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Flip Through The December Magazines Today

Flip Through The December Magazines Today

The new magazines are here! If you haven’t already, take a peek at our December issues and see which one sparks your interest. You can also read past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/FMSpotlight.

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

Until Dec. 31, Bison Illustrated is offering a special buy one, give one subscription deal. This means if you buy a subscription to Bison Illustrated, you can give a subscription to anyone anywhere in the United States. Read more about the limited-time offer at BisonIllustrated.com/Subscribe.

For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit SpotlightMediaFargo.com/Magazines.

Fargo Monthly Let's Highlight 2017

Fargo Monthly

This month, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite things about Fargo-Moorhead in 2017. Through the eyes of our team members and contributors, reflect on discoveries and experiences from restaurants to events. Also in this issue, you’ll find recaps of both our Mixologist of the Month and 5 Things to Eat & Drink articles, a United Way of Cass Clay and much more!

Design and Living Winter Shopping Guide

This month, you can brighten your holidays by bringing hygge into your home. We’ll show you festive finds from local shops and boutiques that will keep you and your loved ones feeling warm and cozy all winter long.

Fargo INC Faces of Fargo Business

In 2017, we photographed nearly 200 members of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo business community. Among them were entrepreneurs, artists, pilots, CEOs, software developers, comedians, executive directors, veterans, graduate students and community builders. Join us as we celebrate each and every one of them in Fargo INC!’s first-ever coffee table book, “Faces of Fargo Business.”

Tech Issue Bison Illustrated

Technology has become vital to the success of our society. It’s no different at NDSU Athletics. We travel around the athletic department to the find the coolest and most creative pieces of technology the Bison are using to perform their best on the field.

Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

The entire mission of Bison Illustrated is to promote NDSU Athletics. Through their unique storytelling, photography and design, the magazine is able to promote the university to people across the United States. This month, Bison Illustrated is asking for your help to grow NDSU’s reach.

Signed Carson Wentz magazine

Its goal is to mail the magazine to all 50 states in 2018. Until Dec. 31, Bison Illustrated is offering a special buy one, give one deal. This means if you buy a subscription to Bison Illustrated, you can give a subscription to anyone anywhere in the country.

It’s the perfect gift for any Bison diehard—no matter where they live. Subscribers and their gift recipients will receive a new copy of Bison Illustrated every month. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Carson Wentz signed Bison Illustrated
Subscribe before Dec. 31 and be entered to win this Carson Wentz signed issue of Bison Illustrated.

Plus, anyone who subscribes before Dec. 31 will be entered for a chance to win a signed Carson Wentz copy of Bison Illustrated. Order before Monday, Dec. 18, and you will be mailed the December magazine in time for Christmas. Go to BisonIllustrated.com/Subscribe to learn more.

Check out Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin talking about the subscription deal on KVRR.

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Senior Sales Executive, Ryan Courneya

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Senior Sales Executive, Ryan Courneya

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members go, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new senior sales executive, Ryan Courneya, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Ryan Courneya | Senior Sales Executive

Senior Sales Executive

“I received my degree in mass communications and public relations from MSUM. Through my professional journey after graduation, I’ve had the privilege to work for the Boy Scouts of America primarily in fundraising and recruiting, Newman Signs, managing and working in the advertising field with outdoor and then I had a short run working at Sanford in the marketing department and had the honor of helping with the opening of the new medical center. All of these places have given me valuable skills and insight to bring my expertise and knowledge to this amazing team at Spotlight Media.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I have been following the success and work that has been done at Spotlight Media for several years now and have always been so impressed with the quality of the content and the dedication that I’ve seen from this company. I loved what the company stood for in trying to unveil all the good that is in the Fargo-Moorhead area. After trying out the several places I had worked, I got a sense of what I liked from each place and Spotlight Media seemed to fill the criteria of what I was looking for. The energy, passion and vision of the company really motivated me to learn more and want to be a part of an innovative and creative team.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m an outdoorsy person but also appreciate style and class and being enriched in the city culture. I like to network and know a lot about Fargo and be sort of an expert on the area. I also like to hunt, camp and fish. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, it almost came standard—plus I’m an Eagle Scout. I also enjoy going to the Family Wellness and being health conscious and focused on my well being.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book as a kid was ‘Hatchet,’ now I mostly read motivational books.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“Last December, I had to have shoulder surgery because I tore something in my shoulder while playing a game of kickball for the Fargo Parks league. Happy to say, my team, ‘The Average Toes,’ won the championship game. Sadly, it probably wasn’t because of my awkward throw.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“I don’t know if it’s a talent but I do use it to freak people out sometimes, I can hyperextend my left elbow because I broke it in the 3rd grade.”

