Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Nov 10, 2015 | Leave a comment

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary’s River in May, 1975. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by Bob Campbell, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Forty years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered on Lake Superior, about 17 miles from the entrance of Whitefish Bay.  All 29 crew members passed away. The Edmund Fitzgerald was christened on June 8, 1958 where more than 15,000 people attended its launch.  The ship made regular routes between Duluth, … Read more

Michigan Ice Film

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

Mar 2, 2015 | Leave a comment

UPDATE: You can now rent or 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 Aaron Peterson. Aaron is the driving force behind Cold & Clear Cinema. Last year his team brought us Cold Rolled (you … Read more

22nd Annual Trenary Outhouse Classic

Mar 1, 2015 | Leave a comment

The town of Trenary, rather Mathias Township is approximately 554 people. A little gem of a community that must be darn near the geographic center of the Upper Peninsula. However, on the last Saturday of February the town’s size likely quintuples, if not more. Yesterday, Trenary hosted the 22nd Annual Outhouse Classic.  If you haven’t been to the Trenary Outhouse Classic, you just don’t know what you’re missing. And why wouldn’t such a thing exist? Without question, … Read more

Upper Peninsula Outline Shirt

The Untold Story of the First-Ever Yooper Steez Shirt

Nov 16, 2014 | Leave a comment

If you’re in the Upper Peninsula, there’s a good chance you may have seen this photo circulating on Facebook in the last week. Talk about a throwback! That photo has been around since 2008, but not many have seen it until now. Seeing it myself had me reminiscing and I thought I would share some details about the photo and the humble beginnings of Michigan’s original Upper Peninsula apparel brand. The photo is of yours truly … Read more

Plaid Holiday

Plaidurday in the Upper Peninsula

Sep 29, 2014 | Leave a comment

Friday, October 3rd, is Plaidurday 2014! If you’ve been a fan or customer of Yooper Steez for a year or longer, you’ll know that we love to celebrate Plaidurday. As Yoopers, we are fortunate to be immersed in a culture plentiful with plaid. However, there are many places without this same fortune. And that’s the goal, to share this the joy with everyone, because in the end we’re all connected by a common thread. What … Read more

Yoopers in Major League Baseball

Jun 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

In the grand scheme of all the MLB players there haven’t been many who grew up in the Upper Peninsula. However, there have been fourteen MLB players born or raised in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s pretty impressive! Especially considering how short summers can be. As you can see four of them were born in before 1900. The most recent player to see MLB action is Mike Bordick who played 102 games with the Toronto Blue Jays … 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, Dialect, 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 dictionary.com 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

Henry B. Smith

Great Lakes storm of 1913

Nov 7, 2013 | Leave a comment

“The ill-fated Henry B Smith that was sunk in the Big Storm of November 1913. She is shown in Ashtabula Harbor in this 1910 postcard,”  Boat Nerd.  The Henry B Smith took all 25 lives on board, sinking off shore near Marquette, MI.  The ship has never been found, and is estimated to be 20-30 miles north of Marquette in deep waters. It’s been 100 years since this epic storm blew across the Great Lakes. … Read more

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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.

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