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

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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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And you thought a Yooper Scooper worked well

Jan 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

Pretty cool, but we’d rather be outside facing the elements! If you’re new to the Yooper Scooper go order yours today from Silver Bear Manufacturing. While speaking of Yooper Scoopers, does anyone else have a scar from one? I remember being a little kid running around the yard pushing the Yooper Scooper when the front edge hit some uneven ground. And since about age 10 I have always had a scar in the middle of … Read more

Calumet Wolverines vs Portage Lake Pioneers

Celebrating 100 Years of Hockey at the Calumet Colosseum

Jan 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

There are few rivalries in sports that date back as far as the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers. The claim has been made that it’s the oldest rivalry in hockey, and we’re sticking to that belief. That rivalry is so old that it existed before there was a place to play hockey indoors. Local hockey legends have made their mark. Countless teeth have been lost. And there have likely been as many Gordie Howe hat … Read more

Snow Mountain Biking

Cold Rolled: Marquette Michigan’s Snow Bike Route

Jan 4, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s time for a new mountain bike, one fitted for snow and ice. Marquette has been on a number of lists for best outdoors town in America. Everyone is familiar with the vast options for kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and the list goes on. There is now an upcoming group of snow bikers and this 5-part documentary was put together showcasing what they’re up to on the trails. Cold Rolled is an action documentary … Read more

35 Upper Peninsula books to add to your reading list

Dec 28, 2013 | Leave a comment

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. I recently received the Upper Peninsula Almanac as a gift. Great work by Ron Jolly and Karl Bohnak. I’ve been keeping it on my coffee table and pick it up regularly to read just a few pages at a time … Read more

Christmas, Michigan

The History of Christmas, Michigan

Dec 25, 2013 | Leave a comment

According to a poll taken earlier this year, Christmas is the favorite town name in the Upper Peninsula. Here is a map of Christmas for those of you from outside of the Upper Peninsula who may not be familiar with Christmas. It is located NW of Munising, about a 5-minute drive along M-28. The town of Christmas has booming population of about 400. Ok, perhaps it’s not “booming”, but on a business night at the … Read more

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