Spotlight Media Wins 6 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards

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.

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

Bison Illustrated


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.


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.

“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


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.

“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!


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! 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


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.

“‘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


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.

“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.