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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.
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Former Pine County religious leader's prison sentence ordered reduced

Former Pine County religious leader's prison sentence ordered reduced

Religious leader Victor Barnard was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison for assaulting two girls whose families were among his followers.
Minn. counties, cities joining rush of lawsuits against opioid producers

Minn. counties, cities joining rush of lawsuits against opioid producers

They are joining scores of county and local governments alleging manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids are largely responsible for an epidemic of dangerous addiction.
Grassroots effort is sprucing up Chisholm

Grassroots effort is sprucing up Chisholm

Locals brainstormed on making downtown better with grant money.
Duluth cleans up after storm waves batter shore

Duluth cleans up after storm waves batter shore

Lake Superior's high level made damage more severe.
You are here: Phone maps help find the way in state forests

You are here: Phone maps help find the way in state forests

Hunters, hikers and others who bring their smartphones into Minnesota state forests soon won't have much of an excuse if they get lost.
Deer stand thieves caught on camera in Duluth

Deer stand thieves caught on camera in Duluth

The thieves, wearing bandannas, were photographed stealing from deer stands in the city's public woods.
Lake Superior is near record high and threatening shoreline

Lake Superior is near record high and threatening shoreline

The high lake level is sinking fixed docks and causing problems as water seeps into homes on Duluth's saturated sandy spit known as Park Point.
Minnesota's 'next generation' campground opens in St. Louis County

Minnesota's 'next generation' campground opens in St. Louis County

Perched on a ridge at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, the 33-site campground booked up quickly for autumn weekends.
Lake Superior island returned to Chippewa

Lake Superior island returned to Chippewa

The rocky Susie Island is home to unusual native plants and wildlife
Most Minnesotan race ever? A canoe portaging division in Ely half marathon

Most Minnesotan race ever? A canoe portaging division in Ely half marathon

Six people have registered for Saturday's event, and more are welcome to sign up during registration on Friday.
Duluth judge adds personal touch to help repeat DWI offenders

Duluth judge adds personal touch to help repeat DWI offenders

Shaun Floerke uses empathy to guide his decisionmaking in drunken-driving cases.
Up North sees the light, realizing its dark, starry skies lure tourists

Up North sees the light, realizing its dark, starry skies lure tourists

An alluring image of green streaks in a dark sky above Lake Superior glowed across digital billboards in Chicago, Kansas City and Denver this summer.…
Leech Lake solar garden is first in nation linked to energy assistance program

Leech Lake solar garden is first in nation linked to energy assistance program

Solar garden is first in nation linked to an energy assistance program
Cloudy skies aside, Minnesotans fully dazzled by partial eclipse

Cloudy skies aside, Minnesotans fully dazzled by partial eclipse

Across most of Minnesota, overcast skies granted only glimpses of the much-anticipated solar eclipse, but throngs of people went out to get a look anyway.
Mercury regulations put Grand Marais in awkward spot

Mercury regulations put Grand Marais in awkward spot

Leaders in this scenic North Shore tourist town pride themselves on trying to run things green and clean, but town leaders find themselves fighting state and federal mercury regulations, a worthy goal to protect Lake Superior that leaders say is misguided and costly.
Lovin' Spoonful drummer embraces new beat in Red Wing

Lovin' Spoonful drummer embraces new beat in Red Wing

Since 2012, Mike Arturi has been running a nonprofit music school.
Minnesota resorts scrambling for summer help have extra hurdle

Minnesota resorts scrambling for summer help have extra hurdle

Tourism-based businesses across Minnesota are short on workers. It's likely to be an annual struggle, but a policy change on worker visas especially hurt this year.
John LaDue works to build a life where he had planned massacre

John LaDue works to build a life where he had planned massacre

He seemed to lead an ordinary southern Minnesota life in Waseca, until he was discovered planning a mass killing. Now he wants his life back — but unsettling questions about his case may never be answered.
Attorneys for Minneapolis serial killer, now dead, seek to clear his name

