Former Houghton County Administrator Returns, Shuffling of Upper Peninsula Presidents, & Marshfield Clinic Moves Into Central UP,
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Former Houghton County Administrator Returns
Ben Larson returned to his former job as Houghton County Administrator that he left a few years ago to work in the private sector. Mr. Larson was considered a very successful and respected public administrator. Welcome back Mr. Larson.
Speaking of returning public administrators, as we reported in our last edition of Whispers, former Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda has also returned to the Upper Peninsula to be the cybersecurity guru at Northern Michigan University.
Are we seeing a trend of returning leaders to the Upper Peninsula? The Upper Peninsula is a wonderful place to be, a hard place to leave and a wonderful place to return to work and live.
Shuffling of Upper Peninsula Presidents
We have read in recent weeks of the departure of the presidents of Finlandia University, Lake State University, Gogebic Community College and Bay de Noc Community College.
Interesting note is that makes the President of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University the senior presidents in the Upper Peninsula. NMU’s president Dr. Brock Tessman has only been on the job since early February. He has hit the ground running.
Lots of higher education presidential searches will be going on in the coming months and they are time consuming and expensive–but necessary obviously.
Marshfield Clinic Health System Moves Into Central Upper Peninsula
First the mega Wisconsin Health System moved into Iron Mountain and established a relationship with their hospital and doctors. Now we see they have moved into Marquette and established a relationship with the Marquette Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates.
A big development in the Upper Peninsula health care world. Marshfield Clinic will be providing some serious competition for Lifepoint who owns Marquette General Hospital–and other hospitals around the UP.
Will we see more services being offered by Marshfield Clinic in Marquette, Houghton, Escanaba, etc.? Will the University of Michigan Health System develop a stake in the Central and Western Upper Peninsula, as they have in the eastern Upper Peninsula at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie?
More to come from Rural Insights soon.
From the World Around Us
Homelessness in the United States has increased by 25% since 2017, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Our neighboring state Wisconsin broke a record this month. They had the most expensive judicial election in American history. Their state Supreme Court race in April had $40 million in spending on the race.
“It is a truth as old as humanity: one way we sustain the values of our community is by criticizing those who violate them.” Kwame Anthony Appiah.
“Appeasement is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes the crocodile will eat you last. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Books Recommended By Our Readers
“Nine Black Robes.” Joan Biskupic. 2023.
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