About Be Magazine

Founded in October 2012, Be Magazine explores and presents the most important topics impacting women today. The magazine is written, edited and designed locally by well-known and respected women from the Bismarck-Mandan community. With each edition, Be Magazine strives to offer a broad range of topics to fuel women’s minds. In each of the eight editions published annually, stories fall within our eight “Be” categories: Be Creative, Be Healthy, Be Smart, Be Involved, Be at Home, Be a Parent, Be Stylish, Be Yourself. Each of these topics also forms the overarching theme for one of the eight issues each year.
A publication of The Bismarck Tribune

Be Magazine Staff

Sara Volk, Special Sections Editor
Sara Volk is a Bismarck native and the current special sections editor at The Bismarck Tribune. She has previously served as genre editor for the Upper Mississippi Harvest literary magazine and as an editorial intern for Business Valuations Resources in Portland, Oregon.

Bobbie Lee, Design/Layout, Illustrator
Bobbie Lee is a graphic designer in the Commercial Print department of The Bismarck Tribune. She is the mother of a grown daughter. She enjoys painting and all forms of art in her free time.


DeAnne Billings, Photographer
DeAnne Billings is one of those groovy, creative types dabbling in all things artistic. She specializes in lifestyle and editorial photography and enjoys capturing the beauty of real life, real love and real people. She and her husband, Tayler, live in Mandan.


Chris Aman
Chris Aman, MBA, MSN, APRN, NP-C, is the co-owner of Inspired Life Wellness Clinic, where she is a psychiatric provider for teens and adults. She and her husband, Jason, have six children and live in Bismarck. They enjoy outdoor activities in the summer and hibernating in the winter.

Anita Casey-Reed
Anita Casey-Reed is a member of the Cinema 100 Film Society, a volunteer for the Dakota Digital Film Festival and co-host of “Reel Retro” on Dakota Media Access. She lives in Bismarck with her husband and two children.

Michelle Farnsworth
Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.

Sarah Feist
Sarah Feist is a lifelong North Dakotan who lives in Hazen. She blogs about her passion for food, travel, exercise and more at feistyeats.wordpress.com.

Lynae Hanson
Lynae Hanson is an artist with a passion for graphic design, marketing, lively interiors, furniture construction, updating the outdated and transforming found objects. She is a wife, the mother of two grown children and two furry dogs, as well as a gardener and assistant executive director for the North Dakota Safety Council.

Adrianna Harris
Adrianna Harris is a student at the University of Mary. She is passionate about gluten-free and paleo living, fitness, fashion and her faith.

Maxine Herr
Maxine Herr is a local freelance writer providing regular contributions to The Bismarck Tribune’s special sections and other area publications.

Beth Schatz Kaylor
Beth Schatz Kaylor is a communications professional and freelance writer. She blogs about her North Dakota kitchen at rhubarbandvenison.com.

Marnie Lahtinen
Marnie Lahtinen is the mother of five children and a Mandan-based freelance writer. In addition to her family, she loves travel, hiking, skiing, food, knitting, red wine and music.

Juanita Lee
Juanita Lee and her husband, Jon, have three children in what they fondly refer to as their FamLee. Juanita is a lover of sauerkraut and ’80s hair-band ballads, a tamer of chaos and a recovering shoe addict. Her day job is communications manager at Bismarck State College.