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

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Posted 2/8/2022
Brenda Campbell has announced she will seek the Republican nomination for the office of Guthrie County Treasurer in the June 7, 2022, primary election. Campbell has served as a deputy treasurer in the Guthrie County courthouse for 15 years and is seeking to replace the outgoing treasurer, Marci Schreck.
Schreck is completing her 29th year with the Guthrie County treasurer’s office, having served as treasurer since 2013. Schreck announced she will not seek re-election for the office but is confident in her team’s ability to continue providing a high level of service to Guthrie County taxpayers.
“I am extremely proud of our team at the Guthrie County treasurer’s office. Working here for the last 29 years has been a great experience,” Schreck said. “Brenda has been an outstanding deputy treasurer, and I am confident in her ability to assume the treasurer’s role with success. She brings a great deal of knowledge, experience and professionalism to our office. I wish her and the rest of our staff all the best.”
Campbell resides in Guthrie Center with her husband, Cory. They are the parents of three daughters, Mackenzie, Kendra and Ava. Brenda and Cory enjoy supporting their girls’ extracurricular events and are active members of the Guthrie Center community. Cory is employed with UPS in Guthrie Center and is currently serving in his 25th year as a volunteer fireman with the Guthrie Center Fire Department.
Campbell complimented Schreck on her leadership.
“I look forward to continuing the important work Marci has done as treasurer. Our office prides itself in providing top-notch customer service and responsible fiscal management,” Campbell said. “If given the opportunity to serve as treasurer, my team and I will continue to uphold these priorities. I thoroughly enjoy working with the taxpayers of Guthrie County and would consider it an honor to serve as Guthrie County’s treasurer.” 

Heart-healthy and delicious, too!

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Posted 2/8/2022
By Jolene Goodman

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

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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

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

Posted 2/8/2022
By Kristin Rumelhart

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

Grand opening celebration will be March 30.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 1/12/2022
By Michael C. Woody

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 1/12/2022

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

Posted 1/12/2022
By Jolene Goodman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted 1/12/2022
By Curtis Thornberry

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

Bella Sorella is Italian for “beautiful sister” and is named for one of owner Stacy Benton’s friends in Louisiana.

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

It was May 2017 when Stacy Benton opened the door to her new women’s clothing store in Panora. Six months earlier, she and her husband, Sam Benton, moved to Lake Panorama from her home state of Louisiana.
“Sam is originally from Guthrie Center and wanted to move back to Iowa to be closer to family,” Benton says. “I told him if I was moving to Iowa, it would be a great time to open the women’s clothing store I’ve always dreamed of owning.”
The result is Bella Sorella Boutique, located on Panora’s Main Street in the business district. Bella Sorella is Italian for “beautiful sister” and is named for one of Benton’s friends in Louisiana.
“I’ve just always loved clothes, and shoes, and putting outfits together,” Benton says. “It’s fun for me, and I wanted to have a store where I could help create outfits for others. My goal was to have a place that was open and inviting with a laidback feeling. I want customers to come hang out, and the more, the merrier.”
When the Bentons arrived in Panora, the owner of the building where Bella Sorella is located was just starting to renovate it, and Stacy was able to choose some of the colors and finishes for the building she now leases. It’s located across the street from Panora’s gazebo, which Benton says gives the business district a “Norman Rockwell feel.”
Every nook and cranny of the small building is filled with things to create the “outfits” Benton loves to pull together. Besides racks and racks of clothing, there are scarves, belts, hats and jewelry, with some of the jewelry created by local artists. And there are boxes and boxes of shoes, which Benton says are a “weakness” of hers.
“I try to keep up with new trends, while also offering lots of classic pieces,” Benton says. “We try to cater to all ages and offer some great brand names.”
The store also features a wide selection of BruMate insulated drinkware, Madison County wines, and purses. Of special note are the Porto Vino purses, which feature an insulated pouch that can hold two bottles of wine, and a spigot for dispensing the wine carried inside the purse.
The year 2020 was difficult for the business because of COVID.
“It was hard to keep the doors open,” Benton says. “But we surpassed all our sales goals other years, and sales bounced back in 2021. With more people working at home, we adjusted some of what we offer. We used to focus more on dressy casual, but now we lean toward more casual pieces.”
Benton is active in the Panora Chamber, which she says has focused more in recent years on retail businesses in the community.
“There are more stores for people to shop in than there were five years ago when I started,” she says. “There is a nice variety of stores now along Main Street, and Panora has become more of a destination for shoppers. The 2021 Panorama Days, which is organized by the Chamber, was amazing, one of the busiest days we’ve ever had.” 
Benton says her customers come from everywhere.
“I’m surprised by the groups of women who come to Panora to shop. Summers are our busiest, of course, when the population at Lake Panorama swells. But we also have lots of local regulars who shop with us.”
The Bentons first lived in an offshore home at Lake Panorama, but a year ago purchased a waterfront property they are renovating.
“We love Lake Panorama,” Stacy says. “It’s beautiful, and we love the recreation opportunities it offers. In fact, we love the entire Panora and Lake Panorama community. It’s been very welcoming.”
The Bentons raised five children in Louisiana who range in age from 21 to 31. Three now live in Iowa and two in California. Sam Benton owns a wholesale distribution company that caters to the powersports industry. Last summer, he purchased the building on the east side of the square that had housed Reshape Fitness Studio for his business. The building also is handy for storing Bella Sorella merchandise.
Dorothy Woodvine has worked at Bella Sorella Boutique for several years and is Benton’s “right hand woman.” Woodvine is generally there Tuesday through Friday noon. High school and college girls fill in hours on Friday afternoons and Saturday. Don’t be surprised to find one or more dogs roaming the shop. The Bentons’ boxer named Murphy visits sometimes, as does Sully, their Golden Retriever.
The store is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Benton says hours may be reduced some in the winter, but she tries to stick to those hours as much as possible. The store has a Facebook page, and she encourages people to follow that to learn about changes in hours and special events.
For the past 26 years, Benton has worked fulltime for CenturyLink/Lumen Technologies as a project manager. She worked at home until the move to Iowa, when she set up office in the back room of the store and worked from there on days it was open. She retired Dec. 24 and says she is excited about now being able to focus all her energy on Bella Sorella Boutique. 


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

A board of managers that oversees the Lake Panorama National operation is entering its seventh year. While the Lake Panorama Association has owned the LPN golf course since 1977, it has owned the LPN conference center just since 2005.
At the time the conference center was purchased, the LPA board established the legal corporate entity known as “LPN, LLC” to manage this wholly owned subsidiary. The Panorama West golf course and clubhouse was placed under LPN, LLC management in 2013.
As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, LPA is required to pay taxes only on gains from land sales. Revenues from dues and assessments are not taxable. Keeping the LPA and LPN, LLC operations separate protects the nonprofit status of the LPA.
To keep this separation, the LPA Board of Directors created and appointed the LPN Board of Managers, which held its first meeting Oct. 6, 2015. The LPA board provides oversight of the LPN, LLC board. The LPN, LLC board works with Royce Shaffer, operations manager, and John Rutledge, director of operations, to oversee LPN policies and direction.
At the LPA board’s November meeting, Katelyn Brelsford was reappointed to a one-year term on the LPN board. Reappointed to three-year terms were John Coghlan and Greg Steffen. Other current board members are Kathy DeLucca, Jim Koch, Sue Merryman and Shanell Wagler.
Officers for 2022 were elected at the LPN, LLC’s December board meeting. Coghlan was re-elected president, with Koch elected as vice president, and Wagler elected as secretary/treasurer. 

The LPA budget includes a 5% dues increase.

