Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

There is something truly special about sunrises and sunsets over water. For those who live at Lake Panorama, each day brings a sunrise and a sunset that often creates a beautiful picture worth enjoying, if we pay attention.
Photographer Trish Hart shares a home with her husband, Scott, in Andrew’s Cove at Lake Panorama. She says she’s taken hundreds of photos of Lake Panorama sunrises and sunsets. This month she shares two of her favorites.
This sunrise photo was taken last spring in Andrew’s Cove from the Hart’s home, as sunrise painted both the sky and the water several shades of orange.
The sunset photo also is from last spring, but later in the season, as leaves popped out on shrubs and trees. Hart took this photo from the north end of the Narrows.
Author Jo Walton had this to say about sunrises and sunsets: “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” Sounds like good advice.
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 02/07/2024

A cover story on deer in January, and now a cover story on Canada geese this month? Is Lake Panorama Times turning into a wildlife publication? Not exactly, but we did decide to write about these two topics recently because we know they are both of great interest to many Lake Panorama residents.
Fortunately, we have not had the massive influx of geese on the lake or in our yards at the time of me writing this column, but, much like another blizzard, we know it is coming. At times in years past, we could hear their territorial calls and honking, sometimes so loud they would keep us up at night. I don’t miss that.
Prior to buying our lake home, and when our children were younger, Jolene and I would venture out into the great outdoors on camping trips. I wouldn’t call what we did “roughing it,” as an air-conditioned camper was a requirement for me, but we did enjoy getting back to nature. The wildlife often included Canada geese, which I thought were majestic-looking birds. Unfortunately, they also left majestic droppings, which we had to dodge while on our walks. And for a reason I don’t understand, our dog seemed to think those droppings were a delicacy. As such, the Canada geese quickly became more of an annoyance than things of beauty. I am guessing many of you are nodding in agreement right now.
During our first winter at our current home at Lake Panorama, I was shocked by the flock of geese that would cover our yard — and none seemingly in the yards of our neighbors. I quickly learned the value of the family dog, who chased the geese into the no-longer-empty neighbors’ yards. This scenario reminded me of a termite inspector who once told me that you can never truly get rid of termites, but you can convince them to move on to another property. Better geese than termites, I guess.
Like many of you, I am amused by the efforts that many lake residents use to keep the geese away. Electric fences, vegetation, loud noises, reflecting wind spinners, predatory decoys and, of course, good old Fido. Unfortunately, Canada geese are apparently quick learners, so a mix of these efforts might be the best approach.
Regardless, dealing with the geese is a short-term minor bump on the road of choice we call lake life. We hope you find this month’s feature story to be informative and provide a few ideas for you to deal with our fine feathered friends.
Have a great February, and thanks for reading.

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


The impact and history of Canada geese and tips to keep them off your property.
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Posted 02/07/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

At Lake Panorama, beautiful homes are built near a scenic body of water. This setting attracts many homeowners. Unfortunately, it also attracts Canada geese.
If someone were to design the ideal habitat to attract Canada geese and convince them to stay year-round, it would include easy access to water, large and easily accessible areas of short grasses, few predators and no hunting. Unfortunately, this is what Canada geese find when arriving at Lake Panorama. Because of that, the number of resident and migrating geese has swelled, causing various issues as people and geese interact.
“LPA is no stranger to the fact that we have a lot of geese on the lake, but, as far as fixing that problem, there’s just not a lot that we can do,” Lane Rumelhart, project manager for Lake Panorama Association (LPA), said. “We’re technically a residential area, so we can’t allow hunting on the water.”
Rumelhart said that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) tracks the geese population and other information about the species.
“Every year, I give the DNR permission to band geese here,” Rumelhart said. “And every year, they seem to get around 30 to 60 banded. Some years, they’ve done more than 100.”
Regarding efforts to scare geese away or minimize their impact, Rumelhart said, “We tried some things in the past like running drones. I think they had some predator calls that were supposed to scare off the geese, but none of them have proven to be effective.”
Rumelhart said the LPA has a beach groomer that is used to pick up the geese “stuff” out of the sand.
“We usually do that about once a week during peak season and then once every couple weeks when the beaches are frozen in the winter,” he said.

The impact
The problems caused by the geese fall into two main categories: mere nuisances and environmental impacts. The nuisances include the sheer number of geese present at certain times of the year and the related damage to gardens, lawns and crops. Also, occasionally, Canada geese become aggressive, especially when protecting a nest or goslings.
The main environmental concern has to do with goose feces. Not only can the amount of droppings cause an unsightly appearance on lawns, docks and beaches, but the content of the droppings may lead to unfavorable water quality.
“The geese love the green, manicured lawns that they can graze on,” DNR officer Jeremy King said. “Obviously, there’s a huge problem with their defecation. They create quite a mess.”
The primary concern is that goose droppings are high in phosphorus, which can increase the algae growth in bodies of water. Geese do not produce phosphorus; they simply deposit it in their droppings. If geese are predominantly eating vegetation in a lake or pond, and then their droppings fall into that same body of water, the phosphorus level would not change significantly. But if geese are eating in fields and then coming back to the lake, phosphorus levels can climb. However, unless there is a very large year-round population of geese, most phosphorus in bodies of water may be from agricultural runoff.
“It’s no secret that the geese love Lake Panorama,” King said. “There are a few species, but the Canada geese are the predominant one.”
King says the geese tend to prefer more urban areas like Des Moines, Ankeny and Waukee, on small ponds with houses. He notes that the number of geese on traditional marsh areas or wetlands has gone down.
“The geese are adapting,” he said. “When they’re sitting at the Jordan Creek Mall pond, they aren’t getting hunted. Nobody’s harassing them. They go where there’s less pressure. When they go out to Lake Panorama, granted they can’t get hunted on the lake out there, but as soon as they fly out and feed in the fields in the morning or evening, they can get hunted in certain areas.”

The Iowa DNR website states that Canada geese nested throughout Iowa prior to European settlement but were mostly eliminated from much of the Midwest, including Iowa, by 1900. The Canada geese restoration program initiated in 1964 by the Iowa Conservation Commission, the forerunner to the Iowa DNR, has successfully restored this species to most of its former nesting range in Iowa. According to the DNR’s most recent estimate, Iowa’s Canada geese population is about 90,000.

USDA data
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, geese and other waterfowl can cause problems because they feed on a variety of plants, as well as crops, including corn, soybeans, rice, lettuce, winter wheat, barley and rye. Birds can also endanger aircraft on or near airports. In fact, one goose or duck can seriously damage an aircraft.
However, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and state laws protect all native waterfowl in the United States, including migratory and resident Canada geese. Under these laws, it is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, purchase or possess migratory birds, except in specific cases.
To prevent or minimize problems with geese, one of the best suggestions, according to the USDA, is to avoid feeding them. Even goslings are capable of finding enough food to survive. If geese become accustomed to being fed, they are likely to become dependent on this food source, and they may stop migrating.
Another suggestion is to modify landscaping. Geese and ducks are grazers and need short, green grass for food. Along water edges, planting less-attractive vegetation, such as pachysandra, periwinkle and euonymus, may help discourage geese from staying in the area. The most effective tools for controlling waterfowl movement are fences, hedgerows and other physical barriers.

The Iowa DNR currently has designated a “No Hunting Zone” for Canada geese in a portion of Guthrie County. The area includes Bays Branch and is bordered on the west by Highway 4 and on the south by Highway 44.
King acknowledged that some people may advocate for opening up more areas to hunting or extending the season, but he said those are not necessarily the best ways to control the population.
“Biologists’ concern is that if we start opening up everything in the Lake Panorama and Bays Branch area for shooting Canada geese, in a year or two, those geese will realize there’s a lot of pressure here, and they’re going to migrate over to the cities, and we’ll run them out of the area to where very few will get harvested.”

Although Canada geese are considered migratory birds, there is no single migratory pattern, and some geese no longer migrate at all.
“At times, Lake Panorama will house, during the peak of the migration in the winter, close to 20,000 geese in the area,” King said.
“Some of the Canada geese do, in fact, migrate here from Canada for the winter, but that’s not true of all the geese,” he said. “Currently, three have an attached radio transmitter. The last years, they have stayed at the Lake Panorama area the entire time. They summer here, they hatch little ones here, and they don’t migrate south at all. But we do have birds that are raised locally, on Lake Panorama, that we band, that are harvested in Oklahoma or southern Missouri or Arkansas. Certain ones migrate, and some don’t.”
King said the bird migration is fascinating.
“You just don’t know which way they’re going to go,” he said. “Weather events can cause different migrations. Typically, with Canada geese, when we get hard — like 30- to 40-mile-per-hour north winds — that’s when we see most of our geese come from the Minnesota and Canada areas up there.”
He added that Canada geese typically migrate following the snow line. So, in a late-starting winter, the geese stay up north longer.

What works?
King says the best way to minimize geese problems for homeowners is to have a dog.
“The dog is probably the best non-fatal option,” he said.
“I think members that have pet dogs and let their dogs out in the backyard, they do a pretty good job of spooking the geese onto the next property,” Rumelhart added.
“I’ve also seen folks with a single electric fence wire, about 8 or 10 inches off the ground,” King said. “That seems to work pretty well.”
King said predator decoys have limited impact but can work if moved around.
“I’ve seen folks with coyote decoys, but the birds kind of get used to them after a while,” he said. “But if you move it once in a while, you’ll see pretty good results from that as well.”
King points out that the geese are protected by the federal government. In the spring, when they are nesting, it is illegal to “mess with them.”
“We do have a federal biologist that we work with, and our local biologist, that can help you come up with solutions if you have a major issue going on,” he said.
King says the situation is a double-edged sword.
“We love having a lake here,” he said. “We love the beauty it provides, but it also provides a refuge for the geese. I couldn’t imagine a bunch of people out there shooting geese every day. Homeowners probably wouldn’t appreciate that. I know they don’t appreciate the geese either, at times.”
King reminds property owners that the geese are more of a seasonal concern.
“I think they’re typically more of a problem in the spring, because, in the winter, they usually keep a hole open in the middle of the lake, so they’re typically not in people’s yards,” he said.

Hunting of Canada geese in Iowa is divided into three zones (north, central and south). Guthrie County is in the central zone, in which hunting ended Jan. 20. Each hunter has a bag limit of three Canada geese. According to DNR data, over the past three decades, the statewide annual harvest of Canada geese has fluctuated from 25,000 to nearly 80,000, with most years seeing a harvest between 45,000 to 65,000. Anyone with knowledge of illegal harvesting of Canada geese is encouraged to call the Iowa DNR’s “Turn-in-Poachers” line at 1-800-532-2020.

In Iowa, Canada geese usually begin nesting between mid-March and mid-April. Females lay an average of five or six eggs (one per day) and will incubate them for 28-30 days before hatching occurs. It’s during this nesting time that the adult geese are most aggressive, as they try to protect the nest and their goslings.

Sharing nature
King encourages property owners to remember that the natural beauty of the Lake Panorama area includes wildlife like geese, deer, raccoons, foxes, mink, bobcats and other animals.
“I think a lot of folks need to remember that we have a beautiful lake, and we’re going to have wildlife that’s going to be around there,” he said. “We built homes in their home.”
Bill weddingfeld


Posted 02/07/2024

William John “Bill” Weddingfeld, 89, son of William and Frances (Brandt) Weddingfeld, was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Pender, Nebraska. He passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, three days short of his 90th birthday.
Bill graduated from Pender High School in 1952. He then received his B.A. degree in education from Wayne State College in 1958 and then his M.S. degree in secondary administration from Northern Colorado University in 1963. Bill also took advanced classes in education at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Bill was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1954 until 1956. He was a member of the Frank Grubb American Legion Post No. 372, Panora. On Aug. 18, 1957, he married Paula Jean Fowler in Omaha, Nebraska. Paula passed away after complications following surgery on Jan. 13, 1967. On Oct. 28, 1967, Bill married Shirley Sue Sundermann.
Bill served as a classroom teacher, coach, high school principal and superintendent for a total of 37 years devoted to education, retiring in 1995. He served on the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union representative councils. He was a member of Iowa School Administrators and the American School Administrators.
Bill was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora and served as president of the congregation for several years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Shirley Sue Weddingfeld, of Panora; daughters, Lisa Ann Longwell Prendergast (Terry) of Omaha, Nebraska; Susan Marie Jensen (Brent) of Bellevue, Nebraska; and son, Michael John Weddingfeld (Shelley) of Ankeny; five grandchildren, Jeremy Alan (Nicole) Longwell, Riley Marie and Maci Jae Jensen, and Caden John and Ashton Michael Weddingfeld; two great-granddaughters, Vivienne Marie Longwell and Ella Dee Longwell; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Paula; sisters, Myra, Genene, Betty, Violet and Madeline; and brothers, Merlyn and Wilbur.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial was in the West Cemetery, Panora. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Services entrusted to Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.


Kim Lubeck’s teenage car lives on.
Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

More than five years after his death, Kim Lubeck’s dream of restoring a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe four-door sedan came true.
Lubeck passed away Sept. 27, 2018, while waterskiing on Lake Panorama. He had been diagnosed with Lyme disease after being bitten by a deer tick. An autopsy stated his death was caused by a sudden cardiac event, with a likely link to Lyme disease.
In May 1973, Lubeck moved to Panora to work at the Panora Oil Company. In February 1974, he purchased the business, which he owned and operated for 42 years before retiring in 2016. His interest in the service station business had strong roots, since his father owned four stations where he worked during high school.
Kim and his wife, Maureen, were married in November 1974. The couple raised two children, Courtney and Phillip.
Maureen picks up the story of the 1939 Chevy.
“Kim’s dad bought the car for him in 1965 as a surprise for his 14th birthday. It was in a hay field in Nebraska and belonged to Kim’s aunt, who bought it new,” she says. “Kim’s dad paid his sister $40 for the car. Kim drove it through high school. He and his buddies had a grand old time in it.”
The last time the Chevy was licensed was 1968. For 25 years, it was stored in the Lubecks’ boathouse at Lake Panorama.
“You should have heard the neighbors when Kim used the tow truck to take it down the steep driveway and tuck it into the boathouse,” Maureen says. “It was quite the attraction with several of them shouting, ‘Kim, that thing won’t float!’ But with his usual expertise, he maneuvered it smoothly into place.”
Maureen says Kim had a dream of restoring the 1939 Chevrolet.
“I can’t tell you how many car shows and museums we went to over the years,” she says. “He loved talking to other gearheads, and he continued to formulate his restoration plan. I encouraged him to take it into the station where he could begin the process. I told him if it took him as long to restore it as it had been stored, I would never get to ride in it.” 
In 2014, Kim towed the car to the Panora Oil Company.
“So many of his customers had stories to tell about relatives or friends who had a similar car,” Maureen says. “They were so interested in his plans for restoration. Some of his customers and friends looked at the rust bucket condition and shook their heads, thinking he would never get it done.”
Yet, when the doubters came back to check on the progress, they were pleasantly surprised. He took the engine and bucket seats from an S-10 Chevrolet truck and installed those in the old car. He did lots of welding work on the chassis and flooring. The original car was equipped with a manual transmission, but Kim installed an automatic on-the-floor transmission.
“I can’t drive a straight stick,” Maureen says. “He tried to teach me when we were first married, but it was too painful for him to hear the gears moaning. He was looking forward to taking it to car shows and parades. We also had plans to take it on some trips, hence the automatic transmission for my benefit. Several car groups travel from place to place together, and we hoped to join them.”
Maureen says that Kim worked on the vehicle as much as time allowed.
“One of the benefits of him retiring in 2016 was he had more time to work on the car,” she says. “He researched parts, always thinking about his ultimate goal.”
Maureen says he even worked on it the morning he died.
“My memory tells me he said he put the windshield wipers, radio and instrument panel in,” she says.
After Kim’s death, Maureen thought about what to do with the 1939 Chevy. Kim had done the majority of the mechanical work needed, but the exterior and interior were in rough shape.
“It was such a special car for Kim,” she says. “If it hadn’t always been in the family, if he didn’t have high school memories in it, and if he didn’t have ambitious plans to restore it, I might not have been anxious to complete the task. Yet I truly felt I had to honor him and do my best to finish the job.”
She contacted Dennis Shroyer, who for many years owned the Panora Service Center. In 2019, when Lubeck’s Panora Oil Company building sold, the 1939 Chevy was towed to Shroyer’s nearby building.
“Dennis and Kim were good friends,” Maureen says. “He did the bodywork and painting. He told me this would be the last big job he did before retirement, and he did a wonderful job.” Shroyer sold his building and retired this past December.
In August 2023, the car was moved to Sam’s Upholstery in Winterset, where Sam Mapes did the interior restoration.
“I am amazed at the quality of his work,” Maureen says. “Both he and Dennis listened to my ideas and supported me. Several of Kim’s gearhead friends helped me with advice. I had joined Kim at enough car events over the years and listened to his dream, so I had a pretty good idea of what he would want.”
Shroyer painted the exterior of the Chevy the original color, a deep maroon. The interior is beige with maroon stitching. The original seats were covered with a horsehair fabric. The rear seat is the original seat, minus the horsehair fabric.
“One of the fun things Sam did was create a ‘suitcase’ to hide the battery, which is in the trunk behind the back seat,” Maureen says. “With my love of travel, it makes sense.”
Maureen Lubeck was able to bring the car to her Lake Panorama condo a few days before Christmas so family members could enjoy a ride when they visited. Most of the time, the car will be stored in a friend’s garage.
Lubeck plans to take the Chevy to some car shows and parades.
“It drives really well. It has some creaks and squeaks, but it is very comfortable. My biggest challenge is that it doesn’t have a backup camera,” she exclaims.
One final decision needed to be made about the 1939 Chevrolet four-door sedan. What should be used on the car’s vanity license plate? Daughter Courtney wanted the license plate to be Dad’s 39, but that was already in use. Maureen considered Kim’s 39 but didn’t want people to think she was Kim. The final wording is just as perfect as the restored car — His 39.


