RECIPE: Vegetarian stuffed peppers

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By Jolene Goodman
Posted 4/6/21

Spring is the time to get back into your yard and garden to prepare for the growing season ahead.  My mother is the one I thank for nurturing my love for gardening. Her green thumb turned our yard into a patchwork of blooms, color and texture that we all admired and enjoyed. However, she was never interested in a vegetable garden. Although, we did grow strawberries and rhubarb, which explains the sweet tooth I battle today.

A produce garden has always intrigued me, growing and caring for plants that would produce food we can eat. How satisfying!  However, it has only been in the last 10 or so years that I have been successful in cultivating plants that produce something my family will enjoy. I just planted butter lettuce and spinach and look forward to adding in larger plants like tomatoes, peppers and herbs in May. This month’s recipe caught my eye as I look forward to the peppers we pick in July.

Going back to my sweet tooth, I have two amazing rhubarb crisp recipes that I will share next time.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: about 1 hour
Servings: 4

4 red bell peppers
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, vegetable oil, divided
1 cup white onion (about 1 medium), 1/4-inch diced
4 cups cremini or brown mushrooms (about 1 pound), 1/4-inch diced
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Real California Oaxaca cheese, shredded
cooked white rice, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 F.
    Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon oil then use grill, broiler or gas stovetop burner to cook peppers, turning occasionally, until well charred, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
    In large skillet over medium heat, warm remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic salt and black pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and liquid is almost entirely evaporated, 7-10 minutes.
    Rub charred skin from bell peppers. Slice off tops and remove seeds. Fill bell peppers with mushroom mixture, top with cheese and arrange in baking dish. Replace bell pepper tops and bake until cheese melts, 8-10 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.


Posted 4/6/21

Stephen “Steve” Harold Moline, 60, husband of Kathryn “Kathy” Mary Moline of Panora, passed away on March 14, 2021, surrounded by family in his home after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 23, 1960, in Fort Dodge, along with his twin brother Scott, he was the son of the late James and Margaret Moline.

Steve grew up on the farm in Rolfe, which played a major role in what shaped him during his formative years. Steve would be the first to credit his parents in helping to mold him into the wonderful man, husband, parent, brother and friend that he became. After graduating from Rolfe High School, Steve attended Iowa State University where he left with a degree in Agricultural Economics and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Iowa. Steve spent a short period of his professional career in the private law sector before spending the bulk of his career at the Iowa Attorney General Office’s Farm Division as an Assistant Attorney General. Steve spent the last part of his career as the Division Director for the Iowa Department of Agriculture. He took great pride in being a public servant and devoted his career to “helping the good guys.” His colleagues will remember his intellect, wit, humor and directness in helping navigate the State of Iowa through many difficult situations.

Steve met the love of his life, Kathy, at the AG’s office where they both worked and would go on to be married in 1988. They moved to Dallas Center in 1991 where they would raise their two sons, Jake and Adam, who would go on to be Steve’s greatest accomplishments. Steve and Kathy made a great team and will forever be remembered as such. Nothing was more important to Steve than his family and his faith. Steve became a fixture of the community in Dallas Center through coaching his boys and their friends in baseball, basketball and football on countless teams. He served on the DCG school board and helped to move the school district forward during some trying times.

Steve had many passions in life, but few superseded his love for golf and the Iowa State Cyclones, both of which can let you down more often than not, but the good times always keep you coming back. Steve and Kathy moved to Lake Panorama in 2010 where they built their dream home and were able to enjoy 10 years of building new friendships and playing in golf outings together. Steve and Kathy won the last tournament they played in together, the “Divorce Open” at LPN, while Steve was battling cancer.

Steve was a great example of how a person can be both hardworking and empathetic. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone who knew him. He had no major regrets in life other than what he will miss. We will miss Steve every day but know that he is already watching over us and will continue to live on through those who knew and loved him.

Steve is survived by his spouse, Kathy of Panora; his sons, Jake (Maddy) of Adel and Adam (Angie) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his two grandchildren, Hazel Mae and George Stephen of Adel; his brother, Scott (Jayne Tabor) of Indianola; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret, and his infant brother (Baby Moline).

A service for close friends and family was held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Dallas Center United Methodist Church in Dallas Center. A private burial will be held later this spring.

To make a contribution in memory of Steve, please visit GiGi’s Playhouse at Arrangements by Iles Brandt Chapel - Dallas Center.


Posted 4/6/21

Doug Hemphill, president and CEO of Farmers State Bank of Yale (FSB), retired as president on March 17. His successor is former vice president, Scott Stanley. Hemphill will continue as the bank’s CEO.

Hemphill has been with FSB for more than 46 years. In his time at the bank, he has overseen a number of changes including building updates, regulations and new banking products and services. The biggest changes at the bank have occurred in the area of technology.

“Technology has had such an effect at the bank. When I started, all of the bookkeeping was done manually with posting machines,” Hemphill said. “Now the bookkeeping is done with computers in the cloud. It’s amazing. Every employee has a computer on their desk.”

Hemphill cites his biggest accomplishment as growing FSB from $5.9 million in 1975 to $60 million in 2021.

“Helping drive the bank growth over the years has been what I’ll be most proud of,” he says. “It really has been a wonderful career.”

As far as his successor, Hemphill has nothing but positive comments.

“After working with Scott for over 11 years, I know that he has the skills to manage the bank and to continue providing FSB’s customers the same high quality, trustworthy service that they have come to expect.”

Stanley graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in finance in 2006. He was hired by FSB in 2009 as a loan officer and was promoted to vice president in 2015. On his promotion to president, Stanley is excited about the future at the bank.

“FSB’s foundation has been, and will continue to be, built on customer relationships, trust and community,” he states. “We take great pride in providing excellent customer service and supporting our community. Our customer service is how we differentiate ourselves amongst other financial institutions.”

On his predecessor, Stanley is thankful and complimentary.

“Doug has been a tremendous leader for this organization. It would be tough to find anyone else who is more professional or knowledgeable in banking. I can’t thank him enough for his 46 years of dedication to FSB. He’s taught me many of these traits, and I look forward to utilizing them for the years to come.”

Stanley goes on to say, “I want to sincerely thank Doug and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to lead FSB. I look forward to continuing FSB’s legacy, deepening customer relationships and growing the bank. Our customers’ financial interest has always been and will always be our first priority.”

Farmers State Bank serves customers in Yale and the surrounding communities. It offers checking accounts, certificates of deposit, loans, commercial services, mortgages and a variety of additional banking services. For more information, visit


Posted 4/6/21
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I understand that I can’t have a fuel tank on my dock, but can I elsewhere on my property?
According to the LPA Rules & Regulations handbook, no fuel storage tank larger than 20 gallons shall be installed, above or below ground, other than for the storage of heating fuel or propane.

I have heard various comments about what can be burned and what can’t be burned on my private lake property. Can you set the record straight?
Yes, the policy is quite clear in the LPA Rules & Regulations handbook, which states that the burning of household refuse and other materials is not permitted. Burning of materials such as leaves, branches, trees or other items that grow on one’s property is permitted.

What is the speed limit on the roads around Lake Panorama?
Lane Rumelhart, LPA Projects Manager, offers these rules pertaining to LPA’s streets, parks and other controlled areas. A 25 mph speed limit is imposed on all designated residential streets. A 35 mph speed limit is imposed on roads designated as service roads. All vehicles shall be subject to the traffic rules and regulations posted. All vehicles are subject to State of Iowa Laws for equipment and operation if not superseded by specific Lake Panorama Association regulations. Iowa State laws apply for motor vehicles.


Posted 4/6/21

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Posted 4/6/21

Trish Hart was featured in a story in the March edition of Lake Panorama Times along with vibrant photos she has taken of Lake Panorama wildlife. Response to that feature led us to ask Hart if she’d provide a monthly nature photo for this publication, and she heartily agreed.

Many of Hart’s photos are of birds, which she captures digitally as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home or in nearby trees. This month’s photo is a male American Robin, perched in a tree, enjoying some winter berries.

According to the Audubon Society, robins winter as far north as Canada. With the breakup of flocks prior to the nesting season, when we here in Iowa see our “first robin of spring,” it may be a bird that has wintered only a few miles away, not one that just arrived from southern climates.

Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” on Facebook in January 2021, offering custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook.


Posted 4/6/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Lane Rumelhart is in his second year as project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. He graduated from Central College in Pella in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and minors in biology and business management.

As LPA project manager, Rumelhart is responsible for managing the LPA building codes. He also has taken over management of some projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) and assists with LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and campground and beach management. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart highlights the LPA building codes, plus talks about some upcoming 2021 projects.

Q. How many building permits were issued by the LPA in 2020?
A. In 2020, LPA issued 93 building permits and 70 land disturbing permits. Twenty-six of the building permits were new homes. I am starting to see a trend of members demolishing old homes and building new homes over the existing areas. Members are limited by the size of the lot and the septic field required for the home. More and more lots are maximizing septic and lateral field areas for homes. I work closely with the Guthrie County Sanitarian, Mike Stringham, to ensure all homes have the required space for their lateral field.

Q. What projects require a building permit or land disturbing permit?
A. New homes, additions, garages (both attached and detached), storage sheds, decks, gazebos, fences, swimming pools, permanent docks, shoreline shelters and any other structure that would require adequate footings to be built all require building permits. Remodel projects inside the home, redoing a roof, or anything that doesn’t change the footprint of the home or structure does not need a permit.

Any kind of excavation that is closer than 100 feet to the lake or disturbs more than 1,000 square feet of land requires a land disturbing permit. If a homeowner wants to pave an existing driveway, they don’t need a land disturbing permit. But if a member is creating a new type of walkway or driveway, a permit would be required. Lot clearing, basement repairs, and most new landscaping projects require a land disturbing permit.

Bottom line – if you have questions whether you need a permit for a planned project, it’s always best to call me and ask. When in doubt, give LPA a shout.

Q. For those who want to do their own research, how can people view or get a copy of the LPA building codes?
A. We have all the necessary forms on the LPA website — We have a direct link to the codes on the main page. I also can email the codes. Send requests to During these COVID times, members also can schedule a time to stop by the office and pick up a copy of the codes, rules and regulations, etc. by calling 641-755-2301.

Q. What is the process members should follow if they are thinking about building something?
A. The process is a bit different for each project and depends on both the nature of the project and the permit applicant’s level of preparedness. The first step should always be to contact me. I will get members and contractors all the necessary information on what I need to be able to approve a permit.

Between the months of March and October, members should expect a longer wait time. If a member and/or contractor has everything in order, we can process larger permit requests (homes, additions, garages) in seven to 10 days. Smaller projects usually take three to five days. Once I have everything I need, it doesn’t take long to check lot stakes and a few other things to get members approved. The key to a smooth permit process is working well ahead of your planned construction schedule to ensure all paperwork is completed in advance.

Q. What are the responsibilities of the volunteer building codes committee?
A. The Building Codes Committee (BCC) has an important job. Their two main functions are to recommend any updates to the LPA building codes and to hear variance requests from members. The main goal of the committee is to uphold LPA’s aesthetic integrity and protect the quality of the environment around the lake.

I do my best to give the committee a clear interpretation of the LPA codes and rules along with a description of each member’s request for a variance. The committee members decide which variances to recommend to the LPA Board of Directors for granting. The BCC meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. to review member requests.

The committee needs a specific reason to grant a variance. For example, the LPA Building Codes state homes shall be built with a roof pitch that is 6/12 or steeper. Lately, many home designs have incorporated a more “modern” look with a shallower pitch, like a 4/12 pitch. These homes are still designed with acceptable aesthetics to LPA. The committee has approved many requests for a shallower roof pitch. If the BCC does not grant a request, the group does their best to offer alternative options that would be acceptable to LPA.

This committee also offers sound advice on changes made to the building codes and permit forms. Last year, I worked with the members to add language to our codes about renewable energy sources being added to homes. As times change, necessary adjustments are made to keep new ideas in line with LPA’s goals. The Building Codes Committee is a great starting point for these modifications.

Q. Last year you guided work on a water safety survey. Has anything happened because of that?
A. The survey showed LPA needed to emphasize two key areas leading into 2021 — buoy readability and water security. I worked with Jerry Armstrong, who has been the LPA security chief the last four years and recently retired, to tackle buoy readability. We ordered new stickers for all buoys that had Hazard, Dam, Keep Right, No Boats, and Ski Area verbiage.

These new stickers now have the wording placed at the top of the buoy. The old verbiage had half of the phrase on top, and the other half below the symbol. This was an issue as summer progressed because algae and other scum would accumulate on these words and make the language unreadable. These stickers are vinyl wraps that have been wrapped around the top of all the older buoys.

LPA also took a hard look at which buoys caused most concern from the membership. The “Slow No Wake” and “10 MPH” buoys were talked about quite often. LPA ordered all new “No Wake” and “10 MPH” buoys that are 20 inches taller than the previous buoys. The previous buoys were 60 inches tall, and these new ones are 80 inches tall. We also added two 80-inch buoys to replace the “Keep Right” buoys in the Narrows. We will be adding signage to these buoys regarding the towing restrictions in the Narrows on weekends and holidays.

Q. The Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) has been instrumental in the construction of three wetlands that help protect Lake Panorama from sediment. What are your responsibilities for the ongoing operation and management of these wetlands?
A. Helen’s Wetland was built in 2016 and is on the east side of Sage Trail, northeast of the LPA East Campground. Hughes Wetland was built in 2017 and is north of 200th street, north of the Fin and Feather building. The Smith Wetland was built in 2019 and is on the north side of 180th, north of Burchfield Cove.

Managing the wetlands is one of my favorite parts of this job. I adjust the pool levels according to the time of year. I try to get a higher pool elevation from March through October to catch more silt during the time period we are likely to receive rain. I lower the level in the winter months to put less stress on the grouted riprap by the wetland overflow structure.

I also look at the vegetation around each wetland to make sure native flora gets established. Right now I am trying to get a better establishment of native plants on the Smith Wetland, as it is our newest management area. It often takes three to five years for a wetland to get a healthy establishment.

We have plans to add a fourth wetland north of the Smith Wetland in the future. We have encountered some additional regulatory hoops to jump through for this project, so it has set our timeline back a bit. We still plan to get it accomplished.

LPA RIZ’s No. 1 goal with these wetlands is to stop silt from entering Lake Panorama. There are secondary benefits, too, such as the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. These chemicals are part of the reason blue algae blooms occur in the summer. LPA has previously conducted some sampling of the wetlands to measure nitrogen reduction of the impoundment and had results consistent with other wetlands across Iowa.

Q. As LPA project manager, one of your responsibilities is to oversee and assist with new projects, often at Lake Panorama’s three beaches. What will be new in 2021?
A. Members will notice a new retaining wall at Boulder Beach this summer. Whether you are driving by on your boat or playing in the sand, you cannot miss this new addition. The old retaining wall was overgrown and started to fail. During the fall of 2020, LPA decided it was time for an upgrade. Now parents can easily sit behind the wall and see their children playing without being blocked by overgrown shrubs. We have discussed adding some benches behind the wall to make time at the beach more enjoyable. Some planters will be added later this spring to add some color to the area, while remaining easy to maintain.

Some projects I’m involved in are funded by donations to Friends of Lake Panorama. I helped coordinate the new playground installation at Shady Beach last fall and am doing the same thing now with the new playground at Boulder Beach, with installation planned in late April. As they did at Shady Beach, the LPA maintenance staff will handle the ground preparation by digging out the area for the equipment. Boland Recreation’s team then will install the pieces and LPA staff will come back to fill in the area with mulch. I’m also assisting with plans for three new memorial benches this spring.

Fundraising for a dog park continues through Friends and is just starting to take shape. I adjusted our agreement with the tenant on the LPA hay ground that will be used for the park. I have flagged the area so members can see the rough size and shape of the park and will be working to finalize construction estimates soon and hopefully break ground in August. The construction likely will be done in two phases. The first phase will include the fencing installation and turf establishment. More of the amenities like signage and water hookup will take place next spring.