What’s a ridiculous fact you know?
“All the water in Lake Superior would cover North and South America in one foot of water.”

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is extremely excited to announce that our team brought home six awards from the 21st Annual Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards.

Hosted by the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, the Excellence Awards competition recognizes and fosters outstanding publishing achievements. It includes dozens of categories in the areas of editorial, design, marketing, digital publishing and overall excellence.

Joe Kerlin and Nate Mickelberg from Spotlight Media
Bison Illustrated’s editor Joe Kerlin and Fargo INC!’s Editor Nate Mickelberg holding Spotlight Media’s six awards.

Our entire team at Spotlight Media can’t express enough how honored we are to receive such recognition.

Bison Illustrated, Design & Living Magazine, Fargo INC!, Fargo Monthly and Fargo By Fargo were acknowledged for the following awards listed below. You can view other winners and nominees at MMPA.net.

Bison Illustrated

Bronze Award | TYPOGRAPHY [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Rise (April 2017): Look up! The April Issue of Bison Illustrated is all about rising champions from NDSU’s stacked athletic programs. Get to know the next shining stars of Bison men’s and women’s track, men’s basketball, wrestling and soccer. In addition, “The Rise” issue includes moments from the Bison baseball victory at US Bank Stadium and revisits the first women’s basketball championship in 1991 through the eyes of former Bison Jill DeVries who is now head coach at Valley City State University.

Bison Illustrated Bison on the Rise

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [SPECIAL INTEREST]

Where Are They Now? (July 2016): Mike Favor, Snuffy Byers and Isreal Moses have been away from the football field for over 20 years. But these former Bison bruisers are still honoring the Bison Pride attitude they had at NDSU. The only difference is today they’re reflecting their Bison Pride at District 281.

Bison Illustrated Brotherhood

“These awards are a culmination of teamwork and grit. Our entire staff does a phenomenal job month after month pumping out the best magazines in Fargo. These awards are a testament to the staff’s commitment to celebrating what makes this area special.” – Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin

About Bison Illustrated
Bison Illustrated is a monthly publication that showcases the latest in North Dakota State University’s Bison athletics. The magazine gives the true Bison fan a comprehensive glance behind the scenes of what makes Bison Pride special through creative and in-depth coverage of teams, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.

Design & Living Magazine

Gold Award | COVER DESIGN [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Project Issue (April 2017): If you dream of making someone else’s trash your repurposed treasure or spend your days pining over Pinterest, this issue is for you. We’ve gathered a collection of local DIY experts to share the tricks of their trade that might even inspire you to start a project of your very own.

Design and Living Magazine

“Our team puts a lot of thought into our covers, so it’s gratifying to be recognized by the MMPA. I would also like to express my appreciation for the photographer, Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography; the graphic designer, Sarah Geiger of Spotlight Media; and Katie Schiltz, Samantha Klinkhammer and Amanda Rydell of The White House Co. who provided the products and staging.” – Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp

About Design & Living Magazine
Design & Living Magazine is a free, monthly publication that strives to be Red River Valley’s best resource on quality products and services in our community, including interior design, architecture, landscape design, art and those at the forefront of innovative ideas that enhance our everyday environment.