Sonya Pierce shares her journey with the bread.
Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

During the COVID-19 pandemic, increased interest in home baking caused shortages of baker’s yeast in stores. Because sourdough bread is made from the natural occurring yeast and bacteria in flour, the attention of many turned to this bread that doesn’t use commercial yeast.  
Sonya Pierce of Panora is a more recent convert to the joys of sourdough baking.
“I began my sourdough journey in October 2023 after watching countless hours of TikTok videos, following many Facebook and Instagram accounts, and doing a lot of my own research on how to make sourdough starter and use it to bake bread,” Pierce says. “I had no idea this ancient way of creating bread was so unique and has such great history behind it.”
Pierce grew up in Panora and graduated from Panorama Community Schools in 2004. She met her husband, Kenny Pierce, in 2003.
“High school sweethearts, I guess. We’ve been together ever since and married for 14 years,” she says.
After high school, Pierce attended Grand View University to major in business administration. While in college, she wanted to become a commercial property manager.
“The 2008 stock market crash and job market had other ideas for me,” Pierce says. “I was manager of the Mercy West gift shop until 2013. For the last 10 years, I have been involved in finance and banking. I’ve worked for Guthrie County State Bank for the past five years, first as a universal banker and now as the marketing director and loan administrative assistant.”
Kenny Pierce is a salesman for a company based in Council Bluffs. The couple lived for a time in Menlo before returning to their roots in Panora. In 2021, construction began on their new home on Lake Panorama’s west side.
“For many years, Kenny and I struggled with unexplained infertility,” Pierce says. “We dreamed of having a baby in our new home, and while in the middle of building, we found out we were pregnant. In October 2021, we moved into our new home, and in February 2022, Paisley was born. She is 2 years old now, very rambunctious, and brings so much joy to our lives.”
With a full-time job at Guthrie County State Bank and an active 2-year-old, Pierce didn’t begin her sourdough baking hobby with plans to turn it into a business.
“My name was passed along by a coworker to Ignite Nutrition & Health in Panora to speak to a class about sourdough — what it is, how to start it and how to use it. I did a short presentation about what I’ve learned and experienced, which led to someone asking if I sell sourdough bread,” she says. “I had never thought about that, but I was intrigued. I posted on my Facebook page to see if there was interest.”
Within two weeks, beginning right before Christmas, Pierce had 38 orders.
“It was the best feeling to have the community support behind by new-found passion,” Pierce says. She created a micro-bakery under the name Midwest Sourdough Co.
“I always tell people the first ingredient in a sourdough starter is patience,” she says. “It takes quite a long time to establish your own starter if beginning from scratch. I’m always up for a challenge when it comes to baking, so I gave it a try. It was questionable at the beginning, but the process is easy — it’s just flour and water, no crazy ingredients. You just have to be consistent with the technique and trust the process. I had a period of five to 10 days when I thought I had killed it, but I kept up and now have a healthy and strong starter.”
Those who want to try sourdough baking can purchase dehydrated starter or have starter gifted to them.
“I do have starter for sale and include instructions on how to care for it,” she says. “Because it is a live organism, it does take some maintenance, but it’s simple.”
Pierce maintains her starter by “feeding” it once a day, since hers sits on a kitchen counter 24/7. It’s equal parts water and flour to a small amount of starter. As the day goes on, the starter feeds off the new flour and water, making it active to bake bread or other bakery items. Those who don’t bake as often keep their starter refrigerated, but the “feeding” process must continue.
“You can use sourdough in just about anything you bake, you just need to adjust the flour and liquid in your recipe,” Pierce says. “I have made regular bread, flavored breads, cookies, waffles, pancakes and cinnamon rolls. I am experimenting now with brownies, sandwich loaves, pretzel bites and tortilla shells, and expect some of these will be on my order list in the future.”
Pierce currently offers a variety of flavors for her artisan sourdough loaves, including original, rosemary and jalapeno cheddar.
“I will be expanding to others and am willing to take custom requests,” she says. “Prices vary between $12 to $15 based on what ingredients are included. Clients typically get a large loaf that weighs about two pounds. Those loaves can last up to a week and a half in the fridge, if it doesn’t get eaten sooner.”
For now, Pierce has Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as TikTok. A website is in the works where she will be able to create orders, keep clients apprised of their orders, and schedule pick up and drop off dates.
“My plan is to share my journey with sourdough — the good and the bad, because we all have fails while baking, along with tips on how to care for your starter. I plan to be at the Stuart Farmers Market this summer and would like to expand to other farmers markets as time allows,” Pierce says. “I’m also hoping to collaborate with local businesses to hold pop-up sales on occasion.
“Kenny and I are blessed to have amazing friends, family and neighbors so close to us in Panora and at Lake Panorama,” Pierce says. “I’d like to thank all those who have made this a success in such a short amount of time. We have an incredible community, and I look forward to continuing this as long as I’m able.” 
To ask questions or place an order, email Other options are to private message her or fill out the secure Google form in her bio on her social pages: Facebook — Midwest Sourdough Co.; Instagram — Midwest.Sourdough.Co.IA 


For 2024, there will be two board positions on the ballot.
Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2024 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 12.
The board consists of seven members. Board terms are three years, and members are allowed to serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so the number of seats on the annual ballot varies each year.
For 2024, there will be two board positions on the ballot. Both Emily Donovan and Rich Schumacher are completing their second terms on the board and are ineligible to run this year. To date, Rachel Waldo and Jackson Whiton have filed papers to run for the LPA board in the 2024 election.
Nomination papers are available at the LPA office or will be emailed on request. Candidates must collect a minimum of 18 signatures, representing 18 separate active memberships.
Along with the nomination form, candidates are asked to submit a signed statement of willingness to serve and a 100-word statement of qualifications. Also needed is a signed conflict-of-interest form listing any businesses or financial interests the candidate has with the LPA. These items will be included in the ballot mailing.
A mailing that includes the ballot, numbered envelope and the official announcement of the annual meeting will be sent to all LPA members in advance of the annual meeting.
The 2024 annual meeting is scheduled for May 11 with the mailing planned for mid-April. This year will mark the LPA’s 55th annual meeting.
LPA members must return their completed ballot in the numbered envelope. Members are urged to return their ballots in advance of the annual meeting to speed up the tabulation process, although ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.
Board meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning with open forum at 5 p.m., although the day and time can be adjusted. The board does not meet in January or February unless a special meeting is necessary.
Anyone with questions about the board election process, or details of serving on the LPA board, can contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or


Once set, the embargo will be in place until conditions stabilize and road surfaces can bear significant loads without damage.
Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Each spring, warm temperatures and thawing conditions weaken the roadbed under the Lake Panorama Association’s seal-coated roads, which means heavy loads can cause severe road damage.
That’s the reason for the annual spring road embargo, which prohibits loaded vehicles that weigh more than five tons on most LPA roads during the spring thaw while the frost is coming out of the ground and the roadbed is soft. In 2023, it cost more than $30,000 to seal coat one mile of LPA roads, and early indicators are the cost in 2024 may be significantly higher. That’s why this annual embargo is vital to help avoid road damage.
Past road embargoes have occurred anytime between early February and early April. Once set, the embargo will be in place until conditions stabilize and road surfaces can bear significant loads without damage.
Depending on the weather, these annual road embargoes can last anywhere from two to six weeks. Warm, windy, sunny days with nights above freezing speed the process along. Cool, cloudy weather with highs in the 40s and lows near or below freezing prolongs the process.
LPA staff urges members to schedule deliveries ahead of time, especially if more than a passenger van or a pickup truck will be required. Members needing materials for remodel projects, construction issues, furniture or other large objects should try to get those projects done as soon as possible or face the delays required by an embargo.
Members trying to set up a time to have their septic tanks pumped must do so outside of the embargo window. The LPA will work with the Panorama Schools to arrange school transportation prior to initiating the embargo.
Members are reminded they are responsible for the actions of their guests, which includes the delivery of items that are reasonably known to require a large delivery vehicle. LPA rule 4.1(k)(5) states: “LPA shall be authorized to consider a delivery vehicle as a member’s guest per LPA rules and regulations 2.20(e), which states members shall be responsible for the actions of their guests.”
One option is to make plans to transfer heavy loads to other lighter vehicles at a designated location. Deliveries can be coordinated with security at two locations. The east drop-off site will be at the old maintenance shed, which is on the north side of 200th Street. The west side location will be the parking lot off the east side of Redwood Road near the Panorama West golf course.
LPA’s typical protocol for implementing the embargo is to make a decision on a Thursday and have the embargo go into effect the following Monday. LPA reserves the right to make emergency decisions, as needed, but will make every effort to provide advance notice.
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Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The 2023 Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development President Chris Arganbright was awarded a plaque by John Twillmann on Jan. 3 at the organization’s meeting to recognize her service to the organization, which has a mission to encourage and foster sustainable economic development activities through job creation, job retention, increased tax base and an improved quality of life for the citizens in the Panora and Lake Panorama area.


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Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The date for the 2024 Fire in the Sky fireworks display is Saturday, July 6. This will be the 29th year this Fourth of July holiday tradition at Lake Panorama has been organized by the Joe Scheiring family. Joe passed away in August 2014. Family members continue to organize the event to honor his memory.
The fireworks are launched from Shady Beach, beginning around dusk. Rita Scheiring, Joe’s widow, moved to Polk City in 2017. Her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Kelvin Hafner, and their four children have a home at Lake Panorama.
In the early days, the annual fireworks display was on the Fourth of July, but the Scheirings heard from people who were disappointed they couldn’t attend when the holiday fell on a weekday. Now the display is always on the first Saturday of July so families can make their plans well in advance of the holiday.
The Scheiring family says generous community support and donations make this one of the best fireworks displays around. Donations for the 2024 Lake Panorama fireworks display can be sent to Rita Scheiring/Fire in the Sky, P.O. Box 605, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Or via Venmo at @Rita-Scheiring.


Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Chris Stipe is the Guthrie County Hospital (GCH) chief executive officer, a position he began Aug. 1, 2023. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Kansas State University.
Before taking this position, Stipe was executive director for The Commons in Enid, Oklahoma, and served as president and CEO for the McPherson Center for Health and the Manhattan Surgical Hospital in Kansas. Before that, he spent nearly 10 years as CEO at Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda.
In this month’s Q&A, he talks about his family’s move to Lake Panorama, what interested him about the GCH position, and why having a hospital in Guthrie County is important to its residents.

Q. Tell us more about yourself, your family and what you like about living at Lake Panorama?
A. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. My wife, Tiffany, is from Texas. We both graduated from high school in Kansas and attended college in Kansas. We are empty nesters. Our youngest daughter is a junior at the University of Kansas. Our oldest daughter has a career in accounting and lives in Chicago. I enjoy hunting, fishing and shooting. Tiffany enjoys biking, long walks, cooking and decorating.
We love our walks and bike rides on the west side of the lake. We are looking forward to some golf in the spring. We moved to Lake Panorama last September, so we were extremely busy in the fall. Unfortunately, we did not have time to get our boat on the lake. I am looking forward to fishing this spring.

Q. What interested you about this position at Guthrie County Hospital?
A. Guthrie County Hospital has a solid reputation as a quality provider. The hospital has a highly capable, dedicated staff and is on solid financial ground. The hospital also enjoys a great deal of support from the community. When I visited the community, I was impressed with the management team, board members and UnityPoint Health representatives.
We previously lived in Iowa for nearly 10 years. We moved back to Kansas while our oldest daughter attended college. This was an opportunity to move back to Iowa in a role that seemed like a great fit for my experience and interests.
Q. In the news release about you being named to lead GCH, you were described as someone who would help fulfill the hospital’s vision and mission. Explain what that means.
A. The GCH board’s vision for the future includes an expansion project at the hospital. While I was CEO of Clarinda Regional Health Center, we successfully completed a hospital replacement project. For some time, Guthrie County Hospital has been contemplating a sizable expansion and renovation project. The hospital needs to add some modern space to continue to meet the needs of the community.

Q. What are the strengths of Guthrie County Hospital?
A. Health care is about people caring for people. Our staff at GCH are the kind of people you want providing care to you and your family. All of our staff and physicians are highly trained, and they sincerely care about their patients and the community. Guthrie County Hospital has been consistently recognized as a Top 100 Hospital, and more recently as a Top 20 hospital in the country. Our patient satisfaction scores place us in the top 10% in the country. Other strengths include our quality-of-care measures, our lack of debt and our presence throughout the county with four primary care clinics.

Q. What are the challenges that face Guthrie County Hospital?
A. Attracting and retaining the best health care workforce is the biggest challenge facing our industry. At GCH, we are blessed with an outstanding staff and medical staff, but it is becoming harder to locate and hire the best. In order to maintain qualified staff, we will have to continue to strengthen and extend our culture of excellence to our newest team members, so we can continue to be an employer of choice.
Keeping health care affordable is something we are all focused on. Labor shortages are definitely driving up the cost of care. However, I am equally concerned about the cost of the administrative burden that insurance companies and pharmacy benefit management companies are putting on hospitals, local pharmacies and other care providers. Every day it seems to get more difficult to get reimbursed for the services we deliver.

Q. Talk about “Where in the World is Chris Stipe.”
A. This idea originated from Emily Irwin in our marketing department. It’s a creative way to highlight our services and locations throughout the county, as I visit our clinics and communities served. Also, it is a way to feature the accomplishments of our teams and individual staff members. And a way to show how the hospital is impacting the community. We are having fun with it! We hope those who follow us on social media enjoy it.

