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Spotlight Media Team Took To The Streets For Distribution Day

Spotlight Media Team Took To The Streets For Distribution Day

On Friday, June 8, the Spotlight Media team delivered our new June magazines to more than 300 businesses throughout Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Spotlight Media employees visited area businesses to get the new issues out and be more involved in the community. This distribution day was part of a company-wide effort to be more efficient with all processes, including distribution.

Our employees paired off into teams and tackled a different part of the Fargo-Moorhead area. We all had a list of destinations to visit, and we grabbed several boxes each of Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Design & Living Magazine and Bison Illustrated before hitting the streets.

After we finished our routes, we met back at our Spotlight Media office downtown to reconnect about the day and what we learned about our community while we were out and about.

The Spotlight Media team on Distribution Day

Here’s what some of the Spotlight Media team had to say about our distribution day:

  • Sales Executive Dan Helm: “It was a good way to end the week and get out and talk to people in the community that I wouldn’t have gotten to during a normal work day.”
  • Design & Living Magazine Associate Publisher Chantell Ramberg: “It was great to see how much of the community appreciates our mission and what we do as a company. I felt fortunate to have a day dedicated to connecting with our audience.”
  • Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse: “It was a fun team building day and it was also fun to go into the different businesses and see how excited they were to see us when we walked in with their magazines! I also have a new found appreciation for what our distribution team does on a daily basis.”
  • Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp: “I love team delivery day. This year, the associate publisher of Design & Living Magazine and I had a great time getting out there and meeting our readers!”
Take A Peek At Our June Issues Today!

Take A Peek At Our June Issues Today!

Our June Spotlight Media magazines are here! You can read the current and 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 and Design & Living Magazine to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

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

Fargo Monthly Magazine June 2018

We brought in the big guns to travel around Fargo-Moorhead and try a different food truck every day for a week. Rustica’s Eric Watson was able to go on a great food truck diet, trying seven different styles of food. From hot dogs to potato gnocchi, we had Eric try a little bit of everything and he certainly was not complaining about it in the end. So gear up for the great food truck diet. Are you hungry yet?

Design & Living Magazine June 2018

Design & Living Magazine

Join us as we visit local families who are sharing their kid-friendly spaces for the community to see. Then, learn how to make your home more functional for family members of all ages.

Fargo INC! Magazine June 2018

In hindsight, it was an ambitious – maybe crazy – goal: Build an e-commerce giant in the middle of North Dakota. RealTruck Founder Scott Bintz dishes on how his commitment to “reward, recognize, hire and fire” according to six basic principles helped him and his team build a $100 million company.

Bison Illustrated Magazine June 2018

Bison Illustrated

Recap all of the successes in North Dakota State athletics by paging through each individual sport and answering 10 challenging questions about each team and their respective seasons. Do you think you could pass this test? If so, you’ll be the latest Bison sports scholar.

Check Out Our May Issues Now!

Check Out Our May Issues Now!

Our May Spotlight Media magazines are here! You can read the current and 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 and Design & Living to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month.

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

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Do you need to get out of Fargo-Moorhead for a few days? Is your 9 to 5 wearing you down? Then take a look at our A to Z list of weekend getaways that are within driving distance of our area. We take you to different parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and even Canada to give you plenty of options if you are in need of a vacation!

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Join us as we consult with local experts to discuss the thriving home-technology industry. Then, see how real homeowners have seamlessly integrated these seemingly futuristic functions into their everyday lives without sacrificing aesthetically pleasing design.

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As the local entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow, so do the number of success stories that it breeds. From a “smart” walker company founded by a guy from MIT to a drone company that moved to town from Grand Forks, the 13 companies in this month’s cover story have recently opened up shop in the metro. Learn a little more about all of them, and find out their answers to the question, “Why Fargo?”

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Go inside the world of recruiting with eight Bison football players and their stories of how they landed in Fargo. Incoming freshman Trey Lance, defensive line coach Nick Goeser and wide receivers coach Atif Austin also teach us a thing or two about the recruiting process.

Bidding Farewell To The Bison Illustrated Editor

Bidding Farewell To The Bison Illustrated Editor

After more than five years of working with Spotlight Media, Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin is leaving Fargo to pursue different opportunities. While everyone at Spotlight Media will miss him, we wish him nothing but the best for his future endeavors.

“Joe has created a fantastic reputation during his time with Bison Illustrated,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s Editorial Director. “Because of Joe’s tenacious approach to creating great content, the magazine has created some truly compelling storytelling. We will miss him greatly.”

We sat down with Joe for one final Q&A to reflect on his time here at Spotlight Media and Bison Illustrated.

When did you start at Spotlight Media?

I started in January 2013 as an intern. It was actually the day I came in for an interview. I wore a nice shirt and maybe even a tie. [Former General Manager] Brent Tehven sat me down in the office with Andrew hanging out beside him. The only question I remember him asking me was: ‘Do you like the Bison?’ I said, ‘yeah, I’ve been to all the football games over the past two seasons. He hired me on the spot. I talked to [Publisher] Mike [Dragosavich] briefly after that meeting, and they showed me around. They sat me next to the designers and told me to start writing game recaps about the football season for Spotlight’s first-ever Championship Issue.

