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Wed June 25, 2014

Are you a Yooper looking for love? Find your lumberjack here

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The Pew Research Center tells us that 1 in 10​ Americans has turned to online dating sites.

Some are very general, such as eHarmony or Match.com.

And some get very specific, such as JDate for Jewish singles, or farmersonly.com for ... well, you get the picture.

Bugsy Sailor, a born-and-bred Yooper, realized that finding love in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is challenging.

So he founded yoopersingles.com.

It started off as an April Fool’s joke. But on the first day, nearly 1,000 people had signed up. Sailor realized that this might be something to look into.

“Yoopers are a unique breed,” Sailor said. “We have a culture that is one of its own and it’s a remote area. It’s different meeting people here than I would say in the city.”

Sailor said one of the main challenges is finding someone with the same interests. A Yooper would have to find someone who can handle the mosquito bites and the cold winters.

“If you find love in Florida, it’s kind of difficult to convince them to move to the UP,” Sailor said.

Subscribers list their interests. Some are simple, like kayaking, hiking, or basketball. Sailor said home brewing is big in the UP.  

“Interestingly enough, a large number of users have selected bear wrestling as a potential interest,” Sailor said.

Another question: “How do you like your pasty? With ketchup, gravy or naked?”

*Listen to interview above.

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