In the News

LPN Dining Room Renovations Honor Dr. David Wang

Cassie, Tony and Grace Wang are shown in the LPN dining room with a plaque honoring Dr. David Wang, who passed away in 2002. The Wang family made a donation to Friends of Lake Panorama in his memory, with some of the money used to update the dining room. The updates include new chairs, artwork, tables and tabletop accessories.

By Susan Thompson

Sixteen years after his death, the family of a former Panora dentist and Lake Panorama resident has found a unique way to honor his memory.

On August 17, 2002, Dr. David Wang, at the age of 40, gave his life while saving a child in Lake Panorama. He and his family were entertaining friends on their boat when Wang spotted the boy in need of help. While the child was rescued, Wang never recovered from the shock of the cold water.

Panorama West Irrigation Complete, Other Projects Continue

This new concrete circular cart path takes golfers to the par-four tee box on the second hole at Panorama West.

By Susan Thompson

Installation of a new irrigation system at the Panorama West golf course is complete. The project included a new pump that brings water from Lake Panorama to all tees, fairways and greens on the course.

Work now is underway on new sections of concrete cart paths. This includes adding paths to the par-four tee boxes, plus a section of concrete adjacent to par-three tee boxes where none exists. The cart paths will be finished this season.

Clover Ridge Timeshare Resort to Close

Shown are some of the 14 housing units on the east side of Karen Drive owned by Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association. There are another eight units on the west side of Karen Drive.

By Susan Thompson

A timeshare vacation operation that has existed at Lake Panorama since the late 1980s is coming to an end. The Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association has brought visitors to Panora from other states and countries, while also providing a nearby vacation spot for Iowans.

The association’s financial picture has been in decline for years. Now legal proceedings to dissolve the association have begun, and no new reservations are being taken beyond September 9.

LPA Historical Book to be Available May 2019

The 50th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be May 11, 2019. To celebrate, a 96-page hardback book detailing the history of Lake Panorama and the LPA will be unveiled at that meeting.

As part of this project, Susan Thompson is looking for photos, Lake Panorama promotional materials, newspaper clipping and other memorabilia. These will provide graphic support for the history she is writing for this 50th anniversary book.

Lake Panorama National Interim Management Update

By Susan Thompson

When John Dinnebier left Lake Panorama National in mid-July, he left big shoes to fill. And because his departure happened at the busiest time of the year for LPN, the LPA Board of Directors and LPN Board of Managers quickly had to develop an interim management plan.

John Rutledge, LPA general manager, now is serving as LPN interim director of operations. Golf course superintendents Dan Wollner and Brandon Waddle report to Rutledge, as does Dave Thompson, LPN accountant.

Sports Courts Open at Boulder Beach

Mark and Karen Einck are shown on the basketball court at Boulder Beach. They donated $26,000 to help make the addition of a basketball court possible.

By Susan Thompson

The new sports courts at Boulder Beach opened in mid-June, and have been seeing lots of action since. The courts were especially busy during the Fourth of July holiday week, hosting many family groups.

Dick and Carolyn Koberg, who donated $5,000 to the sports courts project, were among Lake Panorama residents who brought family and friends to Boulder Beach for some fun.

Trees Donated at Panorama West

Barb and Virgil Hoehne are shown with one of the two tulip trees they donated last year through Friends of Lake Panorama. The other is behind them, in the same line of trees along the eighth hole.

By Susan Thompson

In fall 2017, Virgil and Barb Hoehne made a donation through Friends of Lake Panorama, which resulted in two new trees being added to the Panorama West golf course.

Two tulip trees, valued at $700, were planted in an existing tree line along the north side of the fairway leading to the eighth green. The new trees replaced others that had died in previous years.  

Giant Flag Created for July Fourth Holiday

Drone photos were taken by Paul Pitts, who was visiting Lake Panorama for the holiday. His daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Josh Strehle, live near the Hansen home where the giant lawn flag was painted.

By Susan Thompson

Like many Lake Panorama residents, Lyle and Paula Hansen displayed an American flag on a pole in front of their home as part of their Fourth of July celebration. But they also took their patriotism one step further, by displaying a giant flag painted on their lawn. Their son, Chip Hansen, was the mastermind behind the project.

“I thought of this last summer after seeing different ways people had displayed flags around the lake,” says Chip. “We’ve got a gentle slope to the water, and I thought it would a great place to paint the American flag.”