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Impact of COVID-19 on rural businesses and the Upper Peninsula communities

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority recently conducted a study to know what some local business owners are saying about when businesses should open, which should open first, and how it all impacts the employees of these businesses and the owners.

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Whispers, Noise & Rumors: May 4, 2020

State budget cuts, Dark Stores, rural capital investment, and summer festivals in the U.P. Read about these issues in our first edition of Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors.

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U.P. veteran studies compare compensation and demographics by county

A series of two studies recently completed by Jesse Sherman, a Marine Corps veteran and graduate student at Northern Michigan University, compare data for U.S. military veterans living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a county-by-county basis. The studies look at veteran compensation benefits and veteran demographics across the U.P.’s 15 counties.

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Will the rural healthcare system be a victim of COVID-19?

Will the rural healthcare system be a victim of COVID-19? Former President and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan Dennis Smith discusses this in his post today on Rural Insights.

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My COVID-19 near-death experience

My name is Bill Vajda, and I am a COVID-19 survivor. My…

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Covid-19 in rural Michigan/America

The following was originally published on Education Views on April 6, 2020,…

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Michigan needs a Rural Policy Director

Michigan’s official state motto is: “Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice,” or, “If…

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What is rural?

Our nation is made up of rural, urban and suburban areas. The…

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