Beach and golf course outdoor restrooms to close by Oct. 31

Posted 10/12/22

Restrooms at Boulder, Shady and Sunset Beach, the two Panorama West restrooms on the course and the course restrooms at the LPN will be closed by Oct. 31 and winterized for the season. 


Posted 10/12/22
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The final pieces of a project that received 2021 Beach Ball funding are expected to fall into place in the next few weeks. A total of $5,000 was committed to the Panorama West Nature Trail, plus some private donations were received.
A survey conducted in April 2019 by Friends of Lake Panorama showed strong LPA member interest in walking trails at Lake Panorama. A Friends board task force was created to explore options. It was decided an existing trail being used by a limited number of people and the Panorama school’s cross country teams would be perfect as a designated nature trail.
Approval by the LPA board at its August meeting to allow the school to move cross country practices and meets to the south shore means the Panorama West trail won’t be used by the school after the 2022 season.
Seven trail marker posts with directional signage to keep users on the official trail, a trailhead sign, and two street signs for Nicholl Drive will be installed by LPA maintenance staff in the near future.
Parking for the Panorama West Nature Trail is in a cul-de-sac at the end of Nicholl Drive, which intersects with Panorama Road just south of the Panorama West clubhouse. The trailhead sign that will be installed near the parking area features a drawing of the trail created by Dan Badding.
At the three-quarters mile mark, there is an optional three-quarters of a mile loop. Those who use the official trail, plus the optional loop, will complete 2.25 miles. Two backless benches recently were installed along the trail.
The trail winds through grassy open areas and timber, and does not cross any portion of the golf course or roadways. For safety reasons, and in compliance with current LPA rules, users of the trail may include hikers, runners, cross-country skiers and dogwalkers, but no motorized vehicles.
At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Friends of Lake Panorama board reviewed the financials for the Panorama West Nature Trail. Because of the level of private donations received for this project, only $2,000 of the $5,000 allocated from the 2021 Beach Ball was needed. The remaining $3,000 will be moved to a fund for the trail network being developed on Lake Panorama’s south shore.

Check out the Haunted Village on Oct. 16
Guthrie County Historical Village offers a children’s Halloween activity.

Posted 10/12/22
Join the Guthrie County Historical Village on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. for the ever-popular Haunted Village, as the Historical Village turns into a Haunted Village for little ghosts and goblins.
This event has been held more than 15 years, and activities for the evening include games, fortunes, tattoos, stickers, treats, storytelling, the haunted museum and a hay ride. New activities this year will include “The Fur Case” by Guthrie County Conservation and a Haunted Recital by the piano students of Rachee’ Lombard.
 Several local organizations work together for this event including Little Panther Daycare, Panora P.E.T.S., Lakeside Village, Panora Lions Club, W.F.P.F., Guthrie County Conservation, and the GCHV Foundation. This is a popular event with more than 200 children attending in past years.
The Haunted Village is for children fifth grade and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and must stay with their adult at all times. Admission is free. Costumes, even for adults, are encouraged and don’t forget to bring a bag for all of the goodies.
The Guthrie County Historical Village is located at 206 W. South St. in Panora.  Learn more at 

Basketball court will be expanded to include pickleball.

Posted 10/12/22
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Friends of Lake Panorama’s Beach Ball July 22 had a profit of $30,000. At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Friends board of directors decided some funds will be used for projects to be completed this fall, with remaining funds set aside for future projects.
The Friends board earmarked $17,500 of 2022 Beach Ball proceeds for a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. The LPA board approved this project at its June 2021 meeting. Now, plans have expanded to make it possible for those interested to also play pickleball on the court.
The idea of expanding the basketball court to include pickleball was raised at an informational meeting at Sunset Beach earlier this summer. Plans for a 40-foot by 50-foot court were underway, but going to 40-feet by 60-feet makes it possible to accommodate pickleball. A portable net on wheels will be stored to one side of the court.
Sport Construction Midwest, headquartered in Adel, was the vendor for the Boulder Beach sports courts and now is assisting with the Sunset Beach sports court. Once the concrete pad is ready, company employees will install a new Goalsetter MVP hoop, place sports court tile on the concrete, and paint lines for both basketball and pickleball. An 8-foot-high fence and one gate will finish off this project.
Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, now have donated $25,000 for the Sunset Beach court. Another $5,000 in donations also has been received. Donations for this project will continue to be accepted through Nov. 1, with donors of $500 or more recognized on a sign at the court. If more money is raised than needed for the court, extra funds will be used for one or more benches near the court.
Construction on the new sports court at Sunset Beach will begin in October, and weather permitting, the project will be done this fall.
The Friends board also voted to use $4,500 raised at the 2022 Beach Ball to purchase benches and trees for the Lake Panorama dog park. Two metal benches and four Autumn Blaze Maples from Isom Tree Farm have been purchased. The 6-foot benches will be placed on concrete pads, with one near each of the two sugar maple trees donated and planted a year ago by Isom Tree Farm.
Larry Isom installed the four new maple trees Oct. 7, volunteering his time to plant and water the trees. Two went into each side of the dog park and are planted so the three trees on each side will form a canopy of shade as they mature.
The dog park, which opened June 10, is available during daylight hours. There are two sides, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. It is at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. The park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama.
The remaining 2022 Beach Ball profits will be held in reserve until these projects are complete. Additional allocations will be made at a later date, with at least some going to support enhancements to the walking and cross country trail network on Lake Panorama’s south shore.
Tax-deductible donations to the Sunset Beach sports court, the south shore trail system, or the Friends general fund can be made at any time by check payable to Friends and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made using Venmo to @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at 

Simple Family Meals Fit for Fall

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Posted 10/12/2022
By Jolene Goodman 
Lake Panorama Times 

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy eating plan can be challenging year-round, and busier fall schedules can make those goals even more difficult. Finding easy-to-make favorites can keep you and your loved ones on track as you navigate those hectic moments this autumn.
One simple yet delicious solution: Chopped Salad Kits and Sheet Pan Meal Starter Kits from Dole, which make it easy to incorporate vegetables without the hassle of kitchen prep. Take the guesswork out of meal planning for your time-starved family with these limited-ingredient, kit-based dishes.
Mexican Street Corn Bowls with Grilled Chicken provide a perfect balance of hearty yet nutritious flavor while taking advantage of the convenience of prepackaged ingredients. Perfect for fall weather, Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Soup requires just three ingredients and hungry loved ones for a filling meal worth celebrating.
For more original easy-to-make fall recipes, nutritional insights and information, visit or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

1 Dole Homestyle Roasted Herb Sheet Pan Meal Starter Kit
1 container (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup whole-wheat pasta shells, cooked

Prepare sheet pan meal starter kit according to package instructions. Transfer to cutting board and carefully cut chicken and vegetables into 1/2-inch pieces.
In medium saucepot over medium-high heat, bring chicken broth to simmer. Stir in pasta shells, chicken and vegetables. Reduce heat to medium. Cook five minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 10/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

On Sept. 8, using her Panasonic digital camera, Lake Panorama photographer Trish Hart captured the 2022 September Harvest Moon as it rose in the east. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing above Earth’s equator, moving from north to south. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that happened this year Sept. 22.
It’s believed the name “Harvest Moon” came from farmers in the Northern Hemisphere, in the days before tractor lights, as the September moon helped them continue their work past sunset. The name was popularized by the 1903 song “Shine On Harvest Moon.”
It seems these September Harvest Moons are bigger and more orange, but that’s not true. Often, we look at a full moon shortly after sunset, when it’s near the horizon. It’s that location near the horizon that makes the Harvest Moon look bigger. The orange color is a physical effect, because when we look toward the horizon, we’re looking through a greater thickness of Earth’s atmosphere than when we look up and overhead.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting Nature’s Canvas Photography on Facebook. 


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Posted 10/12/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Leo
Age: 8
Breed: golden retriever
Owner: Dillon Temple

Name: Charity
Age: 2-3
Breed: tortoiseshell tabby

Charity and her litter of kittens were found by an elderly couple on April 15 (Tax Day). They took care of the family until Panora Pets was able to take them in. They named her Charity, and all her kittens were given tax-themed names. Charity is a low-maintenance, gentle and mild-mannered kitty. She enjoys other gentle kitties, too!  Meet Charity at Panora Pets. 


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Posted 10/12/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Leo
Age: 8
Breed: golden retriever
Owner: Dillon Temple

Leo enjoys coming to Lake Panorama for the weekends and is a great greeter to those coming into Party Cove. With his fluffy tail wagging, he runs down the dock to greet visitors. Leo prides himself in keeping the cove clean by retrieving the floating logs. Leo’s biggest pet peeve is not being able to swim due to the green algae.

