Pam Louwagie

Reporter | Regional
Phone: 612-673-7102
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.

Recent content from Pam Louwagie

In Foley, private eyes on street

Foley, population 2,600, decided to stop paying for about 17 hours a day of extra Benton County Sheriff's patrols and instead hire a private security firm to cruise the city around the clock.

Updated: October 31, 2011, - 10:30 PM

Feds may bring charges in synthetic drug case

They may prosecute 21-year-old facing murder charges in fatal Blaine party. Murder suspect must agree to spend nearly 10 years in prison to avoid possible federal prosecution.

Updated: October 24, 2011, - 12:08 PM

In Dairyland, butter law is a sticking point

Wisconsinites are debating whether to scrap a law that gives an edge to butter on restaurant tables.

Updated: October 22, 2011, - 05:12 PM

Tour Galapagos by land

Staying at hotels on the islands, instead of the usual boats offshore, brings more money to the locals and gives vacationers a whole new perspective.

Updated: October 22, 2011, - 01:46 PM

Unbelted, at risk on outstate roads

Though seat belt use has reached an all-time high of nearly 93% in Minnesota, other state data shows motorists in outstate Minnesota are using seat belts at far lower rates.

Updated: October 20, 2011, - 02:28 PM

OccupyMN turned back by bank

Planned sit-down at Wells Fargo was thwarted and no arrests were made. Statewide protests set for Saturday.

Updated: October 15, 2011, - 07:53 AM

Head shop raided by Duluth police

Police seized 31 guns, cash and at least $50,000 worth of "herbal incense" from a Duluth head shop that has openly sold synthetic marijuana, "bath salts" and other designer drugs.

Updated: September 23, 2011, - 03:53 PM

Bath salts hit U.S. 'like a freight train'

Almost unknown in 2009, designer drugs and their psychotic effects alarm police, doctors.

Updated: September 19, 2011, - 07:57 AM

New drugs fuel violence, death

A small town in Oklahoma is grieving for two college students who died after using synthetic drugs this spring. In the past year, more than 20 deaths have been linked to the use of products sold under such innocuous names as bath salts, plant food, herbal incense and research chemicals.

Updated: September 09, 2011, - 01:10 PM

Synthetic drug ban has buyers racing

Retailers unsuccessfully tried to block law on substances that mimic pot and LSD from taking effect.

Updated: September 08, 2011, - 10:01 AM

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