New Rural Insights UP Issues Survey–Chance to Win a $50 Stormy Kromer Gift Certificate!

Rural Insights Upper Peninsula Survey

Two years ago we ran a “Rural Insights Reader Survey” to get input from you, the readers, on what issues are important to you in the Upper Peninsula and what you would like to see covered by Rural Insights. We were able to gather a great deal of information from this survey and we got lots of helpful input.

This week we’re running a new survey, focused primarily on key issues and their importance to Upper Peninsula residents. Once again we are offering a $50 Stormy Kromer gift certificate to one lucky survey taker (if you leave your email address). There is also an optional open suggestion box at the end of the survey where you can leave any thoughts, ideas, or concerns about what you would like to see more or less of in Rural Insights.

One of our core tenets at Rural Insights is keeping a pulse on what issues matter in the UP. Your input is extremely valuable and appreciated, and we thank you in advance for your help!

Click here to take the survey now.

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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. Dirk Wierenga on October 9, 2023 at 10:15 am

    I’d suggest two survey’s. One for people primarily living in the UP and another one open to those who live elsewhere. The UP being geographically isolated has some unique issues. However, other issues are the same as people living in other rural areas. These issues overlap and many other rural areas have dealt with them in new and imaginative ways. Issues including schools, medical, commerce, the proliferation of Airbnb’s and how they affect neighborhoods, dollar stores taking away business from small independent merchants, economic development, elder care, aging populations, brain drain to large urban centers, local sourcing of foods through hydroponics. These and others are universal challenges that Rural Insights fails to address. Having spent the last seven years traveling across the northern reaches of rural America, interviewing one on one over two hundred people, what I find missing are collaborative approaches that cross state boundaries.

    • Paul A Sturgul on October 9, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      I agree with Dirk. I’d like to take the survey but I do not reside in the UP. I live three blocks away from the UP border in two directions.

    • Jim Katakowski on October 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      That’s a good idea.

  2. Nathan on October 12, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Kinda what Dirk was saying two surveys one for people in the U.P. and out people inside the U.P. can talk about what a beautiful place the U.P. is to visit but also to live in and what the ups and downs of it along with how the people up here treat others how the restaurants are like. People outside of the U.P. can say what they like about the U.P. and what drew them in/ caught their eye. Along with what they would change about it what makes them come visit or even why they are considering moving up into the U.P. or retiring in the U.P.

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