LOCAL NEWS SINCE 1993 – READ COVER TO COVER
The North Forty News is under new ownership. The new owner (Blaine Howerton), is a Colorado Native and a Media Entrepreneur. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BA in Technical Journalism. He has two young boys along with his wife of more than 10 years (she is also a former journalist).
“Striving to be a small, credible voice in a big, complicated world.” – North Forty News, March, 1995
NORTH FORTY NAME ROOTED IN HISTORY
The term “north forty” from which this paper takes its name, has agricultural roots tied to the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act allowed for the transfer of 160 acres (a quarter section) of unoccupied public land to each homesteader on payment of a nominal fee after five years of residence or a fee of $1.25 an acre after six months of residence.
Homesteads were generally laid out in four quarters on a north, south, east and west square of 40 acres each. “North forty” was a reference to the northernmost block of the homesteader’s property. Subsequently, rural people referred to the property as the “north forty,” the “south forty” or even the “back forty.” It does not always mean an actual 40 acres — it could be more, or it could be less. Hence, the North Forty News — reaching Northern Colorado.
NORTH FORTY NEWS STANDS
North Forty News is currently distributed throughout Northern Colorado. Generally, new copies are distributed in the first week of the month. But they do go fast! The best way to get the North Forty News is by subscription. Sign up for a subscription at https://northfortynews.com/subscribe. NFN is delivered within a few days after we print.