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Check Out Our September Issues Today!

Check Out Our September Issues Today!

Our September 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 September 2018

Fargo Monthly

There are many ways to tell a story, but clothing can often speak a world of stories and experiences without uttering a word. A ring can capture the memory of a loved one, a torn pair of jeans can memorialize a thrilling misadventure or a t-shirt can make a fun-filled vacation. We entered the closets of some of Fargo’s most stylish and let them give their clothes a platform to share their own unique stories.

Design & Living Magazine September 2018

Design & Living Magazine

We’ll introduce you to FM area homeowners who have used dark, moody hues and pops of color to bring drama to their bright, white spaces. Then, join us as we take exclusive tours of their jaw-droppingly beautiful homes.

Fargo INC! Magazine September 2018

Our community is changing before our eyes and a large part of that is thanks to new leadership. From new superintendents to the new president of the Economic Development Corporation, we meet with the fresh faces of leadership in our community who will be charting FM’s future.

Bison Illustrated Magazine September 2018

Bison Illustrated

It’s football season, Bison Nation. 2018 will see the North Dakota State Bison go for their seventh FCS National Championship in eight years. While past teams have had plenty of attention and expectations attached to them, this year seems different. This year’s team is shaping up to be one of the most dominant in the program’s history. Is the hype surrounding this team for real? Is it warranted? It’s safe to say you should believe the hype because this Bison team is ready to dominate the standard.

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

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 new Fargo Monthly editor and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Alexandra Martin | Fargo Monthly Editor

Alexandra Martin

I graduated from Stephens College, a small, Midwestern women’s college, with a BFA in Fashion Communications. I was born and raised in Alabama, spend a brief time in New York City, finished off school in Missouri and I recently found myself relocated to Fargo. I’ve worked in many fields, including graphic design, fashion merchandising and digital lifestyle publication and I’m excited to be able to finally narrow down on my passion: print publications!

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
I relocated to Fargo thanks to my boyfriend’s new job. When we were first looking into the area and researching all it had to offer, a realtor sent us a few copies of Spotlight Media’s publications in the mail. As soon as I flipped through the magazines, I looked up and said, “I’m going to work for one of these.” And here I am! I’ve always loved the hole that local publications fill and I’m a huge proponent of supporting local business and culture.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I recently have found myself in the kitchen and really enjoying cooking. I follow a plant-based diet, which the Midwest isn’t 100% accommodating of all the time, so if I want a tasty dish on the go, I know I have to make it myself! I’ve started broadening my culinary horizons and cooking all sorts of vegetable combinations I never would have previously. (Pecan braised artichoke is a recent favorite!)

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
My favorite piece of classic literature is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I have so much respect for her as a groundbreaking, young woman.
Lately, I have been loving Mamma Mia! because ABBA is one of my favorite bands and I love a good sing-a-long.

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
I am a debutante, yes like in She’s The Man. Any excuse to wear a gorgeous gown and go to a big party.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
My jaw is double-jointed, which means I can open it wider to fit more food into it (I eat fast). And on a similar note, I am also good at staging food photos for Instagram.

Grab Your Copies Of Our August Issues Now!

Grab Your Copies Of Our August Issues Now!

Our August 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 August 2018

Feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your Fargo experience? Not to worry, we have compiled a list of downtown Fargo treats, new and old, for you to explore and enjoy. Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned veteran, you will be surprised by some of the special findings we have unearthed. From street art to treat-yo’-self ventures to historical tidbits, you can be sure you are using your last weeks of summer wisely by checking out these essential Fargo treasures.

Design & Living Magazine August 2018

Design & Living Magazine

These serene scenes will inspire you to make the most of the season, featuring lots of lovely landscaping, a recipe for a pretty poolside party, charming exteriors, a bright and airy three-season porch and a whimsical garden. Then,  come along with us as we tour a Perham home that is breathtakingly beautiful, inside and out.

Fargo INC! Magazine August 2018

Meet Adam Martin, a Fargo social entrepreneur who wants the community and business owners alike to look at felons in a different light, and, more importantly, see how their unique experiences and skill sets can actually be an asset.

Stay tuned for more information about the special alumni issue of Bison Illustrated, which will hit stands in late August!

Check Out Our New July Issues!

Check Out Our New July Issues!

Our July 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 July 2018

Are you a pet owner in the Fargo-Moorhead area? Well, we asked the city of Fargo, looked over the data, and came up with the things you need to know about owning a pet in Fargo. From adopting your pet to frequently asked questions, we have an all-encompassing list for you to peruse. If you want to give your pet the best life possible, you’ll need to check out this cover story.

Design & Living Magazine July 2018

Design & Living Magazine

It’s true; we love the Lakes. Each year, we travel to the heart of Lakes Country to find paradise amongst the lake homes, cabins and resorts. This month is no exception. We’ll show you three private homes with amazing indoor and outdoor spaces that we’d love to call our own.

Fargo INC! July 2018

The TEDxFargo team is crafting our community’s ninth TED event, which will be held at the end of this month on July 26 at the Fargo Civic Center. The day will be a chance for our community to share ideas and experiences as the team brings another world-class event to Fargo. There will be local, national, and global thought leaders who will be sharing their ideas on the main stage to help solve challenges and create possibilities. The idea is to empower people to be solutions-oriented, believing that ideas can change the way the world works. So come listen to new ideas, find a topic you’re passionate about and then take action to enable those ideas. And ask yourself a simple question, “How will I go forth?”

Bison Illustrated July 2018

Bison Illustrated

Considering we are all on an endless quest to attain the freshest Bison news, we decided it would be good to feature those who bring us that news. So, we gathered all of the local media figures who cover North Dakota State and we had them answer some interesting questions. We also had them step in front of a camera which is something they are used to doing.

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?”

bison-illustrated-may-2018-magazine

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.

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!
Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

In case you haven’t noticed, FargoMonthly.com has a new look!

The same content you know and love is still there, but we recently rolled out a lot of new features and options that you’re sure to enjoy. A cleaner look, faster load times and more engagement are just the start!

Some of our key new features include:

A clean new look

The homepage and other pages on FargoMonthly.com are more streamlined and easy to navigate.

Buttons for Hot and Trending stories at the top of every page

Curious about what stories are recent, trending or popular from the last 24 hours or 30 days? Now it’s easy to find out with the Hot and Trending pages.
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A new way for you to be involved with Fargo Monthly

We allow and encourage everyone in the community to contribute press releases, photos, story ideas, memes, videos, polls and more right on our website. Try it out today!

Improved user experiences with faster load times

Self-explanatory. Now you can get to the content you want even faster!

A new social media platform

Now anyone can create a profile on FargoMonthly.com to engage with the content and writers more. If you really like a particular writer or contributor, now you can follow them to keep up with whenever they have a new story on the website. You can also keep track of anything you’ve submitted to us, vote for stories you enjoy and more!

Check out these and other changes and improvements at FargoMonthly.com!