Irvin, left, greets former Executive Director Alan Hagstrom, who returned to Green Lake from Hugo, Minn. to honor his successor. by Joe Schulz Whether it’s a first date, performing with the Missoula Children’s Theatre or rocking out to Poco or Jim Messina, the Thrasher Opera House has been helping the […]

Building memories through music


Riders of the Green Lake 100 can ride through scenic Green Lake country. by Joe Schulz Bikers of all skill levels may test their stamina Sunday, May 26 at the third-annual Green Lake 100 bike ride. The event features not only a bike ride around Green Lake, but participants also […]

Green Lake 100



MEMBERS OF MARKESAN Community Band play during a past June Dairy Days parade. submitted photo by Joe Schulz June Dairy Days will return Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 at Hein Park and will feature live music, a parade, carnival games, and ample varieties and quantities of food. June […]

March into summer at June Dairy Days


FREELAND FILM FESTIVAL Event Coordinator Evelyn Galster points towards the Thrasher Opera House stage, which festival films will be screened. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Lights … Camera … Action! The Freeland Film Festival will bring stories to inspire back to Green Lake Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. […]

Stage is ready for another film festival



SASSAFRAS OWNER CARRIE Nolen holds up a set of keys for her coffee shop’s new home at 509 Mill St., Green Lake. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Several years ago before Guth’s Candy Shoppe was located at 509 Mill St., a barista got her start there at Sugar Lips, […]

No java jive: Coffee shop Sassafras is brewing up business ...


JOE SCHULZ TAKES a break from his bike ride around Green Lake by checking out what’s happening in the area. He is excited to be the one to tell readers what fun there is to do as the new Green Laker reporter. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Green Lake. Before […]

Pedaling toward a fun summer



LAYLA AND KYLER Gragg, both of Milwaukee, sit at a painting station during Green Lake’s Splash Into Summer last year. The event will return June 8. Ariana Hones photo by Hannah Tetzlaff I am not an early bird. I do not enjoy cracking my eyelids open before dawn. Instead, I […]

Splash: This summer’s dilemma: Too much to do, not enough ...


A SUNRISE OVER Green Lake brings the promise of a new day and with it, personal renewal. Jeremy Stibb photo by Todd Sharp I’ve been living on Kale, water and powdered amino acid for the past 10 days. Besides a few light-headed spells and seeing the occasional blue dots, I’m […]

The Prune: Summer knocks on the door, promising opportunity



Sections of vertical banks on Dakin Creek will be repaired or armored with re-purposed Christmas trees as part of the Green Lake Association’s “balsam for brookies” project. The Christmas trees protect stream banks and provide habitat for brook trout, a native species that has not been documented on this trout […]

GLA restores brook trout habitat in Dakin Creek


Connor Hurley of Green Lake holds a lake trout he caught while fishing on Big Green Lake. Joel Baranowski photo by Joe Schulz Big Green Lake What’s hot: Lake trout What’s not: Mostly all other fish Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611 […]

Fishing should heat up with the weather



by Hannah Tetzlaff Before ThunderBoss Bar & Grill in Green Lake was a twinkle in an eye, owners Chris Barbin and Lori Csaszar knew they wanted to create ThunderFest. “I’ve been on this project [planning ThunderFest] since November before we opened up the doors of ThunderBoss,” ThunderBoss head chef Trent […]

New festival thunders into Green Lake


Lynn Pollesch of Ripon shuttles fest attendees up and down South Street in 2017. Pollesch is the founder of the East Central Tractor Cruise, Inc.  Maic D’Agostino photo by Ariana Hones Thirty years ago, the farmers came in from the fields after a long summer of planting, tending and weeding […]

Harvest Fest celebrates 30 years of community



2018 GREEN LAKE Conference Center volunteers stand outside one of the buildings on the property.  submitted photo by Ariana Hones It was summer 1888. A sudden storm forced Jessie Lawson onto the shores of Lone Tree Point. Seeking refuge in a small shack, she waited out the rains. When the […]

Preserving a refuge


(Above) Water skiing to first place in the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest on her bare feet is Olya Ford, 14. The photo was taken Aug. 5 by Michelle Ford of Markesan.  Second Place! (Below) Penny Howell captured Cassidy and Colbie McElroy of California facing each in the shadows during […]

Photo Contest Finalists!



Amanda Drager pours a martini at the start of her Center House shift.  She also bartends at Adam’s Rib in Green Lake. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, sometimes the factor giving them that extra boost of power comes from a comfortable pair […]

Behind the bar stands super woman


The Princeton Public Library fund-raising team is all smiles following a successful event last year. submitted photo by Ariana Hones “It won’t be the library you remember, but it will be one you won’t forget.” Those words heed all who drive down Princeton’s Water Street and pass the public library. […]

An evening to remember



CHUCK HURLEY, THE new owner of Norton’s Dry Dock, sits in one of the pontoon boats available from the business. Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton ians@riponprinters.com Though the “Norton” name may be synonymous with Green Lake, even Dave and Krista Norton once needed help getting started in the boat […]

Back to family: Norton’s Dry Dock is purchased by Green ...


ARIANA HONES WAVES after successfully making it to her feet during a water skiing adventure with Clancey Nicholls. submitted photo by Ariana Hones “Where are all the people? The lake is so quiet.” That is me. I am on the water near County Park about to water ski for the […]

Reporter waves so long to GL country



Green Lake Community members work to decorate downtown Green Lake with festive fall decorations in preparation for the city’s biggest event of the year, Harvest Fest. Maic D’Agostino photo by Hannah Tetzlaff When the sky turns gray, the air becomes crisp and the trees are decorated in splashes of red, […]

Splash: End of summer? No worries! Fall fun has just ...


by Todd Sharp Fall in abundance. There is so much food to be canned, frozen and prepared to store for the long nights and shorter days ahead. Apples picked, rutabagas, carrots, onions and potatoes dug, squash piled up. Lots of good stuff to be eaten and preserved. As a creature […]

The Prune: Falling into the realization that another summer’s gone