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

About 30 people attended the third and final 2021 GM Coffee on Dec. 9. John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, reported staff is “wrapping up a good year. We are prepared for winter weather, but taking advantage of mild weather conditions to complete some late season work, such as tree trimming.”
Rutledge said developing the 2022 budgets for both the LPA and LPN has been challenging. Both were approved at the LPA’s board of directors November meeting.
“LPA’s business model remains sound, but we’re seeing an unprecedented period of inflation in some categories,” he said. “Price increases in both fuel and insurance are notable. The LPA and LPN burn about 12,000 gallons of gas annually, which currently is pricing 80 cents higher per gallon than our 2021 contracts. LPA and LPN burn another 13,000 gallons of diesel, with RIZ purchasing about 60,000 gallons of diesel last year. Diesel now is one dollar higher than last year.
“Higher labor costs also is something we’ve had to adjust to at both LPA and LPN to ensure we remain competitive in attracting and retaining talented staff,” Rutledge said. “Please know we’re doing our best to manage this period of inflation without reducing the service we provide to the membership.”
The LPA budget includes a 5% dues increase. Member boat sticker fees will not increase for 2022, although guest boat sticker fees will go from $25 to $50. There will be modest increases for camping fees, plus slip rates at the marina will increase to reflect supply/demand issues. Jetty fees will not increase, as those were adjusted substantially a few years ago.
The water safety committee has been reviewing new and upcoming items on the market. One is the Sea Doo Switch, which pairs a jet-powered motor with a lightweight pontoon.
“This is not new technology but a new combination,” Rutledge said. “These vessels are extremely nimble and can exceed 40 mph. We’re concerned about safety with these pontoons, and the LPA board has banned these until further study can be completed this spring.”
Recent discussions about potential limits on wakeboard boats generated a substantial amount of interest from wakeboard boat owners, Rutledge said.
“Both the water safety committee and the LPA board encouraged us to survey the membership about this topic, which we will do this winter,” he said. “LPA’s strategy will be to learn more and ensure all membership concerns are fairly assessed. There is no immediate or easy answer, and we want to be sure the concerns of both sides are fairly evaluated.”
The LPA is hiring for a new position in the water department, which has been a two-person department for many years. The new water plant, plus the continued increase in new and remodeled homes, has added to the department’s workload.
“We’re looking for someone with experience as a Grade One water treatment operator,” Rutledge said. “If you know of anyone who is qualified and interested, please refer them to me.”
One water department project planned for 2022 is the addition of a booster station on the east side of the lake. An exact location hasn’t been finalized, but will be in the Tie Road area. This booster station will address an area where water pressure sometimes is low.
Another water department project on the drawing board is replacing the water line that runs from Sunset Beach to the east side of the lake. This project is expected to cost about $500,000, and financing will be needed. The current line is original and more than 50 years old. Over the winter of 2019-2020, a leak was discovered in a Burchfield Cove underwater line, which had to be replaced. That project was completed in the spring of 2020.  
Rutledge said he is following the process as new voting precincts and Guthrie County board of supervisor districts are developed. The number of voting precincts is being reduced, with township lines guiding the process. If the current plan is approved, Victory Township residents will be voting in Yale. Since Victory Township extends to some properties on the west side of the lake, Rutledge says absentee voting options may become more popular.
Regarding the board of supervisor district maps, Rutledge said it is likely Lake Panorama will remain divided into two districts. The state’s Legislative Services Agency is playing a key role this time, which is different from 2011, the last time new district lines were drawn.
“We feel the process is being handled fairly and not putting the lake at any intentional disadvantage this time,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the process as it unfolds.”
Rutledge said the new dog park looks good, with grass coming up and remaining construction underway.
“This is a project being led by Friends of Lake Panorama and is a great new amenity for both current and future LPA members that is completely financed by donors,” he said. The park will open in 2022, once the turfgrass is fully established.
The LPA annual meeting will be May 14, 2022. The ballot distributed in advance of that meeting will include re-adoption of the LPA covenants, which needs to be done periodically, and was last done 21 years ago. Also on the ballot will be the election of three directors to the LPA board.
Both Jim Spradling and Gary Evans will have completed two, three-year terms on the board and are not eligible to run again. Also up for election is Julie Fulton, who was elected last year to fill the remaining year of the late Neil Wright’s term. Fulton has not yet declared her intentions for 2022. Rutledge encouraged anyone interested in a seat on the LPA board to contact him to discuss.
The annual Fin and Feather banquet also is scheduled for the evening of May 14, 2022.
Turning to Lake Panorama National, Rutledge said golf memberships for the 2022 season now are available for both the LPN and Panorama West. Forms are in the LPN pro shop and on the LPN website.
Golf carts for the LPN are leased for five years at a time, and 2022 is the year for a new lease. The lease continues with Club Car golf carts, but includes some new in-cart technology.
“We are excited to be able to offer some modest updates to the golfer experience for 2022 and beyond,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge gave a sales pitch for LPA members to rent the Panorama West community room for special gatherings; reported new asphalt shingles were installed at the LPN conference center as a result of an insurance payment following hail damage; said LPA maintenance staff has been grinding down and repairing high spots in LPN cart paths where tree roots heaved the asphalt; and reported that the new wall on the south side of the fifth hole pond is complete.
Seven bids were received for a project to remove about 350 ash trees from both the LPN and Panorama West golf course. The bids ranged from $148,000 to $409,000. The low bidder was Xtreme Tree, and the work will be done this winter.
“The timing is appropriate, as a number of trees are showing signs of emerald ash borer infestation,” Rutledge said. “Removing these trees now is safer and less expensive than if we waited until the trees have been dead for a couple of years.”
Another argument for doing the tree removal now, before all are infested, is to give the 100 trees on the courses that are being treated a better chance to survive. About $10,000 is being spent for this biennial treatment.
Rutledge said Shive Hattery engineers are assessing the feasibility and potential costs of repairing the rip rap along the south shore of the main basin. Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) board members have discussed this work could fall under the RIZ umbrella as an erosion control project and is likely to fund this work in the coming months.
Larry Petersen was elected Dec. 7 to another three-year term on the RIZ board. Rutledge expressed thanks to the 42 voters who turned out in person or via absentee ballot to vote in this election. Active participation helps show the value of RIZ to the LPA membership.
Rutledge said November is a busy month for RIZ. The annual audit was completed in October with no notable issues raised. The annual financial report and urban renewal report both were approved and filed by Dec. 1, as was the annual TIF debt certification.
RIZ had a new 15,000-gallon fuel storage tank installed this fall near the dredge dock, along with a cold storage building for parts, lubricants and other items that support the dredging operation.
Rutledge said expansion of the old CIPCO basin is underway. This basin has been renamed the 180th Trail Basin to avoid confusion, since CIPCO has long since concluded its role as the former owner of that basin. Spring Lake Construction was awarded a $3.2 million contract in August, and RIZ expects the project to exceed $4 million in total cost when complete. Once the County Basin is full, this expanded basin will be used for dredged material.
“RIZ is always looking ahead 10 years,” Rutledge said.
Dredging is done for the season, with about 170,000 cubic yards of sediment removed. This year’s totals weren’t as high as some years, because of two years of drought and the extra work done in 2020 by Dredge America. Other 2021 projects were adding rip rap at the County basin to address some shoreline erosion; rip rap added on the west side of the Burchfield Cove river channel; and the creation of a “bench” and sediment basin for long-reach excavator use in that area.
Rutledge said land trades and acquisitions were completed in the past couple of years to position RIZ for additional wetlands and sediment basins.
“RIZ continues to pursue a two-pronged approach by investing in both sediment removal and storage, and the prevention of sediment entering the lake,” he said.
Two additional wetlands are planned, but one has been held up due to changing regulations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maintenance of the three current wetlands is ongoing with the pool levels having been lowered by about 18 inches before the water freezes. This keeps the ice off the grouted rip rap and extends the life of the grout. Rutledge said the wetlands will be returned to full pool in the spring.
The 2022-23 fiscal year RIZ budget is on the docket for completion by March 15. Rutledge said work begins on the budget in mid to late-January, with the process completed sometime in February.
Rutledge forecasted increased revenues for RIZ, noting the entity will receive approximately $2.9 million in fiscal year 2022-23.
Rutledge noted the continued growth of RIZ revenues is a function of property value growth, which averaged 13 percent overall.
“Although members can find it unsettling to receive valuation increases from the county assessor, it does benefit RIZ’s continued pursuit of enhanced erosion control and water quality,” he said. 

Extra incentives are still available to those who join and pay 2022 membership in full in January. 

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

There were 141 individuals, couples or families who purchased a 2022 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West by Dec. 31 and were entered into a drawing for seven prizes. The drawing was held Jan. 4. Winners are:
• Driver and fairway wood combo – Ted Hawley
• $500 in LPN Diners Club credit – Jim Sievers
• Bushnell range finder – Mike Krull
• Michael Kleinwolterink print – Kirk Fischer
• Three-dozen Titleist custom golf balls – Jim and Nicki Clayton
• 2022 single LPN pool and fitness membership – Brian and Cristin Kreifels
• Nine-hole playing lesson with Rob Riggins – John and Susan Crawmer
For those who missed the deadline for the prize drawing, there still is an extra incentive to join and pay their 2022 membership in full in January.
LPN golf memberships paid by Jan. 31 will receive a $100 LPN gift card. Panorama West golf memberships paid by the same date will receive a $25 LPN gift card. Those who choose the all-inclusive membership, which includes both golf courses, plus the LPN pool and fitness center, will receive a $125 LPN gift card if they pay in full by Jan. 31. 
Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners. All memberships include free use of the Lake Panorama National driving range.
In an effort to expand membership access to LPN amenities, a payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.
Those interested can pay their 2022 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 20, 2022, and ending Aug. 20, 2022, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from their bank account. For this service, a convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is included in the 2022 membership mailing and also online and in the LPN pro shop.
There are several membership options. Besides regular memberships at both LPN and Panorama West, there is a special “first time” membership available for those who have never been an LPN member. LPN members who refer a “first time” person who joins will receive $50 in LPN pro shop credit.
Distance memberships at Lake Panorama National are available for people who do not own a home at Lake Panorama and who live more than 18 miles from the LPN.
Memberships for the LPN swimming pool and fitness center also are listed on the 2022 membership applications.
Those using private carts on either golf course must pay a trail fee. At the LPN, members have the option of a cart lease, which entitles one person to a seat on an LPN cart for the season.
Other services listed on the membership form are cart storage at both courses, plus bag storage and a USGA handicap at the LPN. Those who play in the LPN’s leagues and handicap tournaments must pay the $30 handicap fee. This fee is not required for Panorama West leagues.
Membership forms are online at
Jennifer hewitt

