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The Upper Peninsula’s Food Price Premium

Higher food and gas prices are part of the cost of living in a remote area, and the latest food price increases have only added to those costs. This article illustrates the added price premium that UP residents in remote areas pay for basic food items by examining the total cost of 13 commonly-purchased food items, and the impact dollar stores have had on availability of healthy food choices.

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Systems Control: Sixty Years of Growth, Innovation and Success

Systems Control is one of the Upper Peninsula’s most successful companies. In this article, Lois Ellis of the Dickinson Area Economic Alliance gives a great overview of the company’s history and accomplishments over the last 60 years.

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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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CRC: Growing City Tax Rates Approach Rate Limits

The Citizens Research Council recently released a report that examines how municipal property tax rates have changed from 2004 to 2020. In this article, the Michigan CRC explores the extent to which local governments have approached and surpassed tax rate limits.

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Looking Back: Talking to Gina Thorsen, Stormy Kromer President and Co-Owner

Occasionally we will be republishing transcripts of Rural Insights Podcast episodes we’ve done in the past. Here is a conversation we had with Gina Thorsen, President and Co-Owner of Stormy Kromer, originally published May 17, 2022. If you missed this episode when it was posted originally, you’ll want to check this out!

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