Attorneys for Minneapolis serial killer, now dead, seek to clear his name

Billy Glaze, who died in prison in 2015, was convicted of murdering three woman in 1989.
1 airlifted, 5 others hurt after school bus crashes, rolls north of Bemidji

1 airlifted, 5 others hurt after school bus crashes, rolls north of Bemidji

The school bus landed on its side in a ditch after being struck by a car early Wednesday morning.
Gunflint Trail marks 10 years after devastating Ham Lake fire

Gunflint Trail marks 10 years after devastating Ham Lake fire

Residents and visitors are seeing rebirth.
Ely steps up after vandals destroy trees at veterans memorial

Ely steps up after vandals destroy trees at veterans memorial

The new veterans memorial in Ely was coming along nicely near the shore of Miners Lake. Since starting construction last summer, flagpoles had gone up…
At Mayo Clinic, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients

At Mayo Clinic, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients

A spinal cord stimulator helps a man injured in a snowmobile crash to stand on his own and move his legs.
Onetime 'person of interest' in Wetterling case sues investigators

Onetime 'person of interest' in Wetterling case sues investigators

Daniel Rassier is claiming that law enforcement wrongly went after him, defaming him and inflicting emotional distress.
State lawmakers take Real ID battle to the airport

State lawmakers take Real ID battle to the airport

Partisan bickering continued over the issuance of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Osakis district now says prom dress preapproval merely a suggestion

Osakis district now says prom dress preapproval merely a suggestion

Girls had been told they would have to submit photos of their dresses.
In Duluth, Superior Street businesses champion 'Brewer's Row'

In Duluth, Superior Street businesses champion 'Brewer's Row'

The nine-block-long stretch of Superior Street is heavy on hops.
Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists

Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists

Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior’s North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door. It was a…

North Dakota deputy shot and killed; suspect also dead

The deaths happened in northern North Dakota near the town of Belcourt after a chase involving a stolen truck, according to reports.
Duluth looking to spread downtown revitalization

Duluth looking to spread downtown revitalization

Leaders seek proposals for historic building near Superior Street
Amid U firestorm, opinions across campus divided

Amid U firestorm, opinions across campus divided

Students disagree on sexual assault inquiry, process and punishment.
Obituary: Marcella Isaac, known as Marcia Hall, Minnesota lead guitarist

Obituary: Marcella Isaac, known as Marcia Hall, Minnesota lead guitarist

Marcella Isaac played under a stage name but was the real deal when it came to picking her guitar.

Hibbing school board debates future of gun range in school

A gun range in the basement of a Hibbing elementary school sits empty while the school board ponders its fate, balancing modern-day fears with a rural Minnesota tradition that values hunting and the Second Amendment.
Jacob's friends and family confront his killer at sentencing

Jacob's friends and family confront his killer at sentencing

Danny Heinrich was sentenced to 20 years in prison
Patty Wetterling says son's killer made horrible choices

Patty Wetterling says son's killer made horrible choices

'To state that he never had any intention to commit this heinous crime is ludicrous,' Patty Wetterling said Friday of Jacob's killer.
Duluth's Bentleyville light display bigger than ever

Duluth's Bentleyville light display bigger than ever

If good weather holds, crowds could top last year's 270,000 visitors
How Trump almost won Minnesota

How Trump almost won Minnesota

The Republican president-to-be won in a number of greater Minnesota counties that were previously won by Barack Obama in 2012, while Hillary Clinton racked up her Minnesota-winning tally in the bigger cities.
Judge denies appeal of deceased Minneapolis serial killer

Judge denies appeal of deceased Minneapolis serial killer

Judge Toddrick Barnette ruled that attorneys for Billy Glaze hadn't yet proven his innocence with the evidence they introduced, meaning there was no "live controversy" to be resolved.
Cult leader Victor Barnard sentenced to 30 years in prison

Cult leader Victor Barnard sentenced to 30 years in prison

Victims spoke of the lasting effects of fear after the sexual abuse.

