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Food Insecurity Prevalent in Iowa

Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa president and CEO, poses with a seed sign for the farm of Willard Hostetler. Growing up on a nearby farm in Greene County, Book walked beans for Hostetler beginning when she was 11 years old.

By Susan Thompson

All across Iowa, farmers grow crops and animals that end up as food consumed by humans. Our state has often been described as “the land of plenty” for this very reason. And yet one in eight Iowans and one in five Iowa children are impacted by food insecurity.

Food insecurity means a lack of access to enough food to lead a healthy, active life. There are more than 42 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger, including nearly 385,000 Iowans.

LPA General Manager Provides Updates, Answers Questions

By Susan Thompson

Two topics drew the most attention at a “Coffee with the GM” session March 9 — 2018 property assessment notices from the Guthrie County Assessor, and upgrades needed at the LPA water plant.

About 45 people attended the meeting at the Lake Panorama National conference center, where John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided updates and responded to audience questions.

LPA Membership Survey Results

By Susan Thompson

A total of 503 Lake Panorama Association members responded to an online survey last November and December. In all, 92 percent of respondents finished all questions of the survey. The average time spent on the survey was 7 minutes, 44 seconds.

Ninety percent of respondents said they own a home at Lake Panorama, with the other 10 percent owning just a lot. Of those who own a home, 52 percent said they are full-time residents, with 27 saying they are seasonal residents, 13 percent saying occasional resident and eight percent are non-resident.

Every Day is Different for LPA Operations Supervisor

By Susan Thompson

Mike Monthei has been on the Lake Panorama Association staff since 1999. In his first years with the LPA, he was erosion control supervisor and the back-up dam operator. Monthei was promoted to LPA operations supervisor seven years ago. In this month’s Q&A, he answers questions about LPA operations.

Q. First, give us an overview of the types of things you and your staff are responsible for throughout the year.

LPN Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt April 1

The Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 1, with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Chef Drew Labath will prepare a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, plus plenty of sweet desserts.

The cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and under. Because of the brunch, The Links regular breakfast menu will not be available that day. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080 or 800-879-1917 to reserve a table.

Love of Travel Takes Lake Panorama Man to Mountain Summit

Before the ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro, Gary Geels (left), is shown with his daughter Meredith Swenson, her husband Adam Swenson, and Adam’s father, Craig Swenson.

By Susan Thompson

Last September, while most Lake Panorama residents were enjoying beautiful fall weather, one resident was in Tanzania, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in single-digit temperatures.

Gary and Susan Geels moved from Johnston to a condo on Lake Panorama’s main basin in 2008. She works as a special education administrator in the Des Moines Public Schools. He is a Bankers Trust vice president who works with retirement plans.

Sports Courts Update from LPA Project Manager

By Susan Thompson

New sports courts will be constructed at Boulder Beach this spring. Friends of Lake Panorama raised $75,000 for the project, and the Lake Panorama Association is matching that amount to complete the full $150,000 project. Site preparation was done in September by the LPA staff. In this month’s Q&A, Brad Halterman, LPA project manager, provides an update, since this is one of many projects he is overseeing for the LPA in 2018.

Q: Let’s start with you telling us about the court sizes and how they will be configured.

Lake Panorama Property Assessments Coming Soon

By Susan Thompson

Lake Panorama property owners soon will receive their 2018 property assessment notices from the Guthrie County Assessor’s office. Nikki Carrick, Guthrie County Assessor, says notices will be mailed about February 14.

“These notices are intended to inform Lake Panorama property owners of the estimated market value of their property,” Carrick says. “However, the values should not be confused with taxable value or property taxes. Property taxes based on these 2018 property assessment values will be payable in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020.”