Jennifer Ann Hewitt

Posted 1/12/2022
On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, Jennifer Hewitt passed away at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Jen was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. The family was the center of her life. She spent her last days surrounded by Jeff and her children and left us peacefully.
Jennifer Ann Hewitt, 64, was born Feb. 12, 1957, in Algona. She was the second child of Kenneth and Juliana (Cotton) Jackson. Jen grew up in Lone Rock, and she continued to spend the next 44 years there. She became a mother, started her family, and then married Jeffrey Hewitt in Fenton.
Jen moved to her cherished home in Panora in 2001. She and Jeff built a beautiful life where they spent time doing the things she loved — planning and orchestrating large family gatherings, boating with the kids and grandkids, volunteering in her community, and tending to her gardens and acreage. Jen was a consummate giver, finding time for members of her family and those who asked of her.
Over the years, Jen worked in a variety of fields of her interests: special education in Sentral and Panorama schools, banking at Guthrie County State Bank, and most recently with her daughter Juliana running their vintage and homemade goods business, Jules.
She was a faithful Christian. She enjoyed services at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Polk City and had belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton and St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jeffrey Hewitt; daughters, Heather (Dan) Barth, Juliana (Matt) Rasmussen, twins Jessie (Dan) Garcia and Jamie (Mike) Paul; son, Joshua (Meredith) Hewitt; eight grandchildren, Caleb (Juliana), Jeydan (Jessie), Grace (Juliana), Jordan (Juliana), Amanda (Jessie), Zoey (Heather), Will (Heather), and AJ (Jamie); brothers, Mike (Chris) Jackson and Dallas (Barb) Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at the Twigg Funeral Home, 219 E. Main St. in Panora.  

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
Sunrise on Lake Panorama

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

Trish Hart has been taking photos of Lake Panorama’s beauty for many years. She and her husband Scott bought a lot in Andrew’s Cove in 2007. They had a home built, which was completed in 2012, and moved to the lake fulltime in 2014. Their home is across the lake from Sunset Beach and near the beginning of the Narrows.
While many of Trish’s photos involve birds and other wildlife, she says she and Scott also enjoy catching sunrises and sunsets on Lake Panorama.
“We are amazed at the beautiful reflections the colors provide on the lake,” she says. This photo of a Lake Panorama sunrise was taken in December from the Hart’s back deck.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 
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Posted 1/12/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Names: Winston and Javy
Age: 3
Breed: miniature schnauzers
Owner: Traci Kauffman

Winston and Javy seem to love everyone, especially kids. They enjoy car rides, walks and going to the lake. Winston likes to play fetch and greets Traci with a toy when she comes home. Javy is Traci’s secret service agent by day, keeping watch for any critter or visitor with a voice it is not afraid to use. They are both just happy, affectionate and joyful fellas. 

Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch. 

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

More than $18,000 worth of fish has been added to Lake Panorama by Fin and Feather in two different deliveries this fall. Fish stocking totals for 2021 included 2,500 walleye, 1,000 smallmouth bass, 2,000 largemouth bass and 2,085 perch.
Fin and Feather stocks fish that range from 3 inches to 8 inches in length, depending on the species, to promote high survival rates. Fingerlings are less expensive, but survival rates are lower. Experience has shown group leaders that stocking larger fish is a good investment.
Volunteers in the non-profit Fin and Feather group have been stocking fish and working to improve fishing conditions in Lake Panorama since 1984. When the dam was closed in 1970, the only thing natural to the lake was crappie, largemouth bass, carp and catfish.
The long-time supplier for the fish-stocking program is North Star Fish Hatchery, a third-generation, family-owned business in Montour, Iowa. North Star brought the fish to Lake Panorama’s Boulder Beach, where the fish were introduced into the lake via a tube attached to the water-filled truck. Some also were dropped into the lake from nets used to scoop them out of tanks in the truck.
Besides stocking fish, the group helps improve fish habitat and sponsors an annual fishing derby for children during Panorama Days. Fin and Feather raises its money through annual memberships and a fundraising banquet each spring.
The 2022 banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, the same date as the LPA annual meeting. The event will be held at the Lake Panorama National conference center, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.  

2022 golf memberships are now available
A payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.

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

Anyone who was a golfing member of either Panorama West or Lake Panorama National in 2021 will receive 2022 golf membership applications and related information about the 2022 season in their mailbox. Application forms also are available online and in the LPN pro shop.
There are two golf courses at Lake Panorama, both offering annual memberships. Lake Panorama National is an 18-hole course located on the east side of Lake Panorama. Panorama West is a nine-hole course on the west side of the lake. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association and managed by Lake Panorama National.
Annual memberships are available at both courses for both Lake Panorama Association property owners and those who are not LPA property owners. All memberships include free use of the Lake Panorama National driving range.
In an effort to expand membership access to LPN amenities, a payment program is available for all golf membership categories, plus the LPN pool and fitness center.
Those interested can pay their 2022 membership choices automatically through their bank account. Starting March 20, 2022, and ending Aug. 20, 2022, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from their bank account. For this service a convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is included in the 2022 membership mailing and also online and in the LPN pro shop.
There are several membership options. The All-Inclusive Resort and Golf membership includes golf at both courses, plus unlimited use of the driving range, pool and fitness center at Lake Panorama National Resort.
For LPA property owners, prices for the all-inclusive membership are $3,381 for a family, $2,824.50 for a couple, and $2,149.50 for an individual. This membership option also is available to non-LPA property owners at the prices of $3,739, $3,186 and $2,512.
A Lake Panorama National 2022 membership for LPA property owners is priced at $2,310 for families, $1,963 for couples, $1,500 for an individual, and $385 for junior golfers younger than the age of 18. This membership for non-LPA property owners costs $2,540 for families, $2,194 for couples, $1,732 for individuals and $385 for juniors.
For LPA property owners joining at Panorama West, fees are $721 for a family, $566.50 for a couple, $412 for an individual and $103 for a junior. For non-LPA property owners, Panorama West memberships cost $824, $669.50, $515 and $103 for those same four categories.
A special “first time” membership is available for those who have never been a Lake Panorama National member. The cost of this membership for a family is $1,155, for a couple it is $982, and for an individual, the cost is $750. LPN members who refer a “first time” person who joins will receive $50 in LPN pro shop credit.
Finally, distance memberships at Lake Panorama National are available for people who do not own a home at Lake Panorama, and who live more than 18 miles from the LPN. This membership costs $1,964 for a family, $1,617 for a couple, and $1,068 for an individual.
Memberships for the swimming pool and fitness center at the LPN also are listed on the 2022 membership applications.
Those using private carts on either golf course must pay a trail fee. At the LPN, members have the option of a cart lease, which entitles one person to a seat on an LPN cart for the season.
Other services listed on the membership form are cart storage at both courses, plus bag storage and a USGA handicap at the LPN. Those who play in the LPN’s leagues and handicap tournaments must pay the $30 handicap fee. This fee is not required for Panorama West leagues.
Those who choose the all-inclusive membership and pay in full by Jan. 31, 2022, will receive a $125 LPN gift card. LPN golf memberships paid in full by Jan. 31, 2022, will receive a $100 LPN gift card. Panorama West golf memberships paid in full by the same date will receive a $25 LPN gift card.
As an extra incentive to pay in 2021, all memberships paid by Dec. 31, 2021, will be entered into a drawing. Prizes awarded will include a driver and fairway wood combo valued at $850; $500 in LPN Diners Club credit; Bushnell range finder valued at $300; a Michael Kleinwolterink print valued at $200; three-dozen Titleist custom golf balls valued at $180; a 2022 single LPN pool and fitness membership valued at $350; and a nine-hole playing lesson with Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional.
Membership forms are online at

A new film column, business page feedback and a sturgeon?

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Posted 12/7/2021
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

What was the last movie you saw at a theater? If you are like me, you really have to think for a bit before answering that. Due to the pandemic, many of us have opted to stream movies at home, using a variety of services. Meanwhile, I do miss going to the theater and watching the latest releases on the big screen with a tub of buttery popcorn and a box of Milk Duds.
Regardless of where you watch, there is no denying that movie-viewing is one of America’s favorite pastimes. So with that in mind, I was intrigued when Michael C. Woody reached out to me with the idea of having him write film reviews from a local perspective for the Lake Panorama Times. It sounded like a great idea to me, so you will find his first installment this month. I hope you give it a thumbs up.