In 2023, the band Rukkus will celebrate 40 years.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In the fall of 1973, four eighth-grade students brought their guitars and drums to their Perry Junior High School dance to provide live music. Nearly 50 years later, three of those guys still are making music together, plus, one now has his children and grandchildren in the band, too.
Mark Einck and his wife Karen both grew up in Perry. They still have their primary home there, plus a second home at Lake Panorama they purchased 24 years ago.
For that dance, Einck wasn’t a regular member of the band. It was Jim Wuebker and Joel Wilson on guitars and Larry Nichols on drums. They played mostly Beatles, Moody Blues and other songs from the 1960s and early 1970s.
The hit movie “American Graffiti” had just been released, and its theme song was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets. Another popular song on the radio was “Angie” by the Rolling Stones. Einck, who played guitar, had learned those two songs, and the other three boys asked him to get up and play them at the dance.
“Those songs went over so well, I ended up singing and playing them three times that night,” says Einck. “The next day, the guys asked me to join the band. They soon recruited a friend to play bass and another to play keyboards, and the band PHYX was officially formed.”
That summer, the bass and keyboard players left. Rather than continue with three guitar players, Einck made the move to bass. His dad worked for a finance company that had just repossessed a Fender Precision Bass for $75, so he had his bass guitar.
The first public performance for PHYX was in the spring of 1975 at the St. Patrick’s gym in Perry. Their first big payday was July 4, 1975, at a small bar in Yale called The Place. The band was hired for $180, so each member made $45.
“That was huge for us,” Einck says. “Since none of us were old enough to drive, the parents who had pickups were our road crew. We played several more private functions that year and were making a name for ourselves, but we needed a real PA system.”
Parents drove the band members to Victor’s House of Music in Des Moines, where they picked out a new Peavey PA system, complete with monitors and microphones. The price tag was $2,000.
“That was way more than we had between us,” Einck says. “At a meeting of all four sets of parents, it was agreed Joel’s dad would cosign a loan from the bank, with open payment terms. Every time we played, we put that money toward the note.”
The guys were getting their name out, and while playing around Perry was OK, they finally booked a gig in Westside for homecoming in 1976 and were asked back in 1977. They also played for Boone’s homecoming in 1977.
“Things were going great and then one month before we all graduated in 1978, Larry quit school and moved to Florida,” Einck says. “We played one last gig with Joel taking over the drumming duties and Shaun Stokely joined for a short stint on keys. That gig was the night before I left for college at Buena Vista, and Joel went to DMACC. A month later, Jim got married, and we didn’t know if we’d ever play together again.”
Toward the end of the college school year, Wilson had found a young guitar player and a drummer, both still in high school. When Einck got home from college, those four resurrected PHYX for a second run. At the same time, Wuebker hooked up with a drummer, Dana Keenan, and found a bass player, and their band was Gemstone. The two bands played together for the next three years.
PHYX bought an old school bus and converted the front of it to a living area, with the back for the equipment. They played for proms, homecomings, weddings and community events, as well as the bar circuit. With Einck and Wilson still in college, only weekends were available, but the band usually played somewhere three out of four weekends.
While the two younger members wanted to make this their living, Einck and Wilson didn’t. After a final bash in May of 1982, the two younger band members left for Oklahoma, and Einck and Wilson went to work.
Later in 1982, Wuebker and Keenan were not getting along with their bass player, so they called Einck and Wilson to see if they had an interest in joining them.
“I was an accounting major, but my minor was in music,” Einck says. “After a couple of jam sessions together, the remnants of PHYX and Gemstone combined to form Rukkus. The first time this band played publicly was at my and Karen’s wedding reception in June 1983. We only played four songs, but we were ready to do more.”
When Van Halen came out with “Jump” in 1984, the band decided they needed a keyboard. Einck bought one, and the band incorporated “Jump” and other new songs into their repertoire. The band wouldn’t have a full-time keyboard player for another 12 years or so, because he wasn’t born yet.
Rukkus bought a newer bus that is the subject of many stories the band members still share. For instance, losing the brakes in Fort Dodge, having the transmission stuck in low gear at the Botanical Center, blowing a tire coming home from Ames, and having the exhaust system break off at the manifold in Atlantic.
In the spring of 1988, Einck was offered a new job, which was more demanding of his time. He also was going back to school that fall at Drake University to work on his MBA. The boys agreed they had had a great five-year run, and they got to go out at the top of their game. After a Friday night at Ferg’s in Grand Junction and a Saturday night wedding reception at Lake Panorama, Rukkus was officially retired.
The four band members all remained great friends and stayed in touch, but family and work took up the majority of their time. However, for the guy without kids, a new band was in his future.
Joel Wilson, better known by now as JC, was one of the founding members of the Flying Marsupials. That band toured from 1989 to 2003, considered one of Des Moines’ favorite bands for much of the 1990s. Their first gig was a wedding reception, but they only had enough material for half the show. The Rukkus boys agreed to play the first half of the gig, and the Flying Marsupials played the second half.
Rukkus was asked to play for drummer Dana’s uncle’s birthday party. The problem was, Wilson was already booked with the Marsupials. A young kid who had taken piano lessons for the last seven years and had become a really good lead guitar player stepped in — Einck’s son, Ben. Ben became a permanent member of the band at 14 and was the keyboard player first and foremost. But if Wilson was with the Supes, he was the lead guitar player.
Rukkus slowly accumulated enough gear to do larger shows and began playing six to eight times a year through the end of the 1990s and into the new century. Mark’s daughter, Emily, began singing with the band in the early 2000s.
During Ben’s high school years, he and some other classmates formed a group called Feedback, with Eric McLeod as the band’s drummer. In 2010, Rukkus drummer Keenan’s battle with alcoholism was getting the better of him, and McLeod started traveling with the band. While Keenan continued to be the starting drummer, he often would ask McLeod to finish the sets. In 2012, Keenan played his last show with Rukkus at Perry’s Friday Fest, and McLeod took over drumming duties.
McLeod joined the Iowa Army National Guard during his junior year at Perry High School and has served for more than 18 years. He is now based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Davenport as an instructor pilot, currently mobilized in the southwest United States, and will return near the end of this year.
“I grew up with Ben as one of my closest friends and was a drummer for Ben’s band during high school,” McLeod says. “I was over at the Eincks’ a lot using Rukkus’ drum set for practice and for any performances our band had. Feedback sometimes would play a few opening songs for Rukkus at their performances, and I would have opportunities to play select songs with Rukkus as a guest drummer.
“They are all family to me,” McLeod continues. “It’s been an absolute honor that they accepted me to play drums for them when they could easily have chosen someone else. I really enjoy the genres of music we play and the chance to perform with my family, who are all incredibly talented musicians.”
JC Wilson has vivid memories of the early days.
“We were unassuming about the future; we were just being a band and having fun doing it,” he says. “I don’t remember anyone aspiring to make the big time. We just got together on a regular basis to rehearse and perform because of the camaraderie.”
Wilson is the one band member who has come closest to making the “big time.” Over the Labor Day weekend, he received the 2022 Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was already a member of the association’s Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2016 as a founding member of the Flying Marsupials.
Jim Wuebker says he and Wilson started playing guitars together when they were 5 years old.
“What got me interested in playing was all the different guitars and amps,” he says. “Throughout all my years, it has been a goal for me to keep on sounding better either with new equipment or more practice. I’ve truly enjoyed trying out different amps and guitars.”
Wuebker says when Mark Einck joined the band, things changed.
“The band now had a different sound, and it was fun playing as a group and playing for people and friends,” he says. “The band became a group of friends I still really enjoy playing music with and have a very close relationship with. They are my closest friends.
“I feel if we hadn’t played together for all these years, my life would have been completely different,” Wuebker says. “But I wouldn’t have changed any of it. Playing with these guys, for our fans, and even someone listening for the first time, is a thrill. My goal is to play until I’m 70, and to just keep having fun and enjoy life.”
Ben’s two oldest sons, John, age 11, and Will, age 10, are both taking piano lessons, and John has ventured to the guitar.
“Like Ben, John and Will have grown up around Rukkus their entire life,” Mark Einck says. “Over the last two years, they both have joined us on stage. John sings and plays guitar on ‘Take it Easy,’ and Will sings ‘All These Things That I Have Done’ by the Killers. They absolutely steal the show.”
A niece, Katie Hermann, is an occasional vocalist. Another addition to the band is Mark’s nephew Nick Hermann.
“Nick is one of those people who can play any instrument,” Einck says. “We asked him to learn the banjo, and he did. We asked him to learn the fiddle, and he did. When Ben jumps on guitar when we need a third guitar, Nick takes over on keys.”
“I grew up watching and emulating Rukkus. I wanted to do what they did,” says Ben Einck. “I started learning piano at age 7 and picked up a guitar at 12. I came home every day from school for years and just played, played, played.”
“As I reflect 23 years later, for them to consider me and eventually accept me as a member of the band, I’m fortunate,” Ben says. “I can’t think of anyone who has a similar relationship with their dad and his closest friends. Their constant openness and attitudes make this band what it is today, 40 years later, and why we continue to book shows.”
Ben admits to “proud dad moments” when his sons John and Will are on stage.
“Neither has fear to get in front of hundreds of people,” he says. “Our 8-year-old daughter Andi and 4-year-old son Henry both show interest in following our footsteps. I’ll continue to encourage their passions and hope to see music flourish for them as it has for me. I hope Rukkus will see another 40 years and honor its founders.”
Rukkus has proven its staying power. In 1984, the band played for a wedding reception for Russ and Lori Hawley at the Starlite in Fort Dodge. In 2013, they played for the Hawleys’ son’s wedding reception in Des Moines.
RAGBRAI made a stop in Perry in 1986, and the city asked Rukkus to perform.
“It was one of the highlights of our career,” Einck says. “We were asked by the City of Le Mars this summer to play for RAGBRAI when it stopped there July 24. But two of the guys had family vacations planned, so we opted for family time over show time. But it’s pretty awesome that 35 years after playing our first RAGBRAI, we still are around to even be asked.”
The band limits its schedule to a handful of gigs a year, but they still draw big crowds. They are regulars at Perry’s Friday Fest in the summer, The Port on Lake Panorama, Fourth of July celebration in Yale, class reunions and private events.
Mark Einck says Wuebker and Wilson are like brothers to him.
“I don’t have a brother, so these guys have really been my brothers for 50 years. It’s rare that we have any disagreements. We were each other’s best men in our weddings,” he says. “I will always be in the band as long as I can sing, although hitting all the high notes isn’t as easy as it once was.”
In 2023, Einck, Wuebker and Wilson will have been bandmates for 50 years, and Rukkus will celebrate 40 years. Given the current lineup of young and old, it seems people will be entertained by Rukkus for many years to come.

Despite high temperatures and high humidity, good crowds participated in all aspects of this year’s celebration.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The first Lake Panorama Day was Aug. 2, 1969. It was originally scheduled to celebrate the completion of Lake Panorama’s dam, but weather and other delays meant that didn’t happen until the summer of 1970.
Now what began as a single day stretches over three days. The theme for the 2022 celebration Aug. 5-7 was “Rolling Into Panorama Days.” Despite high temperatures and high humidity, good crowds participated in all aspects of this year’s celebration.
There were 36 players in the annual Friday afternoon cribbage tournament. The $5 per person entry fees were donated to support Panorama Days. Bill Eby and Stine Seed provided prize money, popcorn and caps. Mark Kopaska took first place by winning all four games. Second place went to Karen Eby, with Rex Schoonover in third and Jason Berry finishing fourth. Kelsey Pettitt had the high hand of 24.
A ribbon cutting was held at the Guthrie County Historical Village and Museum for the restored Pullman Train Car. An open house followed with free refreshments and tours of the car and the village.
At the town square, the Bill Riley Talent Show began at 6 p.m. In the senior division, Libby Ashworth qualified for the talent show at the Iowa State Fair with her dance solo. In the sprouts division, Hanna Depriest and Sophia Miller qualified for the state competition with their dance duet. Performances by the Main Street Dance Studio followed the talent show.
Emerson Bendickson, daughter of Erin and Jacob Bendickson, was named Little Miss Panorama Days. Grant Leo, son of Nels and Karla Leo, was named Little Mister Panorama Days.
About 20 cars and drivers took part in the Friday night Cruise the Loop, sponsored by Panora Auto Parts. Friday night closed with a street dance with live music provided by Charm School Dropouts, sponsored by Wood Duck Landscapes.
Saturday’s activities started at 5 a.m. with a bass fishing tournament on Lake Panorama, sponsored by Fin and Feather. Thirteen boats entered the tournament, which was a five-fish (smallmouth or largemouth bass), 15-inch minimum event.
First place went to Mike and Jake Lauzon for their five bass that weighed 12.57 pounds. Second place went to Scott and Thad Stanley for their five bass weighing in at 10.99 pounds. In third place were Jared Brinker and Curtis Sellers, who caught four fish, weighing 8.65 pounds.
The Panorama Days 5K run/walk, sponsored by Reshape, had 91 participants. The overall winner was 17-year-old Kal Hoppe of Clive, with a time of 17 minutes and 21 seconds. Kole Steiner of Guthrie Center finished second, and Bo Arrasmith of Guthrie Center took third. Hoppe also won the 10-19 age bracket, with 16-year-old Arrasmith in second place in that age category.
Mason Crees of Panora won the 0-9 age bracket. Kole Steiner of Guthrie Center won the 20-29 age bracket. In the 30-39 age bracket, Kari Crevier Dooley of Brookings, South Dakota, took first place. Jessica Carney of Adair won the 40-49 age bracket. In the 50-59 age bracket, Curtis Thornberry took first place, and Erin Nanke took second place, both from Panora. In the 70-79 age bracket, Wilbur Bates took first place, with Linda Wendl taking second, both of Panora.
The annual parade was filled with fire trucks, antique tractors, political candidates, the Iowa State University cheerleaders and their mascot Cy, Panorama School groups and more.
Parade winners in the commercial category were Panora Fiber in first place, Panora Auto Parts in second, and Guthrie County State Bank in third. In the organization category, the Panora Garden Club won first place, followed by Hope Lutheran in second and the Panorama Ski Team in third.
The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Tom and Ellen Campbell of Panora, who were recognized for their many years serving the community. Tom spent 50 years as a member of the Panora fire department. Ellen has been involved in the Panora Christian Church, Women for Panora’s Future, and many other community organizations.
The Panora Garden Club won a special award for 2022 and was presented with a plaque recognizing the “beautification and betterment” the club has provided to Panora and Lake Panorama.
The cutest baby contest, sponsored by Lakeside Village, took place Saturday at the gazebo. After several cute babies were presented, judges chose Henry Jacob Allspach, son of Jake and Ashlie Allspach, as the cutest of the cute.
The Lake Panorama Ski Team show began at 2:30 p.m., with viewing from the south shore. The ski team started in 1985 when a group of friends whose passion for skiing led them to start a show performance team. This was the team’s 38th annual performance. It included 34 skiers ranging in age from 4 to 68, performing 20 acts.
This year’s show was titled “Ski Story,” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first person to water ski. Ralph Samuelson was 18 years old and living in Lake City, Minnesota, when he used a pair of boards as skis and a clothesline as a towrope to ski behind his brother’s boat on Lake Pepin on July 2, 1922.
The “Ski Story” theme also had a “Toy Story” spin, with characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody and others from the “Toy Story” movie appearing. Performances included pyramids, swivel skiing, barefoot skiing, a girls’ line, a slinky dog and many more.
Saturday closed with fireworks from the lake’s south shore, sponsored by the Lake Panorama Association.
Festivities wrapped up Sunday. The annual Panorama Alumni golf tournament was held at the Panorama West golf course, and a gospel music festival and ice cream social at the Brethren Church.
The ninth annual Panorama Days kids’ fishing derby took place at the Lake Panorama marina Sunday morning with 82 children participating. Registration was free courtesy of the Lake Panorama Fin and Feather club. Four age groups competed, with trophies given in each age group for smallest and largest fish. The top three overall with the biggest fish also got a trophy and cash prize.
Scott Stanley, who organizes the kids’ fishing derby, says almost $2,000 worth of trophies, prizes and cash were awarded to participants.
“I saw many smiles and shouts of excitement,” he says. “It was a great day and I’m glad the fish decided to cooperate!”
In the 3-5 age group, Madden Litter had the smallest fish and Theodore Grossman had the biggest fish. In the 6-8 age group, Vander Emick had the smallest fish, and Blake Stanley caught the biggest fish. In the 9-11 age category, Alyssa Stanley caught the smallest fish and Maverick Opp had the biggest. Faith Larsen had the smallest fish in the ages 12-13 category, with Lillie Lauzon catching the biggest fish.
In the overall biggest fish competition, which earned the winner an additional trophy and cash prize, first place and $60 went to Blake Stanley for his 22.25-inch flathead catfish. Second place and $40 went to Lillie Lauzon for her 19.25-inch largemouth bass. Avery Allspach won $20 for third place with a 17-inch channel catfish.
Besides the Lake Panorama Fin and Feather, sponsors for the kids’ derby included Tristan West, owner of T-Dogg’s Bait & Tackle, who contributed 25 dozen nightcrawlers and prizes; Guthrie County Pheasants Forever Chapter, $500 cash donation; Bill and Karen Eby, cookies; and Steve and Rita Brannen, who donated the overall big fish cash prizes.

The county fair, solitude, live music and ‘orms’

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Posted 9/2/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I attended my first Guthrie County Fair this week, and I was greatly impressed. As a child, I attended the Kossuth County Fair every year in my hometown of Algona. I was a city boy and never truly appreciated the work of the 4-H and FFA kids who couldn’t wait for their time to shine. I was more into the carnival rides, demolition derbies, live music and, well, let’s be honest — chasing girls. By the looks of what I saw from the youth at the fairgrounds, not much has changed. Meanwhile, there was something for everyone, regardless of backgrounds or interests. If you missed the fair, be sure to put it on your schedule for next year.

Quietness and solitude 
With the county fair complete, that means Labor Day weekend has come and gone as well. With that, many part-timers at the lake call it a year. For parents with young kids who are back in school, the priorities shift as schedules become more demanding. For empty-nesters like Jolene and me, we appreciate the quietness and solitude as much as we do the liveliness and the crowds.  At Lake Panorama, it’s all good.

