Hours of operation during the month of April are 3-10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Links Lounge at Lake Panorama National Resort opened to the public Friday, March 31. Customers that day reached 200, buoyed by the chance to watch the Iowa Hawkeye women play in the NCAA Final Four on multiple televisions. The Links also was open April 1, beginning at 11 a.m.
Nick and Lynn Kuhn are the new tenants for The Links Lounge and all events scheduled at the resort. The couple owns The Beerhouse in Urbandale and The Hall DSM in Valley Junction, and lease the Sun Valley Lake Clubhouse Bar & Grille.
Hours of operation for The Links during the month of April are 3-10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Hours may expand in May to include lunch on more days than just Saturday, with a final decision made as the new month gets closer and customer demand can be evaluated.
“Every business has come with learning opportunities we can apply to the next business,” Nick Kuhn says. “We’ve really perfected our business model. We’ve learned how to get food to customers quicker, keep the beer colder, and get their tickets to them faster.”
Rather than a server bringing menus to tables, there are QR codes with table numbers on display on each table. Customers scan the code with their phone to review food and drink options and place orders. A name, phone number, email address, and credit card information must be provided to finalize the order. The menu is subject to change and is available online during business hours.
Customers can choose to close out their tab when they place their first order or keep it open in case they want to order additional items. Customers will want to close it before leaving. Any tab left open overnight is charged a 25% gratuity.
“If you look at our three other businesses, you’ll see technology is the common thread,” Kuhn says. “Using technology makes it possible for us to reduce costs, so we can keep our products priced fairly.”
Lynn Kuhn says The Links customers are providing positive feedback on the ordering system.
“Many restaurants now are using this type of system,” she says. “The COVID pandemic permanently changed the food and beverage industry. As restaurants had to pivot from in-house dining to takeout, many server positions were eliminated. Once bars and restaurants reopened, many of those who had worked as servers were no longer available.”
If customers prefer, they can order both food and drink directly from the bartender. If they want to pay with cash rather than a card, they can see the bartender for that, too. Food and drinks are delivered by bartenders, kitchen staff and others working in the lounge.
A printed version of The Links menu is posted in the hallway near the entrance to the lounge, with some paper copies available in the lounge. Water, ice and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages are available at a self-serve station. A bottomless glass of soda or lemonade costs $4. Napkins, condiments and plastic plates and silverware can be picked up at a self-serve table.
The Links Lounge offers a full bar, including signature cocktails, well drinks, wine by the glass or bottle, and beer on tap and in cans. The menu covers several categories. For instance, shareables and sides include such things as chicken wings, truffle fries, sun-dried tomato dip, Cajun tots, onion rings, a giant soft pretzel, fried Brussels sprouts and a side salad.
In the “handhelds” category, customers will find chicken tenders, fish and shrimp tacos, an Iowa tenderloin, shrimp basket, a couple of chicken sandwiches and a fried shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich. Another category features one-third pound burgers with a wide selection of topping options.
In the “soup, salads, wraps” category, customers will find beer cheese soup, three hearty salads, and buffalo chicken or vegetarian wraps. There’s also a kids’ category, and a wide variety of extra sauces available.
Lynn Kuhn is coordinating all events scheduled in the LPN banquet room and west dining room. Those who already have events on the LPN calendar for 2023, or would like to schedule an event, can contact her at
Spikes and the beverage carts are included in the lease agreement. Deb Douglass, who has managed Spikes in the past, will again lead the snack shop and beverage cart operation for 2023. Deb McCurdy, who has worked in the LPN food and beverage operation for many years, has been hired to help in the lounge and with special events.
The Kuhns expect to have the kitchen fully staffed soon. Bryan Manning is the head chef for the Kuhns’ restaurants and is leading the LPN kitchen staff. Ryan Smith, who owned and operated the Lake Panorama Pizzeria, has been hired as the daytime prep chef. Jen Symonds, who has extensive experience in the food and beverage industry and owns a restaurant in West Des Moines, has been hired as the catering chef.
“While we’ve filled many positions, we are always looking for good people,” says Lynn Kuhn. “Applications can be found at the LPN front desk. Completed applications can be dropped off at the bar during open hours or at the front desk when The Links is closed.”
All revenue from food sales at the couple’s food operations, including The Links Lounge and events held at Lake Panorama National, passes through to the Justice League of Food (JLF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by Nick Kuhn in 2017. After spending a few years feeding the hungry and homeless in Des Moines with local food trucks, Kuhn realized his efforts were not having the kind of impact he wanted.
The JLF program offers a paid 18-month culinary job training program for at-risk individuals, plus learn-to-cook workshops. These take place in the JLF kitchen, which is adjacent to The Hall DSM. The JLF goal is to reduce homelessness in central Iowa through skills training and job placement in the food and beverage industry.
The Kuhns have created a new Facebook page. Search for The Links Lounge + Events, and “like” the page to receive news feed updates. Hours of operation are listed, and announcements of specials and any closings due to private events will appear there.
“We’re excited to get to know and serve Lake Panorama National golf members,” Nick Kuhn says. “We also need their help to get the word out The Links Lounge is open to everyone. We’re going to provide a great bar with great food, and we are eager to build a great customer base.”

On the ballot this year are four candidates running for two seats on the LPA board of directors.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 55th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, May 13 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National Resort event center. Each year, the LPA annual meeting provides a formal statement of the association’s financial position plus reports on activities during the past year and plans for the coming year.
Reports will be given by Rich Schumacher, LPA board president; Dennis Flanery, LPA board treasurer; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations.
An official announcement of the meeting will be sent to all LPA members in mid-April. Included in this mailing will be a ballot plus a numbered envelope in which to return the ballot. Ballots must be returned in the numbered envelopes to ensure ballot authenticity. If an envelope is lost, contact the LPA office for a replacement.
On the ballot this year are four candidates running for two seats on the LPA board of directors. Mary Jane Carothers is completing her second three-year term on the board and is ineligible to run this year. David Finneseth has completed his first term and is running for re-election. The other three candidates on the ballot are Rick Langel, Tim Schafer and Sue Thompson.
Members are asked to deliver or mail their completed ballot in the numbered envelope to the LPA office before Friday, May 12. This allows the majority of the ballots to be counted in advance of the annual meeting. Ballots also can be brought to the annual meeting.
LPA bylaws require each board candidate to provide a 100-word statement. This year’s four candidate statements are printed here in alphabetical order. In mid-April, additional information provided by each candidate will be distributed via email to those who are signed up to receive official LPA emails.
David Finneseth
6256 Panorama Drive
“I’ve been a member at Lake Panorama since 2011, a full-time resident since 2015, and an LPA board member since 2020. I currently serve as LPA board secretary. I am proud to have supported critical LPA infrastructure improvements while also being an advocate for sound fiscal management. I own Farm Bureau Financial Services in Guthrie Center and Perry and am involved with various boards and committees, including Rotary. I serve as president for the Agents Association covering eight states. I appreciate your support for re-election and look forward to the opportunity to serve the LPA membership for three more years.”

Rick Langel 
5167 Panorama Drive
“As a business owner, parent, grandparent and neighbor, I’ve been actively involved in every community I’ve lived in, serving as a township trustee in Plymouth County, school board member in LeMars, Iowa, and a member of the Hideaway Acres Association (Lewis and Clark Lake, Nebraska), among others. In addition to experience working with federal, state and local agencies, I bring construction, zoning and permitting experience to the LPA, having built and remodeled several homes. My wife, Marian, and I found our “forever” home at Lake Panorama three years ago. I look forward to serving and preserving this wonderful community.”

Tim Schafer
5214 Bean Bend
“I’m Tim Schafer. My wife and I are grandparents and have spent most of our lives on our seventh-generation Guthrie County family farm. We have built several successful businesses over the past three decades, but our greatest achievement has been our four children. I enjoy real estate, manufacturing and specialized landscaping services. My wife manages our wedding venues and rental properties. We love Lake Panorama. My dad and I each worked there after high school. We live on the lake, and it’s my opinion it’s the flagship recreational lake in Iowa. I would like to serve on our board.”

Sue Thompson 
4683 Panorama Drive
“Our family has owned property and enjoyed living on Lake Panorama since 2004. Prior to retirement in 2021, my career spanned 45-plus years in healthcare including UnityPoint Health-CEO/Fort Dodge Region and UnityPoint Health System-Interim CEO. Past board experiences include local community and federal appointments. My husband, Dave, served as Controller to Lake Panorama National until his retirement in 2020. Dave and I, with our children, Nathan and Katelyn, cherish the memories of family time at Lake Panorama. I would appreciate your vote as we work to ensure the experience of life at Lake Panorama is sustained for generations to come.”

One-woman musical on April 19

Posted 04/12/2023

Paradise Playhouse presents an original one-woman musical, “Joan Crawford Bette Davis,” written by and starring Jillann Gabrielle.
The storyline involves Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, iconic superstars of the silver screen from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and beyond, who find themselves in purgatory... in the same body. The actresses defend their lives to the power that be.
The musical will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Panora Public Library/Panora Community Center.
Reserve your spot at the Panora Library by calling 641-755-2529. 

The Friends board voted to return to all indoor seating for 2023.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plans have been finalized for the Friends of Lake Panorama’s sixth Beach Ball fundraiser. It will be Friday, June 16 at the Lake Panorama National event center. Registration will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served beginning at 6 p.m.
Registration now is open for those who want to attend. Attendance will be capped at 240 people. There are 30 round tables available with seating for eight at each. All seating will be in the LPN banquet room. The option for outdoor seating began in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic and continued the last two years. The Friends board voted to return to all indoor seating for 2023.
For the third year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members provide additional financial support to Friends of Lake Panorama beyond the cost of the meal. Prices for Beach Club memberships are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes table sponsorship, eight dinner tickets, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program; Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes two dinner tickets, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program; and Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes table sponsorship, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program.
There will be a limited number of individual meal tickets available for $50 each. Those interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing dinner tickets, can contact Susan Thompson,, or 515-240-6536.
The 2023 Beach Ball will include a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auctions. The Beach Ball committee is soliciting quality items for both auctions.
Funds raised at this year’s Beach Ball will support enhancements to a trail system on Lake Panorama’s south shore. Funds also may be used for additional low-impact recreational amenities on the south shore, which are under discussion between Friends of Lake Panorama and the LPA board of directors.
The 2022 Beach Ball raised $30,000. Some of those funds were used for a half-court sports court at Sunset Beach that offers both pickleball and basketball, and trees and benches at the Lake Panorama dog park.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends or by credit card on the Friends website at 


Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Lane Rumelhart is project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. His duties include managing the LPA building codes, projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), LPA communications, hunting programs, campgrounds and beaches, and “other duties as assigned.” In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart talks about turkey hunting, erosion control issues, variance requests and more.

Q. We know members and their guests can hunt deer at Lake Panorama. What about wild turkey? 
A. The Lake Panorama Association does allow turkey hunting for members and member dependents only. No guests are allowed. Unlike the deer hunting program, LPA does not have a registration signup for turkeys. Members are allowed to hunt turkeys in the same hunting zones designated for deer. Some zones are bow only, so members must check the most current and updated map by signing in to the LPA website at From there, toggle the view to see the differences between deer hunting and turkey hunting zones. LPA does not allow any other kind of hunting on LPA property. Members interested in other types of hunting may check out the Smith Wetland or Helens Cove Wetland. These areas are owned by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) and have their own rules and guidelines.
Q. In some communities, homeowners are allowed to have chickens so they can have their own eggs, and goats to keep vegetation under control. Is this possible at Lake Panorama? 
A. Yes, the price of eggs has increased, but no, you can’t have chickens on your lot. Chickens are considered a form of livestock, as are goats. According to the LPA covenants, no livestock shall be allowed on LPA property. The official covenants section reads, “No animals or fowl shall be kept or maintained on said lots except customary household pets in reasonable numbers.” So, the only types of animals allowed on LPA property are customary, household pets such as cats and dogs.

Q. Give us an update on the rip rap project that began late last fall on Lake Panorama’s south shore.
The south shore project is nearing completion. JNC Construction has been fantastic to work with and is scheduled to finish up the project in April. Right now, they have completely rip rapped approximately three-fourths of the entire shore. One part of this project included JNC salvaging the existing field stone and re-laying it on top of a dolomite (white limestone) base. It has been estimated that JNC will run a little short on the necessary quantity of field stone to complete the project. The RIZ Board approved a change order to adjust the final quantity of fieldstone and add additional dolomite to keep the project moving, and make sure the entire shoreline is armored ahead of this upcoming boating season. JNC will line the last few hundred feet with just dolomite, past the no wake buoys, and in the area where little-to-no wave action occurs. Beyond rip rapping, JNC still needs to install several drainage tubes to the lake. The company also is working with Fin and Feather to add rock piles strategically located to create better fish habitat along the south shore. The fish habitat work is a separate project, funded 100% by Fin and Feather. These rock piles will be 20 to 30 feet from the shoreline, placed well below the water level so as to not create any sort of hazard to boat traffic or water sports enthusiasts.

Q. I’ve read the LPA has adopted new erosion control requirements for property owners. Share the details on this. 
A. Late last fall, the LPA Building Codes committee recommended, and the LPA board approved, new language in the LPA building codes to require erosion control on all projects that include any excavation or soil disturbance. This will apply to both land-disturbing permits and building permits. Past language only required erosion control on waterfront properties. As more homes are built on B and C lots, more ground is being disturbed. Many, if not all, of these areas still drain to the lake, and LPA has had a substantial increase in plugged culverts and drainages from projects on offshore properties. This new language also helps LPA management permit projects, as permits won’t get approved until proper erosion control is in place. Erosion control also can serve as a good boundary between property owners to help ensure loose material does not get strewn across lines. The LPA building codes specify what types of erosion control are required. If members have questions about permitting, erosion requirements, or anything else related to building or landscaping, they should contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or

Q. Tell us more about the role of the LPA Building Codes committee, including how member requests for building variances are handled. 
A. The LPA Building Codes committee does a lot of great work for Lake Panorama. It is made up of nine volunteers who have nothing but the best interest in mind for the lake community. The purpose of this committee is to periodically review the LPA building codes and discuss possible updates. The committee also reviews all variance requests from members. The committee meets monthly, unless there are no variance requests or other business. Members seeking a variance for a building permit should consider several factors before applying. I’d first recommend calling the LPA office to see if similar requests have been made to the committee, and what past building codes committee meeting minutes say. More often than not, the request has been made before.  Another thing to consider is why you are requesting a variance. If your reason is simply “because I want it,” that probably is not good enough. Members with unusual or unprecedented situations where a variance may be needed to make practical sense to accommodate their needs are encouraged to request a variance. The weekly Panorama Prompt newsletter includes the monthly deadline for variance requests. Decisions made by the committee then are passed on to the LPA Board of Directors, which has final say on variance requests and proposed changes to the building codes. Members who do want to request a variance must fill out the variance form and pay the associated fee. The form can be found on the LPA website, emailed on request, or picked up at the LPA office.

Cates honored for accomplishments as president of Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development

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Posted 04/12/2023
By Shane Goodman 
Lake Panorama Times 

Mark Cates, left, was presented a plaque by Jeff Bump on behalf of Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development on April 5, recognizing his efforts as president of the organization in 2022.  Cates was recognized for his leadership that furthered the organization's mission to encourage and foster sustainable economic development activities through job creation, job retention, increased tax base and an improved quality of life for the citizens in the Panora and Lake Panorama area. 