Q. Why is it important for Guthrie County to have a hospital?
A. The community should be able to depend on their local hospital and clinics for the majority of the care they need so they do not have to travel long distances. They should also expect the hospital to be there in an emergency. Of course, the hospital does more than provide direct care. We support services like Meals-on-Wheels and offer education on things like heart health, weight loss, diabetes and much more. Additionally, the hospital positively impacts the local economy by being one of the largest employers in the community.
I have been involved in economic development for most of my career. In my experience, successful rural communities offer good paying jobs, affordable housing, strong schools and access to quality health care. Having an available workforce and one or two large employers also helps to create lasting communities. As do retail shopping opportunities and outdoor recreation, like Lake Panorama.

Q. Talk about the GCH clinics, both the established ones in communities and the outpatient ones offered at the hospital.
A. We operate a full-service hospital located in Guthrie Center. We have four primary care clinic locations throughout the county — Panora, Stuart, Adair, Guthrie Center. We even offer walk-in clinics in Panora and Adair.
We have rotating specialty clinics at the hospital in Guthrie Center. We offer specialty clinics in a number of areas, including cardiology, pulmonology, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, podiatry, pain management, physical medicine, behavioral health, and our newest specialty, otolaryngology, which is focused on the ears, nose and throat. We also offer obstetrical “share care” where our provider manages pregnancies in cooperation with an OBGYN until shortly before delivery.
We want to offer local services that meet the vast majority of the community’s health care needs. We will continue to work hard to cover the services that are truly needed as long as we can staff them appropriately and support them financially.

Q. What construction and equipment acquisitions are on the docket for 2024?
A. We are making significant investments in upgrading our medical imaging equipment right now. We recently replaced our X-ray machine at the hospital. In January, we replaced our bone density imaging equipment.
We are planning to install new CT equipment this spring. CT stands for computed tomography. A CT scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce images of the inside of the body. The CT requires an investment of about a half-million dollars. The Guthrie County Hospital Foundation soon will begin seeking contributions for this project.
Also, we are working with an architect to design the hospital expansion, which will include new clinic space, new kitchen and dining space, a new lobby, renovation and expansion of the laboratory, additional therapy space and more. As the plan for the project materializes, we will begin sharing more details with the public.


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Posted 02/07/2024
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

Midwest Partnership, an economic development corporation serving Adair and Guthrie counties, held its annual meeting and dinner on Jan. 26 at the Casey Community Center.
A formal business meeting was held and departing board members Steve Smith and Ryan Billheimer were thanked for their service.
The 2024 Board of Directors were recognized.
In Adair County, those include Stacie Eshelman, Secretary, Greenfield Chamber Main Street; Cheryl Marks, Past President, Rolling Hills Bank & Trust; Kathy Rohrig, Orient Economic Development; Scott Tonderum, Greenfield Municipal Utilities; Matt Wedemeyer, Vice President, Adair County Supervisor; and Holi Weston, Farmers Electric Cooperative.
For Guthrie County, the directors are Josh Calmer, Active Health Solutions; Marty Doud, President, First State Bank; Brad Hayes, BH Appraisals / Twin Vines; Ryan Morrison, Treasurer, King Morr Properties; Mike Underwood, Guthrie County State Bank; and Julie Zajicek, Iowa Trust Bank.
The organization’s executive director, Brenda Dudley, provided a report on the progress and goals. The Entrepreneurial Economic Impact Award was given to Colleen and Corey Conrad.
The guest speaker for the evening was Bill Menner, who owns a consulting firm that focuses on community development, rural partnerships and economic vitality.
Midwest Partnership’s goal is to serve as the leading facilitator for the retention, expansion and attraction of business to create jobs and grow the tax base in the two-county area. For more information, visit
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Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

Matt Harmann of rural Panora announced he will seek the 2024 Republican nomination for the office of Guthrie County Sheriff in the June 4, 2024, primary election.
Harmann has served as a Guthrie County deputy since 2018 and as the Panora Volunteer Fire Chief since 2006. He is a 2018 graduate of the police academy and currently serves as one of the Guthrie County Sheriff Department’s two K9 officers.
Harmann has been active in a variety of community endeavors, including volunteer service with Guthrie County Fair Board and as an Advanced EMT with Panora EMS. He is a small business owner with more than 20 years of experience in managing budgets, projects and personnel. He enjoys farming and raising cattle in his spare time.
“I’m proud to call Guthrie County my home,” he said. “I have made public service an important part of my life because I believe we must all do our part to ensure Guthrie County enjoys reliable public safety, fire protection and EMS services.”
Harmann says his business background is also a highlight of his campaign.
“As the owner of Harmann Excavating, I understand the importance of managing a budget closely,” he said. “As a business owner, I must balance the needs of my business, my employees and my customers. These same skills are essential to being an effective sheriff.”
Harmann encourages voters to reach out to him with any questions or concerns.
“My time in public service has allowed me to meet a large number of people in Guthrie County,” he said. “For those who I haven’t yet met, I look forward to connecting with you as part of my campaign and appreciate your consideration for this important office.”
Harmann is currently the only declared candidate for the Republican nomination for Guthrie County Sheriff.
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Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

More than 20 members of the Panora Chamber of Commerce met on Jan. 22 at the newly renovated Restore Wellness building, located at 102 S.E. 13th St. in Panora.


Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

With Lake Panorama’s road embargo likely to be put into place soon, Greg Randel, director of transportation for Panorama Community Schools, sent a letter to Panorama families stating that the district will have pick-up and drop-off spots at the lake as they have done in past years.
“Please make sure that you arrive early to the pick-up and drop off spots so your students do not miss the bus,” Randel stated. “In the afternoon, if no one is at the bus stop to pick up students, they will stay on the bus and be taken back to the bus barn after the route unless other arrangements have been made with the transportation department.”
On the east side of the lake, the pick-up and drop-off point will be at the Lake Panorama Maintenance Shed facility at 7:25 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. and at the intersection of Sage Trail and Panorama Drive at 7:45 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. At the maintenance shed, cars are to line up on the north side of the parking lot, making sure not to block any overhead doors. The bus will pull into the drive and make a U-turn, putting the entry door of the bus to the east.
On the west side of the lake, bus No. 5 will pick up and drop off at the Par 3 Golf Course at 7:25 a.m. and 3:50 p.m.
Those with questions are encouraged to call Randel at 641-755-2308.


Volunteers sought who are preferably located at or near state highways and White Pole Road.
Posted 02/07/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright has posted an open letter to residents asking for anyone willing to be added to a call list to be used in cases of snow emergencies. According to the Sheriff’s letter, names added to the Volunteer Snowmobile Rescue and Response Team will be contacted on an as-needed basis to perform such duties as “responding to a roadway that is not navigable to help rescue stranded motorists, transporting a deputy or EMS paramedic to a scene, help escort/detour emergency vehicles during transport, and more.”
The letter further stated, “We are seeking volunteers throughout Guthrie County, but preferably located at or near state Highways 4, 44, 141, and White Pole Road.”
Sheriff Arganbright stressed that this team will be unpaid volunteers and that “The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office will not be liable or financially responsible for any injury sustained, nor liable or financially responsible for any damaged snow machine.”
Interested persons are asked to email Deputy Blake Michelsen ( or send a message on the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
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Posted 02/07/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

On Jan. 27, a packed house estimated in excess of 200 people was on hand at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds for the annual Guthrie County Cattlemen’s Banquet. Attendees enjoyed a meal catered by Café on the Hill. Area legislators and other elected officials were thanked for attending.
One of the highlights of the banquet is the annual crowning of Guthrie County’s Beef Queen and Beef Princess. 2023 Beef Queen Hayden Coffman and 2023 Beef Princess Reagan Carney told of their appreciation for the opportunity to serve in their roles for the past year. They then passed their crowns on to 2024 Beef Queen Shay Lemke and 2024 Beef Princess Paige Van Meter.


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Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Panora Times

Restore Wellness Studio (RWS), a studio that houses multiple independent businesses, was able to give back this year through a “Coin War” with other chamber businesses. The month of October was declared collection month, and a total of $240.84 was collected and donated to Guthrie County Hospital Foundation for breast cancer advancement and treatment. Participating businesses included Tribe Boutique, Panorama Benefits, Bryton Insurance Agency and Restore Wellness Studio. RWS plans to continue a yearly give-back in October for breast cancer awareness.


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Posted 02/07/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

Landon and Lindsey Loftsgard are the new owners of Panorama Gardens in Panora. Their initial goal, according to Landon, is to keep things running the way that customers have expected during the 70 years that the business was run by the Olson family. Not only are there no immediate plans for drastic change, but there is a process in place to assure continuity.
“Panorama Gardens was in the Olson family, started by Dave’s father, since the early 1950s, and they’re staying on for the next couple weeks to do some training and ensure a smooth transition,” Landon said.
A grand opening event for the new owners is tentatively planned for the spring with the date and details to be announced later.
As the new owners settle in, some expansions are likely.
“Further down the road, we’re looking at bringing in some expanded garden products, like patio furniture and trees,” Landon said. “We’re definitely open to ideas.”


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Posted 02/07/2024
By Jolene Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

There is nothing like a hot bowl of chili to warm you up during these cold winter months. I know I enjoy it, and my family does, too. If you are ready to introduce your taste buds to a new and zesty option, check out this recipe that is packed with comforting ingredients and smoky spices. How can you go wrong with potato salad, sausage and bacon?

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

Smoky German potato, sausage and bacon chili
Recipe courtesy of “Dad with a Pan” on behalf of READ
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8

4 strips thick bacon, cut into cubes
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into 1-inch segments
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Fresno peppers, diced
1 can READ German Potato Salad, drained
1 cup beef broth
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

In large saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove and set aside, leaving about 2 tablespoons drippings in saucepan.
Add smoked sausage and cook until browned.
Once sausage is cooked, add diced onion and minced garlic, cooking until onion is translucent.
Drain excess fat then stir in chili powder, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and Fresno peppers until well mixed.
Add drained diced tomatoes, German potato salad and cooked bacon to saucepan.
Add beef broth and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Bring mixture to simmer and let cook about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until flavors are melded.
Substitution: Jalapenos can be used for Fresno peppers.


Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A good way to ease the winter blues is to make plans for the upcoming golf season. There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2024 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA.
At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual pass and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $35 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN annual passes or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.
Men’s leagues are on Wednesdays. An 18-hole league begins at 11:30 a.m. This is individual play using the Stableford scoring system. Nine-hole, match play leagues are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Players in all three leagues can choose to play the white, yellow or red tees. Cost of all men’s leagues is $105.
The men’s leagues kick-off is May 1. Members or potential members are invited to attend this event. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 6 p.m. League play begins May 8.
For women, Lake Panorama National offers both a 9-hole and an 18-hole league on Thursdays. The 9-hole league uses a two-person, match-play format. It begins with registration at 4:45 p.m., announcements at 5 p.m., and a shotgun start at 5:15 p.m.
The 18-hole league begins at 2:15 p.m., with assigned tee times and individual play using the Stableford point system. The 18-hole league is limited to 24 players. Contact Kathy DeLucca, 641-757- 2844,, with questions.
Annual league dues are $105, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. A league kickoff event is May 2. It begins with “fun golf” at 5 p.m., drinks and dinner at 6:30 p.m., and a brief program and raffle drawing following dinner. League competition gets underway May 9.
The Nine & Wine Series for couples involves nine holes of golf at the LPN on eight Monday afternoons, June 3 and 10; July 1 and 29; Aug. 5 and 19; and Sept. 9 and 16. Cost is $120 for LPN couple passholders and $230 for Panorama West couple passholders. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is best shot, with teams assigned by a blind draw. There are weekly prizes and season-ending champions. After play, the couples gather in The Links for food and drink and to hear results.
At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West golf pass or pay the $18 nine-hole green fee.
The women’s league is individual play, with weekly prizes and special events. Coffee and refreshments are served in the clubhouse before or after golf. Dues for the year are $30. A kickoff luncheon is planned for Tuesday, April 30. The location will be determined at a later date. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Make reservations with Nini VonBon, 515-321-4000 or
League play begins May 7 with a two-gal mixer at 9 a.m. The first day of regular play will be May 14 with a shotgun start format. Players will choose their desired tee times in advance, with options being 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. The last day of regular play will be Aug. 20. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be Aug. 27. For more information, contact Peg Carr, 641-777-6770 or
The Tuesday evening men’s league begins April 30 and runs through Aug. 27. Dues are $20 to cover weekly prizes, plus individual scores are turned in for prizes at the end of the year. Play begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Merryman at 641-751-5957 or; or Bill Eby at 515-240-7652 or
The Thursday morning men’s league begins May 2 and continues for 18 Thursdays, skipping the Fourth of July. Weekly league play begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, followed by an optional scramble for $1. A shootout and awards luncheon will be Sept. 12. Dues of $25 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the season. League members who are 75 and older can choose to play from the forward tees. For more information, contact Virgil Hoehne at 641-757-0962.
There is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2024 as couples are invited to participate in six “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions.
This two-couple scramble with fun twists and strategies will be held June 7, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 16 and Aug. 30. Play begins at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with couples asked to arrive early to learn about that week’s event, get hole assignments, and pay the $1 per couple entry fee. Those who aren’t Panorama West annual golf passholders will need to pay green fees.
No preregistration is necessary, but those who need a cart should call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact Bill and Karen Eby at 515-480-4633.
Annual pass forms for both LPN and Panorama West, plus LPN golf league forms, are available at


Posted 02/07/2024
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Q: Is there a place locally where I can drop off tattered American flags for proper disposal?
A: Yes, the Panora Public Library has a drop-off box. You can even leave your flag in the after-hours, drive-through book return. The library is located at 102 N. First St.

Q: What types of structures are allowed on Lake Panorama for ice fishing? And how long can they be left on the ice?
A: According to LPA General Manager John Rutledge, the LPA does not have rules or regulations beyond what the State of Iowa would enforce on the subject, so we asked Jeremy King of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He told us that permanent ice shelters can be left on bodies of water overnight and for extended periods of time; however they have to be removed before the ice melts or Feb 20, whichever comes first. That date can be extended by the director of the DNR if weather permits. He said the owner’s full name and address must be on the outside of the structure with a minimum of 4-inch-high letters and numbers. The structures cannot be locked while in use. Also, if left overnight, the fishing structures must have reflective devices on all sides.
Rutledge noted that, practically speaking, Iowa is not well-suited for the permanent shelters on lakes you see in northern states. For this reason, portable shelters that are removed daily are the best strategy. The LPA strongly discourages members from leaving anything on the ice, as that could represent a snowmobiling hazard, or a submerged boating hazard in the open water months.

Q: I would like to have Lake Panorama Times mailed to a person who used to live here as a gift. How do I do that?
A: Annual subscriptions (12 issues) are available for non-property owners at a rate of $24. Details can be found at Complete editions can also be viewed online for free at, and, upon request, we will even send an email notification when the new issue is posted. And, of course, all property owners at Lake Panorama receive a copy mailed to their permanent residence each month for free, making it the largest circulation of any publication in the county.

Q: When do the LPA dues need to be paid by?
A: LPA dues and assessments are billed annually and are due in full by May 1. The dollar value of dues and assessments are established by the LPA board of directors in a manner consistent with the board’s authority under the LPA Covenants and By-Laws.

