Friends of Lake Panorama Making Push for Sunset Beach Playground Donations

This is the proposed Sunset Beach playground for which Friends of Lake Panorama is currently seeking donations.

By Susan Thompson

Statistics show a high percentage of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year. Friends of Lake Panorama is a relatively new option for charitable giving, having just received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in July 2014. The nonprofit is separate from the Lake Panorama Association, and is operated by a seven-member board of volunteers who are LPA members. The group’s goal is to improve recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. All contributions are tax deductible, and all donors receive a letter of thanks as their receipt.

LPN Tree Nursery Started in 2009 Paying Dividends

Charles Schnack, standing, works with Brandon Brehmer, LPN grounds crew, in the LPN tree nursery. The pair is moving 100 trees from the nursery this fall, transplanting them to locations on the LPN golf course, Boulder Beach and the LPA office.

By Susan Thompson, Lake Times Staff

Although the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) hasn’t yet reached Guthrie County, it’s getting close. The pest that kills ash trees has been found in both Dallas and Boone counties, and experts say it is inevitable it will reach Lake Panorama. Discussions on what to do when it does get here have been underway for several years. At the August meeting of the Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors, those discussions became more focused.  

New Board to Oversee Lake Panorama National

By Susan Thompson, Lake Times Staff

Lake Panorama National has seen a lot of changes since the golf course opened in 1971. The creation of a new board to oversee the LPN operation is the latest change. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the golf course since 1977, it has only owned the LPN conference center since 2005. The golf course was built by Mid-Iowa Lakes Corporation, which raised money for the lake development through stock sales. It opened in August 1971, but it wasn’t long before Mid-Iowa was bankrupt and the course closed.

Holiday Brunch, Lake Panorama National, December 13

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: admin1

The annual Holiday Brunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center will be Sunday, December 13. Service will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with reservations taken in half-hour increments.

This is the first brunch offered at the LPN since Peter Makens came on board as executive chef last summer. One change is this year’s brunch will be served for five hours, rather than just three. That should make the brunch work into more people’s busy holiday schedules, plus ease crowding during peak times. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 07:00

Young Pro Wins 2015 Brokers International Iowa Open

Adam Schenk received a trophy and a $25,000 check for his score of 19-under-par in the Brokers International Iowa Open at Lake Panorama National Aug. 14-16. He is shown, left to right, with Sandy, Kelly and Jane McCarty, representing Brokers International; Gary Soreide, tournament director; Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN assistant pro; John Dinnebier, LPN general manager; Gary Babcock, LPN head pro; and Dan Wollner, LPN grounds superintendent.

By Susan Thompson

A 23-year-old pro from Indiana won the Brokers International Iowa Open held at Lake Panorama National Aug. 14-16. Adam Schenk of Vincennes, Ind., had a three-day score of 197, 19 strokes under par. That is the lowest score in the six years of the Brokers International tournament at the LPN. Schenk shot scores of 68, 65 and 64 to earn a $25,000 check. Nathan Lashley of Scottsdale, Ariz., was three strokes back and took second place.

Tori's Angels Foundation Helps Children in Need

Tori Heckman of Guthrie Center, on the right, attends all Tori’s Angels fundraisers, including this one in July in Johnston. She’s shown with Hazel Roy and Hazel’s mother Monica. Hazel is the 14th child sponsored by the Tori’s Angels Foundation.

By Susan Thompson

On a Sunday morning more than five years ago, Jackie Wicks of Panora stood up from her pew in the Panora United Methodist Church. Her granddaughter, five-year-old Tori Heckman of Guthrie Center, was born with a heart defect that had required multiple surgeries at a Des Moines hospital. “Everyone in the church was aware of Tori’s situation,” Wicks says. “After the last surgery, the doctors in Des Moines said there was nothing more they could do and sent her to Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, they said the same thing, and sent her home.”