More than 200 trees were planted on the two courses over the past several years in anticipation of ash trees being lost.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

It was 2008 when I wrote my first story for the Lake Panorama Times about the havoc the emerald ash borer (EAB) could cause on the two Lake Panorama golf courses.
The EAB is a dark green metallic beetle. It was discovered in southeastern Michigan in the summer of 2002. The pest probably arrived in the U.S. on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.
Although adult EAB beetles feed on ash leaves, it is the larval stage that kills trees. These creamy white, flattened larvae feed just under the bark. They produce winding tunnels that cut across the vessels carrying water, minerals and nutrients throughout the tree. Trees infested by EAB larvae starve and die, usually within two to four years.
In that 2008 story, Dan Wollner, who at the time was the LPN golf course superintendent, said he’d been attending meetings and hearing about the EAB danger for several years.
“It’s not a question of ‘if’ this will happen, but ‘when’ it will happen,” Wollner said.
The pest was first found in Iowa in 2010 along its eastern border. Since then, it has been working its way west across the state and was found in Guthrie County in 2020.
All ash trees on the LPN and Panorama West golf courses were evaluated a few years ago. About 100 deemed to be in “critical locations” were chosen to receive a chemical treatment that has proven effective, in some cases, in fighting off EAB infestations. About $10,000 is being spent for this biennial treatment.
That left a total of 355 ash trees on the golf courses. The LPA board decided removing these trees was too big of a job for staff to take on. In January, seven bids were received for a project to remove 355 trees, with 304 of those at the LPN and 51 at Panorama West. Bids ranged from $148,000 to $409,000. The low bidder was Xtreme Tree Service out of De Soto.
Lane Rumelhart, LPA project manager, coordinated the tree removal effort.
“It was important to remove these trees now rather than wait a couple more years. Ash trees become much more brittle as they decay, and more dangerous to work with,” he says. “Most of our bidders said they would increase their price by about 20 percent each year for the removal of these trees, as clean-up would become increasingly difficult, and their crews would need to be more cautious.”
Rumelhart says by removing the untreated trees, the treated trees will have a much better chance at survival.
“Treated ash trees have a 70-80 percent survival rate. We hope by removing all the untreated trees, we will maximize that survival rate,” he says.
Work began in mid-January and ran through much of February.
“The timing was appropriate, as a number of trees were showing signs of emerald ash borer infestation,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “During the pre-bid meeting, many of the attendees mentioned they had already taken on large ash tree contracts for other golf courses and municipalities. If we had waited, there was a good chance these contractors would have been booked, and the tree removal may not have taken place for several more years.”
Rutledge says Xtreme Tree employees did an excellent job, with the work completed while the ground was frozen so turf damage was kept to a minimum. He said this also will allow golfers to get on the courses right away this spring with minimal impact to play.
The LPA has ordered a stump grinder that can be attached to a skid loader. Once it arrives, LPA maintenance staff will grind the stumps, add dirt and coordinate seeding with the golf course turf staff.
Shortly after the Xtreme Tree trucks pulled out, members of the LPA and LPN staff gathered and toured both golf courses, making notes on where trees should be replanted. They estimated about 30 trees are needed on the LPN course and another 10 at Panorama West. Staff is working on a planting plan.
“These trees will go in areas that were most heavily impacted,” says Rutledge. “It’s important to remember more than 200 trees were planted on the two courses over the past several years in anticipation of ash trees being lost.”
Those trees came from a tree nursery established in 2009. Charles and Judith Schnack are avid golfers who financed the tree nursery and spent hundreds of hours over several years tending the trees and later getting them replanted to appropriate locations.
The idea was to purchase young trees at a lower cost and grow them for a few years before transplanting. In spring 2009, Charles Schnack worked with Wollner to establish the nursery in the “no mow” area west of the No. 11 tee box.
Schnack ordered tree seedlings from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He worked with LPN staff to kill the grass in the nursery area, dig holes and plant the trees. The Schnacks purchased 300 trees that first year, which included sugar maples, Norway spruce, white pine, sycamore and red oaks. They also took on the task of watering the seedlings.
The next spring, they purchased another 200 trees. The 2010 crop of seedlings included Kentucky Coffee trees, plus more Norway spruce and sugar maples. The Schnacks also added trees to the nursery in 2011 and 2013. Many trees in the nursery were lost to deer damage, but, in the end, more than 200 trees now on the two golf courses got their start in the Schnack nursery.
In the fall of 2010, 47 sycamore trees were transplanted on the LPN golf course. In 2015, another 100 trees were moved from the nursery to the LPN golf course. Fifty trees were transplanted in 2016, with some of those going to Panorama West.
“With those 200 trees already in place for several years, we are in pretty good shape,” Rutledge says. “We’ll add trees in key areas as soon as possible. The only issue is that it will take a number of years to enjoy the shade provided by the mature trees that had to be removed.”

More goose droppings, a vodka follow-up, and 3 jokes 

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Let’s start this column off with a little lake humor: I have a great idea for a new business, but the bankers don’t agree. They say making a boat out of stone would be a hardship.
Read it again. You will get it. More to come ...

O Canada!
The warmer weather has most all of us itching to get ready for summer. It won’t be long before the grass will need mowed, the docks will be back in the water, and the sound of boats will be heard across the lake. Oh, and the Canada (not Canadian) geese may move on. Yes, more on the Canada geese. After my column last month, I received information from Josh Gansen, a wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Regarding the Canada geese, he told me that one thing that is important to consider is that during major migration times in the fall and winter, geese must spend a significant amount of time foraging for food.
“This means a large portion of their time is spent in crop fields feeding,” Gansen said. “Also during the migration, a significant number of the birds stay on the Bays Branch Wildlife Management Area now that goose hunting is allowed on Lake Panorama.”
Gansen said that providing an alternative location where the geese are not exposed to hunting helps limit the total amount of time they spend on Lake Panorama. He added that the resident goose numbers have been steady to decreasing in the 10 years he has been involved here.
“Geese do contribute to the nutrient load in the system like everything else in the watershed; however, the contribution is insignificant compared to other factors in the systems,” he said.
LPA General Manager John Rutledge responded to the Canada geese manure question with, “This has been asked before. Some would like to use this argument to lobby for reduction in Canada goose population. Others use it to defend agriculture and cite other sources of nutrients in the water. LPA has found both debates to be very complex and larger than merely a ‘local issue.’ ”
Rutledge added that the Canada geese population is roughly broken into two categories: resident and migrating.
“The resident population isn’t nearly as high as what we see during the winter, when northern birds travel south,” he said. “Lower population coincides with summer lake use, which is good.”
He said the impact on the entire lake and river system is hard to quantify.
“But the impact to our beaches is obvious. The goose droppings are gross and increase bacterial counts in the adjacent swimming areas. For this reason, LPA operates a beach groomer to clean the beaches and minimize (not eliminate) this concern.”

Some more lake humor
A local dentist has been asking about opening an office on his boat on Lake Panorama. And what will be the boat’s name, you ask? The Tooth Ferry, of course.
Corn-based and intelligent
Several of you commented on our business feature last month about Dr. J. (Hans) van Leeuwen’s IngeniOz vodka and asked where it is available. Those of you looking for an alternative to Russian vodka may find this interesting as well. You can find IngeniOz vodka at Hometown Foods in Panora, most Hy-Vee stores in the Des Moines area (including the Hy-Vee Wall-to-Wall Spirits on Jordan Creek Parkway) and Central City Liquors on Second Avenue in Des Moines, among other places.

One last chuckle
Some of you may know that I started a boat-building business in the attic of my house. Sails are going through the roof.

More of this kind of stuff
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Have a great month, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document. 

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The LPA annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14 at the LPN Conference Center. On the ballot this year will be the proposed adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions, plus the election of three directors.
The covenants serve as the foundation of the LPA’s governing documents and are an essential piece of LPA’s organizational structure. The covenants were last adopted April 26, 2003, and must be renewed within 21 years. If approved, the updated covenants will be filed in the office of the Guthrie County Recorder and be in place until May 14, 2023.
Two informational meetings were scheduled to give members the opportunity to learn more. The first was Feb. 24 at the LPN conference center. Another will be held Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m., at the LPN.
At the Feb. 24 meeting, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, distributed copies of the proposed covenants.
“These proposed covenants don’t contain any substantive changes from the covenants currently in place,” he said. “Some formatting changes were made and some language cleaned up. But what these amended covenants say and do for the LPA hasn’t changed.”
Rutledge said the LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw authority from the LPA covenants document.
“It is a concise and to-the-point document that is essential to LPA’s continued success,” he said. “A vote in favor of adopting the Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions will be a vote to continue the more than 50 years of success that is Lake Panorama.”
A mailing will be sent to all LPA members in mid-April. This will include the official announcement of the annual meeting, a full copy of the proposed amended and substituted covenants, the ballot, information provided by candidates for the LPA board of directors, a ballot on which members will vote on the covenants and board members, and a numbered envelope.
The question on the ballot will be: “Shall the proposed Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions for Lake Panorama Subdivision be adopted?” Members will be asked to mark “yes” or “no.” A simple majority is needed to approve the adoption, but Rutledge said he hopes for a higher percentage of “yes” votes. “This will make the covenants document stronger, because it will demonstrate a high level of support by LPA members,” he said.
LPA members must return their completed ballot to the LPA office in the numbered envelope. Ballots in the numbered envelopes also can be brought to the annual meeting; however, members are encouraged to deliver to the LPA office in advance to allow ballot counters to quickly finish their jobs once the annual meeting is underway.
Members who want to compare the existing covenants with the proposed covenants can go to the LPA website at The current covenants can be found under the “Documents” tab.  

LPN Diners Club offers benefits to members

Posted 3/7/2022

The Lake Panorama National Diners Club offers many benefits to its members. First, join the club with an initial payment of either $250 or $500, and you’ll earn a 10 percent credit. That’s either $25 or $50 of free money. When your account gets low, add another $250 or $500, and you’ll continue to get that 10 percent credit on the prepaid portion of any future payments.
Members of the Diners Club have charging privileges at the Links Restaurant, the Spikes snack bar, and bar carts on the LPN golf course, so leave your cash and credit cards at home. Members can choose to have an automatic gratuity of 15, 18 or 20 percent added to their bills but always have the opportunity to add more to reward great service.
The LPN Diners Club is open to anyone interested, not just LPN golfing members. Credits never expire, and there’s no need to join annually. Just join whenever you like and look forward to ongoing benefits as long as you remain a member. Monthly statements show charges and balances plus a copy of each chit. Statements are emailed, unless a hard copy is preferred.
If you haven’t already, join the LPN Diners Club and start enjoying its many benefits. If you’re already a member, now may be the time to add another $500 to your account, so you’re ready for the 2022 golfing and dining season. Pick up an application form at the LPN, or print from this link: 


Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama Association began operating a small marina in 1970. Over the next few years, it was leased to four different operators, but none lasted. That changed in 1982. In this month’s Q&A, we hear from Lyn Coulter, owner of Coulter’s Panorama Marine, about the early days and more recent developments.

Q: Tell us how you became the operator of Lake Panorama’s marina?
A: In the summer of 1982, my brother John and I were right out of college and looking for a summer job. Prior summers were spent working at our father’s Sinclair service station in Linden. We knew the LPA had trouble with prior leases with the marina, and the membership was not happy.
The LPA leased us the gas dock for $1 if we promised to stock the dock with some basic marine accessories and keep consistent business hours. That summer we kept the gas dock open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, pretty much like we do now.
The first couple of years we lived with our parents and didn’t pay ourselves anything so we could invest everything into the business. We started our business in 1983 with the $7,000 profit we made from the first year running the gas dock. No bank would lend us any money to purchase boat inventory, so the Century Boat Company and Harris Flote Bote pontoons guaranteed our bank they would take back any boats if our business failed. Without those guarantees, our business never would have gotten off the ground.
When it came time to pay the $10,500 rent in December 1983, we didn’t have the funds to do so. The LPA Board decided to forgive the rent that year, but made it clear they would not ever forgive it again. Luckily the business took off in 1984 and we have not missed, or ever been late, on a lease payment to the LPA since.

Q. There have been ups and downs for your business. Was there one season that was tougher than the others? 
A. Without question the toughest year we ever faced was 1993, the year of the Great Flood of ’93. It rained every single weekend that year. Most boats just remained unused on their lifts. No one was in the mood to buy boats or anything. The marina was like a ghost town on most weekends, as people simply stayed home trying to stay dry.
April through June of that year we cautiously watched as 8-to-12-inch rains pounded various parts of the state. On July 9, 1993, it rained 10 inches in Carroll, right in Lake Panorama’s watershed. The next morning, LPA general manager Red Lowe stopped by the marina and said, “A wall of water is coming in 24 hours — get ready.” In no way was it possible to get all the boats off the lake in that short amount of time. It would take weeks to do so. There was a lot of devastation to all the boats, docks and lifts because of that flood.

Q. How has the COVID pandemic impacted your business? 
A. The COVID years of 2020, 2021 and now 2022 have raised havoc on the marine industry, just like it has on everything else in all our lives. It has been very difficult for us, as well as all other dealers, to get product to sell. Steel shortages makes it difficult to get trailers. Aluminum shortages makes it difficult to get pontoons. Microchip shortages meant General Motors, Mercury, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda couldn’t build enough engines to meet the demand. All manufacturing for everything marine simply stopped as factory workers were told to stay home during the virus outbreak. With nothing being built, we all know what that leads to —massive shortages of everything.
This year is a little better getting product. We ordered 32 Godfrey Pontoons, and we are actually going to receive all of them. We ordered 17 Mastercrafts but will receive just 11. We ordered eight Four Winns but will get only three. The biggest disappointment was with Kawasaki Jet Ski; we ordered 21 but only received six. As of the end of February, we have seven Godfrey Pontoons, two Mastercrafts, one Four Winns, and no jet skis available to sell. We did receive our order for 30 Shore Station boat lifts, of which six are still available. There is no problem getting VW dock. We are hoping product shortages will be over in time for the 2023 model year.

Q. Tell us about your staff and the facilities you manage. 
A. Service to Lake Panorama boaters is the backbone of our business. It helps keep the marina financially steady, independent of boat sales. Boat service and repair, slip rental, fuel dock sales, and lift and dock sales are the most important aspects to our business. Of course, none of this would be possible without our dedicated fulltime employees.
I work in sales, and my brother John is the service and parts manager. Scott Kemble, who works in sales, has been with us since 1985. Our other fulltime employees all work in marine tech, with Brian Dorsett starting in 1986, Mike Webb in 1990, Mike Mobley in 1994 and Justin Boettcher in 2020. We also employ eight additional part-timers to operate the gas dock each summer.
The marina boat storage stores around 250 boats and uses nine buildings for inside boat storage. The LPA owns five buildings, and we own four. There are 122 LPA-owned slips and 40 jetty spaces. There are two sales buildings. The LPA owns the one at the marina. Coulter’s owns another sales location in Panora behind Panora Plaza, which is used to display pontoons.

Q. Let’s talk more numbers. Give me some statistics that help explain what Coulter’s Panorama Marine all is about. 
A. Last year the marina sold 89,713 gallons of fuel. The record was in 2020, when 101,915 gallons were sold. For 2021, the marina paid the Lake Panorama Association $355,752 in rent. A formula to arrive at that figure has been in use since 1986, and includes a percentage of slip rental, boat storage, fuel dock sales, and sales office rent. Since the business opened in 1983, we have paid the LPA a grand total of $4,398,211 in rent.
We have sold 1,187 new Four Winns boats since we started selling those in 1986. A total of 317 Mastercrafts have been sold since 1988. We have sold 880 new pontoons from Godfrey and Harris Flote Bote. More than 1,300 used boats have been sold since 1983, and 490 Kawasaki jet skis have been sold since 1995.

Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. We are very grateful for the support we have received throughout the years from our customers and from the Lake Panorama Association. I know we have made mistakes over the years, but we do try to operate an open and honest business. We are so fortunate to operate a business that serves one of the very best clientele found anywhere in the world. 


Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Once the federal tax filing deadline of April 15 is behind us, most people are ready to clean out files and discard previous year’s tax returns. Again this year, the folks at the Panora Public Library are poised to help.
“We like the shredding truck to come after tax time, so people can safely dispose of old documents and tax-related forms,” says Kim Finnegan, director of the Panora Public Library. “This is a service we like to provide to the Lake Panorama, Panora and surrounding communities, because they support us throughout the year.”
Finnegan says there is no cost to individuals to drop off paper documents they want to have shredded. The Panora Public Library uses donated funds to cover the cost of this community service.
The “Shred-It” truck will be at the Panora Public Library Saturday, April 23 from 9-11 a.m. Those who plan to drop off paper to be shredded are asked to pull into the driveway north of the library.  

Limited number of tickets are available for the American contemporary singer/songwriter.