Q: As an LPA member, am I responsible for my guest’s traffic or parking violations?
A: According to section 2.20 (e) of the LPA Rules and Regulations, members are responsible for the behavior and conduct of their guests and are directly liable for any violation of LPA rules by their guests, with the exception of traffic and parking violations. Those are assessed directly to the guest and follow the same LPA schedule of fines and appeals process that applies to an LPA member. LPA management is authorized to issue a “No Trespass Notice” to any non-member whose fine remains unpaid after 30 days.
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Posted 02/07/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Myko
Age: 3 years old
Breed: Bernedoodle
Owners: Brooke and Jonah Gehrke, grand dog of Galen Redshaw

Myko is rambunctious and thoroughly enjoys running and playing at the lake year-round. He especially loves the snow. When the Redshaws made an ice rink on the lake, Myko couldn’t help but run around the rink with them.
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Posted 02/07/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Klondike
Available for adoption through: Panora Pets
Age: 1.5 years old
Breed: Black and White Tuxedo

Klondike has been waiting more than a year for a furever home! He’s currently in a foster home but available for adoption through Panora Pets. He loves to play with catnip toys and chase laser lights. Klondike was among other kittens found under a porch and taken to Panora Pets more than a year ago. Klondike can be a bit shy at first and will need some extra time to settle in to a new home. Small children and active households may not be the best fit for him. He’s best in an inside home only and must keep his claws. He’s been microchipped, vaccinated, neutered and tested negative to FeLV.


Doctors Brandon and Bailey Schreiber take pride in working with patients of all ages.
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Posted 02/07/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

Schreiber Family Chiropractic is approaching its 10-year anniversary, having opened in March 2014. Over those years, not a lot has changed, which is just the way Doctors Brandon and Bailey Schreiber like it. The pair recently took time to tell their story and the story of their business.
“I’ve always just wanted to help people, and I’m kind of fearful of blood and needles, so this is a very fulfilling avenue to be able to help people,” Dr. Bailey Schreiber said. “And I job-shadowed a lot to watch people come in, in pain, and come out feeling better, just by using your hands. I thought that was really cool.”
“I went to Grand View University and then to Northwestern Health and Human Sciences, up in Bloomington, and that’s where I met Bailey,” said Dr. Brandon Schreiber. “I grew up in Wisconsin. I went to UW-La Crosse for pre-med, and then ended up getting into chiropractic at Bloomington. We got married right before we graduated, and then we came down to live in Guthrie County.”
Brandon said he got into chiropractic due to a firsthand experience utilizing chiropractic care himself.
“I actually broke my neck playing high school football,” he said. “I had planned on going into more of the medical field, but once that happened, I had a chiro that really helped me and opened my eyes to what we could do with our hands without going the traditional medical route.”
Bailey and Brandon have two children, Merrick, 8, and Ainsley, 6. They also have a pet dog, Busch, who has become an integral part of the daily routine at their workplace at 603 ½ E. Main St. in Panora.
“Busch has become an office staple,” Bailey said. “People are upset when he’s not here.”
Brandon agreed and noted that Busch seems to have a calming effect on many of the younger clients at the clinic.
The Schreibers’ business originally was next door to their current location.
“Shortly after we had been here, we were approached by a doctor up the street, Doctor Pearson,” said Brandon. “He had practiced for almost 20 years, and he was looking to get out, so we ended up taking over his practice, and that’s what really got the ball rolling. And then Doctor Snyder ended up moving to Florida, so we took over her clientele as well.”
Brandon said their business specializes in patients of all ages, from zero to 100.
“It’s different being in a small town rather than Des Moines,” he said. “In Des Moines, a lot of them treat more of a niche. And we love that. We’re both small town people, so that really pushed us into wanting to practice in a smaller community.”
The Schreibers are glad to be in Guthrie County because, although it is a rural and smalltown area, they feel the community offers everything they need on a daily basis.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have a lot of things covered in a small town, and we’re also small enough that all of us can work together,” Brandon said.
Bailey shared one of her favorite success stories.
“One of my friends brought her baby in; she was trying to learn to crawl,” she said. “But her mom noticed that one leg was just not doing anything. She was just scooting across the floor without using that one leg. I did an adjustment on her lower back and pelvis, and there was a very loud noise, and she picked herself up and crawled. That was one of the coolest things. It was so instant.”
Bailey said she enjoys the partnering she and Brandon can do, as they bring each other in when needed since they each may have a different approach or skill set. Bailey recalled a funny moment of collaboration.
“We had one patient for whom it didn’t work well for Brandon, so I came in and did the adjustment,” she said. “And he said, ‘See, even the body knows not to argue with a woman.’ ”
Brandon told of the rewards in providing care.
“I would say the most rewarding thing for me is, we’re kind of a first line of defense for musculoskeletal pain,” he said. “A lot of times, people will come to us first with a health issue, and they don’t necessarily know what to do.”
Although chiropractic care is not the solution to every situation, Brandon says patients are often surprised at how well it can help with a variety of issues. He also says he and Bailey are quick to refer their patients to other levels of care when needed.
“We’ve had numerous situations when we’ve caught a pending heart attack or maybe a stroke,” Brandon said. “And they’ve gotten medical intervention quicker than they may have gotten otherwise.”
Besides themselves, the Schreiber Family Chiropractic staff also includes Jade Irlmeier, a licensed massage therapist.
Regarding Irlmeier, Bailey said, “She’s wonderful, amazing. The hardest working employee ever. She takes a lot of pride in her work.”
Acknowledging that there are unique challenges and benefits to working together, the Schreibers noted that they have usually taken shorter vacations (often just “a long weekend”) rather than extended time off, because they are aware that most of their patients would be unserved while they are away. Bailey said they also occasionally take time off individually, such as Brandon’s hunting trips or Bailey going horseback riding with her family.
The Schreibers also noted that, while working, they each have their own examination room and list of patients, so they mostly work separately, except when collaborating on a particular patient. Also, they have agreed to leave work at work so they can fully devote themselves to family time when home.
Regarding the philosophy of their practice, Bailey said it is recognizing that everybody is not the same.
“We learned right away that we wanted to have a wide variety toolbelt kind of thing,” she said.
“We use a variety of techniques here,” Brandon said. “There’s tool-based adjusting, and there’s manual adjusting, soft tissue release, and then we use the massage therapy. That sets us apart from some chiropractic clinics because a lot of them are based on certain adjusting techniques.”
The Schreibers recognize that chiropractic care is still a relatively new discipline, having begun only a century ago. Brandon pointed out that, as more long-term data is available, chiropractic care is being seen as an effective treatment for more and more issues.
Brandon said if anyone wonders whether chiropractic can help with a particular issue, they encourage that person to call and discuss it with them.
“We try to start as non-invasive as possible and work our way up from there,” he said.
Bailey said she hopes to educate younger people about the many conditions and issues that can be improved through chiropractic care.
“Why not give it a try? We’re not going to keep you here if it’s not working,” she said.
Looking ahead, the Schreibers do not have major changes planned for their clinic or their practice. They simply aim to provide quality care in the local community.
“We never really dreamed of having a massive practice,” she said. “We like that our patients feel comfortable. They come in, and we get to know them.”
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Posted 02/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The Panora Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of Erica Matthies to fill the role of Chamer Coordinator, effective Feb. 1.
“I run Lakeside Massage and Bodyworks, and Restore Wellness Studio, on the east end of town,” Matthies said. “I had taken some business administration classes prior to going to massage school. Then I had recently had to take some time off from my full-time massaging due to a workout injury. I had already been taking classes in the last three years regarding marketing and design. So, when I was forced to doing less hands-on work, I transitioned over to doing more marketing work.”
Matthies has prior experience in events and promotion.
“I also worked for a small private school in Des Moines, in their business office, and worked a lot of event coordination there,” she said. “I’m excited to use those skills and put them to the test here in Panora.”
The Matthies family moved to Panora nearly four years ago, and she’s eager to take on the new role with the chamber.
“My husband, John, works for SiteOne Landscape Supply out of Des Moines, and I have two twin daughters, Knox and Lenox, and they go to preschool here in Panora,” she said.


Posted 02/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

There are 280 different species of squirrels in the world, 40 of which are tree squirrels. Most common in the Lake Panorama community are fox squirrels, named because of their coloration similar to red foxes that also inhabit the area.
According to the Iowa DNR, squirrel paws are hand-like, with little primitive thumbs and strong claws for grasping at tree bark. These features, combined with a squirrel’s ability to rotate its hind feet 180 degrees, allow the animal to descend head-first from a tree. These same paws also make it easy for squirrels to steal from birdfeeders.
Photographer Trish Hart snapped this photo of a fox squirrel with a front paw on the metal hanger for one of several birdfeeders at the home she and her husband own in Andrew’s Cove.
“This furry guy was pretty entertaining to watch trying to acrobat his way, upside down, to the feeder,” Hart says. “When he leaned over and spotted me at our kitchen window, his expression read, ‘Excuse me, ma’am, did you know your feeder is empty?’”
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 01/10/2024

Staring at the sky, laying on my back, flat on the grass. Or the leaves. Or the snow. Or whatever covered the dirt that time of year. This is where I found peace as a child. By myself. With nature.
I thought about heaven, and the angels and God. I thought about what I did right and what I did wrong. I thought about my grandparents and others who died too young. I simply thought. A lot.
While doing so, through the moonlight, I would watch the branches from the old trees dancing slowly in the air. I would listen to the wind whistle its way around the neighborhood homes. And I would smell the recognizable scents of each season.
Wintertime was especially memorable. I would bundle up in my snowsuit, hat, mittens and boots and plop down on the snow in our neighbor’s large backyard. It was close enough to home to hear my mother’s call but far enough to feel like I got away. I enjoyed the cold snowflakes colliding on my face, the brisk air freezing in my nostrils, and, most of all, my mind wandering aimlessly. I didn’t feel the need to be with other people. I appreciated the solitude.
Years later, I hesitantly shared this experience with my friend, Tommy. It was awkward, as most things are with newly teenage boys. He didn’t seem to connect with it like I did. At least I didn’t think so. A few years later, when struggling with some issues, Tommy showed up unannounced at my home and said, “Let’s go lay in the grass.” And we did, mostly to complete silence.
Not too many years later, Tommy died. I struggled greatly in dealing with his death. I couldn’t find peace with it, until I remembered staring at the sky with him. So, as a young man in my twenties, I walked out to the open grass by the apartment where I lived, and I lay on the grass. Flat on my back. Staring at the sky. And, after some time, I smiled.
Today, my joints hurt. My bones ache. I don’t appreciate the cold weather like I used to. As a result, I don’t lie on the ground much anymore. But I do enjoy soaking in the hot tub. When I do, I turn off the jets and stare at the open sky, remembering those peaceful moments of my youth and searching for new ones today.
It’s a humbling experience for me, as it helps me realize how small one person is in this vast world and how today’s problems, however troubling they may be, are miniscule in the big picture. The branches still dance. The wind still whistles. Each season still brings its scent. And my mind still wanders. Aimlessly.  
Have a great January, and thanks for reading.

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

Learning to live with the deer population at Lake Panorama.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

“Watch out for deer” is common advice in Iowa, often said both as a cautionary reminder to drive carefully and as a way of indicating, “I care about you.” As more roads and homes are built, encounters with deer are inevitable. But it wasn’t always this way.

Iowa’s history with deer
When settlers were first arriving in the territory that would eventually become Iowa, deer were plentiful, according to data shown on the Iowa DNR website. But throughout the 1800s, the deer population was hunted extensively, and the population plummeted. In 1898, the 27th General Assembly provided complete protection for deer by closing the hunting season year-round. By this time, deer were nearly extinct in most areas of the state.
Deer were re-established in Iowa through the escape of animals from captive herds, trapping and transplanting programs of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the immigration of animals from neighboring states. In 1894, 35 whitetails escaped from a captive herd in Avoca, which provided the nucleus for future herds in western Iowa. In the early 1920s, about 60 deer escaped from a farm in Washington County and became established along the Skunk River. Another herd was established in Boone County at Ledges State Park in 1928 when two deer, purchased from Minnesota, were released. In 1947, the first statewide population estimate was made with deer herds reported in 58 counties containing an estimated 1,650 animals. Deer herds were reported in 89 counties in 1950, and the population estimate was expanded to 13,000. In 2020, the statewide estimate was 445,000.

Hunting as a solution to deer overpopulation
The rapid rise of Iowa’s deer population has led to concerns of crop damage when deer feed on corn, soybeans or other crops. Deer also cause damage in gardens and yards. Because of the swelling population and lack of natural predators, hunting is considered the best means to control the population. Without adequate hunting, the number would be balanced only through disease, starvation and roadkill incidents.
Local DNR officer Jeremy King pointed out that, although some people oppose hunting, animals harvested through hunting generally do not suffer long, whereas some of the natural diseases that arise in overpopulated herds lead to animals undergoing a long, painful death. The latest statewide harvest data shows that, for the 2019-2020 season, hunters harvested 109,544 deer in Iowa.
The whitetail deer situation at Lake Panorama mirrors the statewide status. Lane Rumelhart, project manager for the Lake Panorama Association, provided information on efforts to control the local deer population and minimize related problems.
“We have a hunting program for controlling the population, and we strongly recommend our members do not feed the deer,” Rumelhart said. “Obviously, feeding the deer is going to attract them to your house, and they’re going to stay in that general area more frequently, and you’re going to anger your neighbors. It’s best to just let the deer roam freely and find their food on their own.”
Rumelhart also discourages residents from putting out salt or mineral blocks for the same reason.
According to Rumelhart, the LPA and DNR have teamed up to develop specific hunting zones at the lake. The zones are changed periodically based on deer population changes, so Rumelhart encourages interested hunters to log onto the LPA website and then check in the Hunting folder for the current map of approved deer hunting zones.
“You have to be a member to sign up, or a guest of a member. It’s free for members but costs $50 for guests to register, and you have to sign up under a member who is registered to hunt,” Rumelhart said. Each member can have up to three non-member guests sign up under the member’s name.
“We typically get around 100 members signed up every year, and they shoot anywhere from 120 to 150 deer, so that program continues to be really successful for us,” he said. “We’d like to harvest over 100 each year. That number doesn’t seem to fluctuate much, and we’re really happy with it.”
Rumelhart notes that residing at Lake Panorama doesn’t offer any special permission. Hunters are still required to have a tag to hunt a deer and must be within one of the designated hunting zones. Deer tags can be obtained from any approved vendor in the state, including the LPA office.
Iowa has a variety of deer hunting seasons. For the 2023-2024 season, these include: Youth, Sept. 16 - Oct. 1
Disabled Hunter, Sept. 16 - Oct. 1
Archery, Oct. 1 - Dec. 1 AND Dec. 18 - Jan. 10
Muzzleloader Early: Oct. 14-22, Late: Dec. 18 - Jan. 10
Shotgun First: Dec. 2-6, Second: Dec. 9-17
Nonresident Holiday Dec. 24 - Jan. 2
Population Management, January Antlerless, Jan. 11-21
Excess Tag January Antlerless, Jan. 11-21.
Shooting hours for all deer seasons are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.

Dealing with dead deer
Rumelhart says he receives questions at times about how to deal with a dead deer on an LPA member’s property.
“If a deer dies on your property, then you need to call one of our Animal Nuisance control specialists,” he said. “We have those listed on our vendor list. Those folks can remove that animal for a fee.”
Rumelhart says, if feasible, the property owner can drag the deer to the nearest edge of the timber and let nature take its course.
“There are a lot of animals and critters around here that will take care of a dead deer rather quickly,” he said. “Some folks may find that a bit gruesome, but that’s just nature, and that’s where we live.”
And if a deer is seen in the water?
“If there’s a deer in the lake, just call the office, and either security or maintenance will go out and try to get that deer out of the lake with our barge equipment.”
Rumelhart said if a sick or wounded animal is seen to always call the DNR.
“They’re legally responsible for taking care of those animals,” he said.

