March 2003

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By Tbel on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 09:18 pm:

To Rob Chamberlin, Rochester, Minnesota;

As a yooper stuck in Rochester, MN, myself I thought I'd help you with the pronunciation
of Calumet, hope I'm not too late to help.
It's Cal-you-met as in bet. I suppose you could say Cal-you-may if you like but nobody would know what you're talking about.

By glenna koski on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 10:18 am:

Hey Sista Im Back!

By Yooper-wannabe on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 10:35 am:

Support our troops! Send pasties to give them a break from MRIs!! Send pasties to Iraqi civilians! Make the whole world Yooper lovers!

By Randi, Santa Cruz, CA on Monday, March 24, 2003 - 04:44 pm:


Thank you for maintaining such a wonderful and resourceful website! My home is in Santa Cruz, California but I'm a native Michigander. It's great to see daily updates from one of my favorite places on earth - Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Mahalo! (thank you)

Randi M

By Mary, San Francisco on Saturday, March 22, 2003 - 12:54 am:

Yo. I'm a U.P. native (Menominee) but--no
offense--I hate pasties! Maybe I just never met
a good one. Anyway, what I really want to know
is... where can I order a fish fry! I was back
there last fall and could only have it on Friday. I
am addicted! Where is FishfryNet, I ask you!

By Rob Chamberlin, Rochester, Minnesota on Monday, March 17, 2003 - 04:25 pm:

Help needed on pronounciation -
Having studied Spanish in High School, and long aware of the French influence in the Great Lakes region, I thought it was funny to hear people from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area say Nick-O-lett, instead of Nick-O-lay, for the Nocolet Mall in Minneapolis.
So I don't embarass myself during a visit - how is Calumet said?
And, yes, I leared a long time ago how to pronounce Pasty - who says UPers don't have a sense of humor?

By Mary-Ella, Iowa on Saturday, March 15, 2003 - 09:49 pm:

Help!! I am trapped between a corn field and a soybean feild somewhere in Iowa. That's Iowa, not Ohio. It's the state that is famous for Grant Wood. What is a "Grant Wood" you ask? He is the painter of the famous "American Gothic" painting. You know, the cover of the corn flakes box several years ago. The farmer couple, he holding the pich fork. At any rate, there are NO GREAT LAKES nearby!! No lovely, unpredictable Superior. No beautiful blue hue to the sky, just an average blue sky. Oh well, I have my and John to keep me company.
I was up in Feburary, visiting my mother who is at Dube's in Hubbell. Ah, heaven.
I miss the U.P. I made the mistake (28 years ago) of falling in love with one of those Tech Toots!! However, to his credit, we have traveled the world. Someone asked me of all the places I have been to, where would I like to live. I didn't say London! No. I said Jacobsville!
Keep up the great site.

By Yooper in Indiana on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 03:55 pm:

Barb from Michigan

Maybe this site will help you - 1,332' deep, averaging close to 500' and holds 3,000 cubic miles of water.

By Barb from Michigan on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 12:50 pm:

I have been asked as to how deep is Lake Superior and I don't know. Does anyone out there know ?

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 11:55 am:

Hello Jeanette and Brian, I remember the Aittima family from the farm at Bootjack. They were such a nice family!!!! Inga graduated in '49 with my husband Gary...she sent some old photos from grade school, which he really enjoyed!!....Gary's mom was Finnish and we had two generations of grandmas in the ktchen making in Lake Linden and one in Nisula at the Hulkonen farm. I am French and German my beloved German Grandma Studer had a wonderful kitchen with pasties, saffron bread and homemade saurkraut..super meals came out of these kitchens which were full of love......Gary's mom at 92, is still making pasties to die for!!

By Brian Thomas, MI on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 04:16 pm:

Very Nice Jean, I love that pic...I was there that day. We have the bowl on display in our kitchen. Has a little crack in it so we only look at it now with fond memories of all the pasties,"pullas" and nisu that were mixed in that bowl on that table in that awesome kitchen. I miss those days sooooo much. And I wish you guys would have been there more often share with us.

By bj-milford on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 01:59 pm:

Jeanette, I loved the picture of your Grandma Aittama making pasties. Reminded me of my Grandma and all that good cooking.
My mom often talked of the wonderful time she had traveling to Oregon with your mom & dad. Tell them "hello" from June's 'kids'

By Jeanette Stone, OR on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 05:55 pm:

My aunt Inge Thomas in Traverse City often sends us e-mails to check out your site, and we really enjoy it! I live in Portland, Oregon and my parents, Bob & Gladys Beattie---who are tried and true born Yoopers ---live right next door to me and my husband! We have ordered pasties from your site, and thoroughly enjoy them---that's in-between the times that my mom isn't making them....! Anyway, here's a picture of my mom's mom, Hilda Aittama "Gramma Aitt", taken approximately in 1967, when she was 78 years old. This is at her farm in Bootjack/Lake Linden.

My mom (Gladys) is the oldest daughter in a family of twelve children. I grew up in Oregon, and got back to Michigan only a handful of times growing up, but have wonderful memories of those visits! Gramma Aitt actually came out to Oregon to visit us, when she was around 82 years old---she rode out in my aunt Inge & Uncle Ken's station wagon, along with my three cousins--who we were all expecting, and were so tickled when she popped up out of the back seat where she had hidden on the way up our driveway! She was a wonderful lady, and I'm sure there are many people who have great memories of her----I only wish I would have been able to spend more time with her! I keep in touch with my aunts in Michigan and one in Florida (my "Aunties Across America") on a daily e-mail basis, and it's really great to be able to stay close, even though the distance is far!

You have a great website!

Jeanette Stone
Portland, Oregon (but with Yooper roots!)

p.s. My husband took a shipment of your pasties with him up to a fishing camp in Alaska---they were the hit of the week!

Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 04:04 pm:


The Gazette apparently has an error on their front page this weekend, but if you go directly to the sub-page, it works. Here's the link for local sports.

By JoAnne Stefanac, Washington on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 11:28 am:

Anyone know what has happened to the link to The Daily Mining Gazette? I can't seem to get it to work for me. Not knowing where else to look for news on the Copper Kings. While we're at it, does anyone know of a site where you can get local (Keweenaw) news that CURRENT? Sure appreciate it!

By Battleground, WA on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 - 06:49 pm:

For the original text of this comment, see the discussion of December 16, 2001

By Mike Curtin, Escanaba, MI on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 - 11:01 am:

On a recent trip to the "flat lands" (Ann Arbor) got this shot of the entrance to the "BIG HOUSE" ...GO BLUE!!

Go Blue!

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