Posted 3/7/2022

Faith Bible Church is hosting a concert Saturday, March 26 with Jason Gray, an American contemporary singer/songwriter. He has been featured on Sirius XM Radio’s “Acoustic Storytime with Jason Gray” and can be heard on major radio stations across the country. Recently, he has found a passion for just him, his guitar and the stories behind his songs.
Gray’s performance at Faith Bible Church, 2096 Highway 4, north of Panora, will begin at 7 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25, which includes a 45-minute meet-and-greet with Gray that will begin at 5 p.m., followed by priority seating. The regular ticket price is $15, and doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase with all funds going to the Faith Bible Church/TRIBE Mission trip. Members of the church family will travel to Costa Rica June 6-12, where they will be involved in building homes for single moms, Vacation Bible School and other ministries.
There will be limited seating for Gray’s concert, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets online as soon as possible. If there are open seats the evening of the concert, tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase online, visit the Faith Bible Church website at, and scroll down to the Jason Gray Concert details and ticket link. Tickets purchased online can be printed from the confirmation email or saved to a smartphone for scanning at the door. 


Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Following an informational meeting on proposed updates to the LPA covenants, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, provided project updates for the LPA, Lake Panorama National and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).

Key points related to the Lake Panorama Association: 
The new LPA website is up and running. LPA did not secure a new vendor to replace the old website. Rather, the current vendor was purchased by a larger company and this was a cost-free transition to their platform.
The annual spring road embargo can be expected in early March and will run two to four weeks. The details of the embargo will be announced on a Thursday, and go into effect the following Monday. This gives the LPA time to coordinate bus pickup points with Panorama Schools and members the chance to get any last-minute deliveries. LPA limits vehicle weight to 5 tons during the spring thaw, while the frost is coming out of the ground and the roadbed is soft. This limited inconvenience for LPA members saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, which would otherwise be caused during this vulnerable time of year.
The water safety committee has a number of items on their 2022 schedule. No meeting date has been set, but it is expected to be sometime after the LPA annual meeting. This is a dynamic time in the watersports industry, and there is a lot for the committee to process. Most notable are recommendations on jet powered pontoons and the upcoming rollout of electric motors for personal watercraft, pontoons and ski/wakeboard boats.
The LPA is monitoring the redistricting of Guthrie County and how that will impact voting precincts. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office determined Guthrie County officials did not accomplish the necessary work in a timely fashion and now are handling this. The timeline will be compressed for candidates, but Rutledge said he expects the new districts and precincts will be fair for voters. He expects Lake Panorama to continue to be divided into two districts, because the development is spread across both Cass and Victory townships, and townships generally are kept intact.

Key points regarding the Lake Panorama National Resort: 
A change in the organizational management structure has been made. The new structure splits management responsibilities between two people. Royce Shaffer, who has been LPN operations manager since December 2018, will continue to oversee all aspects of the golf operation, lodging, information technology, accounting and facilities. A new hire is David Chubb, food and beverage manager. He will oversee the LPN’s food and beverage operation, including the kitchen, Links Restaurant and Spikes snack shop. Rutledge said the LPA and LPN boards have been evaluating the LPN organizational strategy for several years. The conclusion, with the agreement of Shaffer, was the LPN Resort is too diverse and demanding for one individual to manage. Rutledge stressed this change in management structure was not performance related but rather the result of the mutual conclusion that it was unreasonable for one individual to manage everything.
The new wall along the south end of the pond on the fifth hole is complete, and staff is pleased with the final result. The hole has been closed to play since last fall and should reopen in the spring to good reviews from golfers.
A reminder the community room at Panorama West is a great facility for family gatherings, graduate parties, wedding receptions and other special events. Contact Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West manager, by leaving a message at the clubhouse – 641-755-2250.

Key points related to the Lake Panorama RIZ:
The RIZ board has determined installing riprap on the south shore is a project RIZ funds can be used for, as long as LPA continues to own the land and no housing development is allowed. Shive-Hattery is developing plans for this project, and a request for bids should go out this spring.
Land trades and acquisitions were completed in the past couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and additional sediment basins. RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal/storage, and the prevention of sediment entering the lake.
Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Under these new regulations, the $450,000 cost of this wetland would increase by another $150,000. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has been contacted with details, and RIZ will continue to work on this challenge. In the meantime, the wetland for the west fork of Burchfield Cove should be a 2022 project, and is not hindered by these regulatory changes.
The FY 2022-23 RIZ budget was approved at the RIZ Board meeting Feb. 24. RIZ expects to receive about $3 million in tax revenue this year.  

Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Spread Green with Envy

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Posted 3/7/2022
By Jolene Goodman

( Freshen up your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy, light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced noshes can be perfect for lunch, snack time or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family.
Layered with a smooth cream cheese and mozzarella mixture then topped with crisp cucumber and a stem of green bell pepper, these St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches are easy and cute, which makes them a fan favorite at nearly any green gathering. They’re also sprinkled with lemon juice to add a little acidity and create a nice, light bite.
Plus, this recipe is quick to make. When you’re in a rush to get everything on the table for the party, it’s easy to throw together and get on the platter in next to no time.
The sandwiches pop off the plate with their bright, seasonal garnishes. While sure to attract attention and have your loved ones asking “Where did you get this idea?” they’re also an easy way to sneak a few vegetables into your kids’ diets.
Find more festive recipes and ideas at

St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

Yield: 8 sandwiches

8 ounces plain cream cheese spread, softened
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
4 English muffins
24 slices cucumber
8 thin slices green pepper
fresh cilantro leaves
lemon juice
lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
In bowl, mix cream cheese spread, mozzarella cheese and salt well.
Split English muffins in half. Cut each muffin half into shamrock shape.
Spread cheese mixture over each muffin half.
Place three cucumbers on each “shamrock,” one on each “leaf.” Use green pepper slice as stem. Place cilantro leaf on top of each sandwich.
Sprinkle sandwiches with lemon juice and add lemon slices, for garnish, if desired.

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

Tom and Sarah Smith didn’t have to look far for employees in their latest venture.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Tom Smith of Yale has been in the tire business for 40 years. He started at the age of 20 with a small shop in Yale. Later he moved into a bigger building in Yale and also opened Smith Tire locations in Perry and Jefferson.
His latest venture, in partnership with his wife, Sarah, is Panorama Tire. They sold their other three locations to employees and, in June 2019, purchased the former Panora Oil Company building at 418 E. Main St. in Panora. They spent a couple of months renovating the building to better suit their needs.
Smith farms several hundred acres of row crops on both rented land north of Lake Panorama and land he owns in the Yale area. He also has a small Angus cow/calf herd.
He says he enjoyed the first few months in the building.
“We were able to get our own farm equipment here and everything fixed up,” Smith says. “Then, one by one, people started coming in to ask if we were open. We never advertised or had a specific opening date. We already had a tire machine and plenty of other equipment here, so we started to help people.”
They didn’t have to look far for employees. Tom’s daughter, Amanda Doran, works fulltime in the shop, changing tires and oil, and handling whatever else comes her way.
Besides working at Panorama Tire, Amanda helps Tom with his farm operation, and 2022 will be her second year managing 125 acres of row crops on land she rents from Tom and Sarah. Amanda is a 2003 Iowa State University graduate in animal science. She and her daughter Kylie, a junior at Panorama, live with Amanda’s significant other, Darrell, on his family farm near Yale. She has a small collection of animals including cattle, chickens, ducks, rabbits and pot belly pigs.
A grandson, Kade Arganbright, has been working in the Panorama Tire shop since it opened. He was in high school then. Now he’s specializing in auto mechanics at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and will graduate in August. He currently works in the shop Fridays and Saturdays. After graduation, he plans to work full-time alongside his grandfather and aunt.
Kade has two younger sisters who help out. Hallie, age 16, and Lillie, age 13, come after school and spend time cleaning, sweeping, resupplying product and other tasks.
“Tom likes to keep a clean shop, and they’re a big help doing that,” says Sarah.
Sarah took a different route to the family business. She moved to Yale in 2008 after buying the Yale Hotel. It was built in the 1890s near the railroad, which now is the Raccoon River Valley Trail. She began to renovate the hotel, which she named The Windsor, and planned to open it as a bed and breakfast when it was finished.
Tom’s shop was across the street from the hotel. They met, and as often is said, the rest is history. They’ve been married nine years. A decision was made to move The Windsor to Tom’s farm north of Yale and make it their home. Three guest bedrooms and bathrooms were created on the second floor. The couple operated The Windsor bed and breakfast for five years until early 2020 when the COVID pandemic hit.
“We had people from all over stay with us,” Tom says. “Germany, Bulgaria, Florida, plus people locally using it for reunions or special events. Some came to stay who were riding the bike trail. We met some really interesting people.”
Sarah calls those five years of running the bed and breakfast “really fun,” and says she hated to shut it down.
“But with all the issues surrounding COVID, it just made sense. Now we come to work each day, then go home at night to relax, not worry about getting ready for guests.”
Sarah works in an office adjoining the shop. She answers the phone, schedules appointments, handles the billing and taxes, and places orders for all tires and parts.
“I try to keep things at a nice, steady flow, and leave enough time between appointments in the schedule to take care of unexpected tire repairs,” she says.
About 20 percent of the business comes from a tire service truck Tom takes on the road when a call for help comes in. He lists Rose Acre Farms, UPS, Lake Panorama Association, Guthrie County Conservation, and semis stranded on Interstate 80 as some of the tire service calls he handles. Calls from area farmers are year-round but become more frequent during spring planting and fall harvest.
Before selling his shops in Yale, Perry and Jefferson, Yale was a hub for service calls, and he spent most of his days driving from job to job.
“This place allows me to be more in touch with our customers instead of in a truck all day,” he says.
Smith says he, Amanda and Kade do oil changes, fix brakes, work on air conditioners, handle some tune-ups and repair, replace and sell lots of tires and tire tubes.
“We sell most brands and sizes of tires, to fit anything from lawn mowers and trailers, to cars and trucks, up to tires on ag equipment that are 7-feet-tall,” Smith says.
He used to work with three specific tire suppliers.
“When COVID hit, we couldn’t keep enough tires in inventory, so we had to expand. Now we have up to nine tire suppliers we work with to make sure we have what our customers need,” Smith says.
Business has been increasing 10 percent each year.
“People have been really friendly, and we’ve enjoyed meeting more people in the area,” Smith says. “This seemed like a good opportunity, and Sarah knows I like taking chances.”
Sarah smiles. “This was a big undertaking, and I wasn’t sure at first. But we do enjoy working together, so here we are,” she says.
Panorama Tire hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. 

Panorama Daycare Center, LLC, is co-owned by Amanda Creen and Christine Litwiller.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In mid-January, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to 108 projects in 72 communities that will create nearly 5,200 new child care slots across Iowa. Two projects in Panora and one in Guthrie Center were among those receiving funding.
A new facility, the Panorama Daycare Center, was awarded $450,000. Panorama Daycare Center, LLC, is co-owned by Amanda Creen and Christine Litwiller, both Guthrie County residents. Creen is a licensed nursing home administrator with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She has six years of experience managing licensed long-term care centers. Creen will serve as chief financial officer for the child care center.
Litwiller has an associate degree in early childhood development and is a registered certified nursing assistant. She has two-and-a-half years of experience as a supervisor in a licensed childcare center with one additional year of experience as a teaching assistant. Litwiller will be the director of the Panorama Daycare Center.
The pair negotiated a purchase agreement for a building at 1301 E. Church St., which had been part of the Brokers International training complex. Because the area is zoned light industrial, the purchase was contingent on receiving a zoning variance, which was approved at a Feb. 15 meeting of the Panora Board of Adjustment.
With the appropriate renovations, the building is expected to provide 80 daytime childcare openings. A tiered opening approach as construction allows would have the facility open by the summer of 2022 and grow to maximum capacity by the end of the year.
The owners say they plan to expand to weekend, evening and maybe even overnight daycare options as they grow. Next steps are to secure financing for the property and its renovation, receive program and licensing approval, recruit and train staff members, and implement quality educational metrics.
At capacity, the daycare will provide 20 new jobs, including assistant directors, teachers, helpers, culinary staff and overnight housekeeping. Applications for both jobs and child placements will be available later this spring. Those interested in learning more can email Follow the facility’s progress on Facebook at Panorama Daycare Center.
The Little Panther Daycare, located near the Panorama Elementary School, received $230,610 to help support a 1,440-square-feet addition to the current facility. Construction is underway, and when complete, it will increase the daycare’s capacity by 15 children.
Little Charger Early Learning Center in Guthrie Center received a total award of $449,850. It is the only licensed childcare provider in Guthrie Center and currently is licensed for 30 children in its existing building and 15 children at the school for before and after school care. This funding will support work on a new building on an adjacent property, increasing the center’s capacity from 45 to 77.  


Lpt march 2022
Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The new website for the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) launched in early February, replacing a site that had been in place since 2009. The new website is simpler to use while continuing to provide LPA staff the ability to communicate directly with members and provide important documents members need.
There are both public and private sides to the new website. The home page on the public site includes information about Lake Panorama and the LPA. The private side of the website, which is termed the LPA Portal, is restricted to Lake Panorama property owners.
The LPA had more than 1,300 unique member email addresses tied to the former website. Emails were sent to all existing addresses with details on how to set up new accounts. By the end of February, about 600 members had created accounts to gain access to the LPA Portal.
The website address remains the same as the old site — The home page has tabs for “Resident Sign-Up” and “Resident Sign-In.”
LPA members who had not registered for the old website wouldn’t have received an email invitation, or emails may have been lost in spam folders. Whether a member received an email or not, they can set up an account through the “Resident Sign-Up” tab and gain access to the private side of the website after being verified as an LPA member.
The home page of the new LPA website features scrolling aerial photos. Several tabs below the photos take visitors to a brief history, a list of frequently asked questions about Lake Panorama and the LPA, and multiple documents that include LPA’s boating regulations and buoy map locations; building codes and applications; rules and regulations and related schedule of fines; by-laws; covenants; and home rental rules.
Under the “helpful links” tab, visitors will find such things as the LPA water safety video and links to websites for Coulter’s Panorama Marine, Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), Lake Panorama National Resort, Friends of Lake Panorama, Fin & Feather, and more.
The “contact us” tab takes the viewer to a page with LPA contact details. There also is a link to email the LPA office directly or a form to complete and submit electronically to LPA staff.
LPA members who establish an LPA Portal log-in will find additional documents there that cannot be accessed on the public website. These include such things as LPA board of directors meeting agendas and minutes; variance applications for building permits; a “Who To Call” list with contact information for area service providers; camping and dock registration forms and information; miscellaneous membership forms; hunting information; yard waste site maps and information; and current and past issues of the weekly Panorama Prompt.
Anyone who needs help getting an account set up or has questions can call the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or email staff at

Generous community support and donations make this one of the best fireworks displays around.

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The date for the 2022 Fire in the Sky fireworks display has been set for Saturday, July 2. This will be the 27th year this Fourth of July holiday tradition at Lake Panorama has been organized by the Joe Scheiring family. Joe passed away in August 2014. Family members continue to organize the event to honor his memory.
The fireworks are launched from Shady Beach beginning around dusk. Rita Scheiring, Joe’s widow, moved to Polk City in 2017. Her daughter Stephanie Hummel, and granddaughters Maddie and Evelyn, have a home at Lake Panorama.
In the past, the annual fireworks display was on the Fourth of July, but the Scheirings heard from people who were disappointed they couldn’t attend when the holiday fell on a weekday. Now the display is on a Saturday either before or after the official holiday with the date chosen on a year-to-year basis well in advance for planning purposes.
The Scheiring family says generous community support and donations make this one  of the best fireworks displays around. Donations for the 2022 Lake Panorama fireworks display can be sent to Rita Scheiring/Fire in the Sky, P.O. Box 605, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Or via Venmo at @Rita-Scheiring. 


Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The Guthrie Center Chamber of Commerce celebrated its city’s healthcare professionals. With the two-year anniversary marking the beginning of the pandemic, the Chamber decided it was time to say thank you to the committed healthcare teams in the community.
Each healthcare professional received $10 in Chamber Bucks that could be used at any participating Guthrie Center business. In addition, a “Healthcare Professional Survival Kit” accompanied the certificates with things such as a Snickers bar “to remind you that laughter is the best medicine” and a Lifesaver “to remind you of the many times you’ve been one.” Some of the more humorous ones were an Andes Mint “for when you need a little extra encourage-MINT” and a Starburst “for a burst of energy when you need one.” Aside from candy items, the survival kit also included things such as a crayon “to color your days cheerful and bright,” a band aid “to aid you in the important work you do” and ending with a puzzle piece “because you’re an essential part of our community,” bringing the concept together that it takes many people working together to keep the community healthy and safe.
Chamber member Melissa Borgeson of The New Homestead created and assembled the 272 survival kits to hand out to 10 total businesses in the Guthrie Center community. Chamber member Kristen Crouthamel of GCSB Investment Center, along with Borgeson, handed out the kits on Monday, Feb. 28. Businesses recognized were Guthrie County Hospital, The New Homestead, Hospice of the Midwest, Guthrie County Public Health, Dowd Drug, Guthrie Family Medicine Center, Springbrook Family Dentistry, Allen Family Chiropractic, Central Iowa Family Eye Care, and the nurse for AC/GC Schools in Guthrie Center.
As the pandemic continued on, the Chamber wanted to do something to recognize the healthcare professionals within the Guthrie Center community. They were thrilled everything came together right at the two-year mark to really make sure the healthcare community knew how appreciated they are during these unprecedented times.
The Guthrie Center Chamber of Commerce advocates for and supports the economic success of its members by leading the effort to grow and retain business. The Chamber had a record 84 paid members in 2021, which included 76 businesses and eight residential/family memberships. If you’d like to become a Chamber member either for your business or personally, contact for an application and for more information. 


Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

At their meeting March 3, the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors approved a state agency’s plan for new voting precincts and supervisor districts. The number of voting precincts has been reduced from eight to six, with the number of supervisor districts remaining at five.
Supervisor districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect the most recent census numbers to ensure each supervisor represents an equal portion of the county population. With the 2020 census information delayed because of the COVID pandemic, the redistricting that should have been completed in 2021 dragged into 2022.
Guthrie County had submitted a plan to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office that proposed reducing the number of voting precincts to six, along with five supervisor districts. That map was rejected, due to conflicting interpretations of technical requirements associated with a new redistricting process. The Legislative Services Agency (LSA) and Secretary of State took over to ensure the process could be completed before the candidate filing window.
The total population of Guthrie County is 10,623. With five supervisors, the ideal population size for each county supervisor district is 2,125. In the LSA plan, each county supervisor district has a population of between 2,104 and 2,146 people.
The Lake Panorama Association has been monitoring the redistricting process and how the final plan would impact voting precincts and supervisor districts. The plan does split the lake community into two supervisor districts, which had been expected because Lake Panorama is spread across both Cass and Victory townships. During redistricting, townships generally are kept intact.
“We feel the 2022 process was handled fairly and does not put Lake Panorama at any intentional disadvantage,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager.
“Guthrie County continues to see a population shift from the west to the east. Unfortunately, this results in some voters having to travel farther than desired,” he says. “Voters in the Victory portion of Lake Panorama will have to travel to Yale or will need to vote in advance via absentee ballot. Lake voters are not alone in this challenge, as several other regions of rural Guthrie County also will have to travel. I believe the county did the best they could with a very difficult task on a short timeline.”
Lake Panorama will be split between the Yale precinct (Supervisor District 2) and the Panora precinct (Supervisor District 3). Both of these districts represent open seats, since none of the five incumbent supervisors live in these newly drawn districts.
Brian Johnson has announced his candidacy for the Supervisor District 2 seat. Maggie Armstrong has announced she will be a candidate for the Supervisor District 3 seat. The window for filing papers for county office opens March 7 and closes March 25. 

Maggie Armstrong announces run for Guthrie County Supervisor

Posted 3/7/2022

Panora area native Maggie Armstrong declared her intention to run for a seat on the Guthrie County Board of Supervisor. Armstrong seeks to fill the County’s 3rd Supervisor District, which is currently an open seat due to redistricting. The 3rd Supervisor District includes the town of Panora, the Cass Township portion of Lake Panorama, and surrounding rural areas.
“Eastern Guthrie County has a strong, established economic base in the county and provides a vibrant quality of life and a fulfilling, rural lifestyle for the people who live here. These are just two of the many reasons why my husband and I chose to move back to this area in 2015,” Armstrong said.
“We do many things well in our area, and it is vital to continue improving on the pillars of what makes Guthrie County so special. We need to ensure we have well-equipped law enforcement and public health departments, secure physical and digital county-wide infrastructure, ample economic development opportunities, affordable housing and daycare options, thriving school systems and diverse spaces for recreation,” Armstrong continued. “These priorities need to be achieved while ensuring taxpayer dollars are managed responsibly and transparently.”
Armstrong has worked at the local corporate level and is currently a small business owner with experience in budgeting and planning. She grew up at Lake Panorama and now lives in the rural Panora area with her husband, Garret. She is active in the community and focuses her involvement in areas that can make a difference. She belongs to 10-Squared Women of Guthrie County, the Guthrie County Magistrate Commission, chairs the Prairie Woodland Conservation Foundation, and coaches basketball for Panorama Community Schools and the Panora Parks & Recreation Department. Armstrong also supports economic and business development, serving as director and vice-president in the Panora and Lake Panorama Area Economic Development group (PRIDE). Armstrong is also a member of the Panora Chamber of Commerce.  

Brian Johnson running for Guthrie County Board of Supervisors

Posted 3/7/2022

On March 4, longtime Guthrie County resident Brian Johnson announced his candidacy for Guthrie County Supervisor in District 2. Johnson will be seeking the Republican nomination for supervisor at the June 7, 2022, primary election. Under the newly established boundaries, District 2 will represent Yale, Jamaica, Bagley, the Victory Township portion of Lake Panorama, and unincorporated areas north of Guthrie Center. Redistricting has resulted in District 2 being an open seat for the 2022 election.
Johnson spent 12 years in education before switching careers and representing a variety of entities at the Iowa Capitol. Brian has been a passionate volunteer for community enhancement and served as a basketball coach both while he was an educator and as a volunteer. He and his wife, JoAnn, are residents of Panora and Lake Panorama. Both are active in the community and enjoy their grandchildren, all of which live in the area.
“I am running first and foremost out of concern for the taxpayers in Guthrie County. My career has been spent watching government work, and I believe my experience would make me an effective Guthrie County supervisor,” Johnson said. “I firmly believe government should provide full transparency and efficient organization to the taxpayers. I will be an advocate for a positive working environment and am committed to cooperatively addressing the concerns of Guthrie County residents. To grow and prosper in a rural county, we must all work together.”
Johnson is a member of Guthrie County 10 Squared Men; Sons of the American Legion; the Guthrie County Judicial Magistrate Commission; the 2011 Guthrie County Redistricting Committee; and a Board Member of Panora Retirement Homes. Johnson maintains a relationship with several associations, including the Iowa Taxpayers Association and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Brian has also been a volunteer for the Guthrie County Auditor, processing absentee ballots on Election Day.
Johnson noted his priorities include supporting public safety, supporting the local agricultural and business economy and ensuring sound fiscal management of the county’s finances. 
Ke dogs


Posted 3/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Rocky
Age: 10
Breed: Teacup Yorkie
Owner: Galen Redshaw

Rocky terrorizes the squirrels around the lake and, when going fishing with Galen, turns into a protector from the crappies. He enjoys taking long naps on lazy lake days.

Name: Myko
Age 1.5
Breed: Mini Bernedoodle (1/2 poodle and 1/2 Bernese Mountain Dog).
Owner: Galen Redshaw

Myko enjoys boat rides and running in open spaces — taking lake life to its fullest!
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Posted 3/7/2022
By Cheryl Temple 
Lake Panorama Times 

Name: Bane
Age: Approximately 4 or 5 years old
Available at: Panora Pets
More than two years ago, one of the volunteers at Panora Pets was attempting to live-trap a young kitten that had been hanging around her house. What she got instead was a big strapping handsome guy they named Bane. Although he was not feral, he wasn’t too sure of humans either and spent months in a foster home before moving to the shelter to continue his socialization with new experiences and people. With a little time and patience, Bane acclimated well into one of the free-roaming kitty rooms at the shelter. He is the epitome of the strong, silent type and would do best in a less active home without young children who will give him all the time and space he needs to trust and feel comfortable. Bane would be a wonderful companion for someone who wants to share a home with a self-sufficient kitty that minds its business and does not feel the need to be all over you or begging for attention. Bane is a BIG boy in stature with a stunning dark tabby coat.

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 3/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Male Eastern Bluebirds are vivid, deep blue above and rusty or brick-red on the throat and breast. Females are grayish above with bluish wings and tail and a subdued orange-brown breast.
When nature photographer Trish Hart posted pictures of bluebirds in mid-February, commentors asked about this bird species and its migratory patterns. Trish and her husband Scott live full-time in a home on Andrew’s Cove and have several different types of bird feeders on their deck.
“We see many bluebird families year-round but don’t routinely feed them until the colder winter months,” says Hart. “They love dried mealworms. We keep their feeder stocked in the frigid Iowa winter months, so they can count on a consistent food source.”
The Eastern bluebird is found in all North American states east of the Rockies. Many in northern states migrate south in the winter, but some remain near their nesting areas, if they can find a reliable food supply. Besides mealworms, they enjoy berries and seeds.
“They are such beautiful, colorful birds and a treat to watch,” says Hart.
Eastern bluebirds pair up and mate for life. In spring and summer, bluebirds nest in holes, either in trees or in special houses put up for their use. Male bluebirds are in charge of gathering nesting materials for the female, who arranges these into a nest.
The bluebird is a symbol of hope, love and renewal. It is a favorite of gardeners because in addition to the beautiful colors, they provide a natural source of insect control. Bluebirds can reach up to 17 mph in flight.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook.


2022 q1  panora garden club photo
Posted 3/7/2022

Guthrie County, Iowa – The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held their first quarter 2022 meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. Three very worthy organizations were presented to the group. First, Robyn Corkins spoke on the Bayard Community Center, which is in need of many repairs and upgrades. It is used for many community events, both public and private. Next, Stacey Wedemeyer and Colleen Conrad presented for the Casey Service Club. The Casey Service Club is the organization tasked with fundraising and organizing volunteers to bring revitalization and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors of the community of Casey, Iowa. They have a lot of ambition projects and the top of their list is to complete a walking path at the city park. Last but not least, Paulette Chambers spoke on behalf of the Panora Garden Club. After hearing all three presentations, the group is proud to announce a lump sum of $11,000 was presented to Panora Garden Club. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.

“The Panora Garden Club is excited and eager for spring so we can begin working on Heritage Park, thanks to the generous donation of the 10 Squared Women!” said Paulette Chambers, President of the Club. As the north entrance into Panora, beautification of Heritage Park has been a long-time project for the Garden Club, but this donation will help us realize our goals of having a working water fountain for the thousands of bikers and walkers along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, dressing the walkways, removing over-grown brush, and planting new drought-resistant perennials.”

Comprised of approximately 40 volunteer members, the Panora Garden Club primarily focuses on making a positive impact on the Panora community by maintaining the landscaping at Heritage Park, Michael Mills Park, the Panora Library, and planting/decorating the pots along Main Street. Planning has begun to sponsor a Garden Tour of Lake Panorama in June via pontoon boat, stay tuned for details! The Club recently became affiliated with National Gardeners of America, which provides members with educational information on gardening techniques, an invitation to attend their annual conference, and a 501(c)3 designation for fundraising purposes.

Meetings are scheduled by a consensus of the members for workdays, field trips, and programs. The Club welcomes anyone from the community who is interested in beautifying the area, no experience in gardening is required, only the desire to enjoy the comradery! Annual dues are $20, and if interested in joining, check out our Facebook page, Panora Garden Club, or contact Paulette Chambers at 712-304-0077 or JoAnn Johnson at 515-975-9407. Thank you again, 10 Squared Women, for the impact you are having on our communities.

10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our back yards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $228,450 in since inception in 2017.

The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, May 24th. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.

The group currently has approximately 105 members, 20 organizations nominated and strongly encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included Cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley (Library project), Daycare & Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (Little Charger) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora Fire Departments, School Backpack programs a AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica, and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, and now, Panora Garden Club.

10 Squared Women members are encouraged to talk to their friends, neighbors and family about the group, and to share the group within their social circles. Members are not required to attend meetings, however, in order for their vote to count, must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.

One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she has presented a challenge for existing members. At the May meeting, she will pay the first $100 worth of drinks (promoting to arrive early) and offer a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella! For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each get their name put into the drawing for the gift card. Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. She strongly believes this can help build the group up, really make a difference in these communities and have a little fun, too!

The group is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County! There may be some exciting announcements about upcoming meetings in 2022, so, to learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at, or email them at Membership Forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.

Hans van Leeuwen’s discovery about purifying ballast water and ethanol production wastewater led him to develop his own vodka brand. 

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

It seems most everyone who owns property at Lake Panorama has an interesting story to tell about how they found their way to the lake community. Yet the story J. Hans van Leeuwen tells has more twists and turns than most.
Born in 1946 in the Netherlands, and raised in South Africa, van Leeuwen attended the University of Pretoria in South Africa, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering.
Fast forward to 11 years ago. Van Leeuwen was a professor in the Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, a position he accepted in 2000.
He’s on a private plane, traveling from Ames to Nebraska to check on a research project there.
“Lake Panorama was very impressive from the air,” van Leeuwen says. “It looked like a beautiful place, and I thought to myself that perhaps we could buy a house there.”
They connected with a local Realtor, who took him and his wife, Marina, on a boat ride. That sealed the deal, and they purchased a home on Horseshoe Cove. They co-own it with their daughter and son-in-law, Lelahni and Tim, who have three children.
“We love living on the water,” van Leeuwen says. This is a second home for them, with Hans and Marina in a house in Clive, and their daughter and her family in another house a few blocks away.
The family’s road to Lake Panorama was long. Van Leeuwen spent decades living and working in South Africa and Australia before emigrating to Iowa in 2000. His early research focused on water reclamation from wastewater and included the recovery of byproducts from liquid wastes and sediments and fungal treatment of food processing wastewater.
He was on the faculty at the University of Pretoria in South Africa for more than 10 years. After moving to Australia, he was a professor at Griffith University for three years, and at the University of New England for four years.
While in Australia, he began work with others, including a PhD candidate, now Dr. Darren Oemcke, on a project to treat ballast water, which is held in tanks and cargo holds of ships. Ballast water provides stability when ships aren’t carrying cargo, or when more stability is needed because of rough seas.
The team developed a process to treat ballast water with ozone, which killed invasive species such as zebra mussels, the same threat that faces Lake Panorama. Since ballast water is released into coastal waters when no longer needed, treating the water before it is released prevents the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.
Van Leeuwen and his team received four U.S. patents for the process in 2008 and additional patents in 14 other countries over the next several years. The ozone process has been in use on international tanker ships since 2009.
Another major area of interest for van Leeuwen was ethanol production. Since the United States is the world leader in ethanol production, he was advised he should move to this country. More specifically, it was suggested he move to Iowa, which is the largest ethanol producing state in the U.S.
He researched Iowa ethanol production from afar, started looking for a job, applied for the position at Iowa State University, and was hired. Once in Iowa, he applied for and received many federal, state and private grants to support research on ways to add value to ethanol production.
“Corn fermentation to produce ethanol leaves five times as much water, containing lots of organic material,” van Leeuwen says. “This water needs to be reclaimed for reuse. My fungal process uses filamentous fungi in suspension in the wastewater stream, called thin stillage, to remove the excess organic material from this stream.”
Van Leeuwen’s process creates a high-quality animal feed.
“Growing fungus on the leftover corn found in ethanol production provides for good energy feed for livestock animals, such as pigs and chickens, and also can reduce energy needs,” he says.
More importantly, the fungi can be harvested and used as a resource for biochemicals, including amino acids, oils, glucan and chitin.
“The chitin can be converted to chitosan, a valuable biochemical used in medicine, agriculture and water treatment, which is otherwise made from the exoskeletons of crustaceans,” van Leeuwen says. “The fungal chitosan is of a better quality and can be produced all year, while crustaceans are seasonal. All these additional byproducts will make a corn processing plant less dependent on ethanol and its volatile prices.”
What van Leeuwen discovered about purifying ballast water and ethanol production wastewater led him to develop his own vodka brand.
“Everyone claims their vodka is free of impurities,” he says. “But after years of research, I was able to produce an impurity-free vodka made from Iowa corn.”
The result is IngeniOz, which is distilled and bottled at a production facility in Clive. The process includes the use of an ozone generator, plus various filtration systems. Ozone gas is pushed through 190-proof ethyl alcohol, which alters impurities in the alcohol and makes these easier to absorb. The alcohol then is filtered through activated carbon to remove the impurities.
“This totally removes any contaminants, creating this ultimate premium vodka,” van Leeuwen says.
The vodka was launched in 2014. He sees a sales boost when he hosts tastings at the four HyVee stores nearest his Clive home, where he signs bottles for buyers. His vodka also is available at Hometown Foods in Panora.
“I have a core group of real believers who appreciate the smooth taste and know the lack of impurities lessens any hangover effects,” van Leeuwen says. “Every couple of months, I go to the production facility to create IngeniOz. Everything has to be done in a specific way. The ingredients aren’t a secret, but the exact methodology is critical, and that’s something only I know. I have put written instructions in an envelope for my daughter to open if something happens to me.”
Van Leeuwen retired from Iowa State in 2017 and now is an emeritus professor there, where he still has office space and access to labs if he has a need to go to campus. In 2020, at the height of the COVID pandemic, he used some laboratory space to research purifying fuel grade ethanol for hand sanitizer.
He continues to be an entrepreneur in the area of ethanol co-product development and was issued another three U.S. patents between 2008 and 2017 for his discoveries. He’s currently working with ClonBio, an Irish company building an ethanol plant in Hungary.
Van Leeuwen poses the question he knows some are thinking.
“Why did I go to Europe with this, when there are so many ethanol plants in Iowa? Because most U.S ethanol plants are owned by farmer cooperatives,” he says. “While there was much interest in my process, nobody was prepared to put up the millions of dollars still required for further development.”
ClonBio is financing this project.
“They had read about our work at Iowa State,” van Leeuwen says. “This isn’t a pilot plant but 100 times larger and includes the reactor for harvesting the fungi used in the distillation process. This private company is prepared to take on the cost burden of the further development and build the full-scale equipment.”
Van Leeuwen has a good working relationship with ClonBio owners and staff. The intention is to establish a joint venture company in which he will be a shareholder.
“So far, everything is developing well,” he says.
In the meantime, life goes on for Hans and Marina. She is an artist with their modern home on Horseshoe Cove featuring some of her paintings. Besides their daughter in Iowa, they have a son and a daughter who live in South Africa and another son in Australia. They also have seven grandchildren in those two countries plus the three in Iowa.
Because of the COVID pandemic, traveling overseas to see family members has been on hold the past two years, but they hope to visit both South Africa and Australia in 2022. And they look forward to another summer on Lake Panorama, watching the lake from their waterfront deck, and cruising in their pontoon. Plus, Van Leeuwen says, “We hope to live long enough to see our great-grandchildren and enjoy the fruits of my patents.” 

