MacKenzie Kush

MNFoodShare-Prime_1200X1200The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the giving has to stop. The Prime Advertising Team values their community and believes in the importance of giving back and helping those in need. Please consider joining with Prime Advertising as we partner with Minnesota FoodShare for their 35th Annual March Campaign.

Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) that hosts the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, which is the largest fund and food drive through local community action to fight hunger and keep 300 food shelves stocked across the state.

Over the past 34 years, Minnesota FoodShare has brought together organizations, businesses and places of worship to raise over 16 million dollars to help food shelves across the state. In 2016, the March Campaign raised $7.9 million dollars and 5.2 million pounds of food for their most successful year yet.

Minnesota FoodShare works to be strong advocates of hunger issues at local, state, and national levels by providing resources and education for the community. In addition to the March Campaign, the Minnesota FoodShare Harvest Campaign helps to promote awareness of healthy food options and increasing access to fresh produce at food shelves.

Pack the Pews is a featured weekend during the March Campaign for places of worship to raise food and funds for local food shelves. The weekend of March 24-26 is dedicated as a final push to fight to end hunger.

Minnesota FoodShare envisions a Minnesota where all residents have access to healthy food and no one suffers from hunger.

To work toward this incredible solution, we need your help. Drop off your food donations at the Prime office any time during our regular business hours Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 29. Donations are also being accepted at additional locations no later than April 2.

The food shelf locations nearest to Prime are:

CEAP Anoka Hennepin Food Shelf
7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 or
1201 89th Ave NE, Suite 130, Blaine, MN 55434

NEAR Food Shelf
5209 W Broadway Ave, Crystal, MN 55429

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners Food Shelf in Plymouth
1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447-2708

CAER Food Shelf in Elk River
12621 Elk Lake RD., Elk River, MN 55330

CROSS Food Shelf in Rogers
12915 Weinard Circle, Rogers, MN 55374

Hope for the Community Food Shelf
1264 109th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55434

ACBC Food Shelf
2615 9th Ave N, Anoka, MN 55303

NACE Food Shelf
18511 Hwy 65 NE Suite 100 and 200 East Bethel, MN 55011

For questions about other locations, feel free to contact Megan Young at 612-276-1548 ext. 324 or

One last way to support the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is to simply go online and donate. We sincerely thank you for supporting the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign as we fight together to #ENDHUNGER.

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Cathy Marxen

Love is in the Air - Prime Advertising Blog

Love is in the Air

We hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day. While love is certainly a beautiful thing, we like to keep things moving along around here, especially when there is more fun to be had. So, with Valentine’s Day a distant memory and summer vacation on the horizon, we thought we would shift the focus. Instead of who we love, let’s focus on where we love to go. When we say, “love is in the air,” we are talking about the friendly skies. We find that some of the best places that we have traveled to have been on the suggestion of a friend, and our staff at Prime was more than happy to share some favorite vacation hot spots. I hope that our fond memories SPARK the inspiration for the trip of a lifetime.

Cathy Marxen

Love is in the Air - Hawaii - Cathy Marxen - Prime Advertising BlogWhile I love to explore new places, there are certain places that I have visited that will never leave my soul. Hanalei Bay on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai is that place. The area is magical, with volcanoes, waterfalls, and a daily supply of rainbows. I had the pleasure of paddle boarding while I was there. My paddle boarding experience was truly surreal, as the backdrop to the river was a waterfall cascading down the side of a volcano. I will be back someday!





Nathan Olmscheid

Love is in the Air - Punta Cana - Nathan Olmscheid - Prime Advertising BlogAlthough I have been all over the world, most of which was pre-kids (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Greece, Netherlands, Jamaica, and Mexico), my favorite place was our latest family trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The constant 82 temps with a slight breeze hit the sweet spot for me. Both the ocean views and the mountain views were spectacular. On top of that, the locals that we met were full of energy, full of life, and reminded my family of what is important in life.





Shauna Smart

Love is in the Air - Turks & Caicos - Shauna Smart - Prime Advertising BlogMy husband and I honeymooned on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos and it remains one of my all-time favorite trips. The area wasn’t overrun with tourists and they keep their buildings less than three stories, which is a nice change from all the high-rise condos and hotels in other locations. Of course, the beaches and water were amazing!







