Guthrie County Vedette

Ilene and Dave Olson got some help from daughter Crystal Pote and grandson Gavin Pote in preparation for Valentine's Day at Panorama Gardens. The Olsons, who have been in business in Panora 40 years, say it's their second biggest holiday of the year, following Mother's Day. They were preparing arrangements Tuesday night and glad they'll have nice weather for deliveries Wednesday.
Flowers are known to be one of the most common ways to show love on Valentine’s Day and Panorama Gardens in Panora was prepared to share love again this year on Feb. 14. Dave and Ilene Olson have been in business for 40 years, the couple will actually celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Feb...
ParadisePad comes in a variety of sizes and ranges in weight from 30 to 35 pounds. The pads hold between 900 and 3,000 pounds, depending on the size, and range in price from $300 to $700 per pad.
A father-son business making a big splash got its start at Lake Panorama.  Mike Hayden and his son, Austin, created ParadisePad, a foam water raft designed for water enthusiasts in 2011. Seven years later, the company is a world-class operation with thousands of boaters choosing to float in...
Music has always been a passion of Greg Simmons, band director at West Des Moines Valley high school. Mix in the art of teaching music to young people, and Simmons has found a secret to success.  A Panorama high school graduate, Simmons is in his sixth year as a band director at Valley. He’s in...
Three  Panorama high school graduates met in a chance encounter in Pompeii, Italy. They are (from left) Elly Arganbright, Grace Arganbright, Allison Schafer. The Arganbright sisters were touring Rome over the Thanksgiving break and bumped into Schafer who is studying abroad in her final semester as a student at the University of Iowa.
A chance encounter brought three small town girls from Panora together on the other side of the world during a recent overseas adventure.  Elly and Grace Arganbright, daughters of Tom and Page Arganbright of Panora, were touring Italy together over the Thanksgiving holiday when they ran into...
An estimated 1,888 pancakes were served at the Panora community center Saturday morning during the Panora Chamber's annual Breakfast with Santa and Friends and Workshop event.
Promise Santa as an invited guest to a party and it will be an overwhelming success.  The Panora Chamber of Commerce held its annual Breakfast with Santa and Friends and Workshop on Saturday inside the community building and Vet’s Auditorium in Panora.  Families were invited to eat pancakes, sit on...
Iowa Secretary of Agriculure Bill Northey, left, learns of the Crystal Freeze Dry operaton here from company CEO Leonardo Etcheto.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was in Panora on Tuesday morning where he was given a tour of the Crystal Freeze Dry/Nutriom building, which is being retooled for production of powdered egg products, slated to begin early in 2018. Guiding him around the facility, which formerly housed...
Gunnar Grunsted is one of three state qualifiers returning for the Panorama wrestling team this season. Grunsted (45-12) earned the highest place finish for the Panthers at state by placing fifth at 170 pounds in 2017.
It was a record-setting year for the Panorama wrestling team last season and with a strong senior class and good numbers, the Panthers expect to build on that success this winter.  For the first time in school history, Panorama qualified five wrestlers for the state wrestling tournament and watched...
Devyn Kemble returns for her senior season with the Panorama girls basketball team. She averaged 14 points and 5.2 rebounds for a Panther team that finished 22-2 last season.
The Panorama girls basketball team returns their entire roster in 2017-18 from a team that went 22-2 and fell a point short of reaching the state tournament last season.  So, of course, the expectations are high for the Panthers, who also won the West Central Activities Conference championship last...
Emily Zirkle (center), sisters Abby (left) and Sara (right) was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 14, just before entering her freshmen year of high school at Panorama. Today Zirkle, 31, is an Instructional Coach and Behavior Strategist for Des Moines Public Schools and volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who granted her a trip to Disney World in 2001. Zirkle recently help grant a trip to Italy for Panorama eighth grader Emma Reinhart.
Two young girls diagnosed with cancer while in middle school at Panorama have connected through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission is to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy,”...
Panorama freshmen Ella Waddle runs through the timber during the second mile of the cross country course on Thursday at the Panorama West golf course in Panora. Waddle finished first, winning her first West Central Activitites Conference championship. She finished the rugged course with a time of 19:41, finishing ahead of Class 1-A defending state champion Kate Crawford of ACGC for the first time this season. Crawford was second in 20:09.
The Panorama girls cross country team dominated the Panorama West course on Thursday to win the program’s fifth straight West Central Activities Conference championship.Freshmen Ella Waddle, currently ranked sixth, led the way, out-distancing Class 1-A defending state champion Kate Crawford from...


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