The North Forty News is one of the most respected news publications in the region. Beginning in 1996, The North Forty News has maintained a standard of journalism that none of our chain-owned papers seem to have. I noticed when the publication first began that they represented the region extremely well and made up my mind to get a job there some day.
Being a small publication, there weren't that many employees and the opportunity for employment didn't open up until 2002. I must have been one of very few candidates since it became very obvious after I was hired that I only barely know what I was doing. After three frustrating months of trying everyone's patience, plus getting some careful training from JoAn Bjarko, everything fell into place and I kept the job as ad designer for two years.
Before I was lured away by Planet Bluegrass, I also began writing a food column for the paper, beginning with a story on making Dandelion wine. Since then, I have made regular contributions to the paper, usually illustrating the stories with my own photography. I've begun to branch out with feature writing, whenever I find an inspiration.
The paper has changed hands recently as JoAn and Mike Bjarko have move to his family property in Scobey, Montana. the new owner, Doug Conarroe, has maintained the quality of journalism and is building a presence on the web at: http://www.northfortynews.com. I am very proud to be a member of the North Forty News team and am always on the lookout for an inspired story.