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?

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.