“Grit, Not Glamour: Female Farmers, Ranchers, Ropers, and Herders of the American West” is nonfiction and targeted to an adult audience.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cheryl Mullenbach and her husband, Dick Wohlgamuth, have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for more than 20 years. A long-time author, Mullenbach’s eighth book was released in March.
“Grit, Not Glamour: Female Farmers, Ranchers, Ropers, and Herders of the American West” is nonfiction and targeted to an adult audience. The paperback book, which also is available as a Kindle eBook, is 192 pages.
Readers of “Grit, Not Glamour” will meet a community of spunky, brazen, plucky (and in a couple of cases dishonest), hardworking gals who donned trousers, tucked long hair under a straw hat, nurtured plants and baby livestock, studied the markets, fretted over the weather, disseminated vital information, scraped animal dung from their boots, enjoyed a few hours of deep sleep afforded by hours in the fresh country air, only to rise early the next day and start all over again.
“In recognizing this collection of individuals, we celebrate the memory of women who devoted their lives to farm and ranch-related pursuits,” Mullenbach says. “Some embraced their roles; others did not. Most would agree their contributions were frequently minimized or overlooked.”
All of Mullenbach’s books are nonfiction and explore historical topics. Her first five were for young people, with her next three for adults.
“My experiences as a social studies educator, public television content developer, and social studies consultant gave me a solid background in education foundations,” Mullenbach says. “A love of history evolved throughout my childhood and adulthood, and today I search for stories about people and events from the past to include in my books — focusing on previously overlooked stories.”
Her work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association. The National Council for Social Studies has included her books in its “Notable Trade Books for Young People.” Her book “Double Victory” was listed by the American Library Association in its “Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List.” Her talk at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” series.
All of Mullenbach’s books are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and some independent book stores. Her books also can be checked out from the Panora Library. More information is available at her website:

Second annual agritourism event features rural Iowa roots

Posted 04/12/2023

A unique agritourism event called “Evolution of the Heartland” will be held for its second year by the Manning and Audubon communities. On Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, this event will showcase the heart of America’s rural communities and the evolution of agriculture to those who are unfamiliar with the advancements in rural Iowa and especially agriculture.
Following the first year, the Iowa tourism office was impressed with the execution of the event and its ability to highlight agritourism in rural Iowa, something that has not easily been done in the past.
“The Iowa tourism office has made a financial commitment as the presenting sponsor so that Emerge Marketing Solutions can scale the event statewide over the next five years,” shared State Tourism Manager, Amy Zeigler. “This is an excellent model for how we can showcase Iowa’s rural communities, Main Streets, roadside attractions and innovative businesses.”
All are welcome to register for the event. Participants have the option to travel from the Des Moines and Omaha metro areas on charter buses or drive themselves to the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park for the tours.
Tour options for day one will feature: Main Street Entrepreneurs, Innovation & Technology, Niche Farming, Spirits of the Heartland, Templeton Distillery, Beef Immersion, Swine Immersion, Shouse Tour, Historical Church Architectural Tour, Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park tour, and an Audubon Historical Tour. Participants have the option to stay overnight for a second day of immersive tours. Day two will focus on micro farming; however, it is only available to the first 50 registrants.
Participants will get a taste of rural Iowa at the Farm-to-Table lunch. This will be a family-style meal featuring local foods, accompanied by conversations with local agricultural ambassadors and area 4-H and FFA students. The Community Tailgate supper will feature food stations with pork, beef, a mashed potato bar, veggies, desserts, and more. Food will be provided by Two Palms Catering (Audubon), Deb’s Corner Café (Manning), Daryl’s Place (Hamlin), and The Bakery on Broadway (Audubon).
Local community members are welcome to attend the Community Tailgate supper for $15 a plate and browse local produce and goods at the Iowa Vendor Showcase. This year, the Iowa Vendor Showcase will also include an outdoor “mini farm show” featuring local agricultural businesses.
After a full day of learning and networking, participants will have the option to stay overnight for another immersive tour the following day or return home that same evening. The cost to attend the event is $175 for just the first day or $325 for an overnight stay and the day two immersive tour. Registration opens May 1 and closes July 15 or until all spots have been reserved. Early bird registration features a $25 discount per person and ends June 1. Participants can register at
Join the Evolution of the Heartland tour and discover what the future holds for rural Iowa and the agricultural industry. See firsthand how agriculture has evolved from its early roots in Germany in the 1600s to 1900s farming, and now to advanced technology in many Iowa agricultural businesses and Main Street communities.
Evolution of the Heartland is also seeking local vendors for the Iowa Vendor Showcase, local and statewide sponsorships, as well as local volunteers for the event. For more information, complete the online forms or contact event coordinator, Paige Hepp, at

Funds raised at the banquet, plus annual memberships and direct donations, are used to stock fish in Lake Panorama.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The 2023 Lake Panorama Fin and Feather fundraising banquet will be Saturday, May 13, the same day as the LPA annual meeting. The event will be held at the Lake Panorama National Resort with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.
Funds raised at the banquet, plus annual memberships and direct donations, are used to stock fish in Lake Panorama. Nearly $18,000 worth of fish were added to the lake last fall. Fish stocking totals for 2022 included 1,500 walleye, 1,500 smallmouth bass, 3,000 largemouth bass, and 1,000 perch. The group also helps improve fish habitat and sponsors an annual fishing derby for children during Panorama Days.
In 2022, the Fin and Feather club reached an agreement with JNC Construction of Clearfield to add some fish structure along the south shore. This is the same company that has been riprapping the south shore, beginning last fall and wrapping up in April.
The club spent $20,000 to add eight rock piles along the shore to create better fish habitat. These piles are strategically located to optimize the best depths and contour of the lake. The piles will be deep, not pose any threat to boat traffic, and be 20 to 30 feet from shore. The club is developing a map of the rock pile locations, which will be available on the website.
Dinner tickets to the May 13 banquet are $35 each, with children 12 and younger $20. Another option is to join the Big Skipper Club at a cost of $125. This covers two dinner tickets, one Big Skipper raffle ticket and an annual family membership. The cost of just an annual family membership is $40.
Supporters can either mail a check or register online with a credit card or PayPal account at the group’s website:
If payment is made by check, make it payable to Fin & Feather and mail to Doug Hemphill, Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 110, Yale, Iowa, 50277, along with a completed membership application, which is available on the website.
Members who pay in advance will have their tickets waiting for them upon arrival. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for walk-in attendees. 

The Friends board voted to return to all indoor seating for 2023.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plans have been finalized for the Friends of Lake Panorama’s sixth Beach Ball fundraiser. It will be Friday, June 16 at the Lake Panorama National event center. Registration will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served beginning at 6 p.m.
Registration now is open for those who want to attend. Attendance will be capped at 240 people. There are 30 round tables available with seating for eight at each. All seating will be in the LPN banquet room. The option for outdoor seating began in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic and continued the last two years. The Friends board voted to return to all indoor seating for 2023.
For the third year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members provide additional financial support to Friends of Lake Panorama beyond the cost of the meal. Prices for Beach Club memberships are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes table sponsorship, eight dinner tickets, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program; Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes two dinner tickets, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program; and Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes table sponsorship, name in the 2023 Beach Ball program.
There will be a limited number of individual meal tickets available for $50 each. Those interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing dinner tickets, can contact Susan Thompson,, or 515-240-6536.
The 2023 Beach Ball will include a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auctions. The Beach Ball committee is soliciting quality items for both auctions.
Funds raised at this year’s Beach Ball will support enhancements to a trail system on Lake Panorama’s south shore. Funds also may be used for additional low-impact recreational amenities on the south shore, which are under discussion between Friends of Lake Panorama and the LPA board of directors.
The 2022 Beach Ball raised $30,000. Some of those funds were used for a half-court sports court at Sunset Beach that offers both pickleball and basketball, and trees and benches at the Lake Panorama dog park.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends or by credit card on the Friends website at 

Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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Posted 04/12/2023
By Jolene Goodman

Brussels sprouts intimidate me. In fact, it has only been in recent years that I even tried them. That happened at a restaurant, with a professional chef preparing them, and they were amazing! But, to prepare these delicious morsels and serve them at home, I never thought I would be capable. However, I now have faith that I can. My friend Laura has inspired me to try a new recipe. Recently, I invited my group of girlfriends who I hike with every year in Colorado to my house for dinner. My contribution was grilled salmon and rice, with the invitation to my companions to supply sides. Laura walked in with brussels sprouts and the fixings to roast them in the oven. She commented that she has never been successful at making these but had a new recipe to try. Well, I thought, she is much braver than me. And, I don’t know if I would have risked the years of ribbing from our friends if the experiment failed. Dinner was amazing with grilled Mediterranean spiced-salmon, herbed rice pilaf, green salad loaded with vegetables, and, the star of the show — Laura’s Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts. Don’t be intimidated with this recipe. Give it a try. You’ll be eating leftovers like candy.

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

Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Side dish for 6

3 lbs Brussels Sprouts
½ olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp butter
3 gloves garlic
1.5 tsp salt, divided
½ tsp black pepper
Lemon zest
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim ends of brussels sprouts and cut in half. Toss sprouts in a bowl with 1 tsp of salt, black pepper and olive oil until evenly coated.
Arrange spouts on 2 baking sheets, cut sides down. You want to let them have plenty of room to spread out. Roast for 20 minutes. Do not flip these guys.
For the sauce, combine and heat honey in a saucepan for 1-2 minutes, just until it gets bubbly. Remove from stove, add balsamic vinegar, Dijon, butter, garlic, chili flakes and ½ tsp of salt. Return to the stove and cook on medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Add glaze to brussels sprouts, toss to coat evenly. You may serve the sauce as a side and/or garnish sprouts with lemon zest. Enjoy!

Dolores Lillian (Kinkel) Creighton

Posted 04/12/2023

Dolores Lillian (Kinkel) Creighton joined her beloved husband, Robert Joseph Creighton, in their new heavenly home on March 25, 2023. Dolores was born on June 3, 1924, in Longville, Minnesota, on the shores of Girl and Woman Lake. Dolores, Bob and their family would return to the lakes of northern Minnesota each summer for the remainder of their active life.
Dolores left Minnesota in 1941 after graduating from Longville High School. At the age of 17, she joined the first Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), which had only recently been created by Congress in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She enlisted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and received basic training at Fort Des Moines (the first ever U.S. army training facility for women).
She was stationed at Base Headquarters, Mason Field, West Palm Beach, Florida, where she decoded top-secret orders from the Pentagon regarding the sending of troop transports to the War. Soon the Army requested volunteers from the WAAC to staff the China/Burma/India theater. The 17-year-old who had never left Minnesota put her name at the top of the volunteer list and headed to India where, among other duties, she processed the near-death young soldiers who had been tortured in the infamous March of Bataan.
At war’s end, Dolores and four fellow WAACs decided to head to California to utilize the education benefits of the G.I. Bill by attending San Jose State University. It was here Dolores Kinkel met marine veteran Bob Creighton. They were married at the Stanford University Chapel in June 1948.
Soon thereafter, they moved to New York City where Bob secured his Doctorate and Dolores worked as a secretary to Dwight David Eisenhower, then President of Columbia University.
After a short year in Davenport, they moved to Shenandoah, in 1953 where they raised their four children in their welcoming and loving home.
Dolores was a championship golfer, an accomplished bridge player, an avid outdoorswoman, a member of P.E.O, and a devoted wife, mother, community volunteer and friend. Dolores loved life and looked for the best in everyone with a positive and caring attitude.
Preceding Dolores in death and welcomed into eternal life were her beloved husband, Robert; mother and father, Sadie and Clarence Kinkel; brother, Kenny; sister, Lavonne Jones; and brothers, Merlyn and Gene.
Those who survive Dolores will forever miss her laughter, wit and the twinkle in her eyes. They are son, Tom (Dennis O’Connor) Creighton and his children, Robert, Laura (Jens) Kottke, and Sarah (Jacob) Greene; daughter, Deb (John) Long and their children, Shakira, Kezia (Scott) Peterson, and Micah (Tia); Bob (Mary) Creighton, and their children, Paul (Kathleen) and Kelley (Wen); and Melodie (David) Whiton, and their children, Katelyn (Colby) Brelsford and Jackson (Jessica); her sister-in-law, Luraine Kinkel; her beloved 22 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and her many, many friends to whom she was devoted.
A celebration of life funeral for Dolores was held March 30, 2023, at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah, with Pastor Carl Phillips officiating. Burial took place with full military honors at the Rose Hill Memorial Cemetery in Shenandoah next to her beloved husband, Bob. Memorials in Dolores’ name are being directed to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation. 

Walter Brammer

Posted 04/12/2023

Walter C. Brammer, 97, son of Carl and Martha (Howe) Brammer, was born July 14, 1925, in Sioux City. He passed away March 16, 2023, at the Guthrie County Hospital.
Walt grew up and graduated from high school in Sioux City. Walt had a love for flying in high school; his passion was to become a pilot. After high school, he joined the United States Navy and enrolled in flight school. After some time, the demand for mechanics was greater so unselfishly he moved over to being an airplane mechanic. Walt served in the Navy from 1943 until 1946. Following his discharge, he returned to Sioux City and finally received his private pilot’s license. From a previous marriage he had David and Barbara. On April 10, 1970, he married Dorothy Wanser in Sioux City. He became a stepfather to seven children, Cheri, Michael, Mary Colleen, Jim, Tim, Jane and Bob. They were both transferred to Bloomington, Minnesota, and they lived there until his retirement in 1990, when they moved to Lake Panorama.
Walt loved golfing, bowling, playing cards, and recently he played cribbage three days a week. He was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his children, David (Jeri Lynn) Brammer of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Barbara (Larry) Cooper of Council Bluffs, along with his stepchildren and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy in 2018; stepchildren, Michael, Bob and Barbara.
Funeral services were March 21, 2023, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Panora. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, rural Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Thomas Jeschke

Posted 04/12/2023

Dr. Thomas Alan Jeschke, age 80, of Panora, died March 20, 2023, at Kavanagh House Hospice, in Des Moines after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tom was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Dayton, Ohio, and adopted by Reuben and Sabina Jeschke. He was raised in Sioux Falls and graduated from Sioux Falls College with a teaching degree in 1962. Tom married Conni Bishop in 1963 in Des Moines. They moved to Greeley, Colorado, where he completed his master’s and doctorate in special education at the University of Northern Colorado.
In 1965, Tom began his career as a teacher in Sioux Falls. They moved to Des Moines in 1970, where he started as principal at Rose School. Dr. Jeschke was known to his colleagues, staff and students as a compassionate, caring educator who received many awards during his tenure at the Des Moines Public Schools. In 1977 he was given the role of Director and then Executive Director of Special Education. His role was expanded to Executive Director of Student Services in 1990. He served the district for 33 years before retiring in 2004.
Tom also served as Chair of the school district’s Pupil Assignment Council, Executive Council Administrators for Special Education, and a member of the Juvenile Justice Task Force. He was a board member of the Governor’s Council for Developmental Disabilities and Director of the Iowa Special Olympics for 11 years. Tom served on the boards for the Polk County Health Service Board, Easter Seals Advisory Board and acted as vice president for EdCo Credit Union Board for seven years.
Survivors include his wife, Conni, of Des Moines; two children, Lorie (Kent) Altemeier of Johnston, Amy (Mike) Wandrey of Norwalk; one grandchild, Elaine Greiner of Illinois; one brother Paul (Anne) Jeschke of California; three sisters-in-law, Brenda (George) Vasecek of Michigan, Kay Reeves of Missouri, Susie McFadden of Texas; and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In his free time, Tom enjoyed spending time with family and his dogs, grilling, golfing with his wife and friends, fishing in Canada, and playing cards. He was a creative artist at heart, developing skills in painting, pottery, stained glass and much more. He turned his greatest passion into Dr. Tom’s Workshop and The Raccoon River Carving Club, in which he carved thousands of Santas and specialty items. He was later featured for his Santas in Better Homes and Gardens. Tom also had an excitement for travel. During college, he was an exchange student in the Philippines. He traveled to many countries abroad with his wife, Conni, but his favorite trip was to China with his granddaughter.
Visitation begins Friday evening April 28, with the family present 4-8 p.m. at Caldwell Parish Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, United Methodist Church, 111 West Main St., Panora. Family inurnment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Tori’s Angels Foundation, P.O. Box 186, Panora, Iowa 50216.  

