Second Beach Ball to Raise Money for Sports Courts

By Susan Thompson

Plans are underway for the 2nd annual Beach Ball, sponsored by Friends of Lake Panorama. The event will be Saturday, May 6, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. All proceeds will go to the charity’s current priority project — new sports courts at Boulder Beach.

The first Beach Ball in May 2016 raised nearly $24,000, which helped Friends reach its $80,000 goal for a new playground at Sunset Beach. The Lake Panorama Association provided an additional $50,000, and the playground was completed last July.

New Women's Group Kicks Off

From left: Kristen Crouthamel, Laura Smith and Shannon Neff-Muell, the founders of 10 Squared Women on a Mission of Guthrie County, host an informational meeting for the new group on February 9. The organization's mission will be to raise money for local causes.
Lake Times staff
A group of local service-minded women met and mingled last week to help form a new charitable organization: 10 Squared Women on a Mission of Guthrie County.
Inspired by the male version of the organization within the county —10 Squared Men Plus — Shannon Neff-Muell, Kristen Crouthamel and Laura Smith decided to found their own group. Members will work together to raise money that goes directly to causes within Guthrie County. 

Trumpeter Swans Spending Winter at Lake Panorama

Trumpeter swans on the Donahey/Helen's Cove wetland.

By Susan Thompson

It was expected a new wetland established in 2016 to help improve Lake Panorama’s water quality also would attract wildlife. That expectation already is reality, with some trumpeter swans spending time there this winter.

Brad Halterman, Lake Panorama Association’s project manager, photographed some trumpeter swans on the ice at the 26-acre wetland on January 9. “The wetland was still frozen over, with no open water. They have been hanging out at the wetland off and on for a few weeks now,” Halterman says.

What's Cooking in the LPN Kitchen?

By Susan Thompson

Andrew Labath took over the Lake Panorama National kitchen last summer. As executive chef, he’s responsible for feeding the hungry at The Links Restaurant and Lounge, plus at a multitude of meetings, banquets and receptions throughout the year. In this month’s Q&A, Labath talks about old favorites, new offerings and overall goals.

Q: Tell us about your first few months at the LPN?

Lake Panorama Author's Book Gains Recognition

By Susan Thompson

The latest young adult nonfiction book written by Cheryl Mullenbach, who lives at Lake Panorama, has been named to a list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms.

Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More has been selected for the list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017. The list is a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

Sports Court Fundraising Halfway to First Goal

By Susan Thompson

The Friends of Lake Panorama’s mailbox was filled with good news throughout December and the first two weeks of 2017. During that six-week period, $17,000 was received to help build new sports courts at Boulder Beach. That $17,000, added to $8,000 donated in 2014 for an earlier sports courts proposal, means the nonprofit charity is halfway to its first fundraising goal of $50,000. Once Friends raises $50,000, the LPA has committed another $50,000. 

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?