Reporter | Regional

Pam Louwagie is a regional reporter and Duluth Bureau Chief 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. Sign up to receive the new North Report newsletter.

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

Tensions on streets ebb in wake of George Floyd's death

Gov. Tim Walz talked of pulling back a portion of more than 7,000 National Guard members that had been called in to help quell violence in the metro area. Hours were reduced on a Twin Cities curfew, and officials planned to leave freeways open.

Minnesota resorts reinventing hospitality for COVID-19 era

"Maximum service with a minimum interface" was how one resort's general manager described the way forward with summer about to kick off.

Minnesota retail shops are open again, but foot traffic is light

The state is allowing all stores to open as long as they file safety plans and limit capacity to 50%.

Bad news, bear: This Duluth mall is closed

With nearby Miller Creek and a forest bordering the parking lot, the mall has seen visits from beavers, fox, rabbits and even coyotes over the years.

COVID-19 puts some Minnesota rural hospitals on life support

Without elective procedures or COVID surges, already-stressed rural health care systems are taking an extra financial hit.

South Dakota under fire for stance on fighting COVID-19

Despite an explosion of cases at a Sioux Falls pork plant, the state is one of the few that has yet to impose a statewide stay-at-home order.

Popular eatery in downtown Grand Marais engulfed in flames

Crooked Spoon restaurant, two gift shops destroyed in downtown fire.

Spotty internet access is leaving many rural Minnesotans behind

As Minnesotans work and study from home amid the pandemic, access to high-speed internet has become more important than ever. For the rural households without high-speed internet or reliable connections, keeping up has been a struggle.

Rural Martin County becomes unlikely hotbed for coronavirus

As of Monday, two county residents had died from the virus out of 23 who had tested positive — including nine from a local church congregation, according to the pastor.

Social distancing doesn't come easy to small-town Minnesota

In towns across the state, where neighbors rely neighbors, social distancing doesn't come easy.