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The power of the U.P. connection

January 18, 2010
Daily Press

The power of the people in the Upper Peninsula is so amazing that those who do not live here have to be quite impressed. The recent event was the voting in selecting five barns to be restored throughout the United States.

A Bark River barn built by the Konkel family in the early 1900s was one of the five barns throughout the country to be selected as a winner in the Campbell's Soup Company's "Help Grow Your Own Soup" program. The barn, now owned by the Fudala family was selected as a winner through online voting.

Since the barn was selected, the restoration will be made possible with a $5,000 grant to cover costs of labor and material. The other four barns were located North Carolina, Indiana, Maryland, and one other Michigan barn in the lower peninsula.

This whole scenario also shows what type of network is out there when it comes to families in the U.P. Not only were votes received from the area, but from 30 states total. This shows the power of those who may have lived here and moved, or just like the Upper Peninsula.

We think this is quite a tribute to the Upper Peninsula and it is good to see the network that exists between residents, former residents, families and friends. There is a tight bond and this voting shows it.

We want to congratulate the Fudala family for winning this contest and we want to congratulate and thank all those who voted. This will just help preserve another piece of U.P. history.

 
 

 

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