Wanda J. Bowers

Posted 04/12/2023

“A whole life, a complete life, 93 years of a good life.” 
When asked how she was doing, “fat and happy” was often Wanda Bowers’ reply.
Wanda began her life on a farm near Runnells on March 15, 1930. She was born to Ross and Ines Smith and was the third of their three children. Her siblings, Mervyn Smith and Norma Leaming, along with her parents, preceded her in death.
She grew up on a farm in the Runnells area and graduated in 1948 from Runnells High School. After graduation, she moved to Des Moines and worked for Solar Air Craft. She married Max Bowers in 1952, and in 1954 she gave birth to a son, Brent, and in 1957 a daughter, Cindy. She spent the next 20 years being an incredible wife, mother and daughter. In her retirement years, she spent a lot of time at their home on Lake Panorama.
Wanda was a beautiful seamstress, and in later years she enjoyed her embroidery projects just like her mother did. She joined several clubs while living at the lake and found her best friend, Julia. The Red Hat Ladies, Garden Club, and Bridge were the clubs she really enjoyed. Building floats for the Panorama Days Parade were some of her favorite memories.
Wanda was a fantastic cook. She practiced “farm to table” before it became popular. She canned, made pies and always had a home-cooked meal on the table at 5:30 p.m. She also loved traveling, whether it be on a cruise, a bus trip or out to California to see her kids and grandkids.
Wanda lived the past seven years in Folsom, California, after moving there with her husband, Max, to be near their children. Surviving her are her husband Max, her son, Brent Bowers (Linda); daughter, Cindy Shannahan (Tim); grandchildren, Jennifer Evanko (Jack), Matthew Shannahan (Shannon) and Michael Shannahan; and great grandchildren, Spencer Evanko, Jett Shannahan and Violet Shannahan.
As were Wanda’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be interred in Lowman Cemetery at a later date. Condolences can be sent to

Jon and Kim Peters have been in the business since 1980.

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The U.S. car wash industry is growing, a trend that is expected to continue. In 2022, the market value of the industry was $30.85 billion. By 2030, that number is projected to be $38.61 billion.
Jon and Kim Peters have been in the car wash business since 1980 when they purchased an existing car wash in Perry. About 25 years ago, they purchased the car wash on the west side of Panora, which includes two self-serve bays, two automatic bays and two vacuums. They recently opened a new car wash with two automatic bays south of the Panora Casey’s.
“We saw a need for an additional car wash in Panora, especially on the busy days at the west location,” Jon Peters says. “That location doesn’t have the best traffic flow, with customers sometimes lined up for the self-serve bays hindering access to the automatic bays. The new location relieves this congestion and makes it easier for customers to get in and out.”
Jon grew up and attended school in Adel before earning a business degree at Iowa State University. Kim grew up south of Ames and attended Ballard Community School. Next for her was a nursing degree at Des Moines Area Community College. The couple has been married 42 years. They lived in Perry 38 years, bought a home at Lake Panorama in 2014, and moved here fulltime in 2018.
“We have two married daughters and five grandchildren,” Peters says. “We are blessed they are close, and they like coming to the lake and enjoying what it has to offer.”
The couple bought a second car wash in Perry, along with some storage units, in the late 1990s. At about the same time, Kim left nursing to join the business and has been involved ever since. The couple continues to operate two car washes in Perry.
The new car wash in Panora offers several advantages, both to the owners and their customers.
“The new construction let us build a building to accommodate today’s equipment and not have to retrofit an old building,” Peters says. “We were able to keep things like the electrical service and electronics in a ‘dry room’ that is separate from the water and pumps. Water leaks do happen.”
For customers, there are more options.
From the basic wash and rinse, the customer can add products and services, Peters says. “For instance, the premium wash is the basic wash plus an underbody wash with wheel blasters and a dry. The ultimate wash includes the premium wash plus a ‘triple foam’ wax application.”
The ultimate wash can be upgraded to include a salt shield soap product added to the underbody spray that targets cleaning off salt and brine applied to roads in the winter.
“This option will be seasonal and will change to extra ‘bug passes’ during warmer months,” Peters says. “There also is an upgrade to include a Carnauba wax, which is a ceramic-based wax designed for the finishes on today’s vehicles. Finally, the all-inclusive package includes all of the options in one wash.” 
The technology incorporated into the new car wash makes it possible to offer a two-step presoak process.
“This uses both high and low PH chemicals to address the different types of dirt on vehicles,” Peters says. “For example, one works well for road film, while the other works well for bird droppings.”
A water softener system and a reverse osmosis system combine to produce “spot free” water for the final rinse.
“Overhead dryers operate while the vehicle is still stationary after the wash, which eliminates the driver trying to time the exit through a stand-alone dryer and getting the full length of the dryer time,” Peters says. 
In the new automatics, the menu board that tells the customer to “drive forward, stop, back up and exit” is located overhead in the center of the bay.
“This makes it easier for customers to stay in the center of the bay and to see and follow instructions,” Peters says. “We also have a light on in the bays throughout the day to add light on cloudy, overcast days.”
The concrete bay floors, along with the approach and exits, are heated by a boiler and circulating antifreeze in the winter to eliminate ice buildup. Peters says “dark sky friendly” lighting was installed to minimize light reaching beyond the property. Stone was added to the exterior wall to make the building more appealing.
Peters says the car wash on the west side of Panora will remain unchanged. That is where a change machine is located, and where “Customer Value Wash” cards can be purchased, balances checked, and money added to existing cards.
“At the new location, cards cannot be purchased, but balances can be checked and cards recharged at the touch screens at the bay entrances,” Peters says. “Cards are offered at a discount. A $100 card can be purchased or recharged for $80, a $50 card for $40, and a $25 card for $20. The cards can be used at both locations.”
“We’ve been asked about monthly wash packages similar to what is available in the metro and suburbs,” Peters says. “As of now, we are not planning on that. The discounted wash cards we offer provide a number of washes without being restricted to a given number of days the washes have to be used.” 
Both locations are open 24/7 unless the temperature drops into the single digits.
“Even though the washes are self-serve, we check them at least once daily, and sometimes more, depending on the weather and how busy the wash is, to make sure things are running the way they’re supposed to,” Peters says. “Also, the pits in the bays at both locations that collect mud from the washes are 5-feet deep and need cleaned out three to four times a year.”
Yet most times, Peters isn’t on-site when customers arrive.
“This isn’t the typical over-the-counter business transaction where we can thank them for using our wash,” he says. “But we certainly don’t take their business for granted and really appreciate our valued customers. This new wash took a while to get up and running, but we are happy with the way it turned out. And we are thankful for the patience the community has shown.” 


Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

About 65 LPA members attended the April 7 GM Coffee to hear updates from John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association (LPA) general manager. Rutledge started with a report on the Lake Panorama National Resort.
“I’m happy to welcome Nick and Lynn Kuhn to Lake Panorama as our new food and beverage tenants. They and their team have a 2023 lease for the restaurant, events and Spikes,” he said. “I think they are a good fit for our organization, and I encourage our LPA members to support them.”
Hours through April are Wednesday through Friday 3-10 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rutledge said the Kuhns hope to expand hours in May and include lunch on more days.
“This will depend on both demand and staffing,” he said. “We know the LPN food and beverage operation is seasonal, going from low traffic to very high traffic quickly. I think Nick and Lynn are off to a good start.”
In other LPN news, Rutledge said golf leagues at both Lake Panorama National and Panorama West will begin soon; the pool at the LPN is scheduled to open around Memorial Day with annual pool memberships now available; and the LPN has some part-time openings for positions in the golf and lodging departments. Check the LPN website for details or call Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, to discuss.

RIZ, wetlands and dredging
Turning to the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), Rutledge said the project to repair the rip rap along the south shore of the lake’s main basin is about 85% complete. The project, which is expected to cost $850,000, will wrap up this spring.
“I can report the RIZ board is very pleased with this project,” Rutledge said. “The RIZ and LPA boards worked cooperatively to make this project possible. The LPA signed an agreement that the south shore must be kept free of residential and commercial development for the next 15 years. If that type of development did occur, the LPA would be required to pay a prorated amount of this project’s cost to RIZ.”
Expansion of the old CIPCO basin, which has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin, continues. Spring Lake Construction was awarded a $3.2 million contract in August 2021, and RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost once completed.
“This is a multi-year, multi-faceted project,” Rutledge said. “This will be the basin we use for dredging spoils once the current basin is full, which is expected to be several years from now. Sometimes RIZ has to address immediate issues, and sometimes the board can look a decade or more ahead. This is one where they were able to look a decade ahead.”
In recent years, RIZ was instrumental in the development of three wetlands that help protect water quality in Helen’s, Hughes and Burchfield coves. Rutledge reported water levels in those wetlands have been raised to catch spring rains.
“Although wetlands are primarily designed to reduce nitrogen in the water, we also implemented some design enhancements to catch sediment,” he said. “This is especially helpful during the early period of spring when crops have not yet been planted and row crop fields in our watershed are bare.”
In 2022, RIZ operated a pilot program for cover crop incentives with two upstream farmland owners, and now plans to expand the program with other local producers in the Lake Panorama watershed.
“Along with wetlands, this cover crop program addresses the same concept of erosion vulnerability and nutrient runoff during the period between fall harvest and spring planting and plant emergence,” Rutledge said.
Dredging is ongoing in the Narrows and may continue into May. Rutledge said boaters should avoid this area unless they live there, and those who do live there need to use extreme caution.
“If you must cross the pipe, cross at the green marker,” he said. “The green marker indicates the steel pipe flange that joins together two sections of pipe. This is a heavy flange and is the low point of the pipe. Avoid the orange markers, as these indicate the halfway point between two flanges and are the high point of the pipe. Green equals ‘go.’ Orange equals ‘no go.’ Always trim up your boat’s motor and advance at idle speed.”
Rutledge said a full probing of the lake’s coves will be done in May.
“Those smaller coves can be difficult to get much added depth, but we will do what we can at the back of some of the lake’s smaller coves by using the utility barge and, in some cases, our long-stick excavator,” he says.
The fiscal year 2023-24 RIZ budget is complete with anticipated tax increment financing (TIF) revenues of $2.94 million. RIZ is a government entity and is managed by a board of five trustees.

Swim platforms vs. swim steps 
Next up, Rutledge reviewed topics related to the LPA. The water safety committee was scheduled to meet April 11, with the main topic being an effort to differentiate between swim platforms and swim steps.
“Swim platforms have long been included in LPA’s measurement of boat length,” he said. “These are generally full width and remain in a fixed position while the boat is underway. Swim steps are new and will be available on most new boats. These are not full-width and are designed to be retracted while the boat is underway. The committee will discuss whether swim steps should be excluded from boat length.”
Rutledge emphasized no final decision has been made yet. If the water safety committee does make a recommendation, it next would go to the LPA board of directors for consideration.

Trailers on undeveloped lots
A rule on boat trailers was amended at the August LPA board meeting, which expanded the items that can be stored on undeveloped lots. The rule now allows boat and personal water craft (PWC) trailers, boats, PWCs, and non-enclosed utility trailers. Utility trailers must have a current registration displayed, be open in design, not longer than a 14-foot model, and be completely empty. Recreational vehicles, campers, motor vehicles, enclosed trailers, dump trailers and other equipment storage are prohibited on undeveloped lots.
Rutledge thanked members who have taken action to be in compliance with the amended rule. He said a survey of undeveloped lots was completed this spring, and members who have not yet complied will receive letters from the LPA in April.

Road paving and resurfacing
Just seven miles of LPA roads will be seal-coated this year, with that number split evenly between the lake’s east and west sides.
“The west side will be first this year, and we hope to get both done before July, but that is dependent on weather and Sta-Bilt’s schedule,” Rutledge said. “The cost for seal-coating has skyrocketed to over $30,000 per mile, which does not include the increased cost of LPA’s rock and prep work.”
Rutledge said getting Guthrie County to pave Sage Trail on the east side of the lake continues to be a topic of discussion among some LPA members, especially those who live in the Burchfield Cove community.
“LPA has been reasonably pleased with the county’s efforts to upgrade Sage Trail from normal gravel to stabilized gravel since 2012,” he said. “This provides a better surface and substantially reduces dust. It’s not hot mix asphalt or concrete, but it is better than a normal gravel road.”
Rutledge said he believes the county will continue to look for funding options, but “I’ve seen their numbers, and it seems extremely unlikely the county could afford this in the near future. The county has not upgraded a gravel road to hard-surface for a very long time. I have been assured that if and when they do, the decision about which road comes first will be based on traffic counts and not anecdotal or political perspectives.”
Rutledge said he thinks Guthrie County will need to resurface and widen 200th Road on the east side of the lake before Sage Trail can be paved.
“And long-term, we need to make sure Redwood Road on the west side remains on their radar. Those are the two main arteries to the lake, and we need to make sure those don’t go backwards,” he said.
“I know many of you would like to see Sage Trail paved soon, but the funding component is complicated. I believe my job is to tell you what you need to hear, even if I know it’s not what you want to hear,” Rutledge said. “With Sage Trail, we just need to keep advocating for traffic count-based decisions and ask the supervisors to keep this on the top of their priority list.”

