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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 ...




Jeanna Powell, left, and Steve Joas show off their traditional German clothing while polka dancing at last year’s Volksfest. submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff When Jeanna Powell attended Waupun’s Volksfest — a German festival ­— more than four years ago, she witnessed a scene that inspired her. A woman and […]

Splash: Half-stepping and twirling, Volksfest polkas into town


Erik Ugland, right, tosses the Frisbee as his son, Gus Ugland, 13, jumps off a pier at Hattie Sherwood beach. Tim Lyke photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Living in this unbearably sultry oven this July, I wish for nothing more than to jump into a cool lake. Luckily, in Green Laker […]

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Caestecker Public Library Director Linda DeNell and Assistant Director Christina weed and prune some of the flowers, herbs and vegetables in the demonstration garden. Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff It may be hot and humid in July, but it felt like Christmas to me. Outdoor adventure backpacks, metal detector, […]

Splash: Books? That’s just the beginning of Caestecker check-outs





REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE Thrasher Opera House show their American spirit while chanting from their parade entry, driven by Dan Jorndt, at last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Green Lake. Jorndt’s co-pilot is his grandson while other grandchildren help out from behind.   Reagan Zimmerman photo by Maic D’Agostino Summer, maybe […]

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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


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 […]

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Bike safety is of paramount importance to many in Green Laker Country — not just avid cyclists such as Mike Schattschneider, left, who was hit by a car last August while riding on County Road T, and Lauree Renaud, right, of Green Lake Greenways. It’s also important to safety officials […]

Splash: Sharing is caring — but it’s also the law


A secluded home on the shores of Green Lake is one that lake tour guides jokingly tell unsuspecting journalists belongs to such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey. Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino I’m not much of a boat person. I know that horrifies some people in Green Laker country, but […]

The Splash: Do famous residents really live on Green Lake?



Green Lake Resident Brittny Gerig says she snapped this photo of a bear (circled) June 5 near the Puchyan River on Highway 23. submitted photo by Maic D’Agostino I wish I could say it was journalistic instinct. But when I heard Green Lake Police Chief Mike Ratter utter the word […]

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Matthew Orto skates a quarter pipe at a skatepark in Rockford, Ill. Matthew is trying to bring a skatepark to Princeton. submitted photo by: Maic D’Agostino Skateboarders should be seen AND heard. That’s why Princeton residents Katie and Daniel Orto and their skateboarding son, Matthew, have been working since last […]

Splash: Princeton skatepark project wants kids to be seen and ...



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 ...