Just two holes remain available for sponsorship.

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In 2008, 12 businesses made monetary or in-kind contributions to Lake Panorama National to support the construction of Spikes, the snack and restroom facility located near the first tee. In exchange, the businesses received a granite sponsorship sign on an LPN tee box. Several have maintained their annual sponsorship since.
Five original Granite Club members who renewed for 2022 now are in their 14th year supporting LPN. These are Panora Telco on the third hole; Guthrie County State Bank and GCSB Investment Center on hole five; Exterior Sheet Metal on the eighth hole; Bryton Insurance on the ninth hole; and Total Financial Solutions on the 15th hole.
New members in 2021 who renewed in 2022 are the Kluster Klub, which is made up of a group of LPN supporters, and is on the second hole; Lake Panorama Realty on the 11th hole; and The Trash Man-Neil Wright on No. 14.
Lake Panorama Barge joined the Granite Club in 2020, is featured on the seventh hole, and now is in its third year in the club.
Minnesota Cabinets is on the 18th hole, and has been a member for four years. Five members joined in 2018 and are in their fifth years. These are R&K Bristle Farms on the first hole; Iowa Trust and Savings Bank on No. 4; Hawley Insurance on the sixth hole; and Robert Carr Insurance Agency-State Farm on No. 16.
Two members joined in 2017 and have renewed annually. These are Jensen Sanitation on No. 13, and Tometich Engineering on the 17th hole.
Just two holes remain available for sponsorship — 10 and 12. Annual sponsorships are $500. New sponsors also are asked to pay the cost of the sign.
Granite Club members receive a free round of golf for a foursome, including carts, when they purchase or renew their annual membership. Club members also are recognized on the LPN website and in the LPN Resort Weekly e-newsletter.
Details of the Granite Club, along with a request form for more information, can be found on the LPN website at Or call Royce Shaffer, LPN operations manager, at 641-755-2080. 


Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Fifty young golfers participated in the 2022 Lake Panorama National Junior Golf School. Two sessions with three weeks each were offered in June and July, with a final event held at Panorama West. The juniors played a few holes before being treated to a pizza party and gift bag. Young people ages 5 to 14 are eligible to attend the annual school.
The juniors learn full swing, pitching, chipping and putting fundamentals along with golf etiquette and rules of golf. Participants are divided into age groups, and rotate between the putting green, chipping area and driving range. At the end of the hour-and-a-half sessions, the juniors head to Spikes to choose a free drink. Those who won a contest during the school each week also got to pick out candy bars at Spikes.
Rob Riggins, LPN head golf professional, and Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager, led the golf school. Assisting with the school were David Van Ahn, Joe Foote, assistant golf professional, Dylan Douglass and Kolby Shackelford.
The Junior School has two sponsors that have supported the school for many years — the Lake Panorama Association and Guthrie County State Bank. Sponsor funds made it possible to give each junior golfer a gift bag on the final day of each session, filled with a $15 LPN gift card, a free round of golf at Panorama West, two sleeves of golf balls and a bag of golf tees. Sponsor funds also were used this year to purchase chipping and putting targets, plus emoji golf balls that were given out to the kids for contests and prizes. 

Black Bean Salsa

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Jolene Goodman

As summer gardens yield their plentiful crops, I enjoy including my local vegetable finds in this cherished, healthy treat. The original Black Bean Salsa recipe I use came from a former employee of ours, Daniel Davis. I’m not sure Daniel was much of a cook, but he did love this salsa and shared it at our company potlucks. I still have the original emailed recipe that I printed out on Feb. 7, 2009. I have adapted this to include more fresh vegetables rather than canned, but I will include both options. Leftover corn on the cob is perfect for this dish (be sure to cut corn off the cob before storing it for the freshest taste). This is another crowd pleaser. Enjoy this with tortilla chips, in rice bowls and with eggs!

1 can black-eyed peas
1 can black beans
1-2 cups of corn (or 1 can)
2 cups diced tomatos (or 1 can Rotel)
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup Italian dressing
1/2-1 tsp garlic salt
4 ounces chopped jalepeno (optional)
Tortilla chips


Posted 8/10/2022
Lane Rumelhart is in his third year as project manager for the Lake Panorama Association. His duties include managing the LPA building codes, projects financed by the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ), LPA communications, the annual deer hunt program, and the campgrounds and beaches. In this month’s Q&A, Rumelhart highlights blue green algae, plus three current and future projects financed by RIZ.

Q. Late summer and fall are when the most concern about blue green algae begins. Give us an update on what causes this and what to watch for on the lake? 
A. Blue green algae can live in freshwater, salt water, or in mixed “brackish” water. Most people know this as “pond scum.” These blue green algae can be many colors, including green, white, red, orange or brown. The appearance of blooms also may be described as fine grass clippings or small clumps. Blue green algae also have been found to share many characteristics of bacteria, which has led to them being known as “cyanobacteria.”
Blue green algae, or cyanobacteria, can multiply quickly in lakes with high nutrient levels, particularly when the water is warm and the weather is calm. Luckily, this year we have experienced higher river flows due to more rainfall than the previous two summers. While the water may be murkier, the lack of sunlight and increased turbidity has kept blooms to a minimum. Our lake-to-watershed ratio is 234:1 acres, so we can receive high levels of nutrients from ag runoff upstream that leads to algal blooms.
When blooms do occur, LPA tests areas with the highest concentrations of algae to determine what level of microcystin is in the water. These levels vary around the lake. Members should always avoid stagnant, foul-smelling and discolored water. Places with better flow and better depth are usually safer options for water recreation. We also recommend members do not let their pets swim in the water when blue green algae is present, as most dogs are very susceptible to negative effects of microcystin. LPA sends out test results via email as soon as these are received. If you would like to receive these notifications, please sign up at LPA’s website at

Q. We know dredging is an ongoing project at Lake Panorama, and the dredged materials need to go somewhere. Talk about the expansion of an old sediment basin that will someday provide new storage. 
A. Spring Lake Construction LLC continues to work on expanding the 180th Trail Basin, which is located just north of the debris trap and the lake’s upper basin on the east side. As of July 19, the company has removed 238,417 cubic yards of material. This material is being used to build up the embankment around the inside perimeter of the existing basin, and will allow for more storage from RIZ’s dredge operation.
Rain has set the company back some, but the work still is expected to be completed in 2023. Phase one of the project should be completed by December, and 600,000 cubic yards of material should be moved over the entirety of the embankment. This expanded basin will be used for dredged material once the existing active basin on the west side of the lake is full.

Q. Currently, Lake Panorama has three wetlands in place, with two more in the planning stages. Give us an update.
A. The RIZ has two wetland designs on hold. One of these wetlands is on hold because of current permit requirements dictated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). We have been waiting for the new USACE regional permit to be released. Once this permit is released, we will be able to determine if we can apply for permittee responsible mitigation, or if mitigation credits will need to be purchased to continue development.
Currently, the USACE is requiring Lake Panorama RIZ to purchase about $140,000 of mitigation credits to offset the development of a wetland over a perennial stream. RIZ has argued the stream is intermittent, not perennial, but the USACE stands firm on its belief the stream is perennial. We are hoping this new permit will give some exceptions to water quality projects, and eliminate some hoops we currently are being told we need to jump through. Mitigation often is required for big companies like Amazon, Microsoft or Facebook for facilities being built around streams and rivers. RIZ believes our water quality projects are not the same as these urban developments, and that by building wetlands we are improving water quality, whereas the urban projects often channelize streams and jeopardize water quality.
The second wetland in the planning stages is going directly west of the west fork in Burchfield Cove. We are currently in the design phase with Shive Hattery Engineers and finalizing a survey. We hope to bid this wetland later this fall, pending no roadblocks with USACE.

Q. Another RIZ project that has been in the planning stages for a while is repairing the rip rap along the south shore of the lake’s main basin. What’s happening with this? 
A. A total of 7,500 feet of shoreline is about to get armored along the south shore. Bid information will be released in a few weeks, a pre-bid meeting held in early September, and a contractor awarded the project Sept. 30.
The project specifications require dolomite rip rap to be placed below the water level. The contractor then will use the existing field stone along the shore to place above the water line. Dolomite is less expensive and easier to obtain, so this requires less field stone to complete the project. Work is expected to begin later this fall and the project should be fully wrapped up by May 2023.
LPA wants the membership to know there are no plans to develop the south shore for residential or commercial use. In fact, LPA signed an agreement with RIZ that no development may take place along the shore for 15 years following the completion of the project. This was part of the agreement for RIZ to sponsor the armoring effort. Even then, LPA has no intention of developing this area beyond a greenspace used for walking trails or light recreation. The rip rap is being placed to eliminate erosion and help stabilize the bank. 

For every loan Carrie Hansen and her team closes with Clear Mortgage, she donates $200 to the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

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Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe over time. Carrie Hansen was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when she was 3 months old. Now an adult, Hansen is continually looking for opportunities to educate others about the disease and also to raise money to help find a cure.
“I am 39 years old now,” Hansen says. “When I was born, the average age of a CF patient was 18; now, that number is close to 50. There have been such incredible medical advancements in my lifetime, with only more to come.”
In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride, a component of salt, to the cell surface. Without chloride to attract water to the cell surface, mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky. In the lungs, the mucus clogs airways and traps germs, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure and other complications.
Hansen is the daughter of Lyle and Paula Hansen. Their primary residence is in Audubon. They owned a home in Horseshoe Cove from 1980 to 1985, then were drawn back to Lake Panorama in 2012. Brother Chip is a full-time Lake Panorama resident, perhaps best known as the man behind the large American flag that is painted on the lawn of his parents’ lakeside home each Fourth of July. Carrie has a home in Norwalk that she shares with her boyfriend of three years. They enjoy being at the lake as much as possible.
Carrie Hansen says she is thankful that while she was growing up, and still today, she is able to be active and is surrounded by family and friends who support her.
“My parents established a routine with my meds and treatments that I am still abiding by,” she says. “I spend about two hours a day doing breathing treatments and take a handful of pills in the morning and evening.”
Hansen says cystic fibrosis patients need a diet of protein and high fats.
“My mother is a wonderful cook, and always made sure I had the right foods,” she says. “I remember my father waking me up early, day after day, to do my treatments before school. I learned to play Solitaire and many other games during this time, which was followed by nightly treatments where I did homework or played games. Now I typically work or find memes during morning and evening treatment hours. I don’t know anything different.”
Hansen graduated from Audubon High School before earning a degree in finance at Iowa State University.
“Since graduating from Iowa State, I have always been in financial services. I love helping people with their finances and building relationships with referral partners. Simply put, I enjoy people, their stories and learning how I can help them, whether it be a loan, or an introduction or a referral,” she says.
Hansen is a loan originator and branch manager for Clear Mortgage, a nationwide company with a presence in 38 states.
“I also have an ownership percentage,” Hansen says. “I have a couple loan officers who work for me and a gentleman in Des Moines, Jason Parkin, who is director of business development for our team,” she says.
Hansen’s team is licensed in nine states.
“The single-family residential mortgage market is a $12.8 trillion dollar industry, up 8% year over year,” she says. “The U.S. housing market is the largest asset class in the world.”
For every loan Hansen and her team closes with Clear Mortgage, she donates $200 to the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She calls this effort “Loans for a Cure.”
“Our team is very community focused with giving back and involvement. I believe we are close to donating over $30,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Iowa. My dream is to be able to give more than $100,000 annually to fight cystic fibrosis,” Hansen says. “I’m hustling to make that dream a reality. I am trying to get with some local hospitals and clinics to match my donations, or provide something in value to become their networks’ preferred mortgage solution.”
Hansen also is the lead sponsor this year for an annual fundraising event called Corks and Kegs. It is Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the River Center, located at 304 S.W. Third St. in downtown Des Moines. Hansen also sponsored, and was the keynote speaker, at the last Corks & Kegs in December 2019. All funds raised go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Iowa.
Promotional material for the 2022 event includes this statement: “Corks & Kegs presented by Clear Mortgage promises to be a distinctive evening of aromatic wines, craft-brewed beers from local vendors, and delicious cuisine provided by The River Center – all for an incredible cause: to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.” More information is available at
More information about Carrie Hansen’s Clear Mortgage Team, and her Loans for a Cure program, is available at

DeWayne ‘Duff’ Brown 

Posted 8/10/2022
DeWayne “Duff” Brown, 94, son of George and Lillian (Eggleston) Brown, was born July 29, 1927, in Schaller. He passed away July 28, 2022, under hospice care at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny.
Duff started working at age of 14, driving trucks for his dad until he served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947. He married Arlene “Cookie” Wandrey on Feb. 25, 1950. He worked on road construction until 1961 when he had an opportunity to move to Des Moines and work for Macmillan Oil Company, later becoming president. Duff came out of retirement to help oversee the construction of Casey’s office facility in Ankeny. His favorite job was a hobby, buying lots at Lake Panorama to upgrade the shoreline. Duff and Cookie made their home at Lake Panorama for 32 years before moving back to Ankeny in 2010.
Duff is survived by his wife of 72 years, Arlene “Cookie” Brown; daughter, Denise Burroughs; son, Hal, and his wife, Paula; two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters; and his extended Burroughs family in Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Dick Burroughs; brother, Don, and sister, Dorothy Wendell.
Duff will be remembered as a man of integrity who was kindhearted, thoughtful and one who loved to give “big bear hugs.”
Memorial services were Aug. 4, 2022, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial of his cremains were in Richland Township Cemetery, near Yale. Arrangements entrusted to Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. 