Block finds rewards in serving patients in Manhattan
Panorama High School graduate reflects on how internship fueled her passion for career as a physician assistant now working in a city of 8.2 million.

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Courtesy of Buena Vista University

Emily Block’s experience as an intern in Buena Vista University’s Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Development (URMED), a landmark medical internship program created to help serve rural areas underserved by medical providers, led her to a profession as a physician assistant.
Where her career started might surprise you. The former URMED intern works in another geographic region underserved by medical professionals: Manhattan, one of the most densely populated places in the U.S.
“There’s a parallel to URMED and what I’m doing now, as both places (rural Iowa and Manhattan) have great demands on the healthcare system,” Block, a 2016 BVU graduate, says. “There’s a need for more medical professionals and more support in both areas.”
Block, 27, started her collegiate career at a larger institution but transferred to BVU after the first semester. She met the faculty of BVU’s School of Science, signed up for track and field, and made the switch.
“I ran in track and field, but I ran pretty poorly,” she says with a self-deprecating laugh. “But I competed for one year and met a lot of people.”
Block worked on campus, serving as an academic assistant who directed study sessions in anatomy and physiology. She participated in Student Activities Board. She coached gymnastics in Storm Lake.
Professors such as her advisor Dr. Kristy McClellan, who now serves as Associate Professor of Anatomy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah, and now-President Brian Lenzmeier made a difference for Block, as did URMED, whose genesis can be traced to BVU alum and Professor of Biology Emeritus Dr. Richard Lampe.
“I had great URMED experiences at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and the Pocahontas Community Hospital,” Block says. “It was a diversity of experiences, job-shadowing in surgery, OBGYN, and dermatology. I met and saw firsthand the work of dieticians, physical therapists, and physician assistants.”
After graduating, Block worked as a nursing assistant in a neonatal intensive care unit in Iowa City, gaining hours needed for acceptance in the St. Ambrose University Physician Assistant Program. Following her 29 months in PA school and rotations throughout Iowa and Illinois, Block applied for dozens of neonatal ICU positions across the country. Officials at New York City Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue asked if she’d come interview.
Block flew to New York and spent two days in interviews. She was offered the job one month later and reported to work in “The Big Apple” in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I love my work,” Block says. “It is so gratifying to go to work each day and know you’re going to be helping the most helpless.”
Block has cared for multiple preemies who weigh 1 pound.
“My first day at work in New York we had a baby delivered that weighed less than 1 pound,” she remembers. “That baby ultimately went home breathing on their own, needing no extra respiratory support. Their fight to survive is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
Away from work, Block spends time getting to know New York City.
“I live two blocks from Central Park, and that’s where I run,” she says. “Broadway just reopened, so my boyfriend and I are going soon.”
And while the mode of transit to and from work is different than it was in Iowa (Block is thankful she doesn’t have a car in Manhattan; she runs to work or takes public transportation), the parallel in serving a geographic region under stress remains.
“The parallel is in the provider-to-population ratio,” she says, comparing rural Iowa to all the boroughs that make up the New York metropolitan area. “With the massive amount of people here, there is demand placed on the healthcare system. There’s a need here for more medical professionals and more support, as there is in rural Iowa.”


By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2022 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA.
At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual membership and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $30 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.

LPN Men’s Leagues
Men’s leagues are on Wednesdays. For the 18-hole noon league, members can play from the white, yellow or red tees. This is individual play, using the Stableford scoring system. Nine-hole, match play leagues begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Players in the 3 p.m. league can play from either red or white tees. Players in the 6 p.m. league can play from either yellow or white tees. Cost of all men’s leagues is $80.
The Men’s Stag on May 4 will kick off the league season. Members or potential members are invited to attend compliments of the LPN. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 6 p.m. League play begins May 11.

LPN Women’s Leagues
For women, Lake Panorama National offers both a 9-hole and an 18-hole league on Thursdays. The 9-hole league uses a two-person, match-play format. It begins with registration at 4:45 p.m., announcements at 5 p.m., and a shotgun start at 5:15 p.m.
The 18-hole league begins at 2:15 p.m. with assigned tee times and individual play using the Stableford point system. The 18-hole league is limited to 24 players and is close to being full. To ask questions or become a member of this league, or join a waiting list once it is full, contact Kathy DeLucca, 641-757-2844,; or Linda Reis, 515-490-1454,
Both women’s leagues gather in The Links after play for weekly food and drink specials and to recognize special event winners. Annual league dues are $80, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. A kickoff dinner planned for May 5 begins at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing following dinner. League competition gets underway May 12.
The Nine & Wine Series involves nine holes of golf at the LPN on seven Monday afternoons, June 6; July 11 and 25; and Aug. 1, 22 and 29. Cost is $90 for LPN member couples and $195 for Panorama West member couples. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is a 4-person, 2-couple best shot, with teams assigned each week by a blind draw. There are weekly prizes and season-ending champions. After play, the couples enjoy wine and food specials in The Links.

Panorama West Leagues
At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee.
The women’s league is individual play with weekly prizes and special events. Dues for the year are $30. A kickoff luncheon is planned for Tuesday, April 26 at the LPN conference center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $15. Make reservations with Nini VonBon, 515-321-4000 or
League play begins May 3 with a two-gal mixer at 9 a.m. The first day of regular play will be May 10 with a shotgun start format. Players will choose their desired tee times in advance, with options being 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 11 a.m. The last day of regular play will be Aug. 23. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be Aug. 30. For more information, contact Ann Chambers, 641-990-4363 or
The Tuesday evening men’s league begins April 26 and runs through Aug. 30. Dues are $20 to cover weekly prizes, plus individual scores are turned in for prizes at the end of the year. Play begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Merryman at 641-751-5957 or; or Bill Eby at 515-240-7652 or
The Thursday morning men’s league begins May 5 and continues for 18 weeks. Weekly league play begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, followed by an optional scramble for $1. A tournament and wrap-up luncheon will be Sept. 8. Dues of $25 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the season. Beginning with the 2022 season, league members who are 75 and older can choose to play from the forward tees. For more information, contact Virgil Hoehne at 641-757-0962.

Fore Fun Fridays
There is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2022 as couples are invited to participate in six “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions.
This two-couple scramble with fun twists and strategies will be held June 3, June 17, July 8, July 29, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Play begins at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with couples asked to arrive early to learn about that week’s event, get hole assignments, and pay the $1 per couple entry fee. Those who aren’t Panorama West annual golf members also will need to pay green fees.
No preregistration is necessary, but those who need a cart should call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact Bill and Karen Eby at 515-480-4633.
Annual membership forms for both LPN and Panorama West, plus LPN golf league forms, are available at

GCH to add Ophthalmology Services and Cataract Procedures

Guthrie County Hospital welcomes Dr. Brandon Menke, who will be providing ophthalmology services and cataract procedures starting in March 2022.
Menke is a graduate of University of Iowa, where he attended the Carver College of Medicine for medical school. After completing his surgical residency at UnityPoint in Iowa, he headed to South Carolina to complete an Ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina.
His findings have been featured in numerous publications, and he has received several awards and accolades for his vision and innovation. When Dr. Menke isn’t working or researching, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Psychologist Kristen Menke, and their two daughters, Sloane and Blaire.
Menke will be consulting with patients and performing cataract and glaucoma surgeries. He will be accepting new patients beginning in March 2022. For more information on this service, call the Surgical Services Department at (641) 332-3858.  


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The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its fourth quarter 2021 meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. Three organizations presented to the group. First, Diane Flanery spoke on the Guthrie Center Revitalization Group, whose current project is rehabilitating the historic Williams Building in Guthrie Center. Next, Shannon Neff-Muell presented for the Casey Service Club, the organization tasked with fundraising and volunteers to bring revitalization and recreation opportunities to residents and visitors of the community of Casey. Last, Erika Willms spoke on behalf of the AC/GC High School Fitness facility. The new 8,000-square-foot AC/GC Fitness Facility was opened earlier this year and still has many needs and equipment they would like to be able to purchase for the facility. After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $10,400 to be presented to Guthrie Center Revitalization Group. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
The Board of Guthrie Center Revitalization was notified of the monetary donation from 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County. Board President Terry Laughery told the members that the funds would be helpful in continuing work on the Williams’ Building Project that is ongoing. COVID restrictions placed a “hold” on many community items, including working on community development. This should help jumpstart things going into 2022.
The long-term view of the Williams’ Building renovation includes installing new windows, remodeling apartments, and installing an elevator to bring the building up to ADA Code. While the current tenants provide sufficient income to handle the overhead, these funds will provide much-needed flexibility to push into those upcoming projects. The Board, in conjunction with efforts from the City Council, helped jumpstart the downtown renovations.
“As a Board, we take great pride in being one of the catalysts for that action. COVID took some of the wind from those sails, but we remain committed to making 2022-2023 the best years yet. Our organization could not exist without the benevolent action of volunteers, donors and assistance from other community organizations like 10 Squared Women, and we remain committed to being part of revitalizing, not just our rural community, but rural life in general,” said President Terry Laughery.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, he also stated, “The last 18 months or so have shown us how important community resources are. We are so thankful for the donation and plan to use the funds to give back to the community in the same way we have since our Board started. Thank you, 10 Squared Women, for being committed to that same goal.”
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our back yards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $217,450 in the four years since inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly at Lake Panorama Conference Center the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The first meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, Feb, 22 Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
The group currently has approximately 101 members. Twenty organizations have been nominated and the group encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included Cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley (Library project), Daycare and Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora Fire Departments, School Backpack programs a AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (habitat for humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica, and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, and now, Guthrie Center Revitalization.
10 Squared Women members are encouraged to talk to their friends, neighbors and family about the group and to share the group within their social circles. Members are not required to attend meetings, however, in order for their vote to count, they must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
The group is looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. To learn how to get involved, visit their Facebook page at, or email Membership Forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email. 

More home improvements, a correction, and confessions

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Posted 2/8/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Inside this edition of Lake Panorama Times, you will find our latest Home Improvement guide. These sections have become quite popular, and we enjoy sharing the stories of lake residents who have transformed their homes and properties into beautiful living spaces.
In this issue, you will learn about the incredible additions that John and Jennifer Dilley had added to their home. You will also discover how Jo Juhl-Johnson updated her bathroom from afar. If you are considering adding a four-season room, then be sure to check out what Tom and Conni Jeschke did as part of their Lake Panorama home. And, finally, if a kitchen remodel is in your future, then prepare to be amazed at the traditional look and modern flair that Chad and Sarah Till brought to their home.
Look for the guide as a special section in this issue. My thanks to Darren Tromblay for writing these wonderful stories.

I stand corrected
Jeremy King, an alert reader of this publication, brought to my attention that my reference to “Canadian” geese in last month’s column was incorrect. “This is a common mistake,” he shared. “They are not Canadian geese, but rather Canada geese. They would only be Canadian geese if they were from Canada. However, even in that case, they would be Canadian Canada geese. Technically, they are more than likely Iowan Canada geese.” Point taken. Thank you, Jeremy.

Another lake chuckle
Three Catholic priests decided to go fishing at Lake Panorama. While on the lake, they noticed that the fish weren’t biting. While sitting in boredom, one of the priests offered an idea. He said, “We always give confession amongst others, but we rarely have the opportunity to give it amongst ourselves.” The other two priests agreed, and they all decided to confess their sins to each other at that moment.
The first priest shared, “Things would get hectic at the monastery every once in a while, and I would sometimes smoke a joint to calm myself down.” The other two priests told him that his sins had been forgiven.
The second priest confessed, “Every once in a while, I gamble when I’m in a nearby town. I should use it for charity, but I have a gambling addiction.” The other priests told him that his sins had been forgiven.
The first two priests then asked the third priest to confess his sins.
“No thanks, guys. I’m good,” he quickly replied.
The other priests who already confessed didn’t think it was fair that they shared their sins and that the third priest did not.
“You must tell us,” they begged in frustration.
He snapped back, “No, mine is worse than both of what you guys shared. I’m not sharing.”
They yelled back, “Tell us!”
So the third priest finally decided to confess.
“Fine, I’ll share my sin. My sin is gossip, and I can’t wait until we get back to the shoreline.”

More of this kind of stuff
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Have a great month, and, as always, thank you for reading.

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

Rob Riggins says his favorite part so far are the people.

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Rob Riggins has started his second year as the Lake Panorama National head golf pro. He moved from California to Iowa nine 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 back at his first year at Lake Panorama and ahead to the 2022 golf season.

Q. Tell us what you enjoyed most and what you found the most challenging during your first year as the LPN head golf professional.
A. ​I absolutely enjoyed my first year at LPN. I love getting to know the members and connecting with everybody. Hopefully the members liked me as much as I like all of them! I love the feel here. It really feels like a “getaway” from Des Moines.
 Without overlooking the obvious beauty of Lake Panorama, my favorite part so far are the people. I love to be involved with a facility that so many people care deeply for. It seems every time I turn around, I see people helping people. I don’t see that as much as I used to. I love the energy I feel from everyone at Lake Panorama. “Lake Life” is a real thing, and I’m looking forward to more of that in 2022.
The biggest challenge for me last season had to be merchandising, although the struggle was more to do with vendors not being able to deliver and nothing to do with LPN. We have been told by our vendors they are doing everything possible to make sure this will not happen in 2022.
Q. Will there be a 2022 golf season kickoff event this spring? 
A. The 2022 golf season will kick off with a mixer on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the LPN banquet room. Everyone who has joined either LPN or Panorama West for 2022 is invited. It’s a great way to get to know some of the other members and to reunite with friends. The mixer will start at 4 p.m. and will include a cash/charge bar and a short program.
An 8-inch cup tournament will be our first big LPN golf event for the 2022 season. This event is open to all members and non-members alike. It is a four-person best shot scramble and a great way to start the season without putting too much pressure on your individual game. Things will get started with an 11 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday, April 24 with cash cocktails and awards starting at 4 p.m. The price will be $40 for members and $75 for non-members.

Q. How are 2022 golf memberships coming in so far? 
A. Memberships for 2022 are selling well, but there is always room for more at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West. Memberships here at Lake Panorama are a great value, especially when compared to other clubs in the Des Moines area.
Being able to jump on these two courses most any time is a great perk. For those times LPN has an outside event, being an LPN member allows for reciprocal play at over a dozen Des Moines area courses for a discounted fee.
Both LPN and Panorama West members are eligible for 20 % off merchandise in the LPN pro shop, plus full use of the LPN driving range and practice area. LPN members also have access to play in some member-only events we have planned in 2022 and can participate in the LPN men’s and women’s leagues in 2022.
There truly is a golf membership to suit anyone, available to both LPA and non-LPA members. Membership applications are in the LPN pro shop, or you can check out the options at

Q. There are five 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. Some of the courses I have been a part of in the past are very proud of their leagues and the number of players that turn out. I can honestly say the Lake Panorama courses have some of the biggest leagues I have seen, and members should be very proud of their leagues.
Playing in leagues provides a great opportunity to meet new people, no matter what a player’s skill level is. I really connected with some of our new members last year, as I was new as well. It was great to see them start the season in obscurity and end the season with so many friends they met because of the LPN leagues.
I did not get over to Panorama West as much as I wanted to last season, but I am planning on being there more in 2022. In fact, I hope to be more involved with all the leagues in 2022 with an occasional instructional clinic. I look forward to more growth in our upcoming season, especially our LPN women’s leagues and our men’s noon and 3 p.m. leagues.

