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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.

Surroundings make racial reckoning look different in rural Minn.

Diversity levels, social norms and politicization play a role in shaping attitudes in both big cities and small towns.

The wait over next president is agonizing, both sides in Minnesota agree

People turned to doughnuts, caffeine, yoga, wine, exercise and all other sorts of therapies — including the warm sun of a perfect autumn day — doing their best to peel themselves away from television, radio and smartphones in the name of staying sane.

Two Apple Valley voters, divided in politics, agree on need for civility

When Linda Garrett-Johnson woke up on Election Day, she said a prayer: Not that her candidate, Joe Biden, would win, but that no matter the…

North Dakota trying to cope as nation's new top virus hot spot

Mask policies are popping up, a hospital is supplementing its staff with contract nurses from out of town, and the state recently asked COVID-positive residents to conduct their own contact tracing.

Defense argues to drop weapons charges against hockey star Mark Pavelich

Weapons seized at his North Shore home were found as a result of illegal searches, a defense attorney argues.

Wisconsin struggles with new surge in COVID-19 cases

New restrictions are enacted after the state becomes a hot spot.

Poll: More Minnesotans acknowledge racial inequality

Still, about half of likely voters said they feel civilian violence in cities is a bigger problem than police violence against Black people nationwide, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.

Hockey star Mark Pavelich moves to less restrictive mental health facility

After making strides in treatment, the Miracle on Ice star will live in a facility offering more interaction as he awaits trial on assault charges.

Stunned Minneapolis picks up pieces after unrest

2 cities on curfew, officers stationed to quell violence

Curfews in Mpls., St. Paul start night calmly

Well into the evening, Nicollet Mall remained peaceful with only a few people on the streets. In Minneapolis, law enforcement arrested 30 people within the first hour, according to a police spokesman. St. Paul had reported no late arrests.