Pam Louwagie | Star Tribune
Reporter | Regional

Pam Louwagie writes about various topics around the five-state region. A Star Tribune reporter since 2001, she has worked on the newspaper's investigative team and covered federal courts and legal affairs. She previously worked at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Park Service favors adding up to 30 gray wolves to Isle Royale

Under the plan, which could be finalized in a month, officials will start looking for healthy ones suitable for moving beginning in late autumn.

For Madeline Islanders, Superior's thick ice is a ticket to freedom

This winter's stretch of bitter cold has been downright blissful for full-time residents of Madeline Island, with subfreezing temperatures finally delivering a sheet of lake ice thick enough to drive over.

Two dozen charged in bust of major heroin ring in northern Minnesota

The distribution network is alleged to have brought multiple kilos of the drugs from Chicago, through the Twin Cities and into the Duluth area.

Should Minnesota's vast St. Louis County be divided?

Once a decade or so, talks stir up the matter of dividing the sprawling Minnesota county.

Duluth plans paddle-only boat launch, park along river

The 7-2 vote came amid controversy, after the city Parks and Recreation Commission voted not to endorse it.

Gun-control advocates sense momentum but prepare to continue fight

A growing cohort of gun-control activists are cautiously optimistic that this time, their voices will make a difference.

After dropping two books with racial slurs, a painful turning of the page in Duluth

The school district's move to drop two beloved books has raised questions and debate about who decides the canon of literature — and when it can change.

Duluth drops 'Huckleberry Finn,' 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from school curriculum

The district made the decision to remove the two classics in an effort to be considerate of all its students.

'Bold North' Super Bowl was smooth showstopper

Super Bowl LII's 10-day celebration of all things winter — ice sculptures, ice skating and even ice in cocktails down Nicollet Mall — culminated Sunday with record-setting cold temps outside as a warm U.S. Bank Stadium cradled a hotly contested game inside.

Can Philly fans change their image? Only if they want to

Deep loyalties to sports teams form early in life, establishing a culture of conduct, both good and bad, that can be difficult to change, sociologists and psychologists say.