Q. It looks like you have a full slate of tournaments at Lake Panorama National for 2022. How can people find out about what’s available? 
A. ​The board by the LPN pro shop front door is full of signup sheets for the 2022 season, and we are in the process of getting all events on the LPN website. I encourage everyone to look into our events. Being a member is not necessary to participate in most of our four-person best shot events we hold throughout the season. Our events are a great way to meet new people and get involved.
We will again have several special events for couples. With all that is going on for Memorial Day, we decided to move our traditional couples tournament to Sunday, May 29. We are hopeful this will help fill our field and still give people the opportunity to enjoy the Memorial Day events around the lake.
We also will continue our Friday Night couples events and our Monday Nine and Wine couples event. Both of these are great ways for couples to get to know each other, as you will play with a different couple each time. Details about these and other tournament and couples options are on the LPN website at

Q. Will you be holding an LPN Junior Golf School this year? 
​A. Junior Golf school is planned for the 2022 season, and we are still working on details. The structure will be similar, but I would prefer to have smaller classes with more instructors. I feel better when the kids are getting instruction as opposed to them standing around waiting. I also would like to see a small tournament for juniors held toward the end of the summer for players looking to compete. Watch for more details about this in the LPN Resort Weekly and on the LPN website and Facebook page.

Q. Will you be offering individual and group lessons in 2022? 
​A. Instruction will be available for 2022, and individual private lessons will be available, usually seven days a week, depending on my schedule. Group lessons also will be available, and class dates will be established before our member mixer on Feb. 26. Beginner and intermediate group lessons will be the same as last season with each group lesson consisting of three one-hour lessons, probably three Saturdays in a row. Again, we’ll have the details for lesson options at the member mixer Feb. 26.

Q. Pro shop pickings were slim in some categories in 2021. What can members and guests expect to find in the pro shop in 2022?
A. We will slowly be introducing some new brands starting this season, and feedback for brand favorites is encouraged. I love to hear brand favorites of others, because I would like to keep the LPN pro shop growing with new product.
Club selection again will be slim. It is becoming impractical to keep a large supply of clubs on hand in the shop, as most clubs now are purchased with custom settings. So, again this year, for those who would like to purchase clubs here at LPN, I recommend paying Golf Galaxy to get a custom fitting, and we will cover that cost in the cost of any clubs ordered.
Also, if there is anything our members and guests would like to have ordered, feel free to contact either Mike Kleinwolterink, the LPN pro shop manager, or myself, and we can order anything golf-related you would like. 

Brenda Campbell announces 2022 candidacy for Guthrie County Treasurer 
Marci Schreck will not seek re-election for the office.

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Brenda Campbell has announced she will seek the Republican nomination for the office of Guthrie County Treasurer in the June 7, 2022, primary election. Campbell has served as a deputy treasurer in the Guthrie County courthouse for 15 years and is seeking to replace the outgoing treasurer, Marci Schreck.
Schreck is completing her 29th year with the Guthrie County treasurer’s office, having served as treasurer since 2013. Schreck announced she will not seek re-election for the office but is confident in her team’s ability to continue providing a high level of service to Guthrie County taxpayers.
“I am extremely proud of our team at the Guthrie County treasurer’s office. Working here for the last 29 years has been a great experience,” Schreck said. “Brenda has been an outstanding deputy treasurer, and I am confident in her ability to assume the treasurer’s role with success. She brings a great deal of knowledge, experience and professionalism to our office. I wish her and the rest of our staff all the best.”
Campbell resides in Guthrie Center with her husband, Cory. They are the parents of three daughters, Mackenzie, Kendra and Ava. Brenda and Cory enjoy supporting their girls’ extracurricular events and are active members of the Guthrie Center community. Cory is employed with UPS in Guthrie Center and is currently serving in his 25th year as a volunteer fireman with the Guthrie Center Fire Department.
Campbell complimented Schreck on her leadership.
“I look forward to continuing the important work Marci has done as treasurer. Our office prides itself in providing top-notch customer service and responsible fiscal management,” Campbell said. “If given the opportunity to serve as treasurer, my team and I will continue to uphold these priorities. I thoroughly enjoy working with the taxpayers of Guthrie County and would consider it an honor to serve as Guthrie County’s treasurer.” 

Heart-healthy and delicious, too!

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By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) It is easy to think of Feb. 14 as a time to reflect on the love we have for family, friends and neighbors. The American Heart Association uses this time of year to remind us of heart health. How is our heart health?  What are we doing to improve it?  What are the steps we need to take to insure optimal healthy hearts?
When cooking, keep in mind small changes that can make a big impact on heart health.
High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke, with about 38% of American adults diagnosed with high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. It can be managed by getting levels regularly tested and making lifestyle changes like eating a heart-healthy diet.
• Reduce saturated fat — Select lean cuts of meat or opt for plant protein, limit processed meats, broil or bake rather than pan-fry meats and remove skin from poultry before cooking.
• Eat more fish — Fish can be fatty or lean, but it’s still low in saturated fat. Choose oily fish like salmon or trout, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
• Use liquid oils in place of solid fats — For roasting, sauteing and more, use non-tropical liquid vegetable oils like canola, safflower, soybean or olive instead of butter, lard or shortening.
• Lower dairy fats — Low-fat, fat-free or non-dairy milk can be used in many recipes instead of whole milk or half-and-half.
• Increase fiber and whole grains - Add high-fiber vegetables to meals, serve fruit instead of juice and try brown rice instead of white.
These simple tips and better-for-you recipes like Chicken Tortilla Soup can help you eat healthy without sacrificing taste.
Find tips for managing cholesterol and other risk factors at

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

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe is reprinted with permission from “Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition.” Copyright 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
Servings: 4
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, visible fat discarded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
2 cups fat-free, no-salt-added chicken broth
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added, diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ancho powder
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 corn tortillas (6 inches each), cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 corn tortilla (6 inches), torn into pieces
2-4 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped avocado
1/4 medium red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips

In slow cooker, stir chicken, corn, broth, tomatoes, onion, sugar, ancho powder, garlic and salt. Cook, covered, on low, 6-8 hours, or on high, 3-4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
On baking sheet, arrange tortilla strips in single layer. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until crisp. Transfer baking sheet to cooling rack. Let strips stand 15 minutes, or until cool. Transfer to airtight container and set aside.
When soup is ready, transfer 1 cup to food processor or blender. Stir in tortilla pieces. Let mixture stand 1 minute. Process until smooth. Stir mixture into soup. Stir in cilantro.
Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with avocado, bell pepper and reserved tortilla strips.
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What is a chamber of commerce?

Posted 2/8/2022
By Kristin Rumelhart

Many people think that a chamber of commerce is a tax-funded arm of the city. Although city government can play an active role in any chamber of commerce, the organization is not typically part of city government. Rather, it is an independent, non-profit association of local business owners who volunteer their time and money to work collectively to promote the business community.
It doesn’t matter what your industry is, or what business you are in — support is key. That support is most beneficial when it comes from like-minded people in the community who can help you succeed. The Panora Chamber of Commerce is a resource for you and your business.
We currently have more than 60 members of the Panora Chamber of Commerce, and we are continuing to grow. Our mission is to promote the Panora area and maintain a favorable business environment within the existing and future business community.
I am proud to serve as your 2022 president, as is your vice president, Dale Hochreiter, your treasurer, Julie Wykoff, and your secretary, Trudy Hastings.
The Panora Chamber of Commerce facilitates activities and events that focus on business promotion, economic enhancement, tourism and overall promotion of the community and surrounding area. Our events and promotions include:
Ambassador “Welcome Visits” to new businesses
Market to Market Relay
Guthrie County Arts Council - Art in the Village
Chamber Challenge Golf  Tournament
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
High School Senior Scholarships
Community-wide Sidewalk and Garage Sales
Panorama Days Celebration - First full weekend in August
Citizen-of-the-Year Award
Teacher “Welcome” Coffee
Halloween Haunted Village at Historical Village
Town Square Park Christmas Lighting
Breakfast with Santa & Friends and Santa’s Workshop
We believe that a healthy business community results in a thriving community, and we want to be your business partner. You can learn more about becoming a member of the Panora Chamber of Commerce by visiting or by calling 641-757-0605.

Grand opening celebration will be March 30.

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The new medical clinic building in Panora owned and operated by the Guthrie County Hospital (GCH) opened Jan. 31. Groundbreaking for the new clinic at 103 S.E. 13th St. was April 26, 2021. The 6,800-square-foot clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that includes nine exam rooms, a procedure room, a laboratory space, an X-ray suite, and an educational conference room.
The clinic is staffed by Dr. Josh Strehle and Sara Van Effen, ARNP. There also are two receptionists and two nurses. Strehle and Van Effen are based out of the Panora clinic. Van Effen sometimes helps in other GCH clinics, which are located in Adair and Stuart.
The new clinic in Panora took more than four years of planning. The previous clinic location near Hometown Foods lacked room for expansion, which was needed to effectively offer walk-in and urgent care services, plus increase the number of healthcare professionals to serve patient demand.
“Since joining Guthrie County Hospital almost seven years ago, support from our community has been outstanding,” says Strehle. “More and more people have come to trust us with their healthcare, and it became obvious we were outgrowing our space.”
“Our clinic staff continually strives to provide excellent patient care, and this new clinic allows us to do that,” Strehle says. “We are able to continue to offer on-site limited lab and radiology. The layout improves communication between team members and has larger, more private exam rooms. We are very excited to continue to deliver excellent healthcare to our community from our new space.”
Services offered include adult medical services (physicals, acute care, chronic disease management), infant and pediatric medical services, including prenatal care up to 32 weeks of pregnancy, walk-in services, women’s health, men’s health, immunizations for all ages, X-ray services and laboratory services.
Tina Nourse, GCH director of clinics, says most of these services already were being provided at the former Panora location, but the new location will make it possible to expand services, especially the walk-in clinic, in the future.
“The level of care provided in our community by the staff at GCH Clinics in Panora is hard to match,” says Nourse. “Dr. Strehle and Sara VanEffen, ARNP, along with the clinic staff, strive to bring compassionate, quality health care close to home. The new clinic now matches that level of care by providing a modern facility in the Panora community.”
The new building offers space to add another provider, which is being explored. There is a flexible clinical area in the back of the building, which has a separate entrance and could be used for walk-in services and visiting specialists. So far, no definite decisions have been made regarding this space.
The phone number for the new clinic remains the same as the previous location at 641-755-4000. Voicemails can be left afterhours, and a staff member will return calls the next business day. If an emergency, call 911.
In addition to existing patients, the clinic is accepting new patients. To become a new patient, call the clinic to schedule an appointment. To make the clinic visit quicker, the new patient form on the GCH website ( can be downloaded and completed to bring to a first appointment, or the form can be completed at the appointment.
The clinic is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-in clinic hours are Monday through Friday 7:30-11 a.m., and 9-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month.
Nourse says the new GCH Clinic in Panora offers an updated, modern facility for patients in the community to receive health care services.
“It was built with patient privacy, safety and quality in mind and will create a medical hub for services in our area,” she says. “While the first day open to see patients was Jan. 31, our grand opening celebration will be March 30, which is National Doctors’ Day. Please plan to join in the celebration.”


Posted 2/8/2022
The cost of a book documenting the history of Lake Panorama now is $25, including tax. “Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years” was published in 2019 as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Lake Panorama Association (LPA). The LPA financed the book’s production.
“The goal was never to make money but to celebrate LPA’s 50th by capturing the history of Lake Panorama’s first half-century,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “I think we all can agree there is value in an educated membership, and this is a great tool to help inform our property owners.”
The book, authored by Susan Thompson, arrived at the LPA office July 19, 2019. About 1,000 books were printed, with 350 purchased online in advance, and another 350 purchased since the book’s arrival. About 325 remain in stock.
The full-color, hardcover 112-page book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Chapters in the book describe six decades of planning and development. There also are special topic chapters on Lake Panorama’s golf courses, infrastructure and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities such as HALO, Lake Panorama ski team, Fin and Feather, Fourth of July fireworks and more.
Books are available for direct purchase at the front desk of the LPA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The book also is available at the Lake Panorama National front desk during daily business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchases can be made at the LPA and LPN via cash, check, or credit card.
The book also is available for purchase at the Panora Library, cash or check only, or can be checked out to read at no cost. The LPA also donated one free copy to libraries in Bagley, Bayard, Casey, Guthrie Center, Jamaica, Linden, Menlo and Stuart.
Online ordering is available, with the LPA shipping for an additional cost of $5 per book. Once ordered online, books will be shipped from Panora in 7-10 business days. Here is the link to order online: 

Jessica Hein has experience in healthcare, hospitality, transportation and public service. 

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Panora Chamber has hired a part-time coordinator to help the organization meet its goals. Jessica Hein started work in early January and was introduced to Chamber members at its Jan. 24 meeting.
“Year over year, the Chamber’s goal is to bring people to our community to showcase not only what we offer, but also what we are about,” Hein says. “In this new position, I will be responsible for updating the Chamber’s social media with events and coordinating volunteers for the events the chamber hosts. I also will meet with the various committees to make sure we are ready to put our best foot forward with all events we bring to the community. “
Hein, the daughter of long-time Panora residents Tim and Nancy Holloway, graduated from Panorama High School in 2009. She and her husband, Jack, and their two children, Maci, age 11, and Jack Jr, age 6, moved from Illinois to Panora in 2016 to be closer to family. Maci and Jack Jr. attend Panorama Elementary.
Hein has work experience in healthcare, hospitality, transportation and public service.
“I worked at Cargo Market in Panora as my first job ever,” she says. “I worked at The Port, and also many years at the Care Initiatives facility in Panora. Currently, I run two of my own businesses, an Animaland mobile stuffed animal unit known as JMO and Friends, and My Personal Assistant, which is a cleaning service and home hospitality program.”
Hein says the Chamber coordinator position interested her because she has been looking for a way to get more involved in the community.
“I loved growing up in Panora, and I want to see the programs the Chamber has been a part of, such as Santa’s Workshop and Panorama Days, continue to be a cherished part of everyone’s experience in our small town,” she says.
Other events Hein plans to work on in 2022 are the Market to Market run in May, local garage sales the first weekend in June, and Halloween trick or treating on the Panora square.
Hein says she looks forward to getting to know more business owners in the community.
“I am familiar with most of the downtown storefront owners, and I hope to get more familiar with our non-storefront business owners, as well,” she says. “I know we have more than meets the eye in our little community. My hope is that 2022 will bring a host of fresh faces to the Chamber activities, and in turn, get our community excited to get involved.”
“We have a select few, honored, veteran Chamber volunteers who have graciously donated their time for many years, and I understand they are ready to allow eager volunteers to continue the traditions in their stead,” Hein says. “I am confident we can inspire the younger generations to become more involved and keep our community thriving.”
Hein hopes she can help community members learn more about the Panora Chamber, and more people will want to get involved.
“We run on donations and local support, so if there is something we should be doing, let us know,” she says. “Also, find a way to help, whether it be donating $5 or volunteering an hour of time. Too often I hear ‘Panora isn’t what it used to be,’ so let’s make it the life we want to live in the community we love.”
Visit for information on how to become a Chamber member, current Chamber businesses and officers, and upcoming events. Another option is the Panora Chamber Facebook page where details of upcoming events are available, and members can share retail specials, event flyers and more.

To date, three people have announced their intentions to run for a seat on the LPA board in the 2022 election.

