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Introducing Our 3 New Interns

Introducing Our 3 New Interns

Photos by Paul Flessland

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 three new interns and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Tatiana Hasbargen | Admin/Business Operations Intern

“I graduated high school from Dilworth Glyndon Felton in 2014 and started college at NDSU that fall. I’m currently a senior at NDSU double majoring in marketing and global business, and I also have a minor in sociology. Before Spotlight, I was, and currently still am, a server at Lucky’s 13 in Fargo.”

Tatiana Hasbargen

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love to travel, some may say it’s an obsession of mine. When I’m not working, in class, or studying, I’m most likely at a coffee shop or sitting outside (weather permitting, of course) researching and planning where I want to go next.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“Something that may be surprising to some is that I played hockey when I was in fourth grade. Something that is not so surprising is that I wasn’t very good, I was a forward and I scored one goal. I played quite a few different sports that year—I was better at some than others—and I will venture to disclose that I peaked athletically that year. Even though I was not the female version of T.J. Oshie, hockey is still my favorite sport. My family is a big hockey family so it will always have a place in my heart.

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I was drawn to Spotlight Media by the quality of the magazines published and the growth that the company has seen in its few years as a company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I’m most excited about being part of a company that has so much support and outreach. It’s exciting for not only everyone here at Spotlight but also the entire FM community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch jobs with someone within Spotlight Media, I think I would switch with Editorial Director Andrew Jason. Mainly because Editorial Director Tatiana Hasbargen has a beautiful ring to it. I also think it would be awesome to work directly with the content of the magazines and the finalization steps.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“If Hollywood made a movie about my life, I think I would pick Emma Watson to be cast as me, partly because I love British accents. Also because we then would be forced to get to know each other and I could ask her about her life, her accomplishments surrounding women’s rights and what she wants to do next.”

Anushree Kesurvala | Intern

“I was born and brought up in India in the state called Gujarat, which is on the West Coast. Currently, I’m studying for my undergraduate degree in business administration and management at Purdue University, Indiana. I completed two years at Purdue and will be a junior in the fall of 2017.”

Anushree Kesurvala

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love singing and reading during my free time. Also, I’m a fan of stand-up comedies. They are my stress-busters.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is ‘Matilda.’ I have been a big fan of Roald Dahl and have read all his books. I was more inspired by the character when I was selected to be a part of the school skit for one of the scenes. The character Matilda indirectly also encouraged me to read more.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I have been learning Indian Classical Music since sixth grade and am also a part of an acapella group on campus.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“As I love to read about startups, I recently came across Fargo INC!, which gave me a lot of information about entrepreneurship and business at Fargo, thus I got interested in learning more by being a part of the community.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I look forward to learning about new resources and gain versatile experience in advertising and public relations. I’m really excited for my journey with Spotlight Media.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would switch my job with Jenny Johnson as I think that being a client relations manager is one of the most amazing things to do. Furthermore, she is always so cheerful!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I would like Anne Hathaway to play my role as I loved her character in the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ Also, I just love her smile!

“P.S. I have watched that movie at least 20 times.”

Ruth Olson | Marketing Intern

“Born and bred in Fargo, North Dakota. I go to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and major in marketing. Before working at Spotlight Media, I have worked as a nanny, office assistant, bartender and waitress.”

Ruth Olson

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“If I’m not at work, I try to spend as much time as possible at the lake during the summer months. I love make-up, fashion, decorating, gardening and playing with my dogs. I enjoy watching sports, especially hockey, traveling, skiing and going to concerts.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My top three favorite movies are ‘Step Brothers,’ ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Forrest Gump.’ I don’t think I can pick just one!”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I have a tattoo on the inside of my lower lip!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media initially?
“I was attracted to Spotlight Media because the company has so many different areas where I can gain experience. They are growing and have an innovative staff.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I’m looking forward to learning and growing with Spotlight Media.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Jennifer Lawerence! I would want her to play the role of me in the movie of my life because then we would become best friends. My plan is foolproof. We would have to hang out for awhile so she can get to know me, my mannerisms and perfect my ‘North Dakota’ accent. Then we would be devastated that filming is over because we had so much fun these couple months and then she would look me dead in the eyes and ask, ‘Did we just become best friends? Yup.'”

