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Lake Lumber owners Tom and Sharon Neel are shown with Tom’s mother Dorothy in the company’s kitchen showroom.
Lake Lumber in Panora will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2017. How the business survived to that ripe old age, while many independent lumberyards went out of business, includes a lot of interesting stories. Sit with Dorothy Neel, her son Tom, and his wife Sharon for an hour, and the stories...
Cathy VanGundy has been spreading the word of God for 14 years - nine at Hope Parish Churches and her remaining five at the United Methodist Church in Panora.  She gave her last sermon Sunday, June 26, as she officially retired from her position as pastor. VanGundy has had quite the career since...
Damon Owen loved baseball.  He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and grew up cheering for the University of Missouri. His passion and drive led him to play baseball at both St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus and later Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.  While in college...
From Waukee to Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, and Yale, up to Perry and down through Dallas Center and back to Waukee (with a few other little towns in between) cyclists braved the humidity to participate in the Iowa “BACooN Ride” Saturday.  The ride took place along the beautiful Raccoon River...
The family of Eugene Kipp are pleased with a new community memorial park in Yale that has been started in memory of their father and grandfather, a longtime member of the community who passed away last fall. PIctured are (from left) Kevin Kipp, Paige Kipp, Theresa Kipp, Heidi Kipp, Kendall Kipp, and Ron Eike, owner of Wood Duck Tree Farms, who donated a variety of eight trees for the memorial park.
Eugene Kipp will continue giving to the community of Yale for many years to come.  Kipp, who spent 25 years working for the city of Yale, passed away on November 14, 2015, at the age of 71. A Community Memorial Park has been established with the planting of eight trees in his memory.  Ron Eike,...
This year’s graduating class at Panorama High School should have included 69.  Those accepting their diplomas this year made sure to honor their former classmate, Dominic Higgins, who died in 2013 at the age of 16.  The majority of them had “Dom” lettered onto their caps.  They mentioned him in...
The Moylan family — (from left) Lynnea Andersen, Pat, Deb, Devan, Shaun and Shane Andersen — visits Muckross House in Co. Kerry, Ireland, during a family trip in 2013.
It’s all green at the Moylan household this time of year.For this Panora family, St. Patrick’s Day has always been something to celebrate. But more than that, in a traveling nod to the family’s Irish heritage, its members have visited Ireland — one more than 20 times.Pat and Deb Moylan of Panora,...
In 1931, a decade after Farmers State Bank in Yale first opened its doors, bank employee Jay W. Hemphill arrived at the bank and was confronted by two robbers who had hidden there during the night.They demanded that Hemphill, and later employee W.R. Hitchens when he arrived, give them money from...
At the age of 91, Bea Wright of Panora, attends her first caucus event Monday night. Wright, who lived 40 years in Missouri, said she was intrigued by Iowa's caucus system. Bea and her husband Bill reside at Lakeside Village in Panora.
Bea Wright admits she had to look up the definition of “caucus.”After learning about the gatherings of fellow party members to discuss presidential preferences, elect local party leadership and determine their preferred presidential candidates, Wright attended her first Iowa caucus Monday night at...
Clint Deardorff greets one of the two bulls in his herd of Highland cattle near Yale.
When Clint Deardorff drove up the driveway at a breeder’s facility several years ago and saw the Highland cattle, mirroring his memory of the animals he’d seen in the Scottish Highlands a decade before, he fell in love.He had to have them.And now he does, working as one of just a few Iowa farmers...

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