Saturday, March 29, 2008

Join the FDSH Alumni Association

The Class of 1978 is just part of a bigger network. Fort Dodge High has graduates worldwide.

Helping to bond us together is the Fort Dodge Senior High Alumni Association. The organization started several years ago, yet many graduates don't know about it.

It costs $10 a year to join and in return, you'll get a quarterly newsletter full of features about graduates and updates about activities surrounding FDSH. Your $10 goes toward a good cause, including to help fund scholarships for FDSH graduates.

Memberships can be obtained by sending your name, address, graduation year and a check for $10 to Fort Dodge High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 493, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501. If your married and your spouse is a FDSH grad, the $10 will cover you both.

Dennie Friederichs, a Fort Dodge High graduate and former wrestling coach at Iowa Central, tells us the alumni association hopes to have a website up soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fort Dodge on March 27, 2008

It has been a tough winter in Fort Dodge and the area was hit Thursday with yet another snowstorm. Accumulations of 3-4 inches were reported in the greater metropolis. This shot was submitted by former North Junior High (now Phillips Middle School) teacher Bruce Stottrup. Fortunately, warmer temperatures are expected by the weekend.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Iowans Bash Fort Dodge Nightlife

What do Iowans think about Fort Dodge's nightlife? Not much.

A message string titled "26 days of bars in Iowa — Fort Dodge" has appeared on the Iowa Hawkeyes' Rivals board. It opens harmlessly enough, with poster Derek02 asking, "Tell me about the Fort Dodge nightlife."

Although pizza at Community Tap and football games at Dodger Stadium get the seal of approval, nearly every other comment is unflattering. Here's a sample:
  • "I lived in Fort Dodge for a couple of years in the mid-'90s. ... you couldn't pay me enough money to move back to that town."
  • "Stadium Inn ... is a dump and so is the owner. I see the same people at the same bar every time. As far as the Top Hat [pictured with this post] goes, enter at your own risk. They have wall art ... from the '70s."
  • "I lived there for a year and I will never return. We used to go to a place called Reds, I believe. Absolutely no nightlife."