Panora Telco and Guthrie Center Communications Change to Panora Fiber

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Posted 8/10/2022
Effective Aug. 1, Panora Telco and Guthrie Center Communications became Panora Fiber, as did the providers’ TV services and the Solutions store. Panora Fiber will continue to operate from the current locations in Panora and Guthrie Center, and the same team of employees will continue to serve customers.
Andrew Randol, CEO and general manager, said, “We wanted our family of companies to unify under one name to streamline our marketing and create efficiencies. After much research and discussion, our board of directors chose Panora Fiber. The second word in our new name was the first priority. Fiber is our current focus and will remain our focus in the future. Only fiber is capable of providing the ultra-fast and reliable Internet and related services that our residential and business customers require. What’s more, by moving forward with the name Panora Fiber, we can strengthen our position as the fiber leader in Iowa.”
Panora Telco, founded in 1919, was a pioneer in deploying Fiber to the Home in Iowa and lit up its first fiber customer in December 2001.
“That was quite a few years before other providers began installing Fiber to the Home. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our fiber network to connect more of our customers to it. Fiber will be essential to helping our local economies grow and thrive in the years to come, and Panora Fiber remains deeply committed to our communities,” said Randol.
The new logo for Panora Fiber will appear on the website at and on signage, vehicles, branded clothing and other customer materials. Underneath the logo are three words: Fast, Reliable and Local.
Randol noted, “When customers think of Panora Fiber, we want them to think of those three things. We provide fast and reliable Internet service, and we’re the local provider.” 

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month
Spotted fawns

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Even though Lake Panorama homeowners may curse the adult whitetail deer that live among us, there’s no denying the summer crop of spotted fawns are fun to watch. Trish Hart recently captured several fawn photos, including many twins and triplets, on an evening Ranger ride with her husband Scott.
Fawns are born about six months after mating, in late May to early June. Yearling does usually give birth to one fawn. Older does often will have twins and sometimes triplets. Fawns average about six to eight pounds at birth, and will weigh 60 to 70 pounds by their first winter.
Does nurse their fawns about four times a day as newborns and will continue nursing about four months. At about two weeks of age, a fawn will start browsing vegetation and learn from its mother what plants to eat.
Fawns are born with a reddish-brown coat covered with white spots, which help them blend in with the sun-flecked ground. Fawns lose their spots between 90 and 120 days of age.
Newborn fawns spend most of their time bedded down, laying still, so predators can’t find them. A mother will leave her fawn alone for many hours at a time for a few weeks so her scent does not rub off on it. She will return every few hours to nurse and move the fawn to a new bedding area.
Hart launched “Nature’s Canvas Photography” in January 2021. She offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. Visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

The $22,000 fundraising goal was reached in early June. 

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Some artificial shade now is in place at the Lake Panorama National golf course. A total of 304 ash trees were removed from the golf course this past winter, with eight of those being large shade trees located around the Spikes snack shop, and between the first and 10th tee boxes.
Research on artificial shade options led to Shade Sails of Iowa and a planned project that would cost $22,000. Fundraising by Friends of Lake Panorama began in early April, and the $22,000 goal was reached in early June.
Soon after the goal was met, six metal poles were installed in concrete footings in the 40’x80’ grassy “horseshoe” area in front of the Spikes snack shop. On July 7, two heavy-duty fabric sails were attached to the poles at angles, 10 to 16 feet from the ground. The shade sails will be removed each fall, and reinstalled each spring.
The main use of this area is for golfers in carts before and after tournaments and league play. Yet to make the shade sails project more versatile, electrical power was trenched in from Spikes. Lights that turn on automatically after dark are mounted on each pole and provide up-lighting to the sails. The length of time the sails are lighted can be adjusted.
In addition to the lights, power outlets are available on one of the poles. This will make the area more versatile, with power available for speakers, electric grills or other electrical items that might be needed for a special event.
Donations to this project exceeded the $22,000 goal, and helped finance the electrical installations. The remaining cost of the electrical was donated by Kane and Dee Powell, who own Lake Panorama Realty. A sign recognizing all donors of $500 or more will be installed this fall inside of Spikes. 

Tori’s Angels Foundation helps Iowa families who have children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Posted 8/10/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

For the fifth year in a row, the Lake Panorama National Resort women’s league rallied in support of the Tori’s Angels Foundation. This fundraising event was July 14, in place of league play, with a total of $7,020 raised.
Money was raised on the golf course during the four-person best-shot tournament, with games, treats or surprises on every hole. There were 76 golfers, including a foursome with a mother and grandmother of a child assisted by the Tori’s Angels Foundation. Once inside the conference center, raffle tickets were sold for gift baskets and centerpieces donated by league members and others.
After a meal catered by Crafty’s Coffee, Bill Ridgley, Tori’s Angels Foundation chair, talked about the children and families helped by the Foundation. He said the Foundation had recently accepted its 100th child, and he had three applications he thought would be approved in the near future.
Gretchen Wilhelmi, chair of the LPN women’s league, presented a check to Ridgley for $2,000. This was money that was raised during the league’s four-gal tournament in June through the sale of raffle tickets.
The additional $5,020 was delivered to Ridgley the following day by Becky Rolfes, who chaired the Rally for Tori’s Angels event. That included money spent on raffle tickets, funds raised on the golf course during the tournament, and direct donations from those in attendance and some who couldn’t attend.
Rolfes says guiding this fundraiser is always a heartwarming and inspiring experience for her.
“Each year, I come away with a special memory of someone, or of some child’s selflessness, resilience and courage,” she says. “Also, I am so proud of and wish to thank the ladies of Lake Panorama National for their generosity during this event.”
Tori’s Angels Foundation helps Iowa families who have children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Foundation pays for all medical expenses not covered by insurance. Tori’s Angels is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, with all overhead and benefit expenses paid by the foundation board members and friends.
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Lake Dog

Posted 8/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Lily
Age: 3 years old
Breed: mini golden doodle
Owners: Granddog of Jim and Janice Vandevanter Family, Lucas and Jane Clausen, Ronan and Logan

Lily and her family enjoy visiting grandparents Jim and Janice at the lake. Lily likes the wind blowing through her fur on boat rides, going for walks around the neighborhood and barking at everything. She also enjoys watching the boats in Party Cove and her family jumping off the lily pad from the screened-in porch.
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Cove Cat

Posted 8/10/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Twinkie
Age: 2 years old
Breed: red tabby

Twinkie arrived at Panora Pets with lots of wounds and was very thin. He has been at the shelter so long that he believes he is in charge and likes to boss around the other kitties. He takes his job as the greeter at the shelter very seriously. Walmart even wanted to hire him. Stop in to meet Twinkie, and he will be sure to entertain you on the kitty wheel. Twinkie is a little like the grumpy neighbor that you discover a sweetness in once you get to know him. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Lake Panorama National and Panorama West boast flowers throughout the golf season on tee boxes and other locations. Most of these displays are the result of volunteers who not only purchase and plant flowers but also weed, water and decorate.
Lake Panorama National has volunteers who help clean beds and add flowers on most of the golf holes and areas near the conference center. 
On the first tee, Scott and Becky Rolfes manage the landscaped beds near the tee box and the flagpole area. Carolyn Koberg provided some of the perennials planted in that area. Trish Steffen handles the landscaped area on the back tees on the second hole. Doug and Dee Eckley and Lorrie Motsick team up to manage the tee box on the third hole. Julie and Larry Wykoff manage the landscaped area around the bathrooms between the fourth and fifth hole.
Mare and Rick Langel manage the landscaped area under the LPN sign on the east side of the conference center. The landscaped area closer to the east side of the conference center is handled by Sue Merryman, who has planted rose bushes and other perennials. Merryman also tends to the Irv Gerlich Memorial area north of the building. Each year, Nancy Armstrong fills two pots near the building entrance with annuals, and keeps those watered. Julie Tibbles and Sherri Miller care for landscaped beds on the west side of the conference center, near the parking lot.
A flower bed that runs along the rail fence behind the back tees on the fifth hole has been adopted by Bill Winkleblack. Janet Luing cares for the forward tees on the fifth hole. Winkleblack also cares for landscaped beds around Spikes and the swimming pool and recently added large rocks and flower pots to the entrance of the LPN pro shop parking lot.
Doug Eckley and other members of the Kluster Klub have taken over the forward tee box on the sixth hole this year. Darwin and Janet Luing are overseeing the back tee box on the seventh hole, and Kathy Moline handles the front tee box on that hole. Sue Greiner plants annuals each year on tee boxes on the eighth hole.
Moving to the back nine, Lisa Grossman and Shanell Wagler have the 11th tee and Kim Kent has the 12th tee. Barb Wollner plants flowers behind the forward tee on the 13th hole. Jolene Wright adopted the 14th hole this season, and Carla Fitzgerald has the 15th hole. Matt and Marilyn Schultes have the 16th tee, and Dee Tometich and Deb McDermott manage the 17th tees.
Areas up for adoption on the LPN golf course are the fourth, ninth and 10th holes and around the restroom between the 12th and 13th holes. If you are interested in volunteering at Lake Panorama National, contact Shanell Wagler at or 515-371-0505. 
At Panorama West, there are raised brick planters on each tee box. Volunteers for 2022 are Virgil and Barb Hoehne, first hole; Bill and Karen Eby, second hole; Lyle and Paula Hansen, third hole; Chan Rivera, fourth hole; Trent and Sheryl Crawmer, fifth hole; Dick Ellis, sixth hole; John and Cheryl Crawmer, seventh hole; Jim and Emily Spradling, eighth hole; and Jay and Sue Merryman, ninth hole.
Bob White cares for the par 4 tee box on the second hole. JoAnn Johnson planted annuals in the clubhouse flowerpots this year. Johnson and Paulette Chambers did a general spring cleanup of the flower beds around the clubhouse. Paul McCool manages the bluebird houses scattered around the course.
Maureen Lubeck, Panorama West clubhouse manager, coordinates volunteers there. Those interested in helping can email her at or call the pro shop at 641-755-2250.

Those attending the Beach Ball have several price levels from which to choose.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Plenty of tickets and a few table sponsorship opportunities remain for the fifth Friends of Lake Panorama Beach Ball fundraiser. The event will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National. Plans include 30 round tables with seating for eight at each with a choice of tables in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents.
The Friends board met June 27 and decided to channel all Beach Ball profits to two projects. One is a multi-use recreational area on Lake Panorama’s south shore that received approval from the LPA board of directors at its May 24 meeting. Items in this recreational concept include a disc golf course, walking trails, fishing dock, bird houses and a small picnic shelter.
Another project approved by the LPA board in June 2021 that will receive 2022 Beach Ball funding is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. More information will be available at the event, and attendees will be able to make direct donations to specific projects.
Those attending the Beach Ball have several price levels from which to choose. Friends Beach Club members make an additional contribution to Friends and get some extras. The levels are:
Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fundraiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150—includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250—includes 2 Fundraiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Since the LPN kitchen staff recently resigned, arrangements have been made with a caterer to provide the meal. Cash bars will be available both inside and outside beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through the evening. The buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
To become a Friends Beach Club member, or purchase just dinner tickets, contact Susan Thompson,, or 515-240-6536. Those who have items to donate for either the live or silent auction are asked to contact Thompson with details of the item and to arrange pickup or delivery.
Registration will begin in the LPN dining room at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be sold at registration and throughout the evening, cash only. Little Joe McCarthy will provide live music outdoors, where there will be extra chairs available for those who are seated at tables inside but want to enjoy the music for a while.
A wide selection of gift baskets, artwork, home décor items, golf packages, gift cards and much more will be available for bidding in the silent auction. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle winner will take place right before the live auction begins. The silent auction will end at the same time.
Some items of interest to Iowa State fans that will be in the live auction include a football signed by ISU Coach Matt Campbell and a basketball signed by ISU Coach T.J. Otzelberger, both in display cases. A Cyclone football package includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game, plus a parking pass, food and drinks. There also will be both Cyclone and Hawkeye cast iron skillets, donated by Progressive Foundry.
Two other live auction items donated recently include a set of solid wood red, white and blue bag boards, handmade by Kurt Johnson. Dan Badding, who with his wife, Sue, opened their Badd Bones Gallery and Studio in Bagley in March 2021, has donated one of his paintings, titled “Wipe Out.”
For those unable to attend the Beach Ball but who still want to support the efforts of Friends of Lake Panorama, tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at

Another newspaper in the family

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Posted 7/6/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

