Lake Panorama News


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Posted 06/12/2024

When I purchased this publication in March of 2020, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. The fact that we were in the midst of the COVID pandemic didn’t help. So, I didn’t do much of anything. We simply kept publishing the newspaper in the same way it had been done for years prior. 
I did know two things, though.
First, our Iowa Living magazines were performing quite well, and we had publications in Grimes/Dallas Center and in Adel/Desoto/Minburn, as well as Winterset. Converting Lake Panorama Times to a Lake Panorama Living magazine made sense. Even so, I didn’t want to get in a hurry with changes, and I was more concerned about how to keep my company afloat during a time when many of my customers were dealing with government-imposed COVID shutdowns.
Second, I knew I wanted to spend more time at our home at Lake Panorama, and running a business here would allow me to do that. So, I continued with business as usual. During that time, though, the wheels were spinning in my mind. How could we take what we learned with CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines and create a separate division to serve readers and advertisers in Guthrie County?
Ultimately, as many of you know, we were able to buy the Guthrie County Times Vedette newspaper, which we converted to a twice-weekly, free, digital edition. We also launched a free monthly called Panora Times and another named Guthrie Center Times. But before we did those things, we redesigned Lake Panorama Times in May 2023 from a broadsheet newspaper to a magazine format, and we added more feature-oriented news and full color on every page. We then gave all three publications a common look and feel. The results have been positive from every measurable we set, and we just received additional recognition for our work by our peers.
Last week, Lake Panorama Times was named Most Improved Publication by the Association of Community Publishers, an organization with members who are owners, publishers, general managers and sales managers of community publications throughout North America. The members come from all walks of the community publishing world, from small independent publications to major companies. We are quite proud to have Lake Panorama Times named as the Most Improved Publication. In addition, Big Green Umbrella Media was awarded Best of Show as a result of awards won by all our publications. This is an even greater honor.
I am thankful to our staff, to our advertisers and to each of you — our readers — for providing us this opportunity, and we are pleased to make Lake Panorama and Guthrie County shine in front of all of North America.
As always, I thank you for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Lake Panorama Times
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Lake Panorama’s Erin Gerlich is the executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
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Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In mid-April, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) named Erin Gerlich as its new executive director. The IGHSAU is the only state activity association in the nation solely devoted to promoting, directing and regulating interscholastic athletics for junior high and high school girls.

Gerlich’s connection to the lake started at birth
Gerlich was born and raised at Lake Panorama and graduated in 2002 from Panorama Community Schools. She and her daughter, Avery, now live at Lake Panorama. Gerlich’s connection to the lake started at birth.
“I was born at Lake Panorama in my grandparents’ house (Irv and Molly Gerlich) on Christmas night in 1983,” she says. “There was a snowstorm, and my mother wasn’t expecting me for another few weeks. She went into labor after Christmas dinner, and I was delivered by my late aunt, Lynn Thornberry. The snowplows had to be called in so the ambulance could get there to eventually take me to Guthrie County Hospital.”
Gerlich’s parents are Jay and Karen Gerlich. She is the middle child of three girls. Maggie Armstrong is two years older, and Elizabeth Ratcliff is two years younger. The family lived on Helen’s Cove until Erin finished middle school. Then they built the house tucked behind the Boulder Cove condos on Lonna Drive, where Jay and Karen still live.
Gerlich describes herself as a “very average athlete.”
“I was involved in cross country, basketball, track and field, and played softball through my sophomore year. I also danced from the time I was 3 years old through graduation, so I was involved with dance team,” she says. “We had a girls club soccer team I played on in high school for a couple of years, and I played coed soccer for several years growing up. My name isn’t on the record boards, but I absolutely loved what athletics did for me as a person.”

A non-traditional path
Gerlich became the IGHSAU executive director in May. She calls her career path a non-traditional one.
“I went to Iowa State and earned a degree in sports medicine. I then went to Oklahoma State University to get my master’s in health promotion and worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the OSU football program,” Gerlich says. “I was the head athletic trainer for OSU women’s basketball for a few years before I transitioned into a director of operations, which was my first glimpse of administrative duties at the college level.”
Gerlich returned to the Panorama Community Schools in the summer of 2013, this time as an employee.
“I served as the activities director, athletic trainer and at-risk coordinator during my time there,” she says. “It was fun to come back to the place that made my childhood so special and where I still knew many people within the community.”
She moved from Panorama schools to the IGHSAU in September 2021 as an associate director. She was the head of emerging sports and new projects, acted as a liaison for all sports medicine coordination and initiatives, and served as the sport administrator for wrestling and tennis. She led the IGHSAU Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She was president of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association during the 2022-2023 season, the first female to hold the position.
Now, Gerlich is the sixth executive director of the IGHSAU, which has a long and storied history. In the 1920s, Iowa was one of the few states where girls could play high school basketball, which was particularly popular in Iowa’s rural schools. Larger schools didn’t have the same enthusiasm, and some people believed it was risky for the reproductive health of females to engage in “strenuous” activities such as basketball.
At the 1925 Iowa State Teachers convention in Des Moines, superintendents and principals decided competitive sports before paying crowds was good only for boys activities, and girls basketball would no longer be a state-sponsored interscholastic activity.
A group of superintendents, most of whom also served as girls basketball coaches, created an organization so girls could continue to play basketball. The IGHSAU was officially formed in 1927 and run by a board of superintendents for several decades. In the 1950s, they began to add more sports.
“By the time Title IX came into play in 1972, many looked to what Iowa had been doing for nearly 50 years to provide sport experiences for females,” Gerlich says. “In 1951, our girls state basketball tournament was televised in nine different states, which was well before any NFL or NBA games were televised. To say we have been progressive with females in athletics in our state is an understatement.”
The longest serving IGHSAU executive director was Dr. E. Wayne Cooley, who held the position from 1954 to 2002. He once stated, “I take a lot of pride that every girl walks down every main street in every town in Iowa just as tall as the boy.”

The Iowa Girl
In recent years, the association has expanded on Cooley’s idea by making the “Iowa Girl” a recurring theme at state tournaments, in printed materials and online. The premise is that “Iowa Girl” represents more than just being a girl from Iowa. The Iowa Girl is epitomized as a well-rounded young woman, active in both her school and her community, whose participation in athletics has a positive influence on her life.
An ornate pink and gold chair sits in the lobby of the IGHSAU offices in West Des Moines. In the past year, the staff has taken the chair with a pink backdrop that declares “Iowa Girl” to state tournaments. The display is a popular spot for photos.
IGHSAU now sponsors 11 sports. Besides basketball, the association sanctioned softball in 1955, with golf and tennis sanctioned in 1956. Track and field was added in 1962. Cross country was sanctioned in 1966, followed by swimming and diving in 1967 and volleyball in 1970. Soccer was added in 1998 and bowling in 2006. Wrestling was added in 2022.

Rolling out a new sport
Gerlich played the lead role in introducing girls wrestling to the state of Iowa with its first sanctioned season in 2022-2023.
“Wrestling was not yet a sanctioned sport, so I spent most of the first few months of my new job getting the necessary data and schools involved to formally make wrestling our 11th sanctioned sport. Rolling out a new sport took nearly all of my time and energy the first two years on the job,” she says. “Building relationships with schools, coaches, athletes and officials takes time. Once the wrestling community understood our vision, we had great support and momentum across the state. I’m really proud of what our organization has done to contribute to the sport. We have got a national spotlight on us for how we’ve grown girls wrestling, and that has been incredible for our athletes.
“We take great pride in our state tournaments for all of our sports, so I knew we had to knock it out of the park when it came to our first state tournament,” Gerlich says. “We pulled out all of the stops and sold out the Xtream Arena in Coralville where we have our tournament. We did that again this year. To be able to bring this kind of energy and attention through our platform for those athletes and coaches has been incredible.”
An estimated 800 girls were involved with high school wrestling before it was sanctioned by IGHSAU. After the first year, about 2,300 girls were involved. That number increased to 3,100 athletes this year.
“That isn’t counting the exponential growth on the junior high and youth numbers for girls that will continue to feed the high school system,” Gerlich says. “I am predicting steady growth for the foreseeable future.”
Gerlich’s dedication and achievements were recognized in 2023 when she was honored with the Charlotte Bailey Award from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, as well as the AAU Wrestling Women’s Empowerment Award.

Following in her mother’s footsteps
Erin’s daughter, Avery, who will turn 13 in July, is following in her mother’s footsteps at Panorama Community Schools. This year she participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field as a junior high athlete just finishing up the seventh grade.
“It’s fun to raise my daughter within the Panorama community. She was born in Oklahoma, but we moved back just as she was turning 2 years old. There’s nothing better than life in a small town, in my opinion,” Gerlich says. “My younger sister, Liz, has been the Panorama Elementary principal since Avery started kindergarten. My older sister, Maggie, has helped to coach her basketball team through parks and recreation and in the junior high system.”
Gerlich used to be a runner but says her participation in that sport has dwindled as it becomes harder on her body.
“Now, I love hiking, which is a great way to explore new places. I also hope to be on my bike more this summer, as time allows,” she says. “I’ve taken up golf, which is a fun challenge for my competitive spirit. I recently took Avery to the driving range for the first time, and she was quick to make great contact with the ball. So, golf may be in her future, too.”

The importance of the IGHSAU
Today, nearly 70,000 girls compete in Iowa high school athletics. Iowa continues to rank in the top half of the United States in terms of girls high school athletic participation, despite ranking 30th in U.S. population.
“Raising a daughter and having a niece just a bit younger than her has been even more motivation for me to provide great opportunities and experiences for these girls, locally and across our state,” Gerlich says. “It does get hard when my job takes me away from her, especially when I occasionally have to miss her events to be at our events. But she has always been mature and understanding that mom can’t always do it all, even though I want and try to.”
Gerlich says she is especially motivated to show high school girls the many career opportunities and avenues that exist in athletics, from administration to coaching and officiating.
“We don’t have nearly enough female faces and minds in the world of athletics, and they have proven to be some of the best overall leaders and difference-makers when put in those positions of impact,” she says. “I want the Iowa Girl to know her time in athletics doesn’t have to end with high school, even if playing college sports is not in the cards. You don’t have to be an all-star athlete to have a positive influence when it comes to education-based athletics.”
In Gerlich’s position, she says she also is excited to educate people on the importance of why the IGHSAU exists and the positive impact it has on those involved.
“I love getting to impact the Iowa Girl on such a high level,” she says. “We have an amazing staff, and I am excited to be in a visible role as a female leader. Our organization has a reputation for prioritizing the experience of the female athletes we serve, and I will love the continued challenge of finding new ways to serve and spotlight the amazing things our female athletes do across the state.”

PICTURED: Erin Gerlich presented the runner-up trophy to the Panorama girls basketball team at the 2024 tournament.


The 40-foot by 60-foot concrete pad is covered in sports court tile, with painted lines for both basketball and pickleball.
Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

A portable pickleball net was first added to the Sunset Beach sports court in April 2023. That summer proved to be a difficult one, as someone dragged it to the beach and damaged it.
This spring, Friends of Lake Panorama used funds donated earlier to the Sunset Beach court to purchase a new net. Shortly after it was installed, high winds grabbed and twisted it, breaking the bottom brace. Fortunately, Kevin Sherlock, a member of the LPA maintenance staff, was able to weld the brace back together, and the new net now is in place.
The fully assembled net is on five wheels. It can be stored along the fence when not in use and rolled into place as needed. A brake on each of the five wheels unlocks and locks, so the net can either be moved or secured in place.
Users are asked to always unlock the wheels when moving the net and lock the wheels once in place for play or when stored against the fence. It’s hoped extra caution by users will allow this net to survive more than one season. If the net is damaged, or not functioning as expected, users are asked to report details to Lane Rumelhart at the LPA office, 641-755-2301.
The court was completed in November 2022. The Friends of Lake Panorama board had discussed a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach for several years. Adding an extra 10-feet to the original plan made it possible to accommodate both basketball and pickleball.
The 40-foot by 60-foot concrete pad is covered in sports court tile, with painted lines for both basketball and pickleball. Black paint shows the basketball free throw line, lane and three-point arc. The basketball lane is green tile. The regulation-sized pickleball court also is green tile, painted with white lines. The rest of the court is covered in blue tile.
A total of $17,500 from the Friends of Lake Panorama’s 2022 Beach Ball was used for this project. Mark and Karen Einck donated $25,000 for the court, with another $5,500 received from other donors. A sign recognizing donors is attached to the fence.


Advance reservations are required, as attendance will be capped at 225.
Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Some seats and open tables remain for the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball fundraiser Friday, June 21. The Beach Ball will be at the Lake Panorama National Resort event center with all seating in the banquet room. Advance reservations are required, as attendance will be capped at 225.
Registration will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the dining room. Personalized programs with names, table numbers and bidding numbers will be ready for pickup as guests arrive. A buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar throughout the evening, which will open at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the Friends Beach Club provide additional financial support to Friends of Lake Panorama beyond the cost of the meal. Prices for 2024 Beach Club memberships remain the same as last year, and are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes table sponsorship, eight dinner tickets, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program; Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes two dinner tickets, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program; and Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes table sponsorship, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program.
Individual meal tickets are $50. To register, contact Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or
Funds will be raised with both live and silent auctions plus a 50-50 raffle and a drawing that will use four decks of cards. At its April meeting, the Friends of Lake Panorama board voted to make the LPN Priority 1 capital campaign its main project for this year’s Beach Ball. This means a percentage of pooled funds raised, plus direct donations, will be set aside by Friends for the LPN improvement projects.
Auction items can be donated specifically for the LPN Priority 1 project. For example, Chris and Brenda Duree and Mike and Kelly Faga are donating an authentic Iowa barbecue dinner for 50 people. The menu includes baby back pork loin ribs; smoked, barbecued and shaved pork loin, bacon mac and cheese; baked beans; cornbread; and coleslaw. This event could be held at the home of the winning bidder, Boulder or Sunset Beach, or other suitable local venue.
Some other auction items designated for the LPN improvements include a Traeger wood pellet grill donated by Lake Panorama Realty; two Cleveland wedges and a Masters collectible print donated by Jim and Julie Tibbles; an Iowa State University basketball signed by men’s head coach T. J. Otzelberger, donated by Jay and Sue Merryman; St. Thomas beach framed prints, donated by Mare and Rick Langel; and a gift basket donated by Local Liquor.
Of special interest will be two photographs taken by Michael Kleinwolterink, the LPN pro shop manager who has worked for the LPN since he was a teenager. One was taken with his drone on the second night of men’s league play this year. This aerial photo features the golf course with a double rainbow created by a passing rain shower. The other photo was taken during the 2023 Fire in the Sky display. Both photos are printed on metal and ready to hang.
New this year on the live auction will be a half-day adventure with Maureen Lubeck in her recently restored 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe four-door sedan. This package includes a cruise around Lake Panorama for up to four people. First stop will be Twin Vines for an exclusive wine tasting that includes appetizers and choice of two bottles of wine to take home. Another stop could be to show off your special “ride” to friends, or other destination of your choosing. Then to The Port where each couple will receive a $100 gift certificate to use for drinks and dinner.
Other live auction items that have been popular at past Beach Balls are offered again this year. These include a Cyclone football package for the Nov. 2 ISU vs. Texas Tech game, which includes four tickets in the ISU Athletic Director Suite with Jamie Pollard, food and soft drinks during the game, and a VIP parking pass; a piece of jewelry custom-made by Gary Youngberg, owner of Ames Silversmithing; a set of four passenger car tires for any vehicle, donated by Scott Politte, president of Stivers Ford Lincoln of Waukee; wine tasting for 20 at WineStyles in Johnston; two large inflatable Paradise Pads, donated by Mike and Austin Hayden; and a six-course gourmet meal for six with wine pairings, prepared, served and donated by Bill and Karen Fitzgerald.
Guests will find plenty of silent auction items to consider. These will include choice of two apple trees, delivered, planted and donated by Isom Tree Farms; ISU and Iowa birdhouses handmade by Steve Brannan; WeatherTech floormats from Stivers; handmade cutting boards; large potted plants; and a wide selection of gift baskets and gift cards.
Donated auction items will be accepted through June 19. Those interested in donating an auction item for the 2024 Beach Ball are asked to email
2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Friends of Lake Panorama. A video loop available for viewing throughout the evening will feature photos of past projects. Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website at Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.