Q. You’ve described your position as project manager as being a utility player in sports, meaning you handle a variety of things rather than specializing in just one thing. Were you a utility player in high school sports?
A. I played four sports all four years of high school — football, wrestling, golf and baseball. I stuck to just wrestling for four years at Central College. I now help coach wrestling at ACGC High School. When I’m not on the mat, I enjoy pursuing whitetails and helping my family manage our farms for better wildlife. I also have a close group of friends I enjoy spending time with. We usually get together to watch sports, golf or play yard games. I enjoy reading personal development books and am always taking recommendations for some new reading, so feel free to send your ideas my way!


Posted 4/6/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times


Name: Rory
Age: 2 years old
Breed: Cavapoo (King Charles Cavalier/poodle)
Owners: Sherri and Scott Miller
Rory enjoys walks and rides in boats, golf carts or cars. Just say “ride,” and her ears perk up.  She even has her own car seat in the boat and in the cars so she can find just the right viewing spot. Rory jumps in it herself and waits to be buckled in. She is owner Sherri’s shadow and enjoys spending time with granddaughter Ellie (pictured), too. Rory likes to play fetch but doesn’t appreciate the squirrels or geese so much.


Name: Hailey Jo
Age: 13 years old
Breed: Mixed Calico
Owners: Joan and Bill Fisher
Hailey Jo, a seven-toed cat, enjoys having her tummy rubbed, sitting on the deck and following the sun around to the west side to look at the lake. When the boats are in, she naps on them under the lift canopy. Hailey Jo is an outdoor kitty, but she has a heated “condo” in the garage and is closed in the garage every night for safety. She does come in the house and has been trained to only lay on strategically placed towels. When she wants to go outside, she comes to find you and walks to the nearest door to be let out. She’s very sweet and seems to love everyone. Even non-cat people can’t resist her sweet charms.

Suggest Lake Panorama residents and their pets for us to cover on the Lake Panorama - Lake Dogs and Cove Cats Facebook page:

A wrestler who left his mark... snowmobiles... and a few thank yous

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 3/9/21

Growing up in north central Iowa, my friends and I spent a lot of time on snowmobiles. Snow was in abundance, and we had no fear. Snowmobiles in the 1970s and 1980s don’t compare to what can be found today, but we were still in heaven. Of course, our 1972 and 1973 Sno-Jets were broken down much of the time, but, thankfully, my brother Steve enjoyed fixing them. I just liked to ride. The need for speed was exhilarating with the feeling of snow hitting our faces, the sound of the engines humming and the smell of fuel in the air. I have great memories of snowmobiling in my youth, but I have not had many chances to re-live those experiences as an adult. Snow has typically not been in abundance in this neck of the woods, and bouncing on snow drifts doesn’t sound as appealing to this 52-year-old today. Even so, this month’s feature on snowmobiling brought back a lot of great memories, which brings me to my next subject.

A few thank yous
I want to share a few thank yous to some folks who contributed to this month’s issue. Darren Tromblay has been a longtime co-worker and friend who I first met at Waldorf College in 1987. We have worked together at newspapers including The Tri-County Times, The Nevada Journal, The Dallas County News and, in recent years, CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines. He continues to do freelance writing for us today, and he wrote the snowmobiling and hiking features in this issue, as well as the ice fishing story last month. Thank you, Darren.

I also want to thank Trish Hart, who is featured in a story this month along with her incredible photography, which we also used as our banner photo this month. We hope to feature more of her work in months ahead.

A PHS wrestling legend
Congratulations are in order for Panorama High School’s Wyatt Appleseth, who reached the finals of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling tournament in the Class 2A 160 pound weight class. He dropped a 7-2 decision to Solon’s Hayden Taylor in the championship match. Appleseth is Panorama’s only four-time state tournament qualifier and logged an incredible 170 career wins. He is the son of Ann and Mike Appleseth.

Looking forward to summer
As winter winds down and warmer months start creeping in, we will all be itching to get back to summertime activities at Lake Panorama. And we look forward to sharing your stories.
As always, thanks for reading.

Snowmobiling around Lake Panorama
Near-record snowfall totals kept the trails busy this winter season.

Posted 3/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

This is the time of year when Lake Panorama’s Mike Patten rues.

As winter outdoor sports wind down around Lake Panorama in direct proportion with the rate in which temperatures go up, the president of the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers snowmobiling club looks back on what has been an outstanding couple of months of “sledding.”

Central Iowa was blessed with record-breaking snowfall totals in 2020-21. And while most people stayed inside and complained about Ol’ Man Winter, Patten and his group of 30 to 35 members were outside taking full advantage of it. As were others. The Lake Panorama area and surrounding trails are a perfect combination of beauty and fun for snowmobilers of all ages.

Area snowmobilers have been chomping at the bit for the last five years to get out, throttle up, and put some miles on their sleds.

“In the mid 1990s, we had good snow, but had no grooming machines,” Patten said. “We just kind of freelanced around. Ironically, the last five years, the machines have been better, but the snow has been spotty. This was the first season in which a trail could be ridden for more than a week.”

Like its summer brethren the waverunner, snowmobiling can be a great winter outdoor activity for young and old alike. That is, if the snow falls. Here in Iowa, that’s touch and go. One big snowfall does not necessarily mean weeks and weeks of great riding.

“One of our biggest problems is that we get a blizzard, and then it takes a couple of days to get the snow settled down to where we can enjoy it,” Patten said. “And then we have a day or two before it melts. When it snows, we have to hit it hard.”

Being a part of the club
Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers Media Director Jim Wyckoff said the popularity of snowmobiling reached a peak in the 1970s and has tapered off ever since. Former President Eric Chrystal helped jumpstart the club, bringing in new members, sponsorships and, most importantly, renewed interest in the sport. Now that baton has been passed to Patten.

The Chasers became involved with the Iowa State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) in 2009 and won the ISSA Club of the Year award in 2011.

In the ISSA, the state is divided into 10 regions, with individual clubs within each. The Raccoon River Valley Snow Chasers is in Region 7 and includes members from Guthrie, Greene and Dallas counties. Everything within the club is done on a volunteer basis, Patten said. Each club applies for grants through ISSA, which allocates funds to the clubs, covering costs such as fuel and repairs for groomers.

Wyckoff said the efforts of the Patten family have made a great deal of difference, not only in keeping and recruiting new members, but in helping acquire the grooming machines that have made riding much more pleasant.

“They do a great job of keeping the club active,” Wyckoff said of the Pattens’ efforts. “We currently have about 120 miles of groomed trails, and it makes the riding really nice.”

Overall, nearly 8,000 miles of snowmobile trails exist in the state of Iowa for riders to enjoy.

The club gathers the second Thursday of each month, November through March, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center.

“They provide us a good menu, good wait staff, good food, and we really enjoy holding the meetings there,” Wyckoff said.

At the meetings, members review finances and take care of business like most clubs do, but most of the time, Patten says, it’s just about getting together with friends.

“Most of the time, we just get together, have fun, and talk about what we’ve done, where we rode, and how the trails are looking,” Patten says.

Yearly membership dues are $40. It is $10 more for a Raccoon River Bike Trail pass, which riders must possess if they plan on taking the trail.

Looking back
Both men have long histories in snowmobiling, dating back to when they were young children. For Patten, his love of the sport extends beyond just getting outside with some friends.

“I grew up doing it, and I like the family aspect of it, but I also like that when it’s cold and snowing out, and everyone is complaining and moaning, you’re the one who is excited,” he said. “You get to go out there and have a great time.”

Wyckoff remembers the days in which he’d have his sled parked in the garage as much as he’d have it outside and running properly.

“Back then, you worked on them more than you rode them,” Wyckoff joked. “Technology has greatly improved over the years. They are so much better ergonomically, and they’re more reliable. Modern snowmobiles are considerably safer than those of decades past. They’re much more expensive, too, but it’s a greater pleasure to ride them these days.”

His father turned Wyckoff on to snowmobiling when he was 10 years old. His first sled was a 1969 Galaxy, followed by a 1971 Ski Doo Nordic. Wyckoff said he got away from the sport once he graduated from high school and moved on to other things in life. But the itch was still there. His decision to scratch it was one of the best he’s made.

“About 20 years ago, I was trying to figure out where I was going to take my family on vacation in the winter, and we decided to go to Yellowstone for a snowmobile tour through the park,” Wyckoff says. “That was an awesome experience. We got to go down snow-covered roads right in Yellowstone Park, rode right next to buffalo that were walking beside the road. That kind of got me back into it, and I’ve been doing that for the past 20 years or so on a regular basis, including several trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

The rules of law
Snowmobiling rules are similar to those for cars, only you’re not riding on the road, Patten says. He offered the following tips for snowmobilers:

Make sure you know the area or go with someone who does.

Stop at the stop signs along highways and watch out for cars.

Never ride alone, which is probably the most important tip.

Speed is mostly common sense. “I think 50 mph is a good number. We put low speed limits in town to help keep the noise down.”

Wear good gear. “It was so cold this year, and people would ask how we could snowmobile in that weather. If you have good gear, you’ll be all right. There’s no such thing as poor weather, just poor clothing.”

Snowmobilers must have an updated registration as well, Wyckoff added, which can be obtained from your local county courthouse. Riders also have to have a state trail pass, including for the Raccoon River Bike Trail, which riders have to obtain as well.

LPA rules
According to John Rutledge, general manager of the Lake Panorama Association, snowmobilers are required to follow LPA rules and guidelines:

All regulations regarding snowmobiles promulgated by the State of Iowa shall apply, including, but not limited to, age restrictions.

The off-road recreational vehicle regulations and laws of the State of Iowa shall apply to the Lake Panorama Subdivision.

Snowmobiles may be operated on a member’s lot only, or on areas specifically designated by the Lake Panorama Board of Directors or LPA management as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Rutledge says the bottom line is people can snowmobile on the lake and on the marked route that is maintained by the Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers organization.

“As long as they are on the marked trail and are doing things safely along that trail, we’re fine with it,” he says.

Rutledge encourages people to be especially vigilant now as the season winds down.

“The rapidly increasing temperatures, along with rainfall and snow melt, can make the ice variable and unsafe,” he says. “We encourage people to use a lot of caution as we move into the thaw period.”

Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers Board Members
• Mike Patten - president
• Craig Flack - safety director
• Jim Wyckoff - media director

For more information, email Mike Patten at or Jim Wyckoff at To join the club, email Patten or call him at 515-669-0473. The club meets the second Thursday of each month.

Take a hike!
It’s been a great year for snow lovers.

Posted 3/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

Perennial snow-lovers Coop and Tim Rickert of Lake Panorama left town in mid-January for the warmer weather of the west, thinking Iowa might be in for another snow-shy winter.

Boy, were they wrong.

“We love Iowa snows and were bummed this year that we left just when the Iowa winter was firing up,” Coop laughs. “We love to have a fire inside, but we also have been known to have a fire in the fire pit outside in the middle of winter. All our friends in Iowa kept telling us how much snow they were getting, and we were wishing we’d stayed!”

Normally, the Rickerts can be found around Lake Panorama doing one of the things they enjoy most in the winter: hiking.

“We hike a lot on the par-3 golf course in the snow and on the nearby cross country trail,” she says.

The wooded area just outside of the 9-hole Panorama West golf course normally used for high school cross country meets during the fall provides a spectacular winter backdrop for the pair, who have been hiking together since 2003.

“It’s 2 miles, maybe a little more, and it’s where we really enjoy hiking; it’s just gorgeous,” Rickert says. “You’ll see wildlife like deer, fox, owls — and it’s just peaceful. The wildlife is simply amazing.”

The man-made trail near Panorama West is groomed, with no gravel used in the process. Just the way they like it.

“We like it because it’s natural,” Rickert says.

Both will bring walking sticks and have learned to layer up over the years.

“Even if it’s below 0, we’ll go,” Rickert says. “We just make sure we have enough layers on our feet, hands and face, especially.”

 The walking sticks have been more of a benefit than she could have imagined.

“Tim bought them for me for Christmas one year and saw how quickly I could walk and how much easier it was,” she says. “I don’t know how I even did it without them in the past.”

Rickert says they always carry a backpack with them to store necessities. Even though it’s cold, they pack water and the requisite hand and feet warmers. In the backpack is also a first aid kit, and the pair have bandanas tied to their walking sticks to help with any watery eyes and/or runny noses that frequently happen during walks in the winter. Phones are kept in an inside pocket in their jackets and near their bodies to avoid battery drain in the cold.

All in all, it’s a winter wonderland for Rickerts and others alike.

“That’s one of the things we like about Lake Panorama — on both the east and west sides — is that there are no sidewalks,” she says. “It’s just a real natural setting; it’s a little oasis in itself. We often go on what we call ‘deer patrol’ in the evenings in our golf cart on the Lake Panorama roads in the spring, summer and fall, and we count the deer. There have been a couple of times where we’ve counted more than 80 deer in less than an hour.”

Rob Riggins comes from the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he was a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Rob Riggins is the new head golf professional at Lake Panorama National Resort and has been on the job since early February. Riggins has extensive experience in various aspects of the golf industry and has a passion for growing the game of golf with both juniors and adults.

“I am excited to welcome Rob to Lake Panorama National,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. “He brings years of experience to LPN. As he settles in, I believe Rob will create an experience that our membership will be proud of. His passion for teaching will grow the game, which ultimately will increase membership at Lake Panorama National and Panorama West.”

Riggins comes to LPN from the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he was a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years.

He got his start in golf at a young age.

“I grew up in southern California in a town called Saugus, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles. My uncle would drag me to the course when I was a kid. He would just hand me a club and say ‘I’ll meet you at the green.’ I was hooked from the first moment,” Riggins says. “Other times my aunt would drop me off at the course on her way to work and pick me up on her way home. I would spend all day playing and practicing.”

While in California, Riggins was a tournament player for 10 years on multiple golf tours.

“I played a few professional golf tours over the years. For instance, the Asian Tour, Canadian Tour, a few Korn Ferry events and some professional mini tours in the U.S.,” he says. “The hardest part about playing golf for a living is being on a different golf course all the time and expecting to play great.”

He was the tournament director and golf professional at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, California, for four years. He also worked at four other golf courses in Valencia, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles.

Riggins moved from California to Iowa eight years ago.

“For those of us not born in Iowa, it seems we find our way here for either love or a job. I moved here for love, then also found a job,” he says.

He was hired as the general manager and director of golf instruction at Jester Park, a position he held for four years before moving to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. He currently lives in the West Des Moines area. After settling in Iowa, Riggins played in the Iowa Open a few times when it was at Lake Panorama.

“I have always admired the Lake Panorama National Resort,” he says. “I’m so pleased to be here and look forward to helping our members and guests in any way I can.”

Riggins says golf instruction is a passion of his.

“I enjoy helping people advance their skills as a golfer. Seeing positive results in their game reflects directly on their desire to play,” he says. “I plan to develop and grow golf clinics and group lessons, because the group atmosphere seems less intimidating. The feeling everyone is watching you is a big fear to those just beginning, and the group environment seems to help players get past that.”

Riggins says he prefers to work with smaller groups.

“Five or six people is my comfort zone to ensure enough attention is given to everyone,” Riggins says. “Private lessons also will be available by appointment.”

Lake Panorama National has offered a junior golf school for more than 20 years, and Riggins plans to build on that to further advance the game of golf at the LPN.

“Growing up, I was involved in a great junior golf program,” he says. “I love to see juniors excited about playing and getting better. The current program will remain, and I will do everything I can to grow the junior program further.”

Riggins says his first few weeks on the job have been spent “getting my head wrapped around the operation. I don’t like change just for the sake of change. I like to evaluate first,” he says. “I’m sure there will be some changes as we move forward. All 2021 tournaments and special events on the calendar will remain in place. I would like to add some new, fun events and am putting ideas together.”

Riggins plans to play a key role in all LPN golf leagues, and also is eager to help at Panorama West in any way possible.

“I want everyone to feel welcome and wanted,” he says. “I have been involved with all the different leagues at the courses I have been at, and I expect to give everyone the same attention here.”

