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Spotlight Media Focused On New Ideas And Fun At Annual Staff Retreat

Spotlight Media Focused On New Ideas And Fun At Annual Staff Retreat

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Each year, Spotlight Media staff members attend a retreat focused on team-building, brainstorming, challenging ourselves, what we’ve learned from the past year and where we can all go from here.

On March 29, we met at Stoker’s, in the basement of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo, and on March 30, we met in our in-house studio. We talked a lot about how far we’ve come in the eight years Spotlight Media has been a company, what’s possible for us in the future, our new mission statement, how we can improve individually and as a company, new story ideas for each of our publications and much more. However, the most important part of our conversation was about how we can better serve our community.

We left feeling very refreshed, re-energized and ready to tackle another great year here at Spotlight Media! Afterward, we met up for some more team-building and lots of laughs with the Spotees, an annual award show similar to the Dundies from The Office, an improv comedy show by the Line Benders.

Check out some photos from the retreat below!

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Business Operations Manager Larissa Kunde, Sales & Operations Assistant Pam Mjoness, Sales Representative Scott Rorvig, Sales Manager Layne Hanson, Web Editor Jessica Ballou and Design & Living Magazine’s Editor Becca Opp focus during a discussion at the retreat.

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Designer Matt Anderson, Fargo Monthly’s Editor Nolan Schmidt, Associate Publisher for Design & Living Magazine Chantell Ramberg, Senior Sales Executive Ryan Courneya and Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse share their ideas with each other in a brainstorming session.

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Check Your Mailbox For Fargo By Fargo This Week

Check Your Mailbox For Fargo By Fargo This Week

Fargo By Fargo just hit our mailbox, this means it’s on its way to you. This week, make sure to check your mailbox for your copy. Remember to let us know when you got it, too! Take a picture of your issue and share it on Facebook with the hashtag #FargoByFargo and tag @SpotlightMediaFargo.

We hope you love the magazine as much as we do!

The magazine was mailed out to 100,000 residential mailboxes in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community. It may take longer for Fargo By Fargo to reach some homes.

About Fargo By Fargo

Fargo By Fargo tells the story of the FM area. To do this, the entire narrative of the publication is told through the words of the citizens that make up our great community. We asked locals, “What does Fargo mean to you?” With their answers, Fargo By Fargo was created. The identity of the FM community is shaped by nearly 230,000 citizens, so why not let them tell the story?

Fargo By Fargo was created to be something unique,” Fargo By Fargo Editor Andrew Jason said. “It’s not just a magazine, it’s a conversation. We, as much as possible, tried to step back. We believe the story of the community is your story and we want to share it. This is what you told us. This is what we talked about. We hope you love Fargo By Fargo as much as we love the community.”

Fargo By Fargo is an insider’s guide chalk full of individuals from the community talking about their favorite places, people and things to do. Printed on high-quality paper, the magazine is also meant to be a collector’s item with relevant content people can reference any time of the year. Readers will learn more about what the community has to offer, and (hopefully) fall in love with it all over again.

Fargo By Fargo To Be Mailed Out To 100,000 Homes

Fargo By Fargo To Be Mailed Out To 100,000 Homes

For the second year, Spotlight Media is proud to announce it’s printing and mailing out 100,000 copies of Fargo By Fargo to every residential mailbox in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community.

Fargo By Fargo tells the story of the FM area. To do this, the entire narrative of the publication is told through the words of the citizens that make up our great community. We asked locals, “What does Fargo mean to you?” With their answers, Fargo By Fargo was created. The identity of the FM community is shaped by nearly 230,000 citizens, so why not let them tell the story?

Fargo By Fargo was created to be something unique,” Fargo By Fargo Editor Andrew Jason said. “It’s not just a magazine, it’s a conversation. We, as much as possible, tried to step back. We believe the story of the community is your story and we want to share it. This is what you told us. This is what we talked about. We hope you love Fargo By Fargo as much as we love the community.”

Fargo By Fargo is an insider’s guide chalk full of individuals from the community talking about their favorite places, people and things to do. Printed on high-quality paper, the magazine is also meant to be a collector’s item with relevant content people can reference any time of the year. Readers will learn more about what the community has to offer, and (hopefully) fall in love with it all over again.

Expect to see Fargo By Fargo in your mailbox by mid-February. 

For more information about Fargo By Fargo, visit SpotlightMediaFargo.com/Fargo-By-Fargo. If you’re interested in advertising in Fargo By Fargo, email sales@spotlightmediafargo.com for more information on how to get your business in front of everybody in town.