Introducing Spotlight Media’s 2 New Interns

Introducing Spotlight Media’s 2 New Interns

Photos by Paul Flessland

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 interns and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Nick Hackl | Business Operations Intern

Nick Hackl Spotlight Media

“I’m from the Twin Cities, more specifically Plymouth, Minnesota. I went to Wayzata High School, which is known for a variety of our sports as well as the large number of students who attend the school (close to 4,000). I just finished my junior year at NDSU pursuing business management, following the footsteps of my Dad and continuing to run our family business called RMH Business Solutions, which helps small business owners in a one-stop shop to get payroll, corporation taxes, bookkeeping and many others all done at the same place. The company is a franchise and I hope to be able to fly out to the different locations and see what is doing well for the owners and what could be improved in a way that will increase revenue.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“Some fun things about me are that I started playing sports at a very young age and kept wanting to learn how to play a different sport each year. Due to that, I have played most sports: basketball, soccer, baseball, karate, cross-country running and skiing, track and field, football, dance, gymnastics, etc. Another fun thing is that freshmen year, I participated in reading a book a day. These books have ranged from leadership to motivation to even management.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Throughout my Internship, I hope to accomplish what the operation side of a company all entails as well as how to overcome obstacles to keep a company thriving.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch jobs with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, it would be Mike. The reason for this is I want to see how stressful it really is owning a company and waking up every morning asking the same question day after day: How can I make an impact not only to the people around me but also to the community?”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“And if Hollywood made a movie about my life, I would like to see Chris Pratt play me because in the industry he is one of the nicest actors out there and genuinely enjoys being in movies and not just trying to see what movie would make him the most money. And so for that, I would want someone to play me who is known for being nice and genuine just like many have told me countless times.”

Kyle Gliva | Accounting Intern

“I am from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and I plan on graduating from NDSU with a degree in accounting/finance next year. For my previous two jobs, I worked as a sod laborer and as a warehouse worker, so this job is completely new to me.”

Kyle Gliva Spotlight Media

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m on the NDSU wrestling team and I spend plenty of time with that, so I’m not sure if I consider that a hobby or another job. Besides that, I love to golf, lift weights, and sleep.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
Book: “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
Movie: “Goodwill Hunting”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I’ve never left the country.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Saw the intern position posted on my career page, and it looked like an interesting position.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“I am looking forward to learning how a business operates from an internal perspective and how to account for it and making new relationships.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Not really sure, Mike probably.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Brad Pitt, similar looks.”

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Photos by Paul Flessland

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 three new team members and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Scott Cramer | Videography Intern

Scott Cramer Videography intern

“I grew up in Kindred, North Dakota. I attended Concordia College for two years, then transferred to the Minnesota State University of Moorhead and changed my major from marketing to advertising. I’ve worked in the food industry, carpentry, engineering and television over the past few years.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to the lake, going to concerts and I occasionally make videos for YouTube.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is ‘Unwind’ and my favorite movie—though I have many—is either The ‘Prestige,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ or any Marvel movie.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I’ve been featured on Jimmy Fallon twice!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My sister used to work here and I’ve heard nothing but good things throughout the community about this company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Continuing to learn about video production and getting a chance to produce content more often than I used to.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Photographer Paul Flessland. He gets to spend a lot of time outside of the office and he always looks like he’s having a good time.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I’d like to say Dave Franco, but I think I have too much of a baby face for that and he’s like 30 years old now—I know, who would have thought. I’d be cool with Cole Sprouse giving it a shot.”

