Rural Insights

Interview with Don Wotruba, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David sits down with Don Wotruba, UP native and Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, one of Lansing’s biggest educational associations and one of the most powerful in the state.

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Interview with U.P. State Representative Sara Cambensy

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes talks with Sara Cambensy, State Representative for Michigan’s 109th District. Rep. Cambensy talks about some issues affecting the U.P. that the legislature will be working on in the current legislative session, and how rural areas like the U.P. can achieve greater influence in Lansing.

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Discussion with Dickinson County Leaders Lois Ellis, Theresa Caylor, and David Holmes

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes talks with Dickinson County leaders Lois Ellis of the DAEDA, Theresa Caylor of Systems Control, and David Holmes of the Breitung Township School District about the work being done and progress being made between the area’s educational sector and the manufacturing employment base.

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Interview with MDARD Director and Former U.P. Legislator Gary McDowell

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sat down with Gary McDowell, current director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. Gary also served three, two-year terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He grew up in Rudyard, MI, where he still resides, and is a farmer by trade.

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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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New Report: Hidden Homelessness in the Upper Peninsula

Rural Insights student researcher Max Steele recently published a new report on hidden homelessness in the Upper Peninsula–a problem that varies county-by-county and is a bigger issue than it often appears to be on the surface.

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Interview with Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Brian Chapman and Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Brian Chapman and Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch to discuss some of the issues facing not only their own respective cities and counties, but cities and counties throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.

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Interview with Laura Coleman, President of Bay College

Dr. Laura Coleman, President of Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI, is one of the most respected community college leaders in Michigan and across the country. In this interview we discuss lots of interesting information about higher education in the Upper Peninsula and in Michigan.

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Interview with UP State Senator Ed McBroom

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes interviews Ed McBroom, a Republican member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 38th district in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Is McBroom considering a run for Governor next election? Watch or listen to this excellent interview to find out!

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New Research Publication Analyzes GDP in the Upper Peninsula

NMU student researcher Max Steele gives a detailed quantitative analysis of the Upper Peninsula’s GDP using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in his latest research paper published on Rural Insights.

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