In the News

Team Curbside Prepares for Annual Bike Ride

Barb and Dan Wollner are shown in their Team Curbside jerseys beside the team bus. They have been riding RAGBRAI together since 1993, and have had the bus since 2003.
By Susan Thompson 
It won’t be long before Iowans see vans and buses loaded with bikes headed west. The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) July 21-27 starts in Council Bluffs and ends in Keokuk. In between, riders will stop overnight in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield and Burlington. One of those buses will be loaded with Team Curbside members, which is based in Panora, and has members from many locations. Dan and Barb Wollner founded the biking group. 

Sandy Lowe Joins LPN Staff

Sandy Lowe of Panora began work as the LPN, LLC chief accountant in May.

By Susan Thompson 

There is a new employee with a familiar face at Lake Panorama National. Sandy Lowe now is the LPN, LLC chief accountant, but she and her family have a long association with the operation.

Lowe began work at the LPN May 20, replacing David Thompson, who retired after holding the position for six years. She is a native of Peterson, Iowa, which is located in Clay County in northwest Iowa. After high school, she attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, earning an associate of applied science degree in accounting. 

Panorama Days August 2-4

Chaille Crandall coordinates Panorama Days for the Panora Chamber.
By Susan Thompson 
The first Lake Panorama Day was August 2, 1969. It was originally scheduled to celebrate the completion of Lake Panorama’s dam, but weather and other delays meant that didn’t happen until the summer of 1970. Yet the party went on as planned. 
Activities that first year included a pancake breakfast, parade, water fight between Panora and Guthrie Center firemen, and a free watermelon feed. Lake Panorama bus tours were available throughout the day, and there was a teen dance in Panora’s new fire hall that evening. 

LPN Gets Support from Granite Club Members

A new member of the LPN Granite Club for 2019 is Minnesota Cabinets in Clive. The sign is posted on the tee marker on the 18th hole at Lake Panorama National.

By Susan Thompson

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located between the first and 10thtees. In exchange, the businesses received a sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several of these businesses have maintained their sponsorship ever since. Donor signs are made of granite, and words such as unwavering and steadfast define granite. Thus, members of the Granite Club are recognized as unwavering, steadfast LPN supporters.

Loss of Longtime Resident Brings Outpouring of Support

Kim flashed his engaging smile in this photo taken a few years ago with granddaughter Brelynne. A list of sayings Kim reviewed each morning was shared at his funeral. “Everyone deserves to be greeted with a smile” was one item on the list.

By Susan Thompson

It’s been more than eight months since Kim Lubeck died while waterskiing on Lake Panorama. Lubeck had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, after being bitten by a deer tick in his Lake Panorama backyard earlier in the year. An autopsy stated his death was caused by a sudden cardiac event, with a likely link to Lyme disease.

Kim and his wife, Maureen, were married in November 1974. During their years together as a part of the Panora and Lake Panorama community, they’ve had an impact on many people and organizations, in many ways. 

Panora Telco Celebrates 100 Years

Andrew Randol, Panora Telco General Manager/CEO

By Susan Thompson 

In 1919, Panora Mutual Telephone was authorized to do business by the State of Iowa. Andrew Randol has been general manager and CEO of the Panora Communications Cooperative and its family of companies since 1999. A University of Iowa graduate and licensed CPA, Randol worked as Panora Telco’s accountant for three years before advancing to the top job. He and his wife Amy have three children. In this month’s Q&A, Randol takes a look back, and a look ahead. 

Lake Panorama Fireworks Reminders

The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama. 

The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association, and put on by the Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 6. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.