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A Conversation With UP Rural Health Leader Dennis Smith

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with UP rural health leader Dennis Smith. Dennis is President of Dennis H. Smith Consulting, a firm working in the Rural Healthcare space, and is also the former President and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan.

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New NMU President Begins Work, From “Fix the Roads” to “Cut My Taxes”, Child Care Cost Solution Proposed, and Transparency in Nonprofits

New NMU President Begins Work, From “Fix the Roads” to “Cut My Taxes”, Child Care Cost Solution Proposed, and Transparency in Nonprofits. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Alcohol Drinking in the Upper Peninsula

Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a detailed overview of the history of alcohol regulation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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The Festival of Struggle

For three days, on July 2-4, 1932, a “Festival of Struggle” was held in Marquette County, Michigan that featured a parade, sporting events, and more. Though not much has been written about this festival previously, the Marquette Regional History Center’s Hunter Laing gives a fascinating and detailed overview.

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University Board Members, Alumni on University Boards, New Legislators Begin Their Service, and a Rural Legislative Agenda

University Board Members, Alumni on University Boards, New Legislators Begin Their Service, and a Rural Legislative Agenda. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Michigan’s Urban-Rural Divide

Is there a clear rural-urban split in Michigan based on economic and demographic factors? Michael and John Broadway explore this question by comparing data from the UP’s 15 counties between 1989 and 2019 to a sample of metropolitan counties from below the bridge.

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Welcome to 2023, a UP Leader Retires, 2022 Election for Governor and Abortion, and Urban Control of State Board of Education

Welcome to 2023, a UP Leader Retires, 2022 Election for Governor and Abortion, and Urban Control of State Board of Education. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise, & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Watkins: Here’s how we fix Michigan’s broken mental health system

Here’s how we continue the pursuit of an integrated health care system that maximizes public resources, is consumer and community-focused.

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Former UP State Rep Named to Powerful Post, Veterans and Homelessness, Stabenow Gets a Top Spot, and Opinion/Op-Ed Articles in Rural Insights

Former UP State Rep Named to Powerful Post, Veterans and Homelessness, Stabenow Gets a Top Spot, and Opinion/Op-Ed Articles in Rural Insights. Read this week’s edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

We have all heard the rhyme “The Twelve Days of Christmas” set to music, but what we are not familiar with is its serious purpose when it was written. Dr. Russell Magnaghi explains its history and what the twelve parts of the song originally meant.

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