If you are a regular reader of this publication, you know by now that I am not your traditional newspaper publisher. That’s a necessary thing, as the traditional model of newspapering is clearly broken. I am convinced of that, and you likely are, too.
Meanwhile, I just bought the Guthrie County Times Vedette, a traditional paid subscription weekly newspaper. Of course, I am biased, but I believe that local media ownership is important, as I have seen too many out-of-staters — and even out-of-towners — destroy newspapers and the hearts of the communities they were supposed to serve. I say that carefully, as our company is based in Johnston. The difference, I hope, is that we live here and work here and play here.
Big Green Umbrella Media has changed a great deal since I started it in 2003. It had to, or we wouldn’t be here today. The Times Vedette will change, too. How, exactly? I don’t yet know. Much like what I did with this paper, I need to listen and learn first.
But why would a guy without faith in traditional newspapering dive into a traditional newspaper? Three reasons.
First, I care about this county and the people who call it home. I have gotten to know many great people. I see passion in Guthrie County, and that inspires me.
Second, I am seeing too many publishers from outside the area marketing to each of you to come to their counties and spend your dollars. I want to help Guthrie County businesses grow by marketing their goods and services locally. And I want to convince the residents of this county to buy here first and maybe even join in the fun and open a business or two as well.
Third, I believe I can take some of what I have learned through the years and apply it to a paid subscription newspaper, too. It will take time, patience, a financial investment and trust, but I believe it can happen. Just be patient with me, please.
And finally, I ask that you support local journalism. If you are a subscriber to the Times Vedette, I sincerely thank you. If you are not, please consider writing a check for $34 and mailing it to Big Green Umbrella Media, 8101 Birchwood Court, Suite D, Johnston, Iowa 50131. (We will have an online subscription order form up soon.)
I also ask for your feedback as we move along. What do you like about the Times Vedette today? What do you not like? What would you like the newspaper to include that it doesn’t already? How can it work together with the Lake Panorama Times to better the lake community, Panora, Guthrie Center and all of Guthrie County? Shoot me an email or give me a call. I look forward to this journey with you.
Thanks for reading. n

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

There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with the Panora walk being the first one held in the state this year.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

For the second year in a row, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held in Panora. These fundraising events are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and constitute the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
The walk in Panora is Saturday, Aug. 13 and is titled the Raccoon River Valley Walk. There are 18 walks scheduled in Iowa this fall, with the Panora walk being the first one held in the state this year. Panora also is the smallest town to host one. Others are in cities such as Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Spencer and more.
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. More than six million Americans are living with the disease. In 2021, Alzheimer’s cost the United States $355 billion, a number that is projected to rise to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050.
The Raccoon River Valley Walk begins at the Michael Mills Memorial Park at S.E. 5th Street in Panora. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a special ceremony at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony will immediately be followed by the two-mile walk.
Edwards Jones is a national presenting sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Dave Grove, an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Panora, and Melissa Loest, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Guthrie Center, were instrumental in getting the local walk scheduled.
Last year’s walk was held in September.
“We hope with this August date, we’ll be able to attract more Lake Panorama property owners to participate, while also avoiding the start of school and football season,” Grove says. “In 2021, we raised over $20,000 with 80 walkers. We expect to grow both in number of walkers and funds raised this year and have set a goal of $27,000.”
“We lost my grandmother, Kay, to Alzheimer’s in early 2019, and last year my family walked in her memory as Team Kay Grove,” says Grove. “This year, I am inviting other Lake Panorama property owners to join me for the 2022 walk, under the name Team Lake Panorama. Those interested in supporting this cause, by walking or donating to Team Lake Panorama, can contact me at” 
In addition to Edward Jones, the Lakeside Village in Panora and the New Homestead in Guthrie Center have been key supporters.
“The Lakeside Village is proud to be a sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Panora this year,” says Amanda Creen, Lakeside director. “Lakeside has hosted a variety of fundraisers including Scratch Cupcakes, Krispy Kreme Donuts, the Garage Sale to End Alzheimer’s, in addition to selling cold drinks at various town events this summer. We hope to reach our 2022 fundraising goal of $5,000. To join the Lakeside Village Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, sign up using our link, or search for Lakeside Village on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website.”
Grove says Mel Borgeson, the New Homestead manager, has volunteered countless hours to prepare and organize the event. Other committee members are Terry and Mary Jane Sprague and Mary Jane Carothers.
While there is no fee to register for the walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Every registered participant who achieves the fundraising minimum of $100 will receive an official Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Aug. 13 walk, or who would like to start a team, join an existing team, or make a donation, can get more information and register online at Under “Find a Walk,” enter the Panora zip code of 50216. 


Posted 7/6/2022
The Guthrie County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients for 2022 grants. There were 27 groups that received a total of $197,638. The recipients included Menlo City, city improvements, $1,150; Boys & Girls Club, Great Futures Start Here, $6,416.98; Bayard Volunteer Fire, brush truck, $13,000; Little Panther Daycare, playground and check-in, $10,000; Main Street Guthrie Center, downtown beautification, $1,500; City of Stuart, camera upgrade, $1,000; City of Jamaica, digital sign, $1,000; Stuart Fire, air packs, $11,000; Menlo Fire & Rescue, generator, $5,082.50; and Stuart Police, communication equipment, $20,000.
 Also, Panora 1st Christian Stitch & Chatter, quilting supplies, $1,500; Guthrie County Historical Village, Batschelet building new roof, $2,955; Guthrie Center Fire, generator, $10,000; Tori’s Angels, Docusign software, $5,000; Jamaica Library, general improvements, $2,000; WCV Youth Football, uniforms, $4,000; Yale Volunteer Fire, radios, $4,965;  Giving Incorporated, expansion to Guthrie Center, $1,250; Guthrie County Extension, daycare STEM kits, $2,000; Bayard Betterment Foundation, community center, $10,000; Casey Service Club, park trail improvements, $10,000; Pleasant Hill Cemetery, tree planting, $3,600; Panora Parks & Rec, playground equipment, $10,000; Stuart Rescue, cardiac monitor, $14,500; CWT Fire Department, pumper truck chassis, $13,000; Little Charger Early Learning, construction expenses, $25,000; and Adair Fire, digital radio system, $7,719. 

A Grilled Turkey Burger they will ask for again!

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Posted 7/6/2022
By Jolene Goodman

Ground beef and turkey are both nutritious meats that provide protein, fat and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. Because of this, it may be a better choice for heart health. Fat-free turkey is also the lowest calorie option if you’re interested in weight loss. Understanding the health benefits, I started using ground turkey in many of my recipes quite a few years ago. It works well in lasagna, soups and meatballs. But, I was disappointed when I first tried to make burgers with this meat, which resulted in dry, tasteless discs on a bun. Ground turkey is just better when it is accompanied with a few other ingredients to enhance its flavor and texture. The egg and croutons help bind the ingredients, and the milk aids in tenderizing the meat. I make up 3-4 batches of these and freeze them (in air-tight freezer bags, always) so I am prepared for extra company. Frozen turkey burgers will keep for three months.

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

Grilled turkey burger

2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1 cup of crushed croutons (any flavor will work!)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon Nature’s Seasoning (this is my “salt” of choice)
8 hamburger buns
Additional toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.

Start grill and warm up to 350-400 degrees.
Mix together all ingredients. Form 8 patties.
Grill 3-4 minutes and flip. Grill for another 3-4 for medium-well burgers.
Serve on a toasted bun with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Cheryl Mullenbach’s latest book is about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cheryl Mullenbach, who has previously written five nonfiction books for young people, plus one targeted to an adult audience, had her seventh book released in June. Mullenbach and her husband, Dick Wohlgamuth, have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for 20 years.
Mullenbach’s latest book, “Women of the Spanish-American War: Fighters, War Correspondents, and Activists,” is nonfiction and targeted to an adult audience. The hardback book, which also is available as a Kindle eBook, is more than 260 pages.
It’s about the female journalists, activists, spies, nurses, volunteers and fighters of the Spanish-American War — referred to by the secretary of state at the time as “a splendid little war” because it lasted only four months in 1898.
Most Americans are aware of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders’ role in the war. However, in the quest for shining examples of splendor, high motives, and magnificent intelligence and spirit during the Spanish-American War, the accomplishments of some extraordinary individuals have been overlooked and deserve recognition. This book brings to light the stories of women who displayed relentless courage and selflessness during the Spanish-American War.
Mullenbach’s work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Social Studies has included her books in its “Notable Trade Books for Young People.” Her book “Double Victory” was listed by the American Library Association in its “Amelia Bloomer Top Ten List.” Her talk at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” series.
She has written six other books — “The Great Depression for Kids;” “The Industrial Revolution for Kids;” “Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II;” “Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More;” “Torpedoed!;” and “Stagecoach Women: Brave and Daring Women of the Wild West.”
Mullenbach is working on her next book, “Grit, Not Glamour: Female Farmers, Ranchers, Ropers, and Herders of the American West,” which will release in 2023. All of Mullenbach’s books, including her latest, are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and some independent book stores. Her books also can be checked out from the Panora Library. Her column “Iowa Scrapbook” is a regular feature in the Iowa History Journal magazine. More information is available at her website:


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Jessica Hein began her position as Panora Chamber coordinator in January of this year. She is the daughter of long-time Panora residents Tim and Nancy Holloway and graduated from Panorama High School in 2009. She and her husband, Jack, and their two children moved from Illinois to Panora in 2016 to be closer to family. In this month’s Q & A, Hein talks about Panorama Days, which will be Aug. 5-7.

Q. What is the theme for the 2022 Panorama Days, and how was that theme chosen? 
A. Our theme this year is “Rolling into Panorama Days.” We asked our chamber members to email their submissions, and we had a great response. Everyone had lots of really creative and fun ideas. We then had those who attended the May Chamber meeting choose their top five favorites. Those were emailed to chamber members to cast their votes on the one they liked the most. We felt it was a great way to get the community and chamber members involved in the planning process and really make them feel included.

Q. The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 5. Give us a rundown of what people can expect on opening day. 
A. The opening day of Panorama Days will include an afternoon cribbage tournament and signup for the Little Miss and Mister contest. The cakewalk for kids also will be on Friday. The Mainstreet Dance Studio performance and the Bill Riley Talent Show will be that evening, both from a stage in the town square. There also will be various vendors open beginning at 4 p.m., plus the regular Square Friday farmer’s market. A “Cruise the Loop” event also is being organized.
The first day will wrap up with music from the Charm School Dropouts, a great cover band that plays all sorts of music from the 1980s to the present. This will be on the street in front of the gazebo and is a free event, just BYOB and lawn chairs.

Q. Saturday is a full day of events, please highlight some of the key things planned. 
A. Saturday starts early with a bass fishing tournament on Lake Panorama beginning at 5:30 a.m. and running to 1:30 p.m. Registration is at the marina at 5 a.m. for this event sponsored by Lake Panorama Fin and Feather.
The traditional pancake breakfast will be available in the Community Center from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Panorama Days 5K Run, sponsored by Reshape Fitness Studio, begins in front of  the library at 8 a.m. The Kid’s Warrior Run for ages 10 and younger is at 9 a.m.
Parade registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Panorama Elementary School, with the parade at 10 a.m. The Panora Citizen of the Year and parade category winners will be announced in the gazebo following the parade. The cutest baby contest will begin at 12:30 p.m.
A kid’s zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bingo will be in the community center 1-3 p.m., hosted and sponsored by Guthrie County State Bank. The Panorama alumni banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at the community center.
The Lake Panorama ski team show will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a viewing area on the hillside of the lake’s south shore. The Port will offer live music beginning at 9 p.m., and the Lake Panorama Association will present its annual fireworks display from the south shore at dusk.

Q. Things wrap up on Sunday morning, Aug. 7. What is on the schedule for Sunday? 
A. A breakfast at the Community Center will be served 8 a.m. to noon. The kids’ fishing derby, sponsored by the Lake Panorama Fin and Feather, will be 9-11 a.m. at the Lake Panorama marina, with registration at 8:15 a.m. A golf tournament to raise money for the annual alumni banquet will be held that afternoon at the Panorama West golf course.
More information and updates on the 2022 Panorama Days activities will be available soon on the Panora Chamber website, plus our Facebook page @panorachamber.

Q. Do you still have room for vendors and volunteers? 
A. Absolutely! Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can find the forms on our website at
 As for volunteers, because Panorama Days is such a large event, we always welcome volunteers for any amount of time they can give throughout the weekend. Anyone interested in volunteering an hour or two of time can email for a list of activities for which we need some help. We also have a list of sponsorship opportunities if there is a business or individual who would like to contribute a service or monetary donation towards prizes given out during the weekend festivities.
Our Panorama Days committee has been hard at work getting the plans together for this year. As a chamber-managed event, we always welcome anyone who would like to participate in the planning process as well as the days of the event. Just like our other committees, you may sign up to volunteer at any of our Panora Chamber meetings, which are open to the public the third Monday of each month.

Q. How is Panorama Days funded? 
A. The Panora Chamber relies heavily on fundraising throughout the year, as well as public donations. Contributions from our local businesses make it possible to have all these great events. The annual golf tournament this past May was a great contributor to our fundraising as we try to grow each year to bring new and interesting activities to the Panorama Days celebration. Donations are always welcomed and can be sent by check to P.O. Box 73, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Please be sure to include “Panorama Days donation” in the memo. Donations also can be made electronically using Venmo @panora-chamber. 

Panora Medicap Pharmacy Manager Andrew Knorr and his family have lived at Lake Panorama since 2016. 

