Houghton County

Population:36,016 (4th)
Pop. Density:35.59 people/sq. mile (2nd)
Land Area:1,012 sq. miles (10th)
Water Area:490 sq. miles (10th)
County Seat:Houghton
Towns:Atlantic Mine, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay, Hancock, Houghton, Hubbell, Lake Linden, Laurium, Nisula, Painesdale, Sidnaw, South Range, Toivola
Yooper, Jeff Finger, Faces the Red Wings in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Yooper, Jeff Finger, Faces the Red Wings in Stanley Cup Playoffs

On the night that my beloved Red Wings could sweep the Colorado Avalanche, the last thing that I want to do is feature a post that’s all about a player on the Avalanche. Hockey has an enormous presence in the Upper Peninsula, from youth hockey, to adult leagues, and NCAA National Hockey Championship... Read more

'Big Louie' Moilanen, Once the Tallest Man in the World

'Big Louie' Moilanen, Once the Tallest Man in the World

Louis “Big Louie” Moilanen is a legend in the Upper Peninsula, a legend that transcends much more than just the Upper Peninsula. Louis Moilanen was born at the turn of the century in 1900 and grew up in the ghost town of Boston, which is about five miles north of Hancock. Though he was born to a 4-f... Read more

Why the Upper Peninsula is Not Part of Wisconsin

Why the Upper Peninsula is Not Part of Wisconsin

Outside of the Midwest, The Upper Peninsula seems to a mystery to much of the U.S. population, and surprisingly, even to some of those in the Midwest. It’s quite common to think that the Upper Peninsula is part of Canada and sometimes textbooks don’t know what state the Upper Peninsula is in. More t... Read more

Winter Carnival 2008 First Place: Phi Kappa Tau

Winter Carnival 2008 First Place: Phi Kappa Tau

Phi Kappa Tau takes 1st place in the Fraternity Division of the 2008 Winter Carnival ice statues at Michigan Tech University. Their statue titled, “Van Helsing Calms Hysteria in Transylvania,” showed precise detail in a number of features. It would be incredible to spend some time seeing what techni... Read more

Carl Torola of Calumet to Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Carl Torola of Calumet to Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

. The competition will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel in Washington, D.C. Each year the Upper Peninsula sends one student to the National Spelling Bee who wins the annual Upper Peninsula Community Education Association Spelling Bee Finals. This year’s Upper Peninsula spelling bee compet... Read more

Mont Ripley Slush Pit 2008

Mont Ripley Slush Pit 2008

It’s not about getting to the other side. It’s about getting as many people wet as possible A human walrus? The judges may have been biast The water was 33 degrees What’s your favorite photo? ... Read more

Calumet Copper Kings Win 6th State Championship

Calumet Copper Kings Win 6th State Championship

With 56 shots on goal the score was still 0-0 between Calumet and Flint Powers in the state championship hockey game. Finally, on the 57th shot of the game, just four minutes into overtime when Logan Rastello scored the championship winning goal, giving the Calumet Copper Kings their 6th state hocke... Read more

2008 Mont Ripley Hot Dog Snocomp

2008 Mont Ripley Hot Dog Snocomp

The sun never stopped shining, the temperature was around 35 degrees, and it was the perfect day for a snowboard and ski slopestyle showdown. Rhythm Skate Shop in downtown Houghton offered some free gear to the best performers of the day. Mont Ripley offered some grilled hot dogs. And some of the be... Read more