March 16 is Saint Urho's Day

March 16 is Saint Urho's Day

What do grasshoppers, grapes, and Finns have to do with one another? Many decades ago a Finnish-American in Minnesota, named Richard Mattson, was working at Ketola’s Department Store in Virginia, Minnesota. It was here that a piece of Finnish-American folklore found its beginnings. … Read more

Highlights from the 2018 Trenary Outhouse Classic

Highlights from the 2018 Trenary Outhouse Classic

For the last two weeks, people across the world have tuned into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. We have marveled at their incredible accomplishments, cried together over their adversity and comebacks, and screamed in joy as we share their excitement. On Saturday, while the world was … Read more

Every 2018 Winter Olympian with Michigan Connections

Every 2018 Winter Olympian with Michigan Connections

There are 2,920 athletes from 92 countries participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Of those, 242 athletes are representing the United States of America across fifteen sports. Thirteen of those athletes were either born in Michigan or went to university in Michigan. … Read more

Happy Valentine's Day from U.P. Supply Co.

Happy Valentine's Day from U.P. Supply Co.

We love the Upper Peninsula. We love the Great Lakes. We love Yoopers. And we love Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be full of roses and romance and the pressure of the perfect gift. We think it should be fun and lighthearted for everyone to enjoy, especially if … Read more

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

A couple weekends ago, my friend Sara and I, fellow nostalgia addicts and antique aficionados, spent hours at Lambs’ Gate, an antique store in Old Town, Lansing. We spent more than an hour hunched over a large crate propped up to waist-level that was full of old postcards. We marveled over the … Read more

An Almost Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

An Almost Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

Today is Michigan’s 181st birthday! To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We hope you’ll learn as much we did putting this together. We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just a small piece of … Read more

'Oh. Great. Lakes.' A Conversation with Illustrator Sara Lautman

'Oh. Great. Lakes.' A Conversation with Illustrator Sara Lautman

A longtime friend and customer of UPSCo brought to our attention the following comic that was included in New Yorker magazine. We chuckled, for quite some time. Have a look yourself. View this post on Instagram gr8 lakes in this week's @newyorkermag A post shared by Sara Lautman … Read more

MODIS, Satellites, and the Frozen Great Lakes

MODIS, Satellites, and the Frozen Great Lakes

Do you ever wonder where all these awesome satellite images of the frozen Great Lakes come from and where to access them? With Lake Superior and the Great Lakes set to reach record levels of ice cover this winter, there has been an abundance of satellite images passed around on news and social … Read more

"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

Here is something I struggle with, how do you explain Lake Superior to someone who has never seen her? How do you translate the magnitude and beauty into words? In fact, I was once asked, “Can you see the other side of Lake Superior?” I am no wordsmith, but thankfully, many who have … Read more

45 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

45 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

Whether you’re reading up on the history of the Upper Peninsula or looking for some new places to explore this year, it’s always a good idea to have a few Upper Peninsula books lying around. We’ve been pouring over our copy of the Upper Peninsula Almanac by Ron Jolly and Karl Bohnak. It is a … Read more