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2022 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 15.
The board consists of seven members. Board terms are three years, and members are allowed to serve not more than two consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so the number of seats on the annual ballot varies each year.
For 2022, there will be three seats on the ballot. Gary Evans and Jim Spradling are both completing their second term on the board and are ineligible to run this year.
Also on the ballot is the seat held for the past year by Julie Fulton. She was elected in 2021 to complete the final year of the unexpired term of the late Neil Wright. Fulton has announced she will not seek re-election in 2022.
To date, three people have announced their intentions to run for a seat on the LPA board in the 2022 election. They are Dennis Flanery, Andy Harrelson and Mark Jorgensen.
Nomination papers are available at the LPA office or will be emailed on request. Candidates must collect a minimum of 18 signatures, representing 18 separate active memberships.
Along with the nomination form, candidates are asked to submit a signed statement of willingness to serve and a 100-word statement of qualifications. Also needed is a signed conflict-of-interest form listing any businesses or financial interests the candidate has with the LPA. These items will be included in the ballot mailing.
A mailing that includes the ballot, numbered envelope and the official announcement of the annual meeting will be sent to all LPA members in advance of the annual meeting.
Besides the LPA board voting, this year’s ballot will ask members to adopt LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions. The LPA covenants must be re-adopted at least every 21 years. LPA last adopted the covenants on April 26, 2003. The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes draw their authority from the LPA covenants document. No substantive changes are being proposed to the covenants.
Additional information about the covenants will be sent to LPA members in the coming months. In addition, two informational meetings are planned to provide members an opportunity to ask questions. These meetings at the LPN conference center will be Thursday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m., and Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.
The 2022 annual meeting is scheduled for May 14 with the mailing planned for mid-April. This year will mark the LPA’s 53rd annual meeting.
LPA members must return their completed ballot in the numbered envelope.
Members are urged to return their ballots in advance of the annual meeting to speed up the tabulation process, although ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.
Board meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning with open forum at 5 p.m., although the day and time can be adjusted. The board does not meet in January or February unless a special meeting is necessary.
Anyone with questions about the board election process, or details of serving on the LPA board, can contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or   


Posted 2/8/2022
Noah Jason Beck, 94, of Johnston, passed away Jan. 19, 2022, at Brio of Johnston. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston.
Jason was born March 7, 1927, to Reuben Lowery and Alta Mae (Mize) Beck in Alleene, Arkansas. He had seven brothers and seven sisters, 10 of which lived to adulthood. He met his wife, Margaret, while she was running her father’s grocery store in Johnston in May of 1952. He had gone to the store to buy food for himself and the other guys who lived in the Pioneer Clubhouse near the Hy-Line Poultry office. They were married three months later, on Aug. 29, 1952. They lived in Johnston until Jason was transferred to Indian River Poultry Farms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in November of 1963. In 1966, they moved back to Johnston and lived there until building a home on Lake Panorama in 1984. When it came time to move to a retirement home, where else would it be but Johnston? They moved to Brio of Johnston in October of 2018.
Jason and Margaret were founding members of St. Paul Presbyterian Church of Johnston and, after moving to Panora, attended First Presbyterian Church of Guthrie Center. Jason was active in the church, including, for many years, being a choir member at St. Paul and leading the adult Sunday School class in Guthrie Center. Jesus was his Lord and Savior, and he lived his life trying to glorify God.
Jason quit school in 1945, before graduation, in order to join the Navy. After being discharged in 1946, he obtained his GED and attended Kansas State University, where he obtained a BS degree in poultry science in 1950. He then earned a master’s degree in genetics from Ohio State University in 1952 and immediately afterward was employed by H. B. Wallace of Hy-Line Poultry, a division of Pioneer, in Johnston, Iowa. Mr. Wallace had given Jason a letter of employment that stated that, because he, H.B., was giving Jason this opportunity and placing his faith in him, he hoped Jason would appreciate that by staying with Hy-Line for a while. Forty-five years later, when Jason retired and H.B. was still alive, he returned the letter to H.B. and told him that he hoped he had fulfilled H.B.’s hopes. Even after “retirement,” Jason continued to do consulting work for Hy-Line. Jason was a humble man, but he was proud of the fact that, for years, most of the best egg-laying hens around the world were from poultry lines he had worked on.
He was an avid Lions Club member for more than 50 years with the Johnston and Panora clubs, helping serve at many pancake breakfasts and fish suppers. He was secretary of the Panora Lions Club for 12 years and was proud of the service they provided.
Jason was preceded in death by his parents, six of his brothers, five of his sisters, and his wife of 68 years, Margaret.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice (Dr. John) Stock of Osage and his son, Alan (Dr. Susan) Beck of West Des Moines; four grandchildren: Emily (Colton) Bruggeman, Daniel (Kasie) Beck, Sally Stock, and Alison (Ric) Radcliffe; three great-grandsons; two sisters, Evelyn Welch and JoAnn Barham of Ozark, Arkansas, and one brother, R.L. Beck of Sheridan, Arkansas.
Jason had a great sense of humor, and his family will miss the impromptu little ditties or poems he would come up with. But they especially appreciated his walk with God and the great example he set as a Christian father and grandfather. No man can leave a better legacy.

Eligible applicants for a 2022 grant are 501(c)3 non-profit organizations or organizations that have the same tax-exempt qualifying status.

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Applications for grants through the Guthrie County Community Foundation now are available for the 2022 cycle. Completed applications must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7.
The Guthrie County Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life throughout Guthrie County by investing in area nonprofits through its grant programs. The foundation also provides individuals, families and area businesses who love the communities within Guthrie County with a way to give back.
The Guthrie County Community Foundation is governed by a 14-member advisory board, with members representing a cross section of the county. Members are Ryan Albers, Yale; Susan Belding, Stuart; Tamara Deal, Panora; Joni Dvorak, Bagley; Mary Ebert, Coon Rapids; Diane Flanery, Guthrie Center; Joyce Heaton, Casey; Carla Hilgenberg, Jamaica; JoAnn Johnson, Panora; Robert Kempf, Jamaica; Kirby Klinge, Panora; Regina Lloyd, Linden; Bret Wedemeyer, Casey; and Julie Dent-Zajicek, Panora.
In 2020, Friends of Lake Panorama received a $2,000 grant from the Guthrie County Community Foundation to help provide new playground equipment at Boulder and Shady beaches. In 2021, more than $118,000 was given to 23 Guthrie County non-profit organizations to support proposed projects.
Eligible applicants for a 2022 grant are 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, or organizations that have the same tax-exempt qualifying status. Qualified organizations must be located within Guthrie County or provide services to residents of Guthrie County.
There are two options for applying for a 2022 grant. One is a simple grant application for requests up to $10,000. The second is the standard application for requests of more than $10,000.
The Guthrie County Community Foundation has $106,977.13 from Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and $53,700 from Grow Greene County funds available for the current grant cycle. Applications and instructions are available at
Applications must be emailed to with all of the required documentation attached as a single PDF file. Questions about the application process can be sent to the same email address or any board member.
More details about the Guthrie County Community Foundation, plus projects funded in 2021, can be found in a full-page advertisement on the last page in this publication.
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Posted 2/8/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Kit-T
Available at: Panora Pets
Status: She’s been waiting for her forever home for almost a year.
Kit-T is a petite girl, with a sassy personality, much bigger than her physical size. She’s energetic, loves attention and doing things her way. Kit-T has a strong preference as to what she likes and will tolerate. She will let you know what they are. She can be quite assertive and will do her best with a patient adult only home. She has a very striking dilute tortoiseshell and white coat with mesmerizing cool green eyes. She is front declawed.
Lake dog (combined)


Posted 2/8/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Mr. B (Barkley)
Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
Name: Ruger
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Owners: Hunter Grunsted and Deb and Rich Grunsted.
Mr. B enjoys coming to the lake to chase deer and ride around in the Razor. Ruger likes to play Frisbee, chase deer and also go for rides in the Razor. Both enjoy their lake life — even in the winter! 
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Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
These birds are known for their intelligence and tight family bonds.

Posted 2/8/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish and Scott Hart, who live full-time in a home in Andrew’s Cove, see Blue Jays on their birdfeeders year-round. Their numbers increase in the winter when other food options aren’t as easy to find.
“We feed them a mixture of black oil sunflower seeds, fruit and nut wild birdseed, and peanuts,” Trish says. “They absolutely love peanuts!”
Blue Jays are found year-round from Florida to southern Canada and as far west as Montana. They can thrive in a variety of habitats but prefer wooded edges and oaks. Their fondness for acorns, which they often bury in the ground, is credited with helping spread oak trees northward at the end of the Ice Age.
These birds are known for their intelligence and tight family bonds. Nesting occurs during spring or early summer. Blue Jays are monogamous, and pairs may stay together for life. Both the male and female construct the nest. Young jays fledge about three weeks after being hatched. Trish Hart says she and Scott enjoy seeing the same Blue Jay couples and their fledgling babies each year.
The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other birds into believing a hawk is nearby to clear out a birdfeeder for themselves to enjoy.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 


Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Seven area women, brought together by their love of running, took a five-day trip to the Grand Canyon in early November. The result was sore muscles, great photos, lasting memories and a deepening of their already strong friendships.
It all started because of a trip Sandy Leiferman and Tricia Steffen, both Lake Panorama residents, took in 2020 to the Grand Canyon.
“We were all a little jealous of the Grand Canyon hiking trip Sandy and Tricia took,” says Emily Albers, who lives in Yale. “We loved their pictures and stories and all agreed we needed to go back with them sometime. We were thinking we’d plan this trip in a few years. Much to our surprise, on Jan. 2, 2021, Sandy sent a group text that said ‘Happy New Year ladies! I have some exciting news. I just reserved two rooms at Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon.’ ”
Others in the group were Amanda Doran, Maggie Armstrong, Erin Kirtley and Connie Hoffman. They flew from Iowa Wednesday, Nov. 17. On Thursday, they hiked the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon and back. The 21-mile hike took the group 11 hours, and they finished in darkness, except for their flashlights. The next day featured a nine-hour, 15-mile roundtrip hike from South Kaibab to the Colorado River and back.
Doran, who lives near Yale, says she found the Grand Canyon “absolutely amazing. The views take your breath away, and our pictures will never do that place justice. It is highly recommended not to do the hike we did the first day in one day, but we did,” she says. “The last few miles were brutal. Only later did Tricia and Sandy say it was the same for them a year earlier. I guess they wanted us to suffer like they did!”
These women who run have joined the larger group in many ways and many stages in their lives. Hoffman, who lives in Carroll, met Leiferman 20 years ago when Leiferman was working at the Carroll HyVee.
“She inspired me to run my first mile, my first race and many other first adventures,” Hoffman says.
“Sandy and I have run 20 marathons together, many on the East and West coasts. When Sandy moved to Panora, I would meet up with her to run, and she often would invite someone new to run with us. This is how I met most of the others, because Sandy has never met a stranger. She planned and organized this trip and always inspires us to be our best and push our own limits.”
Steffen, whose car license plate is GOT2RN (Got to run), has been a longer distance runner since her senior year of high school. Her friendship with Leiferman led her to connections with other local runners.
“Sandy is a very motivated individual, particularly when it comes to fitness,” Steffen says. “She encourages all people of any level to run and will run with anyone interested.”
Two participants in the Grand Canyon trip, and also the larger group of local runners, are sisters. Erin Kirtley and Maggie Armstrong have been running together about six years. Their younger sister, Elizabeth Ratcliff, also runs.
“But she mostly likes to go solo as her schedule with three little kids and being the Panorama Elementary principal is very busy,” says Kirtley.
Daughters of Jay and Karen Gerlich, the three sisters ran cross country in middle school and high school for Panorama Community Schools. All three live south of Panora with their families.
“While Erin and I have been running partners since 2016, the Grand Canyon was our first official adventure trip,” says Armstrong. “I think our sense of adventure was cemented in us as kids. Back then, Lake Panorama, and specifically Helen’s Cove, was a little wild, remote and less populated. The three of us grew up playing in the woods and creating our own adventures with the few neighbor kids we had. There are houses along Panorama Drive now that make me wonder if the builders found remains of the forts we built or the trails we made 30 years ago.”
Armstrong says she started meeting other runners in 2016 when she decided she wanted to run her first half marathon.
“I met Sandy through Erin, and both became my training partners. Sandy created a running schedule for me to follow, and she and Erin would join me on a few runs a week ahead of that year’s race,” she says.
Albers says her introduction to group running began with Kirtley.
“We started running together about three years ago when we were both training for the Des Moines Half Marathon,” Albers says. “At that time, I was helping coach the Panorama cross country team with Sandy Leiferman, so she, Erin and I occasionally would go for some longer training runs together.”
Doran’s introduction to the group also happened because of Kirtley.
“In 2019, Erin told me about the Philadelphia marathon she, Sandy and Connie were going to run in November. I knew Erin, knew who Sandy was, but had never met Connie,” Doran says. “I signed up for it, nervous about going someplace with people who weren’t really my people. We all had an amazing time. We kept running and doing stuff together and have never left each other since.”
Armstrong says the current group of runners formed through a handful of different friendships when the pandemic hit.
“We started running together because we needed something to do, and it was a positive physical and mental health outlet at the time,” she says. “We found a few 5K, 10K and half marathons to run, so we kept going.”
This past September, eight women in the running group competed in the Omaha Marathon. Armstrong gets credit for this because she wanted to run a marathon before her 40th birthday, which happened in 2021.
“This was a goal of hers, and she somehow managed to convince the rest of us to run it with her,” says Albers.
The decision was made in January 2021, and training began. Armstrong, Kirtley, Hoffman, Doran, Albers and Steffen were joined by Michelle Meinecke and Kennedy Kuta for the Omaha event. It was the first full-marathon for Armstrong, Albers, Steffen and Kuta.
When discussing the Grand Canyon trip, Albers says the best part for her was the constant laughter.
“When you’re hiking so many hours in one day, no topic is off limits, and we’ve covered it all. I love the different perspectives everyone in this group brings to every situation,” she says. “A bonus was the incredible views of the Grand Canyon. It was amazing how the landscape of the Grand Canyon changes around every corner. I kept thinking that it couldn’t get any prettier, and then we’d round a corner and suddenly it would.”
“Getting to know this group of women even better in such an incredible environment made it such a great trip,” says Hoffman. “We shared lots of laughs, struggles and triumphs. It was truly an epic adventure.”
“The friendship and camaraderie were amazing during this trip,” says Armstrong. “Anytime you do something physically, mentally or emotionally difficult with your friends, it bonds you in a new way.”
“I also loved being able to accomplish this goal,” Armstrong says. “We had a pretty rigorous two days on the trails. The first day we did 21 miles down through the canyon and back. Ignorance was bliss for those of us who had not done this hike. We had no idea what it would be like to finish the trail in the dark after nine hours of continuous hiking. The climb back to the top was so difficult, but so rewarding once we reached the trailhead.”
When asked if she had any fun stories to share from the Grand Canyon trip, Armstrong was quick to offer this about Doran, who farms with her father, Tom Smith, and works as a mechanic at his business, Panorama Tire.
“It’s always best to have a friend and travel buddy who is a mechanic,” Armstrong says. “We had some issues with the rental vehicle the first day of the trip. Amanda knew just what to do to fix it. The sight of a group of women standing around a Tahoe with its hood up in the gas station parking lot made a few cattle ranchers stop and ask if we needed help. It felt good to say ‘Nope, she’s got it, but thanks!’ We did feel bad Amanda had to work on her first day of vacation but were grateful for her expertise.”
For her part, Doran says, “This trip was amazing, and it made it more special as I was able to share it with ‘my girls.’ We support each other in our personal lives — physically, emotionally and mentally,” she says. “Anytime we are together, we have fun and usually our sides hurt from laughing. We may not be the fastest, but if we were, we couldn’t talk as much or laugh… or solve the world’s problems.”
Kirtley says what the seven women on the Grand Canyon trip experienced is what happens each time they and others in their running group get together.
“I always enjoy the random moments together. The unscripted details. We get incredibly silly together, and then the laughter rarely stops. Someone is always cracking a joke, getting into a bind, saying something off the cuff, and we all just roll with it,” she says.
“It’s a truly authentic group of ladies that can see the value in investing in each other’s lives. We all like a good challenge, too, and know that committing to physically and mentally taxing tasks is so much less painful when you are training together and holding each other accountable.”
For the past two months, Kirtley has taken time off to heal from injuries.
“I’m looking forward to picking back up with more running later this winter and spring. We generally start planning our runs for the next year during these winter months and start signing up for races,” she says. “Most of the time, our group runs at 4:30 or 5 a.m., because we all have very busy lives.”
“We all sign up for many of the same road races and enjoy training for them together,” Albers says. “Not everyone is able to join for every training run, but it’s nice to know that on any given day you’ll have anywhere from one person to eight or nine to run with. The company is always appreciated, and the conversation is never dull.”
Besides the seven women on the Grand Canyon trip, those who regularly join these early morning runs around Panora and on the Raccoon River Valley Trail are Sue Bump, Michelle Meinecke, Britt Harney and Kennedy Kuta.
Hoffman says what makes this group unique is the diversity.
“I’m the oldest, but I don’t feel like that with this group. We all just mesh, with ages that range from 20 to 59. What I love about us is the feeling of inclusiveness. It doesn’t matter what your income is or what you do for an occupation or what your age is, you just feel part of the group,” she says.
“I first met some of these women at a Reshape Fitness Studio yoga and wine class, and they made me feel so welcomed. That’s when I said to myself these are my people, this is my tribe. When I first started running 20 years ago, it was about getting to the finish line,” Hoffman says. “Now it’s about the camaraderie.”
Steffen is one of the most recent group additions.
“My first experience was last summer when we ran to Jamaica with a group of gals organized by Sue Bump with Reshape,” Steffen says. “This year we plan on running in some of the trail runs planned by Iowa Trail Run, other half-marathons, and hopefully more marathons. We would like to travel yearly in the fall.”
“I love these gals,” Steffen continues. “They are sincere, witty, silly, fun-loving, and always themselves. We all just want to live a fun and active life. I really enjoy their friendship and feel fortunate to have become closer friends with them this past year.’
Armstrong sums up the November trip with words of caution for those who want to follow in these women’s footsteps.
“The Grand Canyon is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. But as nature often does, she hides her dangers amongst her beauty,” she says. “If anyone wants to tackle the Grand Canyon, I highly recommend packing more food and more water than you think you’ll need. It’s easy to see why there are so many emergency rescues out of there each year. But even so, we’d all go back in a heartbeat.” 


The Friends board has appointed a task force to develop a recreational concept for Lake Panorama’s south shore. 

