghton County having a younger population and arguably stronger economy than that of Marquette.

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UP Trivia, IRS Poll, Fired NMU President Speaks Out, New Grant for Econ Development, and Local Resources for Domestic Violence

UP Trivia, IRS Poll, Fired NMU President Speaks Out, New Grant for Econ Development, and Local Resources for Domestic Violence. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Update On NMU President Firing, Women-Owned and Operated UP Businesses, Are Left Handers Smarter Than Right Handers? and Student Debt Continues to Mount

Update On NMU President Firing, Women-Owned and Operated UP Businesses, Are Left Handers Smarter Than Right Handers? and Student Debt Continues to Mount. Read this week’s edition of 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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Pictured Rocks Tourism Levels Likely Unsustainable Unless Action Is Taken

Michael and John Broadway write about the potentially-bleak fate of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s future if the increasing strains from tourism are not adequately addressed.

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NMU Board Fires President, COVID-Era Greetings, Tax Facts, Driving on the Seney Stretch, and Child Care Tax Credit Impact Felt

NMU Board Fires President, COVID-Era Greetings, Tax Facts, Driving on the Seney Stretch, and Child Care Tax Credit Impact Felt. Check out this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Interview with David Jahn, President and CEO of Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David sits down with David Jahn, President and CEO of Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital. In this episode, David discusses healthcare in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, and the difficulties that are being faced not just at his facility but in hospitals throughout the UP.

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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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