Pam Louwagie | Star Tribune
Reporter | Regional

Pam Louwagie is a regional reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously covered courts and legal affairs and was on the newspaper's investigative team. She now writes frequently about a variety of topics in northeast Minnesota and around the state and region. 

Previously, Louwagie worked at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

After Jayme Closs returns, Wisconsin town wonders how to feel safe

The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.

Charges: Suspect says he killed Jayme's parents, abducted her

The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl told authorities that the suspect first killed her father at the front door of their house, and then broke down the door to the bathroom where she and her mother were hiding.

Back with family after escaping, Jayme Closs 'is the hero'

Wisconsin authorities said Jayme Closs was abducted by 21-year-old Jake T. Patterson, who is being charged with murder and kidnapping. She was reunited with her family. "It's amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

After 88 days of worrying about Jayme Closs, northwest Wisconsin finally can celebrate

Elated residents couldn't help but gush after the teen's 88 days away.

Duluth works to bridge teaching gap with new high school course

There are about 30 students in Denfeld High School's new class, promoted especially to students of color and designed to encourage students to think critically about the history of educational inequity and show them how they can become part of the solution through a career in teaching — preferably right back in the Duluth school district.

Minnesota state agencies ponder how federal shutdown will hit home

With no end in sight for the stalemate in Washington, leaders in Minnesota are scrambling to figure out what, exactly, will be disrupted and when.

Elizabeth Scheurer, compassionate critical care nurse, dies

Elizabeth "Betty" Scheurer was practically unflappable.As a pioneer in critical care nursing for open-heart surgery patients and a mother of four whose husband frequently traveled…

New name for Duluth park aims to close cultural gaps

Lake Place Park sits over Interstate 35 and connects Lake Superior to Duluth’s historic downtown. Soon, community leaders say, it will connect cultures and people,…

Vexed by beavers, Grand Marais tries to limit the damage

The Lake Superior city has been hurriedly armoring tree trunks with chicken wire and strategizing at council meetings about their furry foes.

Duluth gets Christmas love from NY tabloid

The Lake Superior city has 'plenty of that legendary Minnesota nice,' says New York Post.