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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits Lake Panorama

This wetland was the site of an August 30 visit by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, (second from right), explains how the wetland helps filter out sediment and nutrients before the water flows into Helen’s Cove. Pictured left to right are Brad Halterman, LPA project manager; Perdue; U.S. Congressman David Young; Rutledge; and Gildo Tori, Ducks Unlimited public policy director.

By Susan Thompson

The nation’s top agriculture official made a stop August 30 in Guthrie County at a wetland built to protect Lake Panorama from nitrates and sediment.

Sonny Perdue has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture since April 2017, and was in Iowa for two days. He spent time at the Farm Progress Show, attended several meetings with farmers and agribusinesses, and toured farms to view conservation practices.

Fall LPA Update from General Manager

By Susan Thompson

With fall’s arrival, the LPA maintenance staff is busy wrapping up 2018 projects. That was the message from John Rutledge, LPA general manager, at a “Coffee with the GM” session September 7.

Rutledge said the “big one” on the fall list is seal coating nine miles of roads. “Our guys have the prep work done. We’ve just been waiting on the vendor, who has been delayed because of weather. We prefer to have this work done earlier in the season, but we’ve been in this situation before and it worked out,” he said.

Panorama West Improvements Update

By Susan Thompson

Brandon Waddle has spent the last 20 years working on Lake Panorama golf courses. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In 1998, he was hired as the assistant grounds superintendent at Lake Panorama National. In 2013, the Lake Panorama Association moved management of the Panorama West golf course under the LPN umbrella, and Waddle was named grounds superintendent.

LPN to Manage Clover Ridge Reservations

By Susan Thompson

Options to rent a townhome at Lake Panorama for a single night or an extended stay have expanded, because a timeshare vacation operation there is being dissolved.

The Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association originally had 1,100 owners. The number of owners paying the annual maintenance fee has dropped steadily for the past 20 years. This year, fees paid weren’t enough to cover operating costs, and legal dissolution proceedings began.

LPN Dining Room Renovations Honor Dr. David Wang

Cassie, Tony and Grace Wang are shown in the LPN dining room with a plaque honoring Dr. David Wang, who passed away in 2002. The Wang family made a donation to Friends of Lake Panorama in his memory, with some of the money used to update the dining room. The updates include new chairs, artwork, tables and tabletop accessories.

By Susan Thompson

Sixteen years after his death, the family of a former Panora dentist and Lake Panorama resident has found a unique way to honor his memory.

On August 17, 2002, Dr. David Wang, at the age of 40, gave his life while saving a child in Lake Panorama. He and his family were entertaining friends on their boat when Wang spotted the boy in need of help. While the child was rescued, Wang never recovered from the shock of the cold water.

Panorama West Irrigation Complete, Other Projects Continue

This new concrete circular cart path takes golfers to the par-four tee box on the second hole at Panorama West.

By Susan Thompson

Installation of a new irrigation system at the Panorama West golf course is complete. The project included a new pump that brings water from Lake Panorama to all tees, fairways and greens on the course.

Work now is underway on new sections of concrete cart paths. This includes adding paths to the par-four tee boxes, plus a section of concrete adjacent to par-three tee boxes where none exists. The cart paths will be finished this season.

Clover Ridge Timeshare Resort to Close

Shown are some of the 14 housing units on the east side of Karen Drive owned by Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association. There are another eight units on the west side of Karen Drive.

By Susan Thompson

A timeshare vacation operation that has existed at Lake Panorama since the late 1980s is coming to an end. The Clover Ridge Interval Owners Association has brought visitors to Panora from other states and countries, while also providing a nearby vacation spot for Iowans.

The association’s financial picture has been in decline for years. Now legal proceedings to dissolve the association have begun, and no new reservations are being taken beyond September 9.

LPA Historical Book to be Available May 2019

The 50th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be May 11, 2019. To celebrate, a 96-page hardback book detailing the history of Lake Panorama and the LPA will be unveiled at that meeting.

As part of this project, Susan Thompson is looking for photos, Lake Panorama promotional materials, newspaper clipping and other memorabilia. These will provide graphic support for the history she is writing for this 50th anniversary book.

Lake Panorama National Interim Management Update

By Susan Thompson

When John Dinnebier left Lake Panorama National in mid-July, he left big shoes to fill. And because his departure happened at the busiest time of the year for LPN, the LPA Board of Directors and LPN Board of Managers quickly had to develop an interim management plan.

John Rutledge, LPA general manager, now is serving as LPN interim director of operations. Golf course superintendents Dan Wollner and Brandon Waddle report to Rutledge, as does Dave Thompson, LPN accountant.