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For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

For some rural mothers, there’s no place like home (births)

January 10, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan midwives deliver hundreds of babies a year at home, an option that may be more attractive to rural expectant mothers with no hospitals nearby

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Mining waste and growing wetlands mean more mercury in fish in Upper Peninsula

Mining waste and growing wetlands mean more mercury in fish in Upper Peninsula

September 18, 2018 | Eric Freedman

A Michigan Tech researcher says studies show humans are at risk because of high levels of the toxic metal in inland Great Lakes fish.

Yes, you can pay rural Michigan college grads to come home

Yes, you can pay rural Michigan college grads to come home

August 23, 2018 | Ron French

Tired of seeing their best and brightest head to college never to return, three Michigan counties offer to pay up to $15,000 of student debt for grads who come back for jobs. Counties in other states are taking notice.

Rural Michigan begs for workers. A few companies are getting creative.

Rural Michigan begs for workers. A few companies are getting creative.

August 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

With more than 100,000 unfilled jobs statewide, rural manufacturers often lose out in the scramble for skilled trade workers. Can added lures like company daycare, health clinics or cash bonuses turn the tide?

With few friends on Great Lakes, chorus grows for cormorant kills

With few friends on Great Lakes, chorus grows for cormorant kills

August 15, 2018 | Peter Payette

As fish numbers drop in Michigan’s northern waters, efforts to limit the birds have ranged from raccoon squads to slicking their eggs with oil. Now the big guns are getting involved. (with slideshow)

Floods test mettle in Michigan’s UP. Waiting for relief tests patience.

Floods test mettle in Michigan’s UP. Waiting for relief tests patience.

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Yoopers are doing it themselves, digging out after the worst flooding in more than a generation. But money is running out, and folks are getting tired of waiting for emergency relief assistance.

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, epic floods reveal stormwater woes

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, epic floods reveal stormwater woes

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Officials in Copper Country are rushing to unclog culverts before the next round of heavy rain or melting snow again swamps homes. Some residents are calling for more dramatic action to reshape dangerous drainage systems dating back to mining boom days.

Slideshow | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula picks up pieces after epic floods

Slideshow | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula picks up pieces after epic floods

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

View photos as Copper Country recovers from this summer’s floods

Hancock nonprofit plays outsized role in Upper Peninsula flood recovery

Hancock nonprofit plays outsized role in Upper Peninsula flood recovery

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Few Yoopers will get insurance payouts after the floods, and homeowners have yet to get federal aid.  Nearly 500 have applied for a Portage Health Foundation program to fill in those gaps.

Why rural Michigan teens are skipping out on college. It's not grades

Why rural Michigan teens are skipping out on college. It's not grades

July 12, 2018 | Ron French

If Michigan is going to deepen its talent pool, it needs to figure out how to get more rural high school grads onto campuses, and how to keep them there.

Rural Michigan helped elect Trump. Now, farmers are sweating a trade war.

Rural Michigan helped elect Trump. Now, farmers are sweating a trade war.

May 15, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan farmers went whole-hog for Trump, but fear a Chinese tariffs could wallop bottom lines. Soybean growers have the most to lose.

In northern Michigan, Emmet County seen as model for rural recycling

In northern Michigan, Emmet County seen as model for rural recycling

April 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

At the tip of Michigan's Mitten, the rural county has become a model for keeping trash out of landfills.

Health care in rural Michigan communities suffering, despite Obamacare

Health care in rural Michigan communities suffering, despite Obamacare

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

In 2010, an estimated 1.2 million Michigan residents had no health insurance. By 2016, that fell to approximately 527,000. But, as of this writing in early 2018, the future of health care is unclear.

Limited Internet in rural Michigan depresses student, business opportunity

Limited Internet in rural Michigan depresses student, business opportunity

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Take a drive along Michigan’s rural roads and you will encounter treasures we know as Pure Michigan. But rural Michigan holds other, often hidden, stories… Poverty, uneven medical care and lack of high-speed Internet access. Young adults continue to leave rural communities for jobs elsewhere.  

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Households, students and small business in much of rural Michigan struggle with slow Internet

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A small fiber optic firm near Grand Rapids fills in the broadband gap for rural Michigan families

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

March 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural residents depend on small medical facilities for chemotherapy, emergency care and other critical procedures. Hospital chiefs across northern Michigan say that ongoing efforts to dismantle Obamacare could put them out of business.  

Affordable Care Act more essential in rural areas, which face suffering

Affordable Care Act more essential in rural areas, which face suffering

January 27, 2017 | Margaret Greenwood-Erickson, Mahshid Abir

Two University of Michigan physician/researchers anticipate Obamacare repeal’s harshest consequences will land in rural America.

Teen births declining in Michigan. But hurdles in northern, rural counties.

Teen births declining in Michigan. But hurdles in northern, rural counties.

December 3, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.

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