Deer population trends at the lake
According to DNR officer King, the trends in the deer population at Lake Panorama are difficult to determine.
“People can drive around and see more deer than they did last year and assume the deer population is up. And, at the same time, another person might not see many deer and assume the population is down,” he said. “Really, the basis the DNR uses is harvest registrations. Anytime a hunter harvests a deer, they’re required by law to report the harvest by midnight the day after they kill it. Then we can look at that data and see what our harvest trend is like, and we can compare that to our hunter numbers as well.”
King said he worked with the DNR wildlife department and the LPA two years ago, and they came up with the deer management zone around the lake so that they were allotted their own number of tags.
“Prior to that, anytime a member of Lake Panorama wanted to hunt Lake Panorama ground, they bought antlerless tags, and those would come out of the countywide quota,” he said. “Two years ago, we established a quota just for Lake Panorama.”
Taking all factors into consideration, King feels the deer population around Lake Panorama is relatively steady. In determining what is a “proper” number of deer, King stressed that it depends on the observer. He said, for some citizens, even a few deer are too many, while for hunters, there may never be enough.
“Trying to find that social balance is a really difficult thing,” he said.

Nuisance deer
King said that, if a deer is eating your plants, you are not allowed to shoot it.
“There are processes to try to reduce or eliminate deer damage to property,” he said. “We have a deer biologist who specifically focuses on how to help landowners and homeowners deal with nuisance deer problems.”
King lives at Lake Panorama, and he is familiar with the many interactions with deer that happen regularly here.
“They like bird feeders,” King said, “They like going where there’s an easy meal. They are animals of survival. If people are having issues with deer around their house, maybe remove those bird feeders or elevate them high enough where deer can’t get to them.”
He added that deer will sometimes stand on their back legs to reach food, so they can reach as high as 8 feet. Other suggestions for preventing deer damage to plants and trees include putting a wrap or chicken wire around trees and installing a high fence around gardens. Also, some plants are known to emit scents that deer don’t like to approach. These include lavender, sage, yarrow, daffodil and marigold.
“Another simple thing you can do that usually works pretty well is add a dryer sheet with a paper clip or something attached to the plant or the area,” King said. “A lot of times, that will ward them off.”
King stresses that deer are quickly getting used to being around people.
“I’ve driven around Lake Panorama and seen deer literally lying against houses underneath the dryer vent where the warm air is blowing on them in the winter,” he said. “A number of animals have learned to become very adapted to humans. Whitetail deer is one of them, along with raccoons and Canada geese. Deer have just learned to live with humans.”
In addition to dealing with live deer, King acknowledges, as Rumelhart did, that occasionally a deer carcass needs to be removed. He said the standard practice for dealing with dead deer on a roadway is to drag it into the nearest ditch.
“If a landowner finds one, absolutely, they’re more than welcome to drag it off somewhere,” he said. “If you find a dead deer and you want the antlers, the way Iowa’s laws are, if the antlers are still attached to the skull, then you have to get a salvage tag before you can take them.”
King said the salvage tag is free and can be obtained through him by calling or texting his work cell phone number of 712-250-0061.

Deer and disease
King says Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Guthrie County has not been a problem.
“There are about seven to nine counties in Iowa that have it,” he said. “The nearest one is Greene County, where one deer has been sampled in the last two years that had CWD. This issue that we have is EHD, which is also known as ‘blue tongue.’ ”
EHD, which stands for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, is common in the county’s deer.
“It’s a disease the deer get by being bitten by a midge bug,” he said. “It basically causes their tongue to swell, and they run a fever, so they go to water. And usually within three to four days after they’ve been bitten, they die.”
Deer infected with the EHD virus will often be found dead in the water. King said over the past year, three deer carcasses were found at Lake Panorama from suspected EHD virus. He asks the public to inform him of any such carcasses so the DNR can use accurate data to help adjust hunting tag numbers to best balance the population.

Enjoy the deer
In summarizing how to deal with wildlife nuisance issues, King said, “We do have a federal biologist that we work with, and our local biologist can help you come up with solutions if you have a major issue going on. And I think a lot of folks need to remember that we have a beautiful lake…and we’re going to have wildlife that’s going to be around there. We built homes in their home.”
King encourages everyone to remember that the natural beauty of the lake area includes geese, deer, raccoons, foxes, mink, bobcats and other animals. His best advice?
“Pour an extra cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy it.”

At least a dozen trees along the west entrance have been removed with both storm damage and disease as culprits.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2012, the Lake Panorama Association conducted a fundraising campaign to plant trees along Panorama Road at the main west entrance to the lake. In the early days of the lake development, pine trees lined both sides of the road north of where a guard shack was originally.
As those trees reached the end of their life span, they were removed, but no replacements were planted. LPA members provided the impetus for the fundraising campaign, and a number of trees were planted to replace those that were lost.
Ten years later, the same situation exists. At least a dozen trees along the west entrance have been removed with both storm damage and disease as culprits. The trees planted in 2012 helped cushion the blow of these more recent losses, yet gaps remain where trees once stood.
Some members have contacted the LPA to ask if there are plans to replace trees along this iconic entrance to Lake Panorama. In 2012, Friends of Lake Panorama, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, did not exist. Now LPA is working with Friends on a fundraising campaign that will give donors who itemize at tax time the opportunity to deduct their donations.
The LPA has partnered with Isom Tree Farm on a tree planting plan. It calls for 11 new trees to be planted along Panorama Road north of the guard shack. The plan also includes the addition of two trees near the sports court at Sunset Beach.
Five sugar maple trees would be planted with a tree spade with four along Panorama Road and one at Sunset Beach. Larry and Heather Isom, who live on Burchfield Cove and own Isom Tree Farm, plan to donate one sugar maple.
The plan also includes eight nursery trees — two red maples, three London planetrees and three autumn blaze maples. One autumn blaze maple would be planted at Sunset Beach, with the other seven along Panorama Road.
The average cost per tree is $400. Those interested in funding a single tree would make a $400 donation. Larger and smaller donations also are welcome. Once fundraising is complete, all donors will be recognized in a story in the LPA Prompt and the Lake Panorama Times. Donors of $500 or more can make their donation in honor or memory of someone and will be recognized on the Friends of Lake Panorama website.
The total cost of this tree-planting project is $4,500. It is hoped this goal can be reached by the end of March so trees can be planted as soon as spring conditions allow. The LPA will take care of watering, deer protection and fertilization.
Donations to Friends are tax-deductible; all donors receive a letter of thanks to use during tax preparation. Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to Friends, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card at


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Q: Can Christmas trees be dropped off at the yard waste facilities?
A: Yes. According to the LPA, natural Christmas trees are welcome at both yard waste facilities, but the trees cannot be wrapped in plastic. The LPA also stresses NOT to place Christmas trees on the ice or in the lake, as trees do not make good fish habitat without special preparation and can become floating obstacles in the spring.

Q: Is there a fee to run obituaries in Lake Panorama Times?
A:  Yes. Starting in 2024, the advertising rate to run an obituary with a full color photo is $40. Your local funeral care provider can handle this for you and your family, or you can send directly to Shane Goodman at

Q: Can I have a fuel storage tank on my property?
A:  Section 9.2c of the LPA Rules and Regulations addresses fuel storage tanks. It states that every tank for the storage of heating fuel or propane that is installed outside shall be buried below the surface of the ground or screened by fencing or shrubbery. It also states that no fuel storage tank larger than 20 gallons shall be installed, above or below ground, other than for the storage of heating fuel or propane.

Q: What are the rules on snowmobiles at Lake Panorama?
A: Section 4. 3 of the LPA Rules and Regulations addresses snowmobiles, stating that “all regulations regarding snowmobiles promulgated by the State of Iowa shall apply, including but not limited to age restrictions” and “the off road recreational vehicle regulations and laws of the State of Iowa shall apply to the Lake Panorama Subdivision.” In addition, it states, “Snowmobiles may be operated on member’s lot only, or on areas specifically designated by the Lake Panorama Board of Directors or LPA management as authorized by the Board of Directors.” For answers to more specific questions, reach out to the LPA office at 641-755-2301.

Q: I heard the Guthrie County Times Vedette newspaper is now available via email for free.
Is that true? If so,
how do I receive it?
A:  It is true, and you can receive the Times Vedette now digitally for free, sent to your email inbox on Tuesdays and Fridays during the lunch hour. Sign up at


Posted 01/10/24
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

On Nov. 30, the Panorama High School Dance team danced their way to multiple trophies at the Iowa Dance Team Championships, which were held at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The team includes Maci Bauer, Madelyn Carstens, Donovin Delp, Riley Gibson, Hadley Fitch, Zoey Hambleton, Tori Heckman, Jessica Randol, Lexi Wasson and Sarah Westergaard. The team is coached by Kristi Vance and Mikeely Denger.
Team awards won by the Panthers include Class I Lyrical Team (first place), Class I Contemporary (first place) and Class III Jazz (second place). The team was also awarded the Judges Choice Award, Community Service Award, ISDTA Cares Award-Food Shelter Donation, and Academic Excellence Award. Individually, Donovin Delp repeated as Class III State Champion Dancer. His average score from the three judges was 92.17, well ahead of the closest challenger’s 89.5 average.
The Iowa Championships are the nation’s largest high school dance competition with more than 250 teams and more than 5,000 dancers.

Royce Shaffer and John Rutledge share information on plans for 2024.

Posted 01/10/24
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The last Managers’ Coffee for 2023 was Dec. 15 at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Updates were shared by both Royce Shaffer, who was named LPN director of operations Sept. 1, and John Rutledge, who has been the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) general manager for more than 17 years.
This is the second event where Shaffer provided the LPN update rather than Rutledge.
“Since our last coffee in September, a good portion of my time has been spent planning for 2024,” Shaffer said. “This consists of budgeting and working on the 2024 restaurant lease. I am pleased that both of these items are now finalized.”
Shaffer said the LPA board of directors approved the proposed LPN budget, which includes projected revenue of about $1.8 million.
Earlier in the fall, the LPN food and beverage task force used a survey to gather input on the 2023 operation. A total of 490 responses were received. From this survey, Shaffer said the task force identified a list of items they wanted to work on with current tenants Nick and Lynn Kuhn.
Shaffer listed some of the responses that stood out in the survey, including 89% of LPA homeowners said it is extremely important or very important to have a restaurant at LPN; 83% of respondents want a casual full-service dining experience; when asked to choose between personal service and fast service, 82% chose personal service; 75% of respondents would like a server to take their order; and 60% of respondents felt it was important for a server to close out their order.
“These survey results were helpful in crafting a strategy for 2024, and I am pleased LPN has reached an agreement with Nick and Lynn Kuhn for 2024,” Shaffer said. “In this new agreement, they have agreed to add a table service option in addition to the QR code ordering. Look for this to start around May 1 when they can hire additional staff. Also, peak season hours will be expanded to include lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
Shaffer encouraged continued support for The Links Lounge during the off season. Winter hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 4-10 p.m.
Regarding the golf portion of the LPN, Shaffer said everyone who was a season passholder at Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2023 has received 2024 passholder forms in the mail. Those who are interested in season passes at either course for the first time can find details on the LPN website at by clicking on the “season golf passes” link.
Shaffer said both the LPN events center and the Panorama West clubhouse are booking events for 2024. To inquire about these event spaces, complete the “contact us” form on the LPN website. The link for this is on the top right of the homepage.
Shaffer closed his report by encouraging anyone not receiving the LPN Resort Weekly email to get signed up. This newsletter typically is sent each Monday and highlights upcoming LPN events and other information. To sign up, go to the LPN website, scroll down to the “Get the Latest News” section, and enter an email address.
Rutledge opened his report by talking about the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ). He said the rip rap along the south shore was funded by RIZ, at a cost of about $850,000. Legal agreements are in place between RIZ and LPA that the area will be maintained as a green space and not a developed area.
“LPA allows the Panorama Community Schools to use the south shore trails for a portion of their cross country trail,” Rutledge said. “The start, finish, bathrooms, concessions and parking are all located at the school, so the impact on LPA is minimal. The disc golf course is ready for use, with signage to be added in the spring. The trails are great for recreational walking and hiking. Thanks to Friends of Lake Panorama for their efforts and leadership on this new recreational amenity.”
Expansion of the old CIPCO sediment basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, continues. The project is expected to exceed $4 million in total cost once completed. This basin will be used for dredging spoils once the current basin is full.
RIZ operated a pilot program for cover crop incentives in 2022 and expanded the program with local producers in the lake’s watershed this fall.
“This addresses erosion vulnerability and nutrient runoff during the period between fall harvest and spring planting and emergence,” Rutledge said. “We currently have 1,320 acres enrolled, which includes 11 different producers and landowners.”
The 2023-24 RIZ fiscal year began July 1. Projected tax increment financing (TIF) revenues for this fiscal year are $3 million.
“Valuations for 2023, which will be taxable in 2024-25, were released late yesterday. An initial review indicates RIZ revenues will continue to grow, with 2024-25 TIF collections exceeding $3.5 million,” Rutledge said. “It is difficult to forecast this number precisely as the 2024-25 budget year represents uncharted territory due to a property tax overhaul by the Iowa Legislature.”
Rutledge said RIZ issued $9.7 million of debt certificates this fall.
“This sounds like a tremendous amount of money, but in the context of RIZ, it is not,” he said. “We will use these funds to replace the dredge and booster pump and continue advancing on our plans for sediment storage and preventative water quality endeavors.”
Legislative issues remain a top priority for LPA, Rutledge said.
“Property tax reform was one of the hot issues for 2023, and there are talks about the legislature revisiting that with another round of property tax reforms. TIF reform would impact RIZ. We’ve already been involved with key legislators and Gov. Reynolds’ office to set a foundation for future discussions and input to protect RIZ.”
In addition to RIZ, Rutledge said LPA is watching other topics at the legislature.
“These efforts ebb and flow; there are years in which I’m required to visit the Capitol only a couple of times, while other years demand multiple visits and daily monitoring of legislation and amendments,” he said. “2024 will be a busy year for me at the legislature.”
Turning to LPA business, Rutledge said no changes were made to the 2023 buoy map for 2024.
“There were some requests for expansion of no wake zones into the coves, but the water safety committee and LPA board opted to leave the map unchanged,” he said. “The committee is concerned creating more no wake areas would push boating traffic into a narrower and smaller footprint, creating safety issues.”
Rutledge also noted speed and wake are not necessarily the same thing.
“Some 10 mph areas are hot topics for member concerns, as they see a boat putting out a wake and want LPA to cite this boater. Often, the boater is traveling at 8 or 9 miles per hour and complying with the speed limit,” he said.
The LPA deer hunting program runs into January, but Rutledge said the majority of the harvest had been realized, with 95 antlerless deer harvested by Dec. 15. He said this is down from previous years and follows a local trend for reduced deer population.
Rutledge said the 2024 LPA budget has been approved by the LPA board and includes a 5% dues increase. Camping fees increased for the coming year, but there was no change to boat stickers and no change to water rates at this time.
There is one large capital project planned for 2024.
“This is fixing a scour that exists in front of the dam,” Rutledge said. “It likely developed over time, and we need to install large rip rap to ensure continued flow does not undermine the footings of the dam itself. This is not a short-term emergency, but rather a long-term proactive investment.”
Rutledge said LPA has ample salt on-hand for winter snow removal.
“Please remember this process does require us to ‘wing back’ snow from the road edge, which can shave some turf off the edge of the roadway,” he said. “This occurs because turf grows annually in height, and the road stays the same. Thus, periodic shaving occurs.”
Rutledge issued a reminder to follow the rules at the brush dumps.
“Most people follow the rules, but there are a handful who don’t and risk ruining this for the entire membership,” he said. “If you hire a contractor, please emphasize they need to follow the rules, as they are provided access to the facilities on your behalf.”
Phil Watson Jr. has purchased Coulter’s Panorama Marine. This was a voluntary sale that Lyn Coulter and Watson negotiated privately. LPA’s role was to consent to the new marina tenant. On Sept. 26, the LPA board of directors approved a 2024-2028 lease between LPA and Watson for operation of the LPA-owned marina.
Boat lines carried by Coulter’s will continue to be carried by Watson, and Coulter’s staff have the opportunity to work for Watson’s organization. Watson is developing a boat sales, service and storage facility on Highway 4 and is experiencing some construction delays. Rutledge said he has assured LPA he is moving forward, although he will likely occupy the existing sales and service building for a few months to accommodate delayed completion of his facilities.
Rutledge closed by sharing the date of the 2024 LPA annual meeting, which is Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. at the LPN conference center. He said to watch the LPA Prompt for dates of 2024 Managers’ Coffees.

