Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcoming survey

We'll be conducting a survey soon via email about what Discover Mid-America offers, and does not offer, readers and advertisers. If you want to participate and you don't think we have your email address, drop me an email at

Thursday, January 20, 2011

For chocolate lovers

Excelsior Springs, MO will have its 5th Annual Chocolate Tour – perfect for Valentine's Day — on Sat., Feb. 5, from 1 -5 p.m. Sample chocolate delights from 15 downtown businesses. Tickets are $10 per person. Sponsored by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership. Call 816-630-9255 for more information.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DMA goes to press!

February issue goes to press TODAY!

Some highlights:

-- Feature article on 19th and 20th century novelty clocks, including interviews with Wayne and Ruth Herrmann, authors of The Wonderful World of Pendulettes.

-- How much is that doll worth? Well-known doll appraiser Neil Foster can tell you at The Santa Fe Trails Doll Club show over President's weekend at the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Book a room at one of the quaint bed and breakfast inns in downtown Independence where you'll be within walking distance of the show. While there, stop by Harry Truman's childhood home and library and take a stroll around the historic town square.

-- What are "black basalt" ceramics? Anne Gilbert, The Antique Detective, will share how this collectible, first created by Josiah Wedgwood, is increasing in value.

-- Good Eye columnist Peggy Whiteneck talks about why ephemera is more than a passing fancy.

-- Wish you could bake homemade cookies, pies and cakes but without all of the mess? Learn how with the "take and bake" concept at "Grandma's House" bakery and general store in Liberty, MO.

Read about all of this and more!

Little Rock Express Wins Union Pacific RR's Great Excursion Adventure!

Little Rock Express Edges Tuscola Turn to Win Union Pacific Railroad's Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam Contest

Only 3,042 Votes Separate Two Routes as More than 178,000 Votes Are Cast

Little Rock Express

Omaha, Neb., January 18, 2011 – The Little Rock Express edged the Tuscola Turn by 3,042 votes to win Union Pacific Railroad's Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam Contest. Union Pacific will route one of its legendary steam locomotives from Kansas City, through St. Louis and on to Little Rock. The excursion date will be determined within the coming weeks.

"We anticipated that communities would be interested in this contest and are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support they have demonstrated," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president - Corporate Relations. "Voting in communities along the routes was vigorous, with the lead frequently changing hands by the minute. We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who participated in making this such an exciting contest.

"Congratulations to everyone who helped put the Little Rock Express over the top, and to all the Tuscola Turn fans that helped take the race down to the wire."

The validated voting results are:
Little Rock Express 76,217
Tuscola Turn 73,175
Baton Rouge Rambler 18,070
Boise Express 11,213

Voting in the final phase of the contest was conducted Jan. 4-17. Four finalist routes were determined by steam locomotive fans voting Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 2010. The final four segments were:

The Tuscola Turn: Starting in Boone, Iowa, this segment travels east through Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, Mt. Vernon, De Witt, and Clinton. It continues toward Chicago through the Illinois communities of Rochelle, DeKalb, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Proviso, turning south to Woodland and Villa Grove before concluding in Tuscola.

The Little Rock Express: Starting in Kansas City, Mo., this segment travels east to Boonville, Jefferson City, Chamois and St. Louis before heading south to Cape Girardeau, Dexter and Poplar Bluff. It continues through Bald Knob, Ark., before concluding in Little Rock.

The Baton Rouge Rambler: Starting in Dallas, this segment runs east through the Texas communities of Mesquite, Wills Point, Grand Saline, Mineola and Longview. It continues in Louisiana through Shreveport, Natchitoches and Alexandria before concluding in Baton Rouge.

The Boise Limited: Starting in Salt Lake City, this segment travels north in Utah to Ogden and Brigham City. It continues to Pocatello, Idaho, where it heads west to American Falls, Shoshone and Mountain Home before concluding in Boise.
In addition to route voting, five individuals who score the most contest "points" will win two tickets each for a special leg of the winning segment, as well as lodging and air fare. The person with the most points will be awarded the title of "Honorary Engineer" and given the opportunity to ride in the locomotive cab. Individual contest winners will be notified Jan. 19.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New editor for Discover Mid-America

Rhiannon Ross, an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Independence (MO) Examiner and Ottawa (KS) Herald is our new editor. She replaces the much over-worked publisher and former editor Bruce Rodgers. We are excited about the change. Contact Rhiannon at