Lake Medora Kitesurfing

Kiteboarding: Catching On and Catching Air in the Keweenaw

May 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Kiteboarding is making its way to the Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior.  Off the shores of McLain State Park in Hancock, to Keystone Bay near Copper Harbor, kitesurfing and kiteboarding are on a roll. This past winter, the locals in Copper Harbor hosted their first annual Superior Gales Kitefest, held the first weekend of spring.  About a dozen enthusiastic kiters came from Michigan and Wisconsin to shred the frozen, snow-covered lakes. To execute this kiting … Read more

UP North

“Up North” by Suzanne Kindler

May 2, 2014 | Leave a comment

Our friend Stephanie sent us this delightful little poem by Suzanne Kindler, which was penned in 1996 from what we could find. But we couldn’t find much else about Suzanne. If you know more about Suzanne Kindler we would love to find more information on her and the roots of this poem. Now, go escape to the pine trees. Up North It’s the place people go to escape, a place made of cabins, pine trees … Read more

Define Yooper

‘Yooper’ added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Mar 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s official, the word Yooper will now appear in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. The news was announced on Monday, March 24. We owe a big thanks and about 67 pasties (call us Steve!) to Steve Parks of Gladstone. For ten years he has been campaigning to have Yooper added to the dictionary after a discussion that ensued while playing Yooper during a friendly game of Scrabble. Success! Steve will join a cast of people who have … Read more

Yooper Dialect

Yooper and the Upper Peninsula on Jeopardy

Mar 11, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 mentions Michigander and Michiganian, but they don’t mention Yooper. Most demonyms are reserved for states and countries as a whole. Few demonyms exist for smaller defined regions like the Upper Peninsula. Outside of … Read more

Lake Superior Satellite Photo

MODIS, Satellites, and the Frozen Great Lakes

Mar 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 media sites. However, there hasn’t been much information on where these impressive images came from. Our curiosity piqued and we set out … Read more

Lake Superior Ice Caves

A Grand (Island) Adventure

Mar 2, 2014 | Leave a comment

Water cooler conversations at offices around the country have been full of chatter about this epic 2014 winter. What an awesome winter it has been. And from local news stations all the way to the NBC Nightly News, people have been talking about Lake Superior being 95% frozen over, and especially about the ice caves around the Apostle Islands. But that’s out out of our jurisdiction! Much overlooked has been the ice caves around Grand … Read more

1960 Olympic Hockey Team

Weldy Olson: Yooper, Spartan, Olympic Gold Medalist

Feb 20, 2014 | Leave a comment

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. Hockey is a long standing tradition in the Upper Peninsula. A tradition rich in history, and the birthplace of professional hockey … Read more

Kevin Malikowski

2014 U.P. 200, Midnight Run, and Jackpine 30 Dogsled Races

Feb 19, 2014 | Leave a comment

If you were in or around Marquette County this weekend you likely saw some mushers, dog sleds, and a whole lot of cute dogs! The weekend was full of dog sled racing. The U.P. 200 The longest of the three, the historic U.P. 200 stretches 240 miles. The annual races leaves from Marquette, making a round trip to Grand Marais. The races is limited to no more than 40 teams, each with 12 dogs. To … Read more

Marquette Downtown Showdown

2nd Annual Marquette Downtown Showdown

Feb 18, 2014 | Leave a comment

Saturday kicked off the 2nd annual Marquette Downtown Showdown rail jam. Snowboarders and skiers threw it down once again at the end of Washington Street. From young kids to seasoned veterans, these boys and girls had to be kicked off the hill before they gave up on their best slides, jibs, and whatever else the cool kids are calling them these days. This is one snowboarder who is out of touch with the current lingo. Maybe … Read more

Into the Fog by Justin Armstrong

Into the Fog by Justin Armstrong

Jan 11, 2014 | Leave a comment

We just caught wind of this awesome montage from Justin Armstrong. These clips were shot in fall of 2013 in and around the shores of Marquette including Presque Isle, Blackrocks, and Sugarloaf Mountain. You can see more of Justin’s work on his Facebook Page.

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