On the Land





Establishing a healthy riparian zone and vegetative buffer helps keep sediment and nutrients like phosphorus from entering the stream, and eventually, Green Lake. by Alison Thiel Brian Olmen knows exactly where he was on June 13, 2008. He wa standing on the western banks of a typically small stream that […]

Eight years later, restored creek benefits Green Lake


13dot1 Half Marathon and 5k returns Sept. 4 to GL SCOTT KRAUSE AND Todd Sharp  lead the pack of runners on their bicycles at the start of last year’s race.       Aaron Becker photo by Hannah Tetzlaff It’s not every race where a woman in her 80s wins […]

Uncommon race in a beautiful place



Town Square instructor pays forward love of quilting Kim Bates cuddles under the first T-shirt quilt she made when her daughter went off to college.    Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff What started as a required assignment in a mandatory class became the foundation of Kim Bates’ life-long passion […]

Patchwork of memories


Exterior, interior upgrades being made at Roger Williams Inn by Hannah Tetzlaff Due to 86 years of housing guests and events, the Green Lake Conference Center’s (GLCC) Roger Williams Inn had visibly diminished. But a restoration project is giving the inn a new lease on life. According to GLCC’s Communications […]

Reviving the past



Local trio develops and sells its own brand of lip balm Jonathan Dudzinski and James Wiciak kneel behind their product, Bee Bella’s Lip Balm.   Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff After working hard like the honey bees they raise, three men have created a buzz in the Green Lake […]

Emphasizing the bee in beauty


Green Team will host An Evening with the Bats at the Town Square Ballroom Naturalist Tom Wagner educates those attending “An Evening with the Bats”  last year about the mammal and its tendencies.             Laura Lyke photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Thought to be rabid vampires in […]

Get batty the night of Aug. 12



LOOKING JUST A little crazy with their crazy attire are the “crazy” employees of Jillian’s Corner Cottage, 102 S. Fulton St. in Princeton. Pictured are, from left, Joan Giese, Jill Dietz and Brian Farley.     Ian Stepleton photo  by Ian Stepleton Brian Farley has seen some crazy things in […]

Princeton becomes wacky, zany, crazyville!


CAMPERS play a game of Frisbee at the Pilgrim Center.      submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff On different ends of Big Green Lake, Pilgrim Center, Camp Grow and the Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) share this in common: All are local summer ministry sites where kids and families feel […]

Area camps offer opportunities for all ages



Olympic-themed county fair will run Aug. 4 to 7 in Green Lake A TRACTOR PULLS a load at a past Green Lake County Fair. This year, the fair will feature a tractor pull Thursday and Friday.        submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Displaying their skill like the athletes […]

Forget the blue ribbons, go for gold at GL Fair


McConnell Inn celebrates three decades of serving guests ABOVE, leaning against the sign post, Mary-Jo Johnson reminisces about the various guests the she has met over the years as an innkeeper. Left, the McConnell Inn is a five-room Victorian bed and breakfast that celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 29 with […]

30 years and counting …



Participants at the 2015 NRCS Soil Health Field Day learn how conservation practices can increase soil health by improving various physical and chemical characteristics within the soil, including increased organic matter, healthier microbial communities, improved infiltration and reduced soil erosion.            submitted photo  by Alison Thiel […]

Cleaning up our watershed: One best management practice at a ...


Sue Thorn, LEFT, Chicago, chats with fused glass artist Wendy Reiter, Ripon, after buying a piece of Reiter’s work at Town Square’s Summer Market. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Rocking and rolling while shopping and strolling is an experience all can share when visiting Green Lake Town Square. Through […]

Summer market comes to GL



CLYDE OLSON HANGS out on the lanes at his bowling alley, Prairie Lanes, back in 2010. It closed permanently recently as Clyde and wife Darlene have retired.       Jonathan Bailey photo  By Ian Stepleton Over the years, I’ve really tried to dedicate this space to telling you about […]

Say goodbye to two Laker country legends





Whether it’s beer for the ‘big kids’ or soda for the younger ones, this family event has it all in Princeton CLICKING THEIR GLASSES in celebration of the Brew Ha Ha! third-annual event are, back row, from left, Paige Mackay, Jessica Greget, Owen Greget, Matt Greget, Jenna Zodrow, John Zodrow; […]

Drink UP!



Many of Green Lake’s streets, campgrounds and more have a unique history behind them by Hannah Tetzlaff Rich with history, Green Lake’s names connect the past to the present. Many landmarks, streets and popular destinations like the Golf Courses of Lawsonia or Hattie Sherwood Campground have stories behind their names. […]

What’s in a name?


PARTICIPANTS GO AT their own pace as they paddle past three Conservancy sites including Norwegian Bay Wetlands, Hammer’s Trail and Winnebago Trail. The tour provided a unique opportunity for paddlers to experience each site from the water’s edge.  By Alison Thiel Lake enthusiasts got their feet wet with the Green […]

Fish sticks?! They are a best practice for a ...