’Twas the night before
If you are looking for a wonderful Christmas story to warm the hearts of the young and old alike, then be sure to check out CITYVIEW magazine this month where you will find Bob Hullihan’s classic story of the waterbug, a pair of silverfish, a young spider, three ladybugs, a cricket and a trouble-making mouse that teach us all a thing or two about generational differences and tradition. Pick up a copy of the magazine on the stands or check out the story online at                

Jamie Pollard
Most of you know that Iowa State University athletic director Jamie Pollard and his wife Ellen are lake residents. And most of you know that Jamie recently announced his cancer diagnosis while also stressing the importance of early detection. Please join me in keeping Jamie and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Business page submissions
Several of you have commented on how you appreciate the addition of our business page to Lake Panorama Times. I appreciate the feedback as we continue to grow our coverage of the local business community, in addition to lake residents who own or operate businesses. I welcome your story ideas, as well as any news brief items that you would like us to include. You can submit on our website at or email directly to me at

A few lake chuckles
My friend Bill was standing on the edge of Jones Cove at Lake Panorama. I yelled over to him, “How do I get to the other side?” He replied, “You are on the other side.” Uggh.
Want some more? Here’s a little humor for your friends in the medical industry. Ask them, “Who carries out operations in a lake?” The answer? A sturgeon, of course.
And finally, we don’t have mountains in Iowa, but many of you do enjoy the scenery around mountain lakes in other locations. In fact, some of you say they are absolutely gorges.

More of this kind of stuff
If you enjoy my monthly musings, you can read similar columns by subscribing to our free email newsletter, The Daily Umbrella, delivered via email each weekday morning. Sign up at
Merry Christmas to all of you, and, as always, thank you for reading. n

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

A total of $1,266 was raised to support the Lake Panorama dog park. 

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

Twenty families took the opportunity to get photos with their pets Nov. 21 at the Furry Family photos event at Twin Vines. Brad and Ben Hayes, owners of Twin Vines, donated the use of their event venue for the fundraiser.
Freewill donations were given to Friends of Lake Panorama in exchange for volunteers snapping family photos with cameras and smartphones provided by a family member. A total of $1,266 was raised to support the Lake Panorama dog park.
The Friends dog park task force organized the event. Committee members decorated three areas at Twin Vines for the holiday photos. These included an antique sleigh near the red barn, loaned by Carol and Derek VanKirk; an antique truck, loaned by Dave Leonard, parked in front of a row of pine trees; and hay bales arranged in the entrance of the red barn bridge.
Construction on the dog park is nearing completion, with work on the entrance area and parking lot still to be done. The dog park will open sometime in 2022, once the turfgrass is well established. The park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road on the east side of Lake Panorama and will be open to Lake Panorama property owners and their guests. 

Russian tea cakes

Sara and mom cookie baking
Posted 12/7/2021
By Jolene Goodman

I love to bake. And, I love to bake Christmas cookies. At this stage in life, I am learning to modify recipes to have less fat and sugar in them. I am, slowly, learning and applying these tricks. However, I am not willing to sacrifice the recipes and tastes of traditional Christmas cookies to save a few calories or worry about how healthy these treats are. There are just some things in life that are worth the splurge, and the holiday season is one of these times every year. Moderation helps.
So, baking lots of Christmas cookies and holiday treats is a tradition that takes place in our household. Our favorites include frosted sugar cookies (that is the No. 1 family favorite), spritz, Russian tea cakes, butterscotch corn flake balls, covered pretzels, pecan tassies, cinnamon-sugar trail mix and fudge (Shane’s favorite). Other recipes come and go, but those are the mainstays. My favorite is the Russian tea cake cookie, and I have shared the recipe here. All my recipes are, of course, my mother’s. She was a great baker and cook, so I thank her for nurturing this love I have, and grateful for all the great recipes I am able to pass down to our daughters and you. Bake and enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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

Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix together thoroughly: butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Sift together and stir in flour and salt.
Mix in ground walnuts.
Chill dough.
Roll into 1-inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until set, but not brown.
While warm, roll in powdered sugar.
Cool, then roll in powdered sugar again.
Makes 4 1/2 dozen.  We always double this recipe.

Dec. 15 set for launch of new LPA website 
The private side of the website will be restricted to Lake Panorama property owners. 

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

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) plans to launch a new website Dec. 15, replacing the current site that has been in place since 2009. Over the years, the old website has become difficult to navigate, as additional information and features were added.
This new website will be simpler to use, while continuing to provide LPA staff the ability to communicate directly with members, and provide the important documents members need.
There will be both public and private sides. The home page on the public site will include information about Lake Panorama and the LPA. The private side of the website will be restricted to Lake Panorama property owners.
The website address will remain the same as the old site  — The home page will have tabs for “Resident Sign-Up” and “Resident Sign-In.” When the website launches, emails will be sent to all property owners who currently have an email address registered with the LPA office. This email will provide details on how to create an account and take members directly to the private side.
LPA members who have not registered for the current website won’t receive an email invitation. They still will be able to set-up an account through the “Resident Sign-Up” option, and gain access to the private side of the website after being verified as an LPA member.
Members must sign up to join the new site, this isn’t something the LPA staff can automatically do. Members who do not sign up will no longer receive LPA’s weekly email news bulletins or emergency bulletins, or be able to access LPA documents that will only be available on the private side of the website. For these reasons, the LPA staff is encouraging members to sign up immediately once they receive notice the new website is live.
The new website will not only make things easier and simpler for members, but will allow members to ensure their current contact information is up to date. It’s important for LPA to know member email addresses and phone numbers, so staff can reach out with questions or concerns related to their Lake Panorama property. Members will have the option to share their contact information with other members that sign up. Contact information will not be shared unless members check the “Share Contact Information” box. This can be changed at any time.
“Members will be prompted to register via email, but they must complete the final step to ensure their information is up-to-date and they are in our system to receive weekly email bulletins and special announcements,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “We appreciate the membership’s patience and support as we both roll out the new website and make sure we have their contact information up to date.”


Posted 12/7/2021
John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, invites LPA members to join him for coffee and other refreshments at this informal gathering on Thursday, Dec. 9. This event will be at the Lake Panorama National conference center, begin at 10:30 a.m., and will last about an hour.
At these coffees, Rutledge provides an update on current happenings and takes questions from members in attendance. The main focus for the Dec. 9 session will be the 2022 LPA and LPN budgets, which received final approval at the LPA board’s Nov. 23 meeting. Other topics will be projects being undertaken by the LPA, LPN and the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).
If members have questions or items they would like covered about LPA policies or developments, they can email to give Rutledge an opportunity to prepare in advance. LPA members with questions specific to their own membership or property should call the LPA office during regular business hours at 641-755-2301.

What’s happening at the LPN
Dec. 31 will bring events for both children and adults.

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

With the busy golf and banquet season in the rearview mirror, LPN staff members are making an extra effort to bring people into the conference center. The LPN, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lake Panorama Association. As such, the LPA benefits when business is strong at the LPN.
Happy hour specials are available 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with special pricing on seltzers, pints, well drinks and house wines.
A new Links menu launched in mid-November. It has many of the old favorites, while offering several new items that have become new favorites. In addition, a weekly features menu includes rotating items not on the regular menu.
A four-week trial offering Sunday breakfast began Nov. 14 and proved successful. The Sunday breakfast will continue for two additional Sundays, on Dec. 12 and Dec. 26. A separate breakfast menu is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to the regular menu available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Bloody Mary and mimosa bar is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $8 per drink.
A decision on whether to continue Sunday breakfast in 2022 is pending. Current Links kitchen hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch the LPN Facebook page, LPN Resort Weekly newsletter or the LPN website for updates.
The annual LPN Holiday Brunch will be Sunday, Dec. 19, and include both breakfast and lunch items. Service will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with reservations taken every half hour. The cost is $24 for adults, $11 for children ages 5 to 12, with children ages 4 and younger free.
Dec. 31 will bring events for both children and adults. A Noon Year’s Eve party for kids will include cookie decorating, crafts, activities, and a milk and cookie toast at noon. This party will be 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at a cost of $15 per child.
An adult New Year’s Eve party in the banquet room will begin with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Buffet dinner stations will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A chocolate fountain buffet will remain open until 11 p.m.
A disc jockey will provide music throughout the evening, with dancing starting at 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Ticket prices include social hour appetizers, buffet, chocolate fountain, party favors, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Room packages with LPN Resort accommodations are available that combine overnight lodging and admission tickets. Attendance is being capped at 200.
Reservations are required for both the Dec. 19 brunch and the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve parties. Call the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080. For more information on these and other LPN Resort events, check out the LPN calendar at
The LPN staff is interested in feedback from members, including suggestions for future special events, menu items and anything else related to the LPN food and beverage department. Submit comments online at

Friends of Lake Panorama president provides update.

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

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to supporting recreational amenities at Lake Panorama. The first meeting of the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors was Dec. 3, 2013. An application for nonprofit status was filed with the IRS in January 2014, and approved in July of that year.
The charity is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. In this month’s Q&A, Jan Reinicke, Friends president, talks about current projects and future goals.