MacKenzie Kush

Love is in the Air - Colorado Springs - MacKenzie Kush - Prime Advertising BlogI went to Colorado last year for spring break to visit one of my good friends. We went on a few hiking adventures to Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and Horsetooth Mountain. I have been to the Denver area as well, and I keep adding new places to my list that I want to visit for my next trip back. Just looking out your window with a cup of coffee and taking in the mountain view and the abundance of outdoor activities are what I love about Colorado!





Sara Biren

Love is in the Air - Lake Superior  - Sara Biren - Prime Advertising BlogI’ve traveled a fair amount, but more than any other place, I love the North Shore of Lake Superior. There’s no place that’s as calming and inspiring to me as those rocky shores, and it feels like coming home. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks or gently trickling over the beach. I love the magnitude of the lake itself, its vastness, with no end in sight. I love the grandeur of the cliffs and the waterfalls and the forest. I love exploring and searching for agates and finding a quiet spot to write. I also really love a slice of Strawberry-Rhubarb at Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors.




Julie Shay

Love is in the Air - Mazatlan, Mexico  - Julie Shay - Prime Advertising BlogWe have traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico three out of the last four years and have always stayed at the same resort – El Cid Castillo Beach. For the price and location, this place can’t be beat! Good food, great staff, heated swimming pools, right on the Pacific Ocean, amazing sunsets, and within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. Mazatlán is a very fun city with open-air taxis that will drive you to your destination for less than $10 or give you a 2-hour city tour for $30 (each taxi can hold four passengers). And, with the current exchange rate, everything is extremely affordable!




 Nicole Moreland

Love is in the Air - Lincoln Memorial  - Nicole Moreland - Prime Advertising BlogI have been to a lot of places and it is hard to pick just one. However, there is one place that absolutely took my breath away – the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The key is to go at night, when it is all lit up, and somewhat quiet. That moment is one I will never forget. It is truly something to see!







Taylor Brown

Love is in the Air - Oahu - Taylor Brown - Prime Advertising BlogOahu Island in Hawaii was amazing! It was definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We hiked the Diamond Head crater during our trip, and the scenic views were well worth the hour it took to get to the top!








Allison Benson

Love is in the Air - Lake Vermillion - Allison  Benson - Prime Advertising BlogMy favorite place to travel to is Lake Vermillion, MN. The past two summers, we have spent a week at a cabin on an island. Being on an island is super relaxing, and it helps keep the trip electronics-free. The only way to get to the island is by boat or jet ski, so it’s a nice getaway to spend time with friends and family. Minnesota summers are the best time of the year.







Do you have a place out in the world somewhere that holds a special place in your heart? If so, we would love to hear about it.



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I Love to Read MonthThis February in schools across the U.S., kids are celebrating I Love to Read Month with fun activities, guest readers, and contests. Studies have shown that students who develop proficient reading skills and a regular reading habit gain more success academically and later in life. That doesn’t change when school’s out; adults with regular reading habits are also more likely to experience success.

The benefits of reading are many: improved focus and critical thinking skills; increased knowledge and vocabulary and a broader world view; better writing skills; entertainment and stress relief (escape from reality, anyone?); and a stronger emotional connection to the people and world around us.

Subject matter and format can vary, of course – you don’t just have to read the classics to reap the benefits (although I highly recommend Pride and Prejudice). Read whatever interests you. Essays, self-help, business guides, memoirs, poetry, newspapers, magazines, blog posts – even listening to audiobooks or podcasts.

Looking for recommendations? We’ve compiled a list of some of the Prime Team’s favorite reads.


My reading is pretty limited to kid books currently, so Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is a favorite as well as Sandra Boynton’s books, even though my kids are getting a little old for them; and Harry Potter, though my kids are a little young for the later ones. My personal (adult) favorites are funny autobiographies (Tina Fey, Ellen, etc.), WWII history books, with some cheesy Nicholas Sparks and reliably dramatic John Grisham titles thrown in. I wish I could say my favorites were some of the greats… maybe someday.



My favorite books to date are the high-fantasy Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan. Why? Because I’m pretty sure I have a giant crush on one of the main characters, Hadrian Blackwater. The author’s youngest daughter, who has dyslexia, was struggling with reading, so he wrote this fantasy series with her in mind. After he wrote the third book, his wife insisted that his writing “just had to get out there,” but after thirteen novels and hundreds of rejections, he refused. His wife took on the challenge herself, which ultimately led to publication. I like people who don’t give up, and he didn’t. I also love that he wrote these for his daughter.