PICTURED: This photo will be printed on 20-inch by 40-inch metal. It was taken by Michael Kleinwolterink on the second night of men’s league at Lake Panorama National, using his drone. The double rainbow appeared after a brief rain shower. This will be a live auction item, with proceeds going to the LPN Priority 1 projects.


A total of 15 pontoons will be used with three leaving every 15 minutes from the Boulder Beach docks.
Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Some openings remain for the Panora Garden Club’s fundraiser that offers pontoon tours of Lake Panorama. The event is planned for Wednesday, June 19. Five time slots are available between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. slots are filled, but there still are some openings in the remaining three options.
A total of 15 pontoons will be used with three leaving every 15 minutes from the Boulder Beach docks. Each tour will last about two hours with each pontoon captain making one trip around the lake.
A member of the Panora Garden Club will be on board each pontoon to answer questions and point out highlights. Signs along the tour route will mark the gardens and landscaping of garden club members. Maps showing Lake Panorama’s cove names and garden club member homes will be distributed to each guest.
The Panora Garden Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, so donations are tax deductible. A minimum donation of $30 is required for each person who reserves a tour spot, and those interested in making an additional donation are welcome to do so. Advance payment is needed, and details will be explained when reservations are made.
Besides the pontoon tour, a $30 per person donation will cover an individual charcuterie cup and bottled water. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.
To inquire about remaining openings, contact these Panora Garden Club members: 6:30 p.m., text Rhoda, 712-249-3666; 6:45 p.m. text Paula, 402-699-2580; and 7 p.m., text Paulette, 712-304-0077.
There is a rain date of Thursday, June 20. If the tour needs to be moved to that day, times will remain as originally set. If weather prevents this event, money for tickets will be considered a tax-exempt charitable donation to the Panora Garden Club.
Funds raised will be used to continue the projects club members conduct to beautify the community. These include such things as the summer petunia trees near the gazebo, 28 street pots scattered throughout Panora with both summer and winter displays, and last winter’s giant gnomes installed for the Christmas season.


Jeffrey Bump explains the impact Lake Panorama has had in Guthrie County and on the Bump & Bump law firm.
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Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The Panora law firm of Bump & Bump was formed in 1991 between brothers Jeffrey and William Bump. The pair chose the same career path as their father, Wilbur Bump, who was one of the early leaders of the effort to create Lake Panorama.
William Bump earned his law degree from Drake University in 1984 and began practicing law with his father in West Des Moines. Jeffrey Bump earned his law degree, also from Drake University, in 1988. After graduation, he joined an 85-lawyer law firm in Dallas, Texas. 
“My wife, Karen, and I enjoyed our time in Dallas, but when we decided we wanted to start a family and raise children, we knew the only place to do that was in Iowa,” Jeffrey Bump says. “With our father’s retirement in 1990 and our plans to return to Iowa, William and I forming a partnership in 1991 was good timing.”
Bumps Bend on the west side of Lake Panorama was named for Wilbur Bump. He served as legal counsel for Mid-Iowa Lakes in the 1960s and later was legal counsel for the Lake Panorama Association. He was also a member of the Mid-Iowa Lakes board, then a member of the first LPA board. He was elected in 1969 to the LPA board and served for five years.
As a director, Wilbur Bump was one of the first to be able to purchase a Lake Panorama lot before they went on the market. He picked one on Burchfield Cove.
“Right after the dam was finished and the lake filled in 1970, he bought a boat, and we spent quite a bit of time on the lake on weekends,” Jeffrey Bump says. “I remember dad hitting a lot of hidden tree stumps, then driving slowly back to the marina and watching him change out the damaged prop behind the boat. We had to mow the lot each weekend before we could go boating, so we hurried up and got our chores done.”
Jeffrey Bump has fond memories of those early days.
“The West Lodge was the main gathering point at the lake,” he says. “There were swim competitions for youngsters like us. Bill and I competed in several of the competitions, which were heavily attended. We did quite well and got a few ribbons. Pool tables were upstairs in the Lodge, a bar was downstairs, and, for some reason, they kept the temperature at about 60 degrees.”
Neither of the brothers ever lived at the lake.
“Our law practice was in the log cabin above the marina from 1992 to 2008,” Jeffrey says. “We had a slip on the jetty where we kept a boat, and we spent a lot of time with our young children in the 1990s boating, tubing, skiing and enjoying the beaches.”
During that time, the brothers each built homes in the country, west of Panora.
“We’re close enough that we can hear water rushing over the dam when the wind is right,” Jeffrey says.
What kind of an impact has Lake Panorama had in Guthrie County, and on the Bump & Bump law firm?
“The impact the development of the lake has had on Panora, Guthrie County and the surrounding communities is unquestionably the best thing that could have ever happened,” Bump says. “So many businesses have benefitted, including ours, and we are blessed to be able to help our friends at the lake with their legal needs.” 
Over the years, the brothers merged two law firms into their practice. One was the law practice of John Donahey, who had been practicing in Panora since his return from active duty in WWII in 1945. Donahey also was a member of the Mid-Iowa Lakes board. Donahey Drive, which isn’t far from Bumps Bend on the lake’s west side, was named for John Donahey.
The other practice that merged into Bump & Bump was the one of W. Dean Moore, whose law firm had been in the same location in downtown Stuart since 1890.
​Bump & Bump built a modern office building in Stuart in 2006, followed two years later by a new building at 222 E. Market St. in Panora.
John Twillmann joined the firm in the summer of 2022. He most recently spent nearly four years as the assistant county attorney for Guthrie County. Earlier he worked as a clerk for the sixth judicial district and held a corporate counsel position in Des Moines. Twillmann is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Iowa.
Practice areas for the firm include litigation; wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and tax law; real estate; business and corporate law; and criminal defense.
William Bump focuses on estate planning.
“John and I handle every other legal matter that needs attention by our clients,” Jeffrey Bump says. “We pride ourselves on being able to handle any issue our clients need help with.”
How has the business of being an attorney changed over the last 35 years?
“Fax machines were on the cutting edge of technology when Bill and I started the practice in 1991,” Jeffrey Bump says. “We had one dedicated fax line and one phone line. At that time, we were on Main Street in Panora, and we had many people stop in to send a fax from our machine.
“Now the practice of law requires us to have high speed internet, to file everything with courts electronically and answer emails instead of letters. This has eliminated a lot of time in the courthouse, but John and I still spend a fair amount of time trying cases and arguing motions in the courts in our area. We are fortunate to have Panora Fiber, which has helped us with each step of the change in technology.”
Jeffrey Bump is in the Panora office daily. William is in Panora three days a week, with two days in Stuart. John is in the Panora office four days a week, with one day in Stuart. The three attorneys are assisted by Deanna Van Cura, legal assistant in Panora, and Dee Egger, legal assistant in Stuart.
Jeffrey and Karen Bump have three adult children, two daughters and a son. Their son followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and is a lawyer in New York City. He and his wife are in the process of moving back to the Midwest.
Bump says he has always felt the need to give back time to his community and profession.
“I have served on Panora and Lake Panorama Development Group as an officer and director since 1991,” he says. “I served on the Guthrie County Conservation Board from 1998 to 2019. I served as an officer and director of the area’s local resort located at Lake Panorama, Clover Ridge, from 1998 until 2019. I am a member of, and have served as president, of the Guthrie County Bar Association.”
Jeffrey Bump also served from 2013-2018 as a commissioner on the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Grievance Commission to hear attorney grievance cases; from 2012 to 2018 helping select candidates for the bench as a commissioner for the Iowa Supreme Court Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission; and has served on the Guthrie County Magistrate Nominating Commission since 1996.
William Bump and his wife, Kelly, have two adult children and two grandchildren. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, a member and past president of the Guthrie County Bar Association, and was a member of the Prairie Woodlands Conservation Commission from 1998 to 2018.
John Twillmann and his wife, Emily, have a young son and live in rural Panora. He is a director and officer of the Panora and Lake Panorama Development Group.
The Bump & Bump website is

PICTURED: Brothers and attorneys William and Jeffrey Bump formed a partnership in 1991. William, seated, and Jeffrey, standing on the right, were joined in 2022 by John Twillmann. The trio is shown in the conference room at the Bump & Bump office in Panora.


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Posted 06/12/2024

Each year, the Panora Women’s Service Organization (WSO) conducts fundraising activities to make it possible to provide a scholarship to a Panorama Community School graduating senior. This year’s recipient is Zoey Hambleton. She is shown with Nancy Loeck, a member of the WSO scholarship committee. The other member of the committee is Deb DeBruin.
Hambleton plans to attend The University of Iowa, majoring in nursing. Her career goal is to be a nurse practitioner.
The WSO’s annual home tour is the group’s major fundraiser and funds this renewable $500 scholarship each year, making four scholarships paid annually. This year’s home tour was June 7. Five Lake Panorama homes were featured with four on the east side of the lake and one on the west side.


Posted 06/12/2024

The annual Fire in the Sky fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association and put on by the Joe Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 6. 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.
Consumer fireworks can be legally purchased in Iowa because of a bill passed in the 2017 Iowa legislative session. In May 2017, the LPA Board of Directors passed a motion that states the LPA does not consent to the use of fireworks on LPA-owned property, such as beaches, campgrounds, parking lots, roads, the marina, golf courses and community areas.
Each year in advance of the Fourth of July, guests of Lake Panorama National Resort are notified of this action. Both LPA members and guests can be found in violation of LPA rules if they use fireworks on LPA property and could be subject to a monetary fine.
LPA members also are reminded they are responsible to avoid any activity that could be declared a nuisance to their neighbors, and they are liable for any damage or injury they or their guests cause to neighbors and their property.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Shanell Wagler is in her second year as president of the Lake Panorama National Board of Managers. She was first appointed to the board in January 2020. Shanell and her husband, Dave, moved to the Panora community and began golfing in 2002. She participates in the LPN women’s league and is one of the volunteers who helps with landscaped beds on the 18-hole course.
In this month’s Q&A, Wagler talks about a master plan for improvements to the LPN 18-hole golf course, with a focus on the recently announced Priority 1 Capital Fundraising Campaign.

Q. Explain the evolution and role of the LPN Board of Managers.
A.  While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has only owned the LPN conference center since 2005. At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as LPN, LLC to manage this wholly owned subsidiary.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes on gains from land sales, but revenues from dues and assessments are not taxable. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate is necessary to protect the nonprofit status of the LPA.
To keep this separation, the LPA board of directors created and appointed the LPN board of managers, which held its first meeting in October 2015. The LPA board provides oversight of the LPN, LLC board.
Our board addresses items related to the operation of both the LPN 18-hole and the Panorama West 9-hole courses, The Links + Events, Spikes, lodging, and the pool. The board provides oversight for staffing, policies and operations. An example of a recent project is the updating of equipment used for care of the golf courses.

Q. When did the board decide to tackle the development of a master plan for the Lake Panorama National golf course, and what were the early steps in this process?
A. In the four years I’ve been on the board, I’ve seen good support by board members for the care and maintenance of the two golf courses. Now we’re excited to begin to put more emphasis on updates needed on the 18-hole course.
Last fall, members of the LPN board, the golf pro and assistant pro, head greenskeeper and assistant greenskeeper conducted a survey to assess each hole on the course and submit their opinions. After pulling together the data submitted from this group, the board identified many similar comments and feedback.
A committee was formed to work on this project with the goal of creating an LPN Master Golf Course Plan. The committee met during the late fall and winter months. Early in the spring, the committee met with Shive-Hattery engineers and walked through various holes on the course.  We talked about some of the overwhelmingly consistent feedback from the assessment and described our wishes. In addition, the committee and board continued to develop a longer-term plan to include and prioritize projects based on need.
One of the items that all golfers have been excited to hear is that we will be leveling many of the tee boxes. But for me personally, I’m excited to get all railroad ties removed for both a safety factor as well as the tired, outdated look these currently portray.
After determining specific items for the golf course, the LPN, LLC board solidified a plan for the course and is excited to now begin fundraising.

Q. Please provide more details on the Priority 1 projects.
A. The Priority 1 projects were chosen because these will have an impact on every hole on the golf course. Forward tee boxes will be expanded, leveled and topped with short variety Kentucky Bluegrass sod to accommodate increased play and allow for better turf recovery. Main tee boxes currently covered with Bentgrass will be leveled and re-sodded with Bentgrass. The final square footage for this work will be based on construction bids and fundraising.
All railroad ties surrounding tee boxes will be removed. Where necessary, these will be replaced with block retaining walls. At the same time, some existing landscaped beds adjacent to tee boxes will be removed to simplify maintenance and mowing.
Railroad ties also will be removed at the driving range and replaced with a block retaining wall. A synthetic grass tee line will be added to the back of the tee box, to use when the natural turf needs time to recover.
New cast metal tee signs with Granite Club sponsor signs and ball washers will be installed on all 18 holes. Concrete pads will be poured on six holes for current and future memorial benches.
I have heard from some folks who really appreciate the flower beds found on the golf course, and feel it is one reason that sets our course apart from others. An option we’ll explore is to expand and add more beautification to the common areas, like the walkway to the Links restaurant, walkway to the pro shop and the area around Spikes. I welcome suggestions on how we can incorporate flowers and decorative plants at the course.

Q. The LPN board set a goal of $500,000 to raise the funds for these Priority 1 projects. What fundraising plans are in place to help reach this goal?
A. In early April, Royce Shaffer, the LPN director of operations, and I presented details of the LPN golf course master plan to the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors. We asked if donations to the Priority 1 projects could be funneled through Friends, which would allow donors who itemize at tax time the opportunity to deduct their donation.
The Friends board later approved a motion to partner with LPN to raise funds for Priority 1 projects. The Friends board also voted to make this effort the priority project for the 2024 Beach Ball fundraiser June 21. This means the Priority 1 projects will receive a portion of funds raised at the Beach Ball, plus all donations that are directed to the LPN projects.
We are so thankful for this partnership and excited about the fundraising kickoff. The Beach Ball is historically a wonderful event. We appreciate that our Priority 1 projects are the focus of this year’s fundraiser. We encourage all golfers to consider joining this event or make a donation to the cause, or both. By golfers, I mean members of the LPA, members of the LPN, including distant memberships, those who play in tournaments on the course, those who visit frequently and do stay and plays, or just come out to Panorama to be with family and friends and play the course.
We also are seeking donations to be sold through silent and live auction at the event. Those interested in attending the Beach Ball or who have auction items to donate can email
We are in the planning stages for two other fundraising events this fall. A golf tournament is tentatively scheduled in early fall, with details to be shared this summer. We plan to make this a fun event, and look forward to any and all joining us.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m., a fun event called “20 Men Who Can Cook” is being planned at the conference center. LPN board member and LPA member, Chris Duree, is leading this project as he has participated in this type of fundraiser previously. Those who purchase tickets will be able to try 20 different food samples prepared by 20 men in our community. If you are a guy who likes to cook or have a special item you are especially good at making (appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert), please reach out to me via email at as we coordinate volunteers to work with Chris. We’ll have more details and be selling tickets after Labor Day.

Q. There’s a current promotion underway that ends Aug. 31. Tell us about that.
A. We recently announced what we believe will bring in some additional direct donations through the summer months. Anyone who donates $500 or more by Aug. 31 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a 2025 LPN Single Golf Pass, plus either a trail fee or cart seat for next season.
For every $500 donated, donors will receive one entry. There’s no limit on the number of entries donors can earn. This promotion is limited to direct donations by individuals, couples or families, and cannot be combined with fundraising events like the Beach Ball or the other events we’re planning.
For this promotion, and throughout this capital campaign, there are three ways to donate. Write a check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and send it to P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donate via Venmo @Panorama-Friends. Or make a credit card donation on Please note that to qualify for this promotion, $15 must be added for every $500 donated to cover credit card processing fees.
Again, I want to thank the Friends board for their role in helping us begin to implement Priority 1 of the Master Golf Plan. We hope many will add their names to the drawing by making a direct donation. Remember, we are hoping to reach and get all golfers involved. Anyone can be a part of this specific campaign and get their name in the drawing at least once, or multiple times with multiple $500 donations.

