The Port Begins New Chapter

A fire in October 2018 closed The Port, which now is undergoing major renovations. The restaurant is expected to reopen in late spring.

By Susan Thompson 

October 21, 2018, was a typical Sunday at The Port on Lake Panorama’s main basin. It was late afternoon, and the restaurant was closed, after being open earlier in the day for brunch. An employee doing paperwork in an office on the lower level smelled smoke, and discovered flames. A stray cigarette butt started a fire that ran up the outside of the building, getting into the kitchen walls and ceiling. The Panora and Guthrie Center fire departments put the fire out, and no one was injured. 

2019 LPA Annual Meeting May 11

The 50th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Each year, the LPA annual meeting provides a formal statement of the association’s financial position, plus reports on activities during the past year and plans for the coming year. 

Reports will be given by Jim Spradling, LPA board president; Gary Evans, LPA board treasurer; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations. 

LPN Superintendent Opens Course for 39th Year

Dan Wollner has been the Lake Panorama National grounds superintendent since 1981.

By Susan Thompson 

This month’s Q&A is with Dan Wollner, who on March 22 opened the Lake Panorama National golf course for his 39thtime. Wollner was hired in 1981 as the LPN grounds superintendent. His wife Barb started as the course horticulturist the same year. The pair met while attending Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, where they graduated with horticulture degrees. Their three children were raised in the log cabin they built in 1983 near the #13 green. 

Panorama West Open House April 28

An open house will be held at the Panorama West golf course and clubhouse Sunday, April 28, to celebrate recent improvements on the course. The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors is sponsoring the event to formally recognize the $473,000 estate gift from James and Joyce McLuen, which made the improvements possible. The estate gift was presented to Friends in August 2017. 

The open house will be 2-4 p.m., with a short program at 3 p.m. Some members of the McLuen family plan to be in attendance, and will be introduced at that time. Light refreshments will be served.