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Nearly $5,000 was donated to Friends of Lake Panorama in the final two months of 2021. About $1,800 of that was designated for the Lake Panorama dog park. Construction began in September 2021 with opening planned for spring/summer of 2022.
While the costs of construction and basic amenities are covered by the $50,000 already raised, the park will have ongoing expenses for turf management and waste disposal bags. Additional trees or benches also may be desired. For these reasons, donations for the dog park continue to be accepted. Donors of $500 or more by Feb. 1, 2022, will be recognized on a sign posted at the park.
A total of $1,450 was donated to a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. The estimate for this project is $40,000, and fundraising will continue throughout 2022.
The Friends board has appointed a task force to develop a recreational concept for Lake Panorama’s south shore. The LPA board of directors voted unanimously in June 2021 to allow Friends of Lake Panorama to develop this concept.
The task force report will be presented to the LPA board at either its April or May meeting. The preliminary report to the LPA board in 2021 said the concept will include a disc golf course and a walking trail, with additional amenities possible. If Friends receives final LPA board approval this spring, a specific fundraising campaign will be launched to finance the approved amenities.
Nearly $500 was donated in the last two months of 2021 to the Friends general fund. The charity has ongoing expenses, including insurance, post office box rental, postage, website and email hosting, tax preparation, administrative fees, and fundraising fees. When not enough money is available in the general fund, a percentage of donations given to specific projects is allocated to these expenses.
To attract additional donors interested in helping cover ongoing expenses, a new program has been established that allows donors to make a monthly transfer from their bank account to the Friends bank account at Guthrie County State Bank.
Those interested can print and complete a form on the “Donate” page on the Friends website and send it to the address on the form. There is no fee for these transactions, and the transfers can be stopped at any time. Those who would like a form sent to them can email their request to
Two other projects that were funded with proceeds from the 2021 Beach Ball will be completed in spring 2022. These include the multi-use Panorama West Trail and three swings added to the Sunset Beach playground.
Although more donations are made at the end of each year than any other time, donations are accepted year-round. These can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama and mailed to Friends at P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Panorama-Friends. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, 641-755-2799 or
Details on past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. Those interested in keeping up to date about Friends activities are asked to “like” and “share” the Friends page. The next Friends Beach Ball fundraiser will be Friday, July 22, 2022.  
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Snow prep, Canadian Geese and a tripod

Posted 1/12/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

Jolene and I were working on remodel projects at our lake home a few weeks ago when the first snowstorm was to hit. I was looking forward to it, fully prepped to move snow. Blade put on the UTV. Gas tank filled up. Carhartts, stocking hat and gloves at the ready. I looked out the window every hour or so, only to see a bunch of what appeared to be Canadian Geese flocking together in a quickly shrinking pool of water. But no snow, except for a bit that drifted in. I mean, a guy can only watch so much football. So with no snow to remove, I helped Jolene paint — a little.  She would say very little. But when that next snow storm comes, I will be ready for it.

Everyone knows it’s windy…
A few weeks prior to the no-snow, we had new windows installed. The old ones were placed in a large dumpster we had delivered. You may recall the wind storm that came about that evening with area power outages and tree damage. We were at home in Johnston and reached out to our lake neighbors, hoping that they were not going to tell us to come pick up our scrap windows or debris out of their lawn — or the lake. Fortunately, it all stayed in place.
Back to those Canadian Geese…
I was curious why these birds weren’t down south for the winter and why in the world they would be soaking in soon-to-be-frozen lake water in below-zero temperatures. Here’s a somewhat obvious answer I found. For geese, sitting in the water is warmer than being on the snow or ice. They have evolved to deal with the cold, but every degree of warmth apparently helps, as does the grouping together.
But why aren’t these Canadian Geese down south by now? Well, only the geese could say for sure, but here is a theory I found. Due to extreme hunting, wild Canadian Geese were nearing extinct by 1940. Conservation clubs introduced a project to breed Canadian Geese in captivity and release them into the wild to help rebuild the species. This process increased the overall population of Canadian Geese, but it split the breed in two. The wild Canadian Geese continued to migrate from Canada to the Gulf Coast, but most of the geese that had been farm-raised had little social interaction with the wild geese and did not know how to migrate. As a result, many would stay year-round in or near where they were released. In addition, the farm-raised geese did not share a natural fear of humans that is prevalent in true wild geese, which explains why they can be a nuisance on golf courses, city parks — and Lake Panorama. Or maybe they are like many of us and simply prefer to be here in the winter. Can you blame them?

Another lake chuckle
Care to guess why the photographer threw his tripod into the lake? Well, one of the legs was loose, and he just couldn’t stand it anymore.

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Lucy, the Beatles, Spielberg, Spider-Man and more

Posted 1/12/2022
By Michael C. Woody

As I write this, we are digging out of the end of the year and the end of the holiday movie season. Here’s a quick (but large) list of what’s out there. Some of them are easy to find (i.e.: wide release or streaming) and some not so much (art house). Several of these will be on my top 10 list for 2021 for sure.

“C’MON C’MON”: If you have ever doubted Joaquin Phoenix’s ability to act (and why should you?), “C’mon C’mon” will definitely show you his range. Phoenix plays a man tasked with keeping track of his very young nephew due to a medical situation. This is a small, quiet film about this charming relationship and the balance it takes (from both of them) for it to work. Also shot in beautiful black and white. Phoenix is brilliant.
Grade: B+

“BEING THE RICARDOS”: “I Love Lucy” fans will love writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s look at this television legend. I grew up watching Lucy but didn’t know much of the backstory. Crazy to think that CBS would balk at showing a pregnant woman on television. Nicole Kidman is near perfect as Lucy, and so is Javier Barem as her husband Desi Arnaz. Easily one of the year’s best.
Grade: A-

“THE BEATLES: GET BACK”: Stay at home for this one and watch it on Disney+. “The Beatles: Get Back” is filmmaker Peter Jackson’s (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy) transformation of all the video that was shot around the making of their last album. Allegedly there was backbiting and fighting amongst the Fab Four as they were about to split. To everyone’s surprise, the lads were in good spirits and, for the most part, friendly with each other. I found watching their creative process to be fascinating, and the music is outstanding. You will want to break it into pieces, as the total is in the eight-hour range.
Grade: A.

“WEST SIDE STORY”: Who am I to question the great Steven Spielberg and his remake of the 1961 classic? The new film is tremendous — the voices, the dancing and everything else. My fear is that no one will see it. (The opening weekend was way soft at only $10 million). Spielberg has remade the original almost exactly. Same dancing, same songs, storyline and setting. If you’ve seen the original, why bother? If you are younger than 25 (most movie-goers), do you want to see a movie set in the late 1950s and early 1960s about competing gangs in New York? My guess is no. Why not update it with the same issues and songs to bring more people into the theater? We might never know. A great try but it could have been more.
Grade: A

“THE POWER OF THE DOG”: Those of you with Netflix can find this on that streaming service. It is a dirty, dusty looking film with some of the year’s best performances. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play sibling cattle ranchers in 1925 Montana. Cumberbatch plays the mean, obstinate brother who nearly always defers to his brother. That changes when Plemons’ character marries and brings his bride back to the ranch to live. She brings her son who is a bit too effeminate for Cumberbatch’s character. This very dark and nasty Shakespeare-like tale plays out under stunning Montana vistas and ends with an evil but wonderful finale that I didn’t see coming but found very satisfying. On Netflix.
Grade: A

“SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME”: I’ll admit that it’s easy to guess that the current Spider-Man movie has plenty of laughs and action. What you don’t expect is strong emotions and a serious need for Kleenex. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since 1973, so I’ve been round the block with this character. In short, this is one of the best movies of the year (easily the biggest audience pleaser) and deserves every bit of praise that it is getting.
Grade: A

“SING 2”: The first one was a charming, animated movie about a bunch of animals trying to put on a musical. Wonderful characters and a great soundtrack made this a big hit with the little ones. “Sing 2” picks right up where the last one left off, leading with Prince’s “Let’s
Go Crazy.”
Grade: A

“AMERICAN UNDERDOG”: If you thought you knew everything about former UNI, former Iowa Barnstormer and former Super Bowl Champion and MVP quarterback, Kurt Warner, I’ll bet you are wrong. What a great movie about a man who just would not take no for an answer. Spirituality, football action and strong family ties keep this movie moving forward into a real crowd-pleaser.
Grade: A

“THE KING’S MAN”: Tap the brakes on this origin story for the Kingsman franchise. The first movie is really great, the second was a notch or two lower, and this effort is like that open can of pop in the fridge from New Year’s…flat and not enjoyable.
Grade: C

“DON’T LOOK UP”: If you’ve seen “VICE,” “The Big Short” or “Anchorman,” you know writer/director Adam McKay is a funny guy. Here he turns his attention to world politics. A researcher has discovered a comet racing toward Earth that is certain to wipe out the planet. The President, Meryl Streep, needs to downplay this event as it will interfere with her goals. COVID? Global warming? You figure it out but be prepared to laugh. A lot. On Netflix.
Grade: B+

“MATRIX RESURRECTIONS”: I’m excited that I could almost follow this third in a trilogy. Almost. The first two movies are a complete mystery to me… mumbo jumbo and video game-like action. The third seemed easier to understand. It is not great but a relief to actually almost know what is going on. Find it streaming on HBO/Max.
Grade: B
“LICORICE PIZZA”: This one is showing up on many Top 10 lists for the best movies of the year. I gotta admit, I’m not sure why. I also can’t figure out why this movie was made. A kinda cute relationship between a young couple in the early 1970s. Waterbeds, Richard Nixon and Bradley Cooper as Barbra Streisand beau Jon Peters had my head spinning. Not in a good way. What’s the point?
Grade: B

“THE LOST DAUGHTER”: New to Netflix, this is an intense drama starring Olivia Colman, Ed Harris and Dakota Johnson and the feature film directing debut of Maggie Gyllenhaal. Colman’s character is on holiday when she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous, group of family members. Very dark, very sexual.
Grade: B

“NIGHTMARE ALLEY”: Director Guillermo del Toro leans back into his roots as a horror film director in this movie about carnival workers in the Depression era 1930s and 1940s. The movie also probably features the most talented cast I saw all year. Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe to name a few. Del Toro tries his best to recreate the tough-guy look and feel of movies like “The Big Sleep,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “Double Indemnity.” Unfortunately he falls short. One too many twists at the end was too much for me, though I did love the final scene.
Grade: B

I hope that you had a great holiday season, and I’ll be back next time with my Top 10 movies of 2021. Be well, and pass the popcorn salt.

Michael C. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television since 1986 and can be heard talking movies every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on KXn0 106.3 with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales. You can also follow him on Twitter at MrMovieDSM. He and his wife Susan are residents of Lake Panorama.

For many years, Everett and Louise Brown volunteered to plant and maintain flowers on the eighth tee box. 

Posted 12/7/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In early December, a new granite bench was installed near the eighth tee box at the Panorama West golf course. The bench is in recognition of a couple who played many rounds of golf there.
Everett and Louise Brown purchased a home at Lake Panorama in 1996. They lived there 12 years before moving to Indianola. Louise passed away in June at the age of 85. The couple had been married nearly 65 years.
They both enjoyed golfing at Panorama West. They played in leagues and were frequent participants when volunteers coordinated Sunday afternoon get-togethers for couples at the clubhouse. If the weather was good, the couples played golf before enjoying a potluck dinner and card games. Everett also played golf each Monday at Lake Panorama National, and Louise played there occasionally.
The couple raised three children. Tony lives near Carroll. Rachel and her husband René Engelhardt live in Alexandria, Ohio. Curtis Brown and his wife Cherie live in Belle Plaine. In 2010, Curtis and Cherie purchased the Lake Panorama home his parents owned.
“We enjoy all the same kinds of summer activities Mom and Dad loved when they lived at Lake Panorama, especially the golfing and boating,” says Curtis.
Everett says before she passed away, it was Louise’s idea to have a bench for the two of them placed on the Panorama West golf course. For many years, the couple volunteered to plant and maintain flowers on the eighth tee box. So it’s fitting that, when the family made contact about donating a bench, that this was one of the few tee boxes that didn’t yet have one of the trademark granite benches already installed.
“The kids made it happen,” Everett says. The bench is engraved with this: Courtesy of Everett and Louise Brown, Tony-Rachel-Curtis.

Members are encouraged to remember LPA has strict rules about rental of homes.

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

In this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association (LPA) general manager, talks about some upcoming events, challenges and reminders for 2022.

Q. What should LPA members be looking forward to as we begin a new year?
A. The LPA annual meeting always is a keystone event of LPA’s year. This year’s annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at the LPN Conference Center. On the ballot this year will be the election of three directors and the proposed adoption of LPA’s Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions.
The LPA covenants are the foundation of our property owner’s association governing documents and must be re-adopted at least every 21 years. LPA last adopted the covenants on April 26, 2003, and the time has come to revisit this critical document.
The LPA by-laws, rules and regulations, and building codes, draw their authority from the LPA covenants document. It is a concise and “to-the-point” document that is essential to LPA’s continued success.
Additional information will be sent to the membership throughout the coming months. In addition, two informational meetings have been scheduled to provide members an opportunity to ask any questions about the process.
These informational meetings are scheduled at the LPN conference center. The first will be Thursday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. This meeting will be followed by my first GM Coffee of 2022. The second informational meeting will Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.
No substantive changes are being proposed to the covenants. To put it simply, a vote in favor of adopting the Amended and Substituted Covenants and Restrictions will be a vote to continue the more than 50 years of success that is Lake Panorama.

Q. What challenges does LPA face in the coming year?
A. I believe it is important to stress LPA’s business model remains very solid. The association is fundamentally strong, and our future looks bright. Having said that, it also is important to recognize challenges and meet them head on.
Several of our capital purchases are plagued by long lead times and substantial price increases. Certain specialized parts for the dredge are projected as being more than one year out for delivery. Other items we require for our operations are available, but pricing is much higher than it was a couple of years ago. LPA is working to ensure we have sufficient inventory of critical parts on hand so we can continue to operate through short-term periods of challenge.
I am proud to represent such a talented and diverse staff. But I would note it is very challenging to hire new staff members to fill openings. Our strategy continues to be one that appreciates the talent we have by remaining a competitive employer and providing a family-oriented work environment for our team. Thanks to the LPA board for continuing to recognize that our association benefits from quality staff who keep the day-to-day operations on track. Retaining talented staff remains a top priority for the board and for me.
Some of the critical infrastructure of LPA has reached the half-century mark, and we take that fact very seriously in our maintenance and budgeting efforts. LPA remains extremely proactive in our maintenance and inspection efforts at the LPA dam, the LPA water system and other areas. These efforts represent a consistent commitment by the LPA board of directors to invest in preventative and proactive maintenance. It is rarely the cheapest short-term strategy, but we believe it is the most responsible and appropriate long-term strategy.

Q. Do you have any reminders to offer to LPA members as we approach spring?
A. Regular readers of our weekly e-bulletin will recognize an item we’ve been emphasizing in late-2021 and early-2022. Members are encouraged to remember LPA has strict rules about rental of homes. LPA Rule 2.30 states: A member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period. 
Registration of the rental also is required under LPA rules, which state: Prior to renting their home or condominium, a member must register their renter with the LPA office on the form established by the Association and provide a copy of the rental agreement signed by the member and the renter.
Members should contact the LPA office if they are planning to rent their home so our staff can help ensure compliance with these important rules and regulations.
I sometimes am asked why LPA has chosen to restrict home rentals. I think it is important to remember this is a rule that was developed by a committee of LPA members and voted on by the LPA membership. The restrictions are in place primarily to address safety for LPA members, guests and their property.
The LPA membership believes the regular and frequent turnover of rental tenants represents a concern regarding safe use of the lake, as well as safe use of the other LPA amenities. Despite the association’s best efforts, there continues to be a “learning curve” to life at Lake Panorama. Please respect and understand that LPA’s rental restrictions are in place for the benefit and safety of the entire LPA membership. 

Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors Meeting
Nov. 23, 2021
LPA Office - 5006 Panorama Drive

Posted 1/12/2022

The Lake Panorama Association Board of Directors met Nov. 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. at Lake Panorama Association office. Board members in attendance were Mary Jane Carothers, Emily Donovan, Gary Evans, David Finneseth, Julie Fulton, Rich Schumacher and Jim Spradling.
LPA Staff in attendance: Danna Krambeer, Corey Larson and John Rutledge.
Visitors in attendance: None
President Schumacher called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Agenda Item 1 – Approval of the Agenda
Evans moved to approve the agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 2 – Open Forum – No one present
Agenda Item 3 – Consent Agenda
Spradling moved to approve the consent agenda. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Consent agenda to include:
a) LPA General Manager’s Report
b) Approval of minutes from 10.26.21 LPA board meeting
c) Acceptance of 10.31.2021 consolidated financial report – LPA & LPN, LLC
d) Set date for next board meeting 12.14.2021
e) Accept minutes from 10.25.2021 LPN LLC board of managers meeting
f) Accept minutes from 11.08.2021 Building Codes Committee Meeting
g) Accept minutes from 11.02.2021 Water Safety Committee Meeting
President Schumacher moved to an update on insurance from Chris Arganbright, Bryton Insurance.
Arganbright presented the options for excess liability. The association has previously carried an umbrella of $10 million but is experiencing an exponential increase in pricing for this coverage. Proposals to reduce coverage to $5 million were reviewed. The board discussed the additional costs and the possible scenarios when the excess liability would come into play. Action was taken under Other Business.
Agenda Item 4a – Roof pitch variance Lot 1588
From Building Codes Minutes:
Jason Witham requested a variance for a 3/12 roof pitch on a new home at 5162 Panorama Drive (lot 1588). The committee reviewed the plans for the home. Based on the fact that the proposed home met all other requirements, held aesthetic integrity of LPA, and was similar to many previous requests, Brown made a motion to grant the request. Gebard seconded, and the request was unanimously approved.
Carothers moved to approve the variance request for 3/12 roof pitch for new home to be constructed on lot 1588, 5162 Panorama Drive for 3 Hand Pepper, LLC, represented by Jason Witham, as presented by plans provided. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4b – Review of Firepit structure at lot 396
From Building Codes Minutes:
Brad Stanbrough at 6280 Panorama Drive (Lot 396) attended the meeting upon request from LPA Management. LPA Management had asked the committee to determine next steps for a structure near the lake on lot 396. Stanbrough poured a fireplace with concrete seating within the 50’ setback from the lake. Rumelhart began the discussion, by informing the committee that Stanbrough had called Rumelhart several months ago, asking if a firepit could be built near the lake and be included as part of his new home permit as part of the landscaping. Rumelhart informed Stanbrough that LPA allows firepits to be placed within the 50-foot setback as part of land disturbing included with his building permit. As part of this response, Stanbrough thought that no permit would be needed to put a fireplace near the lake. Gebard commented that it appeared Stanbrough built a fireplace, but also built seating and a bar surrounding the fireplace.
Rumelhart let the committee know that he became aware of a newly poured structure within the 50’ easement area on Stanbrough’s lot two weeks prior to the Building Codes Meeting. Rumelhart immediately called Stanbrough to ask what the structure was, and issued a stop work order. Stanbrough complied, and informed Rumelhart that the structure was the firepit as discussed previously. Stanbrough mentioned the LPA building Codes do not reference firepits or distinguish a difference between firepits and fireplaces. Rumelhart informed the committee the only mention of fireplaces falls under the Shoreline Sun shelter section of the codes. Neither Stanbrough or Rumelhart thought of the structure as a shoreline shelter when the project had been discussed previously, as the walls of the permanent seating reach 40” tall and there is no roof. Rumelhart told the committee that if a separate permit would have been submitted, he would have likely saw this structure as a non-conforming or unique structure and brought it to the committee for pre-approval. Stanbrough did retroactively present a permit for the structure after the stop work order had been issued.
Westercamp commented that he believed the intent of the codes was to prohibit structures from being built within the 50’ setback, but also agreed that firepits are a routine item that have been allowed to be built within the 50’ setback. Gebard added that verbiage needs to be added to the codes distinguishing the difference between a fireplace and fire pit. Gebard went on to say he believed Stanbrough had installed a fireplace, and a firepit would be any “pit” dug into grade or slightly above, and a fireplace would be structure above ground that could be permanent or portable.
Westercamp pointed out that if a member wanted to pour a concrete pad, and then bring in portable concrete seating and a portable fireplace and place them near the lake, technically this would be allowed under current rules. Marckres pointed out that the committee must not allow the current structure on Stanbrough’s lot to grow and could never have a roof put over the top. The rest of the committee agreed, that even though the intent of the building codes seems obvious, technically fireplaces and firepits have never been defined and have been allowed within the 50’ setback for previous projects. With no further discussion, Westercamp made a motion to allow the structure to remain on the lot, provided the structure remains restricted to stay at its current height, meets state requirements for all pertinent inspections, and to never have a roof built over it. Powell seconded, and motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed the background and how to address future requests. Building Codes Committee will review the current Building Codes regarding firepits, outside fireplaces, etc. and add language to clarify what is acceptable and what is not allowed.
Evans moved to allow the firepit structure to remain on lot 396, 6280 Panorama Drive, provided the structure remains restricted to stay at its current height, meets state requirements for all pertinent inspections and to never add anything to add height or have a roof built over it. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4c – Prohibit jet powered pontoon boats, including but not limited to Sea Doo Switch
From Water Safety Minutes -
Rutledge informed the committee of a new type of vessel, known as a Sea Doo Switch. Rutledge pointed out that the Switch was similar to a pontoon boat but had an engine similar to a jet ski. Coulter added that the lake has never seen anything like this vessel. Coulter also mentioned that our current rules don’t prohibit any vessel from going over 40 mph, but the intent from prior committees was to prohibit vessels, excluding fishing boats, from reaching speeds over 40 mph. Coulter listed the 11 models of Switches, and several that could go faster than 40 mph. Tope asked for a comparison between a jet ski at 40 mph and a Switch at 40 mph, and Coulter thought a Switch may be more dangerous as more passengers may be on board and are not straddling a seat. Behrends agreed that the Switch seemed to be an unsafe option for operators. Spradling wondered why bass boats were allowed to reach speeds well over 40 mph. Hyde added that most fisherman are not on the water during peak hours. With no further discussion, Spradling made a motion to prohibit Sea Doo Switch vessels from operating on Lake Panorama until further research could be done during the course of the 2022 boating season, with the topic being revisited prior to the 2023 boating season. Tope seconded and carried unanimously.
The board discussed the vessel and the speed and horsepower capabilities of the models and the safety of these vessels. The board agreed to endorse the water safety committee suggestion to prohibit the use for 2022.
Spradling moved to prohibit Sea Doo Switch vessels from operating on Lake Panorama until further research can be done during the course of the 2022 boating season, with the topic being revisited prior to 2023 boating season, per the following listed addition to the LPA rules. 5.2(k) Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
5.2(k.) Jet Powered Pontoon Boats
All jet powered pontoon boats, including but not limited to the Sea Doo Switch, shall be prohibited until LPA implements detailed rules regarding jet propulsion motors on pontoon-like vessels.
The board requested the Water Safety Committee complete research this spring to expedite a decision regarding the future of allowing this boat on Lake Panorama.
Agenda Item 4d – Review of floating tiki hut as discussed at water safety committee meeting.
From Water Safety Committee Minutes –
Rutledge showed the committee a picture of a mobile tiki hut with a 30 hp engine. A member had requested the committee look at the vessel and determine whether it could be permitted on the lake or not. Coulter said the engine was much too large. It was suggested this may already be prohibited as DNR had encountered these at Okoboji and was working on a strategy to disallow them. Rutledge noted it would need to first be inspected and issued a sticker by DNR before it could even apply for lake access. The committee determined this was not likely eligible for registration under current rules but wanted to emphasize their position and direction to LPA management and security staff. With no further discussion, Behrends made a motion to deny the permitting of tiki hut-style vessels and platforms. Donovan seconded and carried unanimously.
Carothers moved to confirm management’s assessment that tiki-hut style vessels and mobile platforms are inconsistent with the LPA rules and DNR would not license. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4e – Change in guest boat fees from $25 to $50
The increase in guest boat fees from $25 to $50 was discussed as part of the proposed 2022 budget. The $25 fee has been in-place for a long time and management believes it is overdue for an adjustment.
Finneseth moved to change the guest boat fee from $25 per sticker to $50 per sticker, with the rule change as follows, 2.20(b). Motion seconded; carried unanimously.
2.20(b)1. A property owner may register three (3) guest boats during the season. A guest boat will be allowed on weekdays only, Monday through Friday, excepting holidays. A guest pass will be good for a consecutive 2-day period with a $25.00 $50.00 fee for the registration. It will be necessary to know the make of the boat, identifying number, color, length and horsepower. The property owner must make all the arrangements through the LPA Office during regular business hours. The property owner will be required to sign an agreement assuming all responsibility for his guest.
Agenda Item 4f – Proposal for LPA and LPN, LLC Audit services through 12/31/2024
Current contract with Meriwether ends with the 2021 audit. LPA management requested Meriwether send proposal for agreement to be extended to include years ending Dec. 31, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Meriwether provided a competitively priced extension of the audit agreement for 2022, 2023 and 2024.
Carothers moved to approve accepting the agreement which includes audit services for years ending Dec. 31, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Motion seconded; carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4g – Land Sales
i) Sale of LPA Lot 73
LPA received an offer from buyers – Barry Shull/Lorraine Fortin, for purchase of lot 73, in the amount of $22,000. Buyer intends to combine the lot with currently owned lot 72. The LSC recommends the board accept the offer of $22,000.
Donovan moved to accept the offer of $22,000 for lot 73 from Barry Shull & Lorraine Fortin and include combination agreement with closing documents. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
ii) Sale of LPA Lot 6120
LPA received an offer from Blair Wolinski for purchase of lot 6120, in the amount of $20,000. Offer is contingent on acceptable perc test. Land sales committee (LSC) reviewed the offer. The LSC agreed on a counteroffer of $22,000. Wolinski accepted the counteroffer of $22,000. LSC recommends the board accept the offer of $22,000.
Spradling moved to accept the offer of $22,000 for lot 6120 from Blair Wolinski. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
iii) Sale of LPA Lot 2987
LPA received an offer, through Sunset Realty, buyers - Longley and Julie Parker, for purchase of lot 2987, offer amount $20,000. Buyer intends to combine the lot with Lot 2988, offer pending on acceptable perc on lot 2988, non-LPA lot. If perc unacceptable, offer will be withdrawn on Lot 2987 with LPA. Land sales committee (LSC) reviewed the offer. The LSC agreed on a counteroffer of $22,000. Buyer accepted the counteroffer of $22,000. LSC recommends the board accept the offer of $22,000.
Carothers moved to accept the offer of $22,000 for lot 2987 from Longley and Julie Parker, include combination agreement with closing documents. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 4h – Appointments to LPN, LLC Board of Managers
The terms of Brelsford, Coghlan and Steffen expire on 12/31/2021. Brelsford is the only one who has reached her term limit, that term limit is under the full discretion of the LPA board of directors.
All three candidates have expressed a willingness to continue for another term. The board consensus is that 2022 is a critical year for the organization to resolve ongoing financial challenges. The board recommends all three be retained, with Brelsford being extended to a one-year term. Their experience and familiarity with the unresolved issues will prove valuable to pursuing LPN’s outstanding goals for financial viability.
Spradling moved to accept the recommendation from the LPN Board of Managers and appoint Brelsford to a one-year term to 12/31/2022, and Coghlan and Steffen to a three-year term ending 12/31/2024.
Agenda Item 4i – Recommendation for Ash Tree removal at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West golf courses
Rutledge reviewed the plan of removal of ash trees on the course. Bids were submitted for removal of the trees with the specified timeline.
Carothers moved to authorize LPA management to enter into a contract with Xtreme Tree to remove all the ash trees as defined in the bid document, contract to be prepared by LPA attorney. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5a – 2022 LPN Budget – Capital and Operational Budgets
Rutledge reviewed the 2022 LPN, LLC Capital and Operational Budgets. The LPN, LLC Board of Managers have accepted the budgets and recommend to the LPA Board for approval. The budget includes staff change realignment and shifting of responsibilities.
Spradling moved to approve the proposed 2022 LPN Capital and Operational Budgets. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5b – 2022 LPA Budget – Capital and Operational Budgets
Rutledge reviewed the 2022 LPA Budgets, noting minor changes from the October review and discussion. The board discussed the proposed operation budget, projected cash flow and year-end projected cash balance. Security staffing and number of full-time employees were discussed.
Spradling moved to approve the LPA Capital and Operational Budgets. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 6 – Other Business – Excess Liability coverage
The board discussed a reduction of excess liability coverage from previous year’s coverage of $10 million to $5 million due to cost. Management recommended to go with $5 million of excess liability
Spradling moved to authorize management to move forward with $5 million excess liability coverage. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 7 – Closed Session – The board entered closed session at 7:30 p.m. to discuss legal matters. The board exited closed session at 8:15 p.m.
Carothers moved to approve legal agreement as discussed in closed session regarding septic easement for Lots 1458. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Carothers moved to approve legal agreement as discussed in closed session regarding lots 435 and 436. Motion seconded, carried unanimously.
Schumacher noted for the minutes that the general manager’s multi-year contract was reviewed in closed session and mutually continued by both LPA and General Manager John Rutledge. Rutledge thanked the board for their continued support.
Adjourn - With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.  
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Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Posted 1/12/2022
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) Seeking comfort from the cold in the form of a wholesome meal is a perfect way to cap off a day with loved ones. During the winter months when brisk temperatures chill you to the bone, warming up with hearty dishes at the family table can bring everyone together.
Full of seasonal flavors with top-notch taste, Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin offers a delicious main course you don’t have to feel guilty about. This easy yet elegant entree puts a unique spin on a dinnertime staple thanks to a crunchy pecan crust.
Pair this with the yummy Maytag Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese (recipe from Cyd Koehn in the July 2021 issue of Lake Panorama Times). You will have a warm, tasty meal that your family will be asking for again!
This family dinner is made possible with tasty pecans, which are among the lowest in carbs and highest in fiber compared to other tree nuts, helping you stay fuller longer. As a nutrient-dense powerhouse, they have 3 grams of plant-based protein and 3 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving with 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Essential nutrients like thiamin, zinc, copper and manganese — a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health — mean you can feel good about serving pecan-infused dishes to your loved ones.
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Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 pounds)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 400 F and lightly grease large baking dish. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
In small bowl, stir 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and minced garlic. Spread mixture over pork.
Press pecan pieces into brown sugar mixture on pork. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining brown sugar, remaining soy sauce, pineapple juice and Dijon mustard. Bring mixture to boil; reduce to simmer 3-5 minutes then remove from heat.
Slice pork, spoon sauce over top and serve.

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

This LPA capital improvement project cost approximately $75,000 for the two bathrooms. 

Posted 1/12/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The bathrooms at both Sunset and Shady beaches, which had been in place for decades, were demolished in October by LPA maintenance staff. This made way for new bathrooms to be built with completion expected by the time LPA staff is ready to turn the water back on in outdoor restrooms at the beaches and golf courses in the spring.
The mild fall allowed contractor Kane Powell to get much of the work done in November and December. Footings for the two new buildings were poured Nov. 29 with concrete walls poured Dec. 1. Concrete floors with one floor drain, plus a 4-foot by 10-foot slab in front of each door, will be poured in the spring.
The new bathrooms each will be one room, approximately 8-feet by 10-feet, unisex, and comply with federal regulations that require bathrooms to be handicap accessible. Each will have one stool and sink.
The concrete walls will be painted inside and out, and the floors will have an epoxy coating. Roofs will be wooden trusses with corrugated steel covering. There will be an outside light on a photo cell that will illuminate automatically after dark. The interior will have two ceiling lights that are motion-activated.
These new bathrooms will be easier to maintain and offer users more space, updated features, better lighting and be more attractive than the previous buildings. This LPA capital improvement project cost approximately $75,000 for the two bathrooms. 
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Broadband and railroads
Both have been keys to rural economic development.

Posted 1/12/2022
By Curtis Thornberry

Like the railroads in the 19th century, fiber optic broadband in the 21st century brings a competitive edge to rural communities that have access to the infrastructure. Both of these technologies can be considered cutting edge for their times, promoting economic development in towns and cities across rural Iowa. They also allowed users to send information quickly from one place to another. In the case of the railroads, telegraph operators could send and receive information promptly, similar to the way fiber optic cables handle information for broadband service.
In the 1850s, around the time of the original settlement of Guthrie County, stage coach routes were a principal means of transporting goods, information and people throughout the county. One community, Dalmanutha, was located north of present-day Casey in western Guthrie County. The town was laid out in 1855 and was a prominent stop along the Western Coach stage line. The Porter Hotel, located there, was a well-known stop along the Underground Railroad. At one time, the town was under consideration for serving as the Guthrie County seat.
Beginning in the 1860s, however, railroads began to cross the landscape throughout Iowa, and stage routes became obsolete. No trains routed their lines through Dalmanutha. By 1869, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific line was constructed through Iowa and the southern part of Guthrie County, including Casey, bypassing Dalmanutha. This was the beginning of the end for the town. All that stands there now is a large cemetery. Casey, on the other hand, survived, like so many other towns with access to the railroad networks.
Today there are 10 incorporated communities that survived into the 21st century in the county. Each had access to the railroad in the 19th century, but did you know that there are 10 communities that no longer exist? What did these communities have in common? With two exceptions being the town of Glendon and Monteith, none of them had access to the cutting-edge technology of their time: the railroad networks.
Fast forward to 2020 — prior to the pandemic, it was generally accepted that in order for rural communities to be competitive in attracting new businesses and workers, they had to have “spec buildings,” shovel-ready sites, and housing. Furthermore, it was important for communities to have all the necessary utilities, such as water, sewer, gas and electric services to support business growth. Over the past 10 years, broadband has inched its way up the list and moved toward the top of list for site selectors.
Now, reliable broadband access has become a “must have” utility for both businesses and workers. Private broadband providers have spent $1.6 trillion to improve networks and grow rural broadband by 71% over the past 25 years with millions spent locally by Panora Telco over the past 12-plus years. More recently, the federal government has dedicated billions of dollars to extend broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the U.S.
Panora and Lake Panorama are in a great position to meet the demands of the future, having already had fiber optic infrastructure in place for over the past decade. Access to reliable broadband is paramount to remote work and growing businesses. Fiber optic networks are the key to that success. Locally, broadband adoption has grown by 25% over the past year as many employees have shifted to work from home. In terms of economic development, our region is positioned to thrive in a world that requires broadband service, access to workers, and the utility services that can allow existing businesses to grow, as well as attract, new business.