Ron Riekki


Under its blanket of snow, Michigan’s most Christmas-perfect region makes memories

December 5, 2014 | Ron Riekki

The Upper Peninsula in winter looks like a Currier and Ives print. And what’s for dinner on the big day? How about some venison?

You can take the boy out of the U.P., and this one went into showbiz

October 31, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Actor Stephen Wiig talked his way from Negaunee into Metallica’s road crew, and from there he hasn’t really looked back.

One main street, many bars, and a stubborn U.P. problem

September 26, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Alcohol – and, increasingly, drugs – are deeply ingrained in over-the-bridge culture. And like everywhere, they are behind the area’s crime statistics.

For such a beautiful part of Michigan, the U.P. isn’t ready for its close-up

August 15, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Why do so many films made in the state shoot in the southern regions? People, equipment and inadequate promotion.

When we all sat on one blanket, in U.P. summer celebrations of yore

July 11, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Today, fireworks and patriotism are complicated things for many. Then, they were part and parcel of the best day of summer.

Under the U.P. skies, it holds the reflection of all it sees

May 30, 2014 | Ron Riekki

If you grew up in Michigan, you might have a place like Teal Lake. Lucky you.

By the shores of Gitche Gumee, another writer finds inspiration

April 18, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Ellen Airgood is one recent Upper Peninsula novelist whose work has traveled beyond the state. But she still hasn’t quit her day job.

For U.P. residents, some health data to provoke chest pains

March 14, 2014 | Ron Riekki

Does the Upper Peninsula have abysmal health statistics because of geography, behavior, poverty or something else? Likely all of the above.

From the U.P. to the Screen Actors Guild? It’s kind of a funny story...

February 7, 2014 | Ron Riekki

How does a kid from Negaunee become a card-carrying union brother of George Clooney? Practice, practice, practice.