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Check Out The Special Alumni Issue Of Bison Illustrated

Check Out The Special Alumni Issue Of Bison Illustrated

For the annual Where Are They Now? issue of Bison Illustrated, we pulled names from all eras of Bison athletics. We focus on former players who still live in Fargo, alumni currently working in the non-profit sector and some of the most familiar faces in recent years of NDSU athletics, too. It’s an all-encompassing look at the vast scope of Bison athletics through the eyes of former players and coaches.

“For this issue, we took a big leap of faith financially and decided to mail this alumni issue out to over 40,000 alumni and fans across the country for free,” publisher Mike Dragosavich said. “When I think about how this magazine can best serve the athletic department, it has to be to help reach fans outside of the Fargo marketplace because the local media outlets only reach so far.”

The issue will also feature a special 16-page insert with information about North Dakota State’s Foundation and Alumni Association and people who have made NDSU what it is today.

“We were so privileged to tell the stories of former athletes,” Bison Illustrated Editor Nolan Schmidt said. “My main goal as Editor was to not only tell the story of their athletic careers, but what occurred after they competed. NDSU has the tradition and history of athletic success, but it is so much more than that. These former athletes were groomed for success after graduation. That is the true testament to NDSU’s ever-growing, rich tradition.”

Spotlight Media has started donating a portion of the proceeds from Bison Illustrated subscriptions to charitable programs. Right now, $5 of every $29.99 subscription will go towards the AO1 Foundation, founded by Carson Wentz.

This special issue is just about to go to print, so be on the lookout for it in your mailboxes and on stands in the Fargo-Moorhead area in about two weeks!

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.

Nolan Schmidt | Fargo Monthly Editor


“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.”