Vicky Olinski holds a 6-pound lake trout that she caught while fishing with Mike Norton. Mike Norton photo by Reagan Zimmerman Big Green Lake What’s hot: Lake trout (at times) and rock bass What’s not: Smallmouth bass and walleye Guide’s Corner: Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617. Norton […]

Fishing will continue to improve with weather


Carrie Nolen serves a cup of coffee with a smile. Below, customers may pair their coffee with a sweet treat, which includes muffins. by Reagan Zimmerman What is better than a daily cup of joe? A cup of joe with a little sass and a smile from local coffee shop, […]

Sassafras answers call for coffee



A FARMERS STATE Bank float is decorated in last year’s theme, “Hats off to Dairy,” during the annual June Dairy Days parade. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Reagan Zimmerman Markesan’s June Dairy Days always has prided itself on being a community event. But this year, it’s taking an even closer approach […]

Dairy Days returns June 9 to 11


CHRISTINE Slabosheski sits peacefully at her favorite place at the Green Lake Conference Center, “One Tree Point,” reflecting on her love for nature. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Ripon native and Green Lake resident Christine Slabosheski has visited the Green Lake Conference Center (formerly known as the American Baptist […]

A peaceful place to relax



A RUBBER CHICKEN flies through a goalpost as part of Princeton’s Chicken Fling. This year’s event will take place Sunday, May 28. by Reagan Zimmerman Summertime is here. That means it is time for endless amounts of fun. This summer, stay on top of the events happening around you. In […]

Summer packed full of flying chickens, beer, fleas, parades, chalk ...


Bria Reiser, right, laughs along with friends Julie and Sarah Fleegal, while doing a makeover at the annual Girls Glam Night. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman “Freckles.” “My passion for doing what I love.” “Understanding my flaws.” “Being who I am.” These were a few responses from girls who […]

Embracing their natural beauty



NEW GREEN LAKER reporter Reagan Zimmerman stands on the gas dock she spends her summers working on as she is surrounded by the area’s beauty. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman From a young age, I always was that outgoing child that wanted to talk to everyone and learn about everything. […]

Reporter embraces challenge with open arms


Pipes and nozzles for Ripon’s new splash pad wait to be unwrapped and squirt back as they sit in the rain May 17.  Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino A couple weeks ago, my 5-year-old daughter and I stepped outside on our way to school. “It’s warmer than I thought […]

Splash: Warm up to summer by cooling off in Laker ...



WHICH GUY APPEARS more prepared for the Green Lake 100? Gary Hazelberg, right, or the Prune? submitted photo by Todd Sharp This summer is kicking off with robust exercise and plenty of camaraderie. I’m talking about a new bike ride: the Green Lake 100 On Sunday, May 28, the Green […]

The Prune: Green Lake 100 offers biking fun for all ...


NOAH BORGARDT plucked this largemouth bass out of Ripon’s Gothic Mill Pond earlier this month. Tracy Landerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Big Green Lake What’s hot: Not much What’s not: Everything Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611 With the season just starting […]

As water warms up, so will the fishing



The GLSD is monitoring two fyke nets within the County Highway K Estuary to assess fish populations within the wetland. These nets also serve as an additional method for removal. GLSD staff, Dallas Lewallen, empties a fyke net containing invasive carp. submitted photo by Alison Thiel Editor’s note: This piece […]

Teamwork averts another GL ‘Carpageddon’


March 22 was a clear day right at the beginning of spring. It also happened to be World Water Day, an annual observance established by the United Nations in 1993 to highlight freshwater sustainability and resources. Along Lawson Drive’s winding way through Green Lake Conference Center, the waters of Green […]

Water on the mind: Keynote at ‘Water Thinkers’ event in ...



by Maic D’Agostino A rare piece of history returned to Green Lake’s American Legion Post 306 this month. Generations of Legionnaires and visitors have walked past the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) banner that hung in the post’s former building, a home purchased in 1955. But the banner fluttered […]

Generations & Restoration: Civil War banner returns to rightful place ...


After searching through the pumpkins, Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s Liane Walsh, left, and Roberta Martin pick out their favorite pumpkins in anticipation for Green Lake’s Harvest Fest. Harvest Fest set for Sept. 23 to 25 by Hannah Tetzlaff Like Cinderella’s pumpkin, Green Lake will transform into an enchanted […]

Fall into Green Lake’s largest bash




Berlin Historical Society chairman Chris Kalupa walks past the graveyard at Oakwood Cemetery. She, along with others, will lead groups of people Saturday, Oct. 15 during the 14th-annual Ghost Walk. Hannah Tetzlaff photo Berlin Ghost Walk features theme based on lawyers by Hannah Tetzlaff The Berlin Historical Society will give […]

Corpses within body of law



Attendees socialize at a past From the Land festival. The folk-art event will take place this year, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16.     Folk-art event will take place Oct. 15 & 16 rain or shine by Hannah Tetzlaff Even if it means donning a Native American jingle dress […]

Arts & crafts From The Land


Green Laker reporter Hannah Tetzlaff takes a bite out of a big cookie in remembrance of the tasty and unforgettable summer she had.     by Hannah Tetzlaff For years, I walked past the café. Sometimes I would glance at it and other times, I would get curious enough and peer […]

Unforgettable flavors of GL: Reporter reflects on summer of food, ...



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


by Ian Stepleton Here it is again. The end of the road. Or is it the beginning? Well, one thing is for certain. Summer is over. But, as I try to remind readers each fall, that doesn’t mean that the fun must come to an end around Green Laker country. […]

Splash: ‘Hey Santa, GL Country is fun year ’round!’