The nonprofit’s mission is to improve recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.

Posted 01/10/24
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Throughout 2024, Friends of Lake Panorama will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office Nov. 1, 2013. The first meeting of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors was Dec. 3, 2013.
On Jan. 17, 2013, an application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation was submitted to the IRS. A letter from the IRS dated July 2, 2014, stated the Friends of Lake Panorama is exempt from federal income tax, and contributions to the public charity are deductible under federal law.
The nonprofit’s mission is to improve recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The charity is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors, which held its 2024 organizational meeting Nov. 29.
At the meeting, two board members — Jody Muench and Jim Tibbles — were reappointed to new three-year terms. Other board members are Galen Johnson, John Muenzenberger, Jan Reinicke, Jackie Wellik and Bill Winkleblack.
In officer elections, Reinicke was elected president, Tibbles vice president, and Muenzenberger secretary-treasurer. Susan Thompson is the non-profit’s executive director.
With the help of many donors and the Lake Panorama Association, Friends has had a busy 10 years. Sunset Beach playground opened in July 2016. Boulder Beach sports courts opened in June 2018.
Many other successful projects followed and include Shady and Boulder beaches playground improvements, Panorama West rain garden, dog park, Sunset Beach sports court, Panorama West Nature Trail, LPN Shade sails, and 20 new benches at beaches and golf courses.
In August 2017, Friends received a $473,700 estate gift from Jim and Joyce McLuen to be used at the Panorama West Golf Club. That estate gift turned an already good golf course into something truly special.
The current priority project is a package of low-impact recreational amenities on Lake Panorama’s south shore. The Lake Panorama trails system, with a cross country trail for the Panorama Community Schools incorporated into it, is marked and open.
Also complete are a fenced driveway to a parking lot that provides walk-through access to the recreation area, and a small shelter near the parking lot. The disc golf course is open for play, with signage to be added in the spring. Also in the spring, a picnic table will be added to the shelter, informational signs will be installed, and benches and bluebird houses will be placed throughout the recreational area.
More than $7,500 was donated to Friends of Lake Panorama in the final two months of 2023. Currently, donors giving to Friends can designate their gift to the Lake Panorama south shore recreation area, a tree planting project on the lake’s west side (see related story), and the Friends general fund.
Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Panorama-Friends. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions.
Details on past, present and future projects can be found on the Friends website. Friends also has a Facebook page. Those interested in keeping up-to-date about Friends activities are asked to “like” and “share” the Friends page. Those with questions or comments about Friends of Lake Panorama can send an email to


Posted 01/10/24

Included with the annual 2024 dues mailings is information for LPA members to review as the new year gets underway. Some key items are summarized here.
Dues and assessments are due May 1, 2024. To sign up for automated electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments, contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or The EFT form is available on the LPA website under the Forms folder. Complete, sign and return this form to the office with a copy of a voided check.
Members who used amenities in 2023 received amenity statements for 2024 with their dues notices. Inform the office if there are amenity changes for 2024. All dues and assessments must be paid prior to receiving boat or camping stickers.
LPA’s website has lots of useful information. Members who have never signed up should go to and click on “Resident Sign Up.” Request a login and LPA staff will grant access. The website has up-to-date documents and details for building permits, rental forms, boating, and much more. It also is used to communicate with the membership through the weekly LPA Prompt and special announcements. The official LPA website is The official LPN website is
In 2021, LPA created a water safety video to help members review and understand rules while operating on the lake. The link to this video is on the public side of the LPA website under the Helpful Links tab. It also is available on YouTube by searching “LPA Water Safety Video.”
Current DNR registration copies and invasive species forms must be on file prior to boat sticker issuance. If a member doesn’t have any change in vessels from 2023 and all information on file is current, no new invasive form is necessary. RESIDENT boats will retain the previously issued green sticker. NON-RESIDENT boats will be issued a new red 2024 sticker.
All owners of non-resident boats must contact LPA Security for inspection prior to launching their boat in 2024. Refer to the LPA website for more information. Any changes to vessels registered and new DNR registrations need to be emailed to
Maximum length for non-pontoon type boats is 24 feet, including swim platforms. Stern drive or inboard engine displacement may not exceed 6.2 liters. Outboard motors may not exceed 300 hp. Maximum length for pontoons is 27 feet, including swim platforms. Outboard motors and jet powered motors may not exceed 200 hp. Stern drive motors may not exceed 299 hp. For personal water craft (PWC), no 2-cycle PWC shall exceed 130 hp, and no 4-cycle PWC shall exceed 185 hp.
All docks must be registered with Iowa DNR, including floating docks. New members should update dock permit information with the Iowa DNR. The dock sign application form is on the LPA website.
Phil Watson Jr., owner of Panorama Marine, is LPA’s new marina tenant. Watson purchased Coulter’s Marine from Lyn Coulter in 2023. Panorama Marine has the same phone number as Coulter’s did. Members with questions can call 641-755-2920.
Building permits and land disturbing permits are required for any project. Contact the LPA office prior to a building project, new driveway, or projects including land disturbance. Planning ahead will save costly corrections later. Owners, not contractors, must sign all permit applications. Members requesting variances must pay a fee and make the request by 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month.
Members need to be familiar with LPA’s rules and regulations. These can be found on the public or private side of the LPA website under the Documents tab (public side) or Governing Documents folder (private side).
To reserve a beach shelter, fill out the beach reservation form that can be found online or picked up at the office. All beaches have water, electricity and restrooms available May 1 to Sept. 30. To reserve the Panorama West Clubhouse community room, call 641-755-2250.
Two yard waste sites are open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sites are closed Monday and Tuesday for maintenance. Natural materials less than 12 inches in diameter are accepted. Construction debris, root balls, stumps, plastic leaf bags and other materials that do not grow on a member’s lot are prohibited.
Campgrounds are open March 1 to Oct. 31. Water is available May 1 through Sept. 30. Spots are only available to members or guests of members who currently have a camping spot. There is a waitlist; call the LPA office to check availability.
The LPA office needs current member information, which includes mailing address, phone numbers and emails. LPA does not use the website to update member information; members need to call or email LPA with any changes. Those who are unsure if LPA has up-to-date information should send an email to
LPA board meetings for 2024 will begin in March. Normally, meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month. Open forum is at 5 p.m. on meeting nights. Board agendas are linked to the weekly LPA Prompt prior to each scheduled meeting.
The LPA Security department cooperates with local law enforcement, regularly patrols the entire lake and enforces LPA rules, traffic and other regulations. Security responds 24/7. Call Security at 641-757-9035 to report issues. Call 911 or 641-747-2214 for fire or ambulance.
LPA office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the office by calling 641-755-2301 or emailing

Shane Gliem’s business started with mobile detailing in 2015 and is now located at 108 S.E. Sixth St. in Panora.

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Posted 01/10/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

Shane Gliem’s business in Panora is shining, which many boat owners on Lake Panorama will attest to. Detailers Eye is the name of his vehicle cleaning service, and he started out in his parents’ driveway, then later worked in his garage. With his recent purchase of the former Panora Service Center building, Gliem now has enough room to expand his services. The building is located at 108 S.E. Sixth St. in Panora, across from Guthrie County State Bank.
“When I originally started was 2015,” Gliem explained. “And then when I bought that house, it became what it is now. It grew slowly, and then I was able to purchase this building. Now that I have this location, I can hopefully start growing it a little bit quicker, with employees and stuff.”
Over the years since he first started detailing vehicles, Gliem has gradually been buying equipment that would be of use once he obtained a large shop. Now those items are ready to be put to use. Detailing vehicles means vacuuming and wiping down the interior and washing the exterior, but there’s much more to it than that.
“It’s extracting the carpets, getting all the dirt out, cleaning under the seats, between the seats,” Gliem said. “Some customers might not want all the bells and whistles; some do. So I have different packages to fit as many customers as I can.”
Detailers Eye does detailing differently than many of the similar businesses he’s seen in urban areas.
“The way they do it is with very harsh chemicals, and very quick,” he said. “The goal here is to clean stuff the best you can while maintaining the finish. Everything that’s manufactured on a vehicle has protective layers or coating. Even your carpet has protection on it.”
Gliem’s attention to detail is evident when he talks about washing cars.
“I use different processes to get stuff that is embedded,” he said. “It’s stuff that you maybe can’t see, but you can feel it with your hand. The more stuff that’s in the paint and on the paint, the duller it looks. The dust slowly will get into the paint and dull it down over time.”
Since every customer has a different preference about how much cleaning is to be done, Gliem’s business model is to cater to exactly what the customer wants.
“Most interiors take four to six hours,” he said. “Most whole vehicles take six to eight. But it depends on how far the customer wants me to take it.”
Another difference between Detailers Eye and other detailers, according to Gliem, is that he also works on boats. 
“A lot of people don’t realize I do cars and boats,” he said. “Originally, when I started, I was mobile, so all I did was cars. And then, as more and more people asked me to do boats, I added that on. Occasionally, I get a tractor or something, but the main focus is cars and boats.”
The busiest seasons for Gliem are spring and fall, as boaters are getting their boats ready for the boating season or preparing them for the winter. But the demand for detailing cars runs steady throughout the year. As word of mouth has spread that he details boats, that portion of his clientele has grown.
“This year, the No. 1 service was a full boat detail,” he said. “This was the first year that the boats surpassed cars, just by a little bit. But it’s about 50/50.”
Although some customers only come in once in a blue moon, others are regulars.
“It’s a pretty good split,” he said. “Probably about 80% of the boats I do are returning customers. With cars, I do have maintenance customers, monthly or bi-monthly or whatever they want.”
Asked about unusual finds during his cleaning processes, Gliem said, in cars, he occasionally discovers documents or money that the owner is glad to have back. With boats, he encounters a different type of surprise.
“The craziest stuff on boats is animals,” he said. “Tons of mice — and raccoons, every once in a while.”
Gliem’s plan for the future of his business is to add employees and services to meet the needs of the community.
“The goal right now is to start hiring next spring, a little bit before boat season, get them trained,” he said. “Maybe one or two people, and see how that goes. I’ll probably end up selling some cars here, too, but I want to see how all of this goes first. I don’t want to spread everything too thin.”
Gliem said his immediate plan is to offer Paint Protection Film, or PPF.
“I couldn’t do it at my prior location because the film is clear, and it has to be really clean, and doing it in a really small garage wasn’t ideal,” he said. “But now that I have more space, the goal is to try to get that going. That’s my first big push, to try to grow that.”
When asked about a favorite moment in his work, Gliem said, “I’ve had a lot of older people who have had their car for a while. They’re used to just the quick vacuum and wipe down, and they can’t clean it themselves. The joy when they see it. A lot of them maybe didn’t realize just how far I can take it.”

Paula Hansen and Galen Redshaw appointed.

Posted 01/10/24
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it only has owned the LPN conference center 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.
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. The LPN, LLC board oversees LPN policies and direction.
At the LPA board’s Dec. 12 meeting, two new people were appointed and one reappointed to the LPN board of managers. Board terms are three years, and members can serve two consecutive terms.
Sue Merryman had served her two-term limit, and Paula Hansen was appointed to fill that position. Kathy DeLucca has served one term and was reappointed to a second three-year term.
John Coghlan, who was appointed to the board in August 2018, stepped down from the board with one year remaining on his term. Galen Redshaw was appointed to fill the final year of Coghlan’s term.
Others on the seven-member board are Greg Steffen, Barry Monaghan, Shanell Wagler and Chris Duree. Wagler currently serves as president, with Monaghan as vice president and DeLucca as secretary/treasurer. Officer appointments for the coming year will take place at the board’s March meeting.

Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson are both re-elected.

Posted 01/10/24

The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board of trustees election was held Tuesday, Dec. 5 with 65 total ballots cast. Trustees Doug Hemphill and JoAnn Johnson were both re-elected to three-year terms. Other trustees are Bill Dahl, Larry Petersen and Corey Welberg.
The trustees are responsible for administering the RIZ, which includes the platted portions of the Lake Panorama development. The Lake Panorama RIZ is a local government entity designed to manage erosion control and water quality at Lake Panorama and within its watershed.
The RIZ was formed in 1997 by the initiative of the LPA through legislation in Des Moines. The tax increment financing district allows tax growth dollars to stay within the Lake Panorama development for water quality purposes.
The board of trustees oversees the annual budget and associated expenditures. Estimated revenue for the 2023-2024 fiscal year is nearly $3 million. These funds are used exclusively to fund improvements allowed under IA Code 357.H, which includes dredging operations, erosion control practices and water quality improvements. For more information, visit

Agrees to start the process of designing a new district website starting in July 2024.

