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Dog Park Task Force Seeks Input Via Survey

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. Major projects so far have been a playground at Sunset Beach and sports courts at Boulder Beach. 

To help prioritize future projects, the Friends board of directors conducted a survey of LPA members in April. Survey results were used to develop a list of potential projects to study, and several task forces were formed.

Panora Chamber President Talks about Activities

Dave Grove, Panora Chamber President

By Susan Thompson 

Dave Grove is serving during 2019 as president of the Panora Chamber. Grove was born and raised in Marion. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he met his wife, Sara, and graduated in 2007 with a degree in business management. 

A financial advisor, he was asked in 2011 to relocate to Panora to manage the Edward Jones branch here. The couple has lived at Lake Panorama since 2012, and welcomed their children Norah, age 7, Gracie, age 4, and Leo, age 2, since moving to Panora. 

Lake Panorama History Book Makes Great Gift

This Lake Panorama history book is available for purchase at the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, and the Panora Library.

Looking for a holiday gift for family members or friends? Consider purchasing one or more copies of Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years. The story about early lot sales promotions isn’t in the book, but readers will find hundreds of other fascinating stories about how Lake Panorama came to be, and how it has grown and prospered since the early days. 

The Lake Panorama Association financed the book’s production. Just over 1,000 books were printed, with more than half sold so far. 

A Look Back: Early Lake Panorama Sales Strategies

This image was part of an eight-panel color brochure created for use during an early Lake Panorama lot sales campaign. An artist’s rendering of the future lake was used, since construction on the dam hadn’t yet begun.

By Susan Thompson

These days, the number of Lake Panorama lots suitable for building continues to decline each year, and options for interested buyers are limited. But consider what it was like when lot sales began, even before construction on the dam got underway. 

The book “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” details the first lot was sold on October 28, 1967, to Louie O. Hansen. As the Guthrie County Extension Director, he had pushed the idea of a lake for several years as a way to boost the county’s economy. 

Annual Stocking Promises Better Fishing

On November 5, Kael Rutledge emptied this bucket of fish into Lake Panorama at Boulder Beach.

By Susan Thompson 

About $15,000 worth of fish were added this fall to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather. Fish stocking totals for 2019 included 1,200 smallmouth bass, 1,200 largemouth bass, 2,500 perch, and 1,800 walleye. 

Fin and Feather stocks fish between 4 inches and 8 inches to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has taught group leaders stocking larger fish is a good investment.  

2020 Golf Membership Applications Coming Soon

By Susan Thompson 

Anyone who was a golfing member of either Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2019 soon will receive 2020 golf membership applications in their mail. 

There are two great golf courses at Lake Panorama, both offering annual memberships. Lake Panorama National is an 18-hole course located on the east side of Lake Panorama. Panorama West is a nine-hole course on the west side of the lake. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association, and managed by Lake Panorama National.

Lake Panorama RIZ Election December 3

By Susan Thompson 

Voting for two positions on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board will take place Tuesday, December 3. The polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. in the lower level of the LPA office, 5006 Panorama Drive. 

Trustees Bill Dahl and Corey Welberg are running for re-election. Other trustees on the RIZ board are Doug Hemphill, JoAnn Johnson, and Larry Petersen.