Going green
I like my grass green. My lake water? Not so much. Some longtime lake residents say the blue-green algae is as bad as they have ever seen it. Others say it is par for the course. The good news is that the most recent tests showed low levels of microcystin, and the LPA lifted its swim advisory. Of course, this can rapidly change, so stay tuned and be cautious.

Live music continues
It seems like most every weekend, some lake resident has had live music playing and has invited everyone to anchor and listen. We have taken advantage of this and enjoy it very much. Thank you to all of you who have paid for the bands and provided this entertainment. Now if we could just get the rains to hold off for a few hours while the musicians play.

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Lake humor 
John and Daryl were fishing on Lake Panorama. John looked at Daryl and saw that he had a full bucket of fish and asked him, “Hey, Daryl, how did you catch so many fish, and I’m sitting here with nothing?”
“Eep or orms orm,” Daryl mumbled.
“What?” John asked.
“Eep or orms orm,” Daryl repeated.
“Buddy, I got no clue what you’re saying,” John remarked.
Daryl spat in exasperation and said, “Keep your worms warm!”
Have a great month, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Jennifer Godwin says much of her book, “Go…Make…Ripples,” was written sitting on her Lake Panorama deck.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Jennifer Godwin calls herself a reluctant author. And yet her 234-page book titled “Go…Make…Ripples” now is available on Amazon and in small businesses.
“It wasn’t easy,” Godwin says. “I never wrote an essay paper in high school or attended college. I’m not a computer person, and just getting my computer to give me a blank page to write on was difficult. Yet I sat down at my computer with a monster cookie and a glass of iced tea, and I started.”
Jennifer and her husband, Dean Godwin, are high school sweethearts who graduated from Saydel and have been married 34 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. The couple has owned a home on Lake Panorama’s Horseshoe Cove for 15 years. Their primary residence is in Ankeny, and they enjoy winter vacations in Florida.
Godwin says much of her book was written sitting on her Lake Panorama deck, or overlooking water in Florida or near their Ankeny home. She says the book has been 20 years in the making, because it was 20 years ago God planted the idea by telling her, “You will write a book.” 
“I know it was God because I would never have come up with this idea on my own,” Godwin says. “It was a crazy thought at the time. But as the years passed, I kept thinking about the possibility. Four years ago, the idea kept pressing on my heart, and I decided to do it.”
Godwin had worked 24 years as a portrait photographer.
“I never dreamed about writing a book; it was never a desire of mine or a link on my bucket list,” she says. “In the beginning, I had no idea who I was writing it for. I was about 90% of the way through it before I realized the book’s purpose.”
Godwin says she had a great childhood, but she was not raised in a family that went to church. At the age of 6, she was visiting a friend whose family sat down at the dinner table together and prayed before they ate. That started her on an inquisitive childhood journey that included asking questions about God, heaven and hell, baptism, churches and much more.
“I was 14 years old before I knew Easter was a religious holiday,” she says. “I started a relationship with Jesus in my teens, but my education about who God is and how to serve him happened as an adult. This book includes a lot of my personal stories about how I came to know Christ as my Savior and my spiritual journey.”
Godwin is passionate about sharing her faith with others.
“This book is for Christians who might be nervous about sharing their faith,” she says. “It includes lots of easy, simple, practical tips.”
Those tips come in the form of gray boxes of highlighted text, each starting with the word “Ripple” in bold font. In her book’s first chapter, Godwin wrote the definition of ripple effect is “a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.”
“Jesus was the first ripple,” Godwin says. “I am just one ripple responding to the pebbles thrown out before me. I want to keep the ripples going and want those who read my book to do the same. That’s why I included these boxes filled with suggestions for ways readers can make ripples in their own lives and share with those around them.”
Godwin spent a year and a half writing and about the same amount of time getting the book edited and ready to print. The book was published by WestBow Press, which specializes in self-published Christian books. It was released May 23 of this year on Amazon in hard cover, paperback and Kindle versions. Portions of the first two chapters of the book can be viewed on Amazon at no cost.
Godwin placed an order for 1,500 books and is marketing those through Facebook and personal contacts with local businesses.
“I think it’s important to support small businesses,” she says. “I sell books to them at a much lower price. This allows them to mark up the price to make a profit and still be below the cost of purchasing on Amazon.”
Currently, the book is available at Nine Livez and Dowd Drug in Guthrie Center, and Crafty’s Coffee and Gifts in Panora. It also is available in Ankeny at several locations, including The Attic, Charlotte Louise Mercantile, Faith Baptist Bible College, Tweedle Dee’s, Wall of Books, Walnut + Willow, and XoXo Gift & Home.
Godwin says she doesn’t have a deadline for marketing the book and is looking forward to meeting more people and making contacts with businesses, libraries, church groups and others that might be interested in her book.
Godwin says friends and family who have read the book tell her they feel she is sitting right beside them, having a conservation.
“That’s exactly what I wanted,” she says. “This is my story filled with my personal experiences. I just wrote the way I talk; I hope readers will feel that connection.”

Deliveries of some of the 60 electric carts ordered last fall came in mid-August, and all were onsite by the end of the month.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

For many years, Lake Panorama National Resort has had multi-year leases for a fleet of Club Car golf carts to be used by LPN members and guests. In October 2021, an order was placed for new carts to replace those that had been in the LPN fleet for four years. At the time the order was placed, delivery was expected April 2022.
Yet , as with so many things these days, supply chain issues caused delays. It’s been a long summer for the LPN pro shop staff. That’s because instead of new carts for the 2022 golf season, they’ve had to deal with old carts and batteries that wouldn’t hold a charge long enough to make 18 holes.
Finally, deliveries of some of the 60 electric carts ordered last fall came in mid-August, and all were onsite by the end of the month. Also ordered last October were 24 gas carts, five carryalls, one range picker and one beverage cart. The carryalls, range picker and beverage cart arrived earlier this summer. The gas carts now are expected sometime in September.
The 60 electric carts feature an electronic screen that activates as golfers near the first tee. This technology allows golfers to see each hole from either an overall or closeup view. Distances are provided to the center of greens and other points of interest on the screen, and an electronic scorecard is available. Warnings about blind spots on the hole where players in front can’t be seen also are a part of this new technology.
Pro shop personnel now have remote access to battery status information and the ability to broadcast messages to the carts, such as severe weather alerts. The carts have the option of offering advance food and beverage ordering, a feature it is hoped can be rolled out in 2023.
Cart fees were increased for this season, which was an adjustment based on comparable rates charged at other courses. The annual LPN golf cart fleet cost went up about $13,000 for 2022.
For that extra cost, the LPN now has GPS on the 60 electric carts; four additional gas carts with 10 of the 24 slated for use at Panorama West; an upgraded carryall fleet that provides heavier duty carts with electric bed lifts; an additional carryall for the LPN housekeeping and clubhouse use, which made it possible to take a carryall to Panorama West for golf maintenance use; and an additional Café Express food and beverage cart.

John Coghlan and Barry Monaghan share current status and plans for LPN with the food and beverage department.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has owned the LPN conference center just since 2005. At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes only on gains from land sales. Revenues from dues and assessments are not taxable. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate is necessary to protect the nonprofit status of the LPA.
To keep this separation, the LPA Board of Directors created and appointed the LPN Board of Managers, which held its first meeting in October 2015. The LPA board provides oversight of the LPN, LLC board. Current members of the LPN board are Katelyn Brelsford, John Coghlan, Kathy DeLucca, Sue Merryman, Barry Monaghan, Greg Steffen and Shanell Wagler.
The month of July brought substantial changes to the LPN, with the kitchen closing and staff working with food vendors to cater scheduled events. In this month’s Q&A, two members of the LPN board provide information on the food and beverage aspect of the LPN Resort. First up is John Coghlan, who is president of the LPN board of managers.

Q. John, give us a rundown of what has been happening behind the scenes at the LPN with the food and beverage department.
A. Two key food and beverage employees resigned in late April. A decision was made then to create a task force made up of three members of the LPN board, three members of the LPA board, and three others to help determine next steps regarding the LPN food and beverage operation.
We discussed short-term, long-term and backup strategies if additional departures happened during the peak season. The short-term strategy included getting current key employees into positions that would make it possible for them to run the Links restaurant. This meant limiting the restaurant’s menu and hours, since staffing was limited.
An emphasis was placed on making sure upcoming events already on the LPN calendar could be managed. The task force developed a list of caterers who could be called on short notice to execute events, in case the restaurant needed to close due to a staffing shortage. The task force also discussed contacting food truck operators to provide options if the restaurant closed.
Additional kitchen departures in early July forced the backup plan into action. Staff began working with caterers to execute upcoming events and actively sought food trucks. However, finding food trucks has been more difficult than anticipated, as their minimum sales are more than the LPN business will support.
Since the LPN kitchen closed in early July, the LPN staff, working with event planners and caterers, have pulled off many successful events, including a 350-person wedding reception. The LPN board is grateful for everyone who stepped up to help make this possible. We’ll continue to use this same formula for remaining events on the 2022 calendar. At this time, no further events are being scheduled for this year. However, events for 2023 are being penciled into the LPN calendar.

Q. What’s the next step?
A. Long-term, the task force recommended leasing the food and beverage operation to a third-party vendor, while maintaining control over the golf and lodging departments.
It’s important for our members to know that while the LPN golf operation and Spikes snack shop are profitable, the food and beverage department has been losing money for many years. This means the LPA has had to provide an annual subsidy to the LPN, LLC.
This subsidy has grown in recent years as the COVID pandemic led to two very difficult years, and also the start of our ongoing staffing issues. We have made several upgrades in wages and working hours in attempts to improve staff retention. Yet hiring and keeping quality staff for the LPN food and beverage operation continues to be a difficult task.
So far, we’ve interviewed three potential tenants, but all decided this is not a good fit for them. We will continue to manage scheduled events with LPN staff and outside caterers, while the search for someone to lease the food and beverage operation continues.
Specific lease details would be worked out with the tenant. The LPA would have some requirements, such as the number of days the restaurant must be open for walk-in guests. The tenant would be the exclusive vendor for all events LPN books at the conference center. The tenant also could plan additional events, plus use the kitchen to cater events elsewhere.
The vendor would have the use of all existing kitchen equipment and supplies, and would be responsible for expenses such as utilities and employees. Leasing the LPN food and beverage operation would be similar to what the LPA has done for many years with the marina.
The LPA is willing to lease the operation at extremely favorable terms. For now, the LPA is more interested in finding a tenant who becomes well established and provides good service to members and guests.
I have spoken to several LPA members who know someone in the food and beverage industry, or have some connections in the industry. We need everyone’s help, and we’re open to all contacts and recommendations.

Q. In mid-July, John Rutledge stepped away from his day-to-day role at LPN, after working in an interim role as LPN director of operations for four years. To make that possible, LPN board member Barry Monaghan offered to step into Rutledge’s LPN role as a volunteer. Barry, tell us more about this change. 
A. John requested this to allow him to focus on his primary role as LPA general manager and advisor to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board. I’m now overseeing the food and beverage team and providing support to Royce Shaffer, who is the LPN operations manager. Royce continues to manage the non-food and beverage portions of the LPN operation.
Events have been going well, with the LPN staff and several different caterers working together. Long-time LPN employee Kashley Sneller, who had taken on much of the load for events when others left, is leaving Sept. 10 for other opportunities. We wish her well. Key contacts now for events are myself and Jen Jensen, who can be reached at
Besides continuing to manage scheduled events, I’m working to recruit potential tenants to take over the LPN food and beverage operation. The Iowa Restaurant Association has been contacted and we are working with them to notify their 4,000 members about this opportunity. We’re also working with Shane Goodman and his culinary magazine RELISH to find potential prospects. The hope is to have someone in place by March 1, 2023.
In the meantime, the LPN staff has done a thorough cleaning of the kitchen, followed by a professional service that has the kitchen ready for potential tenants to explore. We believe the kitchen is in good condition, adequately stocked with equipment and serving pieces, and ready for the next chapter.
Both the LPN and LPA boards are committed to having a successful restaurant, lounge and event center at Lake Panorama National Resort. We are actively seeking individuals and groups interested in discussing the possibility of leasing the LPN food and beverage operation. To learn more, anyone interested can contact me at

Panorama West Women’s League Wraps up 2022 Season

Posted 9/2/2022

The Panorama West women’s golf league wrapped up its 2022 season Aug. 30 with a four-gal best-shot tournament. The league had 82 members this year. The Tuesday tournament was followed by an awards luncheon in the Panorama West Clubhouse community room.
Cash prizes for play throughout the season were distributed to league members based on pars, birdies and chip ins. Karen Bump, Judy Schnack and Sharon Wedemeyer received “perfect attendance” gifts to recognize they played every week of league during the 2022 season.
The top 10 point winners in the league included 13 players because of some ties. Each was recognized and received cash awards. They were Emily Spradling in first place; Sharon Wedemeyer, second; Paula Hansen and Sheryl Crawmer, tied for third; Susan Thompson, fourth; Janet Luing and Donna Daniels, tied for fifth; Toni Wright, sixth; Rhoda Williams and Diane Pieper, tied for seventh; Kathy Feilmeyer, eighth; Karen Bump, ninth; and Carla Fitzgerald, tenth.
Ann Chambers served as league chair in 2022 and will serve a second year in that position in 2023. Also continuing in their 2022 positions next year will be Peg Carr as vice-chair, Nini VonBon as treasurer, Rhoda Williams as secretary, and Amy Johnson, who handles the weekly statistics.
Brenda Dinkla completed her eighth year of managing the handicaps for the Panorama West women’s league. Debbie Rockwell has agreed to take over that task for the 2023 season.


Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Volunteers play a big role at Lake Panorama. Many maintain landscape beds at the lake’s three beaches, two golf courses and lake entrances. Others organize the Lake Panorama ski team and serve on the board of directors for the Lake Panorama Association, Lake Panorama National, and Friends of Lake Panorama.
Board members for the Southern Panorama Sewer District, On-Site Waste Water Management and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone also volunteer many hours. The same is true for members of four committees appointed annually by the LPA board — appeals, building codes, land sales and water safety.
To celebrate the many volunteers who help the Lake Panorama community, a special event is planned for Thursday, Oct. 6, at the LPN Conference Center. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with a catered “comfort food” dinner at 6 p.m. This is the 15th year for this free social time and dinner recognizing Lake Panorama volunteers.
Invitations will be mailed to known volunteers. But if you volunteered in the last year and didn’t receive a formal invitation, please know you’re invited and can bring one guest. Reservations are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and can be made by calling the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080 during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Panorama School District has committed funds to help improve the existing trail and also provide ongoing maintenance assistance. 

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

At its Aug. 30 meeting, the LPA board approved a proposal from Friends of Lake Panorama that will make improvements to existing trails on the south shore of Lake Panorama’s main basin.
The board also approved Friends and LPA staff working with Panorama Community Schools personnel to move the cross country team trail from Panorama West to the south shore. The school has committed funds to help improve the existing trail and also provide ongoing maintenance assistance.
The cross country trail will begin on school property, continue onto the south shore for much of the course, and loop back to end on school property. All parking and restrooms for cross country meets will be on school property. This loop will be a total of 3.1 miles.
The south shore has several existing trail sections that will be combined into a single trail offering a variety of lengths and difficulty. Users will be able choose a combination of loops based on the total distance they want to walk.
Final details for the trail system will be developed after the south shore rip rap repair project is complete. That is expected to begin this fall and may continue into spring 2023.
Results of a survey about possible projects on the south shore were discussed, prior to board action on the trails. At its May meeting, the LPA board approved a proposal presented by Friends of Lake Panorama that included ideas for various recreational amenities that could be incorporated into the south shore. At its July meeting, the board asked LPA staff to conduct a survey to gather member input on key items included in the plan.
That survey was open for three weeks in August, and included a link to the Friends proposal. A total of 667 people responded to the survey. Questions about each of the projects included in the Friends proposal were asked, covering trails, disc golf, a small shelter house and a fishing dock.
The majority of respondents supported all projects mentioned. A question about a possible walking trail showed the most support, with more than 60% of respondents supporting this project, with another 20% neutral, and 17% opposed. A yes/no question about the Panorama cross country teams being able to use a trail on the south shore for practice and meets received 366 yes votes, 152 neutral votes and 144 no votes.
A final question gave respondents the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. It was agreed at the Aug. 30 board meeting that LPA staff and Friends representatives will continue to research options for a disc golf course, a single picnic table with shade and a dock. Friends representatives will return to a future LPA board meeting for further discussion on these topics.

Panora Fiber continues to operate from current locations in Panora and Guthrie Center.

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

On Aug. 1, Panora Telco and Guthrie Center Communications became Panora Fiber, as did the providers’ TV services and the Solutions store. Panora Fiber continues to operate from current locations in Panora and Guthrie Center, and the same team of employees will continue to serve customers.
Andrew Randol, CEO and general manager, says for several years the company’s board of directors had been discussing the breadth of services offered under different names and the possibility of unifying under one.
“We kept discussing ‘who we are’ and how we could create a sharper focus,” Randol says. “We wanted our family of companies to unify under one name to streamline our marketing and create efficiencies. As we started to look at expanding outside our current service area, we decided it was time to take action.”
Randol turned to Shane Petersen, owner of the Cornerstone Group, for help. Petersen’s company provides marketing assistance to independent phone companies and has been managing Panora Fiber’s website, Facebook page and other news and marketing pieces for about five years.
Petersen gathered information from current staff, looked at several case studies, and developed a recommendation, which he presented at a board retreat in June. That recommendation was to place all aspects of the company under the Panora Fiber umbrella.
“Fiber is at the core of all of our business and will play a huge role in the future of communications,” Randol says.
Panora Telco, founded as a telephone cooperative in 1919, was a pioneer in deploying fiber to homes in Iowa, beginning with its first fiber customer in December 2001.
“Since then, we’ve continued to expand our fiber network, connecting more homes and businesses to its ultrafast and reliable internet and related services,” Randol says.
Below the new Panora Fiber logo are three words — Fast, Reliable, Local.
“When customers think of Panora Fiber, we want them to think of those three things,” Randol says. “We provide fast and reliable internet service, and we’re the local provider.”
Once the name change decision was made, the rush was on to meet an Aug. 1 announcement deadline. This would allow the company to use Panorama Days as a chance to introduce the change to a wide range of customers.
Jaime Waddle, administrative and customer service director, has been with the company for 20 years. She was given the task of getting everything that represents the company updated with the new name and logo.
“Designing and ordering new signs for outside and inside both buildings was the first focus,” Waddle says. “All our forms, such as applications and welcome materials, needed to be updated. We wanted to have branded clothing for all employees and board members in time for the announcement. And what our vehicles should look like needed to be decided.”
After researching options, Waddle presented Randol with a plan to have vinyl vehicle wraps that she said would “make a statement” in existing service areas, plus places where the company is making expansion plans. Most of the company’s vehicles were covered with the newly designed wraps by Aug. 1, with the exception of a couple of trucks that are scheduled to be replaced in the near future. Replacement trucks also will receive the same wraps.
Randol started working for Panora Telco in 1995 and become the company’s general manager in 1999. He was hired by Dale Grotjohn, who was the company’s general manager for 30 years.
“Dale was a great mentor to me,” Randol says. “He was a big part of our evolution, taking it from a telephone company to what we offer today.”
The company still has many telephone customers, especially businesses. It also offers subscription cable television service, although Randol says that is “becoming a thing of the past. So many people now use streaming services for television and depend on our broadband fiber for that.” 
The company currently provides service to customers in Panora, Lake Panorama, Yale, Guthrie Center, Bagley, Bayard, Jamaica, Linden, and rural areas in Guthrie and Audubon counties. Randol says with the help of state and federal grant programs that target broadband expansion in underserved areas, the company is looking toward additional rural areas of Dallas county.
Closer to home, Randol says Panora Fiber will continue to invest in the communities it serves. For instance, the company business park on the east edge of Panora, which began in the 1980s with the purchase of 40 acres, continues to recruit new businesses.
“The GCH medical clinic that opened this year is a huge asset to the community,” he says. “That, combined with the renovation of the nearby building that now houses Reshape and Restyle, has given the entrance to the park a different feel. But it remains zoned as light industrial, and we’re always looking for new opportunities.”
Panora Fiber also is involved in a joint paving project with the City of Panora and the Panorama School District. West Clay Street is being extended, which will provide another access to Panorama Elementary and Little Panther Day Care.
“It also will open up 18 new lots for housing, which are desperately needed in our community,” Randol says.
Panora Fiber is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Ron Reynolds is the board president. Other directors are Dave Ryan, Lynnea Anderson, Kelvin Hafner, Trudy Hastings, LeRoy Oxley and Chris Arganbright. More details about Panora Fiber, including its services and service areas, are available online at


Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The second annual Raccoon River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Panora Aug. 13. More than 95 participants on 15 teams raised more than $23,000. The walk began at the Michael Mills Memorial Park. The 2-mile route had walkers heading east from the park, north to the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and south on the trail before looping back to the park. 
These Alzheimer’s Association fundraising walks are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with Panora being the smallest town to host one, and the first walk of the 18 to be held this year.
Steve Smith of Guthrie Center, who said he had been personally impacted by the disease as a caregiver for his father, was the emcee for the opening ceremony. Smith said more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and 11 million unpaid caregivers are helping loved ones who suffer from the disease. 
Spinning flowers in four colors were available for walk participants to place in a Promise Garden. Smith asked various people in the crowd to show each colored flower, and explained its meaning. Blue — someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Purple — someone who has lost someone to the disease. Yellow — a person currently supporting or caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Orange — a person who supports the cause and the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of a world without the disease.
Nora and Gracie Grove, daughters of Dave and Sara Grove, displayed white flowers, which will represent the first survivor of Alzheimer’s, once a cure is found.
The first Raccoon River Valley Walk in 2021 had a goal of raising $12,500 and exceeded that by nearly $8,000. That led organizers to set this year’s goal at $27,000. Donations can be made online to the Raccoon River Valley Walk through Dec. 22 at
Edwards Jones is a national presenting sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, having raised nearly $5 million this year. Dave Grove, an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Panora, and Melissa Loest, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Guthrie Center, were instrumental in getting the local walk scheduled.
In addition to Edward Jones, sponsors of the local walk included Lakeside Village, New Homestead, Guthrie County State Bank, Care Initiatives, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Wesley Life, Panora Fiber, Nutriom, Dallas County Hospital, Hospice of the Midwest and Life Care Services. Crafty’s Coffee and Hometown Foods of Panora provided coffee and bottled water at registration.
Mel Borgeson, New Homestead manager, volunteered countless hours to prepare and organize the event. Other committee members were Terry and Mary Jane Sprague and Mary Jane Carothers. Many other volunteers were present to help the day of the event, including Joann Reil, plus members of the Panora Garden Club and the Panora Girl Scout Troop. Plans are in the works to hold a third Raccoon River Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s in fall 2023.


Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Some Lakeside Village residents and their dogs celebrated National Spoil Your Dog Day on Aug. 10 by spending the afternoon at the Lake Panorama dog park. According to the folks who created this special national holiday, recommended activities include doling out extra treats and taking your dog to a dog park to socialize with other dogs.
The Lakeside Village staff took those suggestions to heart and organized this event to give residents who own dogs the chance to let them run and roam off-leash. A small canopy was set up just inside the entrance to the small dog side of the park, which provided a shady resting spot for the humans and their canines. Special “pup cup” ice cream treats for the dogs topped off the visit.
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Copycat Olive Garden Salad

Posted 9/2/2022
By Jolene Goodman

One of my favorite salads is the one you receive when you eat at Olive Garden restaurants. You know the one I’m talking about. The endless bowl of fresh greens and vegetables, topped with croutons and all the parmesan you desire. It combines flavors that are both satisfying and addictive. Through the last 10 years, I have replicated this recipe for my family, large gatherings and when preparing meals for friends in need. It is a go-to recipe that is a crowd pleaser… and easy. Enjoy!

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.

Copycat Olive Garden Salad
2 bunches of romaine lettuce, chopped
½ red onion, thinly sliced
¾ cup pitted black olives
¾ cup (or more) pickled whole pepperoncini
2 plum tomatoes chopped
1 package of croutons
1/3 cup of grated parmesan
½ - 1 cup Italian dressing – quantity based on desired taste
Combine everything except croutons, parmesan cheese and dressing to make ahead. When ready to serve, add croutons and drizzle dressing over all. Toss and serve. (Chill salad bowls ahead of time for the best tasting salad.) Add 1-2 cups of diced grilled chicken or salmon to make this a meal.

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 9/2/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Photographer Trish Hart and her husband, Scott, live in Lake Panorama’s Andrews Cove, a narrow finger of water across the lake from Sunset Beach. She recently snapped this photo of their dock from a firepit seating area situated on the hillside between their house and the water.
“It’s so tranquil and relaxing when the cove is mirror-like,” Hart says. “Whenever we’re entertaining family and friends, or just a quiet evening alone, later afternoon into evening is a favorite time of day to sit and enjoy the view. And such fun to watch the deer come out with their fawns near the water across the cove.”
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 
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Posted 9/2/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Utah
Age: 2-3 years old
Available at: Panora Pets
Utah has been at Panora Pets for almost a year. He is a neutered male and a bit on the small side. While at the shelter, he has been quite ornery. He finds it fun to reach out of his cage and grab a toy that another kitty is playing with. He doesn’t particularly like other kitties much. However, Utah has a great attitude and is a happy and playful kitty. Utah has the cutest look of wonderment that he pairs with a snazzy little gray and white coat. 
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Posted 9/2/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Rizzo
Age: 6
Breed: boxer
Owners:  Linda and Steve Roe
Rizzo is a rescue boxer that Linda and Steve Roe say they were lucky to get when he was just 6 months old. Rizzo is now 6.  He is a sweetheart that loves to bark at everything.
Rizzo, the wonder dog, really isn’t into being on the water. However, happiness is being with Steve, taking on the responsibility as first mate, riding shotgun in the truck, daily walks and making sure Sunday naps are taken care of.  Rizzo (though he does sigh occasionally), puts up with Mom, Linda, and annoying baby brother Charlie, an 18-month-old mix. 

