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.

Deer stand thieves caught on camera in Duluth

The thieves, wearing bandannas, were photographed stealing from deer stands in the city's public woods.

Lake Superior is near record high and threatening shoreline

The high lake level is sinking fixed docks and causing problems as water seeps into homes on Duluth's saturated sandy spit known as Park Point.

Minnesota's 'next generation' campground opens in St. Louis County

Perched on a ridge at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, the 33-site campground booked up quickly for autumn weekends.

Lake Superior island returned to Chippewa

The rocky Susie Island is home to unusual native plants and wildlife

Most Minnesotan race ever? A canoe portaging division in Ely half marathon

Six people have registered for Saturday's event, and more are welcome to sign up during registration on Friday.

Duluth judge adds personal touch to help repeat DWI offenders

Shaun Floerke uses empathy to guide his decisionmaking in drunken-driving cases.

Up North sees the light, realizing its dark, starry skies lure tourists

An alluring image of green streaks in a dark sky above Lake Superior glowed across digital billboards in Chicago, Kansas City and Denver this summer.…

Leech Lake solar garden is first in nation linked to energy assistance program

Solar garden is first in nation linked to an energy assistance program

Cloudy skies aside, Minnesotans fully dazzled by partial eclipse

Across most of Minnesota, overcast skies granted only glimpses of the much-anticipated solar eclipse, but throngs of people went out to get a look anyway.

Mercury regulations put Grand Marais in awkward spot

Leaders in this scenic North Shore tourist town pride themselves on trying to run things green and clean, but town leaders find themselves fighting state and federal mercury regulations, a worthy goal to protect Lake Superior that leaders say is misguided and costly.