Guest Swans Cause a Stir at LPN

By Susan Thompson 

When two white swans appeared early one morning on the pond on the fifth hole at Lake Panorama National, some people reached for their cameras. But after taking a closer look, it became clear the swans wouldn’t be flying away. That’s because these swans are tied to bricks located on the bottom of the pond.

Lake Panorama Fireworks Update

The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama.

The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association, and put on by the Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 7. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.

Fin & Feather Banquet Raises Record Numbers

Guests at the Lake Panorama Fin & Feather annual banquet and fundraiser visit over live auction items before the dinner on May 12 at the Lake Panorama National Resort. Thirty-seven items were auctioned off.
Plenty of smiles and good fun greeted those who came out to support the annual Lake Panorama Fin & Feather banquet and fundraiser Saturday, May 12 at Lake Panorama National Resort. 
The fundraiser, which helps maintain and improve recreational fishing at Lake Panorama, was able to stock over $12,000 of walleyes, largemouth bass and perch in Lake Panorama in the fall of 2017 due to the success of the non-profit organization.

LPA Annual Meeting Includes 2017 Reports, 2018 Outlook

Emily Donovan and Rich Schumacher were elected to the LPA Board of Directors at the 49th LPA annual meeting May 12.

By Susan Thompson

The 49th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 12, with about 100 people in attendance. The meeting provided an update on activities during the past year, plus a look ahead at the remainder of 2018.

Emily Donovan and Rich Schumacher were elected to fill two open seats on the LPA board. They will replace Mindy Larsen Poldberg and Charles Schnack, who were completing their second three-year terms on the board. Jason Grossman, Andy Harrelson and Todd Hyde also were on the board ballot. 

New Restaurant Manager at Lake Panorama National

Matt Mikkelsen is the new restaurant and special events coordinator at Lake Panorama National. A 2009 Panorama graduate, he comes to the position with about eight years of experience.

By Susan Thompson

A 2009 Panorama graduate who worked at Lake Panorama National as a teenager has returned. Matt Mikkelsen started work in late April as the new LPN restaurant and events manager.

Mikkelsen began working in the LPN cart barn at the age of 16. For the next five years, he worked part-time in various capacities, including the cart barn, pro shop and kitchen.

After high school graduation, he attended DMACC and later AIB. At both colleges, he majored in hospitality and event management and played on the golf team.

LPA Security Chief Talks Boats

By Susan Thompson

Jerry Armstrong was Lake Panorama’s first security officer in 1969 for one year, before taking other jobs for many years. He then spent 10 years working the LPA security night shift full-time, before stepping into the LPA security chief role in October 2016. In this month’s Q&A, Armstrong talks about boating on Lake Panorama. 

Q: What’s new this year for boaters at Lake Panorama?