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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.

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!

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  • 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!
Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

Check Out FargoMonthly.com’s New Look!

In case you haven’t noticed, FargoMonthly.com has a new look!

The same content you know and love is still there, but we recently rolled out a lot of new features and options that you’re sure to enjoy. A cleaner look, faster load times and more engagement are just the start!

Some of our key new features include:

A clean new look

The homepage and other pages on FargoMonthly.com are more streamlined and easy to navigate.

Buttons for Hot and Trending stories at the top of every page

Curious about what stories are recent, trending or popular from the last 24 hours or 30 days? Now it’s easy to find out with the Hot and Trending pages.
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A new way for you to be involved with Fargo Monthly

We allow and encourage everyone in the community to contribute press releases, photos, story ideas, memes, videos, polls and more right on our website. Try it out today!

Improved user experiences with faster load times

Self-explanatory. Now you can get to the content you want even faster!

A new social media platform

Now anyone can create a profile on FargoMonthly.com to engage with the content and writers more. If you really like a particular writer or contributor, now you can follow them to keep up with whenever they have a new story on the website. You can also keep track of anything you’ve submitted to us, vote for stories you enjoy and more!

Check out these and other changes and improvements at FargoMonthly.com!

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

Meet Spotlight Media’s New Fargo Monthly Editor

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 Fargo Monthly editor Nolan Schmidt, and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

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“I am from Bismarck, ND originally, but I came to this area for school. I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2017 majoring in English and Mass Communications and minoring in History. I have actually worked in radio in my professional career up until this point (and I still do on the side a bit), but now I am here!”

What originally drew you to Spotlight Media?
“I love this area and writing is my number one hobby/passion. I knew I would’ve regretted it if I didn’t try this opportunity. Plus, the people and culture here are bomb. ”

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
“I like to write creatively, so like short stories and the occasion poem, it’s the English major in me. Besides that, I love to read and sports are a big interest for me. I am obsessed with basketball. ”

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
“My favorite book is Dracula by Bram Stoker. Picking one movie is too challenging for me, but I love Pulp Fiction, that’s at least in the top-three. ”

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
“I have a small library of probably close to 300 books or so.”

What’s the most useless talent you have?
“I have a weird memory that remembers random facts, but can’t recall where my car is parked. For example, give me any current or former NBA player and I can name where they went to college.”

Our April Magazines Are Here!

Our April Magazines Are Here!

Our April 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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The Beer, Wine, and Spirits tour is a comprehensive guide to all the places that create the drinks you love! Whether it is a cocktail, craft beer, or even mead we have all the local establishments right here. We’ll tell you about their most popular products and what kind of neat events they put on each day. By the end of it all, you will want to take the same tour we did!

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This month, we visited local furniture and home decor stores in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to take inventory of their new arrivals. What we found at these stores were handmade, on-trend and high-end products. Within these pages, you’ll find exactly what you need to revitalize your state of mind and satisfy the desire to update your spaces for the season.

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The kids are the future, and there’s no better proof of that than the FMWF Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Join us as we profile YEA! — the first and only program of its kind in North Dakota — and meet the local middle and high school students who will become the founders of tomorrow.

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Bison Illustrated

Dr. Seuss penned his famous last book before any current NDSU student-athletes were alive. But his messages have resonated through generations. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” was Dr. Seuss’ swan song and for Bison athletes, his final book sums up the commitment they made to play NDSU.

Our March Magazines Are Here!

Our March Magazines Are Here!

Our March 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 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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North Dakota State’s success is built from the ground up. Student-athletes and coaches thrive when a solid foundation is installed before their arrival so they can grow from a nutritious base. We pounded the pavement on-campus to find that foundation and we found it with NDSU Athletics’ facilities.

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Live from Fargo-Moorhead, there are entertainment options for almost every night of the week! Our community has many opportunities for people to attend or get involved with local performing arts. Join us as we discover more from some of the organizations offered in our area, inspiring you to catch a show or maybe even audition. Either way, your involvement is always welcome.

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This month, we’ll introduce you to homeowners and renters who open up about the joys they experienced when updating their homes. Then they’ll share the stunning results that will speak to your soul.

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Join us as we celebrate a decade of the United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program and introduce the 2018 class.

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We set out to tell the story of Fargo-Moorhead from the people who make it great. Eight individuals talk about what the community means to them. With topics ranging from civic responsibility to dining and nightlife, what can you learn from them?

Our First-Ever Monthly Magazine Release Party

Our First-Ever Monthly Magazine Release Party

The Spotlight Media team had a blast at our first-ever magazine release party last night at ABOVO in Fargo. The event was organized to celebrate everyone who helped make our February issues of Fargo INC!, Fargo Monthly, Design & Living Magazine and Bison Illustrated possible.

“Our team doesn’t just put ink on paper, we bring people together,” Spotlight Media Publisher Mike Dragosavich said. “This event was a way to help connect people who are doing amazing things for this community.”

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In each magazine, we shine a spotlight on locals who are making an impact in our community in one way or another. The release party brought them all together under one roof for an evening of sipping wine, posing in front of a media screen and listening to a performance by students of Fargo North High School’s jazz band.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better evening,” Dragosavich said.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to celebrate with us. Our team is planning to continue hosting monthly magazine release parties going forward.

*The events are exclusive to our team and all those featured in each magazine. 

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Spotlight Media Magazine Release Party

Spotlight Media Magazine Release Party

February Magazines

Take a peek at our February 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

Fargo Monthly Is this the future of downtown fargo?

Block 9 has been discussed for years. Once complete with 18 stories, it will be Fargo’s tallest building. From a surface parking lot to multi-purpose use, it’ll include office space, retail, residential condos, an attached parking garage and a hotel, in addition to a new public plaza. Is this the future of Downtown Fargo?

Visit FargoMonthly.com to read more about the magazine.

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Six Pack sixth championship edition

North Dakota State is an FCS Champion yet again. For the sixth time in seven years, we recap another historic run to the title. Hear from the administrators, coaches and players who made the return to Frisco a triumphant experience.

Visit BisonIllustrated.com to read more about the magazine.

Fargo INC!

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When David Batcheller took over for his father, Barry, as Appareo’s president and CEO last fall, it represented a changing of the guard at the electronics-and-software company not just in name but in philosophy. In this installation of “CEO Conversations,” we sat down with the Batchellers to talk about the company’s new business model, recruiting and economic development, and what it’s been like for father and son to work alongside one another for the past 15 years.

Visit FargoINC.com to read more about the magazine.

Design & Living Magazine

Design & Living Magazine Minimalism

Minimalism is not about getting rid of the things you love; it’s about loving the things you own. This month, we met with Fargo minimalists to see how they have made the most of living with less.

Visit DesignAndLivingMagazine.com to read more about the magazine.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.