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Case Made for New Guthrie County Law Enforcement Center

On the right, Marty Arganbright, Guthrie County Sheriff, talks with Paul Greenlee of Panora, following a January 28 informational meeting in Panora. Arganbright and others outlined the need for a new law enforcement center addition to the county courthouse.

By Susan Thompson 

At an informational meeting January 28 at the Panora Community Center, several people helped make the case for a “yes” vote on an upcoming Guthrie County 20-year bond referendum. If approved by voters, $8.7 million would be available to build a new law enforcement center addition and parking lot improvement project at the Guthrie County Courthouse. 

Beach Ball April 18 to Raise Money for New Playground Equipment

This photo from the 2017 Beach Ball shows some of the decorated tables featured that year. About 10 tables remain for sponsorship for the 2020 Beach Ball, with the event limited to 30 tables and 240 guests.

By Susan Thompson 

Nearly $12,000 has been donated so far to Friends of Lake Panorama to fund new playground equipment. Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. Its current priority project is raising $70,000 for playground equipment, to be split evenly between Boulder and Shady beaches. 

A Beach Ball fundraising event, similar to ones held in 2016 and 2017, will be Saturday, April 18, with all proceeds going to the playground project. The event will be in the Lake Panorama National banquet room, with registration and social hour beginning at 5 p.m.

Business as Usual for LPA After Supreme Court Ruling

By Susan Thompson
A recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that involved Lake Panorama resulted in a flurry of news and social media reports. But the ruling isn’t expected to have any significant impact on the Lake Panorama Association and its members. 
On January 31, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that confirmed Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to enforce Iowa boating laws on Lake Panorama. 

March 10 Deadline to File for LPA Board of Directors Election

By Susan Thompson 

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2020 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 10. The board consists of seven members. Board terms are three years, and members are allowed to serve two consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so the number of seats on the annual ballot varies each year. 

2020 Golf League Plans Underway

It may not seem like it, but the 2020 golf league season is approaching quickly for both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West golf members.

By Susan Thompson

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2020 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA. 

At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual membership and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $30 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.

Donors Kickoff Playground Fundraising

This play equipment planned for Boulder Beach offers something new for both younger and older children. Stand-alone swinging, climbing, and balancing pieces will appeal to the older kids, and provide an approach to the multi-faceted play set. The play set includes two slides, a covered deck area, and a “Big Kahuna” fish climbing bridge. Nearby will be three swings, one enclosed to accommodate toddlers.

By Susan Thompson 

During a six-week period at the end of 2019, 20 couples, individuals and businesses donated nearly $10,000 to Friends of Lake Panorama to fund new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. 

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity, with a goal of improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The Friends board’s current priority project is raising $70,000 for playground equipment, to be split evenly between Boulder and Shady beaches. 

Updates on LPA Projects from GM

John Rutledge, LPA General Manager, provides some project updates in this month's Q&A.

By Susan Thompson 

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) staff already is gearing up for spring and summer projects, while managing the daily changes an Iowa winter can bring. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q: The idea of adding a boat ramp on Lake Panorama’s west side was a recent topic of discussion at an LPA board meeting. Give us an update on that issue.