Mitten envy? Wisconsin promotion draws note in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The use of a mitten as part of a Wisconsin tourism promotion is attracting some attention in Michigan, which is known for its mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula.

Alex Beaton is founder of Awesome Mitten, a website launched in June that promotes all good things about Michigan. She tells the Kalamazoo Gazette she was dismayed to see the mitten image on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism spokeswoman Lisa Marshall says the image of a knit mitten shaped like the state of Wisconsin went into use online Dec. 1. She notes people in Wisconsin also consider their state to be mitten-shaped.

Dave Lorenz, manager of public and industry relations for the state of Michigan, said with a chuckle that Michigan understands Wisconsin’s “mitten envy.”