just did a piece on Yooper statehood. For you non-locals, a Yooper us someone who lives in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan. So U. P. = Yoop.... get it? Anyway, statehood for the Upper Peninsula (including portions of northern Wisconsin) has been discussed for many years. Occasionally, the talk gets more serious--like the 1970s proposal of a new state of Superior (see above). The Mother Jones
writer makes the point that it's easy to see the cultural difference between lower Michigan and the U.P. by counting the number of public rest areas. The lower part of Michigan has lots of 'em. The U.P.??.... well, they just use a tree. Read more here.
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