Michael Kleinwolterink started working at the LPN as a teenager in the cart barn, moved to the pro shop, and was the first assistant pro there for many years. Beginning in 2016, he spent two years as manager of the Links restaurant. In 2018, he returned to the pro shop as manager, a position he continues to hold.

“Michael is a big part of the operation. He has been involved for a long time, and I will lean on him throughout the season,” says Riggins. “Michael does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work at the club, and LPN is very lucky to have him.”

In terms of merchandise offered in the LPN pro shop, Riggins says much of that has already been ordered for the 2021 season. But, as he gets more familiar with current vendors and sees what members and guests like, some merchandising changes may occur.

“I want the shop full of merchandise that members of the club can be proud of,” he says.

Riggins is eager to get the 2021 golf season underway.

“I understand what drives golfers to do what they do and relate to the enthusiasm as well as the despair that this game can bring,” he says. “I want members at both Lake Panorama golf courses to know I am always available. They can stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help.”

The Lakeside Village director receives Community Impact Award
Amanda Creen recognized for making a positive impact on society through her own volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

Posted 3/9/21

Amanda Creen, director at The Lakeside Village, a senior living community located on Lake Panorama, recently was awarded the 2020 Community Impact Award by Jaybird Senior Living. The Lakeside Village is managed by Jaybird Senior Living, which has more than 60 properties in its portfolio and is the largest operator of senior living communities in the Midwest.

The Community Impact Award is given to an individual who has made a positive impact on society through his/her own volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an already precarious staffing pipeline to plunge into dangerous waters. Guthrie County lacked opportunities for area citizens to further their education and gain employment.

When she learned of the Future Ready Iowa Earn & Learn and Employer Innovation grants, Creen dove head-first into passionately lobbying for the funds that would present opportunities for local residents. Her efforts paid off, and the community was awarded more than $245,000 to assist with programming, compensation, training accommodations and educational materials.

“Over 200 people have taken CNA classes, and all will go on to be advanced CNAs. Fifty people have become ServSafe certified, and 15 have taken the Iowa assisted living manager course. None of this would have been possible if it would not have been for Amanda working so hard to help others advance their lives,” says Marla Hammer, hospitality coordinator at The Lakeside Village.

The annual Jaybird Achievement Awards were announced in the fall of last year. This was the inaugural award cycle with 11 awards given in the following categories: Community Director of the Year, Community Nurse of the Year, Community Team Member of the Year, Jaybird Team Member of the Year, Dare to Dream of the Year, Innovation Award, and Community Impact Award. As appreciation for their dedication to providing red carpet service, each winner received a cash prize and award.

For more information, call (800) 366-6716, or visit

10 Squared Women of Guthrie County presents donations
Bagley Public Library was chosen to receive the first round of funding for 2021.

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Posted 3/9/21

The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held its first quarter meeting both live and with the option of virtual attendance and voting. After hearing three presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, the Bagley Public Library was chosen to receive the first round of funding for 2021 from the group. The group is proud to announce a lump sum of $10,100 was presented to Bagley Public Library. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches. The group expects a few more member donations to come in as well.

The Bagley Public Library’s mission is to ensure that the people of the city of Bagley and the surrounding rural areas (regardless of age, financial status or ethnic background) have the right and means to free and open access to ideas, information and technology, which are fundamental to a democracy. The library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, encourage lifelong learning and provide materials, formats and information services to meet these needs.

The Bagley Public Library provides a place for community members to gather and socialize. Their library offers public computer access, 24/7 Wi-Fi, faxing and copying, a meeting room, a large variety of books including large print, free DVD checkouts, Bridges, and their library online card catalog. Their programs include summer reading, story hour, reading with Zoey the therapy dog, gather and chat social hour, and game choice of the week for adults (cards, dominoes, cribbage). The donation from 10 Squared Women will go toward realizing their dream of replacing the original carpet, remodeling the kitchen and updating the bathroom in the library.

“The Bagley Public Library director, staff and board of trustees wish to express our sincere gratitude to the 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County for your generosity. You have made what seemed to be an impossible goal become possible,” says Joni Dvorak, president, library board of trustees.

The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly at Lake Panorama Conference Center the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. Upcoming meeting dates are Tuesday, May 25, Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 16 (held a week earlier due to Thanksgiving). Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night. COVID-19 has created the need to do things a little differently, as far as electronic conversations and virtual presentations, meetings and votes on the causes that will be funded.

10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those charitable funds to work, right in our back yards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s residents.

The group currently has approximately 93 members and 20 organizations nominated. It strongly encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. Since 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County was formed in January 2017, it has contributed nearly $186,000 toward various causes in our county. These have included cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, and now city of Bagley for its library, daycare and preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (KidZone) and Panora (Little Panther), School Backpack programs at AC/GC, West Central Valley and Panorama, as well as programs that benefit residents from all corners of Guthrie County: Guthrie County Helping Hands (Habitat for Humanity projects in Stuart, Casey, Guthrie Center, Adair, Panora, Yale, Menlo, Jamaica, and Bagley), New Opportunities, Panora P.E.T.S., Guthrie Activity Center, Tori’s Angels Foundation, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Chaplains, Guthrie County Historical Village Foundation, Guthrie County Hospital Foundation, and Guthrie County Arts Council.

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

The group is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. To learn how to get involved, visit their Facebook page at, or email them at Membership Forms and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.

Fundraising continues for dog park; grant received for playground

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The current priority project for Friends of Lake Panorama is a dog park. Fundraising for this project began in September 2020. The goal is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. So far, $33,000 has been donated to the project, which will be open to LPA members and their guests.

The park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road near the east campground. Plans include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock.

A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more will be posted at the park. Dog park supporters who donated in 2020 can keep the fundraising momentum going by making a second donation that will be deductible on their 2021 tax returns. Organizers hope enough money can be raised to begin construction in fall 2021 and have the park open in spring 2022.

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. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at

The previous priority project for Friends was new playground equipment at Shady and Boulder beaches. Early donations and proceeds from the 2020 Beach Ball made it possible to order the play equipment for Shady Beach, which was installed last October, the same month the $70,000 goal was reached.

Additional donations of $1,700 in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground. That equipment was ordered in January and will be delivered and installed this spring once ground conditions allow.

In early February, Friends of Lake Panorama was notified it will receive a $500 grant for the playgrounds from Aureon, a technology products and services provider. The grant is being given in conjunction with Panora Telco, which sponsored the grant application submitted last fall by the charity. The Aureon Charity Grant program was created in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve.

A sign recognizing playground donors of $500 or more is in the works and will be installed at Boulder and Shady beaches this summer.

LPN Easter Brunch April 4

Posted 3/9/21

Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 4 with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Lake Panorama National Resort food and beverage team is offering a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch entrees.

For breakfast, there will be cheesy scrambled eggs, Fiesta egg casserole, hickory smoked bacon, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, crispy red potatoes, and an assortment of breakfast sweets, including cinnamon rolls and mini muffins.

Lunch items will include pecan crusted chicken with peach marmalade, fried chicken legs and thighs, roasted pork loin with apple butter, carved honey glazed ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice pilaf, sauteed squash medley and green beans almondine.

There also will be a fresh fruit display, garden salad with assorted toppings and dressings, spring time pasta salad, pea salad and coleslaw. Dessert options will include bread pudding, peanut butter cheesecake cups, coconut cream pie and other sweet treats.

The cost is $23 for adults, $10 for children 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger. The Links regular breakfast menu will not be available that day. Reservations are required. An 18 percent gratuity will be added to groups of eight or more. Call the LPN front desk at 641-755-2080 or 800-879-1917 to reserve a table.

Calendar of events

Sunday, March 14
Daylight Savings Time Begins

Monday, March 15
6-7 p.m.
Special Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 16
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - Junior Class
Wednesday, March 17
Saint Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 22
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting

Saturday, March 27
9 a.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Scrimmage vs. Greene County, Perry, Storm Lake
Panorama High School

Tuesday, March 30
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Earlybird vs. Earlham, Grand View Christian, Iowa Christian Academy, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School

Tuesday, March 30
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Earlybird vs. Earlham, Grand View Christian, Iowa Christian Academy, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School

Thursday, April 1
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Carroll Community, Ogden, Pella Christian, Perry, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter, Winterset
Ogden High School

Thursday, April 1
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Carroll Community, North Polk, Ogden, Pella Christian, Perry, Saydel Community Schools, Van Meter
Ogden High School

Thursday, April 1
5 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Tri-Center Community Schools
Panorama High School

Thursday, April 1
No school spring break (possible)

Thursday, April 2
No school

Monday, April 5
No school spring break (possible)

Monday, April 5
4 p.m.
Golf: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Earlham, Interstate 35, Van Meter
Winterset, LVCC

Tuesday, April 6
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. AC/GC, Glidden-Ralston, Greene County, Harlan Community, Madrid, Ogden, Woodbine, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School

Tuesday, April 6
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. AC/GC, Glidden-Ralston, Greene County, Madrid, Ogden, Woodbine, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School

Tuesday, April 6
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Hoover
Des Moines Hoover High School

Tuesday, April 6
7 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Des Moines Hoover
Des Moines Hoover High School

Thursday, April 8
No school

Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. East Sac County
Panorama High School
Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School

Thursday, April 8
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter High School

Thursday, April 8
7 p.m.
Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. East Sac County
Panorama High School

Monday, April 12
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting

Monday, April 12
6-7 p.m.
School Board Meeting
Monday, April 12
4 p.m.
Golf: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Interstate 35, West Central Valley
5 x 80 Golf Course

Monday, April 12
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Earlham, Martensdale-St Marys, Nodaway Valley, Saydel Community Schools, West Central Valley, Winterset
Earlham High School

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Earlham, Martensdale-St Marys, Nodaway Valley, Saydel Community Schools, West Central Valley, Winterset
Earlham High School

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Invitational vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Glidden-Ralston, Madrid, Pleasantville, Van Meter, West Central Valley, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School
Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Colo-NESCO, Coon Rapids Bayard, Des Moines Christian Schools, Earlham, Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton, Grand View Christian, Harlan Community, Interstate 35, Iowa Christian Academy, Nodaway Valley, Ogden, Orient-Macksburg Community Schools, Southeast Warren, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Invitational vs. Des Moines Christian Schools, Glidden-Ralston, Madrid, Pleasantville, Van Meter, West Central Valley, Woodward Granger
Panorama High School

Tuesday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys Varsity Meet vs. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Colo-NESCO, Coon Rapids Bayard, Des Moines Christian Schools, Earlham, Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton, Grand View Christian, Harlan Community, Interstate 35, Iowa Christian Academy, Nodaway Valley, Ogden, Orient-Macksburg Community Schools, Southeast Warren, Van Meter, West Central Valley
Earlham High School

Thursday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls JH Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter Junior-Senior High School

Thursday, April 15
4:30 p.m.
Track & Field: Boys JH Meet vs. Van Meter
Van Meter Junior-Senior High School

Thursday, April 15
5 p.m.
Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. North Polk
Panorama High School

Thursday, April 15
5 p.m.
Track & Field: Girls Varsity Meet vs. AC-GC
AC/GC High School
Saturday, April 17

Obituary: Neil Wright

Posted 3/9/21
Neil Duane Wright, 69, of Panora, passed away Feb. 20, 2021, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Neil was born April 2, 1951, to Donald and Juanita (Kennett) Wright in Jefferson, Iowa. After graduating from Jefferson Community High School in 1969, he attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. In 1970, Neil was married to Susan DeWitt and had a daughter, Nichole. 

Throughout his life, Neil had many business ventures, including working for Morton Buildings and most recently owner of The Trash Man in Webster City, Iowa. Neil was a passionate businessman and loved being involved in the community. He served on the Lake Panorama Association and Panora State Bank Boards. He was a member of the Jefferson Elks. Neil was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Jefferson community and Lake Panorama National Golf Courses.

Neil married Jolene (Golden) Wright in Hawaii on Dec. 1, 2001, and they have lived at Lake Panorama for more than 20 years. Neil and Jolene enjoyed playing cards, traveling, boating and, of course, golf, golf, golf. They also enjoyed spending time with their seven grandchildren. Neil will be remembered through many stories told on the golf course and around the card table.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Juanita, and his grandson Kenneth Declan Cunningham. He is survived by his wife Jolene, his daughter Nichole Campbell of Cumming, Iowa; his stepchildren, Joell and Buddy Herrick of Waukee, Danny and Gina Cunningham of Perry; grandchildren Grant, Gaven and Gage Campbell, Sydney and Halle Herrick, and Skylar and Eliza Cunningham.
Services were held Feb. 25, 2021, at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, followed by burial in the Jefferson Cemetery.

Fish tacos
Fresh, fast and flavorful…. a lesson from my daughter

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Posted 3/9/21
By Jolene Goodman

One of the many joys of witnessing your children growing up is learning from them as they master their talents. Shane and I are blessed to have three amazing cooks in the family… our daughters! I have learned so much from them in recent years and am working to up my cooking skills, as it has become very obvious that I am now pretty lazy in the kitchen. One of my favorite recipes from Sara is fish tacos. These can vary each time she makes them, always flavorful and easy to prepare. The best part about this basic recipe is that it truly is fresh, fast and flavorful.

Experiment with your taco toppings by adding avocado, chopped carrots, cabbage and different cheese varieties. Then, start tweaking the sauce. Enjoy! In a bowl, mix spices for fish. Season each tilapia fillet with season mix. Over medium-high heat, cook two fillets at a time for eight minutes, flipping halfway. Repeat for the remaining fillets (or dust off that grill!). While those are cooking, prepare your taco toppings and mix the taco sauce.

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

4 Tilapia fillets
16 flour tortillas

Seasoning for fish
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp nature’s season (or salt)
1/2 tsp pepper

Taco toppings
Cilantro, chopped
Fresh greens, chopped
Red onion, diced
Tomato, diced

Taco sauce ingredients
1 cup sour cream (or mayonnaise)
2 tbsp Franks hot sauce (or more)
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp lime juice (or less, don’t use too much!)

The 10,000-square-foot shop is the main building at the new site.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This winter has been the first full season the new LPA maintenance facility has been available to staff. And to say the facility is working as planned would be an understatement.

“The 2019 maintenance facility is proving to be an excellent infrastructure investment for the association,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager. “Although it has only been 15 months since we moved in, it is difficult to recall how we functioned without this facility. The shop provides our crew the opportunity to repair and maintain essential equipment, which has been especially critical during the heavy snowfall winter of 2020-21.”

This project first was introduced to the LPA board in the fall of 2014. It was the fall of 2018 before plans were completed, a location was chosen, and construction began.

Move-in began in mid-October of 2019, and 200 people attended an open house Nov. 22, 2019. But it was a few months into 2020 before the move was complete and all shelving and cabinets had been assembled and installed by LPA staff.

The new maintenance complex, located on the lake’s east side at the corner of 200th and Chimra, includes a shop that measures about 10,000 square feet. Also on the site is a cold storage building that has a crushed rock floor. It is used for storing items that don’t need to be kept in a heated environment.

There are two large hoop structures, one for salt and one for sand storage. A smaller hoop structure is a dedicated space for mixing brine, which is used on Lake Panorama roads in the winter. This keeps this process out of the shop, since brine is corrosive. Also at the site are storage bins for aggregate and other materials.

The facility replaced the old maintenance facility located a quarter-mile further west that was built in 1973. It was 4,000 square feet and didn’t come close to providing the needed space for the maintenance equipment and employees that now support the Lake Panorama community.

In addition, signs of corrosion were discovered in late 2016, and the building was temporarily modified in the fall of 2018 to support LPA operations that winter. The LPA board confirmed staff and engineer recommendations that LPA crews not spend another winter in that facility.

Mike Monthei, LPA operations supervisor, manages the facility.

“Being able to repair equipment in a clean and controlled environment helps to keep our equipment in good order,” Monthei says. “This is not only important from a productivity standpoint, but also from a worker safety standpoint.”

The new shop provides a heated space for storage and maintenance of key pieces of LPA equipment. Large overhead doors on both sides of the building allow trucks and trailers to be pulled through the building. A lift in the southeast corner makes it easy to perform routine maintenance on vehicles.