Pam Mjoness | Sales Administrative Assistant

Pam Mjoness

“I am born and raised in Moorhead. I worked with my husband launching our small business for the last 3 years. Prior to that, I was a 911 dispatcher for 10 years. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead double majoring in criminal justice and Spanish. My youngest daughter is also fluent in Spanish so we do have conversations between us so our family can’t understand.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“All 4 of my children have either played or are currently playing hockey. We are a year round hockey family with tennis and softball sprinkled in. When I’m not freezing at some hockey rink, I enjoy our backyard pool and knitting newborn hats that I donate to Essentia Health Birthing Center.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“Favorite book is actually my favorite author, Jennifer Weiner. I love her down-to-earth writing style. Favorite movie of all time is ‘Marley & Me.’ I still cry when watching it.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I have 13 tattoos and 4 piercings. Not all are visible. As my mom would say, I ‘look normal’ from the outside.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Having been in the sales industry for the past 3 years, what originally drew me to Spotlight was the additional networking I could do and also bring my experiences to the table. I knew a little bit about how the company was started and how it has grown right here in Fargo.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Learning new things and really challenging myself to take initiative to drive home tasks that are not only given to me but created for me by me. I love to be inventive and try to come up with new strategies to work with. My brain is constantly moving at 100 mph.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I think everybody here at Spotlight has a heavy load. I would like to shadow Mike (Dragosavich) but not actually BE him. See what he goes through day to day. The stressors he has here trying to manage and run a very successful company and what he envisions for the future. I think he also has a brain that runs 100 mph.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Drew Barrymore. Now for you really young people, you will not get this but when I was younger, people would say I was a dead ringer for her in the movie ‘Savannah Smiles.’ We are both wives and mothers who try to balance family life and work life. Granted, I have more kids but she has a busier work schedule than I.”

Liz McLain | Office Manager

“I was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. I was able to be home with my now 6-month-old son, Eli, prior to working for Spotlight Media. Previously, I worked as a staffing consultant/recruiter for Express Employment Professionals for a little over a year. Prior to that, I was employed as an intake administrative specialist and allocations champion with Integreon Managed Solutions for three years, working closely with a labor relations company as well as with the shipping unions and corresponding employers. I obtained my associate degree in human resources from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. I was the student life officer for the on-campus Student Human Resources Organization and am a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. I am also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Society.”

Liz McLain

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Outside of my professional life, much of my time is taken up by my son, Eli. I am an avid reader! I created my own book club a little over a year ago with friends and passively participate in another book club if the book is of interest to me. I also enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I have even started to write a novel.

“I love music and enjoy attending live shows. I enjoy spending time outdoors at the lake, in the parks around the area, traveling to the many different State and National Parks. I thoroughly enjoy hiking and camping. I went on a month long road trip a few years ago where I visited 9 different states, a minimum of 10 different National Parks, hiked hundreds of miles, traveled almost 5,000 miles and slept in a tent at least 23 of the 27 nights.

“I enjoy watching football, hockey and motocross/supercross. I have dabbled in cosplay and have a knack for sewing. I have a large collection of board games and like to have friends over or go to friend houses to play them. I love Hayao Miyazaki films and even have a 1/2 sleeve tattoo in progress featuring most of his characters.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“It would be difficult to pin down my absolute favorite book. I thoroughly enjoy the ‘Harry Potter’ series and ‘Dream a Little Dream’ by Piers Anthony. My all time favorite movie is ‘The Last Unicorn.'”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“Something surprising? Depending on your personal outlook when learning things about someone, everything could be! I already mentioned my sewing skills but I also am skilled at cake/cookie decorating.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I was very excited when I saw there was an opportunity with Spotlight Media! I have known of the magazines and about the company for some time. I love that it is local and has so much potential! I also was in a photo in the December 2011 issue of FM Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“As Office Manager, I am looking forward to learning more about the ins and outs of this type of business. I am happy that I will have my skill set put to work and be able to better develop others as well as gain new ones.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Someone in the editorial staff! I do not know enough about all the ins and outs to get an accurate answer. However, I would enjoy assisting in obtaining stories and information for the magazine. It would be an added satisfaction seeing the hard work in the magazine ones it goes live online and the printed copies arrive in the office.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“The only name that comes to mind for an actress to play me is Blake Lively. I like most of the movies she has done and if I got to semi be involved with the movie, I may even meet her beau, Ryan Reynolds!”

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Introducing Spotlight Media’s New Interns

Portraits by Paul Flessland

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 Fargo INC! Editorial Intern Kara Jeffers and Project Administrative Intern Kelsey Wolters, and learn what makes them a perfect fit for our company.

Kelsey Wolters | Project Administrative Intern

Kelsey Wolters is from Burtrum, Minnesota, a village of roughly 100 people about 15 minutes outside of Long Prairie, Minnesota. She’s currently enrolled at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she’s scheduled to graduate December 2017 with a major in advertising and a double minor in mass communications and media analysis. Going on four years this August, Wolters is also a manager at the Moorhead Country Club.

