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2018 Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival Review

2018 Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival Review

Spotlight Media’s fifth annual Burgers, Brews & BBQ Festival was one of our best yet! More than 1,000 people showed up to eat burgers and BBQ, drink beer, listen to some music, hang out and more at the Moorhead Mall parking ramp.

With 19 restaurants and 15 breweries participating this year, we wanted to say thank you so much to all of our vendors and everyone else who came out to celebrate! There were roughly 7,500 burgers samples and 6,000 beer samples served throughout the night. Check out this recap to learn more about this year’s event:

Congrats to our 2018 best burger and BBQ Winners!

Best Burger: Mick’s Office

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Best BBQ: Urban Foods Catering

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Here are photos from the rest of the event:

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Come Work For Spotlight Media!

Come Work For Spotlight Media!

Spotlight Media has several exciting positions open, and we’d love for you to join our team! Here is a list of our current openings with a short description. Click on each title to learn more about the positions!

Lead Driver

Spotlight Media is looking for a full-time lead driver to oversee the distribution of Spotlight Media publications across the Fargo-Moorhead area and occasionally in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This position will be a mix of delivery and management. Roughly 75 percent of the time will be spent delivering magazines around town. The other 25 percent will be overseeing the team of delivery drivers, preparing work schedules and coordinating between the operations and distribution departments. An ideal candidate will be responsible, professional and efficient.

Fargo INC! Editor

This position is a mixture of management and writing. While they will be doing a good deal of writing, they must also be a good project manager and work with all available resources to finish the magazine. The goal is to provide exceptional, informative and engaging content and to stay true to the publication’s brand and identity. In this position, they will work on making sure the reader is informed and engaged.

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

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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

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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!)

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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

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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.

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“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.”