Yoopers and Trolls

Yoopers and Trolls...  two very distinct Michigan terms for two very different groups of people. The only thing these two terms have in common is they both represent Michiganders and that's it! 



Let's begin with the Trolls:

  • Trolls is the Yooper term for Michiganders who live below the Mackinac Bridge because afterall, only trolls live under bridges. This means any person who lives in the lower peninsula has earned the nickname "Trolls" courtesy of our friends from the north. 
  • Trolls LOVE their Detroit Lions and refer to their biggest City, "Detroit". Did I mention they despise the Packers!?! This is important to remember later in this blog. 
  • Trolls refer to being "up north" and northern Michigan as anything that is north of Clare. 
  • Trolls use their hands as a map to show where they live. If you haven't noticed yet, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan looks like a mitten which makes it a readily available map for trolls to use when describing where they live. 
  • Many trolls play Euchre for fun. Euchre is a card game that is played primarily in the Mid-West.
  • Inland Lakes are typically All-Sports Lakes with weekend cabins/cottages all around them. 
  • Second homes "up north" are called Cabins by Trolls. 
  • Snow days occur in the Lower Peninsula for children with 3 or more inches. Six inches of snow can shut down school districts for two days! 
  • Weatherman brace Trolls for snowstorms that may drop only 3 or 4 inches of snow. The BIG snow storms come with 6 or more inches. 
  • Famous musicians from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan include Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger... to name a few. 

Now it's time to explain da Yoopers....


  • Yoopers are people born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There is so much to explain about the Yoopers. 
  • The first notable difference between Yoopers and Trolls is the Yoopers' distinct accents and the unmistakable "eh" that comes at the end of their sentences/questions. "Say yah to da U.P., eh!" 
  • Yoopers LOVE the Green Bay Packers and associate with the "big city" of Green Bay. Many yoopers especially on the western side of the U.P. associate themselves with Wisconsin more than they do with the Lower Peninsula/Detroit. 
  • Pasties are a common Yooper meal that can be found at many different restaurants. Pasties are a pastry case filled with meat and vegetables. 
  • Mining is a LARGE part of the U.P. economy and in fact almost everyone works at a mine or knows someone who works at a mine especially around the Ishpeming Area. 
  • Cribbage is popular card game in the U.P. 
  • Inland lakes in the U.P. are often no-wake lakes and do not have cabins around them. For example; Teal Lake in Negaunee, MI. 
  • Along with the famous, "Eh" in the Yooper dialect. They also have interesting phrases only unique to them. For example, "Borrow me a pencil"  or "Stupid hurts" when someone falls out of chairs.
  • Second homes of Yoopers are referred to as Camps and are often near their original homes. Camps usually do not have electricity or indoor plumbing which means outhouses. 
  • Da Yoopers love their Sauna's (pronounced Sow-na). As cold as it gets up there, I'm sure anyone would appreciate a nice warm stay in a sauna. 
  • Snow days only occur for Yooper Children when there is a foot or more of snow. Children of the U.P. will sing the Heikki Lunta song, flush ice down the toilet,  and sleep with their PJ bottoms inside out with spoons under the pillows to ensure a snowday the next day. 
  • Snow storms often bring a foot or more of snow.
  • Streets in the U.P. remain snow and ice covered until spring which means Yoopers do not see black pavement until spring arrives. 
  • There are more bars in a downtown stretch than there is people in that town...or so it seems. 
  • The famous Yooper musicians are "Da Yoopers" based out of Marquette County.
  • Deer camp is extremely important to Yoopers. 
  • Heikki Lunta is the Snow God of Yooper mythology and is the product of the Finnish-American presence and the large amount of snow in the U.P.
  • Halloween costumes and Easter dresses are often accompanied with snowpants because snow typically arrives in October in the U.P and doesn't leave until May.

In Conclusion.... 
We could go on and on about the differences between Trolls and da Yoopers. We may all be from the great state of Michigan, but we are cearly two separate cultures and identities. 


             

             




 
 
Meet the Stormy Kromer! If you live in or frequent the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (known simply around Michigan as the U.P.), then you probably have heard about, seen, or even wear your very own Stormy Kromer on your head! Personally, I hadn't heard about the Stormy Kromers until I moved to Ishpeming (located in the U.P.) and many of my yooper friends wore these hats. It is the "in" thing around those parts. 

