Congrats to the Munising Mustangs, New UP Veterans Home Location, Dark Stores and the UP, Friend of UP Appointed, Former City Manager Returns, and a Real Estate Rumor

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Congrats to the Munising Mustangs!

Boys basketball state champions. What a great success. Their first. The entire Upper Peninsula is proud of them.

Upper Peninsula New Veterans Home Location

The DJ Jacobetti Home is going to be moved to a new facility that will be built someplace in Marquette. Initial rumors said it would be located on Marquette’s Lakeshore Blvd on some lakefront property. We have learned from State officials that a final decision has not yet been made and they are still looking at sites in Marquette Township. More to come.

Dark Stores and the UP

Local governments and community leaders are getting behind the legislation introduced by the Upper Peninsula’s State Senator Ed McBroom (38th Senate District). The proposed legislation would fix the tax loophole that big box stores like Meijer, Target, Walmart, etc., use to escape paying their fair share of taxes.

As a result of this loophole, local school districts, local public school districts, local governments have had to cut services. Take a look at the issue and the new legislation. There are several articles on our website that can assist you in reviewing this issue (

Friend of Upper Peninsula Appointed to Federal Position

Former Governor James Blanchard has been appointed by President Biden to be a member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Governor Blanchard also served as the United States Ambassador to Canada.

Former Upper Peninsula City Manager Returns to UP

Bill Vajda former City Manager of Marquette, returns to his hometown to join the Northern Michigan University team as the Executive Director of the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute. He brings decades of cybersecurity expertise at the federal, state and local levels to his new NMU position.

Bill’s family has long ties to NMU, starting with his father who served as an NMU academic department head for many, many years.

Upper Peninsula Community Colleges Getting New Leadership

Gogebic Community College President McNulty announced his resignation. Bay de Noc Community College’s longtime President is also retiring. Northern Michigan University has a new president. Finlandia University has announced it is closing its doors for good.

Lots of change in leadership and direction will be coming to higher education in the Upper Peninsula in the coming years. Higher education in our communities are major economic drivers and influencers. Worth watching what will develop.

Marquette Business Real Estate Rumor

Another rumor about the former popular restaurant and entertainment venue, Upfront & Company. Whisperers are telling us the most recent rumor is that the popular spot downtown that has been closed for over a decade is going to open again as a pizza place that will serve drinks and have live entertainment again. Hmmmm. Believe it?

From the World Around Us

Spring and summer are coming–hopefully. Thunderstorms are coming. Here is an interesting statistic from the National Weather Service:  “The odds of getting struck by lightening in your lifetime is 1 in 15,300.”

From a Georgetown University study: Some 30 million jobs in the United States paying an average of $55,000 do not require a bachelor’s degree. The study also pointed out that student debt is rising. Two-thirds of those with degrees say the debt was worth it, according to a YouGov poll.


“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” Winston Churchill.

“Haste is from the devil.” An Arabic proverb.

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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. Joseph LaMere on April 3, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the work you do to keep people informed. I’m a displaced Yooper in Washington state and I like to keep up with the news in the UP. Rural Insights provides me with information that I don’t find anywhere else, usually with little or no political bias.

  2. John Marten on April 3, 2023 at 10:27 am

    You forgot to add that LSSU President Rodney S. Hanley is resigning, last day June 29th.,a%20new%20and%20exciting%20opportunity.

    Leaving Michigan Tech with the only President not new or resigning and has been in place since 2018.

  3. Nick Bridges on April 3, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Do you know why Finlandia is closing? Declining enrollment seems like the obvious answer, but maybe its more than that. I went to a couple of summer school programs there when it was Suomi College. Its a shame its closing and is truly a loss for the area. I wonder if Michigan Tech would be able to make use of some of the facilities? They seem to have been expanding their footprint over the last ten years. Please pass along any updates or additional info you come across. And, thank you for taking the time and effort to create this unique news channel for what is happening across the UP. Local news north of the Big Mac is hard to come by.

  4. Bobbie Young on April 3, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Cmon Marquette, another pizza parlor. With live entertainment? Hmmmm?

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