Q. Let’s start with a look back at some of the major projects Friends of Lake Panorama has helped make possible in the last seven years. 
A. With the help of the LPA community being central to our success, I believe it’s an impressive list of projects completed in the very short time we’ve been in existence.
Our first major project was a destination playground at Sunset Beach. It was a partnership project, completed in 2016, with Friends raising $80,000 and LPA contributing $50,000. We built upon that success with our second large project being the sports courts at Boulder Beach providing fans of basketball, pickleball and tennis many hours of fun and exercise. It was also a partnership project with the LPA.
Our next project in 2017 was a transformation of the Panorama West golf course thanks to an estate gift of $473,00 from James and Joyce McLuen. It allowed the addition of many improvements, but also challenged Friends to establish a protocol for handling future estate gifts. It was a generous gift by longtime lake residents deciding to support something they loved by including a bequest in their will. We’re hoping it encourages others to think about the future impact they can have on recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.
Another major project completed this year was a $70,000 fundraising campaign for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. As always, the LPA provided in-kind contributions of assistance with installation, oversight and maintenance.

Q. Tell us about the progress on the Lake Panorama Dog Park. 
A. The possibility of building a dog park at Lake Panorama had been discussed for many years, even before Friends of Lake Panorama existed. Because the idea had received strong support from a segment of the LPA membership, in 2019 the Friends board recruited volunteers to serve on a dog park task force to study location, design, costs and rules.
That group shared their proposal with the Friends board in 2020, which endorsed the plan and sent it to the LPA board of directors for consideration. At its August meeting, the LPA board agreed Friends could raise funds for a dog park. A $50,000 goal was set, and fundraising began in October 2020.
The members of the dog park task force took a high-profile role once the project was approved by the Friends and LPA boards. What resulted was a group of people who recruited other dog lovers to the cause and successfully organized a fundraising event last fall, raising $6,225 with a dog walk, golf tournament, raffle, auction and reception.
This past summer, the same group raised more than $3,700 with a garage sale of donated items. In October, the group hosted a dog walk that raised $325. In November, committee members hosted a Furry Family Photos event, bringing in donations of $1,266.
Private donations continued at a strong pace, and $45,000 had been raised by this past summer. The fourth Friends Beach Ball was held July 30, with a profit of $25,000. The Friends board committed $5,000 of those profits to reach the $50,000 goal for the dog park.
This has been a very successful fundraising model for Friends. In addition to the many fundraising events held, the networking among task force members and supporters in the community resulted in many donations coming in faster than for many of the other projects we’ve sponsored.
Most importantly, it demonstrates what a small group of committed people with some well-defined goals can accomplish to make their community a better place for them and their furry friends.
I’m happy to report much of the dog park construction is complete, with only the entrance gates and a small shelter over the entrance left to build. Grass was seeded this fall, and has emerged, but additional seeding will be needed in the spring. Two trees have been planted. The LPA will be installing a parking area and two picnic benches. Friends continues to accept donations for the dog park to purchase additional trees, and perhaps some benches, plus help with ongoing maintenance costs.
The park will be open to LPA members and their guests. Opening will take place sometime in 2022, and will depend on how soon the turfgrass is fully established.
Q. What other projects are in the works? 
A. Friends will be completing two other projects in 2022, using funds from the 2021 Beach Ball. Enhancements to an existing trail near the Panorama West golf course are underway. The existing trail is used by the Panorama School District as a cross-country track site. A task force of volunteers has developed plans that include marking a portion of this trail and designating it as the “official” Panorama West Trail.
For safety reasons, and in compliance with current LPA rules, users of this 2.5-mile trail, which includes a 1.5 mile out-and-back section, and an optional 1-mile loop, may include hikers, runners, cross-country skiers and dogwalkers, but no motorized vehicles.
The newly marked trail will wind through grassy open areas and timber but will not cross the golf course or roadways. A trail map will be placed on an informational kiosk that will double as a trail head sign. The trail head, with limited parking, will be located at the end of the Nicholl Drive cul-de-sac just east of the Panorama West clubhouse.
Low profile 4x4 recycled plastic lumber posts with directional signage, recreational symbols, and distance markers, plus two recycled plastic benches, will be installed along the multi-use portion of the trail.
Another project made possible by the 2021 Beach Ball is the addition of three swings to the Sunset Beach playground. These will be installed in spring 2022.
Fundraising is underway for two new projects. One is a half-court basketball at Sunset Beach. The court will be on a concrete pad 40-feet wide by 50-feet deep. Sport Construction Midwest, headquartered in Adel, will install a new Goalsetter MVP hoop, place tile on the concrete, and paint half-court lines. A 10-foot-high fence and one gate will complete this project.
Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped $40,000 can be raised for construction in 2022. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign at the court.
The other new project involves developing a proposal for a multi-use recreational area on Lake Panorama’s south shore. At its June 2021 meeting, the LPA board of directors unanimously approved a motion to allow Friends to develop this “recreational concept.”
A volunteer task force is working on a proposal to take to the LPA board in the spring. The proposal will include a disc golf course and a walking/hiking trail, with additional recreational amenities considered. The plan will need approval from the LPA board of directors before work begins, but Friends is accepting donations for this effort now.
One final project I want to mention. In the last two years, four high-quality metal benches have been placed in various locations at both Sunset and Boulder Beach. Locations at all three beaches have been identified for additional metal benches, either stationary or swinging. The current cost of one of these benches on a concrete slab is about $3,200.
These benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. The benches include signs that can be engraved with up to four lines of text.
We are not conducting a general fundraising campaign for benches. Instead, this “Benches at Beaches” project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a bench. We hope to find sponsors for several benches before installation, which would mean a cost savings on concrete pours and reduced shipping costs.
So far this fall, Friends has received donations from two couples for two new swinging benches, one at Shady Beach and one at Boulder Beach, which will be installed in 2022. Anyone interested in discussing the sponsorship of a bench at one of Lake Panorama’s three beaches can email, or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.

Q. What are the various ways people can donate to Friends? 
A. First, I want to remind everyone that all donations are tax-deductible, and donors receive a confirmation letter for tax purposes. Statistics indicate a high percentage of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year so we’re looking forward to additional contributions coming in to support the basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, the South Shore Recreational Concept, the dog park, and the Friends general fund.
There are several options to donate. One easy way is to clip the coupon from the Friends ad in this issue of the Lake Panorama Times, fill it out and mail it with a check to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O .Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Or simply include a note with your check so we know how you want your donation used, and mail to the same address.
On the Friends website — — there is a donation form that provides more details. This form can be printed, completed and mailed with a check. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website.
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions — for donors older than age 70 ½ who are required to take forced IRA distributions. There are potential tax-saving benefits when considering either of these direct donation strategies. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, at 641-755-2799 or

Q. Any additional thoughts you’d like to share?
A. Friends of Lake Panorama is the perfect opportunity to forge a strong partnership with the Lake Panorama Association to improve the recreational opportunities here at the lake. Working together, we have the potential to improve the quality of life for current and future residents. While the LPA’s focus, out of necessity, needs to be on safety, security and infrastructure needs, Friends of Lake Panorama can be a catalyst and support group focusing on the amenities our community members desire.
Our working relationship with the LPA is a good model as we move forward. The LPA board has provided financial contributions when possible and many in-kind contributions. LPA staff have spent many hours helping make each of the projects come to be a part of life at Lake Panorama.
We are proud of our commitment to engage LPA community members in establishing priorities and continuing our work to provide additional amenities. The volunteer committee working on developing a concept for recreational amenities on the South Shore is another good example of seeking input from community members with expertise and commitment.
We will be doing outreach for the support needed to complete the next phase of projects and hope you’ll include Friends in your priorities. We’d like to widen our fundraising base in the community and get new first-time donors on board. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to build a strong Friends organization for the future.
That future support can include marking your calendars now for the fifth Beach Ball on July 22, 2022. This is our primary fundraising event in addition to the individual donations we solicit throughout the year. It’s always a fun event so save the date and plan to attend. More information will be available in the spring. 


Posted 12/7/2021
Marcia Jean (Ruemper) Harris, 87, of Panora, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, surrounded by family and friends at the Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center, Iowa.
Marcia was born on Sept. 8, 1934, in Des Moines to Raymond Samuel and Gladys (Brockway) Ruemper. She married William G. Harris of Elkhart, Iowa, on June 18, 1954.
Marcia enjoyed playing golf, bridge, traveling and watching all types of sports. She also enjoyed sharing a glass of beer or wine with good friends. Also known as the “Sassy Bear Lady,” she collected all types of bears from all over the world, many gifted from friends and family. Marcia was also a longtime Chicago Cubs fan who lived long enough to see them win the World Series in 2016, which she was grateful for.
Marcia was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bill Harris, her mother Gladys and father Raymond Samuel Ruemper, sister Sharon West of Des Moines, and son-in-law Roger Sydnes of Ames.
She is survived by her son, Mark Harris of Elkhart; daughter, Kim Sydnes and her children, Sam and Andy, all of Ames, as well as very dear nephew and nieces.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Guthrie Center. 

Twin Vines offers unique location for special events
The Twin Vines name reflects Brad and Ben Hayes being twins, with a nod to the grape vines they decided could stay.

