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A collection of podcasts highlighting current actions and policies throughout Upper Peninsula counties.

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

In this 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…

Chatting with Duane DuRay, Airport Manager at Sawyer International Airport

In this 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. DuRay has served as the Airport Manager since 2012, following his position at Gogebic Iron…

Catching Up With Brian Chapman, Sault Ste. Marie City Manager

David Haynes sits down with Brian Chapman, City Manager for Sault Ste. Marie to catch up on the latest issues surrounding municipal finance and rural government, including the issue of “dark stores” and the importance of intergovernmental work in rural…

Talking to Gina Thorsen, Stormy Kromer President and Co-Owner

David Haynes sits down with Gina Thorsen, President and Co-Owner of Stormy Kromer, one of the most well-known and successful UP brands and manufacturers–most notably for the original Stormy Kromer cap. Thorsen discusses her background having been born and raised…

Discussing the New Office of Rural Development with Gary McDowell

David Haynes sits down once again with Gary McDowell, former U.P. legislator, U.P. resident, and current director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). In this episode, Gary discusses the newly-created Office of Rural Development, which was…

Cheyenne Marlin, Assistant Director for University of Michigan’s U.P. Scholars Program

Description Transcript David Haynes: Welcome to this edition of Rural Insights Podcasts. We’re delighted you’re with us again, and we are delighted to have a Wildcat, an NMU graduate on with us today. Cheyenne Marlin is the Assistant Director of…

Karen Kovacs, City Manager of Marquette, Michigan

David Haynes sits down with Karen Kovacs, the new City Manager for Marquette. Kovacs was officially appointed as the Marquette City Manager on May 24, 2021 and took office on June 7. The City Manager is the chief administrator for…

Dirk Wierenga and Paul Sturgul, Route 2 Elsewhere Documentary

David Haynes sits down with Dirk Wierenga, director of Route 2 Elsewhere, a documentary which “tells the story of challenges that face rural America communities adapting to a changing economy, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Montana” and his…

Elise Bur, Director of NMU Center for Rural Health

David Haynes sits down with Elise Bur, who was selected to be the first director of the NMU Center for Rural Health after the program received a $100,000 grant in 2020. The NMU Center for Rural Health is a collaborating…

Dr. Coby Fletcher, Superintendent for Escanaba Area Public Schools

David Haynes sits down with Dr. Coby Fletcher, Superintendent of the Escanaba School District. His district–one of the largest in the Upper Peninsula–encompasses a kindergarten center, lower elementary school, upper elementary school, junior high school, and senior high school, which…