Posted 01/10/24
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

The Panorama School Board met on Dec. 11 in regular session. Outgoing board members Cale Kastner and Lee White were recognized for their service to the district, and recently elected board members — Heidi Clark, Clint Deardorff, Deb Westergaard, and Damon Crandall — were sworn in. Deb Westergaard was selected as the board president and Heidi Clark as vice president.
The board agreed to start the process of designing a new district website in July 2024.
“We are trying to make communication a little more efficient and streamlined for all parents,” Superintendent Kasey Huebner said. “A Panorama mobile app will also be refreshed during this process.”
The board also approved using the company Monkey This to be the content manager to help tell the story of what is happening in the classroom.
In the “Good News” portion of the meeting, it was mentioned that girls wrestling is seeing success in the initial season as an independent school after last year’s co-op. The program was able to get new uniforms that meet the new requirements from the IGHSAU. There has been more participation, as well as interest, in younger girls participating in wrestling now that they have seen the opportunity opened for them in the district.
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Posted 01/10/2024

Our greatly beloved Cindy Strahan went home to her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.
Cindy and Reid Strahan had their first home on Lake Panorama in Horseshoe Cove from 1999 through 2008. They began construction on their second lake home in 2015 at 5147 Panorama Drive. This home has been the place of many family gatherings and celebrations, including the wedding of their granddaughter, Sabrina DeGroote, and Grant Thompson in May of 2021. Reid and Cindy enjoyed time at their lake home nearly every week Monday through Wednesday year round until Cindy was unable to come any longer due to her battle with advanced colon cancer in the late summer of 2023.
Cindy received Christ at an early age and trusted Him alone for forgiveness of her sins and the hope of Eternal Life. She was zealously devoted to the interests of Christ in her life and in the lives of everyone around her. Someone asked her once, “What can I do to encourage you?” She said,“Start obeying God and start being faithful to church!” She was on her way to the Heavenly City, and she wanted to take everyone else with her.
She taught, she exhorted, she shared quotes and she loved people deeply and cared about their souls. She led a woman’s Bible study for decades. She stood rock solid by her husband, Reid, through the joy and struggles of pastoring a church.
She loved the Bible, listening to sermons and great quotes about living for God. She loved the gifts of the Spirit and exercised a remarkable spiritual gift of praying in the Spirit, interpreting and speaking powerful, encouraging messages to those she prayed for.
Cindy had a previous battle with cancer in 1983-84 discovered during her pregnancy with her and Reid’s third child, Luke. Abortion was recommended by her doctor, but she chose to keep her baby and take on any additional risks to her life in so doing. Luke was born safely and without predicted deformity from her chemotherapy. After six months of chemotherapy in the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, her cancer had spread through her body, and they could do no more for her. She was on pain medications and given two weeks to live. The Lord promised her healing in a vision, and shortly thereafter, Dr. Cross and Dr. Shreck from Iowa Methodist knocked at the door of her home and asked her to try one more round of a different chemotherapy. She went to the hospital that day, had an emergency colostomy, and Dr. Shreck began the new treatment. Her cancer quickly disappeared, and within a few months, she was cancer free, her colostomy was reversed, and she went on to live nearly 40 years full of life.
Cindy delighted in being a grandmother. Every Thursday for years, her home was filled with her grandchildren, laughing, playing, reading, cooking and doing crafts. Although the work and cleanup was substantial, it was the highlight of her week.
Cindy helped start Strahan Construction with her husband, Reid, in the late 1980s. She was a gifted salesperson and home designer. She knew how to create an awesome floor plan, front elevation, and how to decorate a home. Due to her ability to design home fronts with street appeal, the early sales slogan “Who Built That?” worked for the company.
To her husband, Reid, Cindy was a faithful loving wife of 47 years. She was his best friend, lover, and fellow soldier in the battles of life. She stood behind him, encouraged him, loved him, and made life fun through it all. They had a date day every Tuesday and enjoyed lunch together at the Cafe in Ames for years. They had pizza every Friday night and watched a TCM movie. Pastries and coffee on Saturday morning finished up the week. Reid has many friends but says he enjoyed being with her most of all.
She knew how to fight the good fight of faith and how to press on when life got painful. Obedience to God, doing the right thing no matter the cost (and regardless of her feelings) was her way of life. And it served her well. She knew the kind of dying to self for Jesus’ sake that leads to a flourishing soul and an abundant life.
Cynthia (Cindy) Lorraine Ellgren was born March 18, 1954, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family moved to Humboldt, where Cindy was raised with two brothers, Scott and Todd. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1976. Reid Strahan asked her to marry him on their first date, and she said, “Oh, Reid, I’ve always loved you! Yes!” Reid and Cindy were married June 12, 1976. They had three children, Justin, Alissa and Luke. Cindy stayed home with them, loved them and home-schooled them.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Reid. Her brother, Todd Ellgren, and his wife, Amy. Her son, Justin, and his wife, Melissa, and grandchildren, William, Weston, Sam, Everett, Lucy, Harrison, Ocean and Jack. Her daughter, Alissa DeGroote, and her husband, Josh, and grandchildren, Sabrina Thompson and her husband, Grant, and other grandchildren, Olivia, Isabella, Eden, Silas and Grayson. Her son, Luke, and his wife, Elizabeth, and grandchildren Cedric, Christian, Peter, Gwendolyn and Johnny. Her sister-in-law, Brenda Ellgren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Lorraine Ellgren, and by her brother, Scott.


Posted 01/10/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held their final meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Twin Vines Winery in Panora. Fifty-eight women attended in person and 17 members attended via Zoom. The group added four new members.
Three organizations made presentations for consideration. Kathy Miller and Julie Tibbles presented for Panora P.E.T.S, alongside volunteer Michelle Doran. Cindy McCarty presented for Timber Creek Charities, alongside board member Carrie O’Brien. Kristen Crouthamel presented on behalf of Dani Fink for the Guthrie County Sheriff K9 Fund. The group announced a lump sum $14,800 donation to Timber Creek Charities. Additional donations and employer matches were collected from the group members after the photo showing $13,600 was taken. The $14,800 amount is the largest donation to date for the 10 Squared Women’s group and consists of member donations and employer matches.
Timber Creek Therapies was created in 2001 to help individuals using innovative tools not seen in many other outpatient centers. At the same time, Timber Creek Charities was created to help individuals receive therapies when they lacked adequate insurance coverage and/or financial resources to do so on their own. Timber Creek Charities is a 501c3 nonprofit entity and is governed by a board of directors.
The next meeting is Feb. 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall in Guthrie Center. To learn how to get involved, visit their Facebook page at, or email them at
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Posted 01/10/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

Ten Squared Plus Men of Guthrie County presented their last check of 2023. Ryan Albers presented for the Little Panther Day Care and Preschool during their November meeting, and they were declared the winner of the check for $20,200, the largest single donation to date.
Little Panther, which serves more than 70 young people, will use the funds to replace two aging furnace and air conditioning units. Since the initial gift of $11,100 to the elementary schools for the backpack programs in 2016, the philanthropic group has given $357,350 to Guthrie County entities without a dime of expense. Ten Squared Plus Men will meet next in April of 2024. For information on how to be part of the group, email

Raccoon River Valley Carving Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. in the Conference Center at Lake Panorama.

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Posted 01/10/2024
By Rich Wicks
Lake Panorama Times

A recent meeting of the Raccoon River Valley Carving Club found four of the members present at their workshop in the Conference Center at Lake Panorama. The room included a variety of machinery, tools and books related to wood carving, but the centerpiece was the four artists and friends sitting around the tables. Dennis Shepherd, Terry Sprague, Tom Schaefer and Dave Beidelman each worked on a current carving project as they socialized. Members not present were Ted Reeve, Rich Schumacher, Jim Sievers, Mike Halupnick, Tom Loeck, Jerry Armstrong and Frank Teale.
The group meets regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. and has been doing so for several years.
“Tom Jeschke gets the accolades for the group,” Shepherd said. “He started teaching classes in the community a long time ago, and he had a lot of students. This group hasn’t been here all that long, as far as meeting in this location.”
Dr. Jeschke passed away in March of 2023, and the four carvers agreed that he was a skilled instructor who helped each of them improve techniques and know-how.
In describing how Jeschke first started carving, Sprague said, “The story was that (Jeschke’s wife) Conni saw something that she liked, and Tom wasn’t going to pay that price for it, so he just decided to make it himself.”
Each of the four shared examples of how carving is a learning process and that mistakes are inevitable, but valuable, moments.
“(Dr. Jeschke) was very patient as a teacher, and meticulous,” Shepherd said. “He let you do your own thing, and he kept an eye on how you could improve.”
As the members talked, they showed what they are currently working on. Many of the projects are planned to be given to grandchildren or other family members. Figurines and Christmas tree ornaments are first carved, then sanded and painted. Most of the objects are carved from basswood, since it’s a soft and tight-knit wood with few cracks in the grain.
Although each member pointed to Jeschke as his instructor, the four have also become teachers to new carving enthusiasts. Shepherd told of introducing a Girl Scout group to carving.
“I introduced them to carving a yam, as Tom did with us,” he said. “It’s a lot softer and easier to carve than wood.”
The group keeps safety in mind, since the power tools and even the hand tools can easily cut deeply into flesh. The four also said they welcome anyone interested in carving to come visit them for advice and help in getting started.
The four chatted and joked as they worked on their projects and gave each other suggestions when asked. It soon became apparent that the friendship is at least as important as the craft.
“The group is kind of about fellowship,” Shepherd said.

Melissa Merical is the proud owner of a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The phrase, “Like father, like son,” is well known. But in the case of Melissa Merical, the phrase, “Like father, like daughter,” fits. That’s because her love of Corvettes reflects the love her father had for Corvettes.
“I always wanted a Corvette when I was younger,” Merical says. “My father was a Corvette collector and had many Corvettes through the years. He was president of the Corvette Club of Iowa. He collected Corvettes and Dodge Vipers. He would take me with him to club meetings, parties and racing events.”
Now, Merical is the proud owner of a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The name of the car’s color is as fancy as the car itself — Hypersonic Gray Metallic.
“When the new C8 Corvette was introduced, I knew I had to have one,” Merical says. “I purchased it from Joel Hester at Karl’s Chevrolet in Stuart. I ordered it in 2020, and because of COVID delays, it arrived in 2022.”
When she was a child, Merical’s parents, Jim and Sandy Strong, had a condo on Lake Panorama’s main basin. Later, they had a home on the west side near Shady Beach, so she spent many years of weekends and summers at the lake. She grew up in homes in West Des Moines and Ankeny and graduated from Ankeny High School.
Merical has lived full-time at Lake Panorama since 2006 when she built a house on Donahey Drive. Merical’s father passed away in 2008. Her mother has a log cabin across the street from her, and her sister lives in a home nearby. Her three children and five grandchildren all live within an hour’s drive.
She is a self-taught artist and interior designer. Her website, Merical Creations, features a gallery of original paintings and large design projects. Beginning in 2012, Merical developed a portion of her family’s farm west of Panora that now is Twin Vines. She planted the vineyard and designed the house, barn and other structures. For a time, she had her art studio in the house.
Merical’s 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features removable hard tops, an engine in the back, and a “frunk” in the front, where the engine is found on most cars. Online specs show the C8 Corvette can go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds and has a top track speed of 194 miles per hour.
This isn’t the first notable car Merical has owned.
“I had a 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T powered by a 5.7 Hemi,” she says. “That was a fun car to drive. I owned it four years and sold it when I got the Corvette.”
Merical’s Corvette is in a cozy garage attached to her home. It is climate controlled with geothermal and in-floor heating with a shiny epoxy floor that is kept as clean as the Corvette.
“My daughter Nicole says my Corvette is a ‘garage queen’ because I rarely drive it. She did convince me to drive her to the Jelly Roll concert in Omaha last year, and I even let her drive it back home,” Merical says. “I have been to the Guthrie County Cars and Coffee meets a few times. I’ve also been to several parades and area car shows. I really enjoy being with other car enthusiasts and talking cars and car-related topics.”
Does Merical plan any updates to her Corvette?
“I ordered the car fully optioned and have not made any additional improvements,” she says. “I am planning to have Detailer’s Eye in Panora give the car a ceramic coat in the spring, which will help protect the paint.
“I don’t consider myself a gearhead,” Merical says. “But I do enjoy driving a car with more than average horsepower. My dad was a pilot and enjoyed flying in the air as well in his Corvettes. I share that same passion.”
The vanity license plate on Merical’s Corvette references the word Mistletoe.
“My dad used to call me that when I was a little girl,” she says. “I thought this would be a good remembrance of him, because this is the kind of car he loved.”
As they say, like father, like daughter.

Nick and Lynn Kuhn will continue to operate The Links Lounge and Spikes, plus manage events.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times
For a second year, a contract has been signed between the Lake Panorama National Resort and Nick and Lynn Kuhn to operate The Links Lounge and Spikes, plus manage events.
The LPN kitchen closed in July 2022 after the departure of several key kitchen personnel. A task force reviewed several options and recommended the best long-term strategy would be to lease the LPN food and beverage operation to a third-party vendor.
The Kuhns own The Beerhouse in Urbandale, The Hall DSM in Valley Junction and also lease the Sun Valley Lake Clubhouse Bar + Grille. They opened The Links Lounge + Events in April 2023.
Since 2020, there has been a nationwide shortage of wait staff, which caused the Kuhns to rely on technology to fill the service personnel void. This business model has worked well at their other establishments. Rather than having a server bring menus and take orders, QR codes are on the tables. Customers review menus and place their orders using their smart phones. Orders show up on screens in the kitchen and at the bar. Bartenders deliver drinks to tables and are notified when food is ready to deliver.
At The Links, the lack of personal service proved to be a sticking point for many customers. This past fall, at the request of the Kuhns, the LPN food and beverage task force used a survey to gather input on the 2023 operation. A total of 490 responses were received, and survey results were used to help craft the 2024 lease.
When asked to choose between personal service and fast service, 82% of survey respondents chose personal service, and 75% said they would like a server to take their order. The 2024 lease includes offering a table service option in addition to the QR code ordering. The Kuhns also plan to deploy a large QR code at the Boulder Beach docks so customers can order food and drink from The Links directly from their boats. Orders will be delivered to the dock area.
“Through feedback directly from customers, we have been able to glean information we can apply,” says Lynn Kuhn. “The two service models is an example of that. Customers will have the option of placing their order with a server or by using the QR code. We plan to start offering the table service option in May, once we have hired additional staff.”
The 2024 lease agreement also calls for increased days and hours of operation for The Links Lounge, with Sundays and Mondays added to the schedule and lunch offered Friday through Sunday.
Kuhn says customers can expect some changes to The Links menu and specials in the coming months.
“In addition to the great pub fare, we’ll be adding regular entrées to the menu,” she says. “Foodie Friday has worked well as a fall option and gives Chef Bryan Manning an opportunity to try new things. As we head into early spring, we plan to offer weekly dinner specials on other days of the week, too.”
Pizza also may appear on the menu in 2024.
“We are known for exceptional pizza in the Des Moines area and are exploring this option; however, the kitchen is currently not equipped for this menu item,” Nick Kuhn says. “We are working on this and hope to be able to offer pizza sometime this spring.”
Beginning May 1 and running through September, The Links will be open each Monday 3-10 p.m.; Wednesday 3-10 p.m.; Thursday 3-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A limited menu will be offered on Sundays. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m., except on Wednesdays.
Between now and April 30, hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 4-10 p.m. Those hours will return Oct. 1.
Another change in the restaurant operation will be the removal of the surcharge on credit card payments. There will continue to be a 3% surcharge for credit card transactions for events and at Spikes.
Some changes in event pricing also are in place for 2024. LPN and LPA events will be charged a single $250 facility fee. Use of the banquet room for corporate, community and personal events will cost $750, and use of the dining room will be $300-500, depending on the day. Golf events that include food and beverage purchases will receive a 50% discount on the room rental fee. Nonprofit charities will receive a 10% discount on the facility fees. 
Lynn Kuhn coordinates events scheduled at Lake Panorama National.
“We’ve learned about so many wonderful events that are part of the fabric of Lake Panorama, and it’s fun to be a part of those traditions,” she says. “We invite more dinners, receptions and corporate events. We can accommodate groups of any size and offer some great food and beverage options to make the occasion memorable.”
To discuss an event for the 2024 LPN calendar, email
Spikes and the beverage carts are included in the lease agreement. Deb Douglass will manage the snack shop and beverage cart operation again for 2024.
Beginning April 1 and running through April 30, the 2024 agreement calls for Spikes to be open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with adjustments made for weather and tee times. Those hours will return Sept. 3 through the end of October.
Beginning May 1, Spikes will be open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended evening hours Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate league play. Beverage cart service will be expanded to all scheduled golf events of at least 24 players and both men’s and women’s golf leagues.
“In 2023, Nick explored new ways to get food and beverages to golfers using QR codes on golf carts,” Lynn Kuhn says. “This will help make LPN an even better experience. Be on the lookout for that option this spring.”
“We have enjoyed getting to know the Lake Panorama community. We also have enjoyed ‘throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks’ as far as menu options and processes,” Nick Kuhn says. “We have learned quite a lot and look forward to implementing some new ideas and processes in the coming year.”
Plans for an Easter brunch are in the works. The Links Lounge + Events Facebook page and the LPN Resort Weekly will provide updates on this and other offerings throughout 2024.
“We invite the entire Panora community to come enjoy what The Links Lounge + Events has to offer,” Nick Kuhn says. “And a shout out to the staff at Spikes and The Links. We have some fantastic people. Although facing a challenging local labor market, we look forward to growing our team in 2024.”
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And a few planting tips.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Lynn Kuhn
Special to Lake Panorama Times

I can’t think of a better time of year for this topic. As I write and gaze across the landscape, it’s mostly gray. Thank goodness for conifers, fruiting shrubs and ornamental grasses adding much desired winter interest. You might think most conifers struggle in Iowa due to the number of browning trees in private and commercial landscapes. However, there are several conifer trees that grow well in our state including a couple of deciduous conifers. For now, let’s focus on the conifers that are considered “evergreen.” Below I have highlighted four underused conifers based on performance, beauty and overall usefulness in the landscape.

a.k.a. Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Canadian hemlock is native to the Chicago area and eastern United States.
Hardy to zone 3 (northern Minnesota).
Growth rate is moderate at 1-2’ per year.
Mature size is 40-70’ tall by 25-35’ spread.
Somewhat deer resistant depending on what else is available.
Somewhat shade tolerant.
Intolerant of heat, drought, strong wind and poorly drained soils.