Q. Do you have a deadline or goal for completing the Priority 1 fundraising? What future projects are on the backburner until these first projects can be funded and completed?
A. As funds become available, bids will be solicited for Priority 1 projects. No fundraising deadline has been set, as funds will continue to be raised until projects are completed. When we’ve reached a level where we are comfortable, we will go through a public bidding process that will be open to all, including any local contractors interested.
I want to add a personal comment here. Since joining this community, I have been in awe of the giving I have seen. I’ll never forget the outreach of volunteers in 2014 after two tornados hit Lake Panorama, and specifically the golf course. It is an amazing community of which I am proud to be a part. For this and upcoming projects, we will continue to implement all phases professionally, but as we have been able to do in the past, we would accept work and/or products if a business or individual is able to donate.
Future projects included in the LPN golf course master plan include needed improvements to the maintenance shop and equipment storage, irrigation pumps and pump house, bunkers, the pond that impacts holes 12 and 13, the pond on the ninth hole and cart paths.
I want to reiterate this is a long-term project, and we’re just getting started. We on the LPN board are excited about these planned projects to beautify and update this gem of a golf course owned by the LPA. I hope this invigorates those who have loved the course for many years, and invites and excites new people to join our fundraising efforts.
More details on the LPN Capital Fundraising Campaign are available here: 


Dennis Pickering did some research then purchased the car sight unseen and had it trucked to Iowa.
Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Dennis and Joyce Pickering have lived at Lake Panorama since 1987. The pair were high school sweethearts, growing up in a small town in northeast Missouri. They both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in social sciences from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, which later was renamed Truman State University. The couple will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary in August.
After Dennis earned a master’s degree in school counseling, they moved to Iowa in 1978. Dennis spent 34 years as a high school counselor, working in four different schools. One of those was YJB, where he spent 14 years. During some of those years, he was in a shared counselor position with the Bayard School District.
He ended his high school counseling career at Guthrie Center, retiring in 2003. Next came six years where he and a colleague received a federal grant to create and present programs in schools on healthy relationships.
For 23 years, Joyce was an addictions counselor in Guthrie, Greene and Audubon counties. She retired in 2007.
Once fully retired, the couple started to explore the United States.
“We did a lot of traveling by car in our 60s, and we needed to be comfortable. We discovered BMWs are wonderful cars, and we owned several over the years,” Dennis says.
They’ve since switched to an Audi for their main vehicle. Yet, Dennis still has a love for BMWs. He particularly admired the BMW Z3 Roadster convertible. BMW Z3 is a range of two-seater sports cars produced from 1995 to 2002.
Dennis kept his eyes open for his dream car. Not surprisingly in today’s world, an ad for a 2001 BMW Z3 Roadster popped up on his laptop computer three years ago. It was located in Chicago and owned by a corporation.
“I called and talked to a sales rep. Although the car was 20 years old, it only had 22,000 miles on the odometer,” Dennis says. “I think it probably was used by the company for short trips to pick up people they wanted to impress.”
Pickering says he did some research then called back to purchase the car sight unseen. He had it trucked to Iowa.
“It came in July, just in time for his birthday,” Joyce says.
It’s almost a requirement that a car like the BMW Z3 Roadster have a specialty license plate. For most of his life, Dennis’ friends have turned his last name into his nickname — Pick.
“Since this was my dream car, it was an easy decision to choose ‘4 Pick’ as the license plate,” he says.
Soon after buying the sports car, the couple decided to drive it the 180 miles to their northeast Missouri hometown. The top was down. Dennis says he loved the trip.
Joyce says, “Never again! The wind was terrible, there were bugs hitting me in the face. Especially on the interstate, it was bad. I hated it.”
In August, the couple’s 60th high school class reunion will be held in their former hometown. Dennis gives Joyce a sideways glance then says he’s been thinking about driving the BMW Roadster to the reunion.
“I think it would be fun to share it with our classmates, maybe get some photos with it,” he says. “But I haven’t yet said this to Joyce.”
“That’s fine; I think it’s a good idea,” Joyce says. “But only if we drive with the top up.”
Most trips in the BMW are shorter and more casual.
“I like to just drive around the lake when the weather is nice and the top is down,” Dennis says. Joyce says she enjoys those excursions, too.
Over the three years the couple has owned the car, they’ve added just 2,000 miles to the odometer, which now stands at 24,000.
“Everything works great,” Dennis says. “I haven’t had any work done on it. It’s automatic transmission, the air conditioning and radio work well, and it gets decent gas mileage. I just really like driving it and having it in our garage.”
There has been one other unique vehicle in the Pickering garage. That was many years ago, when he purchased a 1956 Ford half-ton truck.
“I had a friend who was an auto body guy. We searched through junkyards to find the parts to get it running. He painted it purple and added wide tires. I called it my Purple Passion truck. Sometimes I would drive it in parades, but mostly I just drove it back and forth to work.”
During his years as a school counselor, Dennis also coached several high school sports.
“I was the girls track coach at YJB. I always left my keys in the truck. One day some of the girls thought it would be fun to hide it. The brakes on that truck weren’t very good. They drove it around the building, and as they were parking it, they crashed into the building,” he says. “They came into the gym, crying. I thought they were trying to trick me, but eventually I realized they really had wrecked my truck. I told them it was OK, I wasn’t mad. I got both the dent and the brakes fixed.”
The couple has two sons. Brent lives in Atlanta, and Eric lives in Boone. Each has a son and a daughter, giving the Pickerings four grandchildren to enjoy.
The Pickerings spent 13 years in their first Lake Panorama home. In 2000, they had a new home built on a large lot along the fourth fairway of the Lake Panorama National golf course. Dennis enjoys golf. Both Dennis and Joyce enjoy reading, and are history buffs.
“We’re homebodies,” Joyce says. “We enjoy our home, our retirement and our grandchildren.”
Dennis has been teased by some friends about his small sports car, asking if he’s having a midlife crisis or trying to regain his youth. When the car is parked in the couple’s driveway, random people sometimes stop to ask if it’s for sale.
“I don’t plan to ever sell it,” he says. “And I don’t mind the teasing. I just love this car. I have, sort of, promised I would give it to my grandson in Boone. But he’s going to have to wait until I’m done with it.”
Ask Joyce how she likes driving the sports car, and she says she has never driven it. She’s content being the passenger.
“I’ve encouraged her to drive it, but she always says no,” Dennis says. “I just want everyone to know she has the ‘green light’ to drive it if she ever changes her mind.”

PICTURED: Joyce and Dennis Pickering enjoy rides around Lake Panorama in their 2001 BMW convertible. Joyce has never driven the car in the three years it’s been in their garage, although Dennis says she has the “green light” to do so if she changes her mind.


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Posted 06/12/2024
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

The annual Memorial Day Services were held on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Auditorium in Panora.
Lynn Zajicek was the master of ceremonies, while Deb Rockwell and Deb Moylan served as hostesses. Members of the Iowa National Guard, Reserves and Active Forces ushered in guests.  The PostColors were provided by Color Guards and Scouts. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Scouts.
The United Methodist Church Choir sang the National Anthem and provided additional patriotic music.
Cheryl Castile and Linda Burgess read the names of the more than 300 veterans whose flags have been dedicated, including Kenneth Cripe, Leroy Devibliss, Frank Grubb, James Herrick, Jr., James Iseminger, Billy Ray Johnston, Michael Mills, Joseph Rains, Verlin Renslow, Roland Reynolds and Earl Stoy, who each gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Pastor Jeremy Poland provided the invocation and benediction.
The Unknown Soldier’s Grave Marker was in place, and wreaths were placed to honor those killed in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.
Panora Mayor Curtis Thornberry introduced U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who provided personal stories of her memories of fallen soldiers and the conversations with their family members.
Sen. Ernst presented the Purple Heart to Specialist Dustin D. Teays. The Purple Heart medal is presented to members of the military who were wounded or killed because of enemy action while serving. Teays joined the United States Army Reserve during his junior year of high school, serving from September 2011 to September 2019. He is currently a resident of Bayard.
Additional recognition was presented to Lt. Colonel Mike Arganbright, who served in the Air Force, including two tours in Vietnam. He was honored with a plaque by his son, Major Joe Arganbright, who is now a pilot with Delta Airlines, for his service and commitment to VFW Post 5510 and to the Avenue of Flags Committee. In addition, Sen. Ernst presented a 50-year plaque to Thomas Richey for his years of service to the American Legion.
Sen. Ernst also assisted in the presentation of the flags and the address and dedication of a flag flown over Washington, D.C. New flags dedicated and raised included those of Hugh Teale, Jr., Norman Lair Ketelsen, Richard Koberg, Philip Hesseltine, William “Billy” J. Knapp, Dale G. Grotjohn and Willard Rockwell.
The Color Guard Salute and the playing of TAPS concluded the ceremonies with refreshments served by the Panora WFPF and American Legion Auxiliary.

PICTURED: Sen. Ernst assists in the presentation of the new flags that were dedicated and raised including those of Hugh Teale, Jr., Norman Lair Ketelsen, Richard Koberg, Philip Hesseltine, William “Billy” J. Knapp, Dale G. Grotjohn and Willard Rockwell.


Posted 06/12/2024

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Q: Why is there only one access to the lake for watercraft launching? At times, there’s a high volume of traffic at the marina in a limited space. Will the new marina being built help resolve this issue?

A: We directed this question to LPA General Manager John Rutledge. He replied, “Lake Panorama provides one boat ramp for members to use, which is located at the marina. Over the years, discussions of a west side boat ramp have occurred with the board ultimately deciding against a second launch. The most notable reasons why a second ramp has not been installed are 1) invasive species control and 2) monitoring one access point for unauthorized use of our boat ramp by non-LPA members.”
Rutledge says the new sales and service building will provide a modern, spacious facility for the marina staff and their customers, noting that once the marina tenant has relocated to their privately owned facility, LPA will evaluate the future of the existing sales and service building. He says it is likely a portion of that building will be razed, which will provide better access in and out of the ramp. This will make use of the ramp easier but will not increase the width of the ramp itself, according to Rutledge.
“Members are encouraged to use good boating etiquette regarding launching of boats,” Rutledge says. “Remove transom tie-downs while you’re waiting in line and be ready to launch when it is your turn on the boat ramp. When exiting, be sure to pull clear of the boat ramp before reinstalling the transom tie downs and any travel covers or straps that are used for trailering. Doing this work on the ramp is poor boating etiquette and causes unnecessary delays for others who are waiting in line behind you.”

Q: Who is Jones Cove named after?

A: Jones Cove is named in recognition of longtime Lake Panorama residents Jack and Bette Jones. They built the house on the “point” in the middle of the cove, which was originally a much smaller house. The next owner added on to it in many times. Bette wrote historical and nature columns for Lake Panorama Times for many years.

Q: For years, we dropped bottle and cans at the trailer next to the recycling bins in Panora. The sign had a statement that money goes to Panorama baseball. Now, the sign has changed to WFPF (Women for Panora’s Future). How much money has been given to Panorama baseball all these years? And where can bottle and cans be redeemed if not donated?

A: According to Brian Bahrenfuss, Panorama High School head baseball coach, the baseball team is sharing the can redemption responsibilities with Women For Panora’s Future (WFPF) during the months of May and June, as Bahrenfuss is coaching during that time. He says this arrangement works well for both groups.
Bahrenfuss says the baseball team receives between $2,000 and $2,500 per year from these donations.
You can also take cans to Scott’s Redemption Center, which is located at 2025 Highway 4, just north of Panora. The phone number listed online is 641-755-4056.

Q: Am I required to have one of those blue address signs on my dock? And how do I get one?

A: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources requires all docks to be registered and have that dock signage. LPA members who own a dock or swim platform should visit to make sure their dock is registered. Once registered, members can order the 911 address sign through LPA. The form can be accessed at
Cost is $50 per sign. Members without proper dock signage risk being fined by the Iowa DNR.


Posted 06/12/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The Panora Chamber of Commerce has recognized an outstanding member of the Panora/Lake Panorama community since 1989. The year 2020 was the only year the recognition did not take place.

Criteria for Citizen of the Year:
Any service performed for the betterment of Panora that the nominator deems worthy.
No restrictions on the number of years a person can be nominated.
Winners cannot be considered again for 10 years.
Nominees must be a citizen of Panora or Lake Panorama.
Nominees must be nominated in writing, signed by the nominator.
Paid city employees are eligible, but their nomination must not be for their regular duties.
The following statement applies to all nominees: Anyone who works for the promotion and betterment of our community rather than excellence in profession or job.
Nominations must be received by July 12, 2024.  Mail nomination letters to the Panora Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 73, Panora, IA 50216.
The 2024 Citizen of the Year will be announced at Panorama Days, Aug. 3, after the parade.

Past winners
1989 Kass Duis
1990 Galen Bymer
1991 Duane Miller
1992 Mary Beidelman
1993 Mary Jones
1994 Hugh and Merna Teale
1995 Dave Arganbright
1996 Ron Reynolds
1997 John Dungan
1998 Dale Grotjohn
1999 Cheryl Castile
2000 Frank Teale
2001 Dave Olson
2002 Carolyn England
2003 Pat Finnegan
2004 Julie Dent-Zajicek
2005 Dave Beidelman
2006 Judy Contner
2007 Chris Arganbright
2008 Vickie Ditsworth
2009 Barb Wollner
2010 Bette Donahey
2011 Joan Allen
2012 MJ Brown
2013 Karen Sievers
2014 Joe Scheiring
2015 John Rutledge
2016 Josh Arganbright
2017 Curtis Thornberry
2018 Jaime Waddle
2019 Bill and Connie Ridgley
2021 Chaille Crandall
2022 Tom and Ellen Campbell
2023 Kirby Klinge


Posted 06/12/2024
By Rich Wicks Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

During the Public Forum portion of the Panora city council meeting on May 28, Pat Moylan and Jim Wendl addressed the council about their request for the city to ease restrictions on ATV use within city limits.
“ATV/UTV enthusiasts ride through town legally quite often, but on the way through town there’s a number of businesses that they legally can’t stop at (because) there are designated routes to go through town,” Wendl said. “My main point in being here tonight is to ask the city to reconsider its current ordinances regarding UTV use on city streets.”
Wendl pointed out that ATV/UTVs are rapidly evolving, with newer models offering many of the same safety and comfort features as a car.
“Given that, I think the Chamber members could benefit from people like myself or Pat being able to park on Main Street and patronize those businesses,” Wendl said.
Moylan agreed with Wendl’s request, and he pointed out that now many ATVs are used not only for hunting or other recreational purposes, but often for work.
“So, yes, I would like to see if that would work,” Moylan said.
Mayor Curt Thornberry stated that the city faces a challenge in developing ordinances to address the various ways that ATVs are used.
“I know I’ve encountered young drivers on ATVs, and those are the ones I have questions about,” Thornberry said.
Council member Roger Dorr agreed that enforcement of age and licensing could address many of the concerns. He added that from data he’s seen, the majority of ATV accidents are single-vehicle accidents on gravel roads.
“I live on one of the streets, Northwest Third, that allows side-by-sides. I have yet to see any problems. None,” Dorr said.
Mayor Thornberry explained that since the issue was not on the agenda, the council would not take action at this time but can discuss it at a future meeting. He added that the city’s Public Safety Committee could also consider the issue.
Don Daniels addressed the council about his concerns regarding a neighboring property next to his home. He said in the past two years, the condition of the property has become a nuisance.
“Now it looks like we live next to a recycle bin or a garbage dump,” Daniels said. “I’m not happy with the situation that we’ve got.”
When asked if police have been contacted about the issue, Daniels said he’s spoken with the police, and City Administrator Lisa Grossman added that updated photos have been submitted to the city attorney to review for possible ordinance violations. No formal action was taken at this time.
A public hearing was held regarding a proposed budget amendment. Since no citizens were present to speak, and no written comments had been received, the hearing was promptly closed, and the council passed the budget amendment.
Grossman shared that the city is dealing with the “punch list” regarding the Jackson Street project, to deal with any additional “fix-ups” that may be needed. A firm completion date is not yet known, due to recent heavy rains.
Mayor Thornberry shared appreciation for the many years of service from Public Works Superintendent Tony Monthei, who is retiring after 36 years of service to the city.
The council’s next regular meeting will be June 10 at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 2019, Friends of Lake Panorama launched a program called Benches at Beaches. It started as a way to help families donate a high-quality metal bench that could include a plaque to memorialize a loved one. Each bench then is installed at the beach of the donor’s choosing.
One new blue swinging bench was installed in late April at Boulder Beach. It was given in memory of Dick Koberg, who passed away June 27, 2023.
Dick and Carolyn Koberg bought a home on Lake Panorama’s Burchfield Cove in 2002 and moved from Carroll to the lake fulltime two years later.
“We were looking for a place on water,” Carolyn says. “I grew up on Puget Sound in Washington, and I missed the water. Plus, we wanted to have a destination for family fun and to make memories with our grandkids.”
After Dick’s passing, Carolyn wanted to do something to honor him. She also wanted something the family would enjoy on their visits to Lake Panorama.
“We chose a swinging bench to be placed at Boulder Beach,” Carolyn says. “Our family loves to play beach volleyball, and there have been many competitive matches played there. We also enjoy the pickleball and tennis courts. The beach is beautiful. It’s fun watching families gather and having quality time together.”
The plaque on the bench reads “Making Memories” – Dick & Carolyn Koberg Family.
“The wording for the plaque came from Dick, as he often talked about the importance of making memories as a family,” Carolyn says.
“We are so appreciative of Friends of Lake Panorama. When I look back and see all the projects that have been done to keep our community vibrant and beautiful over the last 10 years, it’s impressive,” she says. “Lake Panorama is truly a special place to live.”
The Koberg bench joins four other metal swings and one stationary bench at Boulder Beach. Both a stationary and a swinging bench were installed at Sunset Beach in 2021. A swinging bench was added to Shady Beach in May 2022.
Benches at Beaches targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. Benches can be purchased as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. Both stationary and swinging benches are available and are installed on a concrete slab.
Smaller memorial benches have been donated and installed at all three beach playgrounds and are another option for donors to consider.
In keeping with the colors used for Lake Panorama playground equipment, colors available for benches to be installed at any of the three benches are blue and green. Those interested in discussing a bench donation can email

