U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits Lake Panorama

This wetland was the site of an August 30 visit by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, (second from right), explains how the wetland helps filter out sediment and nutrients before the water flows into Helen’s Cove. Pictured left to right are Brad Halterman, LPA project manager; Perdue; U.S. Congressman David Young; Rutledge; and Gildo Tori, Ducks Unlimited public policy director.

By Susan Thompson

The nation’s top agriculture official made a stop August 30 in Guthrie County at a wetland built to protect Lake Panorama from nitrates and sediment.

Sonny Perdue has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture since April 2017, and was in Iowa for two days. He spent time at the Farm Progress Show, attended several meetings with farmers and agribusinesses, and toured farms to view conservation practices.

Fall LPA Update from General Manager

By Susan Thompson

With fall’s arrival, the LPA maintenance staff is busy wrapping up 2018 projects. That was the message from John Rutledge, LPA general manager, at a “Coffee with the GM” session September 7.

Rutledge said the “big one” on the fall list is seal coating nine miles of roads. “Our guys have the prep work done. We’ve just been waiting on the vendor, who has been delayed because of weather. We prefer to have this work done earlier in the season, but we’ve been in this situation before and it worked out,” he said.

Panorama West Improvements Update

By Susan Thompson

Brandon Waddle has spent the last 20 years working on Lake Panorama golf courses. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In 1998, he was hired as the assistant grounds superintendent at Lake Panorama National. In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent.

LPN to Manage Clover Ridge Reservations

By Susan Thompson

Options to rent a townhome at Lake Panorama for a single night or an extended stay have expanded, because a timeshare vacation operation there is being dissolved.

The Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association originally had 1,100 owners. The number of owners paying the annual maintenance fee has dropped steadily for the past 20 years. This year, fees paid weren’t enough to cover operating costs, and legal dissolution proceedings began.