Meet the Folks at North Star News

Gretchen Baker

Gretchen Baker is a staff writer and advertising representative for North Star News. She also writes a column each week entitled “Adventures in Parenting.”

You can contact Gretchen at the North Star News either by calling 436-2157, or via email at







Ryan Bergeronryan

Ryan Bergeron is a reporter. Ryan grew up in Greenbush and is a graduate of UND.

You can contact Ryan at the North Star News via email at








Mary Spilde

Mary Spilde of Karlstad has joined the North Star News team. She is a familiar face to many around the Karlstad area, having lived her life here. Spilde will be helping out in the office two days each week. Spilde isn’t a stranger to the newspaper business, having been employed by the North Star News in 2006-2007.

Spilde has retired, but previously worked for BB Diversified and Bakken Housing Management. She and husband Glen have four children: Alana and Lynn Sather and sons, Brennan and Bralyn, of Detroit Lakes; Teke Spilde and fiancé Erik Carlson of Detroit Lakes; Stacy and Aaron Rose and daughters Kynslee and Maddy of Roseau; and Brett and Alicia Spilde and son Baron of Karlstad.

You can contact Mary at the North Star News either by calling 436-2157, or via email at


North Star News

204 South Main Street
PO Box 158
Karlstad, MN 56732-0158

Phone (218) 436-2157
FAX (218) 436-3271