Jim Arganbright signed his name on a board underneath the steps at the gym in the old Panora High School in 1947. Beverly added her signature two years later and five years before the couple married. Jim says his wife must have known back then something he didn’t. The board hangs in their rural Panora home today.
After 60 years of marriage, Jim and Beverly Arganbright are clearly as happy together as they were the day they met.Their shared sense of humor and love of family can be credited, but mostly, they just get along well together.The pair, who were both raised on farms in Panora, first met at the high...
Mallory Heiland and her fiance, Cody Quick, will get married in July.
They knew when she was a year old that there was a problem.But for the next eight years — despite the diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease — Mallory Heiland, now 27, worked to live a normal life.“Things were a lot harder, because I was sick,” she said. “I never really felt the greatest, but I...
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...
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...


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