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.

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.

In Minnesota's small tourist towns, there's trepidation over visitors

Northern Minnesota's Cook County usually welcomes visitors, but now wants to keep COVID-19 at bay.

As icebreaker preps for Great Lakes shipping, shippers hope for more

Mild temps and thin ice make shippers' pitch for better ice breaking equipment a tougher sell.

A little opera in Minnesota's big North Woods

Duluth opera company brings cultural experience to young students in northern Minnesota.

Ice cave formations draw curious to Lake Superior: 'It's so quiet out here'

Intrepid trekkers get their ice cave fix, sans crowds, on the world's largest freshwater lake.

Summer of Voyageur National Park wolf research reveals a berry surprise

Using real-time data from GPS collars to set up trail cameras, researchers found that blueberries may play a more important role in the canines' diet than researchers had known.

St. Louis County launches Safe Babies Court

Legal system teams with social services in a new St. Louis County initiative.

Three charged with aiding murder in Duluth woman's overdose death

One of the victim's children called 911 after finding her passed out in the bathroom of their apartment.

Family hopes Olympic hockey player Pavelich's story helps others

He was once an American sports hero, a high-flying playmaker from Minnesota's Iron Range who competed with the best hockey players in the world. Now, his fall has been heartbreaking for his family and friends to see.