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Transparency Debate in Lansing and the UP, COVID Aid to UP Counties, Michigan Income Tax Trigger, & Statewide Education Podcast

Transparency Debate in Lansing and the UP, COVID Aid to UP Counties, Michigan Income Tax Trigger, & Statewide Education Podcast. Check out this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Dickinson Trail Network: Connecting Community Through Trails and Partnerships

President of the Dickinson Trail Network Dr. Chad Susott gives an overview on the progress of the DTN and how their efforts in expanding and improving the trails have played a part in Dickinson County becoming a destination for biking and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as the positive economic impact it is having on the region.

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UP and State National Guard Returning Home, Michigan Bill to Improve Patient Safety, State Government Transparency, and Minimum Wage Debate Continues

Upper Peninsula and state National Guard members returning home, legislation introduced to improve patient safety in Michigan hospitals, transparency proponents are planning a petition drive to subject the Michigan Governor and Legislature to public records/Freedom of Information requests, and the minimum wage debate continues in the U.S. Capitol.

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The French Regime in the Upper Peninsula – Part Three

Upper Peninsula historian Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the French explored and greatly influenced the history and development of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is the final installment of our three-part series.

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My Experiences Growing Up as a Copper Country Boy

Marquette’s Walt Lindala details his early experiences growing up in the Keweenaw in a Finnish household, and how these experiences shaped his view of the Upper Peninsula, the necessity for “SISU,” and the importance of education, the arts, and embracing change to make for a better future.

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More Rural Representation on State Board of Education? Rural Representation, and Wisconsin Rules on Dark Stores

There may now be a solution to there only being urban and suburban voices on the State Board of Education, progress made for more rural representation on the Michigan Court of Claims, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on Dark Stores. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes!

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The French Regime in the Upper Peninsula – Part Two

Upper Peninsula historian Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the French explored and greatly influenced the history and development of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is Part Two of a three-part, three-week series.

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A Mentor’s Legacy Remembered for what Makes the UP Special

UP native Cameron Fure recounts his experiences in Marquette working for Getz’s Department Store, where he gained life-changing experience and knowledge through his mentorship with the late Rocky Getz. Cameron says this kind of opportunity was possible because of Marquette’s and the UP’s special qualities.

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DNR Warrantless Search Legislation, Citizen Reapportionment Commission, New Rural/Urban Definitions Needed, Rural Broadband Access, and Affordable Housing

Upper Peninsula legislators and warrantless search legislation, Citizen Reapportionment Commission–maybe new UP legislative districts, new definition of “rural” and “urban” needed, boosting rural broadband access, and affordable housing in rural areas. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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The French Regime in the Upper Peninsula – Part One

Upper Peninsula historian Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the French explored and greatly influenced the history and development of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is the first part of a three-part, three-week series.

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