Property value assessment notices 
Finally, Rutledge addressed property value assessment notices property owners have received from the Guthrie County assessor’s office.
“Let me begin by emphasizing it is a complex process, and LPA does not have a role in this,” he said. “However, we understand the process and can help with member education.”
“First, let’s talk about the lake as a whole. In 2022, the assessed value of Lake Panorama was about $580 million. The proposed assessed value for 2023 is $855 million. That’s a 47% increase across the lake as a whole,” Rutledge said. “For perspective, the assessed value in 2015 was only $380 million. This 2022 to 2023 increase is playing out everywhere in Iowa but is more likely to be in the 20% range in communities than what we’re seeing here at the lake. We are clearly outpacing other communities.”
Rutledge said assessments are based on actual sales; the 2023 property value assessments don’t come into play until property tax payments are due in September 2024 and March 2025; and there are two important safety provisions that will kick-in to soften the blow.
First is an annual “rollback” that happens in October. Currently that is set at 54.6%, which means that for every $100,000 of assessed property, owners will pay taxes on $54,600. Rutledge said he expects the rollback percentage is likely to drop somewhere into the upper-40s but emphasized it is impossible to accurately predict this until fall.
Second, there are budget growth limitations.
“The State Legislature currently is looking at legislation that could limit local budget growth in the fiscal year 2024-25 budget,” Rutledge said. “That won’t be finalized for a month or two, and it is impossible to predict what the final version will say. But it is reasonable to assume the current tax rate of roughly $28 per thousand at Panorama will drop into the mid-20s.”
Rutledge said entities like the school are limited to how much can be levied based on enrollment, and the county has provisions about how much that budget can grow from one year to the next. Rutledge wrapped up by saying he’s confident a 50% increase in assessed value will not result in a 50% increase in fiscal year 2024-25 property taxes.
Two more GM coffees are scheduled for 2023. Those will be Friday, July 7, and Friday, Sept. 1, both at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Panorama National. 


Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Women’s Service Organization (WSO) annual fundraising home tour is Friday, June 2. Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured, with two on the west side of the lake and three on the east side.
Tickets are $30 and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Tickets will be available beginning May 5 and can be reserved by contacting Mary Beidelman at 641-757-0425. There will be a maximum of 260 tickets available, and organizers say they expect to sell out quickly.
WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they could further benefit the Panora community as a formal organization.
The home tour is the WSO’s major fundraiser. The first tour group leaves the LPN conference center at 9 a.m. with three additional groups leaving on the half-hour through 10:30 a.m. Each group tours three homes before returning to the LPN for lunch, followed by tours of the remaining two homes. Participants are asked to arrive at the LPN conference center 20 minutes ahead of their tour time in order to join the vehicle lineup and receive instructions and description sheets.
Several vendors will be present at the LPN conference center for participants to visit during their lunch break.
Various WSO committees work in advance to gather information for a one-page description sheet and to determine the best order and route. The route isn’t always the most direct but is designed for safety and to accommodate the parking of many vehicles at each home.
Money raised through this home tour funds a renewable scholarship awarded to a graduating Panorama student each year, making four scholarships paid annually. Additional WSO donations go to the Panora Library, Food Pantry, Panora Garden Club, Guthrie County Historical Village, Heritage Park, Tori’s Angels, Relay for Life, Panorama prom and yearbook. Other contributions are considered as projects become apparent. 

Panora Volunteer Fire Department announces fundraiser

Posted 04/12/2023

The members of the Panora Volunteer Fire Department are asking for support with their annual fundraising drive. Past generosity has allowed them to continue with their long-range plans for improvements and updating equipment.
“The money we receive from the city and townships, through taxation, runs our department’s day-to-day operation with a portion going into a fund for truck replacement,” said Panora Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt Harmann. “Our fundraising drive allows the fire department to improve our facility, equipment and training opportunities over and above what taxation funds will cover.”
Harmann says they are hoping to fund three items this year to further improve the service they can provide.
“We would like to get rescue ropes, harnesses and tripods for grain bin and confined space entry and rescue,” Harmann said. “We also would like to purchase an enclosed trailer to carry all of our rescue gear for ice, water and grain bin/confined space. Within this trailer, no matter what time of the year or type of call, we will have all the equipment needed to perform our rescue.”
The side-by-side unit has been used this past year for grass fires, bike trail and timber assists with EMS for transporting patients to areas the ambulance can’t get to. The Panora Fire Volunteer Department would like to buy tracks for this unit for better access through snow and mud than the wheels and tires provide.
“These items are expensive,” says Harmann. “However, we feel they will allow us to be faster and more efficient in emergency situations.”
The Panora Fire Department is 100% non-paid volunteer. Members commit, depending on the number of calls, up to 250 hours per year to make the department run.
“Our members do this because they get great satisfaction knowing they have helped people in trouble,” Harmann said. “What we do takes dedication, hard work and money. Your help allows us to become better and more efficient through training and updated equipment purchases. This is an investment in your safety.”
Donations may be mailed to Panora Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 42, Panora, IA 50216.  

Annual spring wildlife spotlight survey underway

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Posted 04/12/2023

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are currently conducting their annual nighttime spring spotlight surveys across the state, collecting information on Iowa’s deer and furbearer populations.
The annual survey is conducted from mid-March to mid-April in each county, beginning an hour after sunset, preferably on nights with low wind, good visibility and high humidity. The routes cover different habitats from river bottoms to farm fields, prairies, woodlots, pastures and timber stands.
The 50-mile routes — two per county — are driven below 20 mph with staff shining spotlights out of both sides of the vehicle, recording the number of deer and furbearers seen along with the habitat type, at different points along the way. Staff are careful to avoid shining homes and livestock while on the survey and contact the county sheriff ahead of time in case they receive any calls.
“This survey produces really valuable information on our deer and furbearer populations, both locally and at the state level, allowing us to see population trends over time,” said Jace Elliott, state deer biologist with the Iowa DNR. The survey began in the late 1970s as a way to collect information on the raccoon population but was expanded to include deer and other furbearers.
“It’s an important index that is combined with other data and surveys we use that gives us the most complete picture for these species and guides our management decisions to benefit the resource,” Elliott said.
The survey report will be posted later this summer to the Iowa DNR’s website at

Trish Hart’s nature photoS of the month

Posted 04/12/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. Numbers decreased during the first two-thirds of the 20th century, because of hunting and pesticides. In 1940, Congress passed a law that made it illegal to hunt, possess or sell bald eagles, which helped these birds of prey to flourish.
In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species, but the law against hunting, possessing and selling the birds continues.
Trish Hart snapped these photos last spring once Lake Panorama turned from ice to open water.  Fish is the favorite food source for bald eagles, which means they most often are seen near lakes and rivers. As much as eagles enjoy fresh fish, they also will catch mammals, birds and feed on dead animals and garbage.
When food is scarce, such as when Lake Panorama is iced over, they can ingest large amounts of other food sources and digest it over several days. This makes it possible for them to survive by fasting for many days, even weeks.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting Nature’s Canvas Photography on Facebook.
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Posted 04/12/2023
By Cheryl Temple 
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Miller
Age: 1 year old
Available for adoption at: Panora Pets
Miller comes from a litter of feral barn cats. He was the only one from the litter of four that has not been adopted. Miller has the most beautiful black and white markings. He has the coolest ears that are half black and half white. He is such an interesting dude — and very friendly, too! 
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Posted 04/12/2023
By Cheryl Temple 
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Zoey
Age: 3 years old
Breed: Chocolate Parti Yorkie
Owners: Scott and Cheryl Temple

She might be small, but she is mighty. Pontoon rides and golf cart rides are some of her favorite things to do, along with chasing squirrels and bunnies. She loves everyone, especially little kids. Zoey’s family has lived on the lake for 30 years. 

The 2023 Lake Panorama valuations are projected to exceed $825 million.

Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In early April, Guthrie County property owners will receive an envelope from Nikki Carrick, the Guthrie County Assessor. In it will be a statement showing the 2023 assessed value of their property, plus the 2022 value for comparison.
Iowa law requires all property to be revalued every other year, in odd-numbered years, to reflect changes in market value and keep up with market trends. The assessed value shown in the notice to property owners will represent the value of their property as of Jan. 1, 2023. Property taxes on these values will be payable in fall of 2024 and spring of 2025.
Carrick says most property owners will see higher assessed values for 2023, caused by a combination of factors. The key factor determining property value assessments is actual sales in 2022. Increasing inflation that began in 2021, combined with continued demand for houses and empty lots at Lake Panorama, have pushed property sale prices higher.
“Also, the most recent Iowa Real Property Appraisal Manual provided by the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) is used to estimate valuations,” Carrick says. “This manual hadn’t been updated since 2008, and since then, replacement costs have increased 30% to 40% for most types of construction.”
Carrick says these two factors are occurring throughout the state of Iowa, and most property owners will see higher assessed values.
“In 2022, there were 50 ‘normal’ sales transactions for dwellings sold at Lake Panorama. Normal sales are those where the price isn’t impacted by non-market factors, such as a sale to a family member, or any other situation that doesn’t involve a transaction between a willing buyer and seller,” Carrick says. “Seventeen of those 50 normal sales were in the $500,000 to $799,999 category. Another five were in the $800,000 to $999,999 category, with 10 sales of $1 million or more, with the highest sale being $2 million.”
Carrick says sales information for all of Guthrie County is sent to the IDR annually.
“This year, most residential property owners will see an increase in their property value because the median of all residential sales is not within tolerance with the IDR,” she says. “Many of the properties that were sold in 2022 went for significantly higher prices than the last assessed value. These high sales prices in 2022 are driving up the 2023 assessed values.”
County assessors are required to ensure their assessments average between 95% and 105% of sales value.
“In 2022, for Lake Panorama residences, the median sales ratio of assessed value versus sales price is approximately 65%,” Carrick says. “Also, there were 67 normal sales of vacant lots at Lake Panorama in 2022, and the median sales ratio for lots is approximately 55%. This means assessed values are too low overall at Lake Panorama.”
Carrick says some land values at Lake Panorama may double, and dwelling values may increase. If a county assessor does not increase or decrease property values as indicated by the market, the IDR will make these changes by issuing an equalization order and direct the county auditor to apply the order.
“Equalization orders are given in lump percentages straight across the board, countywide,” says Carrick. “That could mean some towns or townships or neighborhoods could increase or decrease in value without the necessary sales to support that change.”
“The assessor’s sales ratio is the governing factor under Iowa law,” says John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager. “If a house is valued at $500,000 and it sells for anything outside the $475,000 to $525,000 window, then it is outside of IDR tolerance.”
Rutledge says delivering assessment increase notices to property owners can be a very challenging aspect of the assessor’s job.
“Property owners all understand the appreciation of their home’s value represents a profitable return on investment, but receiving an assessment increase notice also indicates a potential increase in future property taxes. I would encourage property owners to recognize this inflation of value is not unique to Lake Panorama, nor to Guthrie County,” he says.
“The State of Iowa Legislature currently is debating property tax reform in the 2023 legislative session. One goal of this proposed reform is to limit the growth of property tax expense and ensure higher values don’t automatically translate into proportionately higher property taxes,” Rutledge says. “I think it is reasonable for Lake Panorama property owners to expect higher property taxes in the future, but it would be premature to assume those increases will be proportional to the valuation adjustments they will soon receive from the assessor.”
Carrick says property owners should ask themselves if they could sell their property for the amount of the 2023 assessment.
“If the answer is yes, then the value probably is correct,” she says. “These new values will be the first step in the calculation for property taxes payable in the fall of 2024 and the spring of 2025.”
At Lake Panorama, the total assessed value of all property in 2022 was $558 million. The 2023 Lake Panorama valuations are projected to exceed $825 million. 

Snowbirds return, clocks spring forward, and a few ‘timely’ jokes 

Shane goodman headshot
Posted 03/08/2023
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I look forward each year to seeing our Lake Panorama friends return from their months of southern living. As much as I enjoy the winter months here, I also certainly understand the desire to get to some warmer climates for a few months. I see some of the snowbirds returning each week at the Panora Post Office, full of smiles and ready to enjoy the summer months here at the lake. Welcome back.

Daylight saving time
Some of you may have read my musings on daylight saving time in The Daily Umbrella or the Times Vedette, but I pass a version of it along for those of you who have not.
First, how many of you refer to this as daylight savings time, rather than the singular version? I often slip up on this, and I don’t seem to be alone. So what’s up with that extra “s”?
Daylight saving time is technically the correct version, as the practice is saving daylight. Even so, daylight savings time (plural) is so commonly used that it has become an accepted variant. Some sources say to place a hyphen between daylight and savings because daylight-saving together modifies the word time that directly follows. Our editing bible, The Associated Press Stylebook, says to drop the extra “s” and the hyphen in all cases, so that’s what I am going with.
But what about capitalization? The AP Stylebook also says daylight saving time is not capitalized, though DST typically is.
I am glad we got that all sorted out. Now, do we spring forward or spring back? Or is it fall forward or fall back? I can’t seem to get these straight either. All I know is when I get an extra hour, I smile, and when I lose an hour, I curse.
Wait. I do know one other thing about this. Daylight saving time is March 12, so don’t miss it.
The month of March is about more than time. It is also about St. Patrick’s Day, or as my Irish friends call it, the day of their people. The Irish are my people, too, as are the French, the German and the American Indians — at least I think so. Regardless, I try to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and will do so again this year on March 17.
As important as daylight saving time and St. Patrick’s Day are, I must admit that my favorite part of March is that it provides me 31 days to work on my April Fool’s Day joke.
Or is it April Fools’ Day? Ugh.

A few timely jokes
Here are a few daylight saving time jokes you can try out on some unsuspecting friends:
Why did the man sit on his clock after setting it back for daylight saving time? He wanted to be on time.
Why was Superman so busy after the sun rose March 12? It was daylight saving time.
Which relative always chimes in about how daylight saving time should be ended? A Grandfather Clock.
What did the clock say when I went to move it ahead an hour? Hour you doing today?
And finally, one I can certainly relate to… What happens when you try to make a clock spring forward? It gets ticked off.
Have a great month and, as always, thanks for reading.

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


Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Rob Riggins has started his third year as the Lake Panorama National Resort head golf pro. He moved from California to Iowa in 2012 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 two years at Lake Panorama and ahead to the 2023 golf season.

Q. You’re entering your third year as the LPN head golf professional. What do you like about being here? 
A. ​The main attractions for me are the people and the relationships. The feeling I get around the lake is everyone is one big family. I really like that atmosphere. I love getting to know the members and connecting with everybody. And I love being involved with a facility people care about. “Lake life” is a real thing, and I’m looking forward to more of that this year.

Q. How are 2023 memberships at the LPN and Panorama West coming in, and why should people consider getting a season pass to one or both of these golf courses?
A. Right now, memberships are down a little from last year, but that seems to be due to the discontinuance of the early incentives to join before the end of January. I would expect past members will be joining as we get more stability with the weather, and we can start playing.
We are looking to push the growth of the “first time” memberships this season. As the surrounding areas grow, people are moving closer to us, and looking for places to play golf. We also want to grow the membership from within the lake residents, since we know new people have joined the community in the last year, and there may be some newly retired residents who now have more time to play golf.
Lake Panorama National Resort and Panorama West are both great bargains when it comes to a place to join. Season passes at either course gives you unlimited golf on the course you join. It also gives you unlimited practice range use and 20% off apparel in the LPN pro shop. LPN members also have access to play in some member-only events we have planned in 2023 and can participate in the LPN men’s and women’s leagues.
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. It seems there are lots of opportunities to get to know others through organized golf events. For instance, what’s available for couples who want to play golf with others?​
A. Couples golf has always been a tricky area. Many people have a misconception that couples’ events are very competitive, and they think they are not good enough to participate. I strongly encourage couples to come out and try some of the many opportunities offered, as these are a great way to socialize and create and build friendships. The team format eliminates much of the pressure felt when keeping your own score.
The Nine & Wine Series at the LPN is a good example. I love the growth of the Nine and Wine group over the last few years; everyone seems to have a great time. Dates this year include eight Monday afternoons: June 5 and 26; July 10, 24 and 31; and Aug. 7, 14 and 28. Cost is $110 for LPN member couples and $220 for Panorama West member couples. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is a nine-hole, four-person, two-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 Lounge. Get signed up by contacting the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.
At Panorama West, Bill and Karen Eby organize the “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions.
These two-couple scrambles will be June 2, June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. 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. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact the Ebys at 515-480-4633.
At the LPN, there will be Friday night couples’ events May 19, June 23, July 21 and Sept. 8. Tournaments just for couples are the Memorial Day tournament on Sunday, May 28, Fourth of July, and the 23rd annual Labor Day Birdhouse Boogie.