In addition to serving the LPA maintenance department, the facility houses equipment that serves the LPA security, water and erosion control departments.

An earthen berm was built to the west and south of the facility. On top and outside of this berm are evergreen plantings that provide a visual screen. Cupolas, wainscot and a stone entrance to the shop’s office area all “dress up” the facility.

The maintenance complex cost was $1.7 million. LPA worked with a consortium of local banks to finance the project with payoff structured as a 20-year loan.

The cold storage building located at the old maintenance facility site was repurposed for boat storage, beginning last fall. The old shop was torn down in early 2020.

“On behalf of the Lake Panorama staff, I want to thank the LPA board and membership for their support of this important project,” says Rutledge. “This facility will help our team continue to provide top-notch service to the LPA membership for decades to come.”

Ask Lake Panorama Times

Posted 3/9/21
I heard there is a shortage of boats available at dealerships due to COVID-19-related issues. Is that true?

Shutdowns at manufacturing facilities and an increase in demand have certainly impacted the inventory of new and used boats of all types including pontoons, wake/surf boats, fishing boats, jet skis and fiberglass runabouts across the entire USA.

Lyn Coulter of Coulter’s Panorama Marine told us, “Almost all boat manufacturing plants and their suppliers were closed during the second quarter of 2020 from the pandemic. At the same time, retail demand was increasing because many people saw boating as a safe way to recreate away from the crowds. With no new boats being produced and retail demand increasing 41 percent over the same period of 2019, there simply weren’t enough boats on dealer lots to fill the demand. Most all boat dealers sold out their stock of boats by the middle of June 2020.”

Coulter says the demand has not yet abated and most all boat manufacturers are already sold out for 2021. Manufacturers report they cannot keep up with retail demand and that they are only building boats that are sold orders. Coulter says he has been told that they cannot build very many boats for dealers to stock.

“For example, the marina should have between 35 to 40  new boats in stock now for 2021,” he says. “We currently have only 16 in stock, and that will be it until the 2022s begin to come out in August.”

Coulter also says there are spot shortages of some parts needed in the production of new boats, thus hampering efforts to build the new boats to meet demand.

Coulter’s advice?

“It’s going to be a challenge to find a boat, new or used, for 2021,” he says. “Shop now because there might not be anything on dealer lots again this summer.”

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The serenity of being in a rural setting and near water drew Scott and Trish Hart to Lake Panorama.

Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Seeing a diversity of wildlife is one of the joys of Lake Panorama property ownership. One property owner recently turned her interest in the birds and animals outside her window into a small business.

Scott and Trish Hart bought a lot at Lake Panorama in 2007. They had a home built, which was completed in 2012, and moved to the lake fulltime in 2014.

“I’ve always been an avid nature lover and thoroughly enjoy capturing nature’s beauty,” says Trish. “Lake Panorama and the surrounding area has such an amazing variety of wildlife we’re blessed to enjoy throughout each season. When we first moved to the lake fulltime, I used my Samsung Galaxy cellphone to snap photos. But, after buying a digital camera last year, the photography bug really bit me.”

Hart purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ80, which she says has “some pretty amazing built-in zoom features, so I can capture colorful images of wild birds, fox, deer, turkey, raccoon and bobcat, in addition to Lake Panorama’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets,” she says.

“I’ve enjoyed capturing nature’s beauty and sharing it with others on my personal Facebook page,” Hart says. “We have several birdfeeders on our upper deck, which we can see from our kitchen windows and sunroom. The other wildlife images I’ve been fortunate to capture were all in close proximity to our cove.”

After seeing so many friends and family commenting on and enjoying her images on Facebook, Hart decided to launch “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021. She created a new Facebook page for the business and now offers custom prints on high quality paper, metal, or glass, plus custom canvases in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The Harts were high school sweethearts while attending school at Coon Rapids. But they took a long and circuitous route to reach Lake Panorama, just 30 miles south.

Trish’s parents and grandparents are from South Dakota, and that’s where she was born. Her father was a high school principal, and the family relocated to Coon Rapids when she was in grade school. Scott grew up in Coon Rapids, and they dated throughout high school.

They both graduated from Iowa State. Trish earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics/supply chain with a minor in information systems management. Scott earned a bachelor’s in agronomy, with an emphasis in seed science.

“We’re big ISU fans and have been football season ticket holders for more than 20 years,” Trish says. “We love our Cyclones!”

The couple married in the fall of 1987. Shortly after graduating from ISU, Scott had an opportunity with Pioneer to oversee their western sunflower acres and production facility in Woodland, California.

“We packed up and headed west to live in Northern California for seven years,” Trish says. “We loved our experience there, fell in love with all the natural beauty, and made many lasting friendships.”

While living in California, Trish’s college roommate, who was a human resources recruiter with Principal Financial Group, contacted her about a leadership role available for someone who had a logistics and information systems management background.

“I flew back to Des Moines, interviewed and was offered the position,” she says. “Scott and I were thinking about starting a family at that time and welcomed the opportunity to move closer to home and be near extended family.”

The couple lived in Grimes for more than 20 years, while she was an assistant director with Principal and Scott was a marketing director and agronomist with Pioneer, which now is known as Corteva Agriscience.

The couple has one son, Logan, who also is an ISU alum. He graduated with an industrial engineering degree in December 2019 and started his fulltime career with Crane Worldwide Logistics in Ohio a year ago. In December he accepted a promotion with Crane into a new leadership role in California. He and his girlfriend, Danielle Armstrong, now are settled in the southern California area.

In 2007, while living in Grimes, Scott and Trish bought a lot at Lake Panorama in Andrews Cove, on the northeast side of the lake just before the Narrows.

“I enjoyed many summers with my family on the water, boating and camping at Gavin’s Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota, so lake life is in my blood,” says Trish.

Their good friends, Larry and Heidi Wolinski, had built a home in Burchfield Cove and own Azcon Construction. The couple partnered with Larry on the custom design and build of their home and moved to Lake Panorama fulltime in 2014.

“We were drawn to Lake Panorama for many reasons,” Trish says. “The boating, skiing, tubing and fishing, the variety of wildlife, the serenity of being in a rural setting and near the water. We also own a farm and recreational timber south of Guthrie Center where Scott has a cow-calf operation. Scott’s a big hunter and enjoys spending time there.”

Hart says, when they started building, they quickly discovered Andrews Cove and the surrounding area had some “generous and warm neighbors nearby. We learned this the first winter snowstorm we experienced after moving in, when we received 14 inches of snow. David Van Ahn came to our rescue with his tractor and blade and quickly scooped us out. And we’re delighted Dave still graciously does this for us every snowstorm.”

Another example of that neighborly compassion involved Mary and Ray Pals, who helped tow their boat to Coulter’s Marine after a faulty battery was discovered.

“Scott and I love hosting our family and friends at Lake Panorama,” Trish says. “We’ve made so many great memories here and look forward to making many more.”

By the winter of 2017, after 25 years in a fulltime leadership role with Principal Financial Group, Trish was ready for a change.

“This was before COVID-19,and the commute into downtown Des Moines was taking its toll,” she says. “After many great years with the company, I resigned and was ready to look for something part-time.”

Within a few weeks, Trish saw Lake Panorama National Resort was looking for someone to work at the LPN front desk.

“I interviewed and started working 20 to 25 hours a week in April 2017,” she says. “Working there has been a welcome change and allowed me to get to know many more Lake Panorama residents and LPN club members.

“I enjoy interacting with everyone and seeing them enjoy the variety of amenities LPN offers, especially in the busy spring and summer seasons,” Trish says. “I cover the phone lines and help guests make lodging arrangements for the townhouses and hotel, prep their keys, and assist guests with check-in and check-out. It’s a completely different vibe from my previous role, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know a new set of colleagues at LPN and LPA.”

Scott now works as a marketing director with AgVenture, one of Corteva Agriscience’s seed brands. The couple likes walking together and hiking, and when they have a chance to get away, they enjoy traveling and exploring U.S. National Parks.

But when they’re at Lake Panorama, they often are on the water.

“Our family loves being on the water, and Scott’s an avid fisherman,” Trish says. “One of our favorite activities is taking the boat out right before sunset and heading to the upper basin to relax and savor those rapidly changing colors on the horizon. Iowa sunsets are magical, and we’re so blessed to be in an area where we can enjoy heaven’s artistry.

“As I look back on 2020 when the virus hit and we all started sheltering at home, it seemed the perfect opportunity for me to slow down, pay attention to what was going on outside, and truly appreciate nature’s seasonal blessings and rhythms,” Trish says. “That’s what Nature’s Canvas Photography is all about. For those interested in adding some color and life to their walls and décor, I would love to help make it happen.”

Prices for Hart’s custom prints vary as she partners with a variety of production houses that may be offering special promotions throughout the year. Some clients have been interested in simply buying a digital download of an image, which they can turn into a custom mug, blanket, puzzle, keychain, computer mousepad, Christmas ornament or a host of other items.

Hart recently did a photo shoot at The Lakeside Village for marketing purposes, after Gloria Dahl of Windy Ridge Interiors & More staged several apartments in the senior facility. She says while her first love will always be nature photography, she’s open to considering other projects. Hart can be contacted by visiting


Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The Lake Panorama Association (LPA) staff already is gearing up for spring and summer projects, while managing the daily changes of an Iowa winter. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, LPA general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q: What changes in COVID-19 policy can LPA members expect for this spring and summer?
A: Like everyone else, we’re looking forward to a return to a pre-pandemic environment. We remain optimistic but will approach all policy changes with a measure of caution. Policies may differ between the LPA and Lake Panorama National/Panorama West, due to the nature of those businesses and the facilities in which they operate.

Lake Panorama National and Panorama West are looking forward to welcoming guests for golf and dining. The dining facilities will continue to utilize the ample space we have available and ensure those who wish to maintain social distancing can continue to do so. As in 2020, golf will continue to offer members an opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors and get some much-needed fresh air.

Lake Panorama National policies continue to require the wearing of masks by staff who are in contact with customers. We understand some customers appreciate this and others think it is unnecessary. Please know we don’t seek to be part of a political debate on masking, but rather, we strive to ensure we can provide all of our customers with a level of comfort and service they expect.

The LPA office will continue to be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice; however, we will accept visitors by appointment. This decision is based upon both the limited physical space of the LPA office and the well-defined peak of spring traffic LPA experiences.

For instance, LPA issued 2,841 boat stickers during 2020. In pre-pandemic times, it was common to have dozens of members cycle through the small space of LPA’s front office on a given day. But in 2020, LPA office staff and the LPA membership worked through the pandemic by communicating via email, telephone and by using the LPA drop-off box. This strategy worked extremely well and allowed us to avoid the concerns associated with a congested waiting area.

Due to the uncertainty of the year to come, the LPA office will continue our COVID-19 protocol into the 2021 season. Thanks to all of our members who have helped make this a very safe and effective approach to conducting business with the LPA office.

Q: Look ahead to 2021 and share some dates LPA members should have on their calendars.
A: The 2021 LPA annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the LPN Conference Center. The meeting will include the election of three members to the LPA board of directors, as well as an annual overview on the business of the association. If the board of directors determines it is imprudent to host a large gathering on May 8, then the backup date of Saturday, June 26, will be used.

The annual Fin and Feather fundraiser banquet generally coincides with the date of the LPA annual meeting. This year, the Fin and Feather officers have set Saturday, June 26, as the date for the organization’s 2021 banquet.

With COVID-19 concerns continuing, the officers decided waiting another seven weeks would be best so committee members could more safely and effectively accomplish banquet preparation. The banquet will be held at the LPN Conference Center with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m.

The Independence Day weekend always marks a highlight of summer for many LPA members. The annual Fire in the Sky Fireworks Show is scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Q: What capital projects does LPA have planned for 2021?
A: LPA’s largest capital expenditure for 2021 involves a proactive maintenance project at the LPA dam. Over the last several years, LPA, Shive-Hattery Engineers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have been working together to develop a plan for improvements to the dam’s auxiliary spillway. This project is designed to ensure the dam remains sufficiently protected in the rare occurrence of a major flood event that utilizes the auxiliary spillway.

In 1986 and 1993, the LPA dam’s concrete principal spillway was unable to keep up with the inflow of epic rain events. So, as it was designed to do, water discharged over the earthen auxiliary spillway, which ensured the structural integrity of the dam was not threatened. On both occasions, the auxiliary spillway functioned effectively.

The principal spillway and the auxiliary spillway are separated by a substantial earthen berm. This berm is critical to ensure any flows over the auxiliary spillway are kept away from the concrete walls of the principal spillway. Inspections of the separation berm identified the importance of proactive maintenance in this area.

Bids will be requested for this earthwork project in early 2021, with the work being completed by September 2021. Total earthwork and engineering for this project is anticipated to cost between $200,000 and $250,000. The project will not require any adjustment of the lake’s water level and will not impact the 2021 boating season.

Also on the list for 2021 are the replacement of an LPA security boat and a security pickup. This department continues to maintain a fleet of three patrol boats and two security trucks.

A final notable improvement will be replacement of the bathrooms at Shady Beach and Sunset Beach. Timing of this work is up in the air but will be communicated to the membership as the project advances.


Posted 3/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The officers of Lake Panorama Fin and Feather recently set Saturday, June 26 as the date for the organization’s 2021 annual banquet. The banquet had been tentatively scheduled for May 8 to coincide with the LPA annual meeting, but with COVID-19 concerns continuing, the officers decided waiting another seven weeks would be best so committee members could more safely and effectively accomplish banquet preparation.

The 2020 Fin and Feather annual banquet was cancelled because of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. However, the organization was able to continue the 2020 fish stocking effort through its use of fund reserves generated at previous fundraising banquets.

More than $14,000 worth of fish were added in November 2020 to Lake Panorama. Fish stocking totals for 2020 included 2,500 walleye, 1,200 smallmouth bass and 1,000 largemouth bass.

Volunteers in the non-profit Fin and Feather group have been stocking fish and working to improve fishing conditions in Lake Panorama since 1984.

The June 26 Fin and Feather banquet will be held at the Lake Panorama National Resort with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. A dinner and silent/live auctions will follow at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Tickets to the event are $35 each, with children 12 and younger $20. Another option is to join the Big Skipper Club at a cost of $125. This covers two dinner tickets, raffle tickets, name in the program and an annual family membership. The cost of an annual family membership is $40.

Donations, tickets and other payments made in 2020 were carried over to 2021 and can be used for 2021 memberships and meal tickets. Those who would like to use their 2020 payment as a donation can do so and also make 2021 purchases and payments.

To purchase dinner tickets and memberships by check, make it payable to Fin and Feather and mail to Doug Hemphill, Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 110, Yale, IA 50277. Dinner reservations and payments also can be made online using a credit card or PayPal account. Visit the organization’s website at


Posted 3/9/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dog
Name: Tanner
Nickname: T-Bone
Breed: Yellow lab
Age: 15 years old
Owners: Andrea and Justin Rishel

Tanner was a rescue that was being fostered by neighbors of Andrea and Justin Rishel. Tanner chose the Rishels as his family one night at a neighborhood get together.

On nice days, you will find Tanner laying outside soaking up as much sun as possible (even on the hottest of days). He enjoys going on long walks, swimming in the lake, car rides to PJ’s for ice cream and Grandma and Grandpa Pipers’ for sleepovers or just to say “hi” and grab a treat or two. Tanner’s pet peeve is when his feline siblings try to snuggle with him on his bed.

Cove Cat
Name: Lucky
Breed: Calico
Age: 6 years old
Owners: Andrea and Justin Rishel

How appropriate for our March Cove Cat to be named “Lucky.” She is a 6-year-old Calico rescue kitty that wandered into Andrea and Justin Rishel’s garage.

She enjoys the outdoors, hunting and rolling around on the concrete. Lucky comes running when she hears the treat bag.  She likes napping in drawers, playing with her kitty brother Houdini, and hiding under the blankets with her family. Her pet peeve is an empty food bowl.