What’s been your favorite part about working for Spotlight Media and Bison Illustrated?

Where do I start? My favorite part has been interacting with current and former student-athletes. They have been so good to us over at the magazine and have been generous with their time. They all preach the same thing about Bison Pride and how important the culture is to success. I could see how for readers or other people in media that message could get dragged out and boring, but student-athletes talk about culture and Bison Pride because it’s so instrumental in their success. Now that I’ve been here for more than five years, it’s been fun to see student-athletes grow into bigger roles for their programs and then move on to the real world and begin their life as adults in the working world.

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Spotlight Media team celebrated Joe’s hard work and wished him the best luck with his future adventure

What are some of the stories you’re most proud of covering/working on?

Proud is an interesting way to put it… Being here the same time as five football national championships, two “ESPN College GameDays,” Carson Wentz and the whole NFL Draft experience has been downright dumb luck. I feel way more fortunate than proud to have covered those events. Although, I am super grateful for Spotlight giving me the opportunity to cover these once-in-a-lifetime events.

I think I’m most proud of covering stories like Don Morton retiring from Microsoft. The “Where Are They Now?” stories always meant a little bit more to me because our subjects were an important part of the history at NDSU but have have gone unnoticed while they were student-athletes. So it was my responsibility to give them some recognition for all they had done for the university. Mike Favor, Snuffy Byers and Isreal Moses, that story, I can’t thank them enough for their time with that. The work they’re doing now in Minneapolis is incredible for the kids in the area. That was probably the most meaningful story I ever wrote.

What’s one thing you wish people knew about Spotlight Media and/or Bison Illustrated?

How much every person in this company cares about the work they’re doing. In the creative industry, you can get work done without caring as much about the topic, but it usually results in doing the bare minimum and the quality isn’t quite where it should/could be. But when you care about what you’re presenting to the community, you always go the extra mile to make sure the story is not only accurate, but impactful. People around here care about what they’re doing. I don’t know if it’s like that in every job.

What do you think you’ll miss the most about being here?

The Fargo-Moorhead community. Bison Nation. My colleagues. The people, the people, the people. It was a dream of mine to cover sports. I accomplished it, but that’s not what got me out of bed in the morning. What got me out of bed was the opportunity to seek, build and maintain relationships with the individuals I worked closely with. I had a responsibility, to them, to make Bison Illustrated the best it could possibly be, and I hope we accomplished that.

Summertime Is Here! Celebrate With Burgers, Brews & BBQ

Summertime Is Here! Celebrate With Burgers, Brews & BBQ

The Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival is back Thursday, June 21 from 5-10 p.m.! This is our fifth year of entertaining and feeding Fargo-Moorhead, and it’s on track to be our best year yet. We’re transforming the Moorhead Center Mall Parking Ramp into a rocking venue with four levels of drinking, dining and dancing for the second year in a row. There will also be plenty of games, seating and photo ops throughout the whole unique venue.

“At Fargo Monthly, we believe in pushing boundaries and trying bold and exciting things,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s editorial director and the event’s organizer. “That’s why we’re so excited for the Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival to be back at the Moorhead Center Mall Parking Ramp again. It’s such a unique venue, and teaming up with Jade Presents will help this be our best year yet.”

Didn’t make it last year’s event and don’t know what to expect? Read about the 10 B’s of the Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival.

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Tickets are available at BurgerFestFargo.com. With a general admission ticket, you get full access to all the event’s activities:

  • Unlimited burger sliders and BBQ samples from upwards of 20 restaurants
  • Beer samples from local and regional breweries
  • An evening filled with live music (Announcement coming soon!)

2017 Burger Festival

Ready For Summer? Dive Into This Special Preview

Ready For Summer? Dive Into This Special Preview

Are you ready to dive into summer? Check out this special summer preview of upcoming content for Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Design & Living Magazine and Bison Illustrated. More information will be coming soon for each of our magazines, so be on the look out for that. Check out the following and other great content this summer!

Fargo Monthly

  • The June cover story will be about all the different food trucks in Fargo. Chef Eric Watson from Rustica in Moorhead visited several food trucks in the area to give his culinary take on their food. The story will also include a full list of all the food trucks registered with the City of Fargo, so you definitely don’t want to miss that.
    • Fargo Monthly got two exclusive interviews, one with musician Jonny Lang ahead of his show at the Fargo Theatre June 28 and one with local band Someday Heroes.
    • The Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival will be June 21, so check out a preview of the event so you know exactly what awesomeness to expect.
  • The July cover story will all about pets! Whether you’re interested in dogs, cats or more exotic animals, you’ll definitely want to check this out.
    • There will also be a preview of the Trollwood Mainstage Musical, Hello, Dolly! and a story about Dakota Montessori School, a new non-denominational and non-profit school.
    • Fargo Monthly scored another exclusive interview, this time with Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
  • The August cover story will focus on downtown Fargo.

Fargo INC!