Q. There are four golf leagues at the LPN and three at Panorama West. Why do you encourage members to consider playing in one or more of the golf leagues available?
A. Golf, just like anything else, has a growth progression. The more you play, the more you need to challenge yourself. Participating in leagues can be more challenging than just teeing it up with your friends on the weekend. That is not to say our leagues are ultra-competitive, but to say it is a way to get a little bit out of your comfort zone and develop golf skills you might not normally. Plus, playing in leagues is a great opportunity to meet new people, no matter what a player’s skill level is.

Q. I assume you have a full slate of tournaments at Lake Panorama National again for 2023. How can people find out what’s available?
A. We conduct about 20 golf events each season at Lake Panorama National. The first main tournament for 2023 will be an 8-inch cup event held Sunday, April 23. We are in the process of getting all of our 2023 events listed on the Lake Panorama website, and entry forms for all events can be picked up in the pro shop. Feel free to call the LPN Pro shop at 641-755-2024 with any questions.​ I encourage everyone to look into our tournaments. Being a member is not necessary to participate in most of the four-person best shots we hold throughout the season.

Q. Will you be holding an LPN Junior Golf School again this year?
A. Yes, we will have two separate schools, each consisting of three consecutive Wednesdays with one and a half hours of instruction. The dates are June 7, 14 and 21 for the first session, and July 12, 19 and 26 for the second session.
The last day of each camp will be held at Panorama West, which is Lake Panorama’s par 3 course on the west side of the lake. This gives the kids a perfect environment for learning how to actually play the game. The first two days mainly consist of fundamental instruction at the LPN driving range and practice green.
The biggest challenge in youth golf instruction is keeping everyone interested, and we are developing strategies to improve the balance between the instruction and entertainment. Positive influences early can really create enthusiasm for development later. It is important to make it fun while also teaching.

Q. Will you be offering individual and group lessons in 2023?
A. One of my personal goals for this year is to be able to focus more time on instruction. While private instruction is always available, group lessons are a great way to get started.
I do have group lessons scheduled for three Saturdays this spring. The dates are April 29, May 6 and May 13. Group lessons for beginners will be at 12 p.m., and group sessions just for women at 2 p.m. The price for three sessions in either of these groups is $70. Call the pro shop at 641-755-2024 to get signed up.
In addition, I will be organizing a “get to know golf” session for Saturday, May 27. This will be a free class to any non-LPN member who owns property at Lake Panorama. This season, I really want to show LPA members who aren’t LPN golf members what a great facility Lake Panorama National Resort truly is. This “get to know golf” session should be a good way to do that.
Private lessons can be booked with me directly or by calling the golf shop and signing up for a lesson request. Lessons can work in many different ways. Some like very technical instruction and do well with that while others would just like to “chit chat” about golf subtleties. Either way is a great way to learn, and I am not one to push anything on anyone. I try to figure out the best approach for each lesson and take it from there. We also can work on any aspect of golf, even out on the course.

Q. I know having quality items for both men and women in the LPN pro shop is a goal of yours. What can we expect for merchandise in the pro shop for the 2023 season?
A. Golf merchandise seems to be changing faster and faster every season. It is important to keep some great choices in the pro shop and mix them up from year to year. We will again have a wide selection of clothing for both men and women.
Also, Titleist and TaylorMade have both launched new equipment for 2023, and we will carry both lines. Titleist also has updated their golf balls for 2023.
All golf members at both LPN and Panorama West receive 20% discounts on apparel in the pro shop. I also would like to emphasize we can order just about anything. If there is something you want and we do not have it in your size, or even if it is a from a product line we do not normally carry, let me or Mike Kleinwolterink, the LPN pro shop manager, know and we can get it ordered.

Q. What has you excited about getting the 2023 golf season started?
A. I am excited there is a new tenant for The Links Lounge so we can get back to offering a consistent food and beverage service for our guests. It helps the golf side more than people might think.
The last of our new fleet of golf carts showed up this winter. The carts are great, and I hope our players enjoy the GPS on them.
I also am excited just to get another season at Lake Panorama started. I have enjoyed the first couple seasons and look forward to seeing LPN grow into what I believe it can be. This area and the LPN and Panorama West golf courses are spectacular. With the growing population of surrounding areas, I want these courses thriving again, and I think we are headed in the right direction. 

The Etcheto family decided in 2017 they needed to move their egg processing business from Olympia, Washington, to Panora, closer to where eggs are produced. 

Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A Panora company that turns liquid eggs into dry egg crystals is expanding. When completed, the expansion will make it possible to double production and put it closer to fulfilling its mission statement — helping to feed the world by reducing food waste.
Leonardo Etcheto is Nutriom’s chief executive officer.
“Forty percent of all food is wasted between the farm and final use,” Etcheto says. “Much of this waste is due to damage during storage and transport, or the food not being used before it goes bad. Any potential solution to feeding the world must take both calories and nutrients into account, which is one of the reasons we work with eggs.”
The history of this family business goes back decades. Leonardo’s parents, Hernan and Emely Etcheto, owned and operated a cheese plant in Olympia, Washington. One of the byproducts of cheese making is liquid whey, which in the 1980s and 1990s could be applied on nearby farmland. Government regulations eventually brought an end to land application of whey.
Hernan Etcheto began working with a company in Canada to develop whey protein concentrates (WPC). This was in the early days of developing uses for whey; now, WPC can be found in many foods.
The Canadian partners also had experience in egg processing. Hernan Etcheto decided to sell the cheese plant to work with the Canadians to create a fully functional egg powder. Canada prohibits the import of eggs unless you export the same volume, so Canada has a large focus on egg exports, and the ideal form is as a powder.
“Others were already producing powdered eggs,” Etcheto says. “My father wanted to find a way to keep all the protein, nutrients, color and taste of the egg. Others were using high heat to remove water from liquid eggs. He tested many methods and found a way of crystallizing egg at a low-temperature so it keeps all its fresh flavor and functionality.”
The Canadian company the Etchetos partnered with eventually was bought out. The buyer didn’t want the U.S. assets, so the family decided to continue on their own. That’s about the same time Leonardo decided to join the business.
“My dream was to be a professional surfer,” he says. “I attended college and studied chemistry, because I think it is fascinating. After graduation, I took a couple of years off to travel and surf. One day, my father said he needed someone to manage a facility in Mexico, and I decided to give it a try. It’s where I met my wife, and where I decided to become part of the family business.
“In 2001, we set a long-term goal to replace liquid frozen egg products with our crystallized egg products,” Leonardo says. “Our egg crystals are 100% natural with no chemicals or preservatives.”
OvaEasy Egg Crystals is the registered trademark name for Nutriom products.
“OvaEasy products are non-perishable with a shelf life of at least three to seven years. No refrigeration is needed, the product is one-fourth the volume of a shell egg, and all the taste, color and nutrients are still there. Just add water and cook like you would shelled eggs.”
The family decided they needed to move their egg processing business closer to where eggs are produced.
“We always knew we wanted to be in Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the country,” Etcheto says. “It just took a while to find the right facility — not too large, not too small.”
It was 2017 when the Etcheto family purchased the building on the south edge of Panora where Cargill had been producing hard-boiled eggs. Extensive renovations were done to accommodate the equipment for the Nutriom egg processing operation.
Liquid eggs from Iowa producers come in tanker trucks to the plant and are unloaded into two standing silos inside the current building. Each silo can hold 50,000 pounds of liquid egg. A two-step drying process is used. Liquid egg is fed onto machines with long conveyor belts, where water is slowly removed without causing heat damage. The powder coming off the belts then is freeze dried and placed in large bags that hold 1,000 pounds of egg powder.
Nutriom owns a warehouse building north of Panora at the corner of Highway 4 and 200th Road. The 1,000-pound bags of egg crystals are trucked there for storage and later brought back to the plant as needed for packaging. Shipments of packaged products are handled at the warehouse. The company has about three months of inventory on hand at all times.
Last October, Nutriom got help from a new federal program that backs loans for companies that expand their food processing capacities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture program does not provide loans directly but assumes a certain amount of liability if the loans fail.
Etcheto says the loan guarantee made it possible for Nutriom to borrow $11.1 million from an Iowa bank, get a lower interest rate on a 30-year loan, and spend less money on fees associated with the loan.
A new building is part of the company’s expansion and is already complete, located just south of the current building. It will be another 18 months or so before the interior of the building is done and liquid processing can expand. Currently, Nutriom turns the equivalent of 24 million eggs into OvaEasy Egg Crystals each year. The expansion will allow the company to double production.
It also will allow the company to pasteurize the liquid eggs in house. Currently, pasteurization is done at the egg farms.
“Being able to do the pasteurization here will give us more control over the end product,” Etcheto says. “The new building makes it possible for the tanker trucks to drive into the building through one door, offload the liquid eggs into a third silo that will be installed there, then drive out another door. This will be a huge improvement.”
The expansion also will include a third dryer, and a large shop.
“We do a lot of preventative maintenance and keep a lot of extra parts on hand. We don’t want to have a breakdown and have to wait for parts to be delivered,” Etcheto says.
The U.S. military is Nutriom’s largest customer, taking about half of the company’s annual production.
“That’s because they have a need to feed people in difficult places,” Etcheto says. “The military buys bags that make 80 to 100 eggs at a time, ready for feeding large groups of soldiers.”
Etcheto says the company’s products also are used for emergency preparedness, by campers and people who use high-protein shakes, and those who appreciate the convenience and long shelf life. Consumers can purchase online at
Products include whole egg crystals in a variety of sizes, available in both cans and pouches. Egg in a Cup is filled with egg crystals that equal two eggs. Add one-half cup of water, microwave one minute, and breakfast is served.
Egg white protein powder is available in resealable bags or single-serve bags. Single-serve keto shakes are available in two flavors and are designed as a meal replacement, with the equivalent of six egg whites per serving.
“We’re always looking for ways to get our products into other places,” Etcheto says. “Right now, we’re working to get our products into Puerto Rico. It’s a U.S. territory, so there are no import issues. It’s an island that has an electrical grid that is at a Third World level; power often is lost during storms, and refrigerated food is wasted. We offer a resilient egg product that doesn’t go bad.”
The company has 34 employees and expects to add another seven once the expansion plan is complete. One of the current employees moved with the company from Olympia, Washington. Others are from Panora, Yale, Guthrie Center and the surrounding area.
Leonardo’s parents, Hernan and Emely, purchased a home at Lake Panorama. They maintained their home in Olympia for a while but now are in Iowa full-time. Leonardo, his wife, Celina, and their two teenage children live in West Des Moines.
“We are really glad to have our plant here in Panora,” Etcheto says. “We’re very happy with the location, the town, the people. We’re close to Des Moines, so we have access to resources we need, but we still have the small-town environment that we appreciate.” 

Two live auction items that were popular in 2022 are already on the list for the 2023 event. 

Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Friends of Lake Panorama will host its sixth Beach Ball fundraiser Friday, June 16 at Lake Panorama National Resort. The Friends seven-member volunteer board will meet March 21 to finalize plans, including pricing for its annual Friends Beach Club levels, table sponsorships and admission tickets. Event registration will begin in April.
The board also will discuss how profits from the 2023 event might be used. Projects chosen by the Friends board to promote at the Beach Ball will receive a percentage of pooled funds raised plus all direct donations designated to a specific project.
Funds will be raised with a 50/50 raffle plus both live and silent auctions. Items for the auctions are being accepted now. Anyone interested in donating auction items for the 2023 Beach Ball can email
Two live auction items that were popular in 2022 are already on the list for the 2023 event. Jamie Pollard, ISU athletic director, who owns a Lake Panorama home with his wife, Ellen, has again offered a Cyclone Football package. It includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building in the north end zone for the Sept. 23 ISU versus Oklahoma State University football game. This package also includes a parking pass plus food and soft drinks during the game. In 2022, this package sold for $4,250.
Another live auction item sure to generate spirited bidding is the six-course gourmet dinner for six, offered by LPA members Bill and Karen Fitzgerald. The dinner would be served in the winning bidder’s home, prepared and served by the Fitzgeralds. At the 2022 Beach Ball, this dinner sold at live auction for $4,000. Because there was so much interest last year, the Fitzgeralds that night offered to sell a second dinner, which brought $3,500.
The 2022 Beach Ball had a profit of $30,000, which made it the most successful Beach Ball to date. The Friends board earmarked $17,500 for a sports half-court at Sunset Beach, which was completed last November. The 40-foot by 60-foot court accommodates both basketball and pickleball. A portable pickleball net will be added to the court this spring.
Another $4,500 raised at last year’s Beach Ball was used to purchase two metal benches on concrete pads and four autumn blaze maples for the dog park. Installation of the benches and trees was completed last fall. The remaining 2022 Beach Ball profits will be allocated this spring, with some going to support planned enhancements to the walking and cross country trail network on Lake Panorama’s south shore.
Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made using VENMO @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at 
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Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The date for the 2023 Fire in the Sky fireworks display has been set for Saturday, July 1. This will be the 28th 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 Hafner, and granddaughters Maddie and Evelyn, have a home at Lake Panorama.
In the early days, the annual fireworks display always 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 always on the first Saturday of July, so families can make their plans well in advance of the holiday.
The Scheiring family says generous community support and donations make this one of the best fireworks displays around. Donations for the 2023 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.  

There is no cost to individuals to drop off paper documents to have shredded.

Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Once the April 18 federal tax filing deadline passes, most people are ready to clean out files and discard previous year’s tax returns, and perhaps do some additional spring cleaning around their home office. Again this year, the folks at the Panora Public Library are ready 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, May 6 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.  

