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



VICKI Wielgosh uses her smartphone to access the tour’s website, detailing the rest of the history about the building and where the next site is located. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Reagan Zimmerman Watch your back, you might see a ghost tonight. The streets of Princeton will be crawling with ghosts […]

A look back at Princeton’s past


Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster shows off her Freeland Film Festival director’s chair in front of the future festival headquarters: Town Square. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Green Lake has a population of 952. The world has a population of 7.5 billion. Little Green Lake hopes to make a big […]

Script coming together for Freeland Film Festival



THE BOOK COVER of “Green Lake Scenery” features stereoview images of a steamboat that William Lockwood operated in Green Lake in the 1870s. The images were stored in Gordon Hoffman’s closet for more than 40 years, before the idea came to make a book out of the rarely seen photos. […]

Stereo views provide glimpse into unseen past


People mingle along the midway last week Friday night, playing games and taking rides among the brightly colored lights, sweet scents of vendor wares and sounds of laughter and fun. photos by Reagan Zimmerman The Green Lake County Fair drew fun-seekers from all around for its festivities that began last […]

Fair games



Former Berlin High School students, Ryan Wenig, Eric Roehl and Mitch Kramer show off how many wings they have left after the Buffalo Wild Wings wing eating contest last year. submitted photo by Reagan Zimmerman Here is to one final hurrah before the summer ends. For a third year, Berlin […]

Berlin Fox Festival is set for Aug. 26


Mike Ertmer of Green Lake, right, shows his excitement at winning during a game of Fish Heads or Fish Tails at the Green Lake Association’s gala, while his colleague Jeff Buser of Princeton drops his head after not advancing to the next round. photo by Reagan Zimmerman by Reagan Zimmerman […]

GL goes gaga over GLA gala



Reagan Zimmerman plays with cats during her day volunteering at the local shelter. Sheridan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Those who are close to me know I have a weakness for cats. I have no control when a cat is around. Such was the case on July 22 when I […]

Just kitten around


A glass case displays some artifacts from this ancient era, some of which have connections to Green Laker country. The shoe, for instance, belonged to Kramer, but first made its way to Green Lake after local gal Sue Eggleston’s husband — some other footballer named Fuzzy — donated used Packers […]

Splash: Packers 101 from a Green Lake guy who knows ...



by Todd Sharp “Style is based on limitations.” — John Hartford I’ve been working on a minimal, non-invasive, and repurposed lifestyle. The clothing I wear, furniture I make, the dwelling I do life in, the activities I pursue; hopefully the time, money, and energy I spend transcend my intentions. These […]

The Prune: Establish your style in three words: Read this ...


MIKE INORIO OF Chicago caught this smallmouth bass while fishing with Dennis Walker. 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 Lake, 294-0611 According to Walker, walleye are […]

Walleye and musky are good bites on local lakes