Happy New Year

Newsletter Jan 1, 2009

Seasons Greetings from all of us at mainstreet

As the year 2008 comes to an end, we express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for accompanying us on a quest to explore and rediscover the culture and character of the heartland of America, the Upper Midwest.

Our journey has just begun. The doors to mainstreet swung open back in March of this year and since then we have been busy learning the ins and outs of an online community and magazine. It has been an invigorating, inspiring and rewarding experience . And thanks to your input and interest, we have never been more convinced that is on the right track. We will continue to play an important role in preserving and honouring the valuable traditions, history, lifestyles and core values of this area. headquarters in Turton SD

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR has explored all kinds of things this year. Among many other things, we have researched the life of South Dakota filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and we have in some fashion searched for the lost gold described in the famous “Thoen Stone.” And we have asked questions. Why is it that Conde, South Dakota was home to so many peculiar nick-names? We looked into a famous 1912 murder in Iowa. We followed Vern Miller’s footsteps from Huron, South Dakota to the Kansas City Massacre of 1933 and we visited a charming gas station that never has any gas. We were very fortunate to be provided with wonderful articles about the life and times of rural farmers, authored by Darrel Rainford. Here is an excerpt from his article about Frances Klapperich Labrie’s Cooking Car. Imagine cooking for so many people with no refrigerator, electricity, or natural gas.

In the 1930s and 40s all of us Rainford kids used to go to Grandma Frances’ house on Sundays, along with our cousins the Mannies, Blooms and Fraziers. All the kids went outside to play on the farm. Grandma could drag a dinner out of nowhere and feed 10 to 12 kids just like that. She never had a fridge until 1940. She knew all the recipies and she made the best beet pickles. She had her own smokehouse, about 8 feet square wood building where they would hang the hams for preservation and to add taste. They built a fire in the smokehouse of hardwood or cobs.

Our Recipe Contest this year was a lot of fun. There was a nice theme across many of the submitted entries that made it especially rewarding. It is perhaps not so surprising, but nevertheless refreshing, to discover that the recipes which people hold closest to their heart are those that smack more of love for family and for our heritage than they do of sugar or salt or butter. Family, our heritage, and simple menus are perhaps the most distinctive themes you will find in the bundle of recipes we received. If you have not checked them out yet, perhaps you can spend part of the New Year browsing old recipes. Read them here.

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e have some new things in store for you in 2009. As you may have noticed, we have already re-designed our newsletter. In addition to the new look, you will be receiving newsletters more often.

In an effort to provide you and all our readers with a richer reading experience we have developed a new service. We are now continually searching and researching the internet for a wide range news articles, stories and other bits of valuable information of interest to readers. In 2009 you can expect ten times as much from us here at

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In our search for interesting stories we happened upon a claim of the greatest basketball game ever played. Wow! That caught our attention. It was played in Iowa, and it was a high school girls’ game. The event was the championship game of the 1968 Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament. It was played between Union Whitten and Everly high schools using “six on six rules” which was the format for girls basketball in Iowa at that time.

The drama was immense involving two undefeated teams from small towns with record- breaking players on each team. The game was a huge media event and was telecast into nine states. A good look at the event can be found at

Upper Midwesterners recognize the terrific impact that high school basketball has on the imagination and pride of local communities. The area abounds with recollections of great high school games. Many players, parents, coaches and fans have their own personal “great game” memories – memories of unbelievable upsets, comebacks, scoring records and other feats. During the coming weeks we would like to showcase these memories and we would love your help.

Tell us about your own personal “GREATEST GAME” memory. Email us at

And with that, here's wishing you a very Happy New Year. Hope to see you again soon at

The Mainstreetmoments Staff!

Author: EVM STAFF on 01/01 2009
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