PICTURED: Some members of the Dick and Carolyn Koberg family gathered at Boulder Beach on Memorial Day for a photo. The swinging bench was donated through Friends of Lake Panorama in memory of the patriarch of the family, Dick Koberg. Sitting on the bench is Carolyn Koberg. On the left is Kris Koberg, with his wife, Lori, and their daughter, Kelsey, standing behind him. Kerry Koberg is on the right side of the bench. Standing behind him is his wife, Kelly, and their children, Presley, Jackson and Piper.


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Posted 06/12/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

On Friday, May 24, Panorama alum Kolby Shackelford was in a close contest for the NAIA Golf Championship. After shooting a 67 (-5), Shackelford forced a playoff with Juan Ricardo Davila Bone of Texas Wesleyan where he would lose, finishing as National Runner-Up.
Shackelford made his way up the leaderboard on the final day of the tournament. His six birdies on the afternoon saw him rise 12 spots in order to force the playoff. His 15 birdies across the tournament were the most of any golfer.
The junior performed at a high level for most of the season for the Ottawa University of Arizona golf team. During the season, he had three wins and six top-three finishes. After those performances and his placement in the National Tournament, Shackelford was named to the NAIA PING All-American First Team.


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Posted 06/12/2024
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

The Lake Panorama Fin & Feather Annual Banquet was held Saturday, May 11 at the LPN Conference Center. Social hour began at 5 p.m., and the dinner and silent/live auction followed at 6 p.m. Funds raised from the event help to stock fish in Lake Panorama, as well as other related ventures. In the fall of 2023, Fin and Feather stocked more than $18,000 worth of fish in the lake. Species stocked were walleye (1,050), smallmouth bass (1,400), perch (2,500) and largemouth bass (1,500). Fish stocked were between 3 inches and 14 inches, depending on species.

PICTURED: Fin & Feather committee members. From left, front: Galen Redshaw, Doug Hemphill, Bill Eby, Rich Schumacher, Brad Bendickson and Galen Johnson. Back row: David Bendickson, Jacob Bendickson, John Rutledge, Mark Buster, Damon Crandall, Scott Stanley, John Muenzenberger, Lane Rumelhart, Ben Hayes and Ted Reeve. Not pictured: Steve Brannan and Gary Evans.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The 55th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association was May 11 at the Lake Panorama National events center. About 75 people attended, representing 44 voting members. It was announced the LPA currently has a total membership of 1,731.
A total of 377 ballots were cast in the election for two people to serve on the LPA board of directors. There were two people running for the two seats. Both Rachel Waldo and Jackson Whiton were newly elected to the board for three-year terms.

2023 financial and audit report
Dennis Flanery, LPA board treasurer, provided the 2023 financial and audit report for the LPA and its subsidiary, LPN, LLC. The CPA firm of Meriwether, Wilson and Company conducted the LPA annual audit. Flanery said the auditor’s report stated the financial statements, consolidated reports and consolidated cash flows for both entities were in order, and that the methods used by staff to create the documents were in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
LPN’s 2023 operations showed a loss of $277,074. With other income and expenses, the overall loss was $350,387. LPN was able to purchase several pieces of needed grounds equipment during 2023 at a cost of $154,948. Also purchased were two townhomes on Karen Drive, to be used for stay-and-play golf packages, as well as year-round rental. A loan was secured from Guthrie County State Bank for the townhome purchase.
LPA reported net income of $294,245 for 2023. This was a slight increase over previous years and was due to land sales that closed in 2023.
The budgeted operating income for 2024 shows a loss of $354,232. Flanery said the amount of depreciation on the new maintenance shop and water plant project is the reason the budget shows an operating loss.
“It is important to clarify this is not a cash loss, but rather a loss on an accrual basis due to the amount of non-cash expenses LPA records in their annual financials,” Flanery said. “The amount of non-cash items, such as depreciation, has increased over previous years with the recent capital improvement projects completed. This is something LPA understood would occur from an accounting perspective, but we can assure the membership that cash flow remains viable and on-track with respect to these important capital projects.”
Flanery said the LPA board of directors decided a 5% dues increase would be applied for 2024.
“This amount does not cover the cost of rising inflation for roads, parts, supplies, labor and fuel,” he said. “LPA staff is doing an excellent job of watching the cost of expense items and juggling the necessary increases of expenses to keep within the budget available.”
Flanery said the LPA does not create its annual operating budget with the expectation of selling land. He also stated all LPA and LPN funds are 100% covered by FDIC.

A message from the president
Emily Donovan, LPA board president, chaired the meeting. She thanked those who volunteer on four standing LPA committees, including water safety, building codes, land sales and appeals. She also recognized the four volunteers who counted ballots for the 2024 annual meeting.
Donovan thanked the LPN, LLC board of managers, LPN staff, and Royce Shaffer, LPN director of operations. She also recognized the members of the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), saying “the RIZ board does important work, and we are grateful for their partnership.”
Donovan mentioned the June 21 Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball.
“Friends of Lake Panorama is instrumental in researching and fundraising for the many amenities we all enjoy. Recently completed projects include the south shore walking trail and disc golf course, which I encourage you to explore if you haven’t already,” she said. “This year, fundraising efforts are focused on improving the Lake Panorama National golf course. I want to extend thanks to Friends for their dedication to enhancing our quality of life, from playgrounds and sports courts to the dog park and walking trails. Your efforts not only enrich our lives but also improve the value of our homes.”
Donovan thanked Lyn Coulter for more than four decades of service to the LPA membership.
“LPA is pleased to celebrate a successful transition between marina tenants. Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Lyn Coulter sold his business to Phil and Cindy Watson. We welcome the Watsons as they embark on their first year as the LPA marina tenants,” she said. “LPA is grateful all of Coulter’s staff remained on with Watsons, as their knowledge and expertise brings great value to the LPA community.”
LPA department managers were recognized by Donovan, who then talked about a strategic planning session held in June 2023.
“A key theme of that day was the need to address challenges related to maintaining the high quality of services our membership expects, and is accustomed to, in the face of inflation and difficulty recruiting and retaining a quality workforce,” she said. “It’s imperative our staff have the tools and training they need to do their jobs and that they are fairly compensated with competitive wages. Analysis of LPA dues and assessments is part of this planning effort, and we will continue to develop recommendations for membership education and review in the near future.”
Another item that came out of the strategic planning session was the need to develop a process for succession planning. Donovan said Lake Panorama has benefited from career employees who have decades of experience, expertise and institutional knowledge.
“In anticipation of future retirements within the next 10 years, the board and management team are proactively working on a succession planning strategy,” she said.
Donovan expressed gratitude to John Rutledge for his leadership, diplomacy and effective lobbying efforts this legislative session.
“There are numerous intricate components that must align to ensure the smooth operation of the association,” she said. “John leads with integrity, kindness and a clear vision, steering our association toward a successful future where generations to come can continue to enjoy the beauty of Lake Panorama.”
In closing, Donovan challenged the LPA members in attendance to “turn off the autopilot as you drive home today. Roll down the window and inhale the lilacs that are in full bloom. Notice how green and full the trees are. Appreciate the beauty of the lake and the landscape that surrounds it. Hear the birds singing. Take a deep breath, and soak in a little bit of gratitude in your own little piece of paradise.”

Maintenance costs continue to be a concern
John Rutledge, LPA general manager, said the LPA maintenance team continues to benefit from the membership’s investment in a modern maintenance facility.
“Thanks for your support and for trusting in our recommendation to relocate our operations to the current location,” he said. “We’re grateful, and it is working well. It’s difficult to know how we operated as long as we did without it.”
Rutledge said the annual process of seal-coating lake roads is suffering from inflation.
“The 2024 cost will be close to $45,000 per mile, which is nearly twice what we paid in 2021. Even though we budget more every year, we are chasing a moving target. We are only doing six miles this year, and this will be a key element of our 2025 budget discussion. We need to get back to seal coating nine miles each year to keep up,” he said.
The LPA maintenance department continues to work on a diverse range of projects.
“One issue we’ve discussed a lot in the last year has been roadway maintenance,” Rutledge said. “Members are encouraged to remember LPA owns not only the roadway, but also the shoulders and ditches. We work to maintain these in an aesthetically pleasing manner, but these also have a number of essential functional purposes — ensuring drainage off roads and adjacent properties, providing a place to store snow during the winter and accommodate underground utilities.”
As with the new maintenance shop, Rutledge said he wants the LPA membership to know the water system was “a fantastic investment.”
“There were so many challenges when I first became the LPA general manager in 2007. We’re proud of this updated facility and our team who operates it. If you have any questions or unique issues with your water, give LPA a call, and we’ll help figure out what might be going on.”
Rutledge said LPA currently has four lake crossings for the drinking water system, three of which can be described as essential and one as supplemental. Two of the three essential crossings have been replaced within the last four years. Replacement of the third is planned within the next year or two.
LPA has hired Country Landscapes to repair a scour in front of the LPA dam gate.
“This was discovered in our last inspection. We don’t know how long this scour has been there, as this is the first inspection where we did ultrasound on the steel dam gate and sonar readings of the lakebed in front of the dam,” Rutledge said. “Country Landscapes will deposit large rocks in front of the dam to fill this area and protect the footings of the dam. This is entirely preventative, and I can assure you the dam remains in good repair.”

A “hard-fought session” at the Iowa Legislature
Rutledge said the biggest issue in the off-season was a legislative effort related to LPA’s ability to govern boating on Lake Panorama. An October 2023 district court ruling in Ringgold County threatened to eliminate LPA’s authority over all things boating, including boat length, horsepower, directional travel buoys on the lake, no wake buoys and invasive species regulations.
“We had a hard-fought session at the Iowa Legislature and were successful in preserving the status quo, in which LPA can implement common sense, safety-based boating regulations and buoys. Thanks to all the members who helped to support this effort, and a special thanks to Rep. Carter Nordman for running point on this,” Rutledge said.
Turning to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), Rutledge said RIZ is projected to receive $3.6 million in revenues in the 2024-25 fiscal year.
Expansion of the 180th Trail Basin continues and will be used for sediment storage once the current basin is full. Two new wetlands to help protect water quality in Burchfield Cove are in the planning stages but are bogged down because of current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements. Rutledge said he hopes these two wetlands can move forward in the next 24 months.
Rutledge said land acquisition efforts for future wetlands or land that could be enrolled in conservation programs to protect Lake Panorama’s water quality are ongoing with some wins and losses. Dredging will be done above the upper basin debris trap throughout the rest of 2024.
Rutledge reminded LPA members who haven’t already created an account on the LPA website to do so.
“This will ensure you receive LPA’s weekly email, which is our official means of communicating rule changes and other important information to members,” he said. The website is
Shortly after the annual meeting adjourned, the LPA board of directors convened a special meeting to elect officers for the coming year. A slate of officers was nominated and elected unanimously to take office upon adjournment of the special meeting. LPA board officers now are David Finneseth, president; Sue Thompson, vice president; Mark Jorgensen, secretary; and Dennis Flanery, treasurer.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

During his remarks at the 2024 LPA annual meeting, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, announced dates for two upcoming GM coffees. The dates are Thursday, June 27, and Friday, Aug. 30. Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. and are held at the Lake Panorama National event center.
A third coffee will be scheduled in late fall after the 2025 LPA and LPN, LLC budgets are approved.
Coffee and other refreshments are available at these informal gatherings, where Rutledge and Royce Shaffer, LPN director of operations, provide updates on current happenings, then take questions from members in attendance.
If members have questions they would like covered about LPA or LPN policies or developments, they can email to give Rutledge and Shaffer an opportunity to prepare in advance. LPA members with questions specific to their own membership or property should call the LPA office during regular business hours at 641-755-2301.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Another part of the south shore recreation area plan for low-impact amenities was completed just before Memorial Day weekend with the installation of five benches. The backless benches are made of recycled plastic in a cedar color and are mounted on a metal base embedded in the ground. Two of these same benches were installed two years ago along the Panorama West Nature Trail.
Two of the new benches are along the shoreline portion of the walking trail and offer sweeping views of Lake Panorama’s main basin. Two others are along the meadow portion of the trail. One offers a view of Lake Panorama’s dam, while the other is tucked into a shady area.
A fifth bench was donated by Lana Leander and Ryan Gruhn and is located near the fifth tee box on the disc golf course. That hole is sponsored by Hawkeye Molding, a business the couple owns.
Others interested in discussing a bench donation for the south shore are asked to send an email to
The disc golf course has been open for play since last November. It features nine concrete tee pads with nine metal basket targets. Nine tee box sponsors donated $1,000 each to Friends of Lake Panorama last fall to help with the cost of establishing the disc golf course. Each sponsor is recognized with a sign on a tee box.
In May, four informational signs were installed near the first tee. A large welcome sign is an aerial view of the south shore. It includes a course map, plus shows the location of the course in relation to the parking area, shelter and the beginning of the walking trail.
Three smaller signs are in the same location. One is a list of disc golf rules for recreational play.
Another is a sign about UDisc, which is an app that lists more than 14,000 courses worldwide, including the Lake Panorama course. Disc golfers use the UDisc app on their smart phones to keep score and navigate interactive course maps.
The third sign warns of the presence of poison ivy along the disc golf course fairways. While mowing and chemical broadleaf weed control should keep poison ivy out of the fairways, players will need to use caution if they enter the “rough” to retrieve an errant disc. The sign includes an image and description of poison ivy.
To get into the recreation area, there is a fenced driveway that begins at 5501 Chimra Road and leads to a parking lot with walk-through access. Beyond the shelter with picnic table are two brown markers. One points right to the first hole of the golf course; the other points left to the beginning of the trail system.
Two additional signs are on order. One is a welcome sign that will be near the parking lot. It includes a graphic of Lake Panorama, history, donor recognition and emergency contacts. The second sign will be installed at the beginning of the trail system. It includes a map of the trail system, trail option descriptions and details on the native plants and wildlife along the trails.
The recreation area is open during daylight hours. Wheeled vehicles are prohibited. There are no trash receptacles, restrooms or running water; visitors should plan accordingly. 