Kelsey Wolters

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love going to my parents house, since they live on a lake, and playing with our chocolate lab named Bogey—yes, we are a golfing family. I started golfing when I was six years old, but even though I only go a handful of times a year, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

“Two of the reasons I enjoy winter is because of snowmobiling and hockey season. I grew up in a hockey loving family, so yelling at the TV during games is a common thing. My family also goes on a yearly snowmobile trip around Voyageurs National Park.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I can quote a majority of Walt Disney movies, but the Lion King I have memorized like the back of my hand. It was always my favorite movie growing up. If you don’t believe me, wait until you hear me talk about my dog, Mufasa. Best part, he’s a Yorkie, so he is only a small dog with a big dog name.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“My mom works at the printing press in Long Prairie, Minnesota, that handles a few Spotlight magazine accounts. When I realized I wanted to get more into sports/advertising a couple years ago, she brought home the Bison Illustrated magazine for me to look at and I started looking into the magazines and following them ever since.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I have always been curious as to how the company works, so understanding and learning the complete process from brainstorming to sending the magazines to print is something I am ready to learn.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would have to say it would probably be with a photographer or designer. I was a photography major for two years at MSUM before I switched over to advertising. I have always enjoyed the art and the creative process.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Zooey Deschanel because I went through a phase where I had dark hair and straight bangs. But mostly, it would be because in “New Girl,” she’s slightly awkward and always joking around or laughing. If you were to ask my friends, they could tell you a few dozen awkward stories of me, along with the fact I can never be serious for more than a few seconds.”

Kara Jeffers | Fargo INC! Editorial Intern

Kara Jeffers is from Garrison, North Dakota, a small town north of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Lake Sakakawea. She’s expected to graduate from North Dakota State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in theatre arts. In addition to working at Spotlight Media, Jeffers also works at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center, where she’s one of the first people (and, at times, only person) visitors meet when they arrive to North Dakota—talk about pressure.

Kara Jeffers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I enjoy theatre, specifically directing. I read a lot, both books and plays. During the summer, I ride my bike and try to do at least 10 miles every day. I play piano and the ukulele. I’m constantly planning road trips I want to take.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us?
“I like to do things that scare me. For example, I’m scared of heights but try to put myself into situations to help me conquer that fear, like skydiving, parasailing, climbing towers or walls, going on to roofs of buildings and so on.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“While working at the F-M Visitor’s Center, we get all of (Spotlight Media’s) publications delivered to us to hand out to visitors. I would always read them when they came in. As the semester was nearing an end, and I was looking for a journalism-related internship, I remembered how fun and creative the magazines were and decided to look up job opportunities at Spotlight.”

What are you looking forward to the most?
“I’m looking forward to creating connections with my coworkers and people in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I’m excited to meet and get to know people within the business community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I would want to switch with Sarah Geiger, the lead designer. I’ve always been interested in design, even though it’s been several years since I’ve pursued it, and I think the switch would also remind me how much work the designers do that doesn’t always get recognized.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see casted as you? Why?
“Oh gosh, I expected this question to be difficult. It’s actually super easy. Mae Whitman, for three reasons: 1. I’ve loved every character I’ve seen her portray. 2. “Parenthood” is my favorite. 3. She has just as many, if not more, ear piercings as I do.”

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Team Members

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see a few team members leave, we’re also excited to announce this year’s new hires. Since they come from a wide range of backgrounds, each new member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. From photography to office management, meet our new team members.

Devin Joubert | Design & Living Magazine Assistant Editor

Devin Joubert

Devin Joubert is originally from rural Minnesota (Twin Valley). She attended college at MSUM and graduated with a double degree in English/mass communications and a certificate in publishing. For as long as she can remember, Joubert has loved working with words and strives to create stories that’ll touch her readers. Before working at Spotlight Media, she was a digital content editor at two children magazines in Las Vegas. When her Scandinavian blood couldn’t handle the heat any longer, Joubert became a blog editor at a local startup.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Outside of work my hobbies include writing fiction, capturing moments with a camera and spending time with my husband. I love adventures.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“In 2010, I studied abroad on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia and met my future husband there. We were in a long-distance relationship for 5.5 years and are finally in the same place. Also, my husband and I started an online magazine called Wolfland (wolflandmagazine.com) which is for couples who are in long-distance relationships. We share tips and tricks to help make our audience’s long-distance relationships thrive.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“I’ve always loved magazine publishing. When I saw the open position as the Assistant Editor to Design & Living, I couldn’t resist.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“I really enjoy the variety that this job offers. It’s never boring as there is always something to be done, whether it’s edits, writing or getting up out of the desk to go on interviews/shoots. I enjoy meeting the people we write about.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Probably one of the photographers. It’s fun to take pictures and organize people for shoots to bring out their personalities.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“I love this question. Oh man, it’s a difficult question. I’d have to say that if Hollywood made a movie about my life I’d like to see me cast as me. No one can act like me, better than myself. haha… well, if I had to pick an actress to play me I’d probably pick Emma Stone.”

Luke Albers | Sales Associate

Luke Albers was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin. He traveled to North Dakota after high school to earn a degree in fishery and wildlife management at NDSU and play football as a tight end for the Bison. Though he said goodbye to his Bison teammates after graduation last December, he still holds onto his five national championship rings with pride and is excited to cheer them on when they win their sixth.

Luke Albers

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“If I’m not in the office, you can find me on the lake, in the tree stand, in the weight room or on the hardwood (the gym).”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I’m the youngest of four children, my older siblings all being the female gender of the human species.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“The opportunity to begin a successful career with a company whose employees are a mixed bag of fun.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“People person, meet someone new and/or build a new relationship everyday essentially.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“I’m content with my current role.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Not specifically Brad Pitt or Leo Decap the actors but more so a character combination of Tyler Durden from Fight Club and Jordan Belfort from Wolf of Wall Street. Why? They get sh*t done.”

Brady Dukart | E-Commerce Associate

Brady Dukart

Brady Dukart grew up in a small, eight house town just north of Fargo, ironically called Prosper. After graduating last August from MSUM with a degree in marketing, Dukart realized he had another passion: website design. He then decided to further his education and attend M State this fall with majors in web design, graphic design, and computer programming. Before he joined the Spotlight Media team, Dukart interned at three other businesses in Downtown Fargo, so he doesn’t plan on leaving the area anytime soon.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I’m a huge music and movie nerd. I’ve been in many different bands since I was 14. I’ve been able to tour the country many times with them as well. I really enjoy computer programming and building websites as well.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute!”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“What drew me to Spotlight, specifically One Herd, was the ability to work in many different aspects of e-commerce.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part of my new position is the experience I’m getting and being mentored by a great leadership team.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“If I could switch my job with someone else, I’d switch with Mike. I plan on being in a position like his someday. The experience would be awesome!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“If someone were to be cast as me, I’d like to think it’d be Joseph Gordon Levitt, but (if I’m being honest with myself) it’d probably be Steve Buscemi.”

Ethan Mickleson | Bison Illustrated Intern

Ethan Mickelson grew up on a farm just outside of Rolla, North Dakota, and is currently a junior at NDSU majoring in strategic communications. The start of his journalism career was writing for his hometown newspaper, the Turtle Mountain Star. When he isn’t working in the office, Michelson is enjoying the leisure life, as he loves the outdoors and camping.

Ethan Mickelson

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I love amateur art like coloring books, water paints, that sort of thing. I’m fond of anything that allows me to unplug and relax, like camping or traveling.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I was an Eagle in the Boy Scouts.”

What drew you to Spotlight Media originally?
“Every time I’ve picked up Bison Illustrated on campus, I was impressed with how well the spirit of the Bison Herd was captured and I really wanted to be a part of that.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Seeing the inner-workings of a publishing company and learning how everyone’s work comes together has been awesome.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp, because she gets to eat free food all the time.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would play me, because of our comparable musculature, and narrated by Morgan Freeman.”

Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Meet The New Spotlight Media Team Members

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see a few team members leave, we’re also excited to announce this year’s new hires. Since they come from a wide range of backgrounds, each new member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded. From photography to office management, meet our new team members.

Nicole Houseal | Office Manager

Nicole Houseal

Nicole Houseal graduated from UND with a bachelor’s degree in business and human resources. Before joining the Spotlight Media team, she worked as a coffee shop coordinator at Edgewood Village & Vista. In their free time, Nicole and her boyfriend spoil their adopted, eight-year-old ‘puppy’ Ty, sip locally-brewed beers and watch “Modern Family.”

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Spotlight Media looked like a fun, upbeat company with an open position in which I wanted to see myself career-wise.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“Being a small company, I knew there was going to be a lot that I was going to learn and I was very excited for that.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Every day is different. I love learning new things every day, it makes work challenging but fun at the same time.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to continue to learn new processes within the company and help out in any way I can to better the company.”