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Andrew Knorr has been the manager of the Medicap Pharmacy in Panora since May 2016. He confesses he didn’t grow up thinking he wanted to be a pharmacist. In fact, as a Dallas Center-Grimes senior, he didn’t have any idea what he wanted to pursue in college. Many of his friends were going to Iowa State University, so he applied there.
It was in a chemistry class in 2003 where the idea of becoming a pharmacist first came along. Walgreens had provided information about the pharmacy industry, which was shared in that class, and he thought this might be a career that would interest him. He had friends who were in the Drake University pharmacy program, so he applied there and was accepted into the two-year pre-pharmacy program.
That was followed by four years in Drake’s College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 2009 and was hired by GRX Holdings, which owns 22 Medicap pharmacies in central Iowa. He started at the Medicap in Grimes, before becoming a staff pharmacist at the Norwalk location for six years.
Knorr told his supervisor if the Panora store ever became available, he’d be interested. That’s because his grandmother, Leona Knorr, built one of the first cabins on Lake Panorama’s Horseshoe Cove in the early 1980s.
“I grew up on the lake, visiting her from the time I was a child until she sold the property right before I graduated from high school,” Knorr says. “As my friends graduated from college, most bought themselves a car. But when I graduated from pharmacy school in 2009, I bought a boat.”
That boat is the 2007 Mastercraft he and his family use today as they wakeboard, surf and ski on Lake Panorama. His wife, Jaimee, is an MRI technician for Iowa Radiology in Clive. They have two daughters, Kennedy, age 6, and Everly, age 4. Kennedy is already wakeboarding and skiing. For now, Everly prefers tubing. Jaimee enjoys surfing, and Andrew prefers to wakeboard.
The family lived in Waukee from 2008 until 2016, when they moved into a house they built on Lake Panorama’s west side. Jaimee’s parents, Kurt and Joyce Johnson, live nearby.
The Panora Medicap has seven employees, including Knorr. A pharmacist must be present when prescriptions are dispensed, so Knorr is joined by pharmacist Tricia Steffen on Mondays, which are busy days. She also works Wednesdays, and Knorr and she alternate Saturdays. Knorr and Steffen administer all shots. Other employees are pharmacy technicians, who handle new and refill prescription orders and other tasks in the store, plus one cashier and one delivery driver.
The Medicap motto is “We’ll always make time for you.” Knorr says while the COVID pandemic closed the doors of the pharmacy for a time, except for drive-thru pick-ups, it gave him the chance to focus more on patient care.
“Our business numbers didn’t change much, because people still needed their regular prescription medications,” he says. “But we became even more focused on being a true community pharmacy, not just a business that dispenses medications.
“We had always offered free delivery of prescriptions in Panora,” he says. “But COVID led us to expand to nearly all of Guthrie County. Now we offer free delivery to Guthrie Center, Yale, Bagley, Jamaica and Linden.
“We’re in the process of making some changes in our work flow, allowing technicians to refill and verify prescription medications more often,” Knorr says. “This gives me more time to talk with patients as they pick up their prescriptions, to ask how the medication is working, and if there are any side effects that concern them.”
Knorr says pharmacists generally see patients more often than their doctors do.
“That means we have the opportunity to help them make sure the medications doctors have prescribed are working as planned. For instance, patients on blood pressure medications can get regular blood pressure checks from us, and we can relay that information to their doctor,” he says.
Another impact the COVID pandemic had at Medicap occurred when vaccines first became available.
“It was a trying time in the beginning, getting people scheduled, excess work related to billing, making sure only people who were eligible at the time were getting the vaccine, and administering the shots,” Knorr says. “But it also was a rewarding time for us, because so many people thanked us for helping them get some protection from the virus.”
In the past, most vaccinations happened in a doctor’s office. The trend in recent years, even before COVID, was for shots to be given at pharmacies.
“This provides easier access to care for patients and, in some cases, better outcomes. For instance, the CDC recommends flu shots be given in late September into the middle of October. But if someone sees their doctor in August, they might get the flu shot then. The shot provides just three to four months of immunity, so getting it too early may not get them through the flu season,” Knorr says.
The most common shots now given at Medicap in Panora are for COVID, flu and shingles. But Knorr says they can get almost any vaccination a patient needs, including pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis and more.
As for the prescription meds kept on shelves in the store, Knorr says most common medicines generally are on hand when needed.
“We have about 1,000 different prescriptions and medications on our shelves. There are maybe five times each day when a prescription is requested that we don’t have on hand, but we can almost always get it the next day,” he says. “Our computer software allows us to do predictive ordering, which covers most refill requests we get.”
Besides dispensing prescription medications, there is a retail area that provides many over-the-counter items for allergies, pain, first aid, skin care and much more. Greeting and sympathy cards are available, as are rental equipment such as crutches, knee scooters and walkers.
A display of shoes for those with diabetes is in one corner.
“We don’t sell a lot of those, but it’s a nice service to have for people who are diabetic,” Knorr says. “Medicare covers a new pair of shoes each year for those with diabetes, plus three insoles, because these shoes and insoles have proven effective in keeping feet healthy.” 
Panora is smaller than most of the towns where Medicap pharmacies are located.
“I like that we’re in a small community where we know the people who come in our doors and that they appreciate the services we can provide,” Knorr says. “Our goal is always to provide exemplary care to all of our patients and to find ways to better serve the people of Panora, Lake Panorama and surrounding communities.” 


Posted 7/6/2022
Lee Anne Howe, who has been a local Realtor for two years, now is the owner and managing broker of LakeHowes @ Lake Panorama. Howe moved from South Carolina to Iowa after marrying Jeff Howe. She missed the water and boating offered by her native state, so the couple moved from Glen Oaks in West Des Moines to Lake Panorama three years ago.
Howe’s career in real estate began with her passion for interior design and architecture. Formerly national sales director for subsidiaries of L’Oreal and Unilever in South Carolina, Los Angeles, and New York, she began her real estate career at Prudential Carolinas Realty in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Howe says her new brokerage firm specializes in luxury lake properties, design challenges, staging and negotiating.
Howe says she and Jeff are fortunate to be part of the Lake Panorama community that enriches the lives of its members and shares a sense of trust, connection and caring for one another. To extend their gratitude, they donate a portion of every sale and every referral that leads to a sale to local organizations, such as local churches, Friends of Lake Panorama, Fin & Feather and the Panora Garden Club. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama dog park has been open since June 10, and dogs and their owners are loving it. It is open daylight hours only, seven days a week. The main entrance gate requires an access code. Park users must call LPA Security to get the code. The LPA Security phone number is 641-757-9035.
There are two separate gates inside the main gate. The large dog area is for dogs at least 15 inches at shoulder height. The small dog area is limited to dogs less than 15 inches at shoulder height; larger dogs are prohibited. Signs are posted on each of the three gates.
There are two signs near the main entrance gate. One is a list of rules for dog park users to follow; the other recognizes donors who gave $500 or more to make the dog park possible.
In each section, there is a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags. The water bowls fill by pushing a button on the side; the water drains out over 90 seconds. Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm.
The dog park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. There is a rocked parking area on the east end for users. The dog park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The Panorama West women’s golf league hosted a 2-gal best-shot tournament Tuesday, June 14. A total of 35 teams participated, with players from Panora, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Audubon and surrounding communities. The tournament theme was “When Golf Gives You Lemons.”
Lemon-themed decorations were used in the clubhouse and on the golf course. Eighteen centerpieces, given away as raffle prizes, were potted kalanchoe plants with blossoms of yellow and white.
Annie Johnston won one of the special events, which involved hitting a shot closest to the cardboard lemon near the green on the second hole. Elma Schrader won longest putt on the seventh hole, and Amy Snowden won longest drive on the ninth hole.
Cash prizes were awarded to the top three teams in five flights. Winners of the championship flight were Mare Langel and Gretchen Wilhelmi with a score of one-over-par 28. The teams of Sharon Wedemeyer and Kathy DeLucca, and Carol VanKirk and Teresa Newman, both scored 29. Wedemeyer and DeLucca won second place on a scorecard playoff with VanKirk and Newman taking third.
The tournament was followed by a buffet luncheon at the Panorama West Clubhouse, catered by Lake Panorama National.
Tournament committee members were Emily Spradling, Mary Kay O’Grady, Coop Rickert, Julie Wykoff, Nini Von Bon and Linda Wendl. 

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish Hart is well known for the photos she takes of the large variety of birds that visit the feeders on the deck of the Lake Panorama home she shares with her husband, Scott. But she also enjoys taking photos of other things Mother Nature has to offer.
Hart says the couple routinely takes “ranger rides” — which means they spend time slowly driving around Lake Panorama on their Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility vehicle, checking out the scenery.
“I captured this Sweet William image one afternoon this spring when Scott and I were on one of our rides,” Hart says. “It was growing in a large area just off Panorama Drive up in the Narrows area, and the beautiful color really caught my eye.”
Sweet Williams grow wild and produce loose clusters of blue to blue-violet, star-shaped flowers early in the spring. The flowers of this native perennial are sweetly scented and provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. These generally are found in forested areas and spread when seeds from the blossoms fall to the ground.
Hart offers custom prints of her nature photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

Big Green Umbrella Media buys Times Vedette
Lake Panorama Times and Times Vedette are again under common ownership.

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Posted 7/6/2022
The Guthrie County Times Vedette has been sold. The newspaper, which has roots in the county dating back more than a century, has a new owner effective July 1, 2022. Steve Delaney, who has owned the paper since July 1, 2019, has sold it to Big Green Umbrella Media, Inc. of Johnston.
Shane Goodman is the founder and owner of Big Green Umbrella Media, which publishes CITYVIEW magazine, 13 Iowa Living magazines in the Des Moines suburbs and the Lake Panorama Times, as well as a number of other publications, websites, events and digital offerings.
“I am pleased to bring this newspaper into our family of locally owned publications,” said Goodman. “I have great confidence in the people of this county, and I look forward to getting to know even more people here.”
Goodman purchased the Lake Panorama Times in 2020, about the time when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“It wasn’t the best timing, but we made it work,” he said. “The Lake Panorama Times fit with what we do, and we believe the Times Vedette will as well.”
Delaney will remain with the newspaper through July and says he will assist as needed to ensure a smooth transition.
“It’s important to Times Vedette readers to work to ensure a seamless transition. Ownership of a newspaper can change, but its mission is the same, and we’ll work together for the next few weeks to make that happen,” Delaney said. “As for my future, I’m planning to move to the eastern side of Iowa, closer to Dubuque, where I have family.”
Goodman and his wife, Jolene, have been Guthrie County homeowners at Lake Panorama since 2020 and have spent much of their time in the county since.
“We love it here,” said Jolene Goodman. “And we want reasons to be here more.”
Jolene serves as Big Green Umbrella Media’s advertising director and oversees the sales operations, which include nine salespeople. She says Stormy Miller will continue with the Times Vedette, as well as the Lake Panorama Times. Miller had been working for both papers in advertising sales through a unique sharing agreement.
“We appreciate the relationship we had with Steve and the Times Vedette in the past, which allowed Stormy to work for both of us,” said Jolene Goodman. “She is an important part of our staff, and we look forward to working more closely with her in months ahead.”
Miller and her husband, Sam, are expecting their first child in July, but Jolene Goodman says they will work to cover the bases in her absence and look forward to her returning to work.
Shane Goodman says he will be reaching out to those who have served as freelancers or contributors to the paper as well. He is also looking to hire additional writers and photographers. Those interested should reach out to him at 515-953-4822, ext. 305 or
“Change is inevitable,” said Goodman. “But don’t expect any big changes to the newspaper right away. It will be business as usual while Steve teaches us the ropes and we work through the learning curves.”   

More than 240 people toured Lake Panorama on pontoons June 29.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

A new fundraising project for the Panora Garden Club received an enthusiastic response, with more than 240 people touring Lake Panorama on pontoons June 29. It was a sunny, breezy day as 11 pontoons were used for the 75-minute lake tours. Two to three pontoons left from the Boulder Beach docks every half-hour from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
A total of 22 trips around the lake were made with each loaded pontoon heading north from Boulder Beach, then cruising through Helen’s Cove and Burchfield Cove. When the pontoons reached the Narrows, they turned back south, making loops through Jones Cove and Horseshoe Cove before heading to the main basin. The groups then visited Hughes Cove before looping back to Boulder Beach.
Tickets were $20. Brochures were distributed that included some history of both Lake Panorama and the Panora Garden Club, a map of the lake and details of current garden club projects.
Besides the pontoon rides, participants received some garden “swag” that included gloves, a packet of flower seeds, sunblock, water bottles and more. Several vendors were set up under shade trees and one of the beach shelter houses. Two food vendors offered doughnuts, sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and more.
Members of the Panora Garden Club planned the event and worked throughout the day in various capacities. Husbands of club members captained pontoons and helped load and unload passengers. They also helped catch and launch the pontoons at the docks, which was a challenge in the strong south wind.
JoAnn Johnson, who co-chairs the Panora Garden Club this year with Paulette Chambers, says the money raised will help the club with ongoing projects. Those include the bright blue pots filled with flowers throughout the Panora business area, the new pink petunia trees flanking the gazebo steps, the planters at Michael Mills Memorial Park and the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and the revitalization of Heritage Park on the north edge of Panora.
“This was a great opportunity for the Panora Garden Club to help showcase Lake Panorama and the Panora community,” Johnson says. “We had a lot of out-of-town participants who really enjoyed their chance to see Lake Panorama from the water. We hope they also took time to visit our wonderful Panora businesses.” 

Wayne and Deb Russell’s dog, Jenni, has retired from agility competitions.

Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Lake Panorama Times readers may remember one or more of the stories I’ve written about Jenni, a rescue dog owned by Wayne and Deb Russell, who have lived in a home on Burchfield Cove for more than 20 years. Now it’s time to report Jenni has retired from agility competitions, after reaching Hall of Fame status.
I first introduced you to Jenni in February 2015 with an update in November 2016 and another in June 2019. The Russells discovered Jenni abandoned at the Perry dog park and adopted her. Jenni has the face of a Black Lab but is smaller and leaner. A veterinarian said she probably is part whippet, which are extremely fast dogs.
While attending obedience classes with Jenni, Deb watched a nearby dog agility training session and decided she’d like to try it. Deb and Jenni took a foundation agility training class, which launched them into national competition.
Agility training takes place on an obstacle course where the owner directs the dog off-leash. There are a variety of obstacles including weave poles, A-frames, tunnels and jumps. The goal is to complete the obstacles in the shortest time without making a mistake.
Jenni and Deb have been competing at trials sanctioned by the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC). NADAC offers three levels of competition — novice, open and elite. Jenni worked her way through the first two levels of competition in two years and has been running in the elite category since.
In the elite category, the points a dog receives for each run counts towards earning the NADAC Agility Trial Championship Award (NATCH). Once a dog reaches a set point level in each of three categories, a NATCH is earned.
Jenni won her first two NATCH awards in May 2019 in a competition in Louisville, Kentucky. A dog must win five NATCH awards to qualify for the NADAC Hall of Fame. Jenni picked up her next three NATCH awards in Kansas City, Kansas, at an agility dog club trial called Dogs on Q.
The third award was won in March 2020, right before COVID shut down so many things, including dog agility competitions. It took until July 2021 for Jenni to win her fourth NATCH award, with her fifth one coming May 28 of this year. 
Deb says now that Jenni has reached Hall of Fame status, she is retired.
“Wayne has taken down all of her agility equipment from the yard; no more mowing around it for him,” Deb says. “Yet we will probably pop into some agility trials sometimes, to let her do a couple fun runs, and I can see my friends.”
Wayne and Deb enjoy traveling, so taking Jenni to competitions became a big part of their retirement. Jenni and Deb now have competed in 17 different states.
“We have met some incredible people over the last eight years, and Jenni still loves it. She ran 6.08 yards per second in one of her runs in late May. Not too bad for a 10-year-old rescue dog,” says Deb. “It has been a blast!”  
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A total of $11,000 was designated to Imagination Library/Our Community Health Foundation. 

Posted 7/6/2022
The 10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held their second quarter 2022 meeting on May 24. Three organizations were presented to the group.
Karen Benton spoke on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which is west of Guthrie Center and sustained extensive damage from the powerful August 2020 derecho and is in need of many repairs and replanting of lost trees.
Kathy Miller presented on behalf of Panora P.E.T.S., which has many cats and dogs in its care available for adoption. Since the pandemic began, many of their fundraisers had to be put on hold.
Maggie Armstrong spoke on behalf of the Imagination Library, which is sponsored by Our Communities Health Foundation.
After hearing all three presentations, the group announced a lump sum of $11,000 to be presented to Imagination Library/Our Community Health Foundation. This consists of 10 Squared Women member donations and several employer matches.
Our Communities Health Foundation is a new 501(c)3 established by Guthrie County Health Services to help offer more opportunities like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Guthrie County. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family.
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program launched in Guthrie County in February of this year with a $2,000 grant from the Panora United Methodist Church as part of the church’s “Change a Child’s Story” mission program. That grant made it possible for the program to launch in the Panorama Community School District. The 10 Squared Women’s grant has enabled the program to expand to most of Guthrie County, and hopefully soon, through additional donations, it can expand to all of Guthrie County.
Jotham Arber, executive director of the Guthrie County Public Health office, said, “We know education, literacy and health outcomes in a community are intertwined, so investing in a child’s literacy is investing in a healthier child and, ultimately, a healthier community. Our kids are the future of our communities. The more we can do for our children’s literacy, the healthier and brighter our future will be. The support from 10 Squared Women allows us to expand and reach more Guthrie County children.”  Additionally, Jotham stated, “The foundation also thanks all individuals and community service organizations who have donated.”
Children can be signed up beginning at birth (through age 5) on their website: It costs $25.10/year to support a child in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program, but books are delivered free to children. Interested individuals or community service organizations can contact Guthrie County Health Services at 641-747-3972 to request an informational program for their organization or to learn more.
10 Squared Women is focused on helping and donating to local organizations that vow to put those funds to work, right in our backyards. The funds are used in various projects to benefit Guthrie County community’s projects and residents. To date, the group has donated $239,450 since inception in 2017.
The 10 Squared Women’s group holds meetings quarterly, typically at Lake Panorama Conference Center, the fourth Tuesday in February, May, August and November, subject to change. The next meeting for 2022 will be on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Members in attendance hear from three nominated organizations, drawn from “the hat” of member-nominated organizations at random, and vote on the winning cause that night.
The group currently has approximately 109 members, 20 organizations nominated and strongly encourages additional philanthropic organizations and new members to come forward. These have included cities of Yale and Jamaica park improvements, City of Bagley library project, Daycare and Preschool programs in Adair and Guthrie Center (Little Charger) and Panora (Little Panther), Guthrie Center and Panora Fire Departments, 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, Guthrie County Arts Council, St. Thomas More Center, Guthrie Center Christmas Lights project, Guthrie Center Revitalization, Panora Garden Club, and now, Imagination Library – Our Communities Health Foundation.
10 Squared Women members are encouraged to talk to their friends, neighbors and family about the group and to share the group within their social circles. Members are not required to attend meetings, however, in order for their vote to count, must be in attendance at the live meeting or virtually. All members are expected to write their donation checks whether they can attend the meeting and vote or not.
One newer (and generous) member is so excited about what the group is doing, she presented a challenge for existing members for the May meeting. She paid for the first $100 worth of drinks and offered a drawing for two $25 gift cards to Bella Sorella. For each new person brought to the meeting, the member and the guest each had their name put into the drawing. There were four new members in attendance. Congratulations to Amy Johnson and Sue Merryman for winning the gift cards. Any 10 Squared members willing to step up for the third quarter are asked to reach out to the organizers.
Members are encouraged to reach out to their networks with invitations. The group is continuously looking for new members who are excited about helping their communities and Guthrie County. To learn how to get involved, you can visit their Facebook page at, or email them at Membership forms and frequently asked questions can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting them through Facebook or email.


Posted 7/6/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

One of the few good things that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was Lake Panorama lakefront property owners hosting live music events from their back decks, yards or docks. One such event was held July 3, and three more are planned in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, July 16, a few residents of the Sunset Ridge Condo Association, which is on the main basin south of The Port, have joined together to host a live music performance. Mike Tiedeman of Des Moines will play guitar and sing from 8-10 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to anchor lakeside near the Sunset Ridge Condos. From land, the address is 5447 Chimra Road. Tiedeman performed at the same location last July.
The following Saturday, July 23, Jamie and Ellen Pollard invite guests to drop an anchor near the mouth of Jones Cove and enjoy a free concert by Brian Congdon. Congdon also performed from the Pollard’s dock in 2020. He offers a mix of alternative, country, rock and sing-along hits, and he will take requests. Congdon will perform from 8:30-10:30 p.m. From land, the address is 6354 Panorama Drive.
Two weeks later, on Saturday, Aug. 6, Damon Dotson and his band will be performing 7-10 p.m. at the entrance to Burchfield Cove. This event is being hosted by Mac and Theresa McConeghey and Craig and Judy Hansen and will be held at the McConegheys’ at 4361 Panorama Drive. Guests can come by boat and anchor in Burchfield Cove, or bring a lawn chair to sit on the grass near the band. 
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Posted 7/6/2022
By Cheryl Temple
Lake Panorama Times

Name: Bailey
Age: 13
Breed: Mini Golden Doodle
Owners: Keith and Tanya Wilhite and daughters Carrie and Breanne.

Bailey enjoys rides in her family’s pontoon, watching the birds, and, of course, chasing the squirrels from the deck of her owners’ home. Bailey also enjoys spending time with her grandpup parents Darwin and Janet Luing, who also live at the lake. Bailey is pictured with Carrie, living her best life on Lake Panorama. 


Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

Cindy McCarty grew up in Guthrie Center and has lived at Lake Panorama for 30 years. She has more than 45 years of experience as a speech and language pathologist and has worked with children, adults and senior citizens — in schools, homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities.
She is also a horse lover.
More than 20 years ago, while enjoying horseback rides on 220 acres of timber and pasture she owns east of Guthrie Center, she thought about how her patients also would enjoy the setting. What about developing a facility where people could receive all sorts of therapy, help and support?
McCarty’s longtime friend, Sue Behrens, who is a physical therapist, said if McCarty wanted to use her horses to establish a therapy program, she would help. Together they began researching hippotherapy. “Hippo” is the Greek word for “horse.” In hippotherapy, specially trained physical, occupational and speech/language therapists use the movement of a horse as a treatment tool. Hippotherapy was introduced in Europe after World War II following two polio epidemics.
Last year was the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Timber Creek Therapies indoor arena. McCarty stresses this isn’t about teaching a person how to ride.
“Treatment takes place in a controlled environment following a specific plan,” she says. “Riding skills are not taught. We’re using the horse as part of an integrated treatment program.”
A horse’s gait is almost identical to that of a human.
“Scientists haven’t been able to duplicate the human gait with a machine,” she says. “But horses walk in a three-dimensional pattern, much like humans. By placing a human on a horse’s back, just in front of its pelvis, we can almost duplicate the human walk.”
Being on the back of a horse helps patients with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, strokes, autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and other illnesses and disabilities. The indoor riding arena allows patients to be seen year-round.
A new program began in late May and is a partnership with the St. Gregory Recovery Center in Bayard. St. Gregory is an inpatient facility for treating those with drug and alcohol addictions, anxiety and depression disorders, and military veterans with PTSD issues.
In this case, the horses aren’t ridden. Instead, they provide emotional support.
“Horses are so profoundly healing in so many ways,” McCarty says. “These clients make good connections with the horses and also with others in their group, as they work together to problem solve. We teach them about horse behavior, how to lead them, and how to care for them.”
There usually are six to eight people in these group sessions, held for an hour each Thursday.
“When they first arrive, everyone is pretty quiet,” McCarty says. “They are told they can choose any of the horses available that day. Before long, there is lots of conversation and interaction. It’s rewarding to watch.”
McCarty says people come to St. Gregory from all over the country.
“Our hope is that when they return home, they will seek out something like this that helps them find joy and a sense of purpose as they continue in their own healing,” McCarty says. “Maybe they will find a similar therapy center or other place where they can volunteer. This is something very close to my heart, and I’m happy we can provide this opportunity.”
Timber Creek also offers therapeutic riding for individuals with a variety of physical and mental disabilities. Evening sessions are held for groups that travel from New Hope Village in Carroll and Opportunity Living in Lake City. A steady stream of volunteers makes many of the Timber Creek programs possible. Most assist with the therapeutic riding programs, as one person leads the horse and two people walk on either side to provide safety and support to the rider.
“We couldn’t do as much with the horses if it weren’t for our volunteers,” McCarty says. “We have high school and college students, young adults and senior citizens who help. Some have horse experience, which draws them to us. Others just want to help.”
Because of the COVID pandemic, Timber Creek Therapies was closed in 2020 from March through August. Once the therapy center was able to open again, only one patient was allowed at a time, with a gap of 15 minutes left open before the next patient could enter. Today, therapy sessions are back to full capacity while staff and volunteers continue to follow healthcare protocols and safety guidelines.
McCarty provides speech, language and cognitive therapy sessions three days a week. Allison Stanley is an occupational therapist who sees patients two days a week. Lesley Stucker is a physical therapist who sees patients one day a week.
Others who work at Timber Creek include Meg Schmidt, who started as a volunteer at the age of 12. She now works one day a week getting the horses ready for therapy and therapeutic riding sessions and assisting with the sessions. She also is in charge of the horse training and farrier work and manages the Timber Creek Ranch farm ground and hay production.
Darwin McCurdy and Anna Owen each work one day a week getting the horses ready for therapy, assisting with the sessions and doing chores. Schmidt, McCurdy and Owen also help with the new St. Gregory program. Diane Owen works three days a week in the office and manages scheduling, billing and financials. And there’s the 10 horses, eight of which McCarty owns. The other two are owned by Timber Creek Charities, a non-profit 501(c)3 charity.
While most patients who receive treatment have some of their expenses covered by insurance, Timber Creek Charities helps people who can’t afford it.
“I knew we’d get patients who wouldn’t have insurance or the money to pay their own way,” McCarty says. “We didn’t want to turn anyone away.”
Timber Creek Charities receives funding from foundation and private donations and proceeds from an annual golf tournament and auction. Donations can be made online at
“There is never a shortage of people who need help,” McCarty says. “We’re always busy, our schedules are full, and we often have waiting lists. We continue to get new referrals who have new injuries and illnesses that require therapy. Our patients range from babies to geriatrics and everyone in between.”
The 20-year anniversary of the building adjacent to the riding arena is this year. It includes offices and a therapy room. There also is a warm-water pool with an electrical current system that can move the 5,500 gallons of water up to 6.5 mph. The water depth can vary from 2 to 5 feet, and there is a motorized chairlift.
For now, the pool remains closed because of COVID concerns, but McCarty hopes it can be reopened.
“The moving water provides a wonderful and highly effective treatment tool for patients with mobility, gait, trunk control and extremity strength and pain issues,” she says.
Even with her many years of experience, McCarty says she sometimes is surprised at the progress patients make at Timber Creek.
“We have had many people referred to us who have been in traditional physical therapy for years, and often in a few sessions, we have seen functional improvements using the horse and the pool.”
Timber Creek is located south of Highway 44, midway between Panora and Guthrie Center. Take Poplar Avenue south, and Timber Creek is on the left in 1.5 miles. For more information, call 641-747-3225.


