The Michigan Ice Film and a Q&A with Aaron Peterson

The Michigan Ice Film and a Q&A with Aaron Peterson

UPDATE: You can now rent and download The Michigan Ice Film. If you like local folklore, adventure, winter, or simply live in Michigan, you need to check it out. Much respect to Aaron and his crew for putting this amazing film together during the coldest winters on record. Let us introduce you to … Read more

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

This is our third installment of Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, try as many … Read more

Real Men of Genius: Isle Royale Edition

Real Men of Genius: Isle Royale Edition

This post and photos brought to you by two friends of Yooper Steez, Allison Rueff (a native Yooper from Marquette living in Cincinnati) and Kate Rose (from Novi living in San Francisco), former MSU roommates who finally made it up to Isle Royale after years of talking about it. It lived up to all … Read more

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

This is our second installment of Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, try as many … Read more

Fish Fryday #1: Portside Inn, Marquette

Fish Fryday #1: Portside Inn, Marquette

Today we introduce a new feature, Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Naturally, these outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, … Read more

Roaming through Michigan

Roaming through Michigan

A must watch tourism documentary about Michigan from 1949. I love my state! Thanks @brockter for sending it my way.... Read more

Yooper, Dialect, and the Upper Peninsula on Jeopardy

Yooper, Dialect, and the Upper Peninsula on Jeopardy

The Upper Peninsula is so frequently left off maps that when our demonym, Yooper, shows up on Jeopardy, it’s a pretty big deal. dem·o·nym : the name used for the people who live in a particular country, state, or other locality Coincidentally, the definition example on dictionary.com mentions … Read more

'Can you see to the other side of Lake Superior?'

'Can you see to the other side of Lake Superior?'

That’s what I was asked once while on my 50-state Hometown Invasion Tour. I don’t want to drop any names of who it was, but clearly someone a long ways away from the Great Lakes Region. This adult was someone who I saw as well educated, and I believe any U.S. citizen should be able to answer this … Read more

Word 'Yooper' Used at Least Once in Jeopardy History

Word 'Yooper' Used at Least Once in Jeopardy History

With over 8,100 episodes of Jeopardy aired to date we are happy to say that the term “Yooper” was used at least once in the 40 year plus history of the show. The term “Yoopers” gained a little more recognition on November 26th, 2003. It was the second round, Double Jeopardy, of the hit game show … Read more

Marquette County Fair Featured in the New York Times

Marquette County Fair Featured in the New York Times

It seems to be more and more common to see the Upper Peninsula featured in major publications and pop culture. I’m always happy to report when the Upper Peninsula gets some national attention. Though I think it makes most Yoopers nervous, because what makes the Upper Peninsula what it is the lack … Read more