Chippewa County Gets Massive New Industrial Park, Ironwood CEO Wins Award, From the World Around Us, and Survey Questions for our Readers

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This Week in RI

On Wednesday we will be republishing ‘Budget Proposals Backtrack on State’s Recent Commitment to “At-risk” Students’ from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Watch for this Wednesday morning.

Chippewa County Gets Massive New Industrial Park

A $7.3 million transportation and logistics hub is going to be located at Kincheloe (the former Air Force Base) in Chippewa County.

“State and federal grants have supported the creation of the new manufacturing hub aimed at strengthening support for Michigan’s $20 billion first products industry and other new and expanding businesses as well.” (Rosemary Parker, UP Word, 6.19.24).

Big news for the eastern Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan.

Ironwood Corporate CEO Wins Award

Stormy Kromer CEO Gina Thorsen was awarded this honor for being top advocate for small businesses in Michigan. The honor was given by the Michigan Small Business Association “for her strong advocacy for the Upper Peninsula and her efforts to get more small business owners involved in the larger community.

You will find on our Rural Insights website a podcast interview with Ms. Thorsen and David Haynes. There is also a transcript of the interview for those who do not use podcasts.

From the World Around Us

  • Millennials and members of Gen-Z are twice as likely to consider themselves political independents (52%) as the older generation of Americans (26%), according to Gallup.
  • In the past 10 years, more than 200 rural hospitals have stopped providing labor and delivery services. That equals more than half of rural hospitals in the US. This results in rural mothers having to drive further to get to a hospital and also means they are more at risk of complications. (Rural Minds. 6.17.24).

Survey Questions for Our Readers

Will your decision on who to vote for US President in November this year be at all influenced by:

    Movie actors/stars, musicians and other performers?


       ____ No


   Elected officials at the federal, state and/or local levels:





    Religious Leaders:





    Social Media Sources:

      ____ Yes

     ____ No

Quotes That Make Us Go Hmmm

“Old age is that stage of life when you quit giving a damn about what people say about you.” Unknown.

“Life is full of misery, loneliness and suffering–and it’s all over too soon.”  Woody Allen.

“Dying is a solo.” Woody Allen.

Books Recommended By Our Readers

“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride. Fiction. 2023.

“The End of the World is just the Beginning.” by Peter Zeihan. Non-fiction.

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David Haynes

David Haynes has served as a professor of public administration and public policy. He previously has served as President of Northern Michigan University. David has been involved in the public administration and political science field for over 45 years.


  1. Buckley on June 24, 2024 at 8:22 am

    Unable to participate in survey as it is. My responses are all no.

  2. jim j on June 24, 2024 at 8:56 am

    Unable to participate in the survey as it is. My responses are all ‘yes’, but the infulence is just as often negative as positive.

  3. Glen Miller on June 24, 2024 at 9:00 am

    I wasn’t able to register my vote in the survey. My answer to every question is no. Thank you again for publishing this newsletter. I look forward to seeing it published every week. I am worried about the level of investment in these projects that produce very few employment opportunities. I also want to be painfully clear that I am not a NIMBY. We need the investment and we need the growth if the Upper Peninsula is to survive. Keep up the good work. Please.

  4. Dammanager on June 24, 2024 at 9:46 am

    My responses to the survey are all NO.

  5. Rich on June 24, 2024 at 10:03 am

    No on all. I vote a straight party ticket. The two major parties represent their consistent philosophy and world view for the most part. People who say they “vote for the person” seem to me, to base their decision on what little we see and know about any individual.

  6. Tom on June 24, 2024 at 4:41 pm

    Laughable. All survey answers are NO, in thunder.

  7. Bobbie Young on June 24, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    Another NO on all. Anxious to learn more about the Industrial Park.

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