Stephen Alfons Thill

Posted 03/08/2023

Stephen Thill was surrounded by his loving family as he passed from this life at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2022, at age 54. This bold and brave man fought hard but was unable to reverse his diagnosis of an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia, a rare bone marrow disease. Throughout the short but fierce battle, Steve remained calm, courageous and was so appreciative for his friends, family, neighbors and teams of healthcare staff that cared for him.
Stephen was born in Des Moines on March 18, 1968, to Rudolph Thill and Jacqueline Berguin Jewett. He could be described as resilient, exuberant, larger than life, special and a real dandy.
Steve graduated from Dowling High School and attended Iowa State University. While attending college to study his passion, architecture, he liked to say he mastered in parking tickets. His talents ultimately led him to become a successful financial advisor, which, in turn, resulted in some serious lifetime friendships.
Along with architecture, Steve loved to cook, drink fine wine and smoke cigars. He was always going out to the latest and greatest restaurant(s), ordering something fabulous, and taking the idea back from the kitchen. Steve would recreate the dish, and then add the Steve Thill spin, which, in many cases, made it even better.
Steve had a tremendous heart and was a compassionate individual. You wouldn’t always sense it when he was on one of his famous “Archie Bunker” rants, but he was always there when you needed it most. A lawn mowed, a drink, a seat at the table, or a phone conversation.
These golden friendships, combined with his business acumen, are what afforded him the opportunity and courage to venture back out and do what he was most enthusiastic about — home building and design.
Lake Panorama would never be the same without Steve Thill. Steve spent countless days on the lake as a child/young adult, and those memories and experiences manifested into what some could call his “legacy.”
He built, remodeled, restored, enhanced, rented, sold, bought and captained dozens of homes, boats and even the restaurant on Lake Panorama. He brought hundreds of friends and families to Lake Panorama to create, share or recapture the experiences and appreciation that he had for the beautiful remote private lake in rural Iowa.
Lake Panorama is also where Steve met his wife, Iris, the love of his life. They spent the better part of 20 years traveling, adventuring, celebrating life and orchestrating general shenanigans wherever they went. Steve and Iris would have been married 17 years on Dec. 13, 2022 (best 127 years of their lives, as Steve would say).
In 2014 Stephen Thill and family relocated to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where Steve continued to pursue his passion and share his entrepreneurial spirit, expanding both his portfolio of beautiful homes and golden friendships. His greatest impact in Florida was Casa Playa condos and the family that came with it. His exuberant personality and high-spirited behavior, as well as his contributions to the integrity and beautification of the building, will be missed.
Despite all the experiences, memories and amazing stories one can tell about Steve, there is no doubt that his grandest accomplishment was his one and only son, Koen David Thill. Koen gave Steve unending joy and continues to make him so very proud every day. Steve will live on in so many ways, but his greatest contribution to this world is, no doubt, his son, Koen, Steve’s pride and joy.
Stephen Alfons Thill was preceded in death by his parents and half-sister, Stephanie Jewett. He is survived by wife and son, Iris and Koen. Stephen is also survived by his family in Germany; cousins, Rudolf Schmid, Rupert Schmid and all of the respective Germany families; as well as half-sister, Jennifer (John) Dilley; nephews, Ryland, Kinsley, Joe (Carrie) Dilley and Jake Dilley; step-brothers and sister Thomas Dickson (Janell), Robert Dickson (Lizabeth) and Emily Gaylord (James); and in-laws David, Nancy and Oether Adams.
Celebrations of life will be held in Florida and Iowa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Condolences are welcome at and mailing address of 14254 Rebecca Court, Largo, FL 33774.  

JoAnn G. Ostby 

Posted 03/08/2023

JoAnn Gail Ostby was born on Dec. 24, 1944, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Myrtle (Fronning) and Morris Baasen. At age 2, her mother passed away. Her father married Avis (Pikop) in 1954. She was baptized and confirmed at rural Rock Prairie Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake, Minnesota. JoAnn graduated from Elbow Lake High School, and she obtained her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1966. She peacefully entered into eternal rest Feb. 5, 2023, in Winfield at Sunrise Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
The family welcomes donations as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers. Please make contributions to the Family of JoAnn Ostby and mail to Cheryl Crawmer, 3723 147th St., Urbandale, IA 50323. The contributions will be split between the three county public health nursing services where JoAnn worked.
JoAnn met Frank Ostby during her senior year at Augustana, and they were married on June 8, 1968, at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Elbow Lake, Minnesota. They were married 52 years. They set a great example of how to love your spouse in good times and bad. Frank and JoAnn had three children, Cheryl, Kris and Paul.
JoAnn worked for 42 years in various fields of nursing, with the last 17 in public health. She worked as an RN for Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Palmer Memorial Hospital in West Union, NIACC as an LPN instructor in Calmar, Craft Care Center in Panora, and Dallas County Hospital in Perry. JoAnn also worked in public health nursing in Guthrie County, Redwood County, Minnesota, and in Worth County. In her last years of nursing, she supervised the home care for the elderly who were able to remain in their own homes. Once retired, JoAnn and Frank spent time at Orangewood Shadows in Mesa, Arizona, for the winter.
JoAnn was very active in the various churches where she was a member. Her involvement included choir pianist, organist, Stephen Ministry and circle (Bible study), to name a few. JoAnn had a huge heart and was a dedicated servant for God. JoAnn used her talents and passions to serve others. She loved to knit, sew, quilt and bake. Most of the items she made were for various missions of her churches. Her grandchildren’s favorites were her donuts and sugar cookies. She always had a tin of them in her freezer. She loved music; she played the organ and piano at church and the clarinet in bands in Mason City and at Orangewood Shadows (Mesa, Arizona). In addition to the church, JoAnn volunteered often with various medical clinics (blood donation, flu clinics, etc.).
JoAnn also loved spending time outdoors: hiking, walking, canoeing, tube floats, golfing and biking. Many of these were incorporated into camping and family trips. She also liked to travel. Frank and JoAnn traveled to Norway twice, they took a Panama Canal cruise, an Alaskan Cruise, and they went to various places around the U.S. JoAnn liked to play cards and other games with her family and friends. With cards, she always said she had a bad hand but then seemed to win. She loved to read, which is one of the few things she was able to continue to do despite her Parkinson’s. She was very proud of her three kids, and her grandchildren brought her great joy.
JoAnn was known for her faith, kindness and huge heart for service. She will be greatly missed.
JoAnn is survived by her children Cheryl (Travis) Crawmer of Urbandale, Kris Davis (Mike Scheidt) of Van Meter, and Paul (Julie) Ostby of Mount Pleasant; her sister Carlyn (Ron) Nordby of Wilmar, Minnesota, and brother Eugene Baasen of Hutchinson, Minnesota. There are eight grandchildren: Justin and Madison Crawmer, Jacob and Emma Davis, Brittan, Zachary (Brianna), Anna and Kolbein Ostby; sister-in-law, Eldora (Jack) Kelly of Springfield, Virginia, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her parents and various other relatives.
A funeral service for Mrs. Ostby was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Jeffery A. McPheron officiated. Burial will be at later date in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
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Meatless Meals Made Easy

Posted 03/08/2023
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) Regardless of your motivation, opting for meatless meals regularly provides plenty of benefits that extend from the health of you and your loved ones to your wallet and the environment.
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, considering making some lifestyle changes or just want to give an on-trend meal prep strategy a try, going meatless can help reduce your intake of red and processed meats, decrease greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and save money on substitute ingredients like grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes that are often cheaper than meat.
For example, starting with a versatile pantry staple like Success Brown Rice can make mealtimes quick and easy. Ready in just 10 minutes without measuring or the mess, the fluffy, nutty, non-GMO rice is free of MSG and preservatives, lending itself perfectly to satisfying and hearty meals like these baked vegetarian taquitos. Or for a twist on a classic dish, tri-color quinoa can be layered with traditional flavors in this mushroom spinach “lasagna.” Packed with protein and all nine essential amino acids, the quinoa is a good source of fiber.
To find more meatless meal inspiration, visit

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

Baked Vegetarian Taquitos

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

1 bag Success Brown Rice
1 cup shredded collard greens, packed
1/4 cup frozen corn
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
8 flour tortillas (6 inches each)
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons olive oil
 sour cream, for dipping
 salsa, for dipping
 guacamole, for dipping
 fresh cilantro, for garnish

Prepare rice according to package directions; add collard greens and corn to water during last 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 F. Drain rice and vegetables; transfer to saucepan. Stir in black beans, pumpkin puree and taco seasoning.
Spoon 1/3 cup rice mixture into center of one tortilla; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up tightly. Place seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas, filling and cheese. Brush taquitos with olive oil; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake 10-15 minutes, or until tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted.
Serve taquitos with sour cream, salsa and guacamole for dipping. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 03/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Nature photographer Trish Hart and her husband, Scott, live full-time at Lake Panorama and have several different types of bird feeders on their deck. One type in particular is kept stocked in the winter.
“We see many bluebird families year-round but don’t routinely feed them until the winter months,” says Hart. “They love dried mealworms. We keep their feeder full in the cold Iowa winter, 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. Hart says, besides mealworms, they enjoy berries and seeds.
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. The bluebird is known as a symbol of hope, love and renewal.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting Nature’s Canvas Photography on Facebook.


Posted 03/08/2023
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Ansie
Age: 1-2 years old
Available at: Panora P.E.T.S., 114 W. Main St.
A quiet, gentle soul that wants nothing more than to hang out with people, play with toys and enjoy the good life. She gets along well with other kitties and is independent and curious. Meet Ansie at Panora P.E.T.S. at 114 W. Main St., Panora, Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email


Posted 03/08/2023
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Gia
Age: 5
Breed: Yorkshire terrier

Name: Remi
Age: 11
Breed: Labrador

Owners: Tom and Linda Schmitt
Gia became a swimming Yorkie at the young age of 12 weeks. She even fetches for her older buddy, Remi. Both love the water. This makes it difficult for Linda to enjoy floating on her raft or fishing, as they both just want to float with her or get tangled in fishing line. Lots of baths are needed on any given weekend. Gia has to be tied to the boat, or she will jump in. Remi is just happy enjoying retirement life, sunning on the deck and chewing on her bone.
Tom and Linda are part time at the lake but can’t wait to retire to live here full time. They enjoy spending time driving around the entire lake or having smoothies and scones at Crafty’s Coffee.

From November through April, John Higgins referees between 80 and 100 NCAA men’s basketball games.

Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

If you are a fan of men’s college basketball, you may know John Higgins. You might not know his name, but you would recognize him on a basketball court, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt with a whistle in his mouth.
Higgins, who lives in Omaha, has been a college basketball referee since 1989. He’s worked 27 NCAA tournaments, including nine Final Fours and three championships games. He’s worked many conference tournaments including championship games in the Big 12 and the Missouri Valley Conference. He worked Bobby Knight’s 800th win.
From November through April, he referees between 80 and 100 NCAA men’s basketball games. The rest of the year, he and his family enjoy visits to their home on Lake Panorama’s Hughes Cove.
“We purchased the home in 1999,” Higgins says. “A friend invited me to play in a golf tournament at Lake Panorama National. After that, we looked around and decided to purchase a home. It is such a short drive from Omaha; it made the decision easy.”
Higgins grew up in Omaha, the second youngest of eight children. His wife, Carol, also grew up in Omaha. The couple has been married 32 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
“All of our children have been at the lake for their growing-up years,” Higgins says. “Many times, we are joined by family and close friends. Engagements, birthdays, reunions and other special events are celebrated at our lake house.”
Oldest son, Colin, proposed to his now-wife Rachel at The Port. Colin and Rachel have two children, Charlotte and Charlie. Colin is taking the reins of the family-owned business of roofing and rental properties. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom and supporter of the business. Daughter Meryl lives in St. Paul and is an emergency room nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Joshua is a high school junior at Creighton Prep.
“We have enjoyed many Panorama Days and July Fourth celebrations,” Higgins says. “We have fun showing friends and family Panora’s shops and restaurants. We like touring the lake by boat to enjoy the beautiful homes and gorgeous sunsets, and we enjoy our nights at The Port. Our favorite things are boating, floating, jet skiing, golfing, fishing and lots of storytelling and laughter by the fire pit. We have become good friends with our neighbors.”
As for basketball, Higgins has been involved in the game his entire life. His father was a coach in multiple sports, including basketball, so John was able to be in the gym a lot. He played high school basketball, then college basketball at Kearney State.
“There was a junior college coming to play our freshman team, and the officials didn’t show up,” Higgins says. “My college coach asked if I would be interested in officiating and making a few extra dollars. That’s when my interest began. After college, I started working grade school and then high school and small-college games. I attended an officiating camp in 1988 for the Missouri Valley Conference and was hired. The next year, I was hired in the Big 8, which is now the Big 12.”
Higgins became an experienced official and was requested and hired in multiple other leagues, where he still works today — Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, ACC, AAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, West Coast Conference, The Big West and WAC.
In 2017, Higgins was named the Naismith Men’s College Official of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who display character, integrity and dignity and have contributed to the growth, success and viability of college basketball. To be eligible, an individual must have been involved with the sport as a game official for a minimum of 20 years and worked both the NCAA Tournament and a conference tournament as a game official.
“I feel my ability to communicate with players, coaches and my co-officials is a big part of my skill. I think I have earned the respect of many because of my knowledge of the game and being a confident and strong leader, ensuring the rules are communicated and understood,” Higgins says. “I am a strong believer in allowing my fellow officials to work their game. I am known for encouraging and educating young officials new to this career path and helping them get hired in the college leagues.”
What does Higgins like most about being a college basketball referee?
“The competition of the games,” he says. “Watching the talented players and coaches. It is so fun to work in great arenas filled with great fans.”
What doesn’t he like?
“The travel gets tough,” he says. “We are individual contractors, assigned to games by the supervisor of each conference. I do all of my own travel arrangements and spend a lot of time traveling, then waiting around to work a game. Plus, being away from my family is difficult.”
This March, Higgins knows he will work the Big 12 and Missouri Valley conference tournaments with other conference tournaments to be determined. He expects to once again be working the NCAA tournament but won’t know the details until the teams are announced.
“You are selected to work the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday based on your performance throughout the year,” Higgins says. “You then move on in the tournament based on your performance.”
Higgins doesn’t officiate any other sports beyond men’s basketball at the college level, although he makes one exception in the summer.
“I do enjoy giving back to my local community by officiating at summer league high school games,” he says. “I feel strongly that we need good officials in this sport, and knowing I helped teach others the necessary skills and mentored young people along this path is a good feeling. Our son, Joshua, is getting into officiating at the local grade-school level.”
Although John Higgins has been working as a basketball referee since 1989, another career preceded that move.
“I started roofing in the summer after college, then decided to go on my own. I started Weatherguard, Inc. in Omaha in 1985, and I’m still happily involved,” he says. 
The focus is roofs, siding and gutters.
“We have a great team of employees who have been with us for a long time,” Higgins says. “My wife, Carol, worked alongside with me as we grew the company. Our oldest son, Colin, has been handling the business end since he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It has been a pleasure watching him grow and take over, but, mostly, I enjoy working with him and our great group.”
Part of the company’s branding is this tagline — “Home of the Rooferees, Make the Right Call.”
“Trent Lovewell was an assistant coach at Iowa Western when we met, and he eventually wanted to do something different in a job that would allow him to also officiate,” Higgins says. “He has been a huge part of our growing business and is family to us in his 20-plus years at Weatherguard. He officiates NCAA Division II, NAIA and junior college level. Colin also worked for the Husker men’s basketball team while attending college. Our basketball roots run deep, hence the ‘Rooferees’ branding.”
The Higgins family clearly is busy, but they still find plenty of time to be at Lake Panorama.
“We have loved our time and our home at the lake,” John Higgins says. “Raising our family and making memories have been our biggest blessing. The people of Panora and Lake Panorama have been wonderful, and we are always amazed each season of the growth. We consider Lake Panorama our little piece of heaven.” 

Two board positions will be on the ballot.

