MTU vs NMU Miner's Cup

History of the Miner’s Cup, the Annual MTU/NMU Football Game

Oct 10, 2013 | Leave a comment

Since 2002 Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech University have battled for the Miner’s Cup Trophy, awarded to the annual winner of the historic Upper Peninsula football rivalry. Michigan Tech won the inaugural Miner’s Cup in 2002 and currently holds an 9-3 record over Northern Michigan. The traveling trophy has stayed at MTU since 2009 when NMU last won it, the longest winning streak for the annual trophy. Though the Miner’s Cup has only been … Read more

Questlove Upper Michigan

Questlove Gives Shout-out to Upper Michigan

Oct 9, 2013 | Leave a comment

In the 906th episode (Oct 7th, 2013) of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove gives Upper Michigan a shout-out. Pretty cool.

906 Pasties

906 Pasties

Sep 6, 2013 | Leave a comment

This is what 906 pasties looks like. That would be approximately 962 pounds and would cost you $4,700 from Lawry’s Pasty Shop, Inc.. But I reckon they’d give you a discount. Now, who’s coming to the party?

Tahquamenon Falls

11 Photos: Why the Upper Peninsula is the Cooler Peninsula

Sep 4, 2013 | Leave a comment

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 hear your arguments. Last night I was digging through some old photos from the U.P. and it got me thinking how cool the … Read more

The Mighty Mac vs. The Golden Gate

Jul 18, 2013 | Leave a comment

The Mackinac Bridge has become a sort of personal symbol for me in recent years, representing how my heart is divided between my homeland of the U.P. and my current home in Grand Rapids. It seems I still have the same excitement crossing the bridge today as I did when I was a child.  I grew up crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the occasional trip to lower Michigan or Indiana, but I also grew up … Read more

Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in the Upper Peninsula

Jun 29, 2013 | Leave a comment

All of the events below have been provided by which has done an awesome job of gathering information on all the fireworks shows across Michigan. There are over 30 fireworks shoes scheduled in the Upper Peninsula over the 4th of July and throughout the summer. We sorted them by county below. Find one nearby and bring some friends and family. Click the title of each event for more information. Alger County Burt Township Fireworks … Read more

Heikki Lunta was here

The Legend of Heikki Lunta

Jun 23, 2013 | Leave a comment

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 linked to an annual snowmobile race held in Atlantic Mine. In 1970, the U.P. was having one of those winters where … Read more

Upper Peninsula Finnish Towns

A Tribute To Our Favorite Finnish Upper Peninsula Towns

Jun 20, 2013 | Leave a comment

At Yooper Steez we’re kind of obsessed with all the tiny towns in the Upper Peninsula. We’re not talking about the tiny towns like Pelkie, but the even tinier towns. The towns that are the “suburbs” of Pelkie, as we like to say. In honor of FinnFest USA we started with a few Finnish towns with more versions to come. Let us know what towns you’d like to see a version of. These were fun … Read more

Hanka Homestead

Finnish-American Roots in the Upper Peninsula

Jun 20, 2013 | Leave a comment

It’s widely known in the area that the U.P. has the largest Finnish population outside of Finland, with 16 percent of Yoopers having Finnish heritage. For this reason, it makes sense for FinnFest 2013 to be held in the Copper Country. The Keweenaw wasn’t the first place Finnish Americans called home. Finns came to the U.S. long before coming to Michigan with the founding of Delaware in 1683. In a more modern wave of immigration, … Read more

Jeff Daniels discusses the Upper Peninsula

Jeff Daniels Discusses the Upper Peninsula on David Letterman

Jun 20, 2013 | Leave a comment

“You know what I’m always curious about? The Upper Peninsula.” – David Letterman After some banter about hunting, fishing, and drinking Letterman goes on to ask Jeff Daniels why the Upper Peninsula is not part of Wisconsin. We were surprised that Mr. Daniels wasn’t able to answer the question. Well, we have an answer for that! They followed with some chat about Mackinac Island (yes, it’s pronounced MackiNAW, not MackiNACK, and not to be confused … Read more

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