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



Rachel Bakke

Rachel Bakke is the newest member of the news team. Bakke will be covering local news including city and school board, plus feature stories from around the area.

Bakke graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a major in criminal justice and minors in psychology and political science. Upon graduation, Bakke traveled to Washington D.C. as the Press Intern for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

To contact Rachel Bakke with news or feature story ideas, call the North Star News at 436-2157 or email:

North Star News

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

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