  • In June, Fargo INC! will be sitting down with RealTruck Founder Scott Bintz to talk about how he built a nine-figure e-commerce company in North Dakota and to preview his recently released book, “Principles to Fortune.”
  • In July, as part of a partnership with TEDxFargo, Fargo INC! will feature two exclusive interviews,  one with Microsoft President Brad Smith and one with Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard.

Design & Living Magazine

  • The June cover story will be called “Room to Grow.” It’ll feature a nursery, kids’ rooms and more family-friendly spaces.
  • The July cover story will be all about lake living with beautiful, luxurious cabins and homes.
  • The August cover story will focus on the exterior of homes from outdoor living spaces to landscaping.

Bison Illustrated

  • The summer issues will mainly focus on season recaps for all NDSU sports. More information will be coming soon!
Design & Living Magazine To Be Delivered In Lakes Country

Design & Living Magazine To Be Delivered In Lakes Country

Design & Living Magazine will be mailed to the lakes area for June, July and August for special summer distribution like in previous years. Spotlight Media will use the USPS Every Door Direct Mail program to help deliver several thousand copies around Detroit Lakes, MN.

That’s not all; your favorite lakes country shops and boutiques will also carry Design & Living Magazine this summer.

Get ready for exclusive summer content, which includes:

    • Touring stunning lake homes
    • Visiting unique boutiques in lakes country
    • Meeting undiscovered lakes artists

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July 2017 issue. Keep an eye out for this summer’s lake homes cover!

Here’s what Becca Opp, Editor for Design & Living Magazine, said about the special summer distribution:

“We here in the FM area love visiting Lakes Country, so it’s no surprise that Design & Living Magazine is expanding our distribution for the summer!”

Don’t miss this exciting content, and be sure to pick up the June, July and August issues of Design & Living Magazine in lakes country soon!

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Web Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Web Editor

Photo 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 Spotlight Media’s new web editor Jessica Ballou, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Jessica Ballou | Web Editor

Jessica-Ballou

“I’ve lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area my whole life, and I absolutely love it here. I’ve had a lot of friends and family members move away, but there’s so much to love here that I don’t want to leave. I graduated from Concordia College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism. I fell in love with writing and reading at a young age, and I haven’t looked back yet. “

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve known about Spotlight Media publications for years and have always been impressed with the quality and how much I’ve learned about Fargo-Moorhead even though I’ve lived here my whole life. When the web editor position opened up, I knew I had to apply, and I’m so glad I did.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I really love reading. Memoirs are my favorite, but I enjoy books from nearly any genre. I write a self-love and body positivity blog for fun, and that’s been really rewarding as well.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I know it’s cliche, but that’s such a hard question to answer!  I have so many favorites in both. My current favorite book is The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, and my all-time favorite movie is Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I can play the drums on expert level for Helter Skelter on The Beatles Rock Band.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“I’m really good at remembering very useless information about TV shows, movies and actors. I have a penchant for remembering really minute details and quotes that aren’t important to the overall plot in any way but they stick out to me for some reason.”

Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Spotlight Media’s publication Design & Living Magazine took home an ADDY Award at the American Advertising Federation-North Dakota’s annual ADDY Awards held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo on Friday, February 23. The magazine won a gold award for cover/editorial spread or feature – series for the April, September and December 2017 issues.

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Here’s what Becca Opp, Editor of Design & Living Magazine, said about winning the award:

The Project Issue was the first cover of my career. I had just started working at Spotlight Media when I pitched an idea for the cover and reached out to the owners of The White House Co., who helped us stage the scene, which was then photographed by Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography and edited by our graphic designer, Sarah Geiger.

“It was so meaningful to be recognized by the AAF of North Dakota because it just goes to show that we’re all using our talents to the best of our abilities. The September cover was our first cover to be shot by staff photographer, Hillary Ehlen, while the December cover featured styling by Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events. Each of our covers truly are the result of a group effort, and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of these three.”

ABOUT THE ADDY AWARDS

The ADDY Awards is hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. The only national design award that’s judged and reviewed by other designers, the ADDYs are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, with more than 60,000 entries across the country each year. Whether copy writing or full-on, multidimensional campaigns, AAF-ND members submit their best work to be judged at the local level and eventually districts and nationals if they continue to win.

Get To Know Design & Living Magazine’s New Associate Publisher

Get To Know Design & Living Magazine’s New Associate Publisher

Photo 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 Design & Living Magazine‘s new associate publisher Chantell Ramberg, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Chantell Ramberg | Associate Publisher

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“I was born and raised in Fargo, ND. I went to UND for two years and spent the other two at NDSU finishing out my Bachelor’s degree in English. I spent the past six years in communications, marketing and public relations, and I’m happy to be a part of the Spotlight team!”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“The positivity. The company and our publications focus on everything that makes the Fargo-Moorhead area great.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I have a 4-year-old that keeps me busy with the many different sports and activities she is interested in. If I get a second to myself you’d probably find me working out or doing something semi-athletic.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Favorite movie: Troy or Goodfellas”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I played hockey and finished one season with over 44 penalty minutes.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“Kermit the frog impression”