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Home improvements, winter activities,
photos and the best

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 2/9/21

Inside this issue of Lake Panorama Times, you will find our second effort at a local Home Improvement Guide. The section is full of local stories with before-and-after photos of various projects that Lake Panorama residents have taken on and completed. With COVID-19 limiting much of what most of us can do, many residents have decided to tackle those home projects that have been on their lists. We hope that this section will inspire you to do the same and that you will use the many local businesses that are advertising their goods and services to make your home improvement dreams become reality.

Who goes to a lake home in Iowa in the winter?
Actually, you might be surprised. Of course, many Lake Panorama residents live on the lake year round and stay active, but even those who typically stay in their permanent homes in the colder months have found ways to enjoy the lake all year round. We feature a handful who are ice fishing in a feature story this month, and we hope to share more stories of lake residents and their wintertime activities. We understand if you have your hands full this year with work, family and other undertakings at home, but maybe this will inspire you to come out to Lake Panorama and enjoy the outdoors — or put a puzzle together by the fire with a cup of coffee, if that’s more your thing. Either way, Lake Panorama offers something for everyone, even in the winter. 

Have wintertime photos to share?
Nature shots? Snow-shoeing? Ice skating? Snowmen (or snowwomen)? We would like to publish them in Lake Panorama Times. Simply email them to me at for consideration.

Best of Lake Panorama?
Those of you who read the other publications we publish may be familiar with CITYVIEW magazine and our Best of Des Moines Readers’ Poll. It has become the most popular and respected poll of its kind with approximately 14,000 votes cast this year. In compiling the results, I began to wonder if something like this could work for Lake Panorama, on a smaller scale. The poll questions could be a mix of serious and fun, and we could have an event of some sort this summer to announce the winners. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this. Shoot me a note on the “Get In Touch” form at or email me at And check out this month to see how we have done it there.

Enjoy your February, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Never too cold to fish
Lake Panorama provides year-round outdoor opportunities.

Posted 2/9/21
By Darren Tromblay
Lake Panorama Times

Tired of being cooped up indoors? Just because the cold winter months are here doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Panorama. Old Man Winter’s arrival means cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, skating and, of course, ice fishing.

Ask any true fisherman (or woman), and he or she will tell you the pandemic may have canceled a lot of things over the last year, but fishing isn’t one of them. In the winter, a number of ice fishing shacks dot the lake, as well as a few enthusiasts who prefer the more primitive “ice bucket, pole and manual auger” experience.

To each their own, but the one thing they all share is a love of dropping a line into the water and patiently waiting for that first bite.

Brian Peppmeier owns a “getaway” home on the west side of Lake Panorama, a place he and his wife bought last November. They’ve spent the last year upgrading it to the point where it’s habitable. Unfortunately, that meant little time for fun. But over the course of those months, Peppmeier has noticed how much he enjoyed the simplicity of just being there.

“I think I like it out there in the winter almost as much as the summer,” he says. “It’s so quiet; there’s wildlife out there.”

And fishing. Despite being a relative newbie to the sport, Peppmeier is all in on the enthusiasm front. He’s learning.

“Ice fishing is different than regular fishing,” he says. “They (fish) don’t hit your lures the way they would during normal fishing, so it definitely takes a feel.”

Peppmeier has been honing his skills, which were helped along greatly when he received a fishing tent for Christmas.

“I like to be comfortable and don’t like to be cold, so that was pretty nice,” he says. “You can put a heater in there and probably be in a T-shirt in there if you wanted to. It’s pretty comfortable, with a padded bench in it, and a sled under it where you can put all your stuff to carry around. A little heater will warm it up in a couple minutes.”

Peppmeier bought a used gas-powered auger to drill holes in the ice and invested in around 10 ice fishing poles so, if family members or friends want to go out, they can. He also bought a Vexilar fish finder. Once his friend, Dan, showed him how to use it, it’s become an invaluable tool.

“Now that I know how to use it, I don’t think I’d go fishing without it,” Peppmeier admits. “You can literally see your lure on the screen, the depth, and watch fish follow your lure if they’re there.”

Peppmeier has just begun to figure out the lake’s intricacies — where the “hot spots” are. A cove that he fishes frequently has yielded good results, primarily at 7-8 feet of depth near a main channel and additional drop offs. Where a structure is nearby, there may be fish, he says.

The majority of the other people Peppmeier has seen this fishing season have been dropping their lures in the vicinity of the marina, he says, which has rendered good results as well.

The ice isn’t consistently thick across the lake, so safety is a top priority for Peppmeier. In rendering a verdict as to whether or not an area is safe and thick enough to bear weight, remember: Good ice is clear. Milky-looking is not. The stronger, the better, Peppmeier says. At least 4 inches of ice is a good starting point.

“I’m probably overly cautious,” he says. “There are probably people who would go out on 2 inches of ice, but I wouldn’t do that. Because even with 2 inches, your next step could be a half an inch. It’s been a good, consistent 6 inches since we started going out this year, and I feel pretty confident in that.”

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work, though. Even if Peppmeier isn’t having the best of luck reeling in the gilled ones, he’s still doing something he enjoys.

“It’s not even as much about fishing for me, as it is about being out there and relaxing,” he says. “I feel like, as soon as we drive there and turn down that road where it starts to get wooded, there’s a big sense of relaxation. We’ve seen quite a bit of deer, a fox, an eagle that flies over quite a bit.

“You can either sit in the house all day or find something to do outside. My wife has done some snowshoeing, and we take our dogs for walks quite a bit, too. Fishing is just one more thing to do that is relaxing and gets you outside. Obviously, it’s more fun if you’re catching fish, but it’s just about being there.”

On the move
Scott Stanley lives just off the water in the main basin near the marina of Lake Panorama.

Come late October to early November, he’s getting primed and ready for ice fishing. The first step is to do that initial ice strength test.

“I always have an ice chisel with me, and, generally, if you pound that out in front of you, if it’s 3 inches or less in depth, the chisel will go right through,” he says. “Clear ice is the best ice. Cloudy, white ice is not the safest, and it’s the hardest to judge just because you can’t see the cracks to judge the depth. Four-plus inches is the safe spot.”

Even then, though, it’s best to err on the side of caution, he says.

“One spot will be 7 inches, and the next might be completely unsafe,” he says.

This fishing season has been an odd one thus far, with Stanley not being able to drop a lure through the ice until around Christmas time, he says. It was too warm. The arrival of more consistently cold temperatures recently has solved that. But it hasn’t made the success rate any better. Fishing on Lake Panorama can be tough.

“The lack of cover being the primary reason,” he says. There are a few spots with cover, however, including one of his favorite spots, the jetty near the marina. On a good day, one might find four or five shacks in that area alone. “It’s a good spot because you can catch all different kinds of species, from walleyes to catfish, bass, bluegills. You can catch them all there.”

 The jetty can also be a difficult fishing spot due to its popularity and ease of accessibility, Stanley says. For those seeking a less-trafficked spot, he recommends the Shady Beach area, where there’s an underwater rock point that juts out, complete with a river channel flowing next to it. The transition from shallow water to a sudden drop off of anywhere from 12 to 20 feet provides the fish a good cover and structure area. Trees in the area make it another prime locale for a good fishing experience, he says.

“If you can find the bait, you’re going to find the fish,” he says. “The old saying is that 90 percent of the fish in a body of water are located in 10 percent of it. You have to cover a lot of water when you ice fish and punch a bunch of holes. My biggest advice would be to find a main lake point, or if you know where some trees are in water — anything with structure in the bottom — it’s going to be an added benefit, just because the lake is pretty much barren the way it is. If you can find some sort of structure at the mouth of coves, that might also be a good spot because generally there’s a stream or creek that’s feeding in that has the forage for the bigger fish to go prey on.”

Crappies, bluegills and walleyes can be hooked if you know how to get after them. But the latter is by far the hardest to pull out of the lake, he says, noting that his biggest walleye catch was a 27 1/4-inch through the ice. Despite the fishing conditions being “a bit tricky” this season, he says, if you can find the fish, they’ve been willing to bite.

Stanley has been ice fishing more than 20 years, and, much like Peppmeier, says it’s more than just about the fishing.

“It’s definitely a social event,” he says. “You want to take someone new, or it’s a great family event. You can get in the shack with a heater, bring all the snacks and goodies you want, and camp out for a couple of hours. This year’s been a lot different due to COVID, so there hasn’t been the get-togethers with the friends, so we’re looking forward to next fishing season and getting back on a regular pattern there.”

It’s also a family affair. The Stanley children — Alyssa, 9, and Blake, 5, — are hooked, too. Both began ice fishing with their dad when they were 4. For Stanley, their excitement at discovering a new sport was equally as gratifying for him. Many kids are followers of their parents’ footsteps, he says, and when asked if they wanted to go, they immediately said “Yes!”

Mission accomplished. Now if only the fish will bite.

“At this age, you need to keep them entertained if the fish aren’t biting, so you need to bring plenty of snacks,” he admits. “Thankfully, every time we’ve gone, the fish have cooperated, and they have had a blast. My son always says, ‘I love feeling that classic ‘tink’ when a fish bites. Once I feel it, I set the hook!’ ”

The sheer excitement on the kids’ faces is enough to keep them coming back for years to come.

“Nothing beats getting the kids outdoors and being active,” Stanley says. “My kids agree that it’s way better than being cooped up inside. The joy and excitement they have when they do catch the big one is my pure joy. I know one day they will do the same with their kids.”

Technological advances have made it easier to ice fish, too, Stanley says. Gas-powered ice augers have been a huge help, for starters.

“Twenty-five years ago, I went out with a hand-held auger and no other electronics,” he says. “I’d basically go to a spot blind, punch holes, and have to find the depth to the bottom on my own. There was nothing efficient about it. Now there’s all the technology and the fish maps. I’ll look at maps of lakes before I go there just to find any hot spots. Once I do, I’ll walk right there and start punching holes.”

A lot of people go with live bait for lures, he says, but he prefers artificial lures.

“They stay on the hook a lot better, you can keep your gloves on more, and it’s just a faster, more efficient approach,” he says. “But, a lot of times, winter fish can be stubborn. They like that live bait. When that happens, my go-to are minnow heads on any type of jig.”

In the state of Iowa, you are allowed two lines per license, with the option of buying a bonus line for an additional fee. Stanley usually has two, punching a hole for his “deadstick rod,” as he calls it, which he places on a bucket while holding and jigging his other pole.

“It’s all about moving,” he says. “If you punch a few holes in a general area, and you’re not marking fish for 15 minutes, you need to get up and move and go somewhere else and find them.”

Tips for safely enjoying outdoor activities
Protecting yourself from the elements is incredibly important. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you venture out into the cold.

• Dress appropriately. Since your body loses heat faster than you can produce it in the cold weather, make sure you dress appropriately. Wear a hat, boots, gloves and layers of loose-fitting, water-resistant clothing. Pay special attention to vulnerable areas such as the nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin and fingers.

• Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids is just as important during the winter season as it is in the summertime. Since the cold air is dryer, it’s easier to become dehydrated. If you plan to be outside for an hour or more, make sure to bring fluids with you.

• Use sunblock. Yes, even in the wintertime, you need to protect your skin. Use broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily (even on cloudy and snowy days), and make sure your skin is covered.

• Monitor weather conditions. Always check the weather forecast before heading out for your winter run, hike, or snowshoeing excursion. Inclement weather may force you to alter your plans, but it’ll be better than getting stranded in a snowstorm.

• Tell someone where you’re going. Outdoor winter adventures are fun, but the risks may be higher, depending on the activity you choose. A good rule of thumb for safety is to always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.

Friends of Lake Panorama projects move forward
Additional donations in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground.

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Progress continues on two Friends of Lake Panorama projects.

For the past 14 months, the charity focused on raising $70,000 for new playground equipment at both Shady and Boulder Beaches. New play equipment and a bench were installed at Shady Beach last October, the same month the $70,000 goal was reached.

Additional donations of $1,700 in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add one bench and a second spring rider to the Boulder Beach playground. The Boulder Beach play equipment was ordered in January for spring delivery.

The new spring rider is a bright green frog. Both it and the yellow bumble bee spring rider already planned will be installed in the existing playground. All other equipment will be located in a second playground south of the existing one. The new bench also will be located in this second playground.

In the existing playground, a swinging bench donated by Marcia Priestley in memory of Bill Priestley will be installed. The timing of the delivery and installation of these benches and playground equipment will be dependent on spring weather conditions.

A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed near both playgrounds.

The latest priority project for Friends is the Lake Panorama Dog Park. Fundraising for this project began in September 2020. The goal is $50,000 to construct the park and provide all desired amenities. On Feb. 1, the total raised for the dog park stood at $33,000.

The park will be located at the corner of Sage Trail and RV Road, near the east campground.

Plans include a 6-foot-high chain link fence 650 feet long and 155 feet wide. There will be two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. A single entrance will be protected by a keyless lock and overhead roof. Once inside this gate, users can choose a gate to either the large dog or small dog area.

The facility will be open to LPA members and their guests. A sign recognizing donors of $500 or more will be posted at the dog park.

End-of-year donations generally are higher as people make charitable contributions for tax purposes. But in this new year, dog park supporters who donated in 2020 can keep the fundraising momentum going by making a second donation that will be deductible on their 2021 tax returns. Organizers hope construction can begin in fall 2021 and the park open in spring 2022.

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. Donations also can be made by credit card on the Friends website at

Currently, donations to Friends can be designated to the Lake Panorama Dog Park, the Friends general fund, any of the three beaches, or golf course beautification at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West.

Details on all past and current projects are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page. To keep up to date about Friends activities, “like” and “share” the Friends page. Questions or comments? Send an email to

Additional donations in the last two months of 2020 made it possible to add a bench and this green frog spring rider to the order for the Boulder Beach playgrounds.


Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2021 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA.

At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual membership and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $30 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.

Men’s leagues are on Wednesdays. For the 18-hole noon league, members can play from the white, yellow or red tees. This is individual play, using the Stableford scoring system. Nine-hole, match play leagues begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Players in the 3 p.m. league can play from either red or white tees. Players in the 6 p.m. league can play from either yellow or white tees. Cost of all men’s leagues is $75.

The Men’s Stag on May 5 will kick off the league season. Members or potential members are invited to attend compliments of the LPN. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 6 p.m. League play begins May 12.

For women, Lake Panorama National offers both a 9-hole and an 18-hole league on Thursdays. The 9-hole league uses a two-person, match-play format. It begins with announcements at 5 p.m. and a shotgun start at 5:15 p.m.

The 18-hole league begins at 2:15 p.m., with assigned tee times and individual play using the Stableford point system. The 18-hole league is limited to 24 players and is close to being full. To become a member of this league, or join a waiting list once it is full, contact Kathy DeLucca, 641-757-2844,; or Linda Reis, 515-490-1454,

Both women’s leagues gather in The Links after play for weekly food and drink specials and to recognize special event winners. Annual league dues are $75, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. A kickoff dinner planned for May 6 begins at 5:30 p.m. League competition gets underway May 13.

The Nine & Wine Series involves nine holes of golf at the LPN on seven Monday afternoons, June 7 and 21; July 12 and 26; and Aug. 9, 23 and 30. Cost is $75 for LPN members and $180 for Panorama West members. Check in at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. tee off. The format is a 4-person, 2-couple best shot, with teams assigned each week by a blind draw. There are weekly prizes and season-ending champions. After play, the couples enjoy wine and food specials in The Links.

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee.

The women’s league is individual play with weekly prizes and special events. Dues for the year are $30. A kickoff luncheon is planned for Tuesday, April 27 at the LPN conference center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $15. Make reservations with Nini VonBon, or 515-321-4000.

