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The answer to educational shortages – collaboration between small districts

In 1930, there existed 130,000 school districts in the United States with an average district enrollment of 150 students each. In 2019, there were approximately 16,800 school districts in the United States serving 50.8 million K-12 students, averaging 3,023 students enrolled per district. ...

Summer pleasures for you and those over 60

Winter’s only a few months away (Climate Change notwithstanding) and here we are in the ripe, bug-free salad days of summer. But if we’re at an age when we can no longer romp in the water, play beach ball, or walk trails - what then? How can the season still be enjoyed while it ...

A father’s toast to his daughter on her wedding day

When John’s daughter was born, it was he and his wife’s first child. He was overcome by the beauty of this bundle of joy. So precious, so perfect, so happy, so care free. It was truly one of nature’s wonders, a blessing from God. So now on his daughter’s wedding day, John was asked ...

Why communities like Laurium Village are struggling financially

Great places make for a strong economy, and the research supports that contention. By employing community-based placemaking strategies, we strengthen both our economic and social future. The Michigan Municipal League is a non-profit association that serves the state’s cities and villages. The ...

Death spiral for Democracy

On June 23, 2021, a Michigan State Senate committee published a 55-page report debunking claims of voter fraud and other irregularities during the 2020 election. The Republican-led committee, chaired by State Sen. Edward McBroom, investigated a variety of alleged election improprieties ...

Those were the days

July is a good month to settle back, enjoy the holidays, visit with relatives and friends who come up to share our U.P. natural treasures with us and get away from the city noises - at least, that’s the way it used to be. Today, the noises especially, have crept into our daily lives and we ...