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.

Stay close but give Jayme space, Elizabeth Smart tells Wis. town

Smart, who also survived a lengthy kidnapping as a teenager, offered praise and advice to Jayme Closs' hometown of Barron.

Cook County in northern Minnesota looks to license short-term rentals

Cook County looks to license short-term tourism properties.

Drivers scoff at bad conditions, often at own peril this winter

While expectations for winter travel have changed over the decades, the dangers from snow and ice haven't.

Horse in basement of Inver Grove Heights home spurs police to action

Officers arrived to find a white or tan horse hoofing it through various rooms as police watched through windows from the outside.

Despite bump in tourism dollars, Duluth sees room for growth

Overall, tourism tax revenue was up 4.7 percent from the year before.

Man charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs appears in court

Jake T. Patterson did not enter a plea to charges that could imprison him for life if convicted. His next court date was scheduled for March 27.

American Airlines' move into Duluth airport 'changes the game'

American Airlines announced two daily direct flights from Duluth International Airport to O'Hare, and two coming from the Windy City.

Skyline change coming to downtown Duluth

New apartment building, medical center will rise near each other.

Douglas County, Wis., to hold off on additional charges vs. Closs suspect

But additional charges could still be filed against the man accused of abducting Jayme Closs and murdering her parents last October.

Northern Minnesota girl wins bid to pose with gun in yearbook photo

Blackduck school board clears yearbook photo after discussion.