League play begins May 4 with a two-gal mixer at 9 a.m. The first day of regular play will be May 11 utilizing a shotgun start format. Players will choose their desired tee times in advance, with options being 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 11 a.m. The last day of regular play will be Aug. 24. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be Aug. 31. For more information, contact Sue Merryman, 641-751-5956 or

The Tuesday evening men’s league begins April 27 and runs through Aug. 31. Dues are $20 to cover weekly prizes, plus individual scores are turned in for prizes at the end of the year. Play begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Merryman at 641-751-5957 or; or Bill Eby at 515-240-7652 or

The Thursday morning men’s league begins May 6 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, something that began last season in response to the pandemic. The 8 a.m. shotgun starts for regular league play, followed by an optional scramble for $1, will continue for 18 weeks. A tournament and banquet will follow. Dues of $25 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the season. For more information, contact Virgil Hoehne at 641-757-0962.

There is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2021 as couples are invited to participate in six “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions.

This two-couple scramble with fun twists and strategies will be held June 4, June 18, July 9, July 23, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. Play begins at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with couples asked to arrive early to learn about that week’s event, get hole assignments, and pay the $1 per couple entry fee. Those who aren’t Panorama West annual golf members also will need to pay green fees.

No preregistration is necessary, but those who need a cart should call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755-2250 to reserve. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact Bill and Karen Eby at 515-480-4633.

Annual membership forms for both LPN and Panorama West, plus LPN golf league forms, are available at


Floyd Linus Sayles, 97, passed away peacefully, Jan. 6, 2021, in his home overlooking Lake Panorama. He was surrounded by his loving family while comforted by the ambiance of a crackling fire.

Floyd, affectionately known as “Nobby,” was an active and long-time member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Panora. He was a member of the 1942 class of Dowling High School. Additionally, he was a former president of the Izaak Walton League and a member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

Floyd, a WWII veteran, served his country as a PBY Bombardier with the Navy. He often said he lived a lifetime before he was 20. Upon returning home from military service, Floyd married Patricia Ann Bloomburg. Together they raised their family of five children in a home lovingly referred to as “601.”

Floyd’s childhood passion for hunting and shooting lead to a successful career, 10-X Manufacturing Company in Des Moines, specializing in hunting and shooting apparel.

Retiring to Lake Panorama, Floyd spent countless hours with friends and family. Whether golfing, boating, water skiing or fishing, a good time was sure to be had. Special memories were made around summer camp fires. Floyd enjoyed his winter months in warmer climates and was a frequent visitor to see his son, Bill, and wife, Lorena, in Maui, where he enjoyed blowing a conch shell at sunset.

Floyd is survived by his children, William Floyd Sayles (Lorena), Richard Alan Sayles (JoAnne), James Howard Sayles (fiancé Barbara Worrell) and Sheryl Mary Sayles-Begolka; son-in-law, Dr. Michael Friedman; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Elsie (Fangman) Sayles; brother, Chester Sayles; his wife, Patricia Ann (Bloomburg) Sayles and daughter, Cynthia Ann (Sayles) Friedman.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, West Des Moines. Interment with military honors was at Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Meals on Wheels of Stuart, Iowa, and Kindred Spirits Hospice, Panora.

Floyd will be greatly missed. Special thank you to Kindred Hospice of Panora, Iowa.

Love, prayers and thanks to friends who knew Floyd and made his life full.
Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.

OBITUARY: Frank Ostby

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A Facebook livestreamed visitation was held for Franklin E. “Frank” Ostby, 78, of Winfield, Iowa, formerly of Panora, from 10 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from the Kimzey Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant ( Due to COVID, a family-only funeral service was livestreamed on the Kimzey Funeral Facebook page at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Jeff McPherson officiated. Burial will be at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to the funeral home website,  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for charities to be determined later.

Frank was born on Dec. 5, 1942, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Frida (Bakken) and P. Eugene Ostby. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, Minnesota. Frank graduated from Albert Lea High School, earned his bachelor of arts degree in math education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1966 and his master’s degree in math education from Drake University in 1974. He left this earth on Dec. 17, 2020, in Winfield, Iowa, after a short battle with lung cancer with his children by his side.

Frank married the love of his life, JoAnn Baasen, on June 8, 1968, at Rock Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Elbow Lake, Minnesota. They were married 52 years. They set a great example of how to love your spouse in good times and bad. Frank and JoAnn had three children, Cheryl, Kris and Paul.

Frank was a junior high math instructor for 14 years in West Union, Ioes, where he met several life-long friends. After teaching, Frank joined Heying Foods (West Union, Iowa) as the Production Manager and was transferred to Panora, Iowa. He finished his career with Gold Oval Eggs as Production Manager first in Renville, Minnesota, and finally Thompson, Iowa. Once retired, Frank and JoAnn spent time in Mesa, Arizona, in the winter. Wherever Frank lived, he made good friends.

Frank was highly active in the various churches where he was member. He served as treasurer and was involved in choir and junior league. Frank loved to sing, play golf, bowl, play pool and card games. He also loved camping and family trips. Frank and JoAnn enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and on cruises. They traveled to Norway twice, as Frank held great pride in his Norwegian heritage. In Mesa, he loved to play pool volleyball; followed by “Happy Hour.” He was very proud of his three kids, and his grandchildren brought him great joy.

Frank is known for his kindness, compassion, friendship and his boisterous laugh, AKA “the Ostby” laugh. The three most important things that mattered to Frank were his family, church and being a decent, respected person. He will be greatly missed.

Frank is survived by his wife, JoAnn, children Cheryl (Travis) Crawmer of Urbandale, Kris Davis (Mike Scheidt) of Van Meter, and Paul (Julie) Ostby of Mount Pleasant; sister Eldora (Jack) Kelly of Annadale, Virginia. There are eight grandchildren: Justin and Madison Crawmer, Jacob and Emma Davis, Brittan, Zach, Anna and Kolbein Ostby; sister-in-law, Carlyn (Ron) Nordby of Wilmar, Minnesota, and brother-in-law Gene Baasen of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and various other relatives.

OBITUARY: Gene R. Hardy

Gene R. Hardy, 93, of Panora passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Jan. 21, 2021. Gene was born Sept. 23, 1927, to Harry Wm. and Nettie H. Larsen Hardy of Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving from 1945 to 1948.

Following his honorable discharge from the service Gene attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and Iowa State University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in civil engineering. He started his engineering career as assistant county engineer for Madison County in Winterset, Iowa, until 1962, when he assumed the role as Dallas County Engineer in Adel, Iowa. On Jan. 12, 1973, Gene married Janet Jones Brehmer. They continued living in Adel until Gene’s retirement in 1989, after his 27 years of service as Dallas County Engineer.

After retirement, Gene and his wife Jan moved to Lake Panorama, where he continued to use his expertise as a private property surveyor, a consultant for the Guthrie County Secondary Roads Department, and for Iowa Concrete Paving Association. Throughout his career, Gene was recognized for many professional achievements: most notably the 1973 Greene County Overlay Project, which was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of fibrous concrete as an overlay in Federal Highway construction history.

Gene was community and civic minded, serving on numerous boards, including terms on both the Adel Community School board and the Adel City Council. He was also a member of several organizations, including Lions Club International, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as many professional associations.

Gene was a popular and gregarious man with a big heart, a ready smile and a delightfully witty sense of humor. He dearly loved his family and his beloved dog, Steve. He loved living at the lake, playing cribbage and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones. He was an avid golfer, having accomplished the amazing feat of 5 holes-in-one in his lifetime.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jan; his four children from his first marriage to Jean Ann: Steve (Kate) Hardy of Ames, Nancy Hardy Jennings of West Des Moines, Jim (Ryan) Hardy of West Des Moines, and Ann (Dr. Tom) Wodniak of West Des Moines; and his stepchildren: Deborah (Mitch) Christensen of Humboldt and Julie Brehmer Schroeder of Coon Rapids.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kurt (Dawn) Luther of Arizona, Kari Luther of Arizona, Amanda Hardy of Ames, Debi (Mike) Mills of Ames, Chrissy (Trent) Michalski of Earlham, Andrea (Mike) Petro of Delaware, Taylor (Rebekah) Jennings of Missouri, Christopher Wodniak of California, Natalie Wodniak of Virginia, Daly Hardy of West Des Moines, and Reese Hardy of West Des Moines; step-grandchildren: Justin (Abby) James of Bayard, Cheyne (Sarah) Christensen of Manson, Aaron (Larry) Christensen of Ankeny, Michelle (Jeremy) Smith of Dexter, Brandon (Kalea) Brehmer of Ankeny, Zach (Claire) Brehmer of Waukee, Brady (Amanda) Brehmer of Carroll, and Trevor (Taylor) Brehmer of Breda; as well as twenty-eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virgie Belle, Betty and Fern; daughter Cindy Hardy Luther Cash of Arizona; and stepson Michael Brehmer of Panora.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of the Midwest for their wonderful care and compassion for Gene and our family after he suffered complications from a fall.

At Gene’s request, no service will be held at this time. Cremated remains will be interred at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date.


Mary Jones, 83, daughter of Joe and Grace (Seiberling) Barrer, was born Oct. 29, 1937, in Mitchellville, Iowa. She passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Glen Oaks Alzhemier Special Care Center in Urbandale.

Mary grew up and attended school in the Voorhies/Reinbeck area and graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1955. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for two years.

Mary married Jim Jones on April 26, 1958. They made their home in the Linden/Panora area where she was a homemaker and a wonderful mom to Julie, Teresa and Jackie. In the early 1970s, she attended Drake University during the summer to obtain her teaching degree, graduating in 1973.

For the next 24 years, she touched many lives in the Panora Linden School District, first as a 2nd grade teacher and ending her career as a kindergarten teacher.

Mary was an active member in the Panora community. You could find her volunteering at the Panora library, 3C’s, Panora Care Center, or at WSO service events. She was also a very active member of St. Cecilia Church. Mary and Jim were also very involved in the Panorama School District, attending many athletic events, concerts, drama events and so on. Mary was named Citizen of the Year in 1993.

After retirement, Mary and Jim were frequently seen riding around town and on the bike trail on their tandem recumbent bike. They also took many bus trips visiting all 50 states, and also Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Going to Iowa State football and basketball games was also another retirement activity.

Mary is survived by daughters, Julie Tull of Clive and Jackie Teague (Bruce) of Stoughton, Wisconsin. Granddaughters, Erin Teague (Rod Schier) of Marshfield, Wisconsin, and Kelsie Teague of Stoughton, Wisconsin; great-grandson, Trytin Schier; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Deanna Jones of Sheldahl, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by spouse Jim Jones, daughter Teresa Jones, parents Joe and Grace Barrer, brother Arnold (Mary Margaret) Barrer, sister Alice (Francis) Babinat, and in-laws Jim and Loretta Jones.

Funeral services were Jan. 30, 2021, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Panora. Burial was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Ogden. Memorial contributions can be directed to 3C’s, Panora Library, Panorama Boosters, or St. Cecilia Catholic Church.


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Paul Eugene Bierly, 77, son of Emmett Iverson and Vera Mae (Cook) Bierly, was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Horton, Kansas. He passed away Jan. 23, 2021, at his home.

Paul was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, by his mother and step-father, Clyde Bierly. Paul graduated from Benson High School in 1961 and then enlisted in the United States Navy. Paul served during the Vietnam War, and following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended Career Academy Radio School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While living in Milwaukee, Paul married his sweetheart, Maureen Farris, on Nov. 20, 1966. The couple returned to Omaha, Nebraska, where two daughters were born: Shelly and Melisa. The family remained in Omaha until 1978.

Paul loved his career as a radio announcer, working in Hiawatha, Kansas, from 1979-2004. He graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an ordained minister in 1997, and he worked in both radio and preaching the Word of God until 2004. In late 2005, he and Maureen made Lake Panorama their home. Paul cherished being able to minister at local nursing homes.

Throughout his life, Paul enjoyed spending time with his daughters, his grandchildren and his other family members. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to make people laugh, especially during a card game of Rummy. Paul showed his red muscle car across the Midwest. He was also an avid collector of die cast muscle cars. Paul’s other hobbies included canvas painting, home improvements, and he was quite a craftsman.

He was a member of Fountain of Life Church, Panora.

Paul is survived by his wife, Maureen Bierly of Panora; daughters, Shelly (Jim) Theim of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Melisa (Jeff) Jamvold of Troy, Kansas; five grandchildren, Molly, Morgan, Alanda, Jimmy, and Lizzy; brother, Vern Iverson of Omaha, Nebraska; step-brothers, Mark Iverson and Ernie Iverson of Hiawatha, Kansas; step-sister, Kathy Iverson of Union Star, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements handled by Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, Feb. 11
4 p.m.  
Wrestling: JH Meet vs. Southwest Valley
Corning High School

Thursday, Feb. 11
6 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School

Thursday, Feb. 11
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Exira-Elk-Horn-Kimballton
Panorama High School

Feb. 12
Be Local “Panora Golden Ticket Chocolate Walk”
Businesses will provide a chocolate offering and or in-store specials to customers. Visit or email for more details.    

Saturday, Feb. 13
Creston High School  
Wrestling: Varsity District

Saturday, Feb. 13
7:30 p.m.  
Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Martensdale-St. Marys
Martensdale-St. Marys Jr Sr High School

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7 a.m.
Shop Iowa
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
Cherie Edilson will present on the Shop Iowa platform which is offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for small retail businesses in Iowa to sell together online. This presentation will address both the changing landscape of retail in the digital age and shopping patterns in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Register for this webinar at

Feb. 18-20
Wrestling: Varsity State
Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines

Friday, Feb. 19
No school

Saturday, Feb. 22
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 24
7:30 a.m.
Understanding Iowa Sales Tax webinar
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
During this workshop learn about online sales, when Iowa tax is required, local option tax requirements, and who is considered a marketplace facilitator and their tax obligations.
Register for this webinar at

Wednesday, March 3
7:30 a.m.
Why You Need a Website and Tips to Building a Solid One
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
Your website is the foundation of all your marketing efforts. Learn why an online presence is critical for your business’ success and tips to effectively build a website that will help you maximize your goals and create a solid brand experience for your customers.
Register for this webinar at

Monday, March 8
6 p.m.
LPA Building Codes Meeting

Monday, March 8
6:30 p.m.
School board meeting

Monday, March 8
6:30 p.m.  
Panora City Council meeting

Wednesday, March 10
7:30 a.m.
Website Platforms and How to Integrate Ecommerce
Region XII Small Business Webinar Series
This workshop will help you sort through the many DIY website builder platforms available for your business and tips to effectively integrate ecommerce applications. Register for this webinar at

Tuesday, March 23
5 p.m.
LPA Board Meeting

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Dave Grove Receives Spirit of Caring Award

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Posted 2/9/21

Dave Grove of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Panora recently received the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Grove is a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve. He has demonstrated unyielding dedication to giving back to his clients, community, other financial advisors, branch teams and their regional network.

Grove said he is honored to receive the award.

“Edward Jones is a partnership. That structure is not just financial, it’s a philosophy,” Grove said. “We work together, help each other and all share in the rewards of working with long-term individual investors. That brings out the best in everyone.”

Dave was one of only 295 of the firm’s more than 19,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.5 trillion in client assets under care. Visit or the recruiting website at Member SIPC.

Guthrie County Community Foundation 2021 Grant Applications

Posted 2/9/21
The Guthrie County Community Foundation wants to inform all Guthrie county non-profit organizations of the upcoming deadline for 2021 grant applications. Organizations must be a 501(c)3 or have the same tax-exempt qualifying status. These must be located within Guthrie County or provide services to residents of Guthrie County.

Starting this year, there are two revised applications. 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. Pay special attention to the grant instructions on each application because of the changes that have been made.

Applications must be submitted, via email as one PDF file, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021. Late or incomplete applications, or applications that do not follow directions, will not be considered. Please take note of the list of items that the foundation is not able to fund and should not be asked for when submitting a grant application.

The Guthrie County Community Foundation has more than $114,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and 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. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Posted 2/9/21
By Jolene Goodman

Watching the snow fall over the lake as I work on my winter projects in the house, I access my slow cooker recipes for those yummy, time saving meals most everyone enjoys.  Beef stew is a cold weather essential. I love vegetables and beef together for a simple, one-dish meal. The red wine in this recipe adds a rich, complex flavor. If you don’t have any leftover wine, don’t worry.  Just add more beef stock. Also, this stew freezes well. Why not make a double batch?  Double batches are routine in our house for easy meals later. Frozen stew will last up to 3 months.  Pull it out for a quick meal or, if you package it in single servings, you can pack it for lunch.  However you decide to make this, one batch or two, enjoy the time you’ll be saving with little prep work so you can still get a project or two done. Enjoy!