2022 BEACH BALL RAISES $30,000
Board will meet in mid-September to discuss how to allocate the funds.

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

An estimated 175 people attended the Friends of Lake Panorama 2022 Beach Ball July 22 at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. After expenses, the event had a profit of more than $30,000.
The Friends board will meet in mid-September to discuss how to allocate the funds. Publicity in advance of the Beach Ball said profits would be used to support a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach and recreational projects on the south shore, such as walking trails and a disc golf course.
Both outdoor and indoor spaces were used for the Beach Ball. Outside tables were under tents, located on the grass between the conference center and the golf course. Little Joe McCarthy, a singer and songwriter who lives in Omaha, provided live music under an outdoor tent.
For the second year in a row, individuals and businesses became Friends Beach Club members to support this event. Those who joined at one of these levels paid a little extra to get a little extra, while also making an extra donation to Friends of Lake Panorama. Friends Beach Club members were listed in the program.
There were 11 businesses and groups of individuals that spent $700 to join the Premier level of the Beach Club. Fifteen couples spent $250 to be in the Couples Beach Club, with 12 businesses or individuals donating $150 to sponsor a table.
Seventy-six items were donated for the silent auction, which brought in $7,500, up $2,500 from 2021. The live auction of 11 items raised $17,650, up from $8,000 last year. Two items in particular gave a big boost to this year’s live auction total.
One was the Iowa State University Cyclone football package, offered by Jamie Pollard, ISU athletic director, who owns a Lake Panorama home with his wife, Ellen. It included four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building in the north end zone for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game. This package also included a parking pass, plus food and soft drinks during the game. Several bidders were interested and drove the price steadily higher. In the end, Tom and Rodie Gibson were the winning bidders at $4,250.
Another live auction item that generated spirited bidding was the six-course gourmet dinner for six, with a different wine paired with each course. This is the second year this has been offered by LPA members Bill and Karen Fitzgerald. The dinner is served in the winning bidder’s home, prepared and served by the Fitzgeralds. At the 2021 Beach Ball, this dinner sold at live auction for $2,000. This year, the dinner went for $4,000. Because of strong interest from bidders, the Fitzgeralds offered a second gourmet dinner, which sold for $3,500.
Laura Kemble won the 50/50 raffle, then donated her winnings back to Friends. That led to the raffle bringing in $2,450, up $200 from last year.
Donations to Friends of Lake Panorama are accepted at any time and can be designated for a current or future project, or for the general fund to be allocated by the Friends board. Checks can be made payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216.
Direct donations also can be sent via Venmo @Panorama-Friends. Credit cards are accepted on the Friends website, although Friends is charged a 2.9% processing fee on these donations. Donors are asked to consider increasing their donation to help cover this additional cost.
All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $500 or more are recognized on signs erected near specific projects they designate, and on the donor page of the Friends website. More information is available at

Pat and Denny Daniel have served as hosts at Lake Panorama’s west campground for 12 years.

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Beginning in the early 1970s, the Lake Panorama Association prohibited camping on private lots. But there was a small campground on the west side in the timber along the road that now leads to the LPA yard waste site. It was primitive, no showers, just outhouses.
That early campground was replaced by another primitive site west of the water plant. It became less primitive when a new restroom facility was completed in spring 1980. Rock was added to the roads, and the grounds were mowed and maintained by LPA staff.
For many years, there was talk of creating a second campground for the east side. In spring 1981, an area north of Lake Panorama National where an airstrip had been planned was turned into a campground designed for self-contained units only. Water and electric hookups were available, with a nightly fee of $4.
Fast forward to 2022. Both campgrounds remain in the same locations. One thing that sets the two campgrounds apart is the west side has campground hosts. For the past 12 years, Denny and Pat Daniel have filled that role.
Denny worked for many years for Hy-Vee, moving around Iowa. When he retired, the couple wanted to live in a small community and settled on Atlantic. They purchased and renovated a home they still own. But because they have been camping since they were married in 1989, they wanted to find a nearby campground they could enjoy during the summer months.
The first place they tried was Sun Valley Lake in Ringgold County. They bid on a lot and didn’t get it, so they kept looking. When they came to Lake Panorama, a realtor showed them the two campgrounds.
“When he brought us to the west campground, we fell in love with it,” Pat says.
They purchased a C lot, then chose the spot in the west campground they wanted to call home.
“It was in the middle of things, so we liked the location,” Denny says. “We leveled it out, planted grass and trees and shrubs and flowers, and made it really nice.” After settling in for a couple of years, they became the campground hosts.
The couple is at the campground five days a week. They generally spend Monday and Tuesday at their home in Atlantic, doing laundry and mowing their yard. But if Monday is a holiday, they know things will be busy at the campground, and they stick around in case they are needed.
“We are here to help,” Pat says. “We always tell our campers if there is something they need, to just ask. We’re always open to suggestions on ways we can improve the campground. We’ve made it into a park, with nice landscaping and flower beds. There are good people here who are always willing to help with a project, like painting picnic tables.”
The Daniels have taken on several projects themselves. They added flagpoles at the entrance, installed a basketball hoop and renovated the bathrooms. A few years ago, Denny received permission from the LPA to create five new camping sites. He had a friend with a truck who hauled 80 tons of rock the LPA had piled on the east side of the lake to help make the new sites possible.
Most of the campers are like the Daniels; they own a Lake Panorama lot and keep a camper at the west campground. They come and go through the summer months, sometimes bringing grandchildren and other family and friends to visit. Some people stay at the campground while they are having a house built on the lot they own. Some are there full-time through the camping season.
The Daniels’ official duties are to clean the bathrooms and make sure needed supplies are available. Denny cleans the bathrooms each morning around 5 a.m., then usually three more times each day. The couple also helps answer questions and coordinate work tasks with LPA.
The couple keeps a pile of firewood along the edge of their lot for people who don’t bring in their own.
“If someone builds a fire, generally some neighbors join them,” Pat says. “There are lots of groups here gathering around firepits in the evenings.”
Pat maintains a notebook with names and phone numbers of all the campers, in case they see a problem while a camper is empty. Sometimes they organize a group meal.
The couple enjoys camping so much they bought a second camper and keep it at a resort in Donna, Texas. That’s where they live from Oct. 1 to April 1. They also are in volunteer mode there, as they work shifts at the guard house and help plan social activities.
This spring, Pat came up with the idea of asking all the West Campground campers if they’d like to purchase matching T-shirts. The shirts were designed by, and purchased from, a woman who lives in their same resort in Texas. The bright blue shirts feature a lighthouse and the words West Campground Lake Panorama.
About 100 shirts were purchased. The Daniels organized a get-together at Shady Beach July 2 and asked everyone to attend and wear their shirts. About 40 members of the group showed up for a group photo.
“It was a lot of work but really fun to do,” Pat says. “We enjoy being a part of the Lake Panorama West Campground family.”

The west campground has 33 spaces, and the east campground has 24. Sixteen of the spots in the east campground have sewer hookup, plus water and electricity. In the west campground, all spaces have water and electricity. There are no sewer hookups, but there is a sewer dump station available.
Both campgrounds have a restroom and shower facility, plus a storm shelter. Electricity is available March 1 through Oct. 31. Water is guaranteed May 1 to Sept. 30 every year, with decisions on when to turn water on and off dependent on when temperatures could get low enough to freeze pipes.
The LPA currently does not offer weekly or daily camping. Spaces are rented on an annual basis. For 2022, the cost is $750 for the season, which includes water, electric and tax. Those in the east campground who have sewer hookups pay $80 more. Another $250 allows campers to leave their units at the campgrounds year-round. Campers must either be Lake Panorama property owners or be sponsored by an owner.
For more information on the campgrounds, or to get on a waiting list for the 2023 season, contact Lane Rumelhart, LPA project manager, 641-755-2301,


Posted 8/10/2022
Every year, the Lake Panorama Association receives a number of questions about the date of the Independence Day Fireworks. The family of the late Joe Scheiring still coordinates this annual “Fire in the Sky” event in his memory. They have confirmed the Independence Day fireworks is always the first Saturday in July.
This means the 2023 fireworks will be Saturday, July 1. Many Lake Panorama families plan their events a year in advance, and choose this holiday weekend, and its annual fireworks display, to schedule reunions and vacations.
This photo of the July 2, 2022 Lake Panorama Fire in the Sky was taken by Michael Kleinwolterink, an amateur photographer who offers prints of his photos on metal and canvas. Kleinwolterink donated this photo, printed on metal, as a live auction item for the July 22 Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball. When he’s not taking pictures, Kleinwolterink is the pro shop manager at Lake Panorama National Resort. Learn more online at 

Treated ash trees have a 70-80% survival rate.

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

From mid-January through February, 355 ash trees were removed from the Lake Panorama National and Panorama West golf courses. This was done because some ash trees already were showing signs of emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, and it was inevitable the borers would continue to spread and tree death would be the result.
Also, about 100 of the trees deemed to be in “critical locations” were chosen a few years ago to receive a chemical treatment that has proven effective, in some cases, in fighting off EAB infestations. Treated ash trees have a 70-80% survival rate. Removing untreated trees increases the chances trees being treated will survive.
There were 304 trees removed at the LPN and 51 at Panorama West. While the tree removal was done by a commercial company, removing the stumps and restoring the ground where trees had stood is being handled by maintenance staff for both the Lake Panorama Association and the LPN.
A stump grinder that could be attached to a skid loader was ordered last fall and arrived late this spring. Work on stumps at the LPN course began July 20. LPA maintenance staff operate the grinder. It takes an average of 15 minutes to grind one stump, with 10 minutes for smaller stumps and 30 minutes for the largest ones.
The grinder leaves a pile of wood chips and mulch. LPN maintenance staff use a tractor bucket to scoop away as much of the mulch residue as possible. Another crew comes behind with black dirt and fills in the hole, packing it slightly above grade to allow for some settling. Some former stump areas that are close enough to the fairway to receive irrigation water are seeded at the same time. Others will be seeded this fall.
The hope is that all stumps at the LPN course can be removed by the end of August, although some in no-mow areas may be delayed until after the Panorama West course is completed.  

Dancing in the street!

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Summer is here, and the time is right — for dancing in the street! Martha Reeves and The Vandellas first introduced us to this song in 1964. The Mamas and the Papas brought us their version in 1966. Van Halen’s rendition caught my ear in 1982. And then David Bowie and Mick Jagger even gave us yet another remake in 1985. Regardless of what generation you are in, or what version of the song you prefer, dancing in the street is something most all of us can relate to — especially at Lake Panorama. If dancing isn’t your thing, that’s OK. You can still celebrate, and we have had many examples of this recently.

Panorama Days rocks
At the top of the list was Panorama Days, with live music, a parade, food and fun. It is everything a community festival should be, and I am thankful to all the folks — especially those with the Panora Chamber of Commerce — who volunteered their time to make this happen.

Beach Ball impresses
Many of you also attended the Friends of Lake Panorama annual Beach Ball event. It has become the gala of the year with the “who’s who” of Lake Panorama bidding on a variety of auction items while enjoying great food and listening to live music. Susan Thompson, who writes the majority of the content in this newspaper, spearheads this amazing event with great success, and we all owe her a big thank you. See details on the results of the Beach Ball, along with event photos, on the following pages.

Angels abound
And finally, I continue to be amazed at the generosity of so many Lake residents, which is apparent yet again with the recent contributions to Tori’s Angels by the Lake Panorama National Resort women’s golf league. We provide details on their donation in this issue of the Lake Panorama Times. The Tori’s Angels effort is just one of many examples of people helping people not only here at Lake Panorama but everywhere.

Subscribers are appreciated
Speaking of helping, I want to say thank you to those of you who reached out with positive comments about what we have done with the Times Vedette newspaper. And, even more so, I want to thank those of you who sent in checks for your $34 subscriptions. Those paid subscriptions are essential to the newspaper’s success, which also helps us invest more in the Lake Panorama Times. If you are not yet a subscriber, I ask that you consider writing a check for $34 and mailing it to Big Green Umbrella Media, 8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D, Johnston, Iowa 50131 or visiting and ordering online.

Lake humor returns
Some of you noticed that I skipped my lake humor last month. No worries. I have a few more for you.
Three men are on a boat with four cigarettes, but they don’t have any way to light up their smokes. So what do they do? They throw one in the water, and their boat instantly becomes a cigarette lighter.
That was a joke. Don’t throw cigarettes in the lake.
Here’s another joke. If you need a custom boat built, let me know. I Noah guy who can help.
And finally, what does a pirate do when there’s too much junk in his boat? He has a yaaarrrd sale.
Have a lake joke better than these that I should share? Send it on over to me.
Have a great month, and thanks for reading. n

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Substantial changes have taken place at the Lake Panorama National Resort. 

