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50th Annual LPA Meeting Includes Reports, Outlook

This drawing shows the main entrance of the new LPA shop building, looking southeast. Cupolas, wainscot and a stone entrance to the shop’s office area will “dress up” the facility. A berm on the west and south of the property will support evergreen plantings to provide a visual screen. Plantings also be implemented on the north side of the complex.

By Susan Thompson 

The 50th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 11, with about 100 people in attendance. The meeting provided an update on activities during the past year, plus a look ahead to the next 12 months. 

Re-elected to the LPA board for another three-year term were Gary Evans and Jim Spradling. Newly elected was Neil Wright, replacing Larry Babcock, who was completing a three-year term. 

LPA Security Chief Talks Water Issues

Jerry Armstrong, LPA Security Chief

By Susan Thompson 

In 1969, Jerry Armstrong was Lake Panorama’s first security officer for one year, before taking other jobs for many years. He then worked the LPA security night shift full-time for 10 years, before stepping into the LPA security chief role in October 2016. In this month’s Q&A, Armstrong talks about boating on Lake Panorama.  

Q: What’s new this year for boaters at Lake Panorama?

LPN Swimming Pool to Open in May

A new snack option near the LPN pool is this machine. Once an order is placed, a robotic arm moves a cup from place to place, filling it with frozen yogurt and chosen toppings before placing it on a shelf to be retrieved by the buyer. The frozen yogurt machine is housed in a new vending area near the pool.

By Susan Thompson 

The swimming pool and spa on the south side of the Lake Panorama National conference center is expected to open at least by May 24, and perhaps sooner if conditions allow. During the summer season, pool hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting. 

Guests of Lake Panorama National Inn and Suites have access to the 1,500 square-foot pool and 8-person spa at no charge. All others must have an annual membership or pay the daily fee of $3. Both the pool and hot tub are heated, with covers in place overnight.  

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.