Jolene Goodman is the advertising director for Lake Panorama Times and resides with her husband Shane on Lake Panorama.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 ½ pounds stew meat, or a Chuck roast, cubed
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
6 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp cold butter, separated
 2 cups yellow onion, diced
 ½ cup celery, diced small
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
4 cups beef broth
2 tsp beef bouillon or 2 beef bouillon cubes
2 tbsps Worcestershire Sauce
3 tbsps tomato paste
4 medium carrots, diced
1 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
1 bay leaf
1 tsp rosemary
1/4 cup cold water + 3 tablespoons flour

Combine pepper and garlic salt and sprinkle on beef.  Mix well to coat meat.

Sprinkle flour over the meat and toss again. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Sear all sides of the meat in batches for 45 seconds per. Place meat in slow cooker.

Melt 1 TBSP of butter in the meat pan and sautee onions, garlic, and celery. If more liquid is needed, add some wine. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Add wine, beef broth, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves and rosemary to slow cooker.

 Heat on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, until the vegetables are softened and the potatoes are fork tender.

Add the peas during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Combine cold water and 3 tbsp of flour and slowly add to broth to thicken.  Turn off heat and remove the bay leaf.

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Posted 2/9/21
What is the fine or penalty for fishing without a fishing license on Lake Panorama?
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, any Iowa resident for whom a fishing license is required who fishes in the public waters of this state in which freshwater fish appear without first procuring a license as provided by law shall be fined $135.50.

What is an effective way to keep deer from eating my shrubs in the winter?  
According to various sources, an adult deer can eat about six pounds of plant material daily. Deer are lazy, and they will feed on shrubs that are the easiest to access. If they spot stuff they really like, they will go to great lengths to get to those plants and devour them until most are destroyed. Experts say the trick to keeping deer from eating your shrubs is to make them taste terrible by treating the foliage with repellant sprays. Discouraged deer will move on to the next tasty plant in the area (usually your neighbor’s). Experts say you should also wrap your shrubs in burlap or temporary netting for the season to encourage deer to seek easier food sources. Check with your local nursery or an arborist for repellant sprays or additional tips.

How many deer were harvested this season at Lake Panorama? 
According to the LPA, 116 antlerless and nine antlered deer were harvested this year, which are typical counts. In the three prior seasons, hunters harvested 106, 125 and 140 antlerless deer. Interested in hunting on Lake Panorama for the 2021-22 season? Contact the LPA office at 641-755-2301.

Jewelry business going strong after 44 years and counting
The Youngbergs have been Lake Panorama residents since December 2016.

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The story of how two high school sweethearts from Davenport started and have maintained a retail jewelry store in Ames for nearly 45 years is an interesting one. What makes it even more interesting is they have a second home at Lake Panorama.

Gary Youngberg and Karen Mensing both made the Davenport varsity golf teams as sophomores.

“We played a lot of golf together and fell in love,” says Gary.

Gary attended the University of Iowa for his first year of college while Karen went to Iowa State.

“I hated college and considered quitting and becoming a policeman in Davenport,” says Gary. “Karen encouraged me to finish the year in Iowa City and try Iowa State the next year, so I did. I liked Ames much better but still saw little value for me in college. My scholarships were running out, and I didn’t want to borrow money to do something I didn’t like, so I ended my college career.”

Gary had always loved rocks and gems and had taught himself how to make jewelry from two books he checked out of the library while in college.

“Karen and I were 20 years old and had been doing some art shows with a modicum of success,” he says. “I knew I loved what I was doing, so we started Ames Silversmithing in August of 1976 with $1,500 from my savings account. I ran out of funds by the time we opened and was fortunate I was a waiter at a sorority so I could eat.”

The couple married in June of 1977. The same year, they moved Ames Silversmithing to a larger location at 220 Main in downtown Ames, where it remains today.

Originally working in silver and semi-precious stones, Gary continued producing his one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. As business grew, both Gary and Karen received their diamond training through the Gemological Institute of America, the leading gemological laboratory in the world. Soon, Gary was working in gold, platinum and diamonds, as well as an extensive selection of precious and semi-precious colored gemstones.

Gary says when he and Karen started the business in 1976, they didn’t think about long-term success, yet the business continued to grow. In 1990, they more than doubled the size of the business by building a new facility on their old site. In 2000, another expansion made room for two more workbenches, allowing four full-time artists to design and create jewelry.

In 2002, the couple’s two sons joined the business. Kyle attended the University of Kansas for three years before returning home to graduate from Iowa State University in business. Kyle works in sales and customer relations, plus inventory management and administration. Kyle’s wife, Katie Youngberg, has been a part of the business for more than a decade, and helps with sales, marketing, purchasing and inventory management.

The couple’s younger son, Kirk, attended college for two years before joining the team. Gary says Kirk “brings an exciting and refreshing perspective to the bench in his jewelry designs.” Kyle, Kirk and Katie all received their diamond training and degrees from the Gemological Institute of America. Kirk’s wife, Lori, works at Iowa State University as an ISU Extension program coordinator.

In 2004, Ames Silversmithing expanded again. The purchase of a property adjacent to the store allowed for expansion of both the retail and work areas.

“The extra space made it possible for us to completely redesign the retail area with all new showcases and interior displays,” Gary says. “The extra space has been a benefit to not only the staff, but also for our customers.”

Most customers come from a 60-mile radius around Ames, but the business has had customers from nearly every state in the country.

“We have a broad range of customers,” Gary says. “The young couple looking for an engagement ring, the high schooler looking for a $45 pair of earrings for his girlfriend, the guy wanting to surprise his wife with an anniversary gift after 30 years of marriage, and the self-purchasers who want what they want.”

Their busiest time is the last six weeks of the year, with spikes around Valentine’s Day and spring wedding engagements.

The Youngbergs bought their Lake Panorama home in December 2016.

“Karen had been looking off and on at both Clear Lake and Lake Panorama,” Gary says. “She worked with a realtor a few times, but we found out about the house through friends who live directly across Horseshoe Cove. They had looked at the property before buying where they did, called one of our sons and told him it had come on the market, and suggested Karen and I might like it.”

The house is a cedar cabin and features a point of land that sticks out into the cove.

“That is where our yellow lab named Koda and I love to sit and fish,” Gary says. “I had a ‘Koda’s Point’ marker made for the point.”

The Youngbergs use their Lake Panorama home year-round.

“Our time there can range from a simple overnight to perhaps a week, but typically it is just one or two days at a time,” says Gary.

The family enjoys Lake Panorama for many reasons.

“Being on the water is always fun, and the ability to fish when and for as long as I want is a real plus,” says Gary. “With our two sons, their wives and six grandchildren all in Ames, the lake is a wonderful getaway that is very easy and convenient to get to. We all look forward to our family gatherings there, but the other families get their alone time as well.”

Both Karen and Gary are accomplished amateur golfers. Gary has won the Ames City golf championship eight times in the Open division and twice in the Senior division. That means the couple also appreciates Lake Panorama because of its two golf courses.

“The 18-hole course is challenging for all levels and always in fine shape,” Gary says. “But the gem, at least for me, is Panorama West, which is literally a two-minute golf cart ride away. We never tire of playing the par-3 course. In 2019, I had my third hole-in-one there on the eighth hole.”

Over the last 10 years, Gary has taken up an interest in hickory golf.

“Hickory golf is played with pre-1935 hickory shaft golf clubs and is rapidly expanding across the country,” he says. “It speaks to the soul of golf and lets people see how the game was played 100 years ago.”

Gary has about 200 hickory clubs and is always looking for more. He does club refurbishing in his work area at the lake, and he and Karen talk about organizing and hosting a hickory event at Panorama West someday.

The Youngbergs have donated a piece of jewelry for the Fin & Feather annual auction three times.

“Karen and I have developed a truly special feeling for Lake Panorama after just this short time,” Gary says. “We appreciate the work Fin and Feather does and are always happy to support their efforts in conservation.”

Gary says the success of Ames Silversmithing has allowed the couple’s philanthropical efforts to grow through the years.

“We support every high school post prom in the area, every grade school carnival, multiple fundraisers for the American Heart Association, the American Diabetic Association, Canine Companions for Independence, Search Dog Foundation, and Tunnel to Towers, to name a few,” he says.

The couple also routinely donates jewelry pieces to help those in need of kidney transplants or other health issues.

Ames Silversmithing offers a wide variety of jewelry.

“We carry everything from moderately priced silver jewelry in the $50 to $500 range, up to larger diamonds and fine quality colored gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires,” Gary says. “We also carry perhaps the largest selection of semi-precious stones in Iowa, including tourmaline, garnets in multiple varieties, tanzanite, aquamarine, opals in a wide range and cultured pearls in classic white to black South Seas Tahitian pearls.”

Gary says the Ames Silversmithing story truly is one of the American dream.

“Karen and I started the business with little more than a thought,” he says. “And while we still are a small business from a technical viewpoint, our business supports eight different families. Our success over the last 40-plus years is based on an attention to detail one seldom sees in today’s world.

“Our service is second to none, as is the quality of our jewelry and gems,” Gary says. “We have six people in the store, myself included, who not only design but create many of our pieces. We work in not only silver as our name suggests, but gold and platinum as well. As manufacturers, we are able to offer prices and selection like no other store around.”

Ames Silversmithing is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with appointments welcomed. More information is available on the store’s website at

New roles and events with updates on golfing and swimming

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

This month’s Q&A is with Royce Shaffer, who has worked in a variety of positions for the Lake Panorama National Resort since 2002. Shaffer is entering his third year as operations manager for LPN, overseeing the Links Restaurant, LPN golf shop, Panorama West clubhouse, front desk/lodging and the conference center.

Q. Lake Panorama has new employees in three key positions for the 2021 golfing season, and some existing employees in new roles on the golf courses. Give us a snapshot of the new faces LPA members and guests will see this year.
A. Our latest hire is Rob Riggins as Lake Panorama National’s head golf professional. Rob has extensive experience in various aspects of the golf industry. He has a passion for growing the game of golf with both juniors and adults, and I believe he will be a significant asset to the LPN operation.

Rob comes to us from Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where he has been a golf professional, tournament director and golf instructor for nearly three years. Prior to that, he spent four years as the general manager and director of golf instruction at Jester Park. Rob’s first day on the job is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Joshua McCurnin began work Dec. 1 as the LPN executive chef. He has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry and most recently worked at Edgewater in West Des Moines. McCurnin also has worked at Wobbly Boots, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Sysco, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and 801 Chophouse. Josh’s past experience makes me excited for the future of the Links restaurant.

Blake Wenzel has been with us since August 2020 as the LPN food and beverage manager, but this will be his first full season here. I am pleased with the teamwork that already has developed between Josh and Blake. They have lots of ideas to create events our members and guests will love.

Beyond these new hires, we’ve had some changes in the personnel maintaining our two golf courses. Dan Wollner retired the end of December after 40 seasons as the LPN grounds superintendent. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we haven’t yet had a retirement party for Dan but look forward to doing that sometime this summer.

Brandon Waddle will be the new LPN superintendent. He was hired as Dan’s assistant in 1998. In 2013, he was named Panorama West grounds superintendent, where he has been the past eight seasons.

Jared Baier worked the 2020 golf season as Dan’s assistant superintendent and now will be Brandon’s assistant. Garrett Young will be the Panorama West course superintendent when he graduates in May from DMACC, majoring in horticulture-landscape and turf management. Garrett has worked five summers at the LPN.

Q. The Links has been offering more special events and trying some new things to get more people in the door. Give us details on some of the new things that have been happening, plus a look ahead to February special events.
This past January, our food and beverage team created two special events to increase traffic in the Links restaurant. First was a wings and whiskey sampler where four whiskeys/bourbons and four wing flavors were sampled. Next was a three-course wine and hors d’ oeuvre tasting. Feedback on these events was positive, and our team looks forward to creating more special events like these in the future.

February brings Valentine’s Day and Lent. Since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, we have our Valentine’s dinner menu available for four evenings in the Links restaurant in advance of the holiday. This special menu will be available Feb. 10 to 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is available online at Our regular Links menu also will be available those evenings.

Mark your calendar for our Easter brunch on April 4. Leading up to Easter, our culinary staff has developed a special Lenten menu. Options include eight meals that offer fish and chips, walleye, salmon and shrimp, plus sides. This menu will be available beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, and run daily for both lunch and dinner until Easter. Besides dine in, all items are available to-go. The menu can be found at

We continue to serve prime rib every Friday and Saturday evening and have happy hour Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our team has created some new happy hour appetizers, which are half-price for the month of February. In addition, CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon all are $5 a glass for February happy hours.

Q. How are 2021 golf memberships stacking up so far this year?
A. By the end of December, there were 156 individuals, couples or families who purchased a 2021 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West and were entered into a drawing for six prizes. Winners were:
• Custom set of irons – Matt Schultes
• $500 LPN Diners Club credit – Sue Merryman
• Set of Two Wedges – Julie Clausen
• Michael Kleinwolterink print – Bill Douglass
• Complete Golf Outfit of Top, Bottom and Hat – Keith Fulton
• 2021 Single Pool Membership – Donna Daniels

By the end of January, 201 memberships had been purchased, with 126 at the LPN and 75 at Panorama West.

If you have not purchased your 2021 membership yet, there still is plenty of time to do so. Consider taking advantage of our payment program. This program withdraws your membership and other golf services from your bank account in six equal installments starting March 1, and ending Aug. 1. A convenience fee of $100 is charged for this service. Take advantage by completing the authorization agreement, found on our website, and return it with your membership form.

If you have purchased your 2021 golf membership at either Lake Panorama National or Panorama West golf course, you are invited to join us for our third annual Member Mixer on Saturday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the LPN conference center.

At this event, gift cards for anyone who joined by Jan. 31 will be distributed, and information about the upcoming golf season at both courses will be available. This mixer is a chance to shake off those winter blues, catch up with fellow golf members you haven’t seen since your last round, and meet some new ones.

If you haven’t paid your 2021 golf membership dues yet, now is a great time to get those in, so you can join the fun. Contact the LPN pro shop, 641-755-2024, or find membership forms on our website,

Q. When the snow melts and the temperatures rise, people will start to think about spending time at the LPN swimming pool. Anything new for 2021?
A. Just like last year, all members and guests of the swimming pool must check in at the pro shop counter where they will sign in and pay their daily fee, if they do not have an annual pool membership. After checking in, everyone will be given a wristband to wear in the pool area.

As in years past, we are targeting a Memorial Day weekend opening, and will continue to be open until Sept. 30. Once open, public swimming will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. seven days a week.

We encourage everyone to purchase an annual membership. By purchasing an annual membership, you can help ensure this amenity continues to be available. Memberships are available to LPA property owners starting at $125 for a single, $150 for a couple or $175 for a family. A fourth membership category is available to adults 55 and older with grandchildren up to the age of 12. Grandparent memberships are $225.

The pool membership form can be found at

Q. Any closing thoughts?
A. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lake Panorama Association membership for their support during 2020. As a wholly owned subsidiary of LPA, your support of Lake Panorama National Resort benefits Lake Panorama. We have made significant changes for 2021 and are ready to serve you. I am optimistic we are in a good position for a great 2021.

I would also like to mention we are looking for part-time and seasonal help in all departments. All available positions are available on our website Apply online or stop by our employment fair on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LPN banquet room where you can talk with our department managers.

To stay up to date on what’s happening at Lake Panorama National Resort, follow us on Facebook at, or keep an eye on our website If you don’t already receive the LPN Resort Weekly newsletter, you can subscribe by visiting our website, then scroll to the footer and sign up under the “Stay Informed” section.

For 2021, there will be three seats on the ballot.

Posted 2/9/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

The deadline to file nomination papers for the 2021 election for a seat on the Lake Panorama Association board of directors is March 9.