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

Ask Brad and Ben Hayes why they were interested in purchasing the vineyard and buildings on Highway 44 one mile west of Panora, and they both look a little sheepish.
“In the beginning, we weren’t interested in the vineyard and buildings at all,” Brad says. “The attraction was the farm ground that came with the vineyard. We farm with our family, growing corn, beans and cattle, and saw this farm ground as the perfect opportunity to expand.”
Brad and Ben are twins, the sons of Rick and Mary Hayes. Brother Matt is the oldest of four children. In between him and the twins is sister Michelle Meinecke, who lives with her husband Cory and their two sons in Yale. The four siblings grew up on Lake Panorama and graduated from Panorama schools.
The twins purchased the farm ground in 2018. First, they wanted to learn about the acre-and-a-half of grape vines.
“We needed to figure out what we had there, and if we should keep it or tear it out,” Ben says.
They got help from Iowa State University Extension personnel and other grape growers. Once they learned it takes five years or more for grape vines to produce fruit, they decided it would be a shame to tear it out.
They talked with their sister Michelle, who agreed to try her hand at making wine from the grapes.
“Some friends and I had used winemaking kits in the past, so I had some knowledge about the process,” she says. “But it’s different when you’re harvesting and using your own fruit. The winemaking has turned into a family operation. It’s fun to be part of the process from the beginning to the end.”
The vineyard includes five different grape varieties. In 2019, the Hayes family harvested their grapes, donated some to a food bank, and used some to make their first batch of wine.
“We got about 50 bottles, which we mostly gave away as gifts,” Michelle says. “In 2020, we sold some of our grapes, plus bought some grapes from other growers. That gave us enough to make more wine than the previous year.”
They sold some of that 2020 wine at events held this year, but ran out in July. This fall they harvested a good crop from their own vineyard and purchased grapes from other Iowa vineyards. As in previous years, family members and friends helped with the grape harvest and winemaking.
If all goes as planned, both red and white wine will be bottled in January and February.
“This is the most wine we’ve made so far,” Michelle says. “We hope we’ll have more bottles available in 2022 to use during our special events and offer to those hosting events here.”
By late 2020, Ben and Brad were ready to introduce the Twin Vines event center. On Nov. 1, a sign painting workshop offered in collaboration with Art on the Fly, based in Jefferson and owned by Jolene Peters, was held in the Twin Vines Venue. Sixteen people attended, and the event was deemed a success.
Twin Vines was chosen as the name for the wine the family was bottling, as well as the event center they were planning. The name reflects Brad and Ben being twins, with a nod to the grape vines they decided could stay. A logo that features the red barn was created and is used on wine bottle labels and promotional materials.
The brothers purchased tables and chairs for the second-floor venue and installed a bar on one side. Kandi Meinecke, owner of Britches and Bows, added decorative touches. With windows on three sides, the room offers panoramic views of the vineyard and the surrounding area.
The venue can handle about 50 people sitting at tables, or up to 200 if people are coming and going. Pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis, with rental either by the half-day or full-day. Besides the meeting room, the venue rental fee includes use of the grounds, the vineyard gazebo, and covered bridge. Since the large barn is used for winemaking, it’s not open to the public.
A special hourly rate is offered for photographers who take graduation pictures or family photos, with several outdoor settings available for backdrops.
This year, Twin Vines sponsored a Dueling Fiddles live music event, with two women fiddlers performing from a deck on the upper level of the barn. A food truck provided several options, and craft beers were available. About 100 tickets were sold to guests who brought folding chairs and blankets to spread out near the vineyard for the performance.
On Oct. 2, Twin Vines hosted a five-course Farm-to-Table dinner featuring locally sourced cuisine. The appetizer course was served in the gazebo near the vineyard, with the other four courses at long tables near the barn. The sold-out event hosted 50 diners.
Reshape Fitness Studio in Panora has held several events at Twin Vines, including yoga sessions paired with either wine or cider. Reshape held a 3-mile Turkey Trot walk/run at Twin Vines on Thanksgiving morning both this year and last year.
Private events in the venue have included birthday, retirement, reunion, graduation and holiday parties, plus baby and bridal showers. Several corporate events have been held, from training sessions to a real estate business open house to a Panora Chamber meeting.
The twins continue to look at what other venues are doing and plan to sponsor a few of their own events each year.
“We’re always open to ideas for different types of events, and looking for opportunities,” says Brad. “Our time is really the main limiting factor, since we all work full-time.”
Michelle works at EMC Insurance in Des Moines.
“With the winemaking, we’re learning as we go, but we’re having fun with it,” she says.
The twins both graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. Ben majored in construction management at UNI before attending Iowa State University to earn a master’s in business. He is project manager for Formation Group in Johnston, a company that assists clients with building development and planning.
Brad majored in real estate and finance and has his own real estate appraisal business. His office is located within the Twin Vines building, so he’s the main contact for those who have questions or want to schedule a tour. He can be reached at 641-757-9808 or by email at
Twin Vines has a Facebook page and a website. The website, at, has a form that can be completed to get the rental process started. The venue is available for reservations 365 days of the year.
The twins of Twin Vines say they’re pleased with their first year in the event venue business.
“We’re meeting new people, and enjoying the unique things we’ve sponsored this year, like the Farm-to-Table dinner,” says Brad.
Ben says he’s happy with the success they’ve had so far.
“This opportunity is unique, but we’re having fun with it,” he says. “There aren’t any other event venues in Guthrie County that offer such a unique setting. We’re looking forward to having more people discover Twin Vines.” 


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Posted 12/7/2021
By Curtis Thornberry
President, Panora and Lake Panorama Area Economic Development - PRIDE

It would be easy to think back over 2021 and recount all the business opportunities that were made harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, I had to attend countless meetings and a couple of statewide conferences over Zoom that would normally have been held in person. I worked through numerous projects that seemed straightforward, but were significantly delayed because of supply chain disruptions. I talked with owners and managers of local businesses who were experiencing challenges with hiring staff. Rather than focus on the negative, however, I want to stress how productive this year has been for economic development as Panora checks off some of the boxes on its list of goals.
Like many rural Iowa communities, Panora entered this year with a lot of uncertainty but is exiting the year with a lot to look forward to. Housing and commercial development have been key goals over the last couple of years for PRIDE and the City of Panora. When I talk with area businesses, one of the things I hear is how challenging it can be to find housing locally. Hiring new employees for the city can be also a challenge.
Several years ago, the City of Panora conducted a housing assessment that highlighted the related challenges the community has. Issues such as aging housing stock, lack of homes for sale and limited rentals have impacted employers’ ability to hire from outside the area and limited the options that prospective residents had in looking to move to the community. One of the pluses included fiber broadband services to all properties in the community, a service that many relied on to work from home during the pandemic.
This past year, several things have happened to push housing forward in the community. First, the City of Panora partnered with the Region XII Council of Governments to plan for the construction of four new low- to moderate-income houses. The building sites were supplied by the City, and the grant applications were submitted for housing tax credits and development funds. This type of housing is essential for the school district looking to bring in new teachers, local government looking to hire police officers, or local businesses looking to expand their operations. Beginning in 2022, we should begin to see construction on these properties in Panora. Demand for lake property outside Panora continues to drive the local market, with Lake Panorama seeing 17 new houses in 2021, not including remodels of existing properties.
The City is also working with Panorama Schools and Panora Telco through a public/private partnership to extend Clay Street west of N.W. 4th Street to Panther Drive and the elementary school complex. This project will bring a number of benefits to the community. The improved safety response times and reduced traffic congestion on the school campus will be noticeable. The project will also address stormwater issues in the area and make up to 18 buildable lots available for new housing near the school.
The downtown commercial business district continues to thrive. I receive frequent requests for businesses looking to locate in Panora in the Downtown Historic Business District, but the requests can’t be satisfied because of limited commercial inventory. Earlier this year, the Iowa Downtown Resource Center performed a Downtown Walk Around analysis for the City. In their report, they noted that “Good things are happening in [Panora].” They even remarked that many of the issues they see in communities of Panora’s size have already been addressed locally, including downtown design standards, a vibrant town square, revolving loan fund resources and development incentives for business façade improvements. While there are several storefronts that are vacant, overall, there is a good mix of businesses with retail, restaurants/hospitality, and professional services available downtown.
Two properties on the east edge of downtown, including 106 E. Main St. and 113 E. Main St. are available for sale or will be soon. The Ben’s Five and Dime is closing at the end of the year, and this will leave a 10,800-square-foot vacancy at 106 E. Main St. beginning January 2022. An additional 6,400-square-foot space is available on the east end of the Downtown Historic Business District as well and is on the market today.
In addition to business development through the main business corridor, other commercial projects have been occurring in the City. In the Panora Telco business park, two new businesses have moved into the building at 102 S.E. 13th St. Restyle Décor & Consigned Furniture and Reshape Fitness Studio renovated a Broker’s International property. Guthrie County Hospital and Clinics is also building a new clinic at the entrance to the business park. The clinic will replace the existing location in the Panora Plaza and is slated to open the beginning of 2022.
If 2022 is anything like 2021, it will be important to stay focused and nimble when it comes to local development projects. With the increase in housing, there will be more opportunities to attract families to support local businesses and attract new ones to the area as well. Many of the goals set by the City over the past several years will become reality soon enough. It’s also important to recognize that relationships and partnerships are key to the success of these projects. PRIDE is a local economic development organization that foster’s collaboration in the business community and seeks ways to support and grow local businesses and the environment necessary for their success.

