2 Second Ave. S. Suite 135  |  Sauk Rapids, MN  56379  |  320.251.1971

About Us

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  Star Publications LLC. is a publishing company that prides itself on bringing the word community back to the newspaper industry.
     Headquartered in Sauk Centre, Minn., Star Publications owns hometown newspapers – the Sauk Centre Herald, Albany Enterprise, Melrose Beacon, Sauk Rapids Herald and Benton County News – along with niche publications Dairy Star, Country Acres, Star Shopper and Benton Ag Plus.
     In addition to its newspapers, Star Publications offers print and web services as well as Sign Design. Sign Design produces and installs full color decals, signs and banners for multiple needs.
     The company is owned by a group of five partners born and raised in Minnesota. Mark Klaphake, Joyce Frericks, Jeff Weyer, Missy Traeger and Natasha Barber guide a group of roughly 50 employees based in five offices and homes across Minnesota and its surrounding states.
     Newspapers are the foundation of healthy communities, documenting the lives of people, businesses, events, schools and government agencies. The ink shows the lifeblood of each area on its pages.
     The belief at Star Publications is that each person has a story to tell, some have more than one. We’re here to tell yours.

Star Publications Newspapers

Sauk Rapids Herald:
Established 1854
Sauk Centre Herald:
Established 1867
The Star Post
(a merger of The Albany Enterprise and Melrose Beacon):
Established December 2010
Benton County News:
Established 1932
Star Shopper:
Established 1972
Dairy Star:
Established February 1999
Country Acres:
Established January 2013
Benton Ag:
Established February 2016

Meet our Staff

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Natasha Barber

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Evan Michealson

Staff Writer
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Hans Lammenman

Staff Writer
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Amanda Thooft

Production Manager, Owner
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Tim Vos 

Marketing Consultant
Sauk Rapids
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Neil Maidl

Marketing Consultant
St. Cloud

Bob Leukam

Marketing Consultant / Websites
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Robin Burnell

Marketing Consultant
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Mark Klaphake

General Manager, Owner
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Missy Traeger

Marketing Manager, Owner
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Joyce Frericks

Accounts Manager, Owner
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Nancy Powell