Fargo INC!

Silver Award | SINGLE PAGE OR SPREAD DESIGN [BUSINESS/TRADE]

Contrast & Collaboration (July 2016): For more than 30 years, polar opposites and business partners Randy Thorson and Warren Ackley have been thriving in one of the most difficult industries to thrive in. How exactly do they do it?

Fargo INC

Fargo INC! winning its first MMPA award was probably more humbling than anything else. To see firsthand the quality of magazines being produced across Minnesota really puts into perspective how special the recognition is.” – Fargo INC! Editor Nate Mickelberg

About Fargo INC!
Fargo INC! is a monthly business magazine published by Spotlight Media in Fargo, North Dakota. Each month, Fargo INC! illuminates what is out there in the Fargo-Moorhead business world—from culture to community to advice to events. It’s an essential source of information and ideas for local business professionals.

Fargo Monthly

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [GENERAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The A-Taco-Lypse (June 2017): People loyally waited in line for over an hour to get their Taco Bros. fix on opening day this season. Octavio Gomez keeps his customers coming back each and every summer for his delicious Mexican food–find out where the beautiful madness all began.

Fargo Monthly

“‘The Atacolypse: Taco Bros. Food Truck’ article is a personal favorite of mine in Fargo Monthly. I think it reflects how the people of Fargo-Moorhead share excitement for local businesses and love supporting their own. We are honored to receive this award and bring recognition to not only to our publication and company but also to our community and those who pour into it.” – Fargo Monthly Editor Kara Jeffers

About Fargo Monthly
Fargo Monthly is a free, monthly publication that focuses on what makes the Fargo-Moorhead community unique. It strives to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Red River Valley by getting them excited about their community and all it has to offer. Fargo Monthly’s concentration is on everything local: theater, business, culture, art, music, nightlife, dining, events and more. We have fallen in love with the area and want you to do the same.

Fargo By Fargo

Silver Award | SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE, SPECIAL SECTION, OR SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT [ GENERAL INTEREST, OVER 60,000/ISSUE]

Fargo By Fargo (2017): In the first ever issue of Fargo By Fargo, we went directly to the people of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to ask them about their favorite restaurants, what nonprofits they respect, where they like to shop and much more. In here, you’ll find information about volunteering, hot restaurants, family activities, how to get in shape in Fargo-Moorhead and much more. Tell us what’s your story, Fargo-Moorhead.

Fargo By Fargo

“Receiving this award for Fargo By Fargo means so much to the entire Spotlight Media team because everyone had a part in the production. By printing and mailing 100,000 copies, everyone on the team had to give it their all to create such a high-quality magazine. It’s also an honor because this magazine went against many of the big dogs in the publishing industry due to the large circulation. This is a testament to our team and our community.” – Fargo By Fargo Editor Andrew Jason

About Fargo By Fargo
Fargo By Fargo is mailed directly to every residential mailbox in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo yearly. That’s 93,000 mailboxes! Packed full of interviews and information, Fargo By Fargo is an insider’s guide to the area and features locals talking about their favorite things to do and experience in the community. The magazine is mailed out at the beginning of each year.

Pick Up Your Copies Of The November Magazines Today

Pick Up Your Copies Of The November Magazines Today

The new magazines are here! If you haven’t already, take a peek at our November issues and see which one sparks your interest. You can also read past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/fmspotlight.

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly

Fargo Monthly

This month, we’re thankful for the ways food can bring us together, creating a shared experience cross-table and cross-culture. Help us celebrate the international restaurants that bring “tastes of the world” to our Midwest community. Let’s discover new scents, flavors and ingredients that are now calling the Fargo-Moorhead area home.

Design and Living Magazine

Design & Living Magazine

This month, we’ll show you three homes with incredible attention to detail. You’ll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, tradesmen, interior designers and decorators have resulted in unbelievable craftsmanship and artistry.