Posted 06/12/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

What does grass do for you? Plenty. The TurfMutt Foundation, which advocates for the care and use of yards, parks and other green spaces, shares that there are many ways grass lawns benefit people, pets and the planet, from being an environmental superhero to providing a safe place for kids and pets to play.
“Yards are not just beautiful, they are also purposeful,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the TurfMutt Foundation. “Unfortunately, in some communities, lawns, in particular, have gotten a bad rap. Yet, turfgrass provides important benefits that can’t be overlooked.”
Here are a few of the many advantages of grass lawns:

A canvas for creative backyarding
“Backyarding” has become a way of life as people take their indoor lives into the green space around them. The lawn is the backdrop for everything from an at-home soccer field to a bocce ball court. It’s a carpet of green where you can throw down a blanket and read or have a picnic.

Captures carbon
Turfgrass is one of the most effective carbon capturers. In fact, an average-sized home lawn in the U.S. has the potential to sequester 20.3 to 163.4 kg C/lawn/year. The dense canopy and fibrous root system in a lawn sequesters carbon so well that it outweighs the carbon used for maintaining the grass by as much as seven-fold.

Reduces heat
A recent report by the research group Climate Central shows that more than 40 million Americans live in urban heat islands. But lawns can be 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 14 degrees cooler than bare soil. Furthermore, eight average-sized front lawns can provide the cooling equivalent to air-conditioning for 18 homes.

Produces oxygen
Grass is one of Mother Nature’s oxygen-producing machines. In fact, one 5,000-square foot grass lawn can produce enough oxygen each day to support 14 to 34 people, depending on location. And a turf area of 50 feet by 50 feet produces enough oxygen to meet the daily needs of a family of four.

Captures rainwater
Rainwater sheets off hard surfaces like hardscapes, artificial turf, parking lots, driveways and roads. Instead of going into the ground, rainwater becomes fast-moving storm water runoff, which pollutes water systems. Acting like a sponge, grass slows down and absorbs runoff, cleanses water of impurities and dust, and recharges groundwater aquifers.

Creates a natural firebreak
Ongoing and worsening drought across the country has increased the risk of wildfire danger for millions of Americans. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, “green infrastructure” can help protect communities from natural disasters like drought and fire. Living grass is a natural firebreak, and healthy turfgrass can be a significant deterrent to wildfires. Green grass slows the spread of wildfires because of its low fuel value, and it provides a defendable space around structures.


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Posted 06/12/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Koda
Breed: Samoyed
Age: 2.5 years old
Owners: Cameron and Jessica Redshaw (Galen and Carol’s son and daughter-in-law)

Koda enjoys visiting at the lake. He loves golf cart rides and, of course, swimming in the water.


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Posted 06/12/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Winston Purchill
Age: 1 year old
Owners: Brian and JoAnn Johnson

Winston is a vocal and affectionate guy. He enjoys hanging out with JoAnn while she works in her flower beds. He is quite happy watching her make the beds purrfect so everyone can enjoy their flowers from the lake.


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Posted 06/12/2024
By Jolene Goodman
Lake Panorama Times

Nothing says summer more than a freshly made rhubarb treat. I didn’t always feel this way, as rhubarb was a slow-growing love for me. When I was a child, we had a garden of strawberries and rhubarb. That was it. I loved the strawberries, but I just didn’t understand how anyone could like the taste of rhubarb. It was tart, and even with a lot of sugar, it didn’t really taste good.
As an adult, produce gardens became a small passion of mine. And, through the years, my success with the finished product varied. However, the rhubarb plant has been a consistent shining star, producing ongoing fruit and looking good.
Currently, I have given up on the big vegetable gardens, but I still grow rhubarb. These plants look great in my regular flower beds as they add a fun texture with their large, heart-shaped leaves. It is quite satisfying to walk outside, cut rhubarb from your own garden and bake a yummy treat with it. I think you’ll enjoy this recipe for rhubarb coffee cake muffins. They are moist, easy to prepare and even easier to eat. Try them for breakfast, dessert or as an afternoon treat.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake Muffins

  • ½ cup butter, soften
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (or 1 cup soured milk:  1 T. vinegar plus fill rest of cup milk)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups rhubarb
  • Topping: ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ cup chopped pecans (mix)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add sour cream and vanilla. Mix a small amount of flour with rhubarb and set aside. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Fold in floured rhubarb. Pour into greased muffin tins. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Posted 06/12/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This month’s nature photo from Trish Hart was taken in mid-April, just as this redbud tree was beginning to flower. The tree’s branches frame two kayakers enjoying the spring waters of Lake Panorama.
The Arbor Day Foundation describes the Eastern Redbud’s delicate blossoms and buds as some of the season’s most dramatic displays. Unique and irregular branching patterns combine with a trunk that commonly divides close to the ground to create a spreading and often flat-topped crown. These trees feature heart-shaped leaves that emerge a reddish color, turning dark green as summer approaches, then yellow in the fall.
The early blossoms draw nectar-seeking insects, including several species of early-season butterflies. Northern bobwhite and a few songbirds will eat the seeds.
Hart specializes in nature photography. She offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting Nature’s Canvas Photography on Facebook.


Posted 06/12/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

Panora businesses will be hosting “Rock the Square” on Main Street on Saturday, June 15 from 1-4 p.m. Bring your friends and family and check out the local shops and restaurants. Enjoy live music from Kile Jackson at the Gazebo and satisfy your sweet tooth at PJ’s Mini Donut Trailer with slushies and donuts.


Posted 06/12/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The Panora Square Market will be Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Panora City Square. Look for farm fresh products, baked goods, art, crafts, flowers and more. Organizers encourage attendees to come for the market but stay in town for a while. Grab something to drink and check out all the great shops on the square and in town. Additional dates include:
  • July 6
  • July 20
  • Aug. 17
  • Aug. 31
  • Sept. 14
  • Sept. 28
  • Oct. 5
  • Oct. 19


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Posted 05/07/2024

Our mission in publishing Lake Panorama Times is two-fold. First, we strive to create content that each of you want to read and will seek out month after month. Second, we encourage you to buy products and services from the advertisements seen in this publication. I am asking for your help with both of these.
In this day and age, most all of us are overwhelmed with data and, often times, are not sure what to believe. Those of you who place marketing or advertising buys for businesses know this to be true. Paid subscription newspapers brag about having the most subscribers in the area, despite reaching fewer than one in five households. Radio stations claim to be No. 1, even if it is a narrow market such as left-handed 43-year-old females who were born in Nebraska. And digital and social media marketers fail to explain that more than half of their traffic is not from people but from bots. Yes, marketing can be confusing.
This is why we have the circulation and readership of our publications audited by Circulation Verification Council (CVC), an independent, third-party reporting audit company. CVC audits thousands of editions nationwide with a combined circulation of more than 55 million, covering printing, distribution, circulation, websites, digital editions, mobile, email, social media and readership studies to give an accurate picture of a publication’s reach and market penetration.
CITYVIEW and our 14 Iowa Living magazines are all audited by CVC and have been for years. We will soon begin the process of having Lake Panorama Times and our other publications in Guthrie County audited as well. Why is this important? A credible audit verifies that what we claim to be our circulation and readership is true. It also provides us with basic information on our readers like age, sex, education, income and purchase intentions, which we can share with those who want to market their goods and services with us.
If you read my columns regularly, you know how I value personal privacy and how concerned I am with the information that the Big Tech companies like Facebook and Next Door are stealing from each of us. With that in mind, I want you to know that all data CVC collects is done so in anonymous ways and is not tracked back to any individual. And, even more importantly, that data is not shared or sold to anyone else, including us.
So, what does this mean to you? Over the next few months, CVC will be polling the readers of this publication through a variety of methods, and we will also be asking you to participate in a simple questionnaire. I hope you will participate in this process, as it will provide us with accurate and reliable market data that we will also be sharing with you.
More details will come soon. In the meantime, I thank you being part of our surveys, and, as always, I thank you for reading.

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Editor and Publisher
Lake Panorama Times
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Gary Youngberg is among those who enjoy the challenge hickory golf offers.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The game of golf was born in Scotland in the 15th century. In the beginning, golf club shafts were made out of various materials, including any kind of wood, iron and even bones. During the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, the preferred material for club shafts became hickory wood.
In the last few decades, interest in playing with hickory-shafted golf clubs has increased. Gary Youngberg is among those who enjoy the challenge hickory golf offers. He also enjoys the hunt for hickory clubs, which he then refurbishes and either sells or gives away.  
“Hickory golf is played with pre-1935 hickory shaft golf clubs and is rapidly expanding across the country,” Youngberg says. “It speaks to the soul of golf and lets people see how the game was played 100 years ago.”
Gary and Karen Youngberg own Ames Silversmithing in Ames, which they opened in August 1976 with $1,500 from Gary’s savings account. While their primary home is in Ames, they have owned a house on Lake Panorama’s Horseshoe Cove since December 2016.
Both Gary and Karen are accomplished amateur golfers. They grew up in Davenport and both made their school’s varsity golf teams as sophomores.
“We played a lot of golf together and fell in love,” Gary says.
When Gary started golf at the age of 14, he found some hickory clubs in his parents’ basement. “I never thought much about them,” he says. “After we moved to Ames and joined Ames Golf and Country Club, I learned some of the older members held the Hickory Hacker every year, which was played with hickory shaft golf clubs. I introduced myself and became part of the group.”
After a few years, some of the older members passed and the tournament ended.
“I mentioned to Karen and our two sons I wanted to start the event up again,” Gary says. “With their blessings, the Ames Silversmithing Hickory Classic was born 14 years ago. Our first year, we had 28 players, and, at times, have had as many as 80. Our usual turnout is around 70.”
While modern golf has a limit of 14 clubs a player can use in a tournament, there isn’t a limit in hickory golf. When competing in hickory tournaments, Youngberg usually carries 12 to 14 clubs, plus a left-handed club “just in case.” Another difference between modern golf and hickory golf is the unusual names used for hickory clubs, such as brassie, cleek, mashie and niblick.
“I have a mashie-niblick in my bag I have had for a long time,” Youngberg says. “It is the equivalent of an eight-iron. I use it to chip around the greens and from 100 yards or closer to the green. I typically carry two woods, a brassie for teeing off and a cleek for fairway shots. I also have a driving iron, a mid-iron, a strong mashie, which would be like a five-iron. Also a weak mashie, like a six-iron, a spade mashie, like a seven-iron, and two more lofted niblicks.”
Youngberg is a member of the Society of Hickory Golfers, which was formed in 2000. The group established rules for tournaments and promotes hickory golf play in the United States and other countries. The group allows the use of replica clubs for tournament play. These are new clubs that must meet the standards and designs of hickory clubs made prior to 1935.
“From the purist standpoint, I’m not in favor of replica clubs, but I understand the reasons the organization made the decision,” Youngberg says. “In fact, my two most lofted niblicks, as well as my cleek wood, are modern hickories. There is little doubt modern hickory clubs are more consistent and easier to play with than originals.”
Youngberg is continually on the lookout for original hickory clubs, which he repairs and refurbishes in a basement workshop in the family’s Lake Panorama home. Asked to guess how many hickory clubs have passed through his hands over the years, he estimates more than 500.
“It varies from time to time but, conservatively, I have 250 or so at the lake house that are part of the group I will repair and refurbish. I probably have 50 to 60 at home in Ames that people can buy,” Youngberg says. “I’ve been pleased to refurbish and donate 20 sets of clubs to friends and acquaintances who have expressed a desire to learn and play hickory golf. I only have a few collectibles. Most I have are not especially rare, so they are called commons.”
Most original irons need to have the heads removed and “re-pinned” by driving a small nail through holes on each side of the iron and the hickory shaft. This makes the clubs solid enough to hit. Youngberg also refinishes hickory shafts. And he replaces worn grips with strands of buffalo hide, capped off with a sticky thread called whipping, which is made especially for this use.
“Even though I have a lot of clubs, I’m always looking for more to fix up and donate to younger players,” he says.
Youngberg says about half of his time on the golf course is spent with modern clubs and the other half with hickory clubs.
“I tend to ramp up hickory play if I have an upcoming event and vice versa,” he says. “Karen and our two sons all play with modern clubs as well as hickory. Karen dabbles, but the boys and now three of our grandchildren truly enjoy playing hickory sticks.”
In late April, Youngberg traveled to Austin, Texas, to compete in the 20th Onion Creek Classic hickory tournament.
“The event was 36 holes of stroke play. I’m old enough to play in the senior division but competitive enough to play in the open division. I’m pleased to say I won the championship by a single shot.”
Youngberg had back-to-back wins in 2022 and 2023 at the Mid-American Hickory Open held at the Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg, Illinois. He’s had multiple wins in both the Heart of America championship and the Iowa Hickory Classic, both held in Des Moines. He placed second in the United States Senior Hickory Open in Omaha a few years ago. Last year, he and Karen flew to the Houston area and won the Houston Area Team Hickory Classic.
Youngberg is no slouch with his modern clubs, either, having won the Ames city tournament eight times in the open division and three times in the senior division.
“As a golfing family using modern clubs, we have notched numerous best-shot wins around the area,” he says. “Karen and I won the Iowa Wife-Husband tournament in Burlington one year. Perhaps our most gratifying win was the 2016 International Husband-Wife golf tournament held in the Dominican Republic over three days. We beat the defending and four-time champions by four shots.”
Youngberg is a proud ambassador for hickory golf.
“I’m always spreading the word about hickory golf,” he says. “No matter where I play them, hickory clubs garner a lot of interest so I’m happy to share information, let people hit my clubs, and often give a club to someone who is interested.
“I love to focus on the younger players, because it helps them better understand where the game started, as well as appreciate the technology behind modern clubs. When I was in Austin in April, I met a 30-something player on the range who was very interested in my clubs, so I let him hit some. We spent about 20 minutes together, and, when we parted, I gave him one of my hickory mashies.”
Youngberg says he loves golf…period.
“It is, as Bagger Vance said, ‘a game that can only be played and never won.’ Of course, people win tournaments, but one can never master the game. Ask anyone who plays, even on their very best day, they look back and say, ‘If only…’ ”


LPA members and guests must check in at the LPN pro shop counter and pay a daily fee of $5 unless they have an annual pass.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Panorama National Resort will open its 1,500-square-foot heated swimming pool and eight-person spa on Friday, May 24, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Once open, public swimming will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. seven days a week. Plans are to have the pool remain open until Sept. 30.
All members and guests of the swimming pool must check in at the LPN pro shop counter where they will sign in and pay a daily fee of $5, unless they have purchased an annual pool pass. After checking in, everyone will be given a wristband to wear in the pool area.
A variety of annual pass categories are available including single, couple, family and grandparent. Passes are available to LPA property owners starting at $125 for a single, $150 for a couple and $175 for a family. A fourth category is available to adults 55 and older with grandchildren up to the age of 12. Grandparent memberships are $225.
Non-LPA members also can purchase annual pool passes in the same categories for an additional $15 for any of the four options.
The pool membership form is available online and can be mailed or dropped off with payment to the LPN. The form is here:


Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Registration for the 27th annual Lake Panorama National Junior golf clinics is open. Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend. Two sessions are offered with a limit of 24 students per session to ensure personalized attention and instruction.
All session dates are on Wednesdays and run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Session One dates are June 5, 12, 19, with a registration deadline of May 26. Session Two dates are July 10, 17, 24, with a registration deadline of June 30.
The cost is $55 per junior golfer. Participants will receive instruction from Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, Mike Kleinwolterink, pro shop manager, and other LPN staff members.
For the first two days of each session, the junior golfers will meet near the LPN pro shop, where they will divide into age groups and walk to the LPN practice areas with instructors. The groups will rotate between the driving range, chipping area and the putting green. At the end of each day, the golfers can go to Spikes and pick out a drink and snack.
The third day of each session will be held at the Panorama West golf course. There the students will play a few holes on the golf course, with instructors helping them implement what they learned the first two days. After golf, pizza and drinks will be available in the community room.
Riggins says he and his staff are dedicated to growing the game of golf for juniors.
“Our junior golf clinics are conducted in a way that improves the skills of junior golfers, along with their life skills,” he says. “And while we will be focusing on fundamentals of the game, we also will be moving more towards getting kids ready to play the game.”
The LPN Junior golf clinics have two long-time sponsors — Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. For more information, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024. To register, complete an entry form that is available in both the pro shop and online, then return it to the LPN pro shop with payment.


