Community Involvement Way of Life for Deal Family

Bill Deal was involved in agriculture his whole life. Here he’s shown at an early age with his 4-H calf.

By Susan Thompson

Bill Deal was born September 6, 1936 in Des Moines and raised on a farm near Bagley. He passed away at his home in Florida on November 24, 2016. During his 80 years of life, Deal had an impact on Guthrie County and beyond — an impact that continues even after his death.

Deal graduated from Bagley High School in 1954, before spending four years at Iowa State University. He taught ag education in Correctionville for one year before marrying Patricia Heiland. He then joined the Navy as an officer, and served for three years out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Sports Courts Project Gets Green Light

A new option is being considered for sports courts at Boulder Beach. Rather than installing two tennis courts with pickleball lines, the configuration shown here includes a single regulation tennis court with pickleball lines, plus two separate regulation pickleball courts. A final decision on the scope of the project will be made in late June.

By Susan Thompson

The success of a May 6 Friends of Lake Panorama fundraiser set the wheels in motion to proceed with new sports courts at Boulder Beach. The Friends board had set a $20,000 goal for the Beach Ball, and came within $600 of making that happen. Direct donations in advance of the event stood at $32,150, so Beach Ball proceeds pushed fundraising past its initial $50,000 goal. An anonymous donor had already pledged another $25,000 for a basketball court.