After returning back downstate, I learned more about these very hats and quickly realized why these hats are the thing to wear in up north backwoods. The main reason why many yoopers sport these hats during the winter is because they are a product of the U.P. Stormy Kromer hats are made right in Ironwood, Michigan. The hats are also wildly popular because they are designed to help keep you warm when you are outside in the cold and if you know anything about Michigan's Upper Peninsula, then you know it can be QUITE cold around there. These hats are extremely popular with hunters and people who enjoy outdoor sports.


Stormy Kromer now has a full line of hats aimed at women. Not only can you get your hat in pastels and other more "feminine" colors, but you can also purchase them with accents such as flowers.

Don't forget your can of pop or beer...Stormy Kromer also markets can coozies!!


A little extra interesting information from wikipedia.... 

Stormy Kromer is named for George "Stormy" Kromer, a semi-professional baseball player who later worked as a railroad engineer. Kromer lost many hats to the wind while working on trains, and in 1903 he asked his wife Ida to make him a warm hat that would stay on more securely. She modified a baseball cap into what became the Stormy Kromer cap.[2]


Due to popularity with other employees of the railroad, the Kromers formed the Kromer Cap Company in 1903 to produce the caps.[2][4] In 1919, due to ever increasing demand, the Kromers opened a factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3] George Kromer sold the company in 1965 to Richard Grossman.[5] In 2001, the Kromer Cap Company planned to cease production of Stormy Kromer caps.[2][6] The rights to the caps were purchased by Bob Jacquart, owner of Jacquart Fabric Products, and production moved to Ironwood, Michigan.[1] Stormy Kromer Mercantile was formed, increasing production to over 50,000 caps annually from the previous 3000-6000 caps.[1][2]

President Barack Obama was presented with several Stormy Kromer caps when he visited Marquette, Michigan, on February 10, 2011 to speak about wireless communication technologies.[7] It has become a traditional garb in the Upper Peninsula.[8][9][10]

A version that is a 'tip of the hat' to the chapeau's Wisconsin roots is available in Green Bay Packers green with the team logo and sold through Lambeau Field.[11]

The hats are unusual in that they carry a lifetime warranty against defects, and a three year "insurance policy" for events such as loss, once the product is registered.[12] Versions for women are available, and they are called the "Ida Kromer" or some variant of "Petal Pusher."[13]



 
 
 
Why Michigan? Why start and write a blog devoted to Michigan? Will anyone read this blog? These are the very questions I started asking myself this past weekend before putting together my blog site.

The answers are simple. 

Why Michigan? Because I LOVE everything about living in Michigan. I was born and raised in central Michigan and spent my childhood traveling around Michigan for family vacations. There is not a childhood memory that doesn't involve some trip to northern Michigan. My first and main love is northern Michigan. I am truly blessed to be living in this GREAT state. From the Mighty Mac and her Great Lake freighters, to Lake Superior's might and Lake Michigan's beautiful shoreline, to Traverse City and it's divine wine and cherry produce, to the Upper Peninsula and everything that is simple and natural about the U.P...Michigan is a very unique place and has a beautiful story to tell. We have amazing products born and raised right here. My goal is to share these places, share stories of the past, and celebrate our unique products; Everything Michigan! 

Why write a blog about Michigan? I want to share my number one passion with the rest of the world! Currently I am a 3rd grade teacher at a Michigan school district and the thing I love most about 3rd grade is being able to share my passion about Michigan with my students through our Michigan history curriculum. Now, I want to share that very same passion with you!

Will anyone read this blog? I sure hope so, but if not, that it is okay with me too. My goal is to share my knowledge and passion with others. I also want to help spread the word about amazing places in the state in hopes to get others to travel and fall in love with Michigan too. My second goal is to showcase products of Michigan in hopes of possibly boosting our economy. Last but not least, I want to inspire other Michiganders and Michigan lovers to become healthy and lead successful, passionate lives while we enjoy the beauties of Michigan. In reality though, I am doing this for me and to leave a legacy of my Michigan passion for my future children and grandchildren. These are my words...my story and Michigan's story told through my words, thoughts, reflections and pictures. I hope you enjoy this blog. Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to say hello. :)