Friends Board Holds 2017 Organizational Meeting

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2017 organizational meeting December 12, 2016. The meeting was the last one for Kirk Fischer, who was completing a three-year term. He was the Friends board president the last two years.  

Kim Lubeck was appointed to replace Fischer, and will serve a three-year term on the beginning January 1, 2017. Lubeck has a bachelor’s degree in business from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. He recently retired after 42 years as the owner/operator of Panora Oil Company.

Cold Winter Weather Brings Ice Fishing Fun

The ice fishing season is underway and reports from those venturing out to the frozen water say area lakes and ponds are producing great numbers of fish this winter.
By Ashley Schable
Freezing temperatures have frozen some area lakes providing anglers with an opportunity for ice fishing fun. Fishing has been reported good. “I’ve had a great ice fishing season so far,” said Scott Stanley, who serves as chairman for the local Fin and Feather, which supports fishing and wildlife enhancement at Lake Panorama. When he’s not fishing he is vice president at Farmers State Bank in Yale.

Lake Panorama RIZ Update

By Susan Thompson

In this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provides an update on what’s in store for the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) in 2017.

Q. January is traditionally a slow time for the LPA board, but a busy time for the RIZ board. What’s happening with the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board this month?

Lake Panorama Water Company is Complex Business

By Susan Thompson

Construction of the Lake Panorama water plant began in 1969, the same year work on the Lake Panorama dam got underway. Since then, the operation has become increasingly complex. Mike Gliem, who supervisors the Lake Panorama Water Company, the dam and the LPA building codes, answers questions about the water operation.

Q. First, tell us about yourself. How long have you been working for the LPA, and what are your current responsibilities? 

2017 Golf Memberships Now Available

By Susan Thompson

Early plans for the Lake Panorama development included two golf courses, one on each side of the lake. In the late 1960s, Richard Watson was hired to design both. The result was the 18-hole Lake Panorama National on the east, and the 9-hole Panorama West, both of which opened in 1971.

Since 2013, both courses have been managed by LPN, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lake Panorama Association. By now, everyone who had a 2016 Lake Panorama National or Panorama West membership should have received renewal forms for the 2017 season.

HALO Holiday Party

  • Posted on: 22 November 2016
  • By: admin1

HALO Holiday Party 

December 15, 2017 

Social Hour 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Lake Panorama National Conference Center

$25 per person, must be paid in advance.

Call 641-755-2080 for reservations.


Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:30

New Club Welcomes Novice and Experienced Carvers

Those attending the November 1 session of the Raccoon River Valley Carving Club were, left to right, back row, Ray Pals, Dennis Shepherd, Stan Landon, Tom Jeschke. Front row, Jim Sievers, Denny Patterson, Rich Schumacher. Some completed and in-process carvings by club members are displayed on the table.

By Susan Thompson

For more than 25 years, Tom Jeschke has been turning blocks of wood into pieces of art. He’s also shared his carving talent with others by teaching classes. This spring, he took things a step further by launching the Raccoon River Valley Carving Club. The club meets each Tuesday morning 9 to 11:30 a.m. in a room on the top floor of the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.