Laura Cramer | Photographer/Event Coordinator

Laura Cramer is a recent MSUM graduate with a degree in Public Relations. Throughout her time at MSUM, she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a resident assistant and even participated in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World for a semester. The busy, multi-talented student even found time to photograph weddings and senior portraits. Now that she’s started at Spotlight Media, Laura loves photographing the F-M area, seeing her photos printed in the magazines and organizing Spotlight Media events.

Laura Cramer

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I have followed the magazines for the past couple years and always thought it would be super cool to work here.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was most excited that I got to help plan the Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part of this position is the event planning I get to do. It’s not the easiest job in the world, but I have so much fun doing it that it doesn’t even seem like work.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media?
“I hope to learn a lot about photography. I am just beginning, but I already feel like I have learned so much.”

Brittney Richter | Designer

Brittney Richter

Brittney Richter graduated from NDSU last August with a degree in public relations and advertising. Instead of finding a job in the United States, she hopped on a plane to Brazil and spent six months as a communications intern at Instituto Unidos pela Vida (United for Life Institute). But it wasn’t all work. Brittney loved traveling to the waterfalls in Foz do Iguaçu and hiking through the green Brazilian mountains. Now that she’s back in the States, Brittney was proudly welcomed into the Spotlight Media team as a new designer.

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be able to contribute something to my community through my work.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“A new adventure, meeting new friends and working for a company that I look up to.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“Working as part of a team on our projects and seeing things I’ve created in print.”

What do you hope to learn/get from working at Spotlight Media?
“I want to become a better designer and learn about the ad industry, that’s always my goal. But I also hope I can feel more involved and connected with the Fargo community.”

Lauren Wilson | Editorial Intern

Lauren Wilson grew up in Fosston, Minn., and is currently a senior at Concordia majoring in English with a double focus on journalism and creative nonfiction. When she isn’t working in the office, Lauren is outside, as she loves to camp, hike and especially rock climb. Her new-found interest is traveling, which she discovered while studying abroad last school year in India and Ireland, exploring several other countries in between. Now that she’s back in the United States, she is incredibly excited to be a part of the Spotlight Media team.

Lauren Wilson

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“Since I’m an English writing major with a focus on journalism, I really wanted to experience what it would be like to be a part of an organization that works in print media. I’ve already had experience working with a newspaper, so a magazine publishing company was really appealing to me as a way to broaden my horizons.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was really excited to learn about the magazine industry, as well as for the opportunity to work with a media group that I was pretty familiar with because of its strong presence in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“I love the diversity of the experiences I’m getting. I’m not doing just one thing for one magazine, I get to do different things for the different publications and I think it’s a really valuable learning opportunity while also being interesting and fun.”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to learn as much as I can about the magazine business so I can get a better feel for what I want to do after graduating from college. I’m coming up to my senior year, so I need to start making some decisions about my future plans and I want to be able to decide if working with a magazine is something I would be interested in continuing post-graduation.”

Rylee Wznick | Sales Intern

Rylee Wznick is currently a senior at NDSU majoring in public relations and advertising. While in college, she’s the vice president of Circle K International, a volunteer organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. Since she’s joined Spotlight Media, she still makes volunteering a top priority. She regularly volunteers with other Spotlight Media employees when she can. Just recently, Rylee helped serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House with other team members.

Rylee Wznik

Why did you want to be a part of Spotlight Media?
“I wanted to be a part of Spotlight Media because I love the magazines, and this whole business encapsulates the degree that I’m working towards. I thought it would be a great learning experience and so far it has been.”

What were you most excited about when you found out you were going to be joining the Spotlight Media team?
“I was excited to get to know everyone, first and foremost, but I was mostly excited to see what kind of projects I’d be tasked with and learning from the sales team.”

What’s your favorite part about your new position?
“My favorite part about this position is getting the opportunity to tag along on sales calls to meet potential clients. It’s also a perk to have such fun people to work with!”

What do you hope to learn from working at Spotlight Media? ​
“I hope to challenge myself a little and get out of my comfort zone. I’m hoping to learn more about the design and editorial aspect of Spotlight, along with ways to build on our brand and customer relations, as well.”