REPORTER HANNAH Tetzlaff put it succinctly.

     “You would think Ripon had some sort of large underground crime ring with all the ‘surveillance vans,’” she wrote me.

     That very afternoon, she’d spotted “evidence” of a full bowl of alphabet soup’s worth of surveillance agencies stalking Ripon.

     But they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

     Virtual iceberg, that is.

     No, Ripon hasn’t suddenly become a hotbed of crime worthy of federal intervention. (At least, not that I know of.)

     Rather, the answer is more mundane. Riponites have turned their Wi-Fi broadcasters into a treasure trove of odd names, ranging from the banal to the bizarre.

     For every “Stepleton Family” Wi-Fi router, there is one that will make you chuckle, scream or run scared.

     If you’re ever bored, whip out your mobile device, set the Wi-Fi on it to “discover new networks” mode, start walking and enjoy.

     MORE THAN A FAIR share, as I noted earlier, represent themselves as government agents.

     Over toward Kwik Trip, there’s the “CIA Surveillance Van,” which is odd, since the CIA is supposed to be focused on threats outside the states.

     But rest assured, there’s an “FBI Surveillance Van” also trolling the community, as is the “NSA.”

     And an “FBI Sting Operation” near Market Fresh. ...

     To read the entire column, including more wacky Wi-Fi router names in the Ripon area, see the Jan. 3, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.