The 20th annual Timber Creek Charities golf tournament will be held Saturday, July 16 at Lake Panorama National Golf Resort and Conference Center. The golf tournament is the largest annual fundraiser for the charity.
Timber Creek Charities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides financial assistance to some people who receive services at Timber Creek Therapies. In 2021, Timber Creek Charities covered the cost of 933 therapy sessions for 44 children and adults who would not have had the insurance coverage or resources to receive services on their own.
In conjunction with the 2022 golf tournament, Timber Creek has a sponsorship program for companies and individuals. There are six levels of sponsorship available, ranging from $5,000 to $500. Each level includes a special recognition sign at the golf tournament on the first tee. The top two levels also cover some tournament entry fees. In addition, tee box sponsorships are available for $100.
Entry fees for the four-person, best-shot golf tournament are $100 per person or $400 per team. Singles are welcome and will be assigned to a team. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, lunch and dinner. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11 a.m., a shotgun start at noon and evening dinner at 5 p.m.
A live auction will follow dinner. Donated auction items can be brought to the LPN Conference Center by 3 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets for just the dinner and auction are $25.
More sponsorship details and golf registration forms are available by calling Timber Creek at 641-747-3225. Make checks payable to Timber Creek Charities and send to 2400 Poplar Ave., Guthrie Center, Iowa, 50115. 

Jesse Gutierres and Brick Imerman are 100% country and 100% veteran.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

The musical duo “Hillbilly Air Show” will perform at Helen’s Cove on Saturday, July 2, prior to the annual fireworks released from Shady Beach. Boaters are invited to anchor just inside the mouth of Helen’s Cove with live music beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing to 8:30 p.m.
Hillbilly Air Show includes Brick “One Man Band” Imerman on lead guitar, bass and keyboards, joined by Jesse “The Medicine Man” Gutierres on vocals and acoustic guitar. Imerman and his wife, Lori, own a home on the north side of Helen’s Cove. The performance will be on their dock or one of their neighbors’ docks.
Imerman has been performing for nearly 20 years.
“When I retired from the military in 2003 and moved home to Guthrie Center, local postmaster Bob Paterson and I started playing a few songs at private parties following high school wrestling tournaments,” he says. “Soon we were joined by a group of guitar-playing wrestlers, and Brick’n Bob and the Young Guns was formed.”
In 2005, the Young Guns were hired at The Port for their first paying gig, and soon, more local kids started asking to join the band.
“Every time one would graduate and head off to college, another kid would take their place,” says Imerman. “Through the years, 12 different high school kids played with the band, including three female singers. The final addition to the group was Jake Kemble when he was 15 years old. Today, Jake is an active professional musician in the Des Moines area with his own band.”
Imerman and Paterson have continued playing together throughout central Iowa for 17 years under the names of Code Blue and the Brick’n Bob Duo. They will perform their last gig together this summer at Adel’s Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 13.
As one door closes, another opens.  Three years ago, Imerman was playing solo at a winery when Jesse Gutierres walked through the door.
“I have always played classic rock until I heard Jesse sing,” Imerman says. “I realized that vocally, he was, without a doubt, the best country singer I had heard in Iowa. With his voice and my guitar, it was only natural that we start playing together.”
Gutierres was born and raised in Oklahoma. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, his unit was sent to Saudi Arabia. Serving as an F-15 Eagle crew chief, he prepped fighter jets for combat over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
“We were out in the desert in a Muslim country. It was dry in more ways than one,” Gutierres says. “That left very little for us to do when we got off work. Singing and playing guitar was how I let off steam. That’s where I earned my first money playing music, and where I began writing songs.”
After the war, a college degree, and a stint in North Carolina, civilian work for Uncle Sam brought Gutierres to Iowa. Once here, he continued playing music with different bands, then found he could make more money playing solo. For the past several years, he has built a successful solo act, sometimes joined by other rotating musicians under the name “Jesse and the Medicine Men.”
A personal tragedy struck Gutierres in August 2020. A drunk driver speeding down the wrong lane of U.S. Highway 20 near Iowa Falls struck and killed a mother and her 10-year-old son and severely injured her 6-year-old daughter. Those were Gutierres’ children, Alexander and Isabella.
Beyond the immediate tragedy of burying his son and dealing with months and months of rehabilitation for his daughter, expenses were crushing, and Gutierres found himself owing almost $800,000. He has spent the past two years working days at the Veterans Administration in Des Moines and nights and weekends playing music across Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Gutierres hopes, in the near future, one of his original songs will reach the attention of the right person, and his debts will become a thing of the past. He has released two CDs — “Pretty They Is” and his newest recording, “Little Tortilla,” which was completed in April at a studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Tracks from both CDs are performed at every Hillbilly Air Show event.
Both Gutierres and Imerman are proud combat veterans. Imerman served 21 years in the Navy as a highly decorated, FA-18 fighter pilot. His combat missions over both Iraq and Afghanistan earned him the Bronze Star and three Air Medals, along with a painting of his FA-18 on the side of the Guthrie County Freedom Rock in Guthrie Center.
With their combined service in aerial combat operations and Gutierres’ roots in country music, it was appropriate they named themselves Hillbilly Air Show.
“We are 100% country and 100% veteran,” Gutierres says. “No one is more patriotic.”
Imerman says, during the Helen’s Cove party, “We’ll have kids on paddle boards collecting tips and giving out Hillbilly gear, so come out and spend the evening celebrating freedom with us.”
The duo also is scheduled to perform at The Port July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, plus other private parties this summer.

Remembering and honoring, boat safety and a few more lake jokes to share

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Posted 6/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher

I have been attending Memorial Day services for as long as I can remember. My father, who served in the Korean War, made sure of it. My uncle would march in the parades each year, and my siblings and I would seek him out among the other veterans who did the same.
When I married and had kids, I would take our young children to these services in the various communities we lived in. At one of the events, an elderly woman walked up to me and thanked me for bringing the kids and teaching them about the sacrifices that so many soldiers made. That comment hit home with me, as it reminded me how my father did the same thing for me.
Our children are adults now, and I hope when they have kids, they will make this a tradition for them as well.
This year, I attended the Memorial Day service in Panora at Veterans Auditorium. I counted about 250 people in attendance. As in years past at other services, I was deeply touched. But this service truly stood out with the songs, the placing of the wreaths, the reading of the names of past veterans, and the heartfelt presentation and raising of the dedicated flags for James A. Arganbright, Richard J. Arganbright, Robert Steven Keith and Gary E. Morrow. And, of course, the Color Guard Salute of TAPS was especially moving, as always.
I want to thank the master of ceremonies, Mike Arganbright, along with the hostesses, Linda Dahl and Deb Moylan, and everyone who helped put this service together. Most of all, I want to thank our veterans for their commitment and service to our country. You will never be forgotten.

Boat safety
If you have not yet viewed the Lake Panorama boating safety video, you should take the time to do so. And, better yet, share it with any friends or family members who may be boating on the lake, too.  It is only 11 minutes, and it is produced in a way that is easy to follow and entertaining.
Keep in mind this video is simply an introductory piece that covers the highlights for boaters, but it is also a great refresher for those who have been on the lake for years.  I am convinced that anyone who views this will learn something new. I appreciate the LPA putting this video together, as it helps us all stay safe on the water.
The video can be viewed from the LPA website at We’ve also embedded the video on our website at

A little lake humor
A boat was traveling in Lake Panorama with buckets of blue paint on board. It collided with another boat on the lake that was loaded with buckets of red paint. The crew is missing and are believed to be marooned.
The jokes get worse. Do you know what causes some boats to become party boats? Pier pressure.
And finally. How many boaters does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because the bulb you need isn’t on board, the supply store doesn’t carry the brand, and the mail-order house has it on back-order.

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Have a great month, and as always, thanks for reading.

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


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Posted 6/7/2022
The Fourth of July holiday brings two types of fireworks to Lake Panorama.
The annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display sanctioned by the Lake Panorama Association, and put on by the Scheiring family, will be at dusk on Saturday, July 2. The fireworks will be set off from the traditional spot at Shady Beach. For safety reasons, the LPA Lake Patrol and the Iowa DNR require boats anchored during the display to have running lights on during the show.
The other type of fireworks is consumer fireworks, which can be legally sold in Iowa because of a bill passed in the 2017 Iowa legislative session. In May 2017, the LPA Board of Directors passed a motion that states the LPA does not consent to the use of fireworks on LPA-owned property, such as beaches, campgrounds, parking lots, roads, the marina, golf courses and community areas.
Guests of Lake Panorama National Resort are being notified of this action. Both LPA members and guests can be found in violation of LPA rules if they use fireworks on LPA property and could be subject to a monetary fine.
LPA members also are reminded they are responsible to avoid any activity that could be declared a nuisance to their neighbors, and they are liable for any damage or injury they or their guests cause to neighbors and their property.  

Gregory Maassen is making the trip to raise awareness for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. 

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

In the mid-1980s, a 21-room guesthouse motel was built on Karen Drive just south of the Lake Panorama National Resort conference center. It has hosted many people, usually wedding parties or groups taking advantage of one of LPN’s special golf packages.
Sometimes, a person with a truly interesting story books a room for a night. Gregory Maassen, who stayed in the guesthouse the night of May 14, is one of those people.
Maassen, a native of the Netherlands, is riding an e-bike across the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco. There is some irony to his mode of transportation.
“In the Netherlands, we use bikes, but we don’t love them,” he said, in an interview at a picnic table on the guesthouse deck. “I grew up cycling, until I got my driver’s license, which I thought put an end to my cycling forever.”
He is making the trip to raise awareness and support for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
“Peripheral neuropathy is a little-known or understood debilitating disease that attacks the nervous system and affects 30 million Americans,” he said. “The money I raise goes directly to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, a nonprofit that provides research and education.”
Maassen, who is 54 years of age, has personal experience with the disease. He spent many years working with the World Bank and as a partner of the United States Agency for International Development. His jobs sent him to Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Macedonia, Jordan, Armenia, Mongolia and southern Africa.
“I like to get out into the bush and see the wildlife,” he said. “I was hiking in southern Africa when I stepped into a nest of ticks. There were about 80 tiny larvae, small as grains of sand, and it was impossible to quickly find and remove them all.”
Later, his entire body started to burn, like a severe sunburn, and doctors couldn’t find a cause. His symptoms worsened until he couldn’t walk or talk, and he slipped into depression and had anxiety attacks.
In 2019, he came to the United States on an emergency medical green card and went to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The doctor said he believed he had peripheral neuropathy, and a skin biopsy test confirmed the diagnosis. There are many types of this disease; Maassen has post infectious small fiber neuropathy, caused by the tick encounter.
His journey to recovery is a powerful story. Through medication and therapy, Maassen went from being bedridden to walking again. His doctor said to continue his progress, he should find a form of exercise he enjoyed, and he decided to e-bike. An e-bike has a small electric motor between the pedals powered by battery packs stored in the support bars of the bike frame.
Maassen originally needed help when he started to e-bike but now pedals under his own power most of the time. He is now off all medications, including antidepressants, because biking has made him physically stronger and more mindful of things around him.
Maassen, who lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Janet, founded E-Bike Lovers, a social group of 550 e-bikers in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“This is a very active community organization,” he said. “We promote e-biking, and the group website includes lots of good information to help others learn about the technology.”
As he travels, he hands out small flyers with his website address, which has a wealth of information about both his cross-country e-bike tour and peripheral neuropathy. The flyer encourages donors to give one cent per mile for each mile he rides and includes this tag line: “You can add your two cents, too.” Learn more at
“As I talk about this cause, about 90% of the people I meet either have it or know someone who does,” Maassen said. “I still have symptoms sometimes, when I get a burning sensation and get discouraged. But I’m one of the lucky ones who has been able to generally control the symptoms with exercise and focusing on the good things in life.”
Maassen began his trip April 2. He is following the historic Lincoln Highway and a new transcontinental cycling route designed for this trip. It follows the route of a military convoy in 1919 that included a young President Eisenhower.
“Eisenhower oversaw the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII, something the Dutch will never forget,” Maassen said. “This ride is a tribute to the long-lasting Dutch-American friendship. The United States’ longest unbroken, peaceful relationship with any foreign country is with the Netherlands.”
For many years, only three transcontinental cycling routes existed in the United States — the Northern Tier, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and the Southern Tier. The routes were developed by the Adventure Cycling Association in the 1970s before e-bikes were common.
The new transcontinental route Maassen is using was designed with e-biking in mind, with plenty of accommodations and stops to charge batteries. It took a year of planning to design the route, using virtual reality tools and state-of-the-art routing software. The route connects local communities and follows country roads and cycling routes whenever possible. A final version of the route will be published after Maassen has e-biked the entire route.
Maassen arrived in Panora by taking the Raccoon River Valley Trail. He had never been to Iowa but said he is impressed by the “magnificent network of trails here. A big shoutout to all the planners who have put together this amazing infrastructure that provides the opportunity for low-stress cycling. Riding the Iowa trails has been an outstanding experience.”
Maassen can average 11 mph and usually covers at least 55 miles each day. He knows when he gets further west, to Utah and Nevada, there will be stretches where he will need to ride up to 100 miles in a day to reach a place where he can charge his bike’s batteries.
He, the bike and a trailer he pulls, altogether weigh 416 pounds. He is carrying film and camera equipment to document his journey, a drone for overhead filming, spare batteries, food, tools, camping equipment and a GPS device.
Originally planned as a 3,400-mile journey, Maassen said he probably will be closer to 4,000 miles because of some backtracking, detours and extra miles needed for various reasons.
Maassen encourages people who have peripheral neuropathy to educate themselves about treatment options.
“There are medications that can help some people,” he said. “And exercise is critical. Whether you e-bike or swim or walk, do something. Try to put your mind somewhere else than with your condition. You can flex the brain a little, and you can make it feel happy.”
There’s one more chapter to this story about Gregory Maassen. Months before he began his cross-county journey, he applied for U.S. citizenship. When he was near Chicago, his wife called to say he had been notified of the date to take the naturalization test in Washington, D.C. He flew home, took and passed the test, then flew back to continue his journey. When he reached Omaha, he flew home again, this time to take the citizenship oath. So, he started his trip as a Dutch cyclist and will finish it as an American citizen. 

