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Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Bison Illustrated Offers Buy One, Give One Subscriptions

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

The entire mission of Bison Illustrated is to promote NDSU Athletics. Through their unique storytelling, photography and design, the magazine is able to promote the university to people across the United States. This month, Bison Illustrated is asking for your help to grow NDSU’s reach.

Signed Carson Wentz magazine

Its goal is to mail the magazine to all 50 states in 2018. Until Dec. 31, Bison Illustrated is offering a special buy one, give one deal. This means if you buy a subscription to Bison Illustrated, you can give a subscription to anyone anywhere in the country.

It’s the perfect gift for any Bison diehard—no matter where they live. Subscribers and their gift recipients will receive a new copy of Bison Illustrated every month. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Carson Wentz signed Bison Illustrated
Subscribe before Dec. 31 and be entered to win this Carson Wentz signed issue of Bison Illustrated.

Plus, anyone who subscribes before Dec. 31 will be entered for a chance to win a signed Carson Wentz copy of Bison Illustrated. Order before Monday, Dec. 18, and you will be mailed the December magazine in time for Christmas. Go to BisonIllustrated.com/Subscribe to learn more.

Check out Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin talking about the subscription deal on KVRR.

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is extremely excited to announce that our team brought home six awards from the 21st Annual Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards.

Hosted by the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, the Excellence Awards competition recognizes and fosters outstanding publishing achievements. It includes dozens of categories in the areas of editorial, design, marketing, digital publishing and overall excellence.

Joe Kerlin and Nate Mickelberg from Spotlight Media
Bison Illustrated’s editor Joe Kerlin and Fargo INC!’s Editor Nate Mickelberg holding Spotlight Media’s six awards.

Our entire team at Spotlight Media can’t express enough how honored we are to receive such recognition.

Bison Illustrated, Design & Living Magazine, Fargo INC!, Fargo Monthly and Fargo By Fargo were acknowledged for the following awards listed below. You can view other winners and nominees at MMPA.net.

Bison Illustrated

Bronze Award | TYPOGRAPHY [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Rise (April 2017): Look up! The April Issue of Bison Illustrated is all about rising champions from NDSU’s stacked athletic programs. Get to know the next shining stars of Bison men’s and women’s track, men’s basketball, wrestling and soccer. In addition, “The Rise” issue includes moments from the Bison baseball victory at US Bank Stadium and revisits the first women’s basketball championship in 1991 through the eyes of former Bison Jill DeVries who is now head coach at Valley City State University.

Bison Illustrated Bison on the Rise

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [SPECIAL INTEREST]

Where Are They Now? (July 2016): Mike Favor, Snuffy Byers and Isreal Moses have been away from the football field for over 20 years. But these former Bison bruisers are still honoring the Bison Pride attitude they had at NDSU. The only difference is today they’re reflecting their Bison Pride at District 281.

Bison Illustrated Brotherhood

“These awards are a culmination of teamwork and grit. Our entire staff does a phenomenal job month after month pumping out the best magazines in Fargo. These awards are a testament to the staff’s commitment to celebrating what makes this area special.” – Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin

About Bison Illustrated
Bison Illustrated is a monthly publication that showcases the latest in North Dakota State University’s Bison athletics. The magazine gives the true Bison fan a comprehensive glance behind the scenes of what makes Bison Pride special through creative and in-depth coverage of teams, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.

Design & Living Magazine

Gold Award | COVER DESIGN [SPECIAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The Project Issue (April 2017): If you dream of making someone else’s trash your repurposed treasure or spend your days pining over Pinterest, this issue is for you. We’ve gathered a collection of local DIY experts to share the tricks of their trade that might even inspire you to start a project of your very own.

Design and Living Magazine

“Our team puts a lot of thought into our covers, so it’s gratifying to be recognized by the MMPA. I would also like to express my appreciation for the photographer, Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography; the graphic designer, Sarah Geiger of Spotlight Media; and Katie Schiltz, Samantha Klinkhammer and Amanda Rydell of The White House Co. who provided the products and staging.” – Design & Living Magazine Editor Becca Opp

About Design & Living Magazine
Design & Living Magazine is a free, monthly publication that strives to be Red River Valley’s best resource on quality products and services in our community, including interior design, architecture, landscape design, art and those at the forefront of innovative ideas that enhance our everyday environment.

Fargo INC!

Silver Award | SINGLE PAGE OR SPREAD DESIGN [BUSINESS/TRADE]

Contrast & Collaboration (July 2016): For more than 30 years, polar opposites and business partners Randy Thorson and Warren Ackley have been thriving in one of the most difficult industries to thrive in. How exactly do they do it?

Fargo INC

Fargo INC! winning its first MMPA award was probably more humbling than anything else. To see firsthand the quality of magazines being produced across Minnesota really puts into perspective how special the recognition is.” – Fargo INC! Editor Nate Mickelberg

About Fargo INC!
Fargo INC! is a monthly business magazine published by Spotlight Media in Fargo, North Dakota. Each month, Fargo INC! illuminates what is out there in the Fargo-Moorhead business world—from culture to community to advice to events. It’s an essential source of information and ideas for local business professionals.

Fargo Monthly

Bronze Award | PRINT/ONLINE PROFILE ARTICLE [GENERAL INTEREST, UNDER 60,000/ISSUE]

The A-Taco-Lypse (June 2017): People loyally waited in line for over an hour to get their Taco Bros. fix on opening day this season. Octavio Gomez keeps his customers coming back each and every summer for his delicious Mexican food–find out where the beautiful madness all began.

Fargo Monthly

“‘The Atacolypse: Taco Bros. Food Truck’ article is a personal favorite of mine in Fargo Monthly. I think it reflects how the people of Fargo-Moorhead share excitement for local businesses and love supporting their own. We are honored to receive this award and bring recognition to not only to our publication and company but also to our community and those who pour into it.” – Fargo Monthly Editor Kara Jeffers

About Fargo Monthly
Fargo Monthly is a free, monthly publication that focuses on what makes the Fargo-Moorhead community unique. It strives to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Red River Valley by getting them excited about their community and all it has to offer. Fargo Monthly’s concentration is on everything local: theater, business, culture, art, music, nightlife, dining, events and more. We have fallen in love with the area and want you to do the same.

Fargo By Fargo

Silver Award | SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE, SPECIAL SECTION, OR SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT [ GENERAL INTEREST, OVER 60,000/ISSUE]

Fargo By Fargo (2017): In the first ever issue of Fargo By Fargo, we went directly to the people of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to ask them about their favorite restaurants, what nonprofits they respect, where they like to shop and much more. In here, you’ll find information about volunteering, hot restaurants, family activities, how to get in shape in Fargo-Moorhead and much more. Tell us what’s your story, Fargo-Moorhead.

Fargo By Fargo

“Receiving this award for Fargo By Fargo means so much to the entire Spotlight Media team because everyone had a part in the production. By printing and mailing 100,000 copies, everyone on the team had to give it their all to create such a high-quality magazine. It’s also an honor because this magazine went against many of the big dogs in the publishing industry due to the large circulation. This is a testament to our team and our community.” – Fargo By Fargo Editor Andrew Jason

About Fargo By Fargo
Fargo By Fargo is mailed directly to every residential mailbox in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo yearly. That’s 93,000 mailboxes! Packed full of interviews and information, Fargo By Fargo is an insider’s guide to the area and features locals talking about their favorite things to do and experience in the community. The magazine is mailed out at the beginning of each year.

Pick Up Your Copies Of The November Magazines Today

Pick Up Your Copies Of The November Magazines Today

The new magazines are here! If you haven’t already, take a peek at our November 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. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly

Fargo Monthly

This month, we’re thankful for the ways food can bring us together, creating a shared experience cross-table and cross-culture. Help us celebrate the international restaurants that bring “tastes of the world” to our Midwest community. Let’s discover new scents, flavors and ingredients that are now calling the Fargo-Moorhead area home.

Design and Living Magazine

Design & Living Magazine

This month, we’ll show you three homes with incredible attention to detail. You’ll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, tradesmen, interior designers and decorators have resulted in unbelievable craftsmanship and artistry.

Fargo inc

We’ve all been there. Between that upcoming work-project deadline, your kid’s basketball game and the fundraiser you’re scheduled to go to tonight, you’re feeling burnt out … and it’s only Tuesday. You start to question whether you’re ever going to figure out this work-life balance thing. Five area couples provide a mix of insight, advice and encouragement on how they do it.

bison illustrated

Bison Illustrated

The Bison family is something heard often, whether it’s from coaches, players, administration or alumni. It embodies what the culture at NDSU is all about. But it also has a literal meaning. Several former athletes who are now married met because they were Bison. And several current Bison are at NDSU because their parents competed in Fargo. We dive into these stories and talk to those who were born to bleed green and gold.

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

Take A Peek At Our October Magazines

The new magazines have it all! Read about the latest in Fargo’s handmade talent, Bison tailgating, the People’s Choice Awards and Fargo-Moorhead veterans in our October 2017 issues. If you haven’t already, check out our list of magazines and see which one sparks your interest.

You can 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. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly October 2017

Fargo Monthly

There’s satisfaction that comes with buying local and supporting the work of Fargo-Moorhead’s artisans, creators, makers and handmade masters of all sorts. From pillows and beer to furniture and soap, Fargo Monthly is here to help you discover this city’s handmade talent this month.

Design and Living October 2017

Design & Living Magazine

Inside these pages, we reveal the winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Each year, our brilliant readers nominate who they consider to be the best of the best in the local home industry, then vote for their choice of the top three nominees in each category. Thank you to those who participated, and congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Fargo INC! October 2017

What do these seven veterans have in common? They all run successful businesses in the FM area. A motivational speaker, an outdoors TV show creator, a marketing expert, a promotional company president, a general contractor, an insurance agent, and a runway fashion show founder give their thoughts on entrepreneurship and the role their military experience played in their post-service path.

Bison Illustrated October 2017

Bison Illustrated

Bison Athletics has built a great reputation across the country with success on the field and in the classroom. Its fans have been shaping their own reputation, too. Bison Nation has amplified their brand for having a good time with the enthusiasm they bring in the tailgating lot home and away. Scores of fans travel around the country following the Bison. These supporters also bring opposing fans back with them to Fargo to experience the joys in the West Lot of the Fargodome. October’s Bison Illustrated highlights several of the elements that make NDSU Tailgating a bucket list item for any college football fan.

Pick Up A Copy Of The September Magazines Today

Pick Up A Copy Of The September Magazines Today

From historic home tours to an inside look at CoSchedule’s new downtown office, the September magazines have it all. If you haven’t already, check out our list of magazines and see which one sparks your interest.

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. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here. For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Downtown Fargo

Fargo Monthly

Whether you’re an empty-nester looking to downsize, a family of five, a young professional or a college student, downtown is for anyone and everyone. With the help of a dedicated group of downtown diehards and business owners, we took a look at how it’s possible to live your life in Downtown Fargo without ever really needing to leave.

Historic Houses Fargo

Design & Living Magazine

See how the current owners of five historic homes in Fargo are giving their old houses new life. Also in this issue, you can view two new collections from a local artist and get tips on how to decorate a historic space.

CoSchedule Fargo INC

A few years ago, they were a small, Bismarck, North Dakota-web company frustrated with the content-marketing process. Today, they can call themselves the No. 1 marketing calendar in the world. Through the thought leadership of cofounders Garrett Moon and Justin Walsh, CoSchedule’s reach and influence only continues to grow—they have more than 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries—and they’ve done it all from right here in North Dakota.

Bison Illustrated Bison Football

Bison Illustrated

Football season is back! Code Green, led by seniors Nick DeLuca, Nate Tanguay and Tre Dempsey, will push the Bison forward as they look to emerge from the chaos of last season and march their way back to Frisco.

Meet Our New Content Strategist, Sam Herder

Meet Our New Content Strategist, Sam Herder

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new content strategist, Sam Herder, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Sam Herder | Content Strategist

Sam Herder

“I grew up in Breckenridge, Minnesota, which is about 45 minutes south of Fargo. I attended NDSU from 2011-2015, where I worked at the campus newspaper, ‘The Spectrum,’ as the sports editor and eventual editor-in-chief. Pursuing my journalism degree, I got great experience covering the Bison’s first four national titles. After graduation, I worked in the newspaper industry as a sports reporter for a couple years before joining Spotlight Media.”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“Nothing too specific, as long as I’m with friends, laughing and having a good time. Whether that’s on a pontoon, around a bonfire or just watching games on TV.”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“I loved the ‘Shiloh’ book series growing up. I’m more of a TV series guy than movies, and ‘Friday Night Lights’ is my favorite series.”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I was born January 1 in a town of 8,000 people but was not the first baby born that year at that hospital.”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I’ve always wanted to get back to Fargo eventually in some sort of writing position. Along with being able to cover the Bison again as one part of the job, this was a perfect fit.”

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?
“Getting to know the F-M metro better overall as a community.”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Spotlight Media for a day, whose job would you want? Why?
“Joe Kerlin’s so I could get his parking pass.”

Last question, most important, if Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Why?
“Will Ferrell because he would be able to make my life seem more entertaining than it really is.”

Our August Magazines Are Here!

Our August Magazines Are Here!

From historic tales of Fargo-Moorhead’s past to an insider’s peek at what’s next for Carson Wentz, the August magazines have it all. Check out our list of magazines that are out this month and see which one sparks your interest.