Posted 01/10/2023
By susan thompson
Lake Panorama Times 

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2023 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 14.
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 2023, there will be two board positions on the ballot. Mary Jane Carothers is completing her second term on the board and is ineligible to run this year. David Finneseth has completed his first term and has filed papers to run for re-election. Sue Thompson, an LPA member since 2004, also has filed papers to run for the LPA board in the 2023 election.
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.
The 2023 annual meeting is scheduled for May 13 with the mailing planned for mid-April. This year will mark the LPA’s 54th 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 serving on the LPA board can contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301 or
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New dog, home improvements, Valentine jokes and a chocolate oasis

Posted 02/08/2023
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I wrote last year about the death of my dog. Never easy. Through it all, I am even more convinced that there are two types of people in this world — those who like dogs and those who don’t. Inevitably, I am back in the those-who-like-dogs category, as I missed my canine friend. So did our youngest daughter, Abby, who continually sent me photos of dogs we could adopt. Despite Jolene’s continued apprehension, Abby and I recently went to a dog shelter and came home with a wonderful 7-year-old dog named “Layla.” We are not sure what mix of breeds she is. We don’t care. She doesn’t get into the garbage. She is house trained. She doesn’t chew on our things. She rarely barks. And, yes, she’s got me on my knees… Layla! (That’s an Eric Clapton reference for those of you who missed it.)

More home improvement
Inserted in this issue of the Lake Panorama Times, you will find our latest effort in sharing the before and after stories of lake residents and their home improvement projects. I read these stories with great interest each time, as they spur ideas for Jolene and me — and remind us that we need to finish the ones that we started. I hope you enjoy them, too.

How about some Valentine’s Day humor?
Why not? Here we go.
What did one plate say to the other on Valentine’s Day? Tonight, dinner’s on me.
What did the graham cracker say to the marshmallow? I love you s’more and s’more each day.
And finally, with a lake reference, what do you call it when two boats fall in love? A row-mance.

Like chocolate drinks?
Please forgive me while I take a little ink to partake in shameless self-promotion of one of our upcoming events. But read on, as this may also be the solution to your Valentine’s Day gift woes. Join us on Friday, Feb. 24 from 5-9 p.m. at West Glen Town Center (5465 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines) for our annual Chocolate Walk event. For a ticket price of $20 ($30 at the door), attendees will receive 10 drink tickets that can be redeemed for sample chocolate cocktails at participating venues including Wellman’s, Anna Dolce, Shotgun Betty’s, The Irish, Club Envy, Tonic, El Fogon, The Breakfast Club and Coach’s Pizza. Attendees will also be provided tickets for chocolates and treats at Hurts Donuts.
Be warned, as this is a chocolate oasis. And with that in mind, it is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift — and a lot of fun, too. More than anything else, it is a great opportunity to get out in the early evening and experience some great establishments. I hope you can join us. Find more information on the featured drinks and buy discounted tickets at

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


Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) held is 84th annual meeting Jan. 7. Cozy Nelsen has been the cooperative’s CEO since 2002. A graduate of Panora-Linden, she earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Simpson College. She started her career at the REC office in Guthrie Center in 1993 as a part-time office clerk, then spent a few years as office manager before being appointed the cooperative’s CEO.
In this month’s Q&A, Nelsen shares information about the cooperative that provides the electrical needs of Lake Panorama and beyond, plus highlights of the Guthrie County REC annual meeting.

Q. How long has the Guthrie County REC been in business, and what is its customer base today?
A. Guthrie County REC has been bringing electricity to rural Iowa for over 84 years. In 1938, nine area farmers represented the first Guthrie County REC board of directors. They adopted our articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies that have governed our electric cooperative over the years. The first annual meeting was held in January 1939.
Today, we serve more than 5,000 members in Adair, Audubon, Cass, Dallas, Greene and Guthrie counties. We have 1,131 miles of overhead power lines and 279 miles of underground line. We currently have 14 substations and have purchased land to build two more in 2023. The cooperative has 16 employees, including 10 linemen.

Q. Give us some updates from the Guthrie County REC annual meeting.
A. Our annual meeting is an opportunity for our member-consumers to participate in the democratic process that defines the cooperative business model. This year, our 84th annual meeting was held at the new event center at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds.
We had an excellent turnout with 243 registered members and guests and had seating capacity for all in attendance. Everyone enjoyed a free lunch of fried chicken and mashed potatoes while hearing reports on the cooperative’s finances and operations. We finished up the business meeting with a door prize drawing, always a crowd favorite, with a 50-inch Vizio Smart TV and an electric grill cart as our grand prizes.
Steve Bireline, president of the REC board of directors, welcomed all attendees and introduced the board members. As our CIPCO board representative, Steve provided an update on CIPCO happenings. CIPCO stands for Central Iowa Power Cooperative and is a generation and transmission cooperative, owned by 13 electric cooperatives and associations in Iowa, including Guthrie County REC.
Key information Steve shared included the Duane Arnold nuclear plant was shut down in 2020; the solar farm in Wapello is fully functional and produces 100 megawatts of electricity; energy storage and cost-effective sources of electricity are major options being discussed; and electricity needs will continue to increase, but it is the goal of Guthrie County REC and CIPCO to represent our member needs and perspectives, and continue to provide reliable and cost-effective power to our consumers.
Joni Rees, board vice president, introduced employees and recognized Jordan Terwilliger for five years of service to the cooperative as a lineman. She also recognized Steve Bireline for his 25 years as a director on the REC board.
In my speech, I reported we recently signed a new 40-year wholesale power contract with CIPCO. I also encouraged members who are interested in solar power to use REC as a source of information to receive an accurate picture. As our financial conditions allow, we continue to retire members’ patronage.
I also reported the Guthrie County REC faces challenges with long lead times of two to five years for asset and construction purchases. The cooperative continues to be strong financially and plans to redesign rates to reflect wholesale power rates.

Q. How many members are on the Guthrie County board of directors, and how are they chosen?
A. Guthrie County REC has nine directors who serve on our board. Board members are elected by and from our membership who represent the portion of our service territory in which they live. These dedicated individuals provide guidance on cooperative business matters, establish cooperative goals, and continually seek opportunities for cooperative leadership education.
Districts 4, 5, and 6 were up for election this year. Incumbents Don Schwartz and Steve Bireline were re-elected for three-year terms. Don represents members in north central and northeast sections of Guthrie County and in northwest sections of Dallas County. Steve represents members in central and southern sections of Guthrie County.
Bob Batschelet retired from the cooperative board after eight years of service, and Michael Moore was elected to fill his spot to represent members on the west side of Lake Panorama. Ronny Bristle represents members on the east side of Lake Panorama.
Other board members are Julie Kiley, who represents north central and northeast sections of Dallas County; Jim Mazour, who represents members in west central Dallas County around Lake Diamondhead; Jason Fett, who represents members in northwest Guthrie County and the northern half of Audubon County; Joni Rees, who represents members in central and western Guthrie County; and Andy Van Aernam, who represents members in the south half of Audubon County.

Q. Where is the electricity that we receive generated?
A. Guthrie County REC receives power from CIPCO. In operation since 1946, CIPCO is Iowa’s largest cooperative energy provider.
CIPCO is committed to providing energy to its member-owners that is a diverse mix of wind, hydro, solar, landfill gas, natural gas and coal energy resources. CIPCO invests in the development of renewable energy projects in several ways. Its balanced portfolio of energy sources consists of 29.9% wind, which includes wind energy from Heartland Divide Wind Energy Center in Audubon, 29.3% coal, 22.5% market purchases, 6.9% solar, 6.5% other purchases, 3.1% hydro and landfill gas and 1.8% natural gas.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member of the Guthrie County REC?
A. As a member of the Guthrie County REC, you have a voice in choosing cooperative directors and in how Guthrie County REC is governed. Our directors are members, elected by the membership, and are accountable to those individuals.
You’re not just a customer; you’re a member-owner and receive patronage dividends, because Guthrie County REC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative.
Guthrie County REC offers scholarships to students who have parents/guardians with a membership.
We support our community with revolving loan funds for businesses and matching donation funds for projects.
We are constantly looking for ways to help keep members’ bills low with rebate programs and education about energy efficiency.
Guthrie County REC values the support and membership of Lake Panorama members, and all the members we serve across our six-county area. During these last few difficult years, the REC not only survived but continued to provide power that is safe, affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible to our members. 


Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In August 2021, a grand opening was held for two businesses in a building on the east side of Panora, which had been purchased and renovated by Keith and Julie Fulton. Reshape Fitness Studio, owned by Sue Bump and Julie Fulton, began in April 2018 in a building on the Panora square and relocated to the new building. Next came a new business, Restyle Décor & Consigned Furniture, co-owned by Julie Fulton and Carol VanKirk.
In May 2022, Restore Wellness Studio was established in the same building. It operates as a combined entity for multiple businesses, with hours dependent on each individual business and appointments. Each of the three businesses has its own entrance on the east side of the building, with Reshape on the south end, Restyle in the middle, and Restore on the north end.
Lakeside Massage and Bodywork, owned by Erica Matthies, was the first business in the Restore Wellness Studio.
“In January 2022, I was renting space at Active Health Solutions and needed a larger treatment room,” Matthies says. “I heard the Restyle/Reshape building might have a room that fit my needs. I met with Julie Fulton, and after a few discussions on using the space for my massage clients, she prompted the ‘dream bigger’ idea.”
In May of 2022, Matthies moved her business to the Restore Wellness Studio.
“My dream was to create a wellness space in Panora with multiple service providers to offer a whole-person wellness experience,” she says.
“I was a stand-alone business before, and being a part of the Restore Wellness Studio group has been such a blessing,” Matthies says. “First, we are all like-minded businesswomen who want to bring our services to Panora and the surrounding areas. Second, we are able to client share and market for each other’s businesses when working with our own clients. Third, we provide a city-like wellness experience with small-town customer service.”
The studio still has room to add other independent businesses.
“We have an open office space that is giving us the ability to dream of more services. We also are looking to add one or more nail technicians,” Matthies says. “Plus, we rent our space to groups. We have a cozy ‘living room’ area perfect for book clubs, Bible studies, or small family or friend gatherings. We also can accommodate medium-sized groups, and have folding tables and chairs available.”
The Restore Wellness Studio website is Those interested in discussing space rental or a new business opportunity can contact Matthies at 712-789-0870.
Details about the four current businesses in the Restore Wellness Studio follows.

Lakeside Massage and Bodywork
The business started as Stamp’s Therapeutic Massage in 2004.
“In 2018, I got promoted to ‘stay-at-home mom’ with our 29-week preemie twins, and I took 16 months off from seeing clients,” Matthies says. “I returned to seeing clients early in 2020, and then COVID temporarily shut my industry down. That’s when my husband, John, and our twin girls, Knox and Lenox, moved from Des Moines to Panora. Once restrictions were lifted, I started seeing clients again out of our home and my office in Atlantic.”
Matthies’ formal massage training was completed at Omaha School of Massage Therapy.
“In the years following, I have studied many different modalities and ultimately focused mostly on Thai and Ashiatsu styles of massage therapy,” she says. “Now I am continuing my training to include more mobility-focused work for my clients.”
One option Matthies offers is “mat-based motion and mobility massage. After taking multiple Thai massage continuing education classes, I have been working the past two years with an instructor who teaches ‘next-level pain relief.’ This mat-based service is great for people who have restrictions and range-of-motion issues,” she says. “This is done on a mat, and the client is completely clothed.”
Her other offering is Barefoot Bars Table Massage.
“This is performed on the table, with the client draped during the session. I use my feet while supporting my body with overhead bars,” she says. “I am able to glide with a broad foot, which is a bigger surface area than a hand, fingers or elbow delivery. When I use my feet, I can sink deeper into the tissue, and it is much easier for the client to receive. This allows the body to relax to a deeper level and unwind more of the tense muscle tissue.”
Matthies says her favorite sessions are when a client has enough time to do a combo of the two services.
“We start on the mat, opening up the joints and going deeply into range-of-motion and compressions. Once the body is warmed up and we have addressed the areas on the mat, we transition to the table where I can sink deeply into the tissue and allow everything to melt away,” she says.
Massage sessions are based on time, and vary between one to three hours.
“Physically, I am only able to do a certain number of sessions a week, so my scheduling is not an on-demand service,” she says. “Most clients need to schedule about six weeks in advance, and then reschedule at the time of service, or schedule for a couple months at a time.”
Find Lakeside Massage and Bodywork on Facebook, or reach Matthies at 712-789-0870.

Stick It PLLC
Jess Malloy and Kate Thompson are sisters, with Malloy the oldest by two years. Malloy, her husband, Patrick, and their three children live on an acreage near Exira. After high school, Malloy attended DMACC for accounting before changing her career path to nursing. She attended Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) in Council Bluffs and graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing.
Thompson lives in Exira and graduated from high school with plans to go to nursing school. She also attended IWCC and graduated with her associate’s degree, before earning a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Aspen University.
The sisters were full-time employees at Guthrie County Hospital before starting Stick It PLLC. The business began as a “side hustle” for them in August 2021. They were working three 12-hour shifts at the hospital each week, and on their four days off, they were putting in hours with Stick It PLLC.
“In March 2022, we decided to follow our dreams and devote more time to Stick It PLLC,” Malloy says. “We switched to part-time at the hospital, plus joined the Highland Medical Group, a travel nurse agency based in Gowrie. And we purchased the building in Exira where we had been renting space since January 2022.”
Stick It PLLC offers several IV infusion cocktails, intramuscular injections, and neurotoxin injections, better known as Botox. At the Exira location, there is an infrared sauna, and they recently purchased a VersaSpa professional spray tan booth that should be ready in February.
In June 2022, the sisters started traveling to Panora once a week and became part of Restore Wellness Studio.
“We are so thankful we were given the opportunity to join Restore Wellness; they are like family to us now,” Thompson says. “We’re looking forward to seeing where the future takes all of us women entrepreneurs.”
Hours for each location are posted monthly on their Facebook page. They typically are in Panora every Friday 2-4 p.m. Walk-ins are allowed, but appointments are encouraged. To schedule, clients can send a message through the Stick It PLLC Facebook page, or call or text Jess Malloy at 712-304-2100, or Kate Thompson at 712-305-4554.

Rise Up and Shine Coaching 
Arianne Steenblock and her family have lived in Panora for almost 24 years. Steenblock earned an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and later an MBA from Drake University. She has been a Ramsey Master Finance Coach for three years and became a certified Life Coach last year.
“Often, a client begins to set and accomplish goals in one area of life, and it grows into another area,” Steenblock says. “For example, someone may first want to get a job promotion and build confidence. After working on their skills and accomplishing goals, they also may decide they would like to become debt-free or practice health focused habits.”
Personalized one-to-one life and finance coaching are the foundation of Steenblock’s Rise Up and Shine Coaching business.
“I love working with clients and seeing them overcome challenges,” she says. “Sessions are usually 60 minutes long and are available in-person, by phone and Zoom. Results are measured, and my clients’ return on their investment is quickly realized.”
Clients choose how often sessions take place and for what length of time. Coaching can last a few sessions, but typically Steenblock meets often with clients for a longer period of time, then less frequently as results and growth are achieved.
Steenblock stresses coaching is not counseling.
“Coaching is focused on looking forward with personal growth and goal setting,” she says. “Coaching is a guide to be accountable, receive encouragement and achieve measured results.”
Steenblock says a growth mindset includes constant learning for a lifetime.
“I have been coached and mentored and know from my own experience how much easier and faster results are achieved working together,” she says. “My clients are amazing, hardworking and successful. I celebrate every result they earn like it’s my own. Coaching is a guide to live life on purpose, with passion, and create your own legacy.”
Restore Wellness Studio gives Steenblock the opportunity to be a stand-alone business, with a private office to meet with clients.
“The atmosphere is filled with peace and joy, as all the business women are working together and supporting each other,” she says. “I feel blessed to be a part of the team we are building and excited for our future business success.”
Rise Up and Shine Coaching has a Facebook page. Steenblock can be reached via email at or on her cell at 515-537-5330.

