Guthrie County Vedette

Brandon Godwin sands down a TV stand he built from wood pallets at his shop in Yale.
It started, as siblings’ stories often do, with some healthy competition.When one Godwin sibling decided to turn a hobby into a business, another soon followed.Now, Brandon Godwin of Yale makes wooden items with Yale Pallet Creations, and his sister, Tricia Godwin of Des Moines, sells knitted and...
Stan Landon will roll up his sleeve and donate blood at the Panora Community Blood Drive on Jan. 19 and encourages others to do the same. Landon has donated blood since he was a teenager, donating more than 23 gallons over the years.
Stan Landon is a giving person. So giving that every eight weeks or so the Panora resident rolls up his sleeves and donates a pint of blood.It’s something he started doing as a teenager - more than 50 years ago - and something he has faithfully done since. On Monday, January 19, he’ll donate at the...
Panther 220-pounder Wilson Solorzano (top) defends a takedown attempt made by Guthrie Center opponent Cale Crowder during Thursday's dual meet between Panorama and Guthrie Center. The two Class 1A ranked wrestlers kept the match close with Crowder coming away with a narrow 2-1 victory.
It was one of the best weeks in Panorama wrestling history last week as the Panthers captured an unbeaten West Central Conference championship.“I’m so proud of all these kids,” Panther head coach Jason Kirtley said. “Our freshman came up huge in clutch situations in the duals in Guthrie Center.”The...
Guthrie Center's Mady Smith finds herself surrounded by Panorama's Maddi McNeill, left and Jade Cunningham in the second quarter.
If Panorama girls basketball head coach Dan Druvienga could have scripted how he wanted his team to open its season, he probably would have drawn up something pretty close to how his team played on Friday night.The Class 2A sixth-ranked Panthers (6-0) held visiting Guthrie Center (0-8) to just four...
Erin Gerlich, center, was born a Christmas baby to her parents Jay and Karen Gerlich on December 25, 1983.
People still mention to Karen Gerlich about what happened Christmas Day in 1983.It was the day she gave birth to daughter Erin Grace during a snow storm in a downstairs bathroom at the home of husband Jay’s parents, Erv and Molly Gerlich at Lake Panorama. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.She...
Cassie and Sam Wendl look at the birds kept in the "ER room" they use to care for wild birds that have been injured or abandoned.
In Cassie and Sam Wendl’s backyard, a converted shed with wood chips covering its floor stands quiet as evening descends.Its inhabitants are usually only seen out in the wild. A pelican. A crow. A screech owl.They’re injured — and healing. For now, this shed is their home.But they won’t stay there...
Panorama Diamond Sports directors (from left) Ryan Nail, Lynnea Andersen, and Dave Kemble have worked to provide an affordable indoor solution for area athletes and keep everyone working on their skills in Guthrie County. They are happy to assist athletes with know-how and experience in both baseball and softball.  They can be reached at 641-757-1564 or visit their website at
Winter is about to get a lot warmer for Panorama baseball and softball players.The Panorama Diamond Sports indoor facility, located at the former DICA Marketing building, 504 W. Market Street in Panora, opened to members Sunday, Dec. 14 and figures to be a big hit.The facility, which is the...
Vedette reporter Rebecca McKinsey fires a shotgun at a law-enforcement firing range in Guthrie Center.
 I don’t like guns. I grew up without them, in a household that didn’t even have toy versions of the weapons. I have never gone hunting. Until recently, I had picked up a gun exactly once in my life, at a summer camp when I used a rifle to shoot a dent in the sole of my shoe (I took it off and hung...
PANORAMA WRESTLING - (from left) Daniel Jensen, Kennedy Andersen, manager, Marcus Boldy, George Appleseth, Wilson Solorzano, Garrett Simmons, Dalton Bennett, Garrett DeYoung, Brady Howard, Kaleb Stogdill, Tyler Van Houten, Danny Nordquist, Dalton Holmes, Trevor Carey, Gunnar Grunsted, Baylee Gymer, mananger.
Expectations for the Panorama High School wrestling team are running high. With seven letter-winners, including a pair of state qualifiers, there’s reason behind heightened expectations.  “We look to contend for the conference title with Guthrie Center and Ogden,” said head coach Jason Kirtley, who...


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