Posted 08/10/22
At an informational meeting July 15, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided updates to the membership on current activities for three entities — Lake Panorama National, Lake Panorama Association and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
Rutledge started his report by saying substantial changes have taken place at the Lake Panorama National Resort.
“The kitchen is now closed, and the operation is working with food vendors who will cater events,” he said. “Making sure the events already on the LPN calendar can continue is the priority. The team has been in contact with all event coordinators, and strategies are being put in place to ensure these will happen as planned.”
A task force made up of three members of the LPN board, three members of the LPA board, and three others has been working for several months to evaluate options for food and beverage service at the LPN conference center. After many discussions, the task force recommended leasing the food and beverage operation to a third-party vendor, while maintaining control over the golf and lodging departments.
“We were very transparent with existing staff about this plan, which led the executive chef and the rest of the kitchen staff to resign for other jobs in early July,” Rutledge said. “Three potential tenants have been interviewed so far, but after review, none were interested. One concern has been whether they could find enough staff to fill needed positions.”
While the LPN golf operation and Spikes snack shop are profitable, the food and beverage department has been losing money for years. This means the LPA has had to provide an annual subsidy to its subsidiary, the LPN, LLC.
Rutledge said the plan is to continue to manage scheduled events with LPN staff and outside caterers, while the search for someone to lease the food and beverage operation continues. The hope is to have someone in place by March 1, 2023.
“The specific details of any lease would be worked out with the tenant,” he said. “The LPA would have some requirements, such as the number of days the bar and restaurant must be open for walk in guests. We probably would allow them to be closed January and February. We would guarantee the tenant would be the exclusive vendor for all events LPN books on the main level of the conference center. They also could plan their own events, and use the kitchen to cater events elsewhere.”
The vendor would have the use of all existing kitchen equipment and supplies, and would be responsible for expenses such as utilities. Rutledge said a market study of similar operations shows what LPN has to offer should be worth about $60,000 annually to a tenant.
“But we would want our tenant to get well established before talking about that kind of money,” he said. “The LPA is willing to lease the first year for $1, and probably the same the second year. By the third year, if things are going well, we might ask for an increase. For now, we’re not looking to make money off of a lease, just get someone in here to provide good service to our members and guests.”
Rutledge noted leasing the LPN food and beverage operation would be similar to what the LPA has done for many years with the marina, which is leased to Lyn Coulter.
Rutledge has stepped back from his day-to-day role at LPN, after working in an interim role there for four years. Rutledge said he requested this change in order to refocus his efforts on his primary role as LPA general manager and advisor to the Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board. LPN board member Barry Monaghan has stepped into Rutledge’s LPN role as a volunteer, overseeing the food and beverage team and providing support to operations manager Royce Shaffer. Shaffer continues to manage the non-food and beverage portions of the LPN operation.
Turning to the LPA, Rutledge reported a total of 7.65 miles of roads received seal-coat treatment this year, with 3.97 miles on the east side of the lake, and 3.68 miles on the west side. The cost was more than $215,000, which reflects a 23.5% increase in cost from 2021. Because of the higher cost, less miles of road were treated than has been the case for the past 15 years.
The LPA water safety committee recently recommended and the board approved a limit on personal marker buoys. Rutledge said members now can have just one marker, which must be high visibility, not larger than 18 inches in diameter, and no farther from shore than the end of the owner’s dock.
“The committee had a long discussion on this topic,” Rutledge said. “I think this decision was a reasonable, middle-ground approach. The increasing number of personal buoys had the potential to narrow the channel, while also causing boaters to begin to ignore official LPA hazard buoys.”
Rutledge said a shortage of available boat lifts has caused some members to look for used lifts.
“If you plan to purchase a lift that has been in another lake, remember the LPA requires a 30-day quarantine and the lift must be inspected before it can be installed here,” he said. “It is absolutely critical to the health of Lake Panorama for everyone to abide by our invasive species rules.”
A bid of $295,000 has been accepted to bore a new water main under the lake from Sunset Beach to the east side. Rutledge said the total cost of this project could reach $400,000. The old water line that was installed before the lake existed will be abandoned once the new line is in place. Completion is expected this fall.
Rutledge said LPA continues to field complaints about lack of communication from the two barge vendors that currently have permission to operate on Lake Panorama.
“As a reminder, LPA does not govern the barge companies. We have an implied length variance, and horsepower variance, if needed,” he said. “We also rent space at the marina for each.”
(Note: At the LPA board meeting July 26, the board agreed to allow Tyler Rupp, Deluxe Docks, to operate beginning in 2023. Rupp was provided a length and horsepower variance, equivalent to what is in place for the two existing barges. Rupp also was provided a guarantee LPA would not approve a fourth competitor for three years to allow him to establish his business. Rupp will be stationed above the debris trap, as LPA did not believe the marina had space to house a third company.)
On another topic, Rutledge said boat trailers currently are the only thing allowed on private undeveloped lots.
“We will continue to strictly prohibit camping, but there is some gray area on small utility and cargo trailers that is being reviewed by two board members and LPA Security,” he said. “A recommendation will be made to the LPA board.”
Turning to RIZ, Rutledge said the fiscal year 2022-23 RIZ budget includes about $3 million of annual tax increment financing (TIF) revenue.
“This TIF program continues to be an extremely important piece of our funding model for water quality work,” he said.
Rutledge reviewed some ongoing projects being funded by RIZ. Expansion of the old CIPCO basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, is underway. Spring Lake Construction was awarded a $3.2 million contract in August 2021. RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost. This expanded sediment basin is where dredging spoils will go once the current basin being used is full.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the past two years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal and storage, and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” Rutledge said.
Two additional wetlands are planned, with the one that will protect the west fork of Burchfield being a 2022 project. The second one has been held up due to changing regulations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but negotiations will continue.
RIZ is in the process of developing plans to fund substantial rip rap repairs along the south shore of the main basin. It is hoped work can begin late this year, although material acquisition may be a challenge. The LPA will sign a contract that no commercial or residential development will occur on the south shore for at least the next 15 years. If the land were developed with businesses or housing, the LPA would be required to refund the cost of the rip rap project to RIZ.
Rutledge said Friends of Lake Panorama has developed some potential plans for a multi-use recreation area on the south shore, which was approved by the LPA Board in May.
“The LPA will be working cooperatively with Friends to keep the south shore a green space, while making it more available to walkers and perhaps other recreational options,” he said.
Note: At the LPA board meeting July 26, it was decided a membership survey regarding recreational options on the south shore will be conducted. Additional information will be provided in the near future in the LPA Prompt e-newsletter.
Two more GM coffees are scheduled for 2022. These will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Dec. 2. Both will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be held at the LPN conference center.  


Posted 08/10/22
Friends of Lake Panorama was formed in 2013 with a goal of improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The nonprofit public charity has raised money for playgrounds, sports courts, the dog park, benches at beaches, improvements to the Panorama West trail and other projects.
In 2020, the Friends board decided to ask the LPA board if the charity could develop a recreational concept for the south shore of the main basin. The South Shore is the area located directly west of the ski team practice area that wraps around to the lake’s dam.
At its June 2021 meeting, the LPA board approved a motion to allow Friends to work on a plan. At its May 2022 meeting, the LPA board approved the plan presented by Friends, with the caveat Friends would work with LPA staff on items within the proposal to make sure each is low maintenance.
This survey is designed to gather LPA member input on key items included in the plan. Projects within the plan are dependent both on successful fundraising, and on designs that will fit the landscape of the south shore, once the shoreline rip rap project is complete. It is important to know LPA has no intention of developing the South Shore for residential or commercial use. The area will remain a green space with or without the proposed amenities.
The online survey is now open and will continue through Aug. 21. Survey results will be tabulated and analyzed, then reviewed by the LPA board at its Aug. 30 meeting. The survey is available at this link: or use the QR code provided here.  

Just two holes remain available for sponsorship.

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located near the first tee. In exchange, the businesses received a granite sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several have maintained their annual sponsorship since.
Five original Granite Club members who renewed for 2022 now are in their 14th year supporting LPN. These are Panora Telco on the third hole; Guthrie County State Bank and GCSB Investment Center on hole five; Exterior Sheet Metal on the eighth hole; Bryton Insurance on the ninth hole; and Total Financial Solutions on the 15th hole.
New members in 2021 who renewed in 2022 are the Kluster Klub, which is made up of a group of LPN supporters, and is on the second hole; Lake Panorama Realty on the 11th hole; and The Trash Man-Neil Wright on No. 14.
Lake Panorama Barge joined the Granite Club in 2020, is featured on the seventh hole, and now is in its third year in the club.
Minnesota Cabinets is on the 18th hole, and has been a member for four years. Five members joined in 2018 and are in their fifth years. These are R&K Bristle Farms on the first hole; Iowa Trust and Savings Bank on No. 4; Hawley Insurance on the sixth hole; and Robert Carr Insurance Agency-State Farm on No. 16.
Two members joined in 2017 and have renewed annually. These are Jensen Sanitation on No. 13, and Tometich Engineering on the 17th hole.
Just two holes remain available for sponsorship — 10 and 12. Annual sponsorships are $500. New sponsors also are asked to pay the cost of the sign.
Granite Club members receive a free round of golf for a foursome, including carts, when they purchase or renew their annual membership. Club members also are recognized on the LPN website and in the LPN Resort Weekly e-newsletter.
Details of the Granite Club, along with a request form for more information, can be found on the LPN website at Or call Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, at 641-755-2080. 


Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Fifty young golfers participated in the 2022 Lake Panorama National Junior Golf School. Two sessions with three weeks each were offered in June and July, with a final event held at Panorama West. The juniors played a few holes before being treated to a pizza party and gift bag. Young people ages 5 to 14 are eligible to attend the annual school.
The juniors learn full swing, pitching, chipping and putting fundamentals along with golf etiquette and rules of golf. Participants are divided into age groups, and rotate between the putting green, chipping area and driving range. At the end of the hour-and-a-half sessions, the juniors head to Spikes to choose a free drink. Those who won a contest during the school each week also got to pick out candy bars at Spikes.
Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, and Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager, led the golf school. Assisting with the school were David Van Ahn, Joe Foote, assistant golf professional, Dylan Douglass and Kolby Shackelford.
The Junior School has two sponsors that have supported the school for many years — the Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. Sponsor funds made it possible to give each junior golfer a gift bag on the final day of each session, filled with a $15 LPN gift card, a free round of golf at Panorama West, two sleeves of golf balls and a bag of golf tees. Sponsor funds also were used this year to purchase chipping and putting targets, plus emoji golf balls that were given out to the kids for contests and prizes. 

Black Bean Salsa

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Jolene Goodman

As summer gardens yield their plentiful crops, I enjoy including my local vegetable finds in this cherished, healthy treat. The original Black Bean Salsa recipe I use came from a former employee of ours, Daniel Davis. I’m not sure Daniel was much of a cook, but he did love this salsa and shared it at our company potlucks. I still have the original emailed recipe that I printed out on Feb. 7, 2009. I have adapted this to include more fresh vegetables rather than canned, but I will include both options. Leftover corn on the cob is perfect for this dish (be sure to cut corn off the cob before storing it for the freshest taste). This is another crowd pleaser. Enjoy this with tortilla chips, in rice bowls and with eggs!

1 can black-eyed peas
1 can black beans
1-2 cups of corn (or 1 can)
2 cups diced tomatos (or 1 can Rotel)
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup Italian dressing
1/2-1 tsp garlic salt
4 ounces chopped jalepeno (optional)
Tortilla chips


Posted 8/10/2022
Lane Rumelhart is in his third year as project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. His duties include managing the LPA building codes, projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and the campgrounds and beaches. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart highlights blue green algae, plus three current and future projects financed by RIZ.

Q. Late summer and fall are when the most concern about blue green algae begins. Give us an update on what causes this and what to watch for on the lake? 
A. Blue green algae can live in freshwater, salt water, or in mixed “brackish” water. Most people know this as “pond scum.” These blue green algae can be many colors, including green, white, red, orange or brown. The appearance of blooms also may be described as fine grass clippings or small clumps. Blue green algae also have been found to share many characteristics of bacteria, which has led to them being known as “cyanobacteria.”
Blue green algae, or cyanobacteria, can multiply quickly in lakes with high nutrient levels, particularly when the water is warm and the weather is calm. Luckily, this year we have experienced higher river flows due to more rainfall than the previous two summers. While the water may be murkier, the lack of sunlight and increased turbidity has kept blooms to a minimum. Our lake-to-watershed ratio is 234:1 acres, so we can receive high levels of nutrients from ag runoff upstream that leads to algal blooms.
When blooms do occur, LPA tests areas with the highest concentrations of algae to determine what level of microcystin is in the water. These levels vary around the lake. Members should always avoid stagnant, foul-smelling and discolored water. Places with better flow and better depth are usually safer options for water recreation. We also recommend members do not let their pets swim in the water when blue green algae is present, as most dogs are very susceptible to negative effects of microcystin. LPA sends out test results via email as soon as these are received. If you would like to receive these notifications, please sign up at LPA’s website at

Q. We know dredging is an ongoing project at Lake Panorama, and the dredged materials need to go somewhere. Talk about the expansion of an old sediment basin that will someday provide new storage. 
A. Spring Lake Construction LLC continues to work on expanding the 180th Trail Basin, which is located just north of the debris trap and the lake’s upper basin on the east side. As of July 19, the company has removed 238,417 cubic yards of material. This material is being used to build up the embankment around the inside perimeter of the existing basin, and will allow for more storage from RIZ’s dredge operation.
Rain has set the company back some, but the work still is expected to be completed in 2023. Phase one of the project should be completed by December, and 600,000 cubic yards of material should be moved over the entirety of the embankment. This expanded basin will be used for dredged material once the existing active basin on the west side of the lake is full.

Q. Currently, Lake Panorama has three wetlands in place, with two more in the planning stages. Give us an update.
A. The RIZ has two wetland designs on hold. One of these wetlands is on hold because of current permit requirements dictated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). We have been waiting for the new USACE regional permit to be released. Once this permit is released, we will be able to determine if we can apply for permittee responsible mitigation, or if mitigation credits will need to be purchased to continue development.
Currently, the USACE is requiring Lake Panorama RIZ to purchase about $140,000 of mitigation credits to offset the development of a wetland over a perennial stream. RIZ has argued the stream is intermittent, not perennial, but the USACE stands firm on its belief the stream is perennial. We are hoping this new permit will give some exceptions to water quality projects, and eliminate some hoops we currently are being told we need to jump through. Mitigation often is required for big companies like Amazon, Microsoft or Facebook for facilities being built around streams and rivers. RIZ believes our water quality projects are not the same as these urban developments, and that by building wetlands we are improving water quality, whereas the urban projects often channelize streams and jeopardize water quality.
The second wetland in the planning stages is going directly west of the west fork in Burchfield Cove. We are currently in the design phase with Shive Hattery Engineers and finalizing a survey. We hope to bid this wetland later this fall, pending no roadblocks with USACE.

