BRANTLEY NISSEN OF Brantley’s Bowlerama in Green Lake waves from a tractor with grandma Cindy Nissen. Aaron Becker photo by Reagan Zimmerman Looking for two days of non-stop fall celebrations for families and people of all ages? Green Lake’s Harvest Fest might be just the answer. The annual event will […]

Harvest Fest will tractor back into GL Sept. 22 to ...


Green Lake Renewal CEO Fran Hill and Horseradish proprietor Matt Trotter stand in front of Trotter’s food truck in Princeton. Trotter will lead a once-a-week, four-session course on how to open, operate and build a successful food truck business in October at Green Lake’s Town Square, which Green Lake Renewal […]

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Chris Barbin and Lori Csaszar stand on the brand new pier built this summer for customers. Inset, Barbin and Csaszar, pose on the deck of their recent property purchase. This building will be torn down and renovated into a rustic bar and grill restaurant called ThunderBoss. Reagan Zimmerman photo Lori […]

ThunderBoss is roaring into GL in 2018


Princeton Historical Society members, from left, Betsy Ladwig, Vickie Wielgosh and Jerry Disterhaft are excited to begin their renovations of the Princeton Historical Society. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman In the 1880s, 40 oxen pulled a general store across the frozen tundra of Wisconsin to be placed in Princeton. […]

Historical society will breathe new life into old building



The Miller’s Daughter Bed and Breakfast, 453 North St., Green Lake, is lit up with welcoming warmth during a busy summer night. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman As the oldest resort community west of Niagara Falls, Green Lake has a history of welcoming people. Opening a bed and breakfast in […]

Bed and breakfasts aim to provide ‘homey’ feel


GREEN LAKER REPORTER Reagan Zimmerman, right, and her friend, Morgan Damm at the front of a sail boat. They spent the morning of Aug. 29 on the water learning how to sail at the Green Lake Sailing School. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman I am sitting in my dorm room, […]

Reporter sails away to new adventures



A pumpkin carved into a mythical monster leers back at visitors to last year’s Harvest Fest in Green Lake. Although you may be making this face at the thought of colder weather, be cheered by the many activities, such as Harvest Fest, you can cozy up to this fall in […]

Splash: Summer’s done — but Green Laker Country still heaps ...


CANNED ROMA TOMATOES are ready to be consumed this winter — by a hungry grasshopper. submitted photo by Todd Sharp I get a little antsy this time of the year. I start to feel uneasy about the upcoming quieter season. Fewer folks around to share stories with. I’ll miss the […]

The Prune: Better to be an antsy busy bee than ...



by Reagan Zimmerman Big Green Lake What’s hot: Walleye and smallmouth bass What’s not: White bass Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611 According to Walker, nothing has changed within the past few weeks. “There is nothing really biting or really great,” he […]

Fishing could pick up a bit in coming weeks


These THREE fishermen worked with the Clean Boats, Clean Waters inspector to check for and remove plants and drain their livewell after a day of fishing on Green Lake. They removed their boat from the lake at Dodge Memorial County Park. submitted photo by Anna Cisar If you were out […]

Clean boats = clean water = fewer invasive species



CHANNELING their inner “Animal House” as they prepare for the annual Party for the Arts at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake are, from left, Dennis Duijsters, Ryan Avery, Brice Alvord, David Knuth and Andrew Maes. This year’s theme for the annual fund-raiser is toga and frat parties. Reagan Zimmerman […]

Party at Thrasher with ‘Animal House’-style celebration


WISCONSIN State Chili Cook-off Championship Chairman Bill Munsey, right, presents the 2016 championship trophy to members of “Pirates of the Chilibean.” Jonathan Bailey photo by Reagan Zimmerman Throughout the world, there are 99 reported different types of chili peppers. They range from a bell pepper at 0 Scoville heat units […]

Feel the heat and sweet tastes at chili cook-off



Donna Bille and her grandsons, Gordon Ninneman, left, and Matthew Ninneman paint ladybug rocks together for the Green Lake Rocks group. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Have you seen little yellow minions on the loose? What about the title character from the book, “Where’s Waldo?” If you have, chances are […]

Bille puts the ‘rock’ in Green Lake rocks


“Hope” the whooping crane stands for a photo by the International Crane Foundation banner. This will be Hope’s first year at the celebration. The suit was made by the man who made the “Muppets.” submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Imagine spotting a group of migrating whooping cranes high in the […]

Whooping Crane Festival will migrate back to Princeton Sept. 7 ...



June Withhun of Cambria, Wis., displays her hand-painted festive signs at her booth. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Packer games spawn Wisconsin rituals. Some fans are superstitious and have to wear the same socks on game day, while others can’t miss watching a game for anything. They won’t have to […]

Harvest Faire is set for Sept. 17


Reagan Zimmerman de-stresses during her deadline week with some yoga in her backyard. Sheridan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Older sisters are supposed to help us when we fall down, right? Well that is not exactly how my older sister, Aubreigh, feels. Her motto is “Sister, I am always there […]

Reporter needs lift from big sis



Mary Ernest waters a floral arrangement in front of Jillian’s Corner Cottage in Princeton with rainwater the shopkeepers collect in barrels. Like many items for sale at Jillian’s, each flower arrangement is unique and depends upon who created it. Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino Sometimes you walk into a […]

Splash: Jillian’s customers bring home smiles and unique finds


by Todd Sharp I set sail on my maiden voyage in 1978 with the Davis sisters, pushing off from a dock on the south shore of Green Lake. It was a steamy, hot, sunny, late summer day with a spirited southwesterly breeze. I was excited and nervous. As a 16-year-old […]

Prune is no Popeye but he doesn’t know these sailing ...



Tom Inorio displays the smallmouth bass he caught during his fishing adventure with Dennis Walker on his vacation from Chicago. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Big Green Lake What’s hot: Walleye and smallmouth bass What’s not: White bass Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green […]

Fishing has slowed, but the bites still are there


National Republican Party Museum President Dan Zimmerman presents the museum plan and foundation to an audience at Ford’s Gathering in Princeton. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman “A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valued.” ­— Thomas Jefferson Inside of a little white […]

Princeton holds fund-raiser for Republican Museum