“Aside from my three siblings (Kevin in Atlanta, Brian in Chicago and Kristen in Minneapolis), all my living relatives are still in the U.P.,” he said in an e-mail interview. “My mom (Judy Wiig) still lives in the house I grew up in on County Road 480 in Negaunee Township and teaches at Negaunee High School. We also have some property in Big Bay.
“My grandma (Alice Arbelius) still lives in Palmer and has a camp on Little Shag Lake in Gwinn. I have several aunts and uncles in the area.”
Wiig makes sure to travel home as often as he can.
“I try to get back at least a couple of times a year. My siblings and I usually coordinate it so we’re all home around the same time. We make sure we get together during the holidays and spend some time at my grandma’s camp on Shag Lake during the summer.
“Even though I’ve moved away, whenever I return, I’m reminded of what a special and beautiful place the U.P. is. Having been fortunate enough to travel the globe, I’ve developed an even greater appreciation for the place I will always know as ‘home’.
“Oh, and I also make sure that I get each of the four basic (U.P.) food groups: Villa (Capri) pizza, Thunder Bay Inn cudighi, Lawry’s pasties and Togo’s No. 16 sub,” Wiig said. “I’ve been all around the world and I still think the Villa has the best pizza on earth.”