Q. Another RIZ project that has been in the planning stages for a while is repairing the rip rap along the south shore of the lake’s main basin. What’s happening with this? 
A. A total of 7,500 feet of shoreline is about to get armored along the south shore. Bid information will be released in a few weeks, a pre-bid meeting held in early September, and a contractor awarded the project Sept. 30.
The project specifications require dolomite rip rap to be placed below the water level. The contractor then will use the existing field stone along the shore to place above the water line. Dolomite is less expensive and easier to obtain, so this requires less field stone to complete the project. Work is expected to begin later this fall and the project should be fully wrapped up by May 2023.
LPA wants the membership to know there are no plans to develop the south shore for residential or commercial use. In fact, LPA signed an agreement with RIZ that no development may take place along the shore for 15 years following the completion of the project. This was part of the agreement for RIZ to sponsor the armoring effort. Even then, LPA has no intention of developing this area beyond a greenspace used for walking trails or light recreation. The rip rap is being placed to eliminate erosion and help stabilize the bank. 

For every loan Carrie Hansen and her team closes with Clear Mortgage, she donates $200 to the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe over time. Carrie Hansen was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when she was 3 months old. Now an adult, Hansen is continually looking for opportunities to educate others about the disease and also to raise money to help find a cure.
“I am 39 years old now,” Hansen says. “When I was born, the average age of a CF patient was 18; now, that number is close to 50. There have been such incredible medical advancements in my lifetime, with only more to come.”
In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride, a component of salt, to the cell surface. Without chloride to attract water to the cell surface, mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky. In the lungs, the mucus clogs airways and traps germs, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure and other complications.
Hansen is the daughter of Lyle and Paula Hansen. Their primary residence is in Audubon. They owned a home in Horseshoe Cove from 1980 to 1985, then were drawn back to Lake Panorama in 2012. Brother Chip is a full-time Lake Panorama resident, perhaps best known as the man behind the large American flag that is painted on the lawn of his parents’ lakeside home each Fourth of July. Carrie has a home in Norwalk that she shares with her boyfriend of three years. They enjoy being at the lake as much as possible.
Carrie Hansen says she is thankful that while she was growing up, and still today, she is able to be active and is surrounded by family and friends who support her.
“My parents established a routine with my meds and treatments that I am still abiding by,” she says. “I spend about two hours a day doing breathing treatments and take a handful of pills in the morning and evening.”
Hansen says cystic fibrosis patients need a diet of protein and high fats.
“My mother is a wonderful cook, and always made sure I had the right foods,” she says. “I remember my father waking me up early, day after day, to do my treatments before school. I learned to play Solitaire and many other games during this time, which was followed by nightly treatments where I did homework or played games. Now I typically work or find memes during morning and evening treatment hours. I don’t know anything different.”
Hansen graduated from Audubon High School before earning a degree in finance at Iowa State University.
“Since graduating from Iowa State, I have always been in financial services. I love helping people with their finances and building relationships with referral partners. Simply put, I enjoy people, their stories and learning how I can help them, whether it be a loan, or an introduction or a referral,” she says.
Hansen is a loan originator and branch manager for Clear Mortgage, a nationwide company with a presence in 38 states.
“I also have an ownership percentage,” Hansen says. “I have a couple loan officers who work for me and a gentleman in Des Moines, Jason Parkin, who is director of business development for our team,” she says.
Hansen’s team is licensed in nine states.
“The single-family residential mortgage market is a $12.8 trillion dollar industry, up 8% year over year,” she says. “The U.S. housing market is the largest asset class in the world.”
For every loan Hansen and her team closes with Clear Mortgage, she donates $200 to the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She calls this effort “Loans for a Cure.”
“Our team is very community focused with giving back and involvement. I believe we are close to donating over $30,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Iowa. My dream is to be able to give more than $100,000 annually to fight cystic fibrosis,” Hansen says. “I’m hustling to make that dream a reality. I am trying to get with some local hospitals and clinics to match my donations, or provide something in value to become their networks’ preferred mortgage solution.”
Hansen also is the lead sponsor this year for an annual fundraising event called Corks and Kegs. It is Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the River Center, located at 304 S.W. Third St. in downtown Des Moines. Hansen also sponsored, and was the keynote speaker, at the last Corks & Kegs in December 2019. All funds raised go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Iowa.
Promotional material for the 2022 event includes this statement: “Corks & Kegs presented by Clear Mortgage promises to be a distinctive evening of aromatic wines, craft-brewed beers from local vendors, and delicious cuisine provided by The River Center – all for an incredible cause: to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.” More information is available at
More information about Carrie Hansen’s Clear Mortgage Team, and her Loans for a Cure program, is available at

DeWayne ‘Duff’ Brown 

Posted 8/10/2022
DeWayne “Duff” Brown, 94, son of George and Lillian (Eggleston) Brown, was born July 29, 1927, in Schaller. He passed away July 28, 2022, under hospice care at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny.
Duff started working at age of 14, driving trucks for his dad until he served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947. He married Arlene “Cookie” Wandrey on Feb. 25, 1950. He worked on road construction until 1961 when he had an opportunity to move to Des Moines and work for Macmillan Oil Company, later becoming president. Duff came out of retirement to help oversee the construction of Casey’s office facility in Ankeny. His favorite job was a hobby, buying lots at Lake Panorama to upgrade the shoreline. Duff and Cookie made their home at Lake Panorama for 32 years before moving back to Ankeny in 2010.
Duff is survived by his wife of 72 years, Arlene “Cookie” Brown; daughter, Denise Burroughs; son, Hal, and his wife, Paula; two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters; and his extended Burroughs family in Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Dick Burroughs; brother, Don, and sister, Dorothy Wendell.
Duff will be remembered as a man of integrity who was kindhearted, thoughtful and one who loved to give “big bear hugs.”
Memorial services were Aug. 4, 2022, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial of his cremains were in Richland Township Cemetery, near Yale. Arrangements entrusted to Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. 

Panora Telco and Guthrie Center Communications Change to Panora Fiber

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Posted 8/10/2022
Effective Aug. 1, Panora Telco and Guthrie Center Communications became Panora Fiber, as did the providers’ TV services and the Solutions store. Panora Fiber will continue to operate from the current locations in Panora and Guthrie Center, and the same team of employees will continue to serve customers.
Andrew Randol, CEO and general manager, said, “We wanted our family of companies to unify under one name to streamline our marketing and create efficiencies. After much research and discussion, our board of directors chose Panora Fiber. The second word in our new name was the first priority. Fiber is our current focus and will remain our focus in the future. Only fiber is capable of providing the ultra-fast and reliable Internet and related services that our residential and business customers require. What’s more, by moving forward with the name Panora Fiber, we can strengthen our position as the fiber leader in Iowa.”
Panora Telco, founded in 1919, was a pioneer in deploying Fiber to the Home in Iowa and lit up its first fiber customer in December 2001.
“That was quite a few years before other providers began installing Fiber to the Home. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our fiber network to connect more of our customers to it. Fiber will be essential to helping our local economies grow and thrive in the years to come, and Panora Fiber remains deeply committed to our communities,” said Randol.
The new logo for Panora Fiber will appear on the website at and on signage, vehicles, branded clothing and other customer materials. Underneath the logo are three words: Fast, Reliable and Local.
Randol noted, “When customers think of Panora Fiber, we want them to think of those three things. We provide fast and reliable Internet service, and we’re the local provider.” 

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
Spotted fawns

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Even though Lake Panorama homeowners may curse the adult whitetail deer that live among us, there’s no denying the summer crop of spotted fawns are fun to watch. Trish Hart recently captured several fawn photos, including many twins and triplets, on an evening Ranger ride with her husband Scott.
Fawns are born about six months after mating, in late May to early June. Yearling does usually give birth to one fawn. Older does often will have twins and sometimes triplets. Fawns average about six to eight pounds at birth, and will weigh 60 to 70 pounds by their first winter.
Does nurse their fawns about four times a day as newborns and will continue nursing about four months. At about two weeks of age, a fawn will start browsing vegetation and learn from its mother what plants to eat.
Fawns are born with a reddish-brown coat covered with white spots, which help them blend in with the sun-flecked ground. Fawns lose their spots between 90 and 120 days of age.
Newborn fawns spend most of their time bedded down, laying still, so predators can’t find them. A mother will leave her fawn alone for many hours at a time for a few weeks so her scent does not rub off on it. She will return every few hours to nurse and move the fawn to a new bedding area.
Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021. She offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

The $22,000 fundraising goal was reached in early June. 

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Some artificial shade now is in place at the Lake Panorama National golf course. A total of 304 ash trees were removed from the golf course this past winter, with eight of those being large shade trees located around the Spikes snack shop, and between the first and 10th tee boxes.
Research on artificial shade options led to Shade Sails of Iowa and a planned project that would cost $22,000. Fundraising by Friends of Lake Panorama began in early April, and the $22,000 goal was reached in early June.
Soon after the goal was met, six metal poles were installed in concrete footings in the 40’x80’ grassy “horseshoe” area in front of the Spikes snack shop. On July 7, two heavy-duty fabric sails were attached to the poles at angles, 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The shade sails will be removed each fall, and reinstalled each spring.
The main use of this area is for golfers in carts before and after tournaments and league play. Yet to make the shade sails project more versatile, electrical power was trenched in from Spikes. Lights that turn on automatically after dark are mounted on each pole and provide up-lighting to the sails. The length of time the sails are lighted can be adjusted.
In addition to the lights, power outlets are available on one of the poles. This will make the area more versatile, with power available for speakers, electric grills or other electrical items that might be needed for a special event.
Donations to this project exceeded the $22,000 goal, and helped finance the electrical installations. The remaining cost of the electrical was donated by Kane and Dee Powell, who own Lake Panorama Realty. A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed this fall inside of Spikes. 

Tori’s Angels Foundation helps Iowa families who have children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

For the fifth year in a row, the Lake Panorama National Resort women’s league rallied in support of the Tori’s Angels Foundation. This fundraising event was July 14, in place of league play, with a total of $7,020 raised.
Money was raised on the golf course during the four-person best-shot tournament, with games, treats or surprises on every hole. There were 76 golfers, including a foursome with a mother and grandmother of a child assisted by the Tori’s Angels Foundation. Once inside the conference center, raffle tickets were sold for gift baskets and centerpieces donated by league members and others.
After a meal catered by Crafty’s Coffee, Bill Ridgley, Tori’s Angels Foundation chair, talked about the children and families helped by the Foundation. He said the Foundation had recently accepted its 100th child, and he had three applications he thought would be approved in the near future.
Gretchen Wilhelmi, chair of the LPN women’s league, presented a check to Ridgley for $2,000. This was money that was raised during the league’s four-gal tournament in June through the sale of raffle tickets.
The additional $5,020 was delivered to Ridgley the following day by Becky Rolfes, who chaired the Rally for Tori’s Angels event. That included money spent on raffle tickets, funds raised on the golf course during the tournament, and direct donations from those in attendance and some who couldn’t attend.
Rolfes says guiding this fundraiser is always a heartwarming and inspiring experience for her.
“Each year, I come away with a special memory of someone, or of some child’s selflessness, resilience and courage,” she says. “Also, I am so proud of and wish to thank the ladies of Lake Panorama National for their generosity during this event.”
Tori’s Angels Foundation helps Iowa families who have children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Foundation pays for all medical expenses not covered by insurance. Tori’s Angels is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, with all overhead and benefit expenses paid by the foundation board members and friends.
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Lake Dog

Posted 8/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Lily
Age: 3 years old
Breed: mini golden doodle
Owners: Granddog of Jim and Janice Vandevanter Family, Lucas and Jane Clausen, Ronan and Logan

Lily and her family enjoy visiting grandparents Jim and Janice at the lake. Lily likes the wind blowing through her fur on boat rides, going for walks around the neighborhood and barking at everything. She also enjoys watching the boats in Party Cove and her family jumping off the lily pad from the screened-in porch.
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Cove Cat

Posted 8/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Twinkie
Age: 2 years old
Breed: red tabby