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FAQ ABOUT FARGO BY FARGO

What is Fargo By Fargo?
Fargo By Fargo is a special annual magazine published by Spotlight Media. Each year, 100,000 copies are printed and mailed to every residential mailbox in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

What type of information will be included in this year’s Fargo By Fargo?

Fargo By Fargo is meant to be an insider’s guide. It will be chalk full of individuals from the community talking about their favorite places, people and things to do.

Some of the people to have been featured in the past are prominent citizens like Mayor Tim Mahoney, Steve D. Scheel, Doug Restemayer, David Batcheller and more. However, we won’t be just talking with just the people making the news. We will also be talking to the everyday citizens who make our community special.

Who will receive Fargo By Fargo?
Fargo By Fargo is mailed out to every residential mailbox in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. It’s expected to have a total readership of 250,000 people.

How many copies of the magazine will be printed and mailed out?
100,000 copies

My business is interested in advertising in Fargo By Fargo. Who can I get in contact with to discuss advertising?
This annual magazine is a perfect opportunity for you to maximize your marketing budget and reach everyone in the community. If you’re interested in advertising in Fargo By Fargo, email sales@spotlightmediafargo.com for more information on how to get your business in front of everybody in town.

Grab Your Copies Of The January Magazines Today

Grab Your Copies Of The January Magazines Today

The new magazines are here! If you haven’t already, take a peek at our January 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 also read Fargo Monthly, Design and Living Magazine and Fargo INC! online here. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated 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 January 18 Cover

Fargo Monthly

Join us as we discover and experience many of the new businesses the Fargo-Moorhead area has to offer. Whether it’s a fitness class, new food and drink options, a spa treatment or you’re looking for something new to do with friends, follow your curiosity and pursue all the newness our community has to offer. You’ll never know until you try.

Design & Living Magazine January 18 Cover

Design & Living Magazine

Honor five years of elegance with Design & Living Magazine. This month, we went through our style files to reminisce about the many remarkable people and places that have graced our pages. Also in this issue, we’ve curated our best content from 2017.

Fargo INC! January 18 Cover

Businesses with a give-back culture have higher morale in the workplace, have more than 20 percent higher profitability and are 70 percent more likely to be viewed favorably by the community. We sat down with five local business and nonprofit leaders to talk about why giving is not only good for employees and the community, it’s good for the bottom line.

Bison Illustrated January 18 Cover

Bison Illustrated

North Dakota has continually turned out high school talent to help North Dakota State flourish in Division I. We go to all four corners of the state to highlight the Bison student-athletes representing towns big and small on the Northern Prairie.

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.

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.”

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.

Meet Our New Business Operations Assistant

Meet Our New Business Operations Assistant

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 new business operations assistant, Larissa Kunde, and learn what makes her a perfect fit for our company.

Tell us a little bit about yourself before you started at Spotlight Media. (Hometown, previous places you worked, the college you attended, etc.)
“Originally from Madison, Minnesota, I’m a North Dakota State University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and a minor in business administration. I’m currently a part-time graduate student finishing a master’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in organizational communication. I’ve worked in higher education for over 10 years at both South Dakota State University and NDSU.”

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Friends, family and faith are top priorities in my life. I have a passion for giving back and working to end the fight against cancer. I volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Red River Valley and was previously the Faculty Advisor for NDSU Colleges against Cancer.

“I love early morning workouts, checking out local breweries, going to hole-in-the-wall places and sports. My favorite time of the year is March Madness followed closely by football season. I’m also an avid Dan Patrick listener.”

“And if I’m not in the office, I may just be chasing down the next ice cream truck.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
Books: “Good to Great,” “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “The Advantage”
Movies: “Varsity Blues” and “Caddyshack”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“You will never find me on a roller coaster or driving down the interstate with the windows down—but I’ve gone skydiving twice. Go figure.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“Having worked in higher education for over 10 years, I’m looking forward to the change and learning the inner workings of a small private company.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“My coffee table always has copies of Spotlight Media’s magazines strewn across it, so it’s very exciting to be able to actually work for this company and be a part of highlighting all the great things Fargo-Moorhead has to offer.

“So long to the days of impatiently hovering the stands at Hornbachers waiting for the new magazines each month!”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Jessica Biel. I love how humble and down-to-earth she is. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be married to Justin Timberlake?”