Recent Articles

A Yooper Abroad

Rob Hilton, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, writes about the Upper Peninsula after living abroad for more than thirty years.

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Governor Establishes Office of Rural Development, Remote Work Trends, Tuition Assistance for Military Service, and UP Guard Members Go to Lansing, Washington

Governor Whitmer establishes new Office of Rural Development, Harvard Business Review on remote work trends, tuition assistance for military service, and U.P. National Guard members go to Lansing and Washington, D.C. to defend our capitols.

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Michigan’s Flat Tax

Michigan is one of nine states in the country with a flat income tax. Over the years, however, there have been a total of 22 bills introduced to either allow graduated income tax or to get rid of the constitutional prohibition on the graduated tax.

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UP and Michigan National Guard Members Deployed, Tax Information for Our Readers, and Pell Grant Increases

Upper Peninsula and Michigan National Guard members deployed to state and national capitols, tax information for our readers, and Pell Grant increases. Read this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors by David Haynes.

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Black Americans in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Part One

Upper Peninsula historian Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a detailed history and overview of Black Americans in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 1743 to the present. Here is Part One of the series; Part Two will be published next Friday, January 22.

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Upper Peninsula Voting Data Published

A new paper detailing Upper Peninsula election data has been published to Rural Insights, using information compiled by Isabelle Karl, one of our student researchers.

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Reader Survey, UP Election Results by County, Canadian Government Sees Citizenship Request Increase, and Higher Ed Affordability

Rural Insights 2021 readership survey, new way to view Upper Peninsula election results, Canadian government sees increase in requests for citizenship, and a new proposal for improve higher education access and affordability. Read all about it in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise and Rumors by David Haynes.

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Triangle Ranch: A Battle of Innovation Against the Unyielding Upper Peninsula

In this edition of Rural Voices, Erika Sauter tells the tragic story of Judson Rosebush’s Triangle Range in Iron County, Michigan–both a cautionary tale and a testament to the spirit of innovation in the face of grueling hardship in the Upper Peninsula.

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The Barn

In this edition of Rural Voices, Daniel Truckey shares his personal experiences and thoughts on the changing Upper Peninsula industry and heritage, observed most readily through the buildings and structures that still remain–or remain no longer.

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A New Year and Beginning, Fun News to Begin 2021, COVID-19 Vaccines in the UP, Small Business Jobs, and a Rural Czar

A new year and a new beginning, some fun news to begin 2021, COVID-19 vaccines in the Upper Peninsula, small business job additions and deletions, ice melt in Negaunee, a rural czar to be appointed, and what has COVID done to the Upper Peninsula?

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