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 2021, there will be three seats on the ballot. Rich Schumacher and Emily Donovan are both completing their first term on the board and have confirmed their intent to seek a second term. Schumacher currently serves as vice president and Donovan as secretary.

Also on the ballot is the unexpired term of Neil Wright. Wright was elected in 2019 and resigned because of health reasons in July 2020. Wright’s seat was temporarily filled by Larry Babcock, who was appointed by the board of directors at the July 28, 2020, board meeting. The remaining year of Wright’s unexpired term will be up for election in May 2021, and end in May 2022. The director elected with the third-most votes will take this spot on the board.

Nomination papers are available at the LPA office, or will be emailed on request. Candidates must collect a minimum of 18 signatures, representing 18 separate active memberships.

Along with the nomination form, candidates are asked to submit a signed statement of willingness to serve and a 100-word statement of qualifications. Also needed is a signed conflict-of-interest form listing any businesses or financial interests the candidate has with the LPA. These items will be included in the ballot mailing.

A mailing that includes the ballot, numbered envelope and the official announcement of the annual meeting will be sent to all LPA members in advance of the annual meeting.

The 2021 annual meeting is scheduled for May 8 with the mailing planned for late-April. In the event of a COVID-19 delay, LPA can postpone the annual meeting until the last Saturday in June. If that is necessary, advance notice will be provided to the membership and the corresponding ballot mailing will occur in early-June. This year will mark the LPA’s 52nd 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 2/9/21
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Dogs
Chloe, tri-color, age 3; and Mady, ruby color, age 1.
Both are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Owners are Julie Maddux and son Wyatt Hall.
Chloe and Mady enjoy sunbathing on their deck, playing tug of war with each other and going to “work” with mom Julie in her home office. Chloe’s pet peeve is when there is a dog on TV, and Mady is too easy-going to have any pet peeves.

Cove Cat
Houdini, age 5
Owners are Justin and Andrea Rishel.
Houdini got his name from popping out of a bag or a blanket when he was very tiny — just like magic! He was rescued from a hoarding situation when he was a baby. Houdini enjoys snuggling, napping and hunting. His best friends are their dog Tanner and the other kitty, Lucky. Houdini likes chasing Lucky around the house and playing fetch with his squeaky mouse.

Get smart

It’s not the 1980s any more.

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By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Posted 1/5/21

We have been working to make our lake home a little “smarter” recently, and this world of gadgets that we now live in reminds me of “Get Smart,” the television comedy series that parodied the secret agent genre in the late 1960s (and was also made into a movie in 2008). Although I don’t envision talking on a phone in my shoe anytime soon, I do at least try to seek out some of the latest technology — eventually. Admittedly, I may be a bit late to the game at times, but even Maxwell Smart “missed it by that much.”

With all this in mind, I am reminded of one of my first “digital” purchases — a Pioneer single disc CD player in 1986. I dropped $249 of my hard-earned cash on this “high-tech” device that was to change the world with a sound so sharp that I was told it could blow my home speakers. My vast collection of cassettes, albums and even a few of my brother’s 8-track tapes would soon be obsolete, as this CD player was to transform how I would listen to music. And it did. My friends stopped by one day and listened in amazement at the crisp sounds and the ease of play, and then one asked, “But how do you run with it?” OK, the CD player wasn’t perfect, so I kept my Sony Walkman for that purpose. But this stereo component did change life as I knew it then, and it was kind of fun being a techie.

That was 35 years ago, and as my kids so often remind me, it’s not the 1980s anymore. I may no longer feel the need to be the first in line to buy the latest and greatest technology, but that doesn’t stop me from dabbling with a few new gadgets.

Our lake home became “smarter” with a Ring doorbell that we installed. Then our home became even “smarter” with a few Amazon Echos. But why stop there? We purchased a Nest thermostat to control our home’s heating and cooling. And then, lo and behold, one of my daughters showed me a deal on smart plugs that we clearly needed to turn our lamps on and off remotely.

So what’s next? Who knows? In the meantime, does anyone need a single disc CD player?

Speaking of getting smarter, as lake-home owner newbies, we are still learning the ropes. The lesson for this past month was to remember to take the dock ladder out of the lake before the water freezes. Ouch.

A chuckle
And finally, a little lake humor. What is a lake’s favorite subject? Algaebra.

Happy New Year, and, as always, thanks for reading.

“Having a lake home is a good way to keep families together.”

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

In 1966, Paul Brackelsberg was a new animal science faculty member at Iowa State University. Three years later, his wife Phyllis joined the ISU textiles and clothing faculty. One day they were driving to a conference together when they decided to stop in Panora to check out Lake Panorama.

“The lot sales location was on the west side,” Paul says. “We didn’t have much money, but we ended up buying some lots on the west side that we were told would be real moneymakers for us. It didn’t really turn out that way.”

But eventually they bought a boat and started spending time on the new lake. Phyllis had grown up in Minnesota so was familiar with the family fun of living on a lake. The couple now had three children and decided it was time to build a house on Lake Panorama. In 1988, they purchased a waterfront lot on the east side near the entrance to the Narrows, plus three B lots across the street.

They built a small home – just 1,040 square feet. But it was a place for them and their extended family to gather.

“Phyllis’ parents from Minnesota came to visit and said we made a good decision, that having a lake home is a good way to keep families together,” Paul says.

The couple combined the three B lots across the street into one. Paul says he was “too tight” to pay taxes on land and just let it sit, so he planted pine trees. As they grew, he sold some for Christmas trees and gave some away. He still has some people who choose a tree each year and come cut it down when they are ready.

The first trees were scotch pine. As those grew and were harvested, Paul decided to replant using white pine. He says the softer needles don’t hold Christmas ornaments as well, but each year many tree branches are cut and turned into wreaths and garland.

The area is surrounded by a tall fence in an attempt to keep deer out. Once the pine trees were planted, Paul decided to add play features for his grandchildren. A large tree house was built. A tire swing hangs from another tree. Freestanding playground equipment is located in several spots.

The most interesting play feature is a wooden train, with cars large enough for both children and adults to climb into. The Brackelsberg’s three children all live along Interstate 35. Their son lives in Oklahoma City. One daughter is in Ames, with another daughter in the Twin Cities.

The Twin Cities family used to travel to Strasburg, Pennsylvania, on business, and sometimes Paul and Phyllis would make the trip, too. They stayed in the Red Caboose Motel there, where each room is a caboose. One of the many train-themed parts of the motel and surrounding area is a wooden train, with an engine, caboose and three cars in between.

“The grandkids loved playing on that train so much, I decided I should build them one,” Paul says. “I took pictures and got measurements and came home and started building it, one car at a time. The grandkids loved it, and now it’s the great-grandkids that play on it the most.”

Phyllis and Paul retired in 1998.

“We both had very successful, productive careers at Iowa State,” Paul says. “We felt we had the best jobs at the university, because we were both teaching and advising undergraduates. It was a huge joy for both of us.”

Phyllis passed away 10 years ago. Paul lives in the Green Hills Retirement Community, located on 30 acres just south of the ISU campus. At the age of 81, he remains active in the community there, while also making regular trips to his Lake Panorama home. This year he cut pine branches and created 15 wreaths to donate for a fundraiser for his Kiwanis Club.

The three Brackelsberg children gave their parents 18 living grandchildren, with one deceased. There now are 11 great-grandchildren, with No.  12 arriving soon. It has been a long-time tradition for all the close family and descendants to gather at Lake Panorama one weekend each summer, often the first weekend in August.

As the family continued to grow, Paul’s daughter who lives in Ames convinced him the original lake home was becoming too small for the big family gatherings. Seven years ago, the house was expanded and now boasts 2,300 square feet on each of its two floors. Even with seven bedrooms, Paul says those family weekends have kids sleeping on couches and air mattresses scattered throughout the house.

A couple of years ago, all 40 of the Brackelsberg descendants were present for the special family weekend. This year’s pandemic cut into the number of family members who could attend, but there still were about 30 in attendance.

“I let the kids and grandkids do all the planning now,” he says. “I just show up and enjoy.”

Donations support vaccine roll out, Tori’s Angels
Ten Squared Women and Ten Squared Men assist with local needs.

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Posted 1/5/21
Ten Squared Women and Ten Squared Men announced donations would be made to Tori’s Angels Foundation and Guthrie County Public Health, respectively.

The Ten Squared groups’ members agree to make a $100 donation each so that, when combined, a sizable donation can be made to a local charity. The women’s group has 100 members and the men’s group close to 150.

Tori’s Angels Foundation helps pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance for children with life-threatening conditions. The Foundation helps with travel expenses related to treatment (such as airfare, hotels, meals) as well as co-pays, deductibles and medications. The Foundation has supported 73 children in the last 10 years.

The donation by Ten Squared Women will be used to help pay expenses of children in Guthrie County.

Ten Squared Men chose to give their donation to Guthrie County Public Health to help with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination within the county. The donation will help purchase software that would register Guthrie County residents to verify that only residents of the county receive the county’s allotment of vaccines. It will also help in making sure that those vaccinated are called back for their second dose.

Pictured left to right: Lexi Buckner, Jo Rasmussen, Cheyenne Hester, Abby James, Jotham Arber and Kent Irwin.

Joshua McCurnin comes to the LPN with more than 17 years of experience in the food industry.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Joshua McCurnin is the new executive chef at Lake Panorama National. He has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry and most recently worked at Edgewater in West Des Moines. Over the years, McCurnin also has worked at Wobbly Boots, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, Sysco, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and 801 Chophouse.

McCurnin will be working closely with Blake Wenzel, who was hired in late July as the LPN food and beverage manager.

“Josh’s past experience makes me excited for the future of the Links restaurant,” says Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager. “I am pleased with the teamwork that already has developed between Josh and Blake. They are sure to create events our members and guests will love, and I am excited to have Josh on our staff.”

 McCurnin grew up in Mitchellville and started working in restaurants when he was 12 years old.

“My dad’s friend had a place, and I would come in to wash dishes and fold pizza boxes,” he says. “After a couple years, it was the classic line cook calling in sick, and the owner asking me if I want to learn how to cook. I never looked back.”

McCurnin graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a double degree in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management. During that time, he was able to do a six-month internship with a chef in France.

 What interested McCurnin about the LPN position?

“What intrigued me about the job was the variety of different types of foods that we are going to be executing,” he says. “And that I was given full creative control in menu changes and recipes.

“I would like to get to the point where we have golfers having a grill-out at Spikes after 18 holes, prime rib going on in the Links, a beer dinner on the patio, and for maybe a more intimate evening, I come to a member’s house and prepare a menu that we build together,” McCurnin says. “All this while we are prepping for a wedding on Saturday.

“I was fortunate enough to work the Solheim Cup in 2017 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club,” he says. “There were a couple days that week we were executing seven to 10 different menus. It was a lot of planning and strict timing, but it was a lot of fun, too.”

McCurnin says he’s learned over the years that to be successful in the food industry, a person must adapt quickly to any given situation.

“Adaptability really starts with getting the guest what they want, then exceeding their expectations, whether those expectations are expressed or not,” he says.

As part of the interview process, McCurnin was asked to prepare a meal for a small group of LPN board members and employees. This event gave him some insight into what he might expect as the LPN chef.

“My first impression was the people,” he says. “When I did my cooking demonstration, I had never felt so welcomed by people that I just met five minutes earlier. Their comments were thoughtful and generous.”

Wenzel and McCurnin already are discussing ways to increase business for the LPN kitchen.

“We have to ride out this COVID thing first,” McCurnin says. “But what we have talked about is wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes. I want to do some guest chef nights, where the guest chef and I prepare a special menu, one night only. We also want to do some ‘take and bake’ options, and more family carryout meals.”

What foods does he enjoy when he’s not cooking for others?

“My brother and I smoke a lot of meats in our free time,” McCurnin says. “He’s a chef at Facebook in Altoona, so our family get togethers were pretty awesome before COVID hit. That’s our favorite, but anything seafood interests me, too.”

 McCurnin and his family live on the west side of Waukee. His wife Stacy also works in the restaurant industry. They have two teenage children — Liam and Lola.

Gift card incentives for 2021 golf memberships paid in January
LPN golf memberships paid by Jan. 31 will receive a $100 LPN gift card.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Golf membership applications for 2021 now are available for both the 18-hole Lake Panorama National Resort and the nine-hole Panorama West golf course. Both courses are owned by the Lake Panorama Association and managed by Lake Panorama National.

There is an extra incentive for those who join and pay their 2021 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 2021 membership choices automatically through their bank account.

Starting March 1, 2021, and ending Aug. 1, 2021, memberships will be withdrawn in six equal payments from a person’s bank account. A convenience fee of $100 will be charged with the first withdrawal. An authorization agreement is available 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. The cost of this membership for a family is $1,050, for a couple it is $892.50 and for an individual, the cost is $682.50. 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 2021 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

‘For the Good Ole Birds’
Stuart man shares passion for birds at Lakeside Village.

Posted 1/5/21
By Susan Thompson
Lake Panorama Times

Austin Reed of Stuart has a passion for birds — and helping others enjoy them.

Last spring, he partnered with businesses and other volunteers to install bird houses at a nursing home and apartment complex in his hometown. Then he brought his passion to Lakeside Village — a senior living facility with independent living apartments, assisted living and memory wing — on the east side of Lake Panorama.

He and his business partners and volunteers have shepherd’s hooks made for bird feeders and gather donations of feeders, suet cake holders, bird feed, and more. Since the feeders have been installed, he returns weekly to refill them.

“It’s a cool little project,” says Amada Creen, director of Lakeside Village. “He builds, collects and donates bird feeders to long-term care communities. He has partnered with many businesses. He fills the bird feeders every week. Austin Reed is a genuinely nice guy.”

Those wishing to help cover expenses can visit his gofundme page. See his Facebook page as well. He uses a theme “For the Good Ole Birds” for his project.

Donations move land purchase forward for Panora’s PRIDE group
Funding is key to the group’s goal of redeveloping 1.1 acres of commercial property.

Posted 1/5/21
The Panora and Lake Panorama Economic Development group, locally known as PRIDE, announced important donations from two Panora area banks. The Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and the Guthrie County State Bank each made $25,000 donations to the development group to assist them with a land purchase. Curt Thornberry, president of the group, hailed the donations as key to the group’s goal of redeveloping 1.1 acres of commercial property along State Highway 4 in Panora.

“The City of Panora is a vital economic center within Guthrie County,” remarked Thornberry. “The community is a leader among cities in our county, particularly in annual retail sales. Based on the State’s scoring of our community, Panora is considered a regional draw. With more businesses operating in town there is limited land and few buildings available for businesses to locate here. With a few exceptions, most of the downtown storefronts are occupied,” Thornberry said.

“We get quite a few inquiries for businesses looking to locate in Panora that are unable to find a suitable location,” he noted. “With the purchase of the property along the highway, PRIDE plans to combine the parcels and make them available for commercial development.”

It is worth noting that the construction of the Panora Plaza in 1986 by area developer, Irv Gerlich, was the last commercial multitenant retail project in Panora outside of the downtown business district.

According to Thornberry, the project would have taken much longer and been more difficult had we not been able to have community partners like Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Guthrie County State Bank.

“We wanted to remove a land bottleneck that has been hampering commercial development locally. They saw a need, as well, in the community and wanted to play a part in our efforts,” he added. “Iowa Trust & Savings Bank is committed to the success of our community and is honored to be part of the team working for its future,” said Julie Dent-Zajicek, president of the bank’s Panora branch. “This land acquisition will position our community for future growth and we are pleased to contribute to the project.”

“PRIDE acts as a connector to help our business community create a vision and see the opportunity that exists in Panora,” said Mark Cates, vice president and branch manager, Guthrie County State Bank. “When it’s time to make a strategic move, PRIDE helps facilitate that activity quickly and efficiently. Guthrie County State Bank is proud to support these collaborative efforts.”

In 2016, Panora Telco also assisted PRIDE in this development project. The local communications cooperative provided a $10,000 donation to the group to help purchase the north parcel.