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30 years ago
ISHPEMING — Upper Peninsula residents aren’t the only ones attuned to hunting lore — just ask the out-of-tune “Da Yoopers.” The band from Ishpeming has a hit on its hands with a song about the exploits of a pack of laid-back, beer-drinking hunters during “The Second Week of Deer Camp,” which is creating interest across the region and around the nation. “The song has just gone bonkers all over,” said Jim DeCaire, band spokesman and song co-writer with Joe Potila. “We really have had a tremendous response from everywhere. The song is done out of genuine love and we try to hit people’s funny bones.” The telephone has been ringing off the hook at DeCaire’s home on Cooper Lake Road in Ishpeming where he serves as press agent, manager and booking agent for Da Yoopers. From his home, he also runs the company You Guys records, formed by DeCaire, Potila and band member Lynn Anderson after the success of the first Da Yoopers tape.
90 years ago
ISHPEMING — Ishpeming, heart of the great iron mining district in Northern Michigan, has passed the 1,000 mark in telephones. According to K.S. Baker, manager for the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in this district, this is a convincing proof of the city’s growth in a business way.