Fargo inc

We’ve all been there. Between that upcoming work-project deadline, your kid’s basketball game and the fundraiser you’re scheduled to go to tonight, you’re feeling burnt out … and it’s only Tuesday. You start to question whether you’re ever going to figure out this work-life balance thing. Five area couples provide a mix of insight, advice and encouragement on how they do it.

bison illustrated

Bison Illustrated

The Bison family is something heard often, whether it’s from coaches, players, administration or alumni. It embodies what the culture at NDSU is all about. But it also has a literal meaning. Several former athletes who are now married met because they were Bison. And several current Bison are at NDSU because their parents competed in Fargo. We dive into these stories and talk to those who were born to bleed green and gold.

Get To Know Our 2 New Sales Executives

Get To Know Our 2 New Sales Executives

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our two new sales executives and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Daniel Helm | Sales Executive

Sales Executive Daniel Helm

“I lived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, until I was eight and then moved to a little lake just outside of Frazee, Minnesota, where I graduated from high school. I went to NDSU after high school and took the long route by quitting and I headed to Portland, Oregon, for a couple of years until I decided to come back and finish school. Since then I’ve sold books, Red Bull, supervised three departments at a hospital, and worked for a while as an environmental consultant. I also managed to get married about 10 years ago to an amazing woman and we have two awesome sons and more pets than I care to list.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve been in Fargo for most of the last two decades and I really wanted to be more involved in all of the positive change and growth that I’ve seen over time in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I think that Spotlight Media has been a big part of that and I wanted an opportunity to be more involved in the community with a fun company that supports it.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I like to run, read, write, take pictures, golf, play guitar and quite a few other things. I’m pretty passionate about good food and beer, too. I also try to spend as much time with my family and friends and include them in the things I like to do as much as possible.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I have always said that I don’t have favorites, but ‘Under the Volcano’ is up there as far as books go. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I’m terrified of public speaking.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“Self-deprecation, it’s literally useless to everyone, but I’m really good at it.”

Christopher Cates | Sales Executive

Sales Executive Christopher Cates

“I was born and raised in Hot Springs, South Dakota, where I also graduated high school in 2001. I attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology until 2004, where I studied history. I moved to Moorhead that same year and transferred to MSUM where I continued to study history. I have done a little bit of everything for jobs. I have been a radio DJ and a barista. I have sold leather coats, eyeglasses and cell phones. I even owned a liquor store for 2 years. My last job was as an inventory buyer for Cellular Communications.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I was drawn to Spotlight Media because of how well it represents the community and how well respected it is everywhere I go. Owner Mike Dragosavich has done an excellent job of building a publication model that appeals to many types of people. The content of the different magazines is always relevant and interesting, and the photography is always stunning.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“My hobbies include anything music! I love live music—especially going to rock shows. I listen to everything, from bluegrass to hard rock and country to EDM. I love music.

“I also love to tinker, whether it’s building something with wood or tearing apart and repairing a cell phone or fixing something on my vehicle. I’m in the process of establishing a wood shop in my garage in my backyard. I’d love someday to build furniture and other wood products as gifts for friends and family.

“My girlfriend and I just got a pug named Bosco in June. He takes up a lot of our time now so lately I’ve been learning more about dogs. I would love to start volunteering in my time at a local shelter or vet clinic.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is one called ‘Villains by Necessity’ by Eve Forward. It’s a non-traditional story where the bad guys are the good guys. It’s a fun story that makes you consider a different point of view. I recommend it to everyone.

“I have two favorite movies. The first one is ‘Fight Club’ and I love it because it makes you think. You never really have the story figured out, even after the credits roll. The second one is ‘A Goofy Movie’ because how does everyone not love that movie?”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.

