Tim’s career in the printing and publishing business began with cleaning up around the plant in the early 1970s.After graduating in 1981 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Tim moved to the Twin Cities where he helped oversee a system of 12 Montessori pre-schools. He then spent five years as editor of a four-edition weekly newspaper until his father invited him home to publish the Ripon Commonwealth Press.Under Tim’s guidance, the publishing division of Ripon Printers now includes The Express, a 17,000-circulation shopper, a 128-page annual community guide and the expansion of an existing summer vacation tabloid, the Green Laker. The Express has won numerous awards for its advertising excellence from the state’s shopping-guide association. The state’s newspaper association, for which Tim has served as president, has named the Ripon Commonwealth Press the best weekly newspaper in the state for three of the past 15 years. He is president of the Thrasher Opera House board of directors and plays in the classic rock horn band, Groove Syndicate.
Ian Stepleton has been with the Ripon Commonwealth Press since September 2000. Although a native of the San Francisco area, he is a graduate of Ripon College, and has lived in the community now for more than 17 years. He is a member and on the board of the Ripon Noon Kiwanis service club, a member of the Little White Schoolhouse board and a former member of the Ripon United Way and Riponfest boards.
Aaron Becker has been with the Ripon Commonwealth Press since 2006. He especially enjoys photography and covering the Green Lake area, having grown up on an apple orchard near Green Lake and graduated from Green Lake High School. He now lives in Ripon and is a member of the Ripon Area Model Railroad Club.
Jonathan Bailey is the newest reporter at the Ripon Commonwealth Press and www.RiponPress.com. He joined the staff in October 2011 after serving a year as a sports editor at The Northwoods River News in Rhinelander, Wis. He is a former reporter/photographer for The Green Laker (summer 2010) and a 2010 graduate of Ripon College.