Fun Fact: There is an herbaceous plant also called Hemlock (Conium maculatum) that is deadly. The famous Greek philosopher, Socrates, met his maker after being given Hemlock at his execution. (Source: For more info go to How to Identify and Remove Poison Hemlock (

Designer’s Tip: Sprinkle hemlock trees through a shady treed area for winter privacy. Don’t be afraid to plant them tightly. Due to their loose open habit, hemlock knit together nicely without suffocating adjacent trees.

a.k.a. Rocky Mountain White Pine
(Pinus flexilis)
Native to Rocky Mountains, western United States and Canada.
Hardy to zone 4.
Full sun to part shade.
Mature size is 30-50’ tall by 15-35’ spread.
Tolerates dry soil, is more disease and pest resistant than other types of pine, and more tolerant to alkaline soils than Eastern White Pine (Source: Morton Arboretum).

Fun Fact: Limber Pine gets its name from its very flexible branches, especially when young, giving it the ability to live many years. A tree was discovered in Idaho that lived to 1,650 years. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)

Designer’s Tip: Instead of planting the straight species, try one of these two cultivars due to their fast growth rate, tight form and improved bluish color.
Pinus flexilis “Extra Blue”
Pinus flexilis “Vanderwolf’s Pyramid”

(Picea omorika)
Native to southeastern Europe, Serbia, and Bosnia (Source: Morton Arboretum)
Hardy to zone 4.
Mature size is 40-60’ tall by 20’ spread.
Tolerates air pollution.

Designer’s Tip: Instead of choosing Colorado Blue Spruce, which has several disease and pest problems, plant Serbian Spruce. Its graceful slender form is ideal for tight spaces and it is a gorgeous workhorse in the landscape. Serbian Spruce works well as a hedge, staggered grouping, or a specimen. You’ll love the silvery blue green coloring of this special conifer.

(Juniperus virginiana “Taylor”)
A columnar form of Eastern Red Cedar, which is native to Iowa.
Hardy to zone 4.
Mature size is 15-20’ tall by 3-4’.
Tolerates heat and dry soil.
Designer’s Tip: This tree is a designer’s best friend due to its versatility. It grows in less than desirable conditions, stays narrow, and provides year-round privacy. It’s parent plant is rather unruly, but Taylor is well-behaved, refined and tough as nails.

A few more tips…
If you are poised to plant conifers this coming year, be sure to avoid planting them too low. Unfortunately, this is very common, and they do not like wet feet. Instead, dig a saucer-shaped hole 2-3 times the width of the rootball and keep the hole shallow. Plant them so the top of the rootball is 4-6” above grade and bring soil up around the rootball to prevent it from drying out. Add 3” shredded bark mulch and water slowly and deeply.
If you happen to own conifer trees of any type, especially Colorado Blue Spruce, have them checked regularly by a certified arborist. Look for indications of fungal issues, such as a pale purple foliage, which is an indication of Rhizophaera needle cast.
Iowa only has five native conifers: white pine, eastern red cedar, balsam fir, common juniper, and yew. (Source: ISU Extension) This is a very short list. Thankfully, there are many non-natives that are available in the nursery trade that will perform well in our state.
The best way to decide which conifer tree is right for you is to observe them at a local arboretum or public garden. I recommend the Brenton Arboretum just south of Dallas Center and Iowa Arboretum near Madrid. We are so fortunate to have these beautiful places where trees are tested and grown for our enjoyment.

Written by Lynn Kuhn, author of “Conversation Gardens: Where Conversations Flow and Relationships Grow.” She is a landscape architect, speaker and owner of Conversation Gardens (formerly Outdoor Transformations). You can reach Lynn at or


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Posted 01/10/2024
By Jolene Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

Each year, I choose a word. It’s kind of like a New Year’s resolution, but simpler. The word guides me through the year, keeping me focused on what I want to work on. My word for 2024 is healthy. I am an admitted sugar addict, so I am working to cut down the consumption while adding more greens into my daily menus. This asparagus scramble is delicious, and you will have a serving of greens before you leave the house for the day. Asparagus intimidates me, but this recipe keeps it crisp and provides great flavor. So, if you are an asparagus lover, you’ll thank me for this simple and easy recipe. As well, the bits of green provide a great presentation when served. Broccoli and sweet potatoes work well, also.
Here’s to a healthy new year. Happy cooking.

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

Asparagus Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut to 1/4” pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1.5 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Add olive oil to a pan warmed at medium heat. Heat for one minute. Add asparagus and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook and stir for 4 minutes until tender. While asparagus cooks, whisk eggs, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tbsp chives. When asparagus is tender, turn heat to low. Add egg to pan. Cook and stir slowly, scraping eggs from the bottom of the pan. When eggs are almost set, but slightly wet, turn off heat and remove pan from burner. Continue to stir until eggs are not wet and mixture is creamy, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and pepper.


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Posted 01/10/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

John Rutledge is halfway through his 17th year with Lake Panorama Association. At its July 2007 meeting, the LPA board of directors voted to hire Rutledge as LPA general manager after he spent three months in a sort of apprenticeship under then-manager Roger Dunlop.
Rutledge grew up in Guthrie Center, where he graduated from high school in 1992. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Northern Iowa in 1996. He spent a year at Principal Financial in Des Moines before returning to Guthrie Center to join his father’s business, Rutledge Construction.
In 2004, Rutledge ran for the position of Guthrie County auditor. He won the election and served in that position for two years before resigning to join the LPA. John and his wife, Tricia, have two children and live in Panora.
In this month’s Q&A, Rutledge answers questions he and others in his office are asked about the Lake Panorama Association.  

Q: The LPA has a lot of personal information on each association membership. Does that information ever get shared with third parties?
A: No, LPA does not share personal or contact information with third parties. The information isn’t even available to fellow LPA members. One of LPA’s core values is to protect the privacy of our membership. If a member has been contacted by a third party or a solicitor, that information came from some other source, not LPA staff.
It is worth noting that the concept of privacy in 2024 is substantially different than it was 20 years ago. Back then, it took a lot of legwork or a mutual connection to gain someone’s personal contact information. Now that information is readily accessible through a variety of online sources. Websites like Guthrie County Beacon (GIS) provide a wealth of property data. In addition, most of the apps we use on smartphones are designed to gather data for marketing goods and services to us.

Q: It’s easy to see how busy the LPA staff is spring through fall. But what does LPA staff do to stay busy in the off-season?
A: The nature of LPA’s work is a year-round endeavor. Although membership traffic coming to the LPA office or contacting us via phone calls and emails tends to be heaviest in the spring and summer, the work of the association continues steadily throughout all seasons.
Winter work for our field crew involves a wide variety of tasks. Snow removal and water system repairs are top priorities, but there are a number of other projects for when time allows. Examples include routine maintenance on LPA equipment, tree removal and roadside trimming, general cleanup of LPA work areas and recreational areas, and assembly and repair of picnic tables from LPA’s beaches. From an administrative standpoint, staff is involved with RIZ budgeting, legislative advocacy, the annual LPA and LPN financial audit, and preparations for the 2024 season.

Q: Does LPA have a role in determining property tax assessments and property tax bills?
A: LPA is not directly involved in the process by which member’s property tax assessments or property tax bills are established. The only exception to this is LPA’s support services to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), as RIZ receives Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to manage erosion control and water quality at Lake Panorama.
LPA does advocate at the local level on behalf of the association. But this advocacy is general and certainly not specific to the individual tax assessments and bills received by LPA members. Our advocacy encourages responsible fiscal management, continued quality of services and infrastructure, and transparency of local government decision making.
Members interested in providing input on property tax assessments and levy rates should remain involved throughout the year by engaging county supervisors and school board members to discuss issues and concerns in a productive and ongoing manner. Iowa’s local government system is extremely accessible and is truly governed by our friends and neighbors. I have yet to meet a local government representative who is unwilling to listen to the concerns of their constituents. This doesn’t mean every request can be satisfied and every concern can be resolved, but they are willing to listen and provide follow-up and feedback.

Q: The availability and affordability of technology has increased the number of cameras in use at Lake Panorama. How does this impact LPA operations?
A: First, let’s discuss cameras owned and operated by the association. LPA has cameras at the brush disposal facilities, at the boat ramp, in our LPA security vehicles, and in the form of officer body cameras. The cameras at the brush disposal facilities and the boat ramp are there to ensure we can enforce our rules in areas where it is not feasible to station an officer at all times. These cameras are very effective at catching dumping at the brush facilities and also help us ensure all boats being launched have a current sticker and are following invasive species regulations.
The cameras in the LPA patrol vehicles and on the officers’ chests help to protect both LPA and the membership. These cameras allow security, management, the LPA board and the LPA appeals committee to review incidents as these happened. These are in use for both traffic stops and boating violations.
The other context in which we discuss cameras is privately owned cameras. Members often have security systems, or smart doorbells with a camera feature. LPA encourages members to remember there are a number of different entities that have a legitimate purpose to be on member lots as a function of their work. This includes LPA staff, utility providers, licensed land surveyors, government agencies (assessor and sheriff) and delivery companies.
Members are encouraged to be discerning before they call LPA security or the Guthrie County Sheriff regarding suspicious activity on their cameras. If a crime is being committed, or repeated trespassing is occurring, then it is appropriate to call the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and report this concern. However, if you see isolated incidents of utility workers or land surveyors on camera, this is not a reason to contact the Sheriff’s office or LPA security.

Q: As we enter 2024, do you have any suggestions for LPA members who have questions?
A: As we look ahead to the coming year, my No. 1 tip is to take an active interest in the association. Each new year brings exciting opportunities and elements of change to Lake Panorama. Here are some ways to stay up to date on those developments.
If you are not receiving and reading LPA’s weekly email bulletin, I strongly recommend you make that part of your New Year’s resolution list. This is LPA’s official means of communicating with the membership. The LPA Prompt generally is distributed each Thursday, and contains important information throughout the year.
LPN, LLC, also has a weekly email that focuses on the golf, dining and lodging elements, which are managed by our wholly owned subsidiary. The LPN Resort Weekly typically is distributed each Monday. If you’re not receiving this, go to the LPN website at, scroll to the bottom of the home page, and complete the online form.
The LPA launched a new website in February 2022, which replaced one that had been in place since 2009. There are public and private sides to the website, and a wealth of information is available on both. If you’re not receiving the LPA Prompt, go to the LPA website at and click on the “Resident Sign-Up” link in the upper left corner. LPA staff will confirm your membership and grant access to the private side of the website. Taking this step also will get you signed up to receive the LPA Prompt.
Local newspapers continue to provide great coverage of events relevant to Lake Panorama, as well as surrounding communities and throughout Guthrie County. Support these local publishers with your readership and your patronage. Support their advertisers through shopping local, whenever you can.
LPA holds a number of informational meetings throughout the year, in the form of both the official annual meeting and periodic managers’ coffees. Attending these meetings and getting involved is a great way to learn what is going on, and also a great way to share thoughts and concerns with association staff. Dates for these meetings will be publicized as we approach spring. I can tell you now the LPA annual meeting is Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m., at the LPN conference center.
Social media and online forums continue to be popular platforms for member connections. LPA encourages you to celebrate good news together on these platforms. Social media sites also are fantastic for sharing lake-related tips and photos of your time spent at Lake Panorama. However, please remember these social media platforms and online forums are not official LPA sources of information. Those who have a question about something related to Lake Panorama or the LPA will get the answer they’re seeking faster if they contact LPA staff by calling 641-755-2301 or emailing

The Neel family has a long history in the lumber business.

Posted 01/10/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

After 32 years, Sharon Neel’s last day on the job at Lake Lumber was Dec. 28. At an open house that afternoon, customers and friends joined the Lake Lumber family in wishing Sharon well as she retired.
The Neel family has a long history in the lumber business. In 1900, George Neel and Sons purchased a lumberyard in Rippey. One son, Leonard, started Neel Lumber in Grand Junction in 1927. His son, Bob, took over the business in 1954. Bob and Dorothy Neel purchased Lake Lumber in 1977, and continued to operate the Grand Junction location until it closed in 1982.
Bob and Dorothy’s son, Tom, joined the business in 1984. When Tom and Sharon married and moved to Panora, Sharon worked for Midwest Landscaping. She joined the lumber business Jan. 2, 1992, taking over management of the hardware line. The Neels sold Lake Lumber to Kelvin Hafner in July 2021 and have continued to work there since the sale.
“I have greatly appreciated having Sharon stay on since I purchased Lake Lumber,” says Hafner. Hafner’s wife, Stephanie, joined the business in May 2022. She oversees the retail operation and manages the hardware line.
“Sharon is a wealth of knowledge,” Stephanie Hafner says. “She has been a valuable asset throughout the transition. Sharon has built an amazing hardware store for our community, with the goal of providing homeowners and contractors the resources to repair any project. She has graciously passed down her meticulous notes on products, vendors, tips and tricks for every department of the store.”
Sharon says while she is ready to retire, she will miss the relationships that have formed.
“We have the best customers, who have become friends. It’s like a reunion every time our seasonal friends return to say hello, shop and catchup on family,” she says. “I will miss my people, and that includes coworkers and salespeople. So many people supported and helped me during my 32 years at Lake Lumber.”
Neel places relationships at the top of her list of things she liked about working at Lake Lumber, but there is more.
“I also enjoyed the creative process of building displays and promoting amazing new merchandise,” she says. “Plus helping customers find what they came into the store to buy.”
Tom Neel continues to work four days a week with no set date for his retirement. Tara Rooney, who Sharon mentored for several years, now oversees the paint department. Brenda Wilson and Jessica Hein joined the Lake Lumber team in 2023, and also will help fill Sharon Neel’s shoes.
Neel’s retirement plans are extensive.
“First is to simply enjoy time at home and complete some furnishing and decorative projects. I also plan to unpack boxes to find lost items from our move to Lake Panorama from Panora five years ago,” she says.
Next up are travels to visit friends and family, volunteering, organizing years of photos and memories, crafting, watercolor painting, and perhaps picking up her guitar again. She might even consider a seasonal job at a greenhouse, nursery or floral shop to take her back to her horticulture roots.
Asked for a final comment, Neel returns to her customers.
“It was my privilege and a blessing to have met, known and been allowed to help so many awesome customers who chose to shop Lake Lumber,” she says.
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Posted 01/10/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Pearl
Age: 2
Breed: Corgi
Owners:  Steve, Jillian, Posey and Wesley Ortner

Pearl’s hobbies are chasing the kids, Wesley and Posey, and her dog sister, Scotch. She also loves to swim, chase birds and chew up things she shouldn’t. She’s really good at begging for belly rubs. She loves her dual farm/lake dog life.