Two dead in six separate Anoka County heroin overdoses Saturday

A wave of heroin overdoses in just a 12-hour period Saturday in or near Anoka County left two people dead and four others taken to hospitals, one of them in critical condition.
Minnesota cities share bikes freely but want them returned

Minnesota cities share bikes freely but want them returned

Bicycle-sharing programs called a success in Willmar and Austin.
Minnesota drifter is suspect in Pennsylvania murder 25 years ago

Minnesota drifter is suspect in Pennsylvania murder 25 years ago

ID of man arrested in 1991 slaying quells suspense in small Minnesota town.
Wetterlings look to the future now that search for Jacob is over

Wetterlings look to the future now that search for Jacob is over

"It takes a while before your head settles down. I don't know that mine is yet," said Patty Wetterling said.
Ely's volcanic wonder turns into a hot issue

Ely's volcanic wonder turns into a hot issue

The city is debating whether the primeval "Pillow Rock" should get a more visible home.
11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

11 candles lit as thousands join Wetterlings to remember Jacob

The community that linked arms nearly 27 years ago to search for the sandy-haired boy who was snatched at gunpoint by a masked man came together Sunday morning to celebrate his life, console his family and say goodbye.
The final push to finding Jacob

The final push to finding Jacob

Blogger's quest and DNA clue reversed nearly three decades of false starts, missed opportunities, bad tips and dead ends.
After many dry years, alcohol sales begin in two Duluth neighborhoods

After many dry years, alcohol sales begin in two Duluth neighborhoods

Lakeside and Lester Park have banned spirits sales since the 1890s.
Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

Heinrich confesses to abducting, killing Jacob Wetterling that day

After Danny Heinrich's detailed, horrifying courtroom confession on how he kidnapped and killed Jacob, Patty Wetterling said, "It's incredibly painful to know his last days, his last minutes."
Obituary: Edina educator Rolland 'Rollie' Ring was loyal to family, friends and the Hornets

Obituary: Edina educator Rolland 'Rollie' Ring was loyal to family, friends and the Hornets

For 40 years, Rolland “Rollie” Ring sat — or paced — at every Edina High School home football game. A proud booster of the Hornets,…
'Everybody just wants to know why': Town grieves girl's death

'Everybody just wants to know why': Town grieves girl's death

It's unfathomable to residents of close-knit Watkins, Minn., that a 5-year-old girl could end up the victim of a homicide.
Decoy dogs chase geese from Rochester, Minn., golf course

Decoy dogs chase geese from Rochester, Minn., golf course

A Rochester golf pro turned to cutouts to scare off pesky birds
Waseca teen opts for felony conviction over probation in bomb plot

Waseca teen opts for felony conviction over probation in bomb plot

John LaDue has said he believes a felony conviction may not hurt his job prospects as much as he first feared.
Thousands pay tribute to Castile: 'His death is not in vain'

Thousands pay tribute to Castile: 'His death is not in vain'

Thousands gathered at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the funeral for Philando Castile, the St. Paul man shot and killed by police in Falcon Heights last week.
Chalkboard captures the mood outside the governor's residence

Chalkboard captures the mood outside the governor's residence

Colors of anger, hope crowd chalkboard at governor's residence.
Falcon Heights police shooting reverberates across the nation

Falcon Heights police shooting reverberates across the nation

Thousands of people headed to the governor's residence in St. Paul after the police shooting of Philando Castile.
Attorneys for Pine County cult leader Victor Barnard question timing of charges

Attorneys for Pine County cult leader Victor Barnard question timing of charges

The former Pine County religious leader waived his rights to a speedy trial during Tuesday's court hearing.
Why Brainerd wants back in the loop as the center of Lakes Area

Why Brainerd wants back in the loop as the center of Lakes Area

It's known as the Brainerd Lakes Area — not the Baxter Lakes Area. But ever since the Hwy. 371 bypass opened in Baxter in August 2000, Brainerd has struggled to lure people and businesses back.
Frank Lloyd Wright house in Cloquet makes long trip to Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Cloquet makes long trip to Pennsylvania

Board by board, Cloquet structure relocated to park in Acme, Pa.