Posted 05/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

The Guthrie Center Lions Club, commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2024, announces its Centennial Celebration and Dinner scheduled for June 10 at the Guthrie County Events Center, situated at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds. Tickets for this event are available for $25 per person and can be purchased at Guthrie County State Bank (Guthrie Center branch), Peoples Bank, or from any Lions Club member.
The purposes of the celebration are to honor a century of dedicated service to the Guthrie Center community and to raise funds crucial for the construction of the new kitchen facility at the Little Charger Early Learning Center.
Quality day care is critically important to the future of Guthrie Center. Attracting and retaining young families in and around Guthrie Center is a pivotal step for the future of the Guthrie Center area. The goal of the Little Charger Early Learning Center is to create an asset that will aide local employers in attracting and retaining employees, create a stable workforce, drive community growth, and reverse a three-year trend of enrollment decline in the school district.
The cost of the kitchen is estimated to be $45,000, and the Lions Club has set a goal of raising $50,000 for this project. An anonymous donor has already gifted the Lions Club $10,000 toward this goal, and the Guthrie Center Lions club has matched that donation with $11,000. The Lions Club would like to challenge the Guthrie Center community (individuals, families, businesses and civic groups) to match this $21,000 committed.
Donations can be large or small and can be given at the Guthrie County State Bank in care of the Guthrie Center Lions Club, or mailed to Guthrie Center Lions Club, c/o GCSB, P.O. Box 8, Guthrie Center, IA 50115. Write “100thanniversary donation” in the memo line or supply a note with the donation. The Lions Club is a 501(c)3 organization. Receipts will be issued for donations $250 or more. Check with your accountant or attorney for information regarding the deductibility of your donation. n

Lions Club members:
  • Kelly Bast
  • Dale Behrends
  • Mark Benton
  • Larry Brandt
  • Kristen Crouthamel
  • Dennis Flanery
  • Diane Flanery
  • Joe Hanner
  • Ed Haver
  • George Hemmen
  • Darwin Hughes
  • George Hunt
  • Kris Langgaard
  • Melissa Loest
  • Barry Monaghan
  • Shannon Neff-Muell
  • Cozy Nelsen
  • Shawna Nelson
  • Jennifer Policky
  • Wes Policky
  • Josh Rasmussen
  • Gary Rees
  • Eric Reinhart
  • Rex Schoonover
  • Dwayne Seeck
  • Bill Sheeder
  • Ben Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Craig Twigg
  • Mike Underwood
  • Roger Underwood
  • Ed Wright


A new auction item this year is two apple trees, delivered, planted and donated by Isom Tree Farms.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Registration now is open for the Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball fundraiser Friday, June 21. The Beach Ball will be held at the Lake Panorama National Resort event center with all seating in the banquet room.
Registration will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served beginning at 6 p.m. The menu includes pork loin, chicken, baked potato, garden salad, dinner rolls and dessert. Beverage service offering lemonade, tea and water is included with the meal. There will be a cash bar, which opens at 4:30 p.m.
There are several options for those interested in attending the event. Members of the Friends Beach Club provide additional financial support to Friends of Lake Panorama beyond the cost of the meal. Prices for 2024 Beach Club memberships remain the same as last year and are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes table sponsorship, eight dinner tickets, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program; Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes two dinner tickets, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program; and Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes table sponsorship, name in the 2024 Beach Ball program.
A limited number of individual meal tickets will be available at $50 each. Attendance will be capped at 225, so those interested are encouraged to finalize their plans as soon as possible. To register, contact Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536 or
At its April meeting, the Friends of Lake Panorama board voted to make the Lake Panorama National Golf Course Master Plan Priority 1 projects the focus of the 2024 Beach Ball. (See related story on page 17) This means the LPN Priority 1 projects will receive a percentage of pooled funds raised plus all direct donations designated specifically for the LPN project.
Funds will be raised with both live and silent auctions plus other activities throughout the evening. Those who want to donate auction items specifically for the LPN Priority 1 projects can do so.
For instance, two couples are donating an authentic Iowa barbecue dinner for 50 people. Chris and Brenda Duree and Mike and Kelly Faga are the donors and have asked the proceeds from this live auction item go to the LPN project. Their dinner menu includes baby back pork loin ribs; smoked, barbecued and shaved pork loin; bacon mac and cheese; baked beans; cornbread and coleslaw. Also provided will be iced tea and lemonade, plasticware and napkins. This event could be held at the home of the winning bidder, Boulder or Sunset Beach, or other suitable local venue.
Several other auction items are committed that have been popular at past Beach Balls. These include a set of four passenger car tires for any vehicle, donated by Scott Politte, president of Stivers Ford Lincoln of Waukee; a Cyclone football package for the Nov. 2 ISU vs. Texas Tech game, which includes four tickets in the ISU Athletic Director Suite with Jamie Pollard, food and soft drinks during the game, and a VIP parking pass; a piece of jewelry custom-made by Gary Youngberg, owner of Ames Silversmithing; Paradise Pad items, donated by Mike and Austin Hayden; and a six-course gourmet meal for six with wine pairings, prepared, served and donated by Bill and Karen Fitzgerald.
A new auction item this year is two apple trees, delivered, planted and donated by Isom Tree Farms, owned by Larry and Heather Isom. The winning bidder will be able to choose from several different apple varieties for their two trees.
Those interested in donating auction items for the 2024 Beach Ball are asked to email
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Friends of Lake Panorama. A video loop available for viewing throughout the evening will feature photos of past projects. These include improvements to playgrounds at all three beaches, sports courts at both Boulder and Sunset beaches, dog park, recreational area on the south shore, enhancements to the Panorama West Nature Trail, more than 20 new benches at beaches and golf courses and several smaller projects.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website at Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.


The Friends of Lake Panorama board voted to make this effort the priority project for the 2024 Beach Ball fundraiser June 21.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The stage is set for a fundraising campaign to pay for needed improvements at the Lake Panorama National golf course. The course first opened in 1971.
In the fall of 2023, the LPN board of managers began development of a comprehensive master plan for the golf course. This involved a thorough assessment of the course, with key personnel conducting a hole-by-hole golf course tour. The insights gained, combined with past planning documents, led to the identification and prioritization of key projects.
At its April 22 meeting, the LPN board approved a fundraising effort that focuses on Priority 1 projects identified in the LPN Golf Course Master Plan. Projects included in Priority 1 of the master plan include:
Forward Tee Boxes: Expand square footage, level, and sod with short variety Kentucky Bluegrass to accommodate increased play and allow for better turf recovery.
Main Tee Boxes: Level main Bentgrass tees and re-sod with Bentgrass. Final square footage will be based on construction bids and fundraising.
Railroad Ties and Landscaping: Remove all railroad ties surrounding tee boxes. Where necessary, replace with a block retaining wall. Remove landscaping surrounding tee boxes to simplify maintenance and mowing.
Driving Range: Replace railroad ties with a block retaining wall. Add a synthetic grass tee line to the back of the tee box to use when the natural turf needs time to recover.
Tee Signs: Install 18 cast metal tee signs with Granite Club sponsor signs and ball washers. Also, pour concrete pads on six holes for current and future memorial benches.
On April 8, Royce Shaffer, LPN director of operations, and Shanell Wagler, chair of the LPN board of managers, presented details of the LPN golf course master plan to the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors. They asked if donations to the Priority 1 projects could be funneled through Friends, which would allow donors who itemize at tax time the opportunity to deduct their donation.
After discussion, the Friends board approved a motion to partner with LPN to raise funds for Priority 1 projects. The Friends board also voted to make this effort the priority project for the 2024 Beach Ball fundraiser June 21.
The LPN board of managers set a $500,000 target for the first round of fundraising. As funds become available, bids will be solicited for Priority 1 projects. No fundraising deadline has been set, as funds will continue to be raised until projects are completed.
Future projects included in the LPN golf course master plan include needed improvements to the maintenance shop and equipment storage, irrigation pumps and pump house, bunkers, the pond that impacts holes 12 and 13, the pond on the ninth hole, and cart paths.
There is precedence for raising funds for LPN golf course improvements. To build Spikes in 2008, approximately $128,000 in cash was donated, plus an estimated $64,500 in the form of materials and labor, for a total value of $197,500. In 2010, two on-course bathrooms were built with $28,000 raised from 125 donors, and $25,000 was donated by an individual to renovate the pond on the seventh hole. Fountains in ponds all were donated. These projects all were done before Friends of Lake Panorama was formed in 2013.
Fundraising for the LPN Priority 1 projects is underway. While Friends of Lake Panorama has committed a percentage of funds raised at the 2024 Beach Ball to Priority 1, LPN staff and board are developing additional fundraising strategies. Efforts will target Lake Panorama Association property owners, LPN seasonal passholders, LPN daily fee and stay and play golfers, and businesses.
A fundraising golf tournament is being considered, along with other special events. Because much of the cost of the Priority 1 projects involves construction, in-kind contributions from contractors willing to provide services at no cost or reduced rates will be sought.
Donors contributing $500 or more will be recognized on both the Lake Panorama National Resort and Friends of Lake Panorama websites. All donors receive a tax receipt.
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions for donors older than age 70½ that are required to take forced IRA distributions. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. Check with your financial advisor for details.
Direct donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to Friends, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card at 


Landon and Lindsey Loftsgard took the helm Jan. 1.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

For many years, the tagline for Panorama Gardens has been “family owned since 1956.” George and Harriett Olson started the business that year, when their son, Dave, was a 1-year-old. George and Harriett operated the business as a husband-and-wife team for many years. In 1978, Dave began the process of buying the business from his parents. Soon, he and his new bride, Ilene, decided they wanted to do the same thing.
Now, a third husband-and-wife team has taken ownership of Panorama Gardens, and the “family owned since 1956” tagline continues.
New owners Landon and Lindsey Loftsgard took the helm Jan. 1, 2024. Their son, Brooks, is 2 years old, and daughter Annie is 8 months. The couple are high school sweethearts from Waukee. They both graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015, she with a degree in health promotion, he with a business degree. They married in 2018.
Lindsey has had jobs related to wellness and senior living. She currently works for a wellness tech company in West Des Moines. Landon’s focus has been on accounting and finance plus four years as a police officer in Clive and Dallas County.
Those don’t seem like jobs that would lead to owning a floral and garden center. Lindsey picks up the story.
“I have always had a side hobby of gardening and flowers, and Landon has always wanted to own his own business,” she says. “Landon’s parents, Rick and Dawn Loftsgard, moved to a home in Jones Cove three years ago. We’d driven by Panorama Gardens many times on our way to visit them and talked about how cool it would be to own it.”
In May 2023, a Panorama Gardens feature story appeared in the Lake Panorama Times. In it, Dave Olson said the business had been for sale for a while, and the couple hoped to retire. But he said they would keep the business open until it sold.
The Loftsgards read that story, reached out to the Olsons, and the rest is history.
“We took over in January and thought we’d have plenty of time to get our feet wet,” Landon says. “But, instead, we’ve been busy from the beginning. I like to be busy, and the days here fly by. Sometimes, I’ll look at my watch, it’s 3 p.m., and I can’t believe it. We’ve had great support from the community from that first day.”
Landon is at the business daily. Lindsey continues with her full-time job in the health care industry. For now, she’s there as much as possible.
“I love the opportunity to be creative and get my hands in the dirt. It’s good for a person’s mental health,” she says.
The couple did some early renovations before the busy spring season.
“In the flower shop, we painted, replaced the flooring and rearranged the customer counter and work area,” Lindsey says. “We had our customers and staff in mind and wanted to make things easier for both, while freshening up that area.”
The garden center building was rearranged, pulling the counter closer to the entrance, and organizing product displays into separate sections. Products featured in the garden center include racks of seeds, various types of potting soil and other materials, mulch, watering supplies, garden decorations and lots of pots.
Large bags of mulch, top soil and potting soil are stacked on the south side of the garden center, with some also inside.
“In this business, ordering for spring must be done each fall, so much of the product we have is what Dave ordered last fall,” Landon says. “We want to hear from our customers if what we have is what they want, or if there are different items we should be thinking about when we order for 2025.”
The Olsons were known for the annual vegetable and flower seedlings and plants they had growing in their greenhouses by the time spring customers arrived, all started from seed.
“We brought in more plants this spring than Dave and Ilene did,” Lindsey says. “Since we were busy with learning the business and renovations, we weren’t able to spend as much time planting. We hope to do more in the future.”
By late April, the retail greenhouse and two older greenhouses were filled with vegetable plants, annual and perennial flowers, green plants, and hanging baskets of flowers and giant ferns.
One new offering takes Panorama Gardens to customers. An annual Porch Pot Subscription costs $250 for three planted pot deliveries.
“Pots are handpicked to complement each home’s outdoor space,” Landon says. “The first delivery will come in May and feature blooming flowers and lush greens for the summer months. The second pot will come with fall flowers, and the last one will be a winter arrangement.”
While Panorama Gardens already had an active floral department, the Loftsgards are putting an emphasis on their fresh flower operation. For Valentine’s Day, they partnered with several area businesses to offer fresh flower bouquets onsite to be picked up with other gift items.
“We had a really good response to our bouquets and look forward to similar promotions and partnerships in the future,” Lindsey says.
The business website recently was revamped and includes lots of details on fresh flower options. Flowers can be ordered online, by phone or in person, with same-day delivery to surrounding area addresses. Panorama Gardens is an FTD member and can take orders for flowers to be delivered in other locations.
New to Panorama Gardens is the option to provide fresh flowers for weddings, whether it be for the ceremony, the reception, or all aspects of the event. Racheé Lombard began working part-time for the couple in January and was promoted to full-time floral manager in May. Those interested in talking about floral plans for a wedding can schedule a consultation with Lombard.
The Loftsgards also connect with customers through a Facebook page. They post a weekly featured plant and include a photo and simple details about how to care for the plant. All plants featured are available for purchase at Panorama Gardens.
In April, they hosted a Kid’s Fairy Garden Workshop that was so popular a second session was added. Earlier in the year, they conducted an ISU Extension workshop on flower arrangements.
The couple plans additional renovations later. Eventually one old greenhouse will be removed and replaced.
“We love the other two old greenhouses that are really old, with the glass walls and roof,” Lindsey says. “Those are really unique, and we want to renovate and keep those, if we can.”
An open area north of the building will be cleared with one old collapsed greenhouse removed along with downed trees and debris. The couple hopes to find ways to put this area to better use, perhaps moving large bulk items and some parking there.
They also plan to add areas where customers can enjoy time testing the made-in-Iowa outdoor furniture they now offer.
“I see us turning Panorama Gardens into a sort of botanical center for Guthrie County,” Landon says. “We want to set up seating throughout the grounds and buildings to showcase the outdoor furniture plus the plants and garden products we offer.”
The couple also is thinking of ways to use the retail greenhouse that is empty in late fall and through the winter months.
“We might rent the greenhouse out for special events,” Lindsey says. “We’ve also talked about a popup bar during the Christmas season and hosting other special events.”
The couple currently has three full-time employees and eight part-time employees. Gus, their golden retriever, is the operation’s full-time greeter. In March, they adopted a cat from Panora Pets and asked customers to suggest names for him. Sprout now spends most of his time sleeping in a box under the floral table.
The Loftsgards are thankful to Dave and Ilene Olson for their support.
“They stayed on full-time with us for about the first month,” Landon says. “They taught us so much. We still call them with questions, and they stop in sometimes. They’ve been very helpful.”
“We’re truly grateful to the entire community for the support we’ve received in our first few months,” Lindsey says. “We continue to learn, and we’re excited for the future.”
The couple lives in Adel, but the Loftsgards hope the future brings a move to Panora.
“Moving closer is definitely a goal,” Landon says. “We love the small-town atmosphere for raising our kids.”
With the busiest time of year at hand, Panorama Gardens now is open seven days a weekHours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Once things slow down, the business will once again be closed on Sunday.
Panorama Gardens is located on U.S. Highway 44 on the east edge of Panora. The phone number is 641-755-2225, and email is Search Facebook for Panorama Gardens to find their page. The business website is


Dr. Gerard “Jerry” Matysik is believed to be the oldest active slalom skier on Lake Panorama. 
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Dr. Gerard “Jerry” Matysik and his wife, Karen, have had a home at Lake Panorama since 1999. On April 27, Matysik celebrated his 70th birthday by slalom skiing with friends on Lake Panorama.
When weather conditions allow, Matysik, Dale Behrends, Dr. David Dwyer, David Stark and Matt Lukacs ski every weekend. Group members take turns using their boats. Everyone slalom skis but Lukacs, who prefers his two bare feet.
“I tell people I spent too much money on the boat and can’t afford skis,” he says.
For Matysik’s 70th birthday ski run, the group used Lukacs’ Malibu boat. Behrends drove, and Lukacs documented the occasion with his camera. Matysik is believed to be the oldest active slalom skier on Lake Panorama.
When Matysik isn’t skiing, he specializes in pulmonary medicine and sleep disorders at Pella Regional Health Center. In his previous practice, he conducted a pulmonary clinic at the Guthrie County Hospital for several years. Matysik says he plans to continue to ski and practice medicine for the indefinite future.


Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This is the third year for the Panora Garden Club’s fundraising event that offers pontoon tours of Lake Panorama. This year’s twist is the tours will be held in the evening rather than mid-day.
“We’ve heard from quite a few people over the last couple of years who said they would like to participate, but they work during the day. Others said their spouses would be more likely to come if the tour could be in the evening,” says Paulette Chambers, co-chair of the Panora Garden Club. “It also should be cooler for these twilight tours.”
The event is planned for Wednesday, June 19. Five time slots are available between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. A total of 15 pontoons will be used with three leaving every 15 minutes from the Boulder Beach docks.
Another change this year is each tour is expected to last about two hours. In 2022, tours were just an hour long. Tours were extended to 90 minutes in 2023, which still meant pontoon drivers had to skip some coves or speed up to make it back in time for their next run.
“This year, each pontoon captain will make just one trip around the lake,” says JoAnn Johnson, who co-chairs the garden club with Chambers. “This will give our guests more time to relax and enjoy their time on the water. The number of people each pontoon can carry varies, and we’ll make sure pontoons aren’t crowded.”
A member of the Panora Garden Club will be on board each pontoon to answer questions and point out highlights. Signs along the tour route will mark the gardens and landscaping of garden club members. Maps showing Lake Panorama’s cove names and garden club member homes will be distributed to each guest.
The Panora Garden Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, so donations are tax deductible. A minimum donation of $30 is required for each person who reserves a tour spot, and those interested in making an additional donation are welcome to do so. Advance payment is needed, and details will be explained when reservations are made.
Funds raised will be used to continue the many projects club members conduct to beautify the community. These include such things as the summer petunia trees near the gazebo, 28 street pots scattered throughout Panora with both summer and winter displays, and last winter’s giant gnomes installed for the Christmas season.
“We’ve been amazed by the wonderful community support we have for these projects,” Chambers says. “When we’re out with our cart watering the street pots and petunia trees, or putting in new displays, we often have people stop to thank us for our time and efforts.”
Johnson says the club spends about $2,000 each year to support these seasonal beautification efforts. “The pontoon tour is the only fundraiser we conduct,” she says. “We encourage those interested to gather a few friends and be ready to order a group of tickets together. Or for couples to plan a date night. We’ll be able to accommodate about 200 guests, and I think we’ll sell out.”
Besides the pontoon tour, a $30 per person donation will cover an individual charcuterie cup and bottled water. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.
To simplify the registration process, five club members agreed to each handle one of the five time slots. For instance, those interested in being on one of the three pontoons that launches at 6 p.m. should text JoAnn at 515-975-9407.
Other time slots are: 6:15 p.m., text Marcia, 712-249-2142; 6:30 p.m., text Rhoda, 712-249-3666; 6:45 p.m. text Paula, 402-699-2580; and 7 p.m., text Paulette, 712-304-0077.
A rain date of Thursday, June 20 has been set. If the tour needs to be moved to that day, tour times will remain as originally set. If weather prevents this event, money for tickets will be considered a tax-exempt charitable donation to the Panora Garden Club.


Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Rob Riggins is in his fourth year as the Lake Panorama National Resort head golf pro. He moved from California to Iowa 10 years ago and was the general manager and director of golf instruction at Jester Park for four years before moving to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. There he was a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years before taking the LPN job in February 2021.
In this month’s Q&A, Riggins looks ahead to the 2024 golf season.

Q. You’re entering your fourth year as the LPN head golf professional. What do you like about being at Lake Panorama?
A. Entering my fourth year as the head golf professional at Lake Panorama National Golf Course has been an incredibly rewarding journey. What I love most about being here is the opportunity to continually engage with our members and guests, fostering a vibrant golfing community. The scenic beauty of the course and the camaraderie among players create an environment that’s truly special.
Additionally, being able to share my passion for golf through teaching and coaching brings me immense joy. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally, and I’m grateful to be a part of such a dynamic team and supportive community.

Q. How are 2024 memberships at the LPN and Panorama West coming in, and why should people consider getting a season pass to one or both of these golf courses?
A. Membership numbers for 2024 at LPN are seeing a slight decrease compared to last year, but I have noticed that, as the weather gets better, so do season pass sales. There are compelling reasons for people to consider grabbing a season pass to one or both of our fantastic golf courses.
First, a season pass offers unbeatable value for avid golfers. It grants unlimited access to the courses, allowing pass holders to play as much golf as they desire throughout the season.
Second, both LPN and Panorama West boast stunning landscapes and beautifully maintained facilities, providing an unparalleled golfing experience. From picturesque fairways to challenging holes, there’s something for every golfer to enjoy.
Plus, being a season pass holder comes with perks such as discounts on merchandise, free use of the driving range at the LPN, priority tee time bookings, and exclusive access to LPN member-only events and tournaments.
Overall, the allure of a season pass to LPN or Panorama West remains strong due to the exceptional value, quality of the courses and exclusive benefits offered. Season passes are available to both LPA and non-LPA members. Applications are in the LPN pro shop, or you can check out the options at

Q. The LPN Resort calendar is filled with golf events, some for couples, some for just men, some for just women, some for just members, some for anyone interested. Highlight some of the key events you think golfers should consider playing in during the upcoming season and how they can get involved. 
A. Absolutely. Let’s start with couples’ tournaments. These are perfect for golfing couples looking to enjoy a casual round of golf and have fun on the course together. They offer a fun and social atmosphere, with opportunities to bond over a shared love of golf. Whether you’re a seasoned duo or just starting out, couples’ tournaments provide a chance to compete and connect with other couples in a relaxed setting.
At Panorama West, Bill and Karen Eby do a great job organizing a Fore Fun Friday Night series. For more information, contact Bill and Karen at 515-480-4633. At the LPN, check out our Nine and Wine series on eight Monday afternoons, 18-hole tournaments on Memorial Day and July 4, and six Friday night nine-hole events.
We also host a number of tournaments specific for either men or women golfers, giving them the chance to showcase their skills and compete against peers in their respective categories. These tournaments are a great way to test your game, challenge yourself and maybe even take home some bragging rights.
LPN Resort hosts some special events exclusively for its members, providing them with unique opportunities to enjoy the course and connect with fellow members. We also host open events that welcome anyone interested in playing, regardless of membership status. These tournaments are a fantastic way to experience the resort’s renowned golf courses and meet new people from the broader golfing community.
To get involved in these events, interested golfers should keep an eye on the LPN Resort calendar for upcoming tournament dates and registration details. They also can register by contacting the golf pro shop directly. Overall, our tournaments offer golfers of all levels and backgrounds a chance to enjoy competitive and social golf experiences at the LPN Resort, making these a highlight of the upcoming season for anyone passionate about the game.

Q. There are four golf leagues at the LPN and three at Panorama West. Why do you encourage members to consider playing in one or more of the golf leagues available?
A. Participating in golf leagues at Lake Panorama National Resort and Panorama West offers numerous advantages, accommodating various schedules and golfing preferences. Regular league play provides a consistent opportunity to enhance golfing skills through practice and friendly competition. Joining a league also fosters connections with fellow golf enthusiasts, which provides a platform to meet new people and build lasting friendships.
Both courses offer men’s and women’s league opportunities. The men’s league at Lake Panorama meets on Wednesdays, featuring an 18-hole individual stroke play at 11 a.m. and two nine-hole team leagues at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The women’s league at LPN meets every Thursday. There is an 18-hole individual league starting at 2 p.m. and a two-gal team event that starts at 5 p.m.
Panorama West offers similar league opportunities, with a women’s league Tuesday morning, and men’s leagues Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. All are individual play, with weekly prizes and year-end recognition. Leagues at both courses are underway, but there’s still time to join the fun. For more information about LPN leagues, call the pro shop at 641-755-2024. For Panorama West, call the clubhouse at 641-755-2250.

Q. What’s available for both beginning and experienced golfers to help them improve their game in 2024?
A. Golf lessons remain a cornerstone for improvement, with options for private or group sessions that cater to all skill levels. Beginners can master the basics, while more advanced players can fine-tune specific aspects of their play. I offer lessons for both adults and juniors and welcome calls to the LPN pro shop to discuss options and get something set up.
Regular use of the LPN driving range, putting green and short-game area is crucial. These facilities help develop muscle memory and improve overall performance through consistent practice. Also, the simple act of playing more golf can significantly improve skills. Each round exposes players to new challenges and learning opportunities, especially when exploring different courses.
Engaging in league play and playing in tournaments provides valuable experience. These competitive environments test a golfer’s skills under varied conditions and pressure, fostering faster improvement. By focusing on these key areas, golfers can systematically upgrade their skills, whether they are just starting out or looking to polish their game.

Q. What’s new in the LPN pro shop in terms of merchandise for 2024? 
A.  For 2024, the Lake Panorama National Resort pro shop is showcasing an exciting array of new merchandise. Both men and women can expect to find the latest golf apparel trends. This means stylish and functional clothing from top brands, including shirts, shorts, pants and outerwear designed for comfort and performance on the course. We also have golf shoes in a new, nice variety of styles, including spikeless options for versatility and comfort during play.
For golf clubs, while LPN does not provide dynamic fitting options, we do offer static fitting. Or customers can obtain a custom fit from any of the Des Moines golf fitters. We are able to order any of the leading brands for you, with the cost of the fitting credited back to you.
We also offer exclusive Lake Panorama National Resort merchandise. From logoed apparel to accessories, these items make great souvenirs or gifts for friends and family. We hope you will visit us during your next trip to the resort to explore new arrivals and elevate your golfing experience.

Q. What has you excited about the 2024 golf season at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West?
A. The 2024 golf season at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West is brimming with excitement for several reasons. Both courses are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and beautifully maintained fairways and greens, providing an unparalleled golfing experience. Plus, the season promises a diverse range of events and tournaments catering to golfers of all ages and skill levels, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of enthusiasts.
Whether it’s the thrill of championship-level play, the camaraderie among fellow golfers or the opportunity to hone skills with golf instruction, there’s something for everyone to look forward to. Overall, the 2024 golf season at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West holds the promise of unforgettable experiences and endless enjoyment on the fairways.


Hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and annuals can attract various types of pollinators.
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Posted 05/07/2024
By Lynn Kuhn
Special to Lake Panorama Times

Bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, ants, hummingbirds and bats all have two things in common. They are pollinators, and they are in decline. Those are big deals.
Did you know 75% of our crops depend on pollinators to some degree? One way to help is to add pollinator plants to your landscape, and now is the perfect time, as June is pollinator month.
Hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and annuals can attract various types of pollinators. For now, we’ll highlight a few of the prettiest perennials that attract primarily bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Mix natives with showier cultivars for a display that is attractive to both pollinators and humans.
PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pallida)
WHITE CONEFOWER (Echinacea purpurea “Alba”)
PICA BELLA CONEFLOWER (Echinacea purpurea “Pica Bella”)
PIXIE MEADOWBRITE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea Pixie Meadowbrite™)
RUBY STAR CONEFLOWER (Echinacea purpurea “Ruby Star”)
ROCKY TOP TENNESSEE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea tennesseensis “Rocky Top”)
Designer’s Tip: Rocky Top Tennessee Coneflower is fairly short with blooms that nod to the east, so be sure to position it accordingly.

Liatris looks best when mixed with other liatris or with other perennials such as coneflower. Try these cultivars for best results.
KOBOLD GAYFEATHER (Liatris spicata “Kobold”)
FLORISTAN WHITE GAYFEATHER (Liatris spicata “Floristan White”)
MARSH BLAZING (Liatris spicata)
ROUGH BLAZINGSTAR (Liatris aspera)
PRAIRIE BLAZINGSTAR (Liatris pycnostachya)
Designer’s Tip: Plant liatris amongst ornamental grasses such as prairie dropseed, little bluestem and autumn moore grass.

So many monarda, so little time. It’s tough to pick a favorite, but I did my best. Look for these mildew resistant cultivars.
GARDEN VIEW SCARLET (Similar to Jacob Cline, but more resistant to powdery mildew)
Designer’s Tip: Pair monarda with Little  Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium “Little Joe”). They both attract pollinators, love full sun, and tolerate moist soil.

I’m amazed at how the showy orange blooms of butterfly weed steal the show for about two months straight, but that’s nothing compared to the butterflies it attracts.
HELLOW YELLOW MILKWEED (Asclepias tuberosa “Hello Yellow”)
BUTTERFLY WEED (Ascelpias tuberosa)
COMMON MILKWEED (Asclepias syriaca)
Designer’s Tip: Without common milkweed, there would be no monarch butterflies, so if possible let it grow if it pops up in your landscape. Be aware it can be aggressive and is not suitable for formal gardens.
For these plants and so much more, check out this local plant source:
Celebrate Pollinator Month by adding these pretty perennials to your landscape, then sit back and enjoy the show. n

Written by Lynn Kuhn, author of “Conversation Gardens: Where Conversations Flow and Relationships Grow.” She is a landscape architect, speaker and owner of Conversation Gardens (formerly Outdoor Transformations). You can reach Lynn at or


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Posted 05/07/2024
Special to Lake Panorama Times

Dr. Harry Condoleon, DO, is a 1992 graduate of Des Moines University. He completed his general surgery residency in Des Moines and served as chief resident during his final year. He then obtained fellowship training in surgical oncology.
Dr. Condoleon is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons.
General surgery services offered at Guthrie County Hospital will include, but not limited to, colonoscopies and upper GI endoscopies, hernia repairs, gallbladder removals, appendix removals, cancer-related surgeries, breast biopsies and mastectomies, and removal of skin lesions, cysts, or soft tissue masses. Patients can continue to self-refer or ask their primary care provider for a referral.
Approximately 20 years ago, while practicing in Las Vegas, Dr. Condoleon developed a passion for cosmetic medicine. In Las Vegas, he administered Botox Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Condoleon returned to Iowa in 2009 and over the past seven years, in addition to general surgeries, he has also been performing cosmetic surgical procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) and has further developed the reputation of a highly skilled surgeon who delivers the safest state-of-the-art treatment to his patients. He is the owner and medical director of SOMA Medical Spa and Wellness Clinic in Algona with a new location opening soon in Des Moines.
Dr. Condoleon will begin taking appointments on May 6 and will be here twice a week. To schedule your appointment, contact the GCH Surgery Department at 641-332-3858.


Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

On Wednesday afternoon, April 17, members of the Panora Women’s Service Organization (WSO) hosted their annual senior tea for Panorama Community Schools senior girls. The girls were encouraged to invite as many women guests as they wanted, and the group of about 90 included mothers, grandmothers and aunts.   
Toni Wright, WSO president, welcomed the senior girls and their guests to the Panora Church of the Brethren sanctuary at 2 p.m. Rev. Jane Shepherd, pastor at the Panora United Methodist Church, spoke about the importance of developing a relationship with God.
“God has a plan for you, and perhaps it is not the plan you have in mind,” she said. She shared examples of times God spoke to her about things he wanted her to do. These included becoming a pastor at the age of 50 and learning to draw images of women from a book she was reading. This resulted in her developing a series of spiritual meditations based on those women. She closed her comments with a prayer.
Next, Wright asked each senior to stand and introduce herself and her guests and tell something about her future plans.
WSO member Maureen Lubeck introduced the afternoon’s guest speaker. Lubeck was Maggie Gerlich Armstrong’s second-grade teacher and had asked her a year ago if she would speak at the 2024 senior tea.
Armstrong and her mother, Karen Gerlich, attended this same senior tea 24 years ago before she graduated from Panorama High School in 2000. She graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2004 and married her husband, Garret, in 2008. Together, they lived in Michigan and New York while pursuing careers in the outdoor sporting goods industry. They moved back to Guthrie County in 2015 and live in rural Panora with their dog, Nash. In 2022, Armstrong was the first woman ever to be elected to the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors.
Armstrong opened her comments by admitting she was nervous presenting to the group.
“I’ve been thinking about what I would say for the past year and just began to write two days ago,” she said. “I am intimidated by this wonderful group of young women, and I am in awe of you. You’ve broken records, you’ve reached goals. You have created bonds and lifelong friendships.”
Armstrong said, as she began to gather her thoughts, she went through files to find the photo of her and her mother at the 2000 senior tea.
“I thought, what would I want my 18-year-old self to know? I came up with four key points to share with you today,” she said.
Her first piece of advice was for the senior girls to write their own story and do so with their own voice.
“Give yourself some grace,” she said. “You will make mistakes, and you will learn from those. Don’t get caught up in negative self-talk. You must remain positive.”
Next was the importance of staying true to their personal core values and writing those down.
“I have my list of core values on a white board in my office, and I look at them often,” she said. “Your core values should guide you. You shouldn’t change your core values to accommodate someone else. If someone tries to get you to do that, it’s time to leave. Hold tightly to what you believe. And if you need help, call another woman to talk through things with you.”
Third was to “reserve your vulnerability for those who deserve it. I am all for sharing. But don’t open yourself to those who haven’t earned the right, that can do more harm than good,” Armstrong said.
The final piece of advice Armstrong shared was “dare to be brave. It’s hard to get outside of our comfort zone,” she said. “Yet being brave is the action you need to take to start your own journey.”
Armstrong said these four cornerstones helped her become the woman she is now and the one she strives to be each day. “The best lessons usually are learned the hard way,” she said.
She closed with a quote from the 1998 movie “Hope Floats”
“Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it is the middle that counts the most. You need to remember that when you find yourself at the beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up, and it will.”
Following Armstrong’s speech, photos of the seniors and their guests were taken as the WSO women made final preparations in the Fellowship Hall for finger sandwiches, cookies, candy, tea, coffee and lemonade. Once seated, WSO members served drinks, and the guests helped themselves to the food displayed on their tables.
This annual senior tea began many years ago and was hosted by the Panora Women’s Club and held at the Panora United Methodist Church. When that group disbanded, the WSO women’s club took over the event. The 2024 class of 26 senior women who attended was the largest in recent years. n


Posted 05/07/2024

Q: When do LPA dues need to be paid by? And what happens if my payment is late?
A: If you haven’t paid yet, you are late. According to the LPA office, the LPA dues were to be paid by May 1, and a finance charge will be implemented monthly on all unpaid dues starting on that date.

Q: Can I still buy tickets for the Fin and Feather banquet?
A: You better hurry. The Lake Panorama Fin and Feather Annual Banquet will be held Saturday, May 11 at the LPN Conference Center. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and silent/live auction to follow at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $50 each; kids 12 and younger are $25 each. Or join the Big Skipper Club for $150, which includes two fundraiser dinner tickets, Big Skipper raffle, and a family membership. See details at

Q: Can golf carts be legally driven on LPA roads? What about after sundown?
A: According to the LPA Rules and Regulations 4.5a, golf carts may be operated on LPA roadways during daylight hours. Golf carts with proper vehicle lighting (as for automobiles) may be operated on LPA roadways outside of daylight hours, according to 4.5b.

Q: What are the speed limits on LPA roads?
A: Generally, according to the LPA Rules and Regulations 4.1c and 4.1d, a 25 mph speed limit is imposed on all designated residential streets, and a 35 mph speed limit is imposed on roads designated as service roads.

Q: Will you publish birthdays or anniversaries in Lake Panorama Times?
A: Absolutely, assuming they are about property owners of Lake Panorama. Simply email your message and any photos to  There is no charge for these special events or engagements, weddings, births, etc.

Q: I heard that the LPA could inspect my boat at any time, for any reason. Is that true?
A: LPA Rules and Regulations 5.1e states that private vessels may be inspected at any time by the Lake Panorama Association. Inspection may be for vessel specifications, vessel safety equipment, for evidence of invasive species regulation compliance and/or any other purpose regarding legal operation and usage of the vessel or its contents on Lake Panorama waters.

Q: I have been told that sailboards are not allowed on the lake, yet I see them from time to time? What’s the scoop?
A: LPA Rules and Regulations 5.2g states that registration of sailboards will not be allowed. Those members who previously registered sailboards will be grandfathered and the member can upgrade that vessel in the future, effective March 19, 1998.


Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Armed with rakes, clippers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers, 28 members of the Panora Garden Club gathered at the Panorama West golf course April 8 to spring clean around the outside of the clubhouse.
Club members cleared leaves and dead foliage from the rain garden along the southeast corner of the clubhouse parking lot. The rain garden, a project led by Friends of Lake Panorama, was installed in June 2017. The rain garden captures water runoff from the parking lot, which the plants and mulch filter before the water travels into a drainage tile.
Leaves and other winter debris was removed from landscaped beds that surround the clubhouse, the flagpole and the outdoor kiosk. Group members also trimmed evergreen trees, shrubs and roses near the Panorama West signs and clubhouse.
After the work was done, the club held its monthly meeting and enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse community room.
The Panora Garden Club currently has 45 members, and new members are always welcome to join. Details are available from any club member or the club’s Facebook page.


An original goal of $4,500 was set to plant 13 trees on the west side.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In the early days of Lake Panorama’s development, pine trees lined both sides of Panorama Road at the main west entrance to the lake, north of what was originally a guard shack. As those trees reached the end of their life span, they were removed, but no replacements were planted.
In 2012, LPA members provided the impetus for a fundraising campaign, and a number of trees were planted to replace those that were lost.
In recent years, at least another dozen trees along the west entrance have been removed with both storm damage and disease being contributing factors. The trees planted in 2012 helped cushion the blow of these more recent losses, yet gaps remained where trees once stood.
Now trees have been replaced in that area plus at both Sunset Beach and Boulder Beach. In January, the LPA partnered with Friends of Lake Panorama on a fundraising campaign. An original goal of $4,500 was set to plant 13 trees on the west side.
In March, donations reached $7,425. The extra funds made it possible to add more trees than planned to the west entrance and at Sunset Beach. Also, contacts were made with three donors who agreed to let their money be used for trees at Boulder Beach, where several ash trees recently were removed.
Larry and Heather Isom, who live on Burchfield Cove and own Isom Tree Farm, put together a plan for spending the donated funds.
During the last weekend in March, Larry Isom planted seven sugar maples with a tree spade. One was planted near the Sunset Beach sports court, with another in an open area at Boulder Beach. The remaining five were planted along the west entrance. The Isoms donated one of the sugar maples.
The last weekend in April, 16 nursery trees were planted with two at Sunset Beach — a London planetree near the northwest corner of the sports court and an autumn blaze maple near the northwest corner of the playground. Two autumn blaze maple, one red maples and one London planetree were planted at Boulder Beach. The remaining 10 nursery trees were planted along the west entrance.
Donors to Friends of Lake Panorama for this tree planting project included John Miller, In Memory of Karen K. Miller; Jay and Sue Merryman; Kevin and Jackie Wellik; Michael and Barbara Bahde, In Memory of Keith and Helen Nelson; Bob and Carol Bender, In Honor of the Art Bender Family; John and Jennifer Dilley, In Memory of Jackie Berguin; James and Vickie Meyer; Dennis and Joyce Pickering; Rusty and Angie H. Smith, In Honor of John and Margie Herold; Brian and Jill Thompson; Steve and Danielle Navarro; Charles and Christine Woods; and Gary and Tamra Muhlbauer.
The Lake Panorama Association has committed to weekly watering of the trees along Panorama Road as needed. Volunteers may be needed to water trees at Boulder Beach and Sunset Beach. Anyone interested in helping with tree watering at either of these two beaches is asked to contact Lane Rumelhart at the LPA office, 641-755-2301, or


Signs soon will be installed near the first tee that include a course map, rules and other details.
Posted 05/07/2024
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The disc golf course on Lake Panorama’s south shore has been open for play since last November, yet additional work is being done this spring. The course is one part of a plan for low-impact recreational amenities developed by Friends of Lake Panorama and approved by the LPA board.
John Worth, an LPA member who in 2019 volunteered to design a disc golf course at Lake Panorama, created the course to fit on land nestled between two sections of the Lake Panorama walking trails system.
“Due to the type of area the course is built on, all pretty deep woods, it is a non-typical course,” Worth says. “All the holes are shorter than an average course. The guideline is 200 to 400 feet, but the holes on this course run from 150 to 300 feet. This type of course is referred to as a ‘technical’ course, which means distances aren’t as long, and fairways are tighter, so your aim needs to be good.”
The course features nine concrete tee pads with nine metal basket targets. Worth recently installed tee box signs showing distance and layouts for each hole, plus hole sponsors, with one near each of the nine tee boxes. He also installed three “caution – flying discs” signs in locations where the walking trail and disc golf fairways are close together.
Signs soon will be installed near the first tee that include a course map, rules and other details. Also there will be a sign about UDisc, which is an app that lists more than 14,000 courses worldwide. Disc golfers use the UDisc app on their smart phones to keep score and navigate interactive course maps. The Lake Panorama course is listed on UDisc.
In early May, a chemical control for broadleaf weeds will be applied on the course fairways. Soon after, a seed mixture that is a blend of grasses and white clovers will be spread. This perennial mix is designed to quickly produce cover and grow in lower quality soils and areas with low sunlight. The goal is to eliminate weeds in the fairways, improve the turf and make the course fairways low maintenance.
Worth has plans for another improvement to the course. He has chosen secondary positions for baskets on four holes. This is typical on disc golf courses where extra “anchors” are installed, and the baskets can be moved to different locations. These additional basket locations were incorporated into the full course sign and individual tee signs. These optional locations could be available within the next couple of months.
Another part of the south shore recreation area plan yet to be completed is the addition of five benches. These are ready to be installed when conditions allow with two along the shoreline portion of the trail and two along the meadow portion. A bench donated by Lana Leander and Ryan Gruhn will be located near the fifth tee box on the disc golf course. That hole is sponsored by Hawkeye Molding, a business the couple owns.
Nine tee box sponsors donated $1,000 each to Friends of Lake Panorama last fall to help with the cost of establishing the disc golf course. Each sponsor is recognized with a sign on a tee box. The nine sponsors, in order from one to nine, are Sunset Realty; State Farm, Robert Carr; Panora Fiber; OvaEasy; Hawkeye Molding; Tuggle and Cates Family, Joshua and Mariah Tuggle; Mindy Larsen Poldberg Family; Martin - Flanery Ace Run, Jeff and Maria Martin; and Lake Panorama Realty.
To get into the recreation area, there is a fenced driveway that begins at 5501 Chimra Road and leads to a parking lot with walk-through access. Beyond the shelter with picnic table are two brown markers; one points right to the first hole of the golf course, and the other points left to the beginning of the trail system.
Two additional signs are on order and will be installed as soon as these are received. One is a welcome sign that will be near the parking lot. It includes a graphic of Lake Panorama, history, donor recognition, emergency contact details and other information. The second sign will be installed at the beginning of the trail system. It includes a map of the trail system, trail option descriptions and details on the native plants and wildlife along the trails.
The recreation area is open during daylight hours. Wheeled vehicles are prohibited. There are no trash receptacles, restrooms or running water; visitors should plan accordingly.


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Posted 05/07/2024

Joan Kathryn Staver, 89, daughter of William and Agnes (Lynch) Breitbach, was born on Sept. 30, 1934, in Bankston. She entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in her home at Lakeside Village, Panora.
Joan graduated from high school in 1952 in Bankston. She moved to Dubuque, where she met Donald Joseph Staver; they married on June 23, 1956. They raised a family of five children. In 1991, they retired to Lake Panorama in Panora.
Her greatest joys were family and faith. She loved hosting family gatherings, spending time with friends, playing golf, games and euchre, and traveling.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Don) Berryman, Lynn (Dave) Breitbach, Donna (Steve) Brody, Laurie (Jim) Knight, and son, Donald (Jenny) Staver, Jr; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by three of her seven siblings, Rose (Fran) Brune, Dorie (Wayne) Dodds and William (Jeanne) Breitbach.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Joseph Staver, and four of her siblings: Jim Breitbach, Ramona Kluesner, Edward Breitbach and Thomas Breitbach.
Memorial Mass services were Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Panora, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. A luncheon followed the services at the church. Burial of her urn will take place in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the loving care provided by Lakeside Village and Hospice of the Midwest, the faithful guidance of Father Higgins of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, and the overwhelming support of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Iowa at website:
Twigg Funeral Home, Panora, is entrusted with her services.


Posted 05/07/2024

Marilyn (Molly) Jane Gerlich, 96, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center. She was the daughter of Paul and Gladys Adams and was born April 22, 1927, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Molly graduated from Galena High School in Galena, Illinois, in 1945.
On June 10, 1946, Molly was united in marriage to Irvin Gerlich in their hometown of Galena. To this union, five children were born. In 1964, The Gerlich family moved to West Des Moines. Molly was a homemaker and loving mother, always placing the needs and happiness of her children and family above her own. After Irv’s retirement, the couple moved to Lake Panorama where they made their home in 1979. They developed Boulder Cove Colony and Clover Ridge, then leased Lake Panorama National Golf Course to construct the Conference Center. Before his passing in 1997, Molly and Irv made significant contributions to the foundation of what Lake Panorama is today.
At age 78 and while at a 60th class reunion, Molly reunited with her childhood friend, Jim Hartman. Their friendship grew, and they were married on Dec. 31, 2005. They lived at Lake Panorama and then moved to a retirement community in West Des Moines for 12 years until Jim’s death in 2018.
Molly is survived by her son, Jay (Karen) Gerlich of Panora; daughter, Jule (Ted) Reynolds of Des Moines; daughter, Lonna (Kevin) Nauman of Panora; son-in-law Stan (Kim) Thornberry; special nieces Ellen (Dave) Elliott, Jane (Bob) Frazier; and nephews Jack (Jackie) Lickes and Keith (Donna) Gerlich; her deeply loved eight grandchildren, Ann Stutler, Curt Thornberry, Maggie Armstrong, Mari Brown, Erin Gerlich, Adam Reynolds, Liz Ratcliff and Wyatt Nauman; nine great-grandchildren; and her amazing life-long friends, Norma Clegg and Marilee Rice.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Irv Gerlich; infant daughter, Lora Lee; daughter, Lynn Thornberry; second husband, Jim Hartman; sister, Carmen; and brother, Jack.
Molly was very active and enjoyed life to the fullest. There was seldom an empty day on her calendar. She loved dancing, big band music, golf, bridge and many long-lasting friendships. She was a member of PEO Chapter BY, Questers, United Methodist Church, and Lake Panorama Women’s Golf League.
Funeral services were Friday, April 12, 2024, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial followed at the Brethren Cemetery, Panora.
Memorial contributions can be made in Molly’s memory to the Panora United Methodist Church.


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Posted 05/07/2024
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Names: Mia and Sophie
Breed: Border Collies
Ages: 4-year-old and 1-year-old
Owners: Robin and Jeff Conner

Mia enjoys riding in the pontoon and protecting their property from the deer, geese and squirrels. It’s all about the chase. Sophie’s favorite lake activity is watching the squirrels on the deck. If they don’t come, she gets Robin to find them. They both also enjoy Kubota and truck rides around the lake.