Two new members were appointed to the board for three-year terms.

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

Friends of Lake Panorama is governed by a volunteer, seven-member board of directors. The board held its 2022 organizational meeting Nov. 29.
At the meeting, two new members were appointed to the board for three-year terms. Bill Winkleblack replaced Tricia Steffen, who has been on the Friends board since the nonprofit began in December 2013. Jackie Wellik replaced Emily Spradling, who was appointed to the board in May 2016 to complete two years of her husband Jim’s term when he was elected to the LPA board. She then served one full three-year term.
Other board members are Galen Johnson, Jody Muench, John Muenzenberger, Jan Reinicke and Jim Tibbles.
In officer elections, Reinicke was elected president, Tibbles vice president, and John Muenzenberger secretary-treasurer. Susan Thompson is the non-profit’s executive director.
For the past year, the charity has focused on raising $50,000 for the Lake Panorama Dog Park. A total of $45,000 had been donated in advance of the July 30 Beach Ball fundraiser. That event cleared $25,000, and at a meeting in August, the Friends board voted to direct $5,000 to the Beach Ball proceeds to the dog park.
Construction is nearing completion. Turfgrass that was seeded late this fall was able to germinate, but overseeding will be needed in the spring. The park will open in 2022, once the turfgrass is established well enough to handle the expected traffic.
Two trees have been planted at the park, which were donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. Fundraising will continue to add more trees to the park in the fall of 2022. In the future, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased. Donations designated to the dog park also will be used to cover ongoing expenses for waste bags, and perhaps the installation of a couple of benches.
Other topics discussed at the Friends board meeting included a report on progress being made on establishing a multi-use Panorama West Trail and three swings that will be added to the Sunset Beach playground. Both projects are being funded with proceeds from the 2021 Beach Ball and will be completed in spring 2022.
Board members reviewed plans for a new project — a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, for which fundraising is underway. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped $40,000 can be raised for construction in 2022.
The Friends board formed a task force to develop a proposal for recreational amenities on Lake Panorama’s South Shore. The task force is made up of both Friends board members and additional volunteers from the community. The proposal created by this task force will be presented to the LPA board in the spring. The proposal is expected to include a disc golf course and walking trail with additional amenities also being considered.
Preliminary plans for the next fundraising Beach Ball were discussed. The event will be held July 22, 2022. Final decisions on plans, pricing and how funds raised at this event will be used will be made at the board’s spring meeting.
Currently, donors giving to Friends can designate their gift to the basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, South Shore future recreational amenities, the Lake Panorama dog park, and the Friends general fund.
Donations can be made by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216. Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Friends-Panorama. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at
Donations of securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) are welcome, as are direct IRA qualified charitable distributions. For information, contact Kristen Crouthamel, financial advisor at GCSB Investment Center, 641-755-2799 or
Details on past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. Those interested in keeping up to date about Friends activities are asked to “like” and “share” the Friends page. Questions or comments? Send an email to


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Posted 12/7/2021
By cheryl temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: GW (Short for George Washington)
Owners: Pam and Britt Shelton

GW thinks he is the President of the United States. The cat sits stoutly in high places and acts more like a guard dog. GW has a friend here at the lake, Mr. Fox, that he watches from the window. GW was found at 10 weeks old with a car fan belt mark on a leg. The cat used one of its nine lives while taking a ride to a park while under the car. GW is the Shelton’s third rescue cat.


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Posted 12/7/2021
By cheryl temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Gunner
Owners: Krissy and Don Ross

Gunner is a 21-month-old Aussie Shepherd Border Collie mix that lives on Burchfield Cove with Krissy and Don Ross and playmate Hunny. Gunner enjoys going out on the boat. If you drive by his house, he will run back and forth yelling “hi” to you because he is a friendly boy. 

Great Blue Herons at Lake Panorama 

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

One of the largest birds seen at Lake Panorama is the Great Blue Heron. The one shown here is a frequent visitor to the small cove where Trish and Scott Hart live. Trish Hart is a photographer who offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass.
Great Blue Herons typically are seen in Iowa along the edges of rivers, lakes and wetlands. These birds are tall with a long neck and a wide black stripe over their eye. They are grayish blue in color and have long feather plumes on their head, neck and back.
Most of the time, Great Blue Herons are either motionless or moving very slowly through the water looking for their prey. Common foods include fish, frogs, reptiles, small mammals and even other birds. Great Blue Herons build their nests, which are made of sticks, high in trees.
For more information about Trish Hart’s photography, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

Members of the Lakeside team described the certifications and support they received using Future Ready Iowa grants.

Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Lakeside Village hosted Gov. Kim Reynolds Oct. 26 as a part of Reynolds’ 99 County Tour. The focus of the visit was how Lakeside used Future Ready Iowa grant funds over the last two years to provide education and training for good paying jobs and careers.
In 2020, Lakeside Village was awarded two Future Ready Iowa Grants totaling $246,800. The funds were used to assist Iowans obtain certifications within long-term care career paths. More than 200 people took CNA classes, 50 people became ServSafe certified, and 15 took the Iowa assisted living manager course.
This year, Lakeside Village was awarded $48,000 through Future Ready Iowa for a summer youth internship pilot program. The grant allowed the senior living facility to offer a six-week paid internship to local youth. Internships were offered in management/marketing, maintenance, nursing and culinary.
During Reynolds’ visit, members of the Lakeside team described the certifications and support they received using Future Ready Iowa grants. Reynolds also toured the classroom made possible by grant funds and met with staff and residents.

PICTURED: Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Lakeside Village Oct. 26 to meet with staff and residents. Pictured left to right are Carolyne Carstens, Marla Hammer, Julie Hathaway, Gov. Reynolds, Amanda Creen, Kristine Marlow, Lee Ann Wilkinson and Jeff Oliver. 


Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

As 2021 draws to a close, Friends of Lake Panorama is on track to complete three projects in 2022. At the same time, planning and fundraising for two new projects has begun.

Lake Panorama Dog Park
Fundraising for a dog park at Lake Panorama began in September 2020 with a goal of $50,000 to build the park and provide needed amenities. By July of this year, the total stood at $45,000. A successful July 30 Beach Ball raised $25,000, and the Friends board voted to complete the dog park fundraising effort by directing $5,000 there.
Construction is nearing completion. Grass has been seeded, and two dog water fountains purchased. Two sugar maples donated by Isom Tree Farms were planted. Bryce Arganbright, Arganbright Construction of Panora, has completed the fence and rock work. A shelter at the entrance will be completed as soon as the materials arrive. The park will open in spring/summer 2022 once the turfgrass is strong enough to handle the expected traffic.
There will be ongoing maintenance costs at least for the first couple of years, as additional seed, fertilizer and weed control are needed to support the turfgrass. Amenities such as trees or benches also may be added. For these reasons, donations continue to be accepted for the dog park. All donors of $500 or more by Jan. 1, 2022, will be recognized on a sign at the park.
Donations of $325 were received from the 25 people and their 15 dogs participating in the Going to the Dogs Walk at Lake Panorama National Oct. 16. Participants used the cart paths on the back nine of the golf course to walk to and from the dog park. A similar event a year ago gave participants the chance to see the park’s planned location. This year, they saw the park as it nears completion.

Panorama West Trail Enhancements
An existing trail near the Panorama West golf course will be improved in this new project funded by $700 in private donations and $5,000 from the 2021 Beach Ball proceeds.
The existing trail is used by the Panorama School District as a cross-country track site and covers a variety of terrain including timber pathways, golf fairways and roadways. A task force of volunteers has developed plans that include marking a portion of this trail and designating it as the “official” multi-use trail.
The newly marked 2.5-mile trail, which includes a 1.5 mile out-and-back section, and an optional 1-mile loop, will wind its way through grassy open areas and timber but will not cross any portion of the golf course or roadways. A trail map will be developed and placed on an informational kiosk that will double as a trail head sign. The trail head, with limited parking, will be located at the end of the Nicholl Drive cul-de-sac just east of the Panorama West clubhouse.
Low-profile 4x4 recycled plastic lumber posts with directional signage, recreational symbols and distance markers will be installed along the multi-use portion of the trail. To avoid confusion, these park-style, recreational markers will be different from the cross-country signage. Two recycled plastic benches will be placed along the trail. Product orders are being placed, with installation and project completion planned for spring 2022.

Sunset Beach Swings 
Three new swings will be added to the Sunset Beach playground. These will be the same swings as the ones now at both Boulder and Shady beaches and will be placed directly west of the existing playground. There will be one toddler swing and two bench swings. The budget for this project is $8,000, and the Friends board voted to provide the full amount for this project from 2021 Beach Ball proceeds.
The swings were ordered Aug. 20, 2021, from Boland Recreation of Marshalltown, the same vendor that now has provided new play equipment at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches. The swings will be delivered and installed in spring 2022.