One of my (many) all-time favorite books is Love Does by Bob Goff. I absolutely love this book because it is about living life to the fullest and how ordinary people forget to simply love one another and how small actions of love can change everything.



The Harry Potter series are definitely my favorite books! I’ve reread most of them at least five times and couldn’t possibly pick one of them to be my favorite.



I have always loved The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is the most amazing love story, and it’s perfect for this time of year. If I don’t have time to read the book, I settle for the movie around Valentine’s Day. I could watch and read this story over and over. I cry every time!



My favorite book is The Hostapedia by Mark R. Zilis. I use it as a reference for planting hostas in my garden. The large 1,125-page hard-bound encyclopedia features over 7,400 hosta descriptions, A-Z. It is the ultimate guide for referencing the hosta size, coloration, habit, etc, with tons of photos and information.



Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Although I love to ride motorcycles, you don’t have to be a rider to appreciate this book. The author is on a summer cross-country motorcycle trip, with his son on the back nonetheless, and he spends his days on the road thinking back about his life, how we live, and how to live better.



The Giver by Lois Lowry. I typically go for suspense/mystery type books like the Harlan Coben and James Patterson types, but the one book I can always come back to is The Giver. I’ve loved it since the first time I read it in my early school years. I had a Critical Thinking & Great Ideas class in college that focused on utopian/dystopian societies, and of course The Giver was included in that, which refreshed my liking for it! It’s a quick, easy read, but very intriguing and such a good story.



My favorite book is really a series – Harry Potter. I started the series pretty close to when it first came out and still love to re-read them today. I used to have a favorite, but now that I am older, I enjoy them all as they each tell a piece of the story. I have always loved reading, but this was the first series of books I really got into. Many memories were created with my whole family and this series.



The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book) by Jane Roberts. For me this is the best guide for personal development and growth as a person and an individual.

“You were born into a state of grace. It is impossible for you to leave it. You will die in a state of grace whether or not special words are spoken for you, or water or oil is poured upon your head. You share this blessing with the animals and all other living things. You cannot fall out of grace, nor can it be taken from you. You can ignore it. You can hold beliefs that blind you to its existence. You will still be graced but unable to perceive your own uniqueness and integrity, and blind also to other attributes with which you are automatically gifted.”

“You get what you concentrate upon. There is no other main rule.”


We hope that our list has inspired you to visit your local bookstore or library and pick up a good book – or download an e-book – for I Love to Read Month.

Prime Team Book Recs for I Love to Read Month













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Tank the Office DogAt Prime Advertising and Design, our office is full of energy, creativity, ingenuity, and personality. It’s the people that make a company great, and in our case, our family includes an office dog, Tank. For many years, Tank has been part of daily life here at Prime, and for both coworkers and clients alike, he has been that old reliable friend each and every day.

Whether he’s yawning through morning meetings, making his rounds for butt rubs, or dozing off in a sunny spot in the afternoon, Tank has contributed greatly to the inviting culture in our office. New clients who have scanned the staff page on our website will often ask if we truly have an office dog. What they’re really asking is if they can meet Tank, and when they do, we always gain a new client. Our sales team likes to call him “The Closer.”

At our office barbecue last summer, I had just finished grilling and was walking past Tank with a platter full of burgers and chicken. The smells of the seasoning had the entire office out of their chairs and following me into the lunchroom, but there sat Tank as I walked by, lounging in the sunlight in his doggy bed, relaxed as could be. He just sort of looked up at me like, “Yep, I’ll be here if there are any leftovers.” He was never short on patience and was always respectful.

So it was with a very heavy heart that Tank’s owner, Roclyn, shared the news that his health was deteriorating. He had been suffering from a form of non-regenerative anemia, which made it hard for him to breathe. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing the anemia, doctors discovered that he had a mass (they believed was most likely cancerous) that had formed on his liver. This caused him to have fluid build-up in his abdomen. Sadly, additional complications resulted in Roclyn having to make the most difficult decision a pet owner faces.

In dog years, Tank was 56, which is simply too young to pass along to the Milk-Bones in the Milky Way. It goes without saying that he will be greatly missed by our family here at Prime, as well as all of our outstanding clients who got to know him, most of whom ending up rubbing his belly.

And ya know, one thing about Tank – he always had a way to get everyone to rub his belly.

R.I.P. Tank

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Prime Team

Happy Holidays.  Our office will be closed Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season.


Snow globe against a silver background

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