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Owner and Editor of Wis. U. P. North. Live in the Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin. Grown to love the people of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Great people, great scenery, what can you not love about Michigan and Wisconsin. .

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Super Bowl Party Recipes 2015

Are you still planning your Super Bowl party? Are you having the gang over and not sure what to make for snacks? Today has some great easy ideas.

What’s your favorite Super Bowl snack or recipe?

Hosting a Super-Bowl party is as much about the delicious snacks than watching the game itself. From cheesy dips, to sliders, to decadent sweets, the options are seemingly endless. In honor of the game, we've rounded up some of the most popular recipes from Pinterest, and they are insanely delicious. From sweet to savory, we have something for everyone!

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Ishpeming: Annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament Tonight

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You still have time to go to Ishpeming tonight for a GREAT night of ski jumping. The 128th Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament kicks off at 6:00pm et. Continue reading Ishpeming: Annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament Tonight

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Mountain Fire Department FishORama, January 31, 2015

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Are you ready for some fishing and fun? The Mountain Fire Department is having their FishORama this Saturday.

The following from the Mountain Area Business Association Calendar. Continue reading Mountain Fire Department FishORama, January 31, 2015

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Super Bowl Ticket Sales Up 91%

Did deflategate raise Super Bowl ticket sales and prices?

It’s the final countdown to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots. As of 9am ET Monday the cheapest ticket on StubHub was selling for $4,360.50. The average price is currently $3,220.

Read more via Super Bowl ticket sales up 91% from last year – StubHub – Yahoo Finance.

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No More Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs????????

We see this story from the Detroit Free Press.

SAY WHAT! No more Cadbury Cream Eggs? What will the Cadbury rabbit do now?

A new deal that bans all Cadbury chocolates from being imported to America is sparking anger from chocolate lovers.

Read more via Good-bye Cadbury creme eggs? New deal bans british chocolates.

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USDA: Super Bowl Sunday, Food Safety Tips

If your planning your Super Bowl party, remember to think food safety first.

Following from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

Food Safety Education Staff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – Super Bowl Sunday is about much more than football. In fact when many people think about the Super Bowl, they think about the mouth-watering appetizers, delicious buffalo wings and spicy chili that they will enjoy with their friends.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day of the year in the U.S. (behind Thanksgiving). This means there are more opportunities for a food safety fumble to cause food poisoning while preparing and serving game day party foods in the home. While chips, finger foods, and dips might be a football fan favorite, these dishes involve a lot of people sharing communal items, which increases the risk of foodborne illness. Also if you serve buffet style, that means foods will be left out for long periods of time—all of these scenarios can be recipes for disaster.

In January, Kansas State University released the results of a study that tracked parents’ food handling behavior in the kitchen. After preparing a test meal that included meat injected with tracer bacteria, 82% of study participants left meat-originating bacteria around the kitchen on sinks, refrigerators, and cabinet handles. To promote safe food handling the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a food safety playbook to help you keep your Super Bowl food both safe and delicious.

Plays to Food Safe Homemade Chicken Wings

  • Make sure your frying oil temperature is 375 °F before starting to fry.
  • Before frying, pat dry the chicken wings to prevent oil splatter when submerged in hot oil.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the chicken wings in the frying basket. If the wings are crowded, they can be undercooked.
  • To take a temperature of your wings, place them on a clean plate covered in paper toweling. Use a clean food thermometer to check the internal temperature, for food safety the temp should be 165 °F. You should measure several wings before you finish cooking each batch.
  • If the wings are below the minimum safe internal temperature of 165 °F submerge them again in the hot oil.

Plays to a Food Safe Buffet

  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Hot foods must have a heat source to keep them warmer than 140 °F.
  • Cold foods should be kept on ice to remain at a safe temperature below 40 °F.
  • Perishable foods left out longer than two hours should be discarded and replenished with fresh servings.

Plays to a Food Safe Kitchen Towel

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds to avoid spreading bacteria to your towels.
  • Never reuse paper towels. This product is for single use only. When used multiple times, bacteria can find their way onto the towel and hitch a ride around the kitchen.
  • Kitchen towels build up bacteria after multiple uses. To keep the bacteria from getting the upper hand, you should wash your kitchen towels frequently in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices at and follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter. Consumers with questions about food safety, can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

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Wisconsin Mine Protester Gets 9 Months Jail Time

Does the time fit the crime?

HURLEY — An environmental activist from Weston who wants to stop a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will serve nine months in jail for disrupting mine workers in 2013.
Katie M. Kloth, 27, formerly of Stevens Point, was among a group of about 20 protesters, many wearing bandanas covering their faces, who threw cans and water bottles at workers in an effort to intimidate them as they drilled exploratory holes, according to court records.

Read full story via Penokee mine protester gets jail time.

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Danica Patrick: ‘Do You Get Mad When Your Boyfriend Wrecks You?’

Seems it took children to ask Danica Patrick a question most media people were always afraid to ask.

‘Do you get mad when your boyfriend wrecks you?’ Danica Patrick faces kids’ pressing questions.
Before heading to Daytona International Speedway next month for Speedweeks, Patrick will return to facing questions from adults Tuesday during the SHR stop on the second day of the preseason NASCAR Media Tour.
She might face some queries as blunt and potentially awkward as how she and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. deal with being in wrecks together. She handled it well Sunday.
“Yes, I have been mad before,” Patrick responded. “But we talk about, and then we get over it. And we don’t get to bed mad or we’re just not going to bed. We will talk about. Sometimes. But sometimes we don’t mean to; they’re just accidents.”
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Tool Wagons At MIS At Pure Michigan 400, image WisUPN

Full story via ‘Do you get mad when your boyfriend wrecks you?’ Danica Patrick faces kids’ pressing questions | MotorSportsTalk.

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Jeff Gordon: NASCAR TV Analyst This Season, XFINITY Series

Looks like Jeff Gordon is entering the broadcast booth.

Following a first report from Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer, MotorSportsTalk has confirmed that four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will enter the broadcast booth this season as part of a rotation of driver analysts for Fox Sports’ coverage of NASCAR XFINITY Series events.
During a SiriusXM NASCAR Radio interview last week, Gordon – who will end his full-time Cup career at the conclusion of the 2015 season – indicated that he would be open to entering the television side of the sport.

full story via Jeff Gordon to serve as NASCAR TV analyst this season | MotorSportsTalk.