Daily Archives: February 18, 2015


Green Lake Association Lake Research Intern Mitchell Busch, left, and Green Laker Reporter Connor Cummiskey kneel behind the day’s catch after a fishing adventure with guide Mike Norton.  submitted photo By Connor Cummiskey I have never been all that great at fishing. I usually did not have the patience to […]

Reporter receives crash course in fishing


Local Seamstress and Thrasher board member Karla Spinks smiles as she installs the scale model of the Thrasher Opera House’s curtain in the newly renovated bar.  Connor Cummiskey photo Thrasher Opera House bar is replica of theater area by Connor Cummiskey When visitors enter the lobby during intermission at the […]

Second stage



Kristian Andersen, a local freelance artist at the town square, lays down the undercoating for the new design at  Sea Critters Cafe at Harbor Lights.   Connor Cummiskey photo Downtown GL restaurant’s name changes to ‘Sea Critters Cafe at Harbor Lights’ by Connor Cummiskey The newly named Sea Critters Cafe […]

Harbor Lights Takes on a Nautical Theme


WHILE ELLEN KOEPPEN and Alex Zabel have switched roles, Green Lake Real Estate’s commitment to customer service will be unwavering, new owner Koeppen insists.  Ian Stepleton photo GL Real Estate’s new owner pledges continued marketing leadership by Ian Stepleton ians@riponprinters.com Some businesses change hands with pomp and circumstance. Customers of […]

Strike up the brand



BIG GREEN LAKE has seen its fair share of monster lake trout caught over the years. Above left, Joseph Gotz holds up his Wisconsin inland  record lake trout, which he caught June 1, 1957. It weighed 35 pounds, 4 ounces. Coldwater Fish Advisory Committee aims to maintain Big Green Lake’s […]

Past, present and future


ABOVE LEFT, Allison Hohenstern of Markesan lets go of her bowling ball as Desiree Roeder, also of Markesan, looks on. Above right, Green Lake Lanes and Pizza General Manager Gordon Smith puts a pizza for hungry customers into a large brick oven.   Connor Cummiskey photo by Connor Cummiskey Where […]

New Bowling Alley Combines Fun and Great Food



Above, Frank Boeck, owner of Frank’s Hometown Meats, cuts some fresh porter house steaks for his display case. Bottom right, The marble pattern that is visible in both this ribeye and porter house steak is a sure sign of tenderness. Connor Cummiskey photo Frank’s Hometown Meats specializes in quality by […]

For all the marbles


HIGHWAY 23 TRAFFIC resumes earlier this month between Green Lake and Ripon. The stretch was closed since April 21. Through-traffic still needs to maneuver around the city of Green Lake, however, since the Puchyan River bridge remains closed until late November.    Aaron Becker photo by Aaron Becker First thing […]

Highway is like a long-lost friend



A good crowd gathers for the Dartford Historical Society Annual Picnic, which featured stories from Green Lake fishing guides. Inset, fishing guides share tales around the largest lake trout caught in Green Lake. Pictured are, from left, event organizer Ann Saddleback, fishing guides Mike Norton, Joel Baranowski, Chuck Mirr and […]

Fish Tales of Past


THRASHER OPERA HOUSE board President Greg Becker, left, sets fire to the Thrasher annex mortgage held by past president Scott Krause. Looking on are Thrasher staff, from left, Executive  Director Roby Irvin, Development Director Maria Dietrich and Administrative Assistant Martha Janz.    Tim Lyke photo Thrasher burns annex mortgage, reveals […]

Fired up



CARRIE NOLAN, OWNER of Sassafras in Green Lake, shows off one of the sweet treats she offers.  Ian Stepleton photo Sassafrass offers comfy setting, sweet treats to customers — right in downtown GL by Ian Stepleton ians@riponprinters.com When a customer settles into a chair at Green Lake’s newest downtown coffee […]

Feel right at home at GL’s new coffee shop


Green Laker reporter Connor Cummiskey helps paddle the canoe through the water during a recent trip on the Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe.  submitted photo by Connor Cummiskey When I was a Boy Scout, we would go camping every summer. At camp, the troop usually ended up canoeing as […]

Viva la Fox River voyageur canoe trips!



THE MAIN LOBBY at the Heidel House overlooks Big Green Lake. The hotel, restaurants and spa have gone under the management of Marcus Hotels and Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corp.   submitted photo Ownership stays the same, but Marcus promises greater breadth of expertise by Aaron Becker aaronb@riponprinters.com The […]

The Heidel House is now managed by Marcus Corp.


A PIECE OF jewelry is personalized with a gem stone designating the location of the wearer’s home. Local jeweler’s signature charm may make other Wisconsin lake areas ‘green’ with envy Guy Rossberg has been the proprietor of Wisconsin Gold & Gem at 507 Mill St. in downtown Green Lake for […]

Green Lake is a gem — literally!



NORTH BAY Sport and Liquor owner Joel Baranowski stands near the store’s leader board, which highlights the largest fish weighed at the Green Lake store. Aaron Becker photo 20-plus years ago, this Green Lake bait shop hung up a leader board of fish tales. And they’re still growing. by Aaron […]

Fish Stories


The Green Lake Country Visitor Bureau (GLCVB) and surrounding community members enjoy nature at Guskey-Miller Conservancy. Pictured are, from left, Markesan Chamber of Commerce Media Coordinator Matt Mullownie, Berlin Chamber of Commerce Media Coordinator Kaitlyn Lueck, Ripon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and GLCVB President-Elect Jason Mansmith, GLCVB Market Research […]

GLCVB keeps tourists wanting to come back



Green Laker Reporter Connor Cummiskey diligently marks his bingo board in hopes of winning.  submitted photo Reporter tries hand at Town Square event, wins raffle by Connor Cummiskey I always thought of bingo as an activity that only seniors participated in. However, after going to a Town Square Bingo session, […]

Close … but no Bingo


RETIRED SURGEON DR. Barry Rogers stands atop the fire truck that he transformed into a mobile concession stand, which serves pizza, popcorn and root beer floats. Inset, Rogers heat shrink wraps a pizza to ensure freshness longer in his new kitchen.  Connor Cummiskey photo Rogers’ pizza-making efficiency improves with new […]

Extinguishing appetites



ABOVE, Chris Hamerla finds another way for Eurasian water milfoil to become a nuisance as he wears it on his head while holding one of the ice packs that volunteers handed out during the first day of the Drain Campaign. Left, The small shells attached to this bunch of weeds […]

Use your head!


TESLA MODEL S owners can recharge their vehicles in Green Lake.  submitted photo People usually take vacations to “recharge.” Now in Green Lake, electric cars can, too. Marcus Hotels & Resorts — which took over management of the Heidel House in May — is promoting a new addition to the […]

Green Lake’s newest feature: Just plug it in