10 Squared Women of Guthrie County held a quarterly meeting at Lake Panorama National Conference center on May 24

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Photos by Shane Goodman and Steve Delaney

The Memorial Day services and Avenue of Flags presentation was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at Veterans Auditorium in Panora with approximately 250 people in attendance. Mike Arganbright served as the Master of Ceremonies with presentations and involvement from Linda Dahl, Deb Moylan, members of the Iowa National Guard, Reserves and Active Forces; Scouts; Panorama High School Vocal Group; Father Ray Higgins; Methodist Church Vocal Group; Cheryl Castile; Linda Burgess; Mayor Pat Parker; and Colonel Travis Crawmer. 

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

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

New bathrooms at both Shady and Sunset beaches are ready for the 2022 summer season. The old bathrooms, which had been in place for decades, were demolished last fall by LPA maintenance staff. The mild fall allowed contractor Kane Powell to get much of the work done in November and December with completion this May.
The buildings feature poured concrete walls, concrete floors with one floor drain, and a 6-feet by 11-feet concrete slab in front of each door to better accommodate wheelchairs. The new bathrooms are one room, approximately 8-feet by 10-feet, unisex, and comply with federal regulations that require bathrooms to be accessible. Each has one stool and sink plus granite countertops for the sinks. Each also includes a foldup diaper changing station and a storage cabinet for supplies.
The concrete walls are painted inside and out, and the floors have an epoxy coating. Roofs are made of wooden trusses with corrugated steel covering. Each bathroom has an outside light on a photo cell that illuminates automatically after dark. The interiors have two ceiling lights that are motion-activated.
To finish off the outside area, Powell donated and installed landscaping blocks, rock and plants surrounding three sides of each building. He also donated, installed and watered sod to give it a good start before rains in late May took over that job.
These new bathrooms will be easier to maintain and offer users more space, updated features and better lighting. They are more attractive than the previous buildings. This LPA capital improvement project cost approximately $75,000 for the two bathrooms. 


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Posted 6/7/2022
By Jolene Goodman

I look forward to the hot, steamy days of summer. I enjoy the sun beating down on my skin, the warmth of Mother Nature and time out in the fresh air boating, doing yard work, golfing, biking or going for a walk. As a kid, I remember eating watermelon slices down on the beach in the middle of the afternoon, with a casual competition of who could spit the seed the farthest. Dad was not too pleased with the tiny plants that produced about a week later. Our family also enjoyed plenty of the purchased fudgesicles, ice cream bars and bomp pops. Recently I came across this recipe for Pina Colada Sweet Potato Ice Pops, a tropical-inspired dessert made with coconut cream, sweet potatoes, fresh pineapple, lime juice and honey. Sure to please kids and adults alike, they’re a better-for-you option when a cold snack calls your name. As a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association, sweet potatoes provide a main ingredient that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber along with a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.
Recipe courtesy of Family Features. Visit to find more delicious summer recipe ideas.

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

Pina Colada Sweet Potato Ice Pops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 3-4 hours
Yield: 8 small ice pops

1/2 cup coconut cream
3/4 cup mashed and cooked sweet potato
3/4 cup diced pineapple
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
coconut flakes (optional)

In a food processor or high-speed blender, mix coconut cream, sweet potato, pineapple, honey and lime juice. Transfer batter to freezer molds.
Place in freezer 3-4 hours. Top with coconut flakes, if desired.


Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The busy summer months of 2022 have finally arrived at Lake Panorama. This month’s Q&A with John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association general manager, includes information on several topics important to LPA members.

Q:  What advice do you have for members as they begin the 2022 season?
A:  As members prepare their vessels for the first outing of summer, please remember to also prepare guests and family members who will be entrusted to operate boats and jet skis. LPA provides a water safety video, which is designed as a great refresher or introductory course to operators of boats and jet skis on Lake Panorama. This 11-minute video is available on YouTube and can be found by searching “Lake Panorama Water Safety Video” on YouTube. I strongly recommend all guests and family members be required to watch this as a reminder of safe and compliant operations.
LPA has observed a high percentage of violations come from jet skis driven by guests or inexperienced operators. LPA asks members to make a special effort to educate these individuals before handing them the keys to your jet ski.

Q:  What are the rules for LPA’s brush dumps?
A:  LPA must enforce a strict set of detailed rules in order to continue offering brush dumps for member use. The guidelines maintained by Iowa DNR require responsible management of these sites. LPA takes a hard line enforcing these rules to ensure the brush dumps can remain open into the future.
Simply put, LPA brush dumps are for vegetation that has come from lots within the LPA subdivision. Compostable materials (leaves and grass clippings) are accepted in the compost area. Brush under 12 inches in diameter is accepted in the brush pile. LPA closes the brush dumps on Monday and Tuesday for burning and maintenance.
The most common mistake is assuming that LPA will take anything that can burn. This is not accurate. If it did not grow on your lot, then it is not accepted at the brush dumps.
LPA’s brush dumps are monitored by security cameras. Due to persistent violations, LPA also will be implementing occasional security checkpoints to ensure users are following the rules.

Q:  Can I rent my home at Lake Panorama on AirBnB, VRBO or similar platforms?
A:  LPA members may rent their home, but the rules state, “A member may not rent his or her home or condominium more than one time in any four consecutive week period.” The rental term can be anywhere from one day to 28 days, but the member is limited to only one tenant every four weeks.
LPA has implemented this rule primarily to ensure the safety of the association is maintained. Lake Panorama is a narrow lake with a steep learning curve regarding vessel operation and water safety. In the view of LPA, frequent turnover of tenants represents a water safety concern.

Q:  What is the best way for members to contact LPA management with questions?
A:  There are a number of ways LPA members can contact LPA regarding questions. The most effective method is to email questions to Members also are welcome to stop by the office or phone LPA at 641-755-2301. Email is preferred as it allows us to direct your question to the appropriate management team member and allow that person to gather the relevant information as part of their response.
LPA continues to serve the membership with a relatively small team. For this reason, we encourage members to contact us sooner rather than later. Planning ahead is greatly appreciated and helps us provide quality service to our members. 

Quinnebago Outdoors fills the upper floor while Lexie Lou’s Crafts and Gifts is on lower level.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times

A young couple who hadn’t planned to be business owners now are business owners in the former Ben’s Five and Dime building in Panora. Quinten and Alexis Pfeiffer, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in August, opened two businesses in late May.
Quinnebago Outdoors fills the upper floor of the building, offering a wide variety of items related to outdoor recreation, which is Quinten’s main focus. Lexie Lou’s Crafts and Gifts is in the lower level of the building and where Lexie will spend most of her time.
Lexie’s parents, Dan and Melissa Pflieger, moved seven years ago to a Lake Panorama home near Sunset Beach. A transfer from the John Deere operation in Dubuque to positions with the company in central Iowa led to the move.
Last August, the just-married couple were leaving for their honeymoon in Greece when Dan contacted them. He had been in Ben’s Five and Dime and talked to former owner Jan Pattee about the building. Once he learned it was for sale, he took photos to send to the newlyweds. He told them he and Melissa would invest in the building if they wanted to open a business there. The need for an outdoor recreation business in Panora is something Dan and Quinten had talked about during the couple’s visits to Lake Panorama.
Quinten and Alexis are high school sweethearts, having both grown up near Dubuque. She attended Iowa State University her freshman year, before joining him at the University of Iowa. He studied photojournalism and cinematography, while she earned a master’s degree in environmental sustainability.
“Neither of us are using our college degrees,” Quinten jokes.
Yet both had jobs in Iowa City that gave them life experiences, which led to their current businesses. Lexie was working at the Joann Fabric Store in Iowa City.
“I was measuring and cutting fabric,” she says. “Both of my grandmothers quilted, and I enjoy scrapbooking and crafts.”
Quinten worked for two years at the Fin & Feather, a family-owned business started in 1967. What began as a small hunting and fishing shop grew with the popularity of the outdoors industry.
After graduation, the couple moved back near their hometown. Quinten worked on the Mississippi River on a tugboat and for a dredging operation. He also worked for an outfitter in Galena, where he became a fishing and kayak trip guide on both the Mississippi and Galena rivers. The outfitter also rented bikes, so he learned to service and repair bicycles.
“We had never talked about starting a business together,” Quinten says. “But while we were in Greece, we talked about possible business ideas and what we thought might work. We had been in the building when it was Ben’s, so we knew what type of merchandise they sold and how big the building is. We kept discussing possible options, and soon after we got home from our honeymoon, we said we were interested. We took the closing of Ben’s as a chance to build something Lexie and I love, and we’re grateful Dan and Melissa were able to invest in this venture.”
So, the Pfliegers bought the building. Quinten and Lexie sold their home in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and moved into the Pfliegers’ Lake Panorama home in January. Lexie works for a Dubuque insurance company as a recruiter and is able to work remotely. Quinten started renovating the building, with weekend and evening help from Lexie and their families.
In the upstairs, some of the brick wall on the east side was exposed, while shiplap was added to other walls. A bench was installed down the middle, and new flooring was added. New flooring, shiplap walls and paint also were added in the lower level.
“I’ve enjoyed fishing in the summer and hunting in the fall in this area,” Quinten says. “I thought a business that provides outdoors equipment would be popular here, but I know some of the business will be seasonal. That’s why we thought offering some of the things Ben’s had would be a good idea, to provide a constant income throughout the year.”
Retailers normally order merchandise from wholesalers a year in advance, which wasn’t possible for these business owners who didn’t know they would be business owners until December. Yet they’ve been able to get their hands on an impressive amount of merchandise, and they say more will arrive throughout the summer.
Downstairs, shoppers will find fabric, yarn, crafting kits and sewing notions. There is a section for children’s toys and books, another section for kitchen items, and a stationery section that includes cards, pens, colors, paints and more.
“I want customers to think of Lexie Lou’s when they need to find a gift for a shower or a birthday,” Lexie says. “We have lots of gift items, including candles, bath bombs, home décor and pillows in a variety of sizes that can be ordered with customized words and images.”
The east half of the downstairs area is empty for now but by fall will be a room for special events.
“I plan to offer various classes through the fall and winter, things like painting, candle making, maybe a quilt block of the month class, perhaps a craft class for kids,” Lexie says. “The room also will be available to rent for birthday parties or other special events.”
Upstairs, water sports items fill a big chunk of the space. There are standup paddleboards, skis, inflatables for towing and swimming, tow ropes, life jackets, sand toys, towels, sunblock and sunglasses.
One area features fishing equipment, including rods, reels and tackle. Minnows and nightcrawlers are available, and Iowa DNR hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased. By fall, Quinten will have set up a special hunting section in a back room.
Another area features camping equipment, including tents, chairs, cooking equipment, coolers, grills, firesticks and first aid kits. An apparel area includes casual sports clothing. Some footwear will be added soon, including sandals and hiking boots.
Equipment will be available for both sale and rent, including electric bikes and paddleboards. It wasn’t possible to get enough kayaks to sell this season, but kayaks are available for rent. This could include launching on the Raccoon River at Lenon Mills in Panora, with four pick-up points established between there and Redfield.
Other types of bikes besides e-bikes also can be rented. Some biking accessories are available for purchase, and Quinten also will service bikes.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Monday. An open house is planned for July 9. Contact the owners at; or 563-542-8832; or online at
“We’re excited to bring something new to the Panora and Lake Panorama community,” Quinten says. “We want to cater to people who use the Raccoon River Valley Trail, Lake Panorama, the Middle Raccoon River, and other area recreation opportunities, while also offering a hint of Ben’s Five and Dime.” 

The Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Shane Goodman
Lake Panorama Times 

A survey conducted by Friends of Lake Panorama in April 2019 showed LPA member interest in additional amenities at Lake Panorama’s beaches. This led to Friends promoting high quality benches to families looking for options to memorialize a loved one.
In 2019, a bench on a concrete slab was installed at Boulder Beach in memory of Kim Lubeck. In 2021, a swinging bench was installed at the Boulder Beach playground in memory of Bill Priestley. Also last year, a swinging bench in memory of Lois and Dean Porath and a stationary bench in memory of Courtney Allen Sr., were installed at Sunset Beach.
This Benches at Beaches project targets individuals, couples and families interested in sponsoring a single bench. Benches can be purchased either as a memorial for a loved one, or by those who want to leave their mark on Lake Panorama while they are alive. In late May, two swinging benches were installed for two couples interested in doing the latter.

Brian and JoAnn Johnson
Brian and JoAnn Johnson have lived at Lake Panorama for 22 years, first near the back of Horseshoe Cove. In 2008, they built their current home at the mouth of the same cove. Their swinging bench at Shady Beach was placed to take advantage of the afternoon shade, with a view of the playground, flowers, beach and Lake Panorama.
“We are only a golf cart ride away from Shady Beach, and it has been a special playground for all four of our grandkids,” JoAnn says. “They all swim and play in the sand there, and it’s where they learned to swing with me doing a lot of pushes. The older kids still talk about the merry-go-round that was there before the new play equipment was installed two years ago.”
“Our two oldest are twins, Colt and Montana Douglas, age 14, of Adair,” Johnson says. “They think of the lake as a second home and spend a lot of time with us. I used to push them in a double stroller down to Shady Beach. Our two younger grandchildren are Hadley and Walker Everson of Adel, ages 9 and 6, and they love the new playground equipment.”
Why were the Johnsons interested in donating a bench?
“We appreciate that Friends of Lake Panorama continues to have a vision for constantly improving the amenities here at Lake Panorama, and we enjoy participating in that,” Johnson says. “As for the swinging bench, it was a natural. We can swing ourselves now, rather than push swings for grandkids. It’s a great place to sit and watch the grandkids play and enjoy the view.”
The Johnsons chose the color green for their bench in honor of Brian’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The plaque on their bench has their names, topped by the phrase “Enjoy the Moment!”
“We chose ‘Enjoy the Moment’ to remind us, and everyone who uses the swing, that joy can be found in the simple things — a beautiful view, a quiet moment, a playground or beach with grandkids, or giving to Friends of Lake Panorama,” JoAnn says.

Larry Babcock and Susan Thompson
Larry Babcock purchased a house at Lake Panorama in the fall of 1997. Susan Thompson joined him there after they married in the spring of 1998. They lived in that home on the fifth hole of the Lake Panorama National Resort golf course until three years ago. That’s when they moved across the golf course to a condo on the eighth hole of the LPN golf course.
As avid golfers, they already appreciated Lake Panorama for its two golf courses. After purchasing a pontoon from Coulter Marine their first summer, they quickly learned to appreciate Lake Panorama even more. As family members visited, the golfing, boating and beach opportunities available made the Babcock/Thompson household a popular destination for day trips and summer vacations.
In mid-2013, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, asked Thompson to consider working with legal counsel to develop a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that could accept tax-deductible donations for recreational improvements.
Challenge accepted, and in July 2014 a letter arrived from the Internal Revenue Service saying Friends of Lake Panorama had been granted nonprofit status, and contributions would be tax-deductible to donors. Thompson has served as the Friends of Lake Panorama executive director since the beginning.
Babcock and Thompson have supported all Friends projects, both financially and as volunteers when needed. When the idea of promoting bench donations to current Lake Panorama residents who want to enjoy their own bench was proposed, the couple agreed it was another project they wanted to support.
Their bench is on a concrete slab near the south end of the Boulder Beach concrete wall. They chose blue in honor of the Chicago Cubs. Their bench plaque features the phrase “Keep Swinging!” Those words are a nod to their love of both golf and baseball, as well as their hope people will enjoy sitting in their swing and enjoy the view.
The current cost of either a stationary or swinging bench on a concrete slab is about $3,200. In keeping with the colors used for new playground equipment at the beaches, bench colors available are blue and green. LPA staff has identified several possible bench locations at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches. Those interested in discussing a bench sponsorship can email or call Susan Thompson at 515-240-6536.  
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Roger Herman Santi

Posted 6/7/2022
Roger Herman Santi, 74, died May 9, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Roger graduated from Madrid High School in 1965. In 1973, he married Cheri Zaruba. They made their home in Perry for 20 years then moved to Ankeny, where they lived for 20 years. In 2004, Roger retired from John Deere in Ankeny after more than 30 years. Roger was an officer in the Vittoria Lodge in Ankeny. For the last eight years, they have made Lake Panorama their home.
Roger is survived by his wife; sons, Tony (Jennifer) and Larry (Marci); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place, and no services will be held at this time. 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Donald Graham submitted this photo of Lake Panorama’s West Side campground hostess Pat Daniel. Graham offered: “In between the neverending work of tending the flower beds, maintaining the restrooms and welcoming guests at Lake Panorama’s west side campground, hostess Pat Daniel also models the proper attire for rain. Thanks, Pat, for all you and Denny do and for keeping the campers in the fashion loop! The ‘West Siders’ campers appreciate you!” 
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Posted 6/7/2022
Paulette Chambers, Sue Merryman and JoAnn Johnson planted petunias in front of the gazebo on Main Street recently. The Panora Garden Club’s theme for the year is “Watch us grow!”

Trish Hart’s nature photo of the month

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

Trish Hart is a local photographer who specializes in Lake Panorama wildlife. Many of Hart’s photos are of birds, which she captures digitally as they sit on feeders on the deck of her home. This month’s photo is of one female and two male Baltimore orioles, feasting on grape jelly and fresh cut oranges.
These brightly colored songbirds are orange, black and white, and were named because they share the colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore. Baltimore orioles are common in open woods in spring and summer, and spend their winters in the tropics.
Baltimore orioles arrive in Iowa in the spring. Special oriole feeders like this one make it easy to offer cut oranges, grape jelly or a sugar water supplement similar to the flower nectar these birds like. The birds disappear from feeders as quickly as they arrive. This is because while they are nesting and feeding young, their diet changes to add protein for the young birds, which means they hunt insects instead of visiting feeders.
Hart offers custom prints of her photos on canvas, paper, metal and glass. For more information, visit NaturesCanvasPhotos on Facebook. 

The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The fifth Friends of Lake Panorama’s Beach Ball fundraiser will be Friday, July 22 at Lake Panorama National. Plans include 30 round tables with seating for eight, either in the LPN banquet room or outside under tents. About 20 of those tables have been spoken for, with 10 remaining.
For the second year, attendees can become members of the Friends Beach Club at one of three levels. Friends Beach Club members make an additional contribution to Friends, while getting some extras. The levels are:
• Friends Beach Club - Premier: $700 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; 8 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 20 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Sponsor: $150 — includes 1 Table Sponsorship; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
• Friends Beach Club - Couple: $250 — includes 2 Fund Raiser Dinner Tickets; 5 tickets in the 50/50 raffle; Name in the 2022 Beach Ball program
Dinner tickets are available at a cost of $50 each. Those interested in becoming a Friends Beach Club member, or purchasing just dinner tickets, can contact Susan Thompson,, or 515-240-6536. Those with auction items to donate also are asked to contact Thompson.
The 2022 Beach Ball will feature live music from Little Joe McCarthy. This is the third Beach Ball where McCarthy has provided live music in the outdoors setting. The singer, songwriter and musician is from the Omaha area and plays a mix of oldies, rock and country. Extra chairs will be available outside for those who have tables inside yet want to enjoy McCarthy’s music during social time.
There also will be a 50/50 raffle and both live and silent auctions. There will be three live auction items of particular interest to Iowa State University fans.
Jamie Pollard, ISU athletic director, who owns a Lake Panorama home with his wife Ellen, has offered a Cyclone Football package. It includes four tickets in the athletic director’s suite in the Jacobsen Building in the north end zone for the Sept. 24 ISU versus Baylor football game. This package also includes a parking pass, plus food and soft drinks during the game.
Two other items for ISU fans are a football signed by Coach Matt Campbell and a basketball signed by T.J. Otzelberger, both in display cases. These two items have been donated by Jay and Sue Merryman.
Another live auction item sure to generate some spirited bidding is the six-course gourmet dinner for six, offered by LPA members Bill and Karen Fitzgerald. Six wines will be paired with the six courses. The dinner would be served in the winning bidder’s home, prepared and served by the Fitzgeralds. At the 2021 Beach Ball, this dinner sold at live auction for $2,000.
For the silent auction, a wide selection of gift baskets, artwork, home décor items and gift cards will be available for bidding throughout the evening. The drawing for the 50/50 raffle winner will take place right before the live auction begins. The silent auction will end at the same time.
Registration will begin in the LPN dining room at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. Cash bars will be available both inside and outside beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through the evening. The buffet dinner will be served in the Links bar beginning at 6 p.m.
Details on the 2022 Beach Ball, plus all past and current projects, are available on the Friends website. Friends of Lake Panorama also has a Facebook page.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at any time by check payable to Friends of Lake Panorama, and mailed to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, Iowa, 50216. Donations also can be made through Venmo @Panorama-Friends, or by credit card on the Friends website at


The 2021 Beach Ball raised $25,000. Those funds were used to complete the Lake Panorama dog park, purchase three swings for the Sunset Beach playground, and enhance an existing trail near Panorama West. The Sunset Beach swings were ordered last fall and should arrive sometime this summer. Work is in underway to finalize improvements to the Panorama West trail, and the dog park opens June 10.
Earlier Beach Balls provided funds for new playground equipment at all three of Lake Panorama’s beaches, and the sports courts at Boulder Beach.
The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors will meet in August to determine how proceeds from the 2022 Beach Ball will be used. One likely recipient is a multi-use recreational project on Lake Panorama’s south shore that received approval from the LPA board of directors at its May 24 meeting.
Items in the recreational concept developed by Friends and approved by the LPA board include a disc golf course, walking trails, a fishing dock, bird and bat houses, and a small picnic shelter near the entrance to the golf course and trails. Friends will work with Fin and Feather and LPA staff to explore options for the fishing dock and bird and bat houses.
Another project approved by the LPA board in June 2021 that may receive some 2022 Beach Ball funding is a basketball half-court at Sunset Beach. Information on this project and the south shore multi-use recreational area will be available at the 2022 Beach Ball, and attendees will have the opportunity to make direct donations to these projects. 

Each section indludes a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags.

Posted 6/7/2022
By Susan Thompson 
Lake Panorama Times 

The Lake Panorama dog park will open Friday, June 10. It will be open daylight hours only, seven days a week. The main entrance gate is locked and requires an access code. Park users must call LPA Security to request the code. The security officer will ask some basic questions, such as name, vehicle information, and breed and number of dogs. The LPA Security phone number is 641-757-9035.
Once inside the main gate, there are two separate gates that are not locked but should remain closed except when entering and exiting. The large dog area is for dogs at least 15 inches at shoulder height. Small dogs can be in the large dog area, but owners are reminded it is possible for a small dog to be injured by a large dog. The small dog area is limited to dogs less than 15 inches at shoulder height; larger dogs are prohibited. Signs including this information are on each of the three gates.
There are two signs near the main entrance gate. One is a list of rules for dog park users to follow; the other recognizes donors who gave $500 or more to make the dog park possible.
Bryce Arganbright of Arganbright Construction was hired to install a 6-foot-high chain link fence 400 feet long and 150 feet wide with a dividing fence to create the two sections. He also poured a concrete floor and built a shelter for the entrance gates. Crushed rock along the inside perimeter of the fence provides a walking path, a weed barrier and will keep dogs from digging near the fence.
Brandon Brehmer donated his time to seed and fertilize the fenced-in area last fall and again this spring. In late May, he applied a broadleaf weed control. He plans to overseed and aerate in the fall. The park will be mowed weekly as needed, but because of weather and variability of the LPA maintenance staff schedule, no specific day or time is set. If users arrive at the park when it is being mowed, they are asked to wait until mowing is complete.
In each section, there is a picnic table, two dog waste bag dispensers, one water bowl, and one receptacle for pet waste bags. The water bowls fill by pushing a button on the side; the water drains out over 90 seconds to avoid standing water.
Two sugar maple trees were planted last fall, donated by Larry and Heather Isom, who own Isom Tree Farm. If additional trees are desired, the Isoms have offered to donate one tree for each tree purchased with planting done in the fall.
The dog park is located at the corner of Sage Trail and East RV Road, near the east campground. There is a rocked parking area on the east end for users, rather than parking along the road or on the grass. The dog park was financed by $50,000 in donations through the Friends of Lake Panorama. 

10 Squared Plus Men to Help Fund GCFD Generator

Posted 6/7/2022
The Ten Squared Plus Men of Guthrie County recently presented a ceremonial check for $17,400 to the Guthrie Center Fire Department. The group was selected as the most recent winner. Accepting the check were, from the left: Gary McCool, Pierre Kellogg, Randy Sheeder, Chief Tom Langgaard, Dennis Flanery (who made the presentation to the group) and Chuck Cleveland.
The Fire Department plans to purchase a large generator for use in the fire hall. During a power outage, they will be able to utilize their facility as a warming center and to operate the doors and charging devices in a normal manner.