  • “I flew on my first airplane at the age of four but didn’t see an ocean until I was 27.”
  • “I have never set foot outside of the US, although I was once on a boat that stopped in Canada. I never left the boat.”
  • “My biggest fear is large things falling on me. I hate driving under trains or having planes fly directly over me.”
  • “I absolutely love black jelly beans.”
  • “Lastly, if I were not in sales, my dream job would be a stand-up comedian.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“My most useless talent is also the one that has won me the freest drinks. I’m an absolute trivia nerd. I can remember dates, names, facts and tons of useless knowledge, but I struggle to remember what to buy at the grocery store. I love watching Jeopardy and the looks I get when spewing out the answers to the questions. Maybe someday I’ll make it on to the show.”

Take A 4K Virtual Tour Of Spotlight Media’s Office

Take A 4K Virtual Tour Of Spotlight Media’s Office

A year ago, Spotlight Media moved into the Bell Bank building in Downtown Fargo. We all made a home out of the new space, putting employees’ offices on the 5th floor and renovating the 7th floor into a multi-functional photography studio. To celebrate our office’s one-year anniversary, take a 4K virtual tour—created by realtor Aaron Greterman—of our workplace.

Spotlight Media is located at 15 Broadway N, Suite 500, Fargo, North Dakota.

Spotlight Team Volunteers For United Way Day Of Caring Event

Spotlight Team Volunteers For United Way Day Of Caring Event

Photos special to Spotlight Media

Our team was honored to be a part of the 1,700 volunteers with United Way of Cass-Clay assisting more than 450 senior citizens with cleaning, raking leaves, washing windows and more during the 26th annual United Way Day of Caring event, one of the largest volunteer events in our community.

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

“Day of Caring is one of my favorite events,” Spotlight Media Client Relations Manager Jenny Johnson said. “It’s such a joy to connect with seniors in our community.”

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

During this time of the year, it can be challenging for many members of the Fargo-Moorhead community to do yardwork, clean their homes and complete other household tasks alone. With the help of local volunteers, the United Way of Cass-Clay was able to unite the community and provide support to those in need.

United Way of Cass-Clay community volunteering

“It’s so fulfilling to see how grateful they were and to witness the impact just a few hours of volunteering can make,” Johnson said.

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

The new magazines have it all! Read about the latest in Fargo’s handmade talent, Bison tailgating, the People’s Choice Awards and Fargo-Moorhead veterans in our October 2017 issues. If you haven’t already, check out our list of magazines and see which one sparks your interest.

You can read past issues of our magazines at issuu.com/fmspotlight!

Each magazine is available by stand distribution throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and select locations around the state. You can read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online and subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly October 2017

Fargo Monthly

There’s satisfaction that comes with buying local and supporting the work of Fargo-Moorhead’s artisans, creators, makers and handmade masters of all sorts. From pillows and beer to furniture and soap, Fargo Monthly is here to help you discover this city’s handmade talent this month.

Design and Living October 2017

Design & Living Magazine

Inside these pages, we reveal the winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Each year, our brilliant readers nominate who they consider to be the best of the best in the local home industry, then vote for their choice of the top three nominees in each category. Thank you to those who participated, and congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Fargo INC! October 2017

What do these seven veterans have in common? They all run successful businesses in the FM area. A motivational speaker, an outdoors TV show creator, a marketing expert, a promotional company president, a general contractor, an insurance agent, and a runway fashion show founder give their thoughts on entrepreneurship and the role their military experience played in their post-service path.

Bison Illustrated October 2017

Bison Illustrated

Bison Athletics has built a great reputation across the country with success on the field and in the classroom. Its fans have been shaping their own reputation, too. Bison Nation has amplified their brand for having a good time with the enthusiasm they bring in the tailgating lot home and away. Scores of fans travel around the country following the Bison. These supporters also bring opposing fans back with them to Fargo to experience the joys in the West Lot of the Fargodome. October’s Bison Illustrated highlights several of the elements that make NDSU Tailgating a bucket list item for any college football fan.