Recent Articles

The Jesuits Open the Upper Peninsula to the World

Historian and author Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the Jesuits explored the Upper Peninsula area in the 17th and 18th centuries and their great contributions to expanding the knowledge of the region’s environment and people.

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Union Approval Rating, College Tuition Assistance, Rural K12 Funding, and Michigan Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot

Union Approval Rating, College Tuition Assistance, Rural K12 Funding, and Michigan Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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A Conversation with Steve Young, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NMU

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down to chat with Steve Young, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Northern Michigan University. Topics covered include NMU’s search for a new President, and the various challenges facing higher education and how the board and NMU is addressing those challenges.

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Fall Tourism in the Upper Peninsula, Banned Books, State Constitutional Amendments, UP Slogans, and Child Poverty in Michigan

Fall Tourism in the Upper Peninsula, Banned Books, State Constitutional Amendments, UP Slogans, and Child Poverty in Michigan. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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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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Our Opinion Tab Explained, Teachers and School Staff Exit Stage Left, an Upper Peninsula Slogan, UP Rents Remain High

Our Opinion Tab Explained, Teachers and School Staff Exit Stage Left, an Upper Peninsula Slogan, and UP Rents Remain High. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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When it Rains It Pours: Climate Change in the Upper Peninsula

In their most recent research project, Michael and John Broadway take a look at the potential impact of climate change on the Upper Peninsula.

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National Student Loan Forgiveness, Finland, Russia, and the Upper Peninsula, and NMU Holocaust Exhibit

National Student Loan Forgiveness, Finland, Russia, and the Upper Peninsula, and NMU’s Holocaust Exhibit. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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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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