Twinkie arrived at Panora Pets with lots of wounds and was very thin. He has been at the shelter so long that he believes he is in charge and likes to boss around the other kitties. He takes his job as the greeter at the shelter very seriously. Walmart even wanted to hire him. Stop in to meet Twinkie, and he will be sure to entertain you on the kitty wheel. Twinkie is a little like the grumpy neighbor that you discover a sweetness in once you get to know him. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Panorama National and Panorama West boast flowers throughout the golf season on tee boxes and other locations. Most of these displays are the result of volunteers who not only purchase and plant flowers but also weed, water and decorate.
Lake Panorama National has volunteers who help clean beds and add flowers on most of the golf holes and areas near the conference center. 
On the first tee, Scott and Becky Rolfes manage the landscaped beds near the tee box and the flagpole area. Carolyn Koberg provided some of the perennials planted in that area. Trish Steffen handles the landscaped area on the back tees on the second hole. Doug and Dee Eckley and Lorrie Motsick team up to manage the tee box on the third hole. Julie and Larry Wykoff manage the landscaped area around the bathrooms between the fourth and fifth hole.
Mare and Rick Langel manage the landscaped area under the LPN sign on the east side of the conference center. The landscaped area closer to the east side of the conference center is handled by Sue Merryman, who has planted rose bushes and other perennials. Merryman also tends to the Irv Gerlich Memorial area north of the building. Each year, Nancy Armstrong fills two pots near the building entrance with annuals, and keeps those watered. Julie Tibbles and Sherri Miller care for landscaped beds on the west side of the conference center, near the parking lot.
A flower bed that runs along the rail fence behind the back tees on the fifth hole has been adopted by Bill Winkleblack. Janet Luing cares for the forward tees on the fifth hole. Winkleblack also cares for landscaped beds around Spikes and the swimming pool and recently added large rocks and flower pots to the entrance of the LPN pro shop parking lot.
Doug Eckley and other members of the Kluster Klub have taken over the forward tee box on the sixth hole this year. Darwin and Janet Luing are overseeing the back tee box on the seventh hole, and Kathy Moline handles the front tee box on that hole. Sue Greiner plants annuals each year on tee boxes on the eighth hole.
Moving to the back nine, Lisa Grossman and Shanell Wagler have the 11th tee and Kim Kent has the 12th tee. Barb Wollner plants flowers behind the forward tee on the 13th hole. Jolene Wright adopted the 14th hole this season, and Carla Fitzgerald has the 15th hole. Matt and Marilyn Schultes have the 16th tee, and Dee Tometich and Deb McDermott manage the 17th tees.
Areas up for adoption on the LPN golf course are the fourth, ninth and 10th holes and around the restroom between the 12th and 13th holes. If you are interested in volunteering at Lake Panorama National, contact Shanell Wagler at or 515-371-0505. 
At Panorama West, there are raised brick planters on each tee box. Volunteers for 2022 are Virgil and Barb Hoehne, first hole; Bill and Karen Eby, second hole; Lyle and Paula Hansen, third hole; Chan Rivera, fourth hole; Trent and Sheryl Crawmer, fifth hole; Dick Ellis, sixth hole; John and Cheryl Crawmer, seventh hole; Jim and Emily Spradling, eighth hole; and Jay and Sue Merryman, ninth hole.
Bob White cares for the par 4 tee box on the second hole. JoAnn Johnson planted annuals in the clubhouse flowerpots this year. Johnson and Paulette Chambers did a general spring cleanup of the flower beds around the clubhouse. Paul McCool manages the bluebird houses scattered around the course.
Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West clubhouse manager, coordinates volunteers there. Those interested in helping can email her at or call the pro shop at 641-755-2250.

Those attending the Beach Ball have several price levels from which to choose.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plenty of tickets and a few table sponsorship opportunities remain for the fifth Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball fundraiser. The event will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National. Plans include 30 round tables with seating for eight at each with a choice of tables in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents.
The Friends board met June 27 and decided to channel all Beach Ball profits to two projects. One is a multi-use recreational area on Lake Panorama’s south shore that received approval from the LPA board of directors at its May 24 meeting. Items in this recreational concept include a disc golf course, walking trails, fishing dock, bird houses and a small picnic shelter.
Another project approved by the LPA board in June 2021 that will receive 2022 Beach Ball funding is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. More information will be available at the event, and attendees will be able to make direct donations to specific projects.
Those attending the Beach Ball have several price levels from which to choose. Friends Beach Club members make an additional contribution to Friends and get some extras. The levels are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fundraiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250—includes 2 Fundraiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Since the LPN kitchen staff recently resigned, arrangements have been made with a caterer to provide the meal. Cash bars will be available both inside and outside beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through the evening. The buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
To become a Friends Beach Club member, or purchase just dinner tickets, contact Susan Thompson,, or 515-240-6536. Those who have items to donate for either the live or silent auction are asked to contact Thompson with details of the item and to arrange pickup or delivery.
Registration will begin in the LPN dining room at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be sold at registration and throughout the evening, cash only. Little Joe McCarthy will provide live music outdoors, where there will be extra chairs available for those who are seated at tables inside but want to enjoy the music for a while.
A wide selection of gift baskets, artwork, home décor items, golf packages, gift cards and much more will be available for bidding in the silent auction. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle winner will take place right before the live auction begins. The silent auction will end at the same time.
Some items of interest to Iowa State fans that will be in the live auction include a football signed by ISU Coach Matt Campbell and a basketball signed by ISU Coach T.J. Otzelberger, both in display cases. A Cyclone football package includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game, plus a parking pass, food and drinks. There also will be both Cyclone and Hawkeye cast iron skillets, donated by Progressive Foundry.
Two other live auction items donated recently include a set of solid wood red, white and blue bag boards, handmade by Kurt Johnson. Dan Badding, who with his wife, Sue, opened their Badd Bones Gallery and Studio in Bagley in March 2021, has donated one of his paintings, titled “Wipe Out.”
For those unable to attend the Beach Ball but who still want to support the efforts of Friends of Lake Panorama, tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at

Another newspaper in the family

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Posted 7/6/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

If you are a regular reader of this publication, you know by now that I am not your traditional newspaper publisher. That’s a necessary thing, as the traditional model of newspapering is clearly broken. I am convinced of that, and you likely are, too.
Meanwhile, I just bought the Guthrie County Times Vedette, a traditional paid subscription weekly newspaper. Of course, I am biased, but I believe that local media ownership is important, as I have seen too many out-of-staters — and even out-of-towners — destroy newspapers and the hearts of the communities they were supposed to serve. I say that carefully, as our company is based in Johnston. The difference, I hope, is that we live here and work here and play here.
Big Green Umbrella Media has changed a great deal since I started it in 2003. It had to, or we wouldn’t be here today. The Times Vedette will change, too. How, exactly? I don’t yet know. Much like what I did with this paper, I need to listen and learn first.
But why would a guy without faith in traditional newspapering dive into a traditional newspaper? Three reasons.
First, I care about this county and the people who call it home. I have gotten to know many great people. I see passion in Guthrie County, and that inspires me.
Second, I am seeing too many publishers from outside the area marketing to each of you to come to their counties and spend your dollars. I want to help Guthrie County businesses grow by marketing their goods and services locally. And I want to convince the residents of this county to buy here first and maybe even join in the fun and open a business or two as well.
Third, I believe I can take some of what I have learned through the years and apply it to a paid subscription newspaper, too. It will take time, patience, a financial investment and trust, but I believe it can happen. Just be patient with me, please.
And finally, I ask that you support local journalism. If you are a subscriber to the Times Vedette, I sincerely thank you. If you are not, please consider writing a check for $34 and mailing it to Big Green Umbrella Media, 8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D, Johnston, Iowa 50131. (We will have an online subscription order form up soon.)
I also ask for your feedback as we move along. What do you like about the Times Vedette today? What do you not like? What would you like the newspaper to include that it doesn’t already? How can it work together with the Lake Panorama Times to better the lake community, Panora, Guthrie Center and all of Guthrie County? Shoot me an email or give me a call. I look forward to this journey with you.
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Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
515-953-4822, ext. 305

There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with the Panora walk being the first one held in the state this year.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

For the second year in a row, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Panora. These fundraising events are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and constitute the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
The walk in Panora is Saturday, Aug. 13 and is titled the Raccoon River Valley Walk. There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with the Panora walk being the first one held in the state this year. Panora also is the smallest town to host one. Others are in cities such as Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Spencer and more.
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. More than six million Americans are living with the disease. In 2021, Alzheimer’s cost the United States $355 billion, a number that is projected to rise to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050.
The Raccoon River Valley Walk begins at the Michael Mills Memorial Park at S.E. 5th Street in Panora. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a special ceremony at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony will immediately be followed by the two-mile walk.
Edwards Jones is a national presenting sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Dave Grove, an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Panora, and Melissa Loest, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Guthrie Center, were instrumental in getting the local walk scheduled.
Last year’s walk was held in September.
“We hope with this August date, we’ll be able to attract more Lake Panorama property owners to participate, while also avoiding the start of school and football season,” Grove says. “In 2021, we raised over $20,000 with 80 walkers. We expect to grow both in number of walkers and funds raised this year and have set a goal of $27,000.”
“We lost my grandmother, Kay, to Alzheimer’s in early 2019, and last year my family walked in her memory as Team Kay Grove,” says Grove. “This year, I am inviting other Lake Panorama property owners to join me for the 2022 walk, under the name Team Lake Panorama. Those interested in supporting this cause, by walking or donating to Team Lake Panorama, can contact me at” 
In addition to Edward Jones, the Lakeside Village in Panora and the New Homestead in Guthrie Center have been key supporters.
“The Lakeside Village is proud to be a sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Panora this year,” says Amanda Creen, Lakeside director. “Lakeside has hosted a variety of fundraisers including Scratch Cupcakes, Krispy Kreme Donuts, the Garage Sale to End Alzheimer’s, in addition to selling cold drinks at various town events this summer. We hope to reach our 2022 fundraising goal of $5,000. To join the Lakeside Village Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, sign up using our link, or search for Lakeside Village on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website.”
Grove says Mel Borgeson, the New Homestead manager, has volunteered countless hours to prepare and organize the event. Other committee members are Terry and Mary Jane Sprague and Mary Jane Carothers.
While there is no fee to register for the walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Every registered participant who achieves the fundraising minimum of $100 will receive an official Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Aug. 13 walk, or who would like to start a team, join an existing team, or make a donation, can get more information and register online at Under “Find a Walk,” enter the Panora zip code of 50216. 


Posted 7/6/2022
The Guthrie County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients for 2022 grants. There were 27 groups that received a total of $197,638. The recipients included Menlo City, city improvements, $1,150; Boys & Girls Club, Great Futures Start Here, $6,416.98; Bayard Volunteer Fire, brush truck, $13,000; Little Panther Daycare, playground and check-in, $10,000; Main Street Guthrie Center, downtown beautification, $1,500; City of Stuart, camera upgrade, $1,000; City of Jamaica, digital sign, $1,000; Stuart Fire, air packs, $11,000; Menlo Fire & Rescue, generator, $5,082.50; and Stuart Police, communication equipment, $20,000.
 Also, Panora 1st Christian Stitch & Chatter, quilting supplies, $1,500; Guthrie County Historical Village, Batschelet building new roof, $2,955; Guthrie Center Fire, generator, $10,000; Tori’s Angels, Docusign software, $5,000; Jamaica Library, general improvements, $2,000; WCV Youth Football, uniforms, $4,000; Yale Volunteer Fire, radios, $4,965;  Giving Incorporated, expansion to Guthrie Center, $1,250; Guthrie County Extension, daycare STEM kits, $2,000; Bayard Betterment Foundation, community center, $10,000; Casey Service Club, park trail improvements, $10,000; Pleasant Hill Cemetery, tree planting, $3,600; Panora Parks & Rec, playground equipment, $10,000; Stuart Rescue, cardiac monitor, $14,500; CWT Fire Department, pumper truck chassis, $13,000; Little Charger Early Learning, construction expenses, $25,000; and Adair Fire, digital radio system, $7,719. 

A Grilled Turkey Burger they will ask for again!

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Posted 7/6/2022
By Jolene Goodman

Ground beef and turkey are both nutritious meats that provide protein, fat and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. Because of this, it may be a better choice for heart health. Fat-free turkey is also the lowest calorie option if you’re interested in weight loss. Understanding the health benefits, I started using ground turkey in many of my recipes quite a few years ago. It works well in lasagna, soups and meatballs. But, I was disappointed when I first tried to make burgers with this meat, which resulted in dry, tasteless discs on a bun. Ground turkey is just better when it is accompanied with a few other ingredients to enhance its flavor and texture. The egg and croutons help bind the ingredients, and the milk aids in tenderizing the meat. I make up 3-4 batches of these and freeze them (in air-tight freezer bags, always) so I am prepared for extra company. Frozen turkey burgers will keep for three months.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.

Grilled turkey burger

2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1 cup of crushed croutons (any flavor will work!)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon Nature’s Seasoning (this is my “salt” of choice)
8 hamburger buns
Additional toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.

Start grill and warm up to 350-400 degrees.
Mix together all ingredients. Form 8 patties.
Grill 3-4 minutes and flip. Grill for another 3-4 for medium-well burgers.
Serve on a toasted bun with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Cheryl Mullenbach’s latest book is about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cheryl Mullenbach, who has previously written five nonfiction books for young people, plus one targeted to an adult audience, had her seventh book released in June. Mullenbach and her husband, Dick Wohlgamuth, have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for 20 years.
Mullenbach’s latest book, “Women of the Spanish-American War: Fighters, War Correspondents, and Activists,” is nonfiction and targeted to an adult audience. The hardback book, which also is available as a Kindle eBook, is more than 260 pages.
It’s about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War — referred to by the secretary of state at the time as “a splendid little war” because it lasted only four months in 1898.
Most Americans are aware of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders’ role in the war. However, in the quest for shining examples of splendor, high motives, and magnificent intelligence and spirit during the Spanish-American War, the accomplishments of some extraordinary individuals have been overlooked and deserve recognition. This book brings to light the stories of women who displayed relentless courage and selflessness during the Spanish-American War.
Mullenbach’s work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Social Studies has included her books in its “Notable Trade Books for Young People.” Her book “Double Victory” was listed by the American Library Association in its “Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List.” Her talk at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” series.
She has written six other books — “The Great Depression for Kids;” “The Industrial Revolution for Kids;” “Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II;” “Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More;” “Torpedoed!;” and “Stagecoach Women: Brave and Daring Women of the Wild West.”
Mullenbach is working on her next book, “Grit, Not Glamour: Female Farmers, Ranchers, Ropers, and Herders of the American West,” which will release in 2023. All of Mullenbach’s books, including her latest, are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and some independent book stores. Her books also can be checked out from the Panora Library. Her column “Iowa Scrapbook” is a regular feature in the Iowa History Journal magazine. More information is available at her website: