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Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Design & Living Magazine Wins Gold ADDY Award

Spotlight Media’s publication Design & Living Magazine took home an ADDY Award at the American Advertising Federation-North Dakota’s annual ADDY Awards held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo on Friday, February 23. The magazine won a gold award for cover/editorial spread or feature – series for the April, September and December 2017 issues.


Here’s what Becca Opp, Editor of Design & Living Magazine, said about winning the award:

The Project Issue was the first cover of my career. I had just started working at Spotlight Media when I pitched an idea for the cover and reached out to the owners of The White House Co., who helped us stage the scene, which was then photographed by Jesse Hoorelbeke of J. Alan Paul Photography and edited by our graphic designer, Sarah Geiger.

“It was so meaningful to be recognized by the AAF of North Dakota because it just goes to show that we’re all using our talents to the best of our abilities. The September cover was our first cover to be shot by staff photographer, Hillary Ehlen, while the December cover featured styling by Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events. Each of our covers truly are the result of a group effort, and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of these three.”


The ADDY Awards is hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. The only national design award that’s judged and reviewed by other designers, the ADDYs are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, with more than 60,000 entries across the country each year. Whether copy writing or full-on, multidimensional campaigns, AAF-ND members submit their best work to be judged at the local level and eventually districts and nationals if they continue to win.

Take A Peek At This Month’s Magazines

Take A Peek At This Month’s Magazines

From Downtown Fargo to a Business Survival Guide, the August issues 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 you can subscribe to Bison Illustrated to get the magazine delivered right to your door every month. Subscribe to Bison Illustrated here.  See the list of Spotlight Media websites here.

Fargo Inc - August 2016

Fargo INC!


We created what we are affectionately referring to as “The FM Business Survival Guide.” It’s a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for all the resources, events, organizations, contacts and anything else that a new or established business owner could possibly need. Also in this issue: the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program, a TEDxFargo recap and a piece on how one Fargo company brought Silicon Valley culture to the Silicon Prairie.




As summer winds to an end, one thing remains on the mind of NDSU fans across the country—Bison football season is here. The August issue takes the first leap into the 2016 Bison football team as they prepare for an unprecedented run at a sixth consecutive FCS national championship. The feature story in the August issue includes an exclusive interview with the new voice of the Bison, Jeff Culhane.


Bison Illustrated is not available online but you can subscribe here. 




Some might say they view Downtown Fargo as the “community’s front porch,” because it’s where people want to be. It’s where people bring out-of-town visitors. It’s where an incredible amount of growth and development is happening. It’s something unique to show off about this great community. Downtown Fargo is going through some exciting changes and a revitalization that makes it a model for the rest of the city, so we did some digging into a few of the many reasons why you should love it.




Enjoy the last full month of summer with our special issue devoted to all things exterior. To help our readers achieve serenity in their own outdoor space, we toured three homes with the ultimate curb appeal. From charming porches to stunning decks, gardens and landscape architecture, this issue will inspire a fresh approach to the great outdoors. For the big finale, we compiled over 40 other local designers that are sure to inspire and maybe even stir up a little neighborhood envy.

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: Designer Homes Of Fargo-Moorhead Opens Doors To $500,000 Home

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: Designer Homes Of Fargo-Moorhead Opens Doors To $500,000 Home

Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography and Laura Cramer

The countdown is on! The doors have officially been opened for over two weeks and there are only 11 more weeks until they close.

Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead’s $500,000 home giveaway is underway and ready for tours. If you think you don’t stand a chance, think again. For the final qualifiers, the Giveaway of a Lifetime offers an impressive one in 1,00 chance of winning, so your odds of turning that key and hearing the winning doorbell are in your favor.

The home is open to tour Mondays–Thursdays from 3–7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. It’s located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in The Pines at the District development in South Fargo. The $500,000 house is a five bedroom, three baths with 1,832 square feet on the main floor and basement. The home features an open kitchen with quartz countertop, finished basement with a large family room, rec. area, wet bar and a spacious three stall garage.

When you come to tour, you’ll find a registration station downstairs where Design & Living employees can help you sign up to win. Each week, roughly 60 certificates are selected from on-site registrations via email, making it 800 total certificates randomly chosen from people who visited the house.

Those looking to register are allowed one entry per day until October 16. The more times you register, the better your chances are to receive a certificate.

Over the next couple of months, there will be 100 certificates given away via social media campaigns and events that will be announced through Designer Homes and Design & Living websites and social media pages for additional certificates until all 1,000 have been randomly chosen—so follow those pages of Facebook.

After all 1,000 certificates have been given, those qualifiers will be asked to show up with their certificate the day of the final drawing on October 30 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Of those with certificates, the drawing will then be narrowed down to 30 finalists who will be given a key to take their turn at the winning door. So much suspense!

If you’re a certificate holder, you will also be eligible to win dozens of other prizes at the event: pool table valued at $6,000, $4,000 worth of gift cards and more. The winners will be randomly picked from the house certificates awarded. Additional prizes will most likely be announced at a later date.

Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Find an exclusive tour with President of Designer Homes Robert Leslie of the home in our up-and-coming August issue of Design & Living.


• Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead will be giving away a $500,000 home.

• The public can tour the home from July 9 to October 16.

• The house is located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in the all-new district at The Pines development in South Fargo.

• 1,000 certificates will be given away for a chance to win the house. 800 certificates will be given to people visiting the house, 100 via social media channels and 100 more at live events across the community. Follow Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead on Facebook for more opportunities to win.

• The winner will be announced at a special giveaway event on October 30.

• Learn more at

For more information:

Designer Homes
4342 15th Ave. S., Suite 105, Fargo
Giveaway Details


Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Giveaway of a lifetime- Designer Homes

Spotlight Media At The 2016 ADDY Awards

Spotlight Media At The 2016 ADDY Awards

At the end of February, Spotlight Media attended the 2016 ADDY Awards hosted by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. Six submissions from Fargo Monthly, Bison Illustrated and Design & Living Magazine were submitted and we were honored to take home a gold and a silver award for our various publications.

Joe Kerlin Erica Rapp ADDY Awards 2016
Bison Illustrated Editor Joe Kerlin and Fargo Monthly Editor Erica Rapp at the 2016 ADDY Awards at the Holiday Inn Fargo. By J. Alan Paul Photography.

Fargo Monthly magazine took home a Gold ADDY award for “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Series, Cover/Editorial Spread of Feature” for its May, June, August and September 2015 issues.

fargo monthly may cover

May 2015 – “Family Fun Issue”

Fargo monthly june cover

June 2015 – “Best Burgers”

Fargo Monthly August

August 2015 – “The Risk Takers”

fargo monthly september 2015

September 2015 – “The Downtown Issue”

Design & Living magazine took home a Silver ADDY award for “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Cover” for its May 2015 issue.

Design and Living May

May 2015 – “Spring Shopping Guide”

December 2014 At Spotlight Media

December 2014 At Spotlight Media

We’ve been hard at work this last month at Spotlight Media in order to bring our December magazines to life. We did a lot of looking back at the year of 2014, and are more ready than ever to take on 2015. Click the photos below to check out the digital versions of the magazines.

December Stride
We took a look back at each month of Stride this year, and highlighted some of our most touching stories and even did some follow-ups with some of the influential people featured throughout the year.

– Survivors of heart disease
– Battling Mental Illness
– The Biggest Loser: Fargo Edition
– Influential Faces of Fargo
– Local Heros
– The Fight Against Cancer

December Bison Illustrated
This month at Bison Illustrated we were reminded what it truly means to have Bison pride, and how strong it really is in this community. We got a chance to meet with two new coaches for the NDSU Bison that everyone has been talking about: Men’s Basketball coach Dave Richman and Women’s Basketball coach Maren Walseth. We also had the pleasure of talking to various NDSU Team Makers and families and individuals.

– New NDSU Basketball Coaches
– Interview with Lawrence Alexander
– Team Maker Stories
– Conversion of the Scheels Arena from Ice to Hardwood
– 100 Year Old Bison Superfan

December Fargo Monthly 
We took a big look back at each issue for the year of 2014 and picked out some of our favorite moments and photos. Spotlight Media also announced a partnership with a new app called Buzzcut, and Fargo Monthly was able to chat with the founder for more info.

– A Year in Photos
– Best Dishes
– Celebrity Interviews
– Local Personalities
– Mixologists of The Year

The cover of Design & Living's December 2014 shopping issue.

December Design & Living
For this month’s issue, we’ve been hard at working creating a shopping list of products from all over the Fargo-Moorhead area. We also had the opportunity to meet with a few local personalities for tips on holiday decorating and fun DIY projects.

– Yuletide Shopping Guide: 90 local products
– DIY With Eco Chic Boutique
– Holiday Q&A with Hannah Leichtenberg
– Luxury Items