Revitalize Spa by Jules
The newest business offering services at the Restore Wellness Studio is Revitalize Spa by Jules, owned by Julie Anthony, a licensed esthetician. In January, she started coming to Panora two Wednesdays a month.
“I love getting to know people and what they really want out of their service,” Anthony says. “Some want to just have a relaxing facial, and others want to see changes in their skin. I’m passionate about helping people feel good about the skin they’re in.”
Anthony has a spa studio in the Colour Bar Salon in West Des Moines, where she has been seeing clients the past two and a half years. Prior to that, she worked six years with a few other estheticians before going out on her own.
Services she offers include facials, lash lifts, lash and brow tints, waxing for the face area, microchanneling, and LightStim, which is a red-light treatment.
“I also use and sell a medical-grade skincare line and an organic skincare line,” Anthony says. “Both have great benefits and results.”
“I enjoy having my own space in West Des Moines, but I also love to collaborate on things like group events that Restore Wellness will be offering,” she says. “In the future, we will start having ‘day at the spa’ events with facials, massages, IV therapy, yoga and a few other things.”
Anthony says some services she offers in West Des Moines won’t be available in Panora, such as microdermabrasion, because she can’t move the necessary equipment back and forth. But most offerings will be available in Panora.
Revitalize Spa by Jules is on Facebook and Instagram, and online at To make an appointment, text or call 515-988-9157 or email

Must be received by March 6 at 5 p.m.

Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The open period for 2023 grant applications through the Guthrie County Community Foundation now is open. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6.
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 — and by providing 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 an advisory board with members representing a cross section of the county. Joining the board in 2023 are Andrew Arganbright and Ben Smith. Other members are Ryan Albers, Susan Belding, Tamara Deal, Joni Dvorak, Mary Ebert, Diane Flanery, Carla Hilgenberg, JoAnn Johnson, Kirby Klinge, Regina Lloyd, Bret Wedemeyer and Julie Zajicek.
Eligible applicants for a 2023 grant are 501(c)3 nonprofit 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.
The 2023 grant process uses a single application, which must be completed online. Those asking for grants of $25,000 or more will need to complete some additional questions on the application.
The Guthrie County Community Foundation has $118,775.88 from Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and $52,000 from Grow Greene County funds available for the 2023 grant cycle. Last year, a total of $197,638 was awarded, while requests totaled $388,317.
Since 2005, a total of $1.4 million has been given to 56 organizations in Guthrie County. In the last decade, just over half of the funds went to emergency services, such as fire, police and medical. Almost a quarter of the funds went to youth programs and services, such as day cares and educational outreach programs.
The 2023 application link and instructions are at Questions about the application process can be sent to or contact any board member.
More details about the Guthrie County Community Foundation, plus projects funded in 2022, can be found in a full-page advertisement on the back page of this publication.  


Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2023 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. For questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.
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 $100.
The men’s leagues kickoff will be May 3. Members or potential members are invited to attend this event. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 6 p.m. League play begins May 10.
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,
Annual league dues are $100, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. A kickoff dinner May 4 begins at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing following dinner. League competition gets underway May 11.
The Nine & Wine Series for couples involves nine holes of golf at the LPN on eight Monday afternoons, June 5 and 26; July 10, 24 and 31; and Aug. 7, 14 and 28. Cost is $110 for LPN member couples and $220 for Panorama West member couples. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is a four-person, two-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.
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 $18 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 25 at the LPN conference center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Make reservations with Nini VonBon, 515-321-4000 or
League play begins May 2 with a two-gal mixer at 9 a.m. The first day of regular play will be May 9 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. 22. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be Aug. 29. For more information, contact Ann Chambers, 641-990-4363 or
The Tuesday evening men’s league begins April 25 and runs through Aug. 29. 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 4, 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. 7. Dues of $25 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the 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.
There is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2023 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 2, June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. 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

Loaded vehicles that weigh more than five tons are prohibited on most LPA roads during the spring thaw.

Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Each spring, warm temperatures and thawing conditions weaken the roadbed under the Lake Panorama Association’s seal-coated roads, which means heavy loads can cause severe road damage.
That’s the reason for the annual spring road embargo, which prohibits loaded vehicles that weigh more than five tons on most LPA roads during the spring thaw while the frost is coming out of the ground and the roadbed is soft. Since it costs about $30,000 to seal coat one mile of LPA roads, this annual embargo is vital to help avoid road damage.
In recent years, the embargo has occurred in March for two to three weeks. But it could happen in February or be delayed until April. Once set, the embargo will be in place until conditions stabilize and road surfaces can bear significant loads without damage.
Depending on the weather, these annual road embargoes can last anywhere from two to six weeks. Warm, windy, sunny days with nights above freezing speed the process along. Cool, cloudy weather with highs in the 40s and lows near or below freezing prolongs the process.
The LPA staff urges members to schedule deliveries soon, especially if more than a passenger van or a pickup truck will be required. Members needing materials for remodel projects, construction issues, furniture, moving vans, propane, septic pumping or other large objects should try to get those projects and deliveries done as soon as possible or face the delays required by an embargo.
The staff cannot predict when an embargo will be needed, but any stretch of above average temperatures could result in imposing the five-ton weight limit. The LPA will work with the Panorama Schools to arrange school transportation prior to initiating the embargo. Although there can be exceptions, LPA generally announces an upcoming embargo on a Thursday, with the effective date being the following Monday.
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. For more information, contact the LPA at 641-755-2301 or

A Fruity Twist on Breakfast

Posted 02/08/2023
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) Whether it’s a weekend celebration or a simple morning bite on the go, it’s often said breakfast is the most important meal. Starting off your day with some fruity nutrition is a sweet way to add vitamin C to your diet without skimping on flavor.
With a tasty granola crust and yogurt filling, this Brunch Fruit Tart is an easy way to impress guests or fuel your morning at the office. Balanced and easy to make, the crunchy crust and smooth center make it an enjoyable addition to at-home menus. This version calls for strawberries, blueberries and kiwi, but you can get creative with your own favorite fruits for a different flavor each time you make it.
Visit to find more nutritious breakfast ideas.

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

Brunch Fruit Tart
Recipe adapted from

4 cups granola mixture
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 1/2 tablespoons honey
nonstick cooking spray

2 1/4 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package gelatin

strawberries, sliced
kiwis, sliced

Directions to make crust
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In large bowl, combine granola, butter and honey. Grease 11-inch tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of tart pan with parchment paper.
Press granola mixture into tart pan. Place tart pan on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Directions to make filling
Using mixer, combine yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and gelatin until whipped completely.
Pour yogurt mixture into tart crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Top with strawberries, blueberries and kiwis.


Posted 02/08/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

This winter has provided plenty of opportunities for photographers to snap beautiful cold-weather photos. Trish Hart, who lives with her husband Scott in a home on Lake Panorama’s Andrew’s Cove, is no exception.
One of her favorite photo subjects this year has been trees covered with hoar frost, including the long-needled pine trees near the Lake Panorama National conference center.
Hoar frost is a type of feathery frost that forms as a result of specific climatic conditions. Hoar frost typically occurs on clear nights when air with a dewpoint below 32 degrees is brought to saturation by cooling. Hoar frost also needs calm air that allows the complex lacy deposits of crystals to form.
In other words, the moisture in the air skips the droplet stage and goes straight to crystallizing, similar to dew but when temperatures are below freezing.
The name hoar frost comes from the old English word “hoary,” meaning getting on in age. When conditions are right, many trees, especially evergreens, present a hair-like appearance resembling white, feathery beards.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Learn more by visiting Nature’s Canvas Photography on Facebook.

Meet the Hochreiter Pack

Dogs and cat
Posted 02/08/2023
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dogs: George, a 6-year-old Newfoundland; Walter, a 1.5-year-old Great Pyrenees; and Arlo, a 6-year-old English Cream Retriever
Cove Cat: Larry
Owners: Dale and Janis Hochreiter. 
Dale and Janis have lived at Lake Panorama since 1993, enjoying lake life with friends, golfing and doing yard work on sunny days with their pack.
George, the Newfoundland, weighs 166 pounds and is a gentle giant. He loves everyone. It’s not uncommon for him to jump into the FedEx or UPS truck when the driver pulls into the driveway. He is an excellent swimmer.
Arlo, the English Cream Retriever, is Janis’ shadow and loves sleeping with his mom and dad. His biggest fear is the garbage truck on Wednesday mornings.
Walter, the Great Pyrenees pup, already weighs 140 pounds. His job is to patrol the yard for predators. The only problem is that he’s afraid of everything — but he is very sweet.
Fun fact: The total weight of all three of their dogs is more than 400 pounds!
Larry the Cove Cat was a rescue. He has only known the dog life and, thus, Dale and Janis call him Cat-Dog. Larry is Walter’s best friend and continually befuddles the dogs with his cat smarts. They play all the time.  Larry the cat really does think he is a dog, and they all act as a big pack. 


Posted 01/10/2023
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Friends of Lake Panorama’s 2022 Beach Ball July 22 had a profit of $30,000. At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Friends board of directors voted to use $4,500 of Beach Ball proceeds to purchase benches and trees for the Lake Panorama dog park.
The dog park has two sides, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. In December, one 6-foot metal bench was installed in each side of the park, secured to concrete pads that were poured earlier in the fall.
Four autumn blaze maples were purchased from Isom Tree Farm, which Larry Isom planted Oct. 7. In 2021, Isom donated and planted two sugar maples, one on each side of the park. Two of the autumn blaze maples went into each side of the dog park and were planted so the three trees on each side will form a canopy of shade as they mature.
The new benches are placed at angles to take in wide views of the park and are located near the three trees now growing on each side. In early spring, the LPA maintenance staff will spread grass seed on the dirt surrounding each bench concrete pad and cover the seed with straw to help protect these areas until grass is established.
The dog park, which opened June 10, 2022, is available during daylight hours. It is at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. The park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 


Posted 01/10/2023
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times 

April Imming began work in October as the new coordinator for the Panora Chamber. Her responsibilities include helping coordinate all Chamber-sponsored events, plus updating social media and the Chamber website.
Imming grew up in Rockwell City, one of nine children in the family. She graduated from Rockwell City High School, then Iowa State University, and has worked in the health insurance industry for 31 years. In November 2021, she moved from Ankeny to Lake Panorama with her partner, Mason Babcock. They own a condo on Karen Drive.
“I grew up in a small town and hoped at some point in my life I’d be in a small town again,” she says. “I thought the Chamber coordinator position would be a great way for me to meet people and get involved in the community, plus get other people involved in Chamber events.”
Julie Wykoff, a Chamber board member and treasurer, first talked with Imming about the part-time position.
“We were chatting, and she was looking for ways to get more involved in the community,” Wykoff says. “I knew she’d be a good fit for the position. She is super organized, friendly, and isn’t afraid to ask questions. She has great attention to detail and also is very compassionate and caring.”
The Chamber has several regular events throughout the year, as well as Panorama Days the first weekend in August. While all events have a committee to support them, the coordinator, under the guidance of the Chamber officers, supports each committee to ensure a successful event.
Since beginning her Chamber position in October, Imming has assisted with the Panora Main Street Trick or Treat, Heart of Guthrie County Holiday Open House, and Santa’s Workshop. Now she’s looking ahead to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Panorama Days.
There are two peak times for Chamber businesses — the holidays and Panorama Days.
“Having someone dedicated to ensuring we are hitting deadlines for advertising, have the supplies we need for events, and an extra person to support all the activities has been incredibly helpful to the Chamber officers, and we’re looking forward to a great 2023 with April’s support,” Wykoff says.
Dale Hochreiter is the 2023 Panora Chamber president.
“I worked with April decorating the Panora square for Christmas and on Santa’s Workshop,” he says. “She has done an excellent job and is catching on quickly to the things the Chamber does. We look forward to having her help for future events, especially Panorama Days.”
Imming says she’s enjoying being a part of the Panora and Lake Panorama community.
“Everyone is so nice and welcoming,” she says. “I love living at the lake because there are so many outdoor activities to do. Walking and taking in the beautiful outdoors are some of my favorite things.”
Besides Wykoff and Hochreiter, other 2023 Panora Chamber officers are Gayle Shackelford, first vice president; Stormy Miller, second vice president; and Sonja Pierce, secretary. More than 60 businesses in the Panora and Lake Panorama community are members of the Panora Chamber of Commerce. More information is available on the Chamber’s Facebook page and on the Chamber website at 

AOL, Yahoo! and Prodigy, where did you go?

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Posted 01/10/2023
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I recently viewed a short video that showed the most popular websites from 1993 to 2022. A lot has changed in those 29 years, making me wonder what the next three decades will bring. The link is too long to post here, but use your favorite search engine and look up “Most Popular Websites Since 1993.”
In January of 1993, was the top site, and it wasn’t even close. The next two were Prodigy and Compuserve. That was 30 years ago, and I would challenge you to find anyone who even knows what those websites are now. AOL was so dominant at the time. You may recall the “You’ve Got Mail” notification that would chime each time you logged in. If I remember correctly, I downloaded the software from a CD-ROM that was inserted in CITYVIEW magazine. My AOL email address was, referencing the college and weight class that I wrestled at. Just for kicks, I sent a test message to it. I received a “delivery failure” reply.
By January of 2003, had become the No. 1 site with and in the next spots. Search engines became more popular, and Yahoo! seemed to be the king… for a while. I can still hear that Yahoo! yodel.
Just 10 years later, in 2013, Google surged to the top of the list with Facebook and YouTube following. Several years prior, I remember a co-worker telling me to quit using the big corporate Yahoo! site and to use this cool new Google start-up company’s search engine. So I did, and so did millions of others. Social media had sunk its teeth into society by then as well, and Facebook was the leader. Those were the days when you could actually watch a YouTube video without getting annoyed by useless ads first.
By January of 2022, Google retained the top spot, but YouTube jumped past Facebook to take the No. 2 position, showing the power of video and pleasing do-it-yourselfers everywhere.
Hence, Big Tech is here to stay… maybe. Looking back, one could not have imagined AOL or Yahoo failing.
Meanwhile, most all of us also appreciate some consistency, which includes this newspaper. I am proud that, despite all the digital technology of today, the Lake Panorama Times has more readers than it has ever had, and most of them are in print. It is the most widely-circulated and best read newspaper in Guthrie County, and I thank all of you for making it part of your lives.
New Year humor
Well, I am having so much fun with these holiday-themed jokes that I will share a few more based on our New Year.
First, here is one I know most of you can relate to: What is a New Year’s resolution? Something that goes in one year and out the other.
This one is for those of us who prefer a quiet night at home: Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
Maybe this one connects: What do New Year’s Day parades have in common with Santa Claus? No one is awake to see either of them.
And finally, one I can relate to: My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolution.
Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for reading. n

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