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Upper Peninsula Women Every Michigander Should Know

Upper Peninsula Women Every Michigander Should Know

Today is International Women’s Day, which is always a good opportunity to thank your mom (love you, Mom!), but, as she and many others have taught me, women do more than mother – and we should all be grateful to the scientists, athletes, writers, and all around-game changers who haven’t been given t... Read more

Sisu Strong: A Campaign for Copper Country 2018 Flood Relief

Sisu Strong: A Campaign for Copper Country 2018 Flood Relief

On June 17th, a historic weather event caused extensive damage in areas of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Several roads, businesses, and homes were lost or damaged. To all of those in the Keweenaw whose lives have been affected by this devastating storm - we may be strangers to you but we want you t... 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 come... Read more

Weldy Olson: Yooper, Spartan, Olympic Gold Medalist

Weldy Olson: Yooper, Spartan, Olympic Gold Medalist

Recently, we were fortunate to catch up with Weldy Olson, a Marquette native who was a member of the USA gold medal winning team at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Before we share a little more about Weldy (gotta love that nickname!), let’s take a brief look at some hockey history in the Upper Peninsula. ... Read more

11 Photos: Why the Upper Peninsula is the Cooler Peninsula

11 Photos: Why the Upper Peninsula is the Cooler Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula is the cooler peninsula. It cannot be argued, it is embedded in the factual temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service for more than one hundred years. So we all know it’s literal, but is it figurative? Of course we’re a little biased at Yooper Steez, but we’d love to ... Read more

The Legend of Heikki Lunta

The Legend of Heikki Lunta

Though not as prolific as Ancient Greece or Rome, the Upper Peninsula does boast its own mythology. Maybe we don’t have a slew of gods and goddesses, but we do have Heikki Lunta, the Finnish snow god. The name is now often associated with an annual winter festival in Negaunee, but it’s creation is l... Read more

FinnFest USA 2013 Begins Today

FinnFest USA 2013 Begins Today

There are a lot of reasons why the FinnFest USA 2013 organizing committee started planning three years ago. The 5-day event which takes place in the Copper Country from June 19-23 is more than just a fun celebration. It’s a cultural phenomenon, it’s a lifeline and it’s coming home, for some. That’s ... Read more

Celebrating the Houghton & Hancock Bridgefest

Celebrating the Houghton & Hancock Bridgefest

This weekend is the annual Bridgefest in Houghton and Hancock. We thought there would be no better way to celebrate than sharing 13 (after all it is Friday the 13th) stunning photos of the historic Portage Canal Lift Bridge joining the cities of Houghton and Hancock. Enjoy. Photo by Moron958 Photo... Read more

Bridgefest 2008 this Weekend in Houghton & Hancock

Bridgefest 2008 this Weekend in Houghton & Hancock

Houghton and Hancock will host their annual Bridgefest Festival this weekend, June 13 – 15th. This weekend the Houghton Waterfront, Hancock Waterfront, and Ray Kestner Waterfront Park will be the busiest weekend of the year as locals and tourists fill the parks to participate in the activities. Here... 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