Art Institutes International Minnesota headed toward closure

The Minneapolis school announced it will no longer accept new students.

Shooting wounds 3 at house party in southern Minnesota

A female was in critical condition Saturday after authorities found her with a gunshot wound to her upper torso at a residence in Rice County.…
Duluth, Fond du Lac Band reach agreement over casino revenue

Duluth, Fond du Lac Band reach agreement over casino revenue

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, along with tribal Chairman Wally Dupuis, announced that the band has agreed to pay $150,000 a year for services the city provides.
Calling all colleges: Please come to Red Wing

Calling all colleges: Please come to Red Wing

The push to attract a four-year school was launched when local business leaders complained they were having trouble filling technology positions, particularly those in cyber security, digital forensics and gamification.
Facing questions, confidants of Prince staying loyal to boss

Facing questions, confidants of Prince staying loyal to boss

The latest — and last — members of Prince's ever-evolving, elusive inner circle face a firestorm of questions about his apparent illnesses and sudden demise.
Teen in Waseca bomb plot returns home after two years in custody

Teen in Waseca bomb plot returns home after two years in custody

Parents welcome son home, but some in Waseca find massacre plans hard to forget.
Waseca teen arrested in school bomb plot can go home, judge rules

Waseca teen arrested in school bomb plot can go home, judge rules

An evaluation of John LaDue, who will be on probation said his risk to his hometown is now low.
In Moline, few answers on Prince's emergency landing

In Moline, few answers on Prince's emergency landing

What happened to Prince here in a middle-of-the-night medical emergency landing just days before he died? Did it prefigure his subsequent collapse inside Paisley Park? Those questions have made this city the unlikely center of a mystery riveting the world's attention.
Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Twin Cities, world show love for Prince's purple majesty

Hours after learning about the pop star's death Thursday morning at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, fans around the world took to social media to pay their respects to Prince and his music. Thursday night, thousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to remember the legend who was one of them.
At Children's, American Indian babies get gift of moccasins

At Children's, American Indian babies get gift of moccasins

The effort, called First Gift, is one of several new programs that Children's is sponsoring to engage with the community and break mistrust.
Historic Duluth theater on the brink of renovation

Historic Duluth theater on the brink of renovation

The project would be a key piece in efforts to revitalize downtown.
City officials across Minnesota vie for aid to rebuild crumbling streets

City officials across Minnesota vie for aid to rebuild crumbling streets

Minnesota cities look for legislative help to fix roads in dire need of repair.
Dollar stores are changing rural Minn. landscape

Dollar stores are changing rural Minn. landscape

It's a landscape-changing scene playing out in small towns throughout rural Minnesota and across the nation. Small-box stores with "dollar" in their names are opening new locations at a frantic pace, delighting residents with the convenience of big inventories and low prices while threatening local merchants who say they can't compete.
Obituary: William Rowe: Anthropology professor, founder of Open Arms of Minnesota

Obituary: William Rowe: Anthropology professor, founder of Open Arms of Minnesota

The cakes are often chocolate, frosted and decorated with delicate sugared leaves. For many recipients, especially those who are isolated and low-income, it may be…
Murder conviction affirmed for Byron Smith in Little Falls case

Murder conviction affirmed for Byron Smith in Little Falls case

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Little Falls man serving life in prison for killing two teenage intruders at his home in 2012. "We're not done. We are far from it," his attorney said after the decision.
State high court to decide fate of Little Falls man convicted of killing teens

State high court to decide fate of Little Falls man convicted of killing teens

Byron Smith is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, pending the outcome of his appeal. The court said it will release a decision on Wednesday.
Bemidji State students park free on frozen lake — while it's still frozen

Bemidji State students park free on frozen lake — while it's still frozen

Campus officials say it's fine – just keep an eye on Mother Nature
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