Sunset Beach Half-Court Basketball 
Of the three types of courts at the Boulder Beach sports courts complex, the basketball court gets more use than all other courts combined. It’s believed a basketball half-court on the west side of the lake also would be popular. The LPA board approved this project for Sunset Beach at its June 2021 meeting, and fundraising is underway.
An area south of the bathroom, between two rows of trees, has been identified as a good location. This would require a concrete pad 40-feet wide by 50-feet long. Sport Construction Midwest, headquartered in Adel, is the vendor for the Boulder Beach sports courts. Company employees will install a new Goalsetter MVP hoop, place tile on the concrete, and paint half-court lines. A 10-foot-high fence and one gate will finish off this project.
A goal of $40,000 has been set for this new basketball court. Mark and Karen Einck, who matched donations of $25,000 for the Boulder Beach basketball court, have pledged to match up to $20,000 for the Sunset Beach court. It is hoped the $40,000 goal can be reached in time for construction in spring 2022. Donors of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign at the court.

South Shore Recreational Concept 
The Friends board wants to get walkers off the narrow, winding LPA roads, and on to safer, more enjoyable trails. The Panorama West trail enhancement is the first phase of this effort. It’s believed a trail on the south shore near the main basin would be an ideal location for another walking/hiking trail, where the beginnings of a trail structure already are in place.
In addition, Friends is interested in construction of a disc golf course that would be in the same vicinity. These would be two separate trails but could use the same parking area, have combined signage, and operate under the same usage guidelines.
John Worth, an LPA member involved in disc golf, has volunteered to design a nine-hole course and help guide its construction. Each hole would include a concrete tee pad and a chained basket target. Participants would bring their own discs, and no motorized carts would be allowed. A course sign, map and scorecards would be located near the first tee.
At its June 2021 meeting, the LPA board of directors unanimously approved a motion to allow Friends to develop a “recreational concept” for the south shore. These two projects are the most likely recreational use there, but additional amenities will be considered. A recreational concept report is in the works, and Friends officials will return to the LPA board in spring 2022 to present it.
Friends currently is accepting donations for the construction of a disc golf course and walking/hiking trail on the south shore. However, final approval of these projects by the LPA board will be required before construction could begin.
A coupon to complete and send with a 2021 tax-deductible donation is available in an ad on page 9. The coupon lists donation options as basketball half-court at Sunset Beach, South Shore future recreational amenities, dog park, and the Friends general fund. Donations by check can be mailed to Friends at P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216.
Direct donations can be sent via Venmo @Friends-Panorama. Donations also can be made by credit card online at Details about other ways to donate, plus all past, present and future Friends projects also are on the Friends website.



A survey conducted by Friends of Lake Panorama in April 2019 showed LPA member interest in additional amenities at Lake Panorama’s beaches. This led to Friends promoting high quality benches at beaches to some families looking for options to memorialize a loved one.
In 2019, a metal bench on a concrete slab was installed at Boulder Beach, in memory of Kim Lubeck. This year, a metal swinging bench was installed at the Boulder Beach playground, in memory of Bill Priestley. Another metal swinging bench was installed at Sunset Beach, on concrete, in memory of Lois and Dean Porath. A stationary metal bench also was installed on concrete at Sunset Beach, in memory of Courtney Allen Sr.
Now locations at all three beaches for these heavier metal benches, either stationary or swinging, have been identified. Each would be placed on a concrete pad. For instance, the area behind the new Boulder Beach wall is suitable for four or five concrete pads with a bench on each.
The current cost of either a stationary or swinging bench on a concrete slab is $3,200. Bench colors available are blue and green. 
These benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. The benches include signs that can be engraved with up to four lines of text.
Friends is not conducting a general fundraising campaign for benches. Instead, this “Benches at Beaches” project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. The goal is to find sponsors for several benches before installation would occur, which would mean a cost savings on concrete pours, and possibly reduced shipping costs.
Those interested in discussing the sponsorship of a bench at one of Lake Panorama’s three beaches can email, or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.
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A found wallet, some town square kudos and a wet friend

Posted 10/5/2021
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

If you subscribe to our Daily Umbrella newsletter, you may recall a column I wrote in recent weeks about losing my keys and the related insanity that ensued. What I did not share is that I did find the keys — about a week later inside a duffle bag of clothes. So I got my keys back — and my sanity, or what little I had.
Lake resident Rick Jacobsen shared a similar but much more interesting story with me recently. During the demolition process of the bathroom facilities on Sunset Beach, LPA staff found a wallet in one of the structures that had been there since at least 1994. They contacted the owner of the wallet, who happened to be Jacobsen’s sister.
“We owned a C lot back in 1994,” Jacobsen told me. “And we used to have family outings at the beaches with our family, including my sister. She must have left it in the bathroom.”
After at least 27 years, the wallet was in “great shape” and still had family photos, phone cards, a calendar and even a recipe from a family friend — all intact.  The only thing missing? Money.
“Someone must have grabbed the cash and stuffed the wallet in the wall,” Jacobsen said.
And how did Jacobsen’s sister respond after learning that her wallet was found?
“She doesn’t even recall losing it,” Jacobsen shared.

Town square kudos
Panora City Administrator Lisa Grossman shared a fun piece about Panora from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The article discussed how Iowa is blessed with many town squares that serve as community parks, sometimes with a courthouse, a city hall or a gazebo in the center. It then goes on to describe Downtown Panora and the square where the high school was built and the gymnasium that still stands.
For those of you who don’t know, the Panora High School gymnasium was built in 1936 as an addition to the school as WPA Project No. H-1276. The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, was founded in 1935 to provide work for needy persons on public works projects like building bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports. While the school has been torn down, the gymnasium and many other WPA projects still stand today.
Here are two interesting facts from the article. First, in order to dig the footings in the cold January weather, builders had to bust through the frozen ground with dynamite. Second, the first home game played at the gym was Dec. 11, 1936. Ronald “Dutch” Reagan, WHO sports announcer and future U.S. president, was at the high school to cover the new facility and stayed for the evening game.
Of course, the facility is now known as Veteran’s Auditorium. The article shared how youth basketball is held there and pickle ballers have a weekly league, as well as how the auditorium holds important veteran events, parties, fundraisers, political events and community celebrations. Thank you, Lisa, for passing that along.

Another lake chuckle attempt
And finally, some lake humor with a post-Halloween twist.
I saw my friend Bill recently. He could see that I was clearly shaken, and I could see that he was clearly wet. Bill said, “Shane, why are you so scared?” I replied, “I was driving my truck yesterday, and I accidentally hit a deer. I thought it was dead, so I threw it in the lake. By the way, Bill, why are you so wet?” Bill replied, “I was going to a Halloween costume party dressed like a deer. Then someone hit me and threw me in the lake.”
Have a great November, and thanks for reading.

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


Posted 11/9/2021
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A project on the Lake Panorama National golf course that has been on the drawing board for many years was completed in October. Work on a wall between the LPN No. 5 pond and the green took about five days. An old wall made of railroad ties had been deteriorating for several years, and the ground slope between the pond and the green was unstable.
Country Landscapes of Ames was hired to build a new wall between the pond and the approach area to the green. This project involved stripping the bent grass around the green to reinstall once the work was done. Metal sheets were placed over the water sprinklers, and the pond was partially drained.
The contractor removed the old railroad ties. A trench was dug, and a solid base created. Next came a 36-inch-tall retaining wall made of pre-cast modular concrete blocks installed on the south side of the pond. Rock and fill dirt were added between the wall edge and the green to ensure the slope stays relatively flat and golf balls no longer run off the green and into the pond.
The bent grass near the green that was stripped before construction was reinstalled, and additional seeding was done in areas disturbed. The hole is closed for the remainder of the 2021 season. Golfers should bypass this hole and avoid stepping in or around the freshly laid sod near the new wall. This will allow the area to stabilize in time for play in 2022. 
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Put Fish on the Family Menu

Posted 11/9/2021
By Jolene Goodman

(Family Features) When meals at home get stale and boring, adding some excitement back to family dinners can be as simple as a protein swap. Despite fish being a no-go for picky eaters in some families, there’s a flavorful solution for adding it to the menu in your home.
If you’re hoping to introduce kids (or a picky spouse) to fish for an at-home shakeup, try wrapping it with a flavorful favorite. This Bacon-Wrapped Halibut recipe calls for lightly seasoned fillets wrapped with all-natural bacon served alongside your favorite grains and vegetables — an easy yet tasty way to put seafood on the table.
Sourced from American Humane Certified family farmers that raise animals 100% crate-free with no antibiotics or added hormones, the Coleman Natural bacon in this 20-minute dish contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives so you can feel good about feeding your family better. Plus, with no sugar, it’s paleo-friendly and perfect for those looking to reduce sugar intake.
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 Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and vice president of Big Green Umbrella Media.


Bacon-Wrapped Halibut

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

4 halibut fillets (6 ounces each), skin removed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
8 slices Coleman Natural Bacon
1 tablespoon canola oil
cooked rice or other grain (optional)
salad or other vegetable (optional)
Season halibut with salt and pepper, to taste, then wrap each fillet along shorter side with two bacon slices, tucking ends underneath to hold in place.
In large, nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook, turning once, until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes on each side.
Serve fish with rice or salad.