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 or subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here.  For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly The Yesteryears

Fargo Monthly

We dug our heads into the archives and consulted historians, experts and veteran locals to excavate tales from Fargo-Moorhead’s past. Also in this issue: Piper Kerman Q&A, onyx + pearl inside look, alcohol + cheese pairings with Luna Fargo.

Design and Living Outdoor issue

Design & Living Magazine

This month, you can spend your leisure time soaking up luxurious views of these outdoor paradises. Then enjoy original content from some of your favorite contributors, including Katie Sullivan, Maria Bosak and Trever Hill.

Fargo INC Scheels

Fargo INC!

If you’re one of SCHEELS’ more than 6,000 employees, you’re not likely to forget the sporting-goods giant’s core values—they all begin with the letter “p,” after all. Straight from the mouth of team members, learn more about “The SCHEELS Way” and the role the company’s values play in its 115-year run of success.

Bison Illustrated Carson Wentz

ESPN senior correspondent Sal Paolantonio tells us what’s next for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz has become the poster child for not only Bison football and North Dakota State, he has evolved into the face of North Dakota. The Bismarck native returned to his home state this summer to launch some pretty exciting stuff. We were there to capture it all.

Take A Peek At Our July Magazines

Take A Peek At Our July Magazines

While you relax at the lake this month, kick back with our newest issues! Check out our list of magazines that are out this month and see which one sparks your interest.

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 or subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here.  For more information about Spotlight Media’s publications, visit spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.

Fargo Monthly July 2017

Fargo Monthly

Welcome to our first ever pet-themed issue! We took readers’ frequently asked questions to various animal experts in Fargo-Moorhead so that residents can be the best parents for their fur-ever friends and also help area animals in need. Also in this issue: Woodrow Apartments walk-through with Kilbourne Group, TEDxFargo event preview.

Design and Living Magazine July 2017

Design & Living Magazine

Summer is at its peak, so go ahead and sit on the beach with your toes in the sand, crack open a copy of our latest issue and take a vacation with us as we road trip through the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Then, on our way back to Fargo, we’ll introduce you to local artist Pam Killerlain and visit with Maria Bosak about her latest farmhouse project.

Fargo INC! July 2017

It’s the question no one can seem to answer definitively: Why aren’t more girls going into high-tech fields? We assembled a panel of five FM-area women working in tech to try and figure out why. Also in this issue: A tour of the YWCA Emergency Shelter, the evolution of Drone Focus Conference and some considerations before opening a satellite office.

Bison Illustrated July 2017

Bison Illustrated

We have the answers to all the biggest fan questions in the July issue of Bison Illustrated. Director of Athletics Matt Larsen acknowledges Bison Nation as one of the more knowledgeable fan bases in the country, and he does his best to address some of the most pressing issues at North Dakota State.

VIDEO: Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Former Bison Football Coach Rocky Hager

VIDEO: Bison Illustrated Editor Talks With KVRR About Former Bison Football Coach Rocky Hager

Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin joined KVRR Local News to discuss Spotlight Media’s June magazines. In particular, he expanded on Bison Illustrated’s issue, “Where Are They Now?” which highlights former Bison football coach Rocky Hager’s memorable decade as head coach and his life after leaving NDSU. Watch the full video at KVRR.com.

Rocky Hager Bison Illustrated

Bison Illustrated

ROCKY HAGER: WHY ONE BISON GREAT CAN’T QUIT COACHING FOOTBALL

Our third annual “Where Are They Now?” issue of Bison Illustrated updates Bison Nation on one of the most important faces of NDSU Athletics from the late-1980s through the mid-1990s. Rocky Hager spent a memorable decade as head coach for the Bison football team. We talk to the North Dakota native at his new home – The College of New Jersey. Many more former Bison athletes are featured throughout the magazine. Kick up old memories with Bison of the past in this issue of Bison Illustrated.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR FARGO MONTHLY’S BURGERS, BBQ AND BEER FESTIVAL!

The fourth annual Burgers, BBQ and Beer Festival is just around the corner, coming at you on Thursday, June 15 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp. The Fargo Monthly crew has been working tirelessly to prepare for this event and we promise that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

“At Fargo Monthly, we believe pushing the boundaries and trying new and creative things,” said Andrew Jason, Spotlight Media’s editorial director and the event’s organizer. “That’s why we’re beyond excited to be moving the Burgers, BBQ and Beer Festival to the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp. With the help of Livewire and our great vendors, we are turning this into one of the coolest venues around.”

Tickets are available at BurgerFestFargo.comWith a general admission ticket, you get full access to all the event’s activities: burgers, BBQ and beer samples and admission to Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrom’s concert.

Read the latest issues of Spotlight Media’s magazines at spotlightmediafargo.com/magazines.