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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.

Rachel Vrudny, an educator who battled adversity with optimism, dies of COVID-19 complications at 60

Vrudny, of Brainerd, was adventurous and tough despite a lifetime of health problems, her father said.

Caught in storm, Boundary Waters campers thankful to be alive

Nine wilderness campers from St. Paul are happy to be alive and healthy after a storm's swirling winds uprooted trees all around them in their Boundary Waters campsite Wednesday evening.

Superior Hiking Trail group gets new leader

Lisa Luokkala last worked as a senior parks planner for the city of Duluth.

Duluth police tactics during arrest called consistent with department policies

Three officers struggled to contain a man on the ground with one officer delivering knee strikes, chief said.

Northeast Minnesota casinos set to reopen

The casinos are following the lead of others in Minnesota which opened at the end of May.

Duluth playgrounds opening, but not athletic fields

Budget woes mean not enough staff to maintain some facilities, city leaders said.

Outdoor spaces reopening at Duluth attractions, including Lake Superior Zoo and Glensheen

The zoo will reopen Friday.

Rousing memorial for George Floyd looks ahead to what's next

Politicians, civil rights legends and pro athletes joined family members at a Minneapolis memorial to mourn George Floyd, the man whose death after being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police last week sparked global outrage.

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.