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Pamela Miller

Night Metro Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4290
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None
Pam Miller is one of two night metro editors for the Star Tribune. In her 30 years at the paper, she has also worked as a copy editor, reporter and West Metro Team editor.

Miller previously worked at the Duluth News Tribune and the Anchorage Daily News. She lives in Old Frontenac, Minn.
Recent content from Pamela Miller
Barbara Kingsolver Photo by Steven Hopp

Review: 'Unsheltered,' by Barbara Kingsolver

FICTION: Two families — one modern, one in the 1870s — watch their American dreams crumble.
Family photo: LaDonna Redmond and her son, Wade, who died this week.

Second death is linked to Minneapolis homeless encampment

Wade Redmond, 20, had "a family and a home," but was drawn to the camp.
Therese Marie Mailhot

Review: 'Heart Berries,' by Terese Marie Mailhot

NONFICTION: A strange and powerful memoir of abuse and mental illness.

One of 2 victims in Mpls. alley crash is identified

A 40-year-old Minneapolis man has been identified as one of two people killed in a violent two-vehicle crash in a north Minneapolis alley Friday evening.
Patricia Hampl

Review: 'The Art of the Wasted Day,' by Patricia Hampl

NONFICTION: "The job of being human," writes Patricia Hampl, "is not figuring things out, but getting lost in thought."
MINNEAPOLIS/USA - July 23: Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is a university in Minneapolis and St. P

Closure of popular University of Minnesota child care center postponed

Kaler says it will still close eventually, but that parents' protests have been heard.
John Banville

REVIEW: 'Mrs. Osmond,' by John Banville

FICTION: Not only does author John Banville resurrect the original's characters, he flawlessly channels the great writer's ornate style.
Jesmyn Ward Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Review: 'Sing, Unburied, Sing,' by Jesmyn Ward: Multiracial family's struggle is a powerful metaphor for America

FICTION: Cruel realities — and a few ghosts — haunt three generations in this sad, beautiful novel.

Hwy. 61 bridge's closure means 27-mile detour on North Shore

Northeastern Minnesota residents and Labor Day weekenders will encounter a major delay and detour along heavily traveled Hwy. 61 northeast of Duluth today — and perhaps longer.
Depressed child sitting at weargered sidewalk. Fine noise applied.

REVIEW: 'My Absolute Darling,' by Gabriel Tallent

FICTION: Gabriel Tallent's debut novel is brilliant and terrifying, told in expansive, wild and bold prose.
Stephanie Powell Watts.

REVIEW: 'No One Is Coming to Save Us' by Stephanie Powell Watts

REVIEW: A man who has made his fortune returns to his North Carolina hometown to chase an elusive dream of love. Sound familiar? It is, and isn't.
Some of the damage to a black family’s home in Delano.

Delano takes on racism with public event tonight; Dayton, targeted family meet

The community is coming together to express support for a black family whose home was burglarized and vandalized with racist slurs.
Ivory-billed woodpecker

Review: 'Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds,' by B.J. Hollars

NONFICTION: A birder writes of his fascination with extinct species.
Joe Starita Photo by Bruce Thorson

Review: 'A Warrior of the People,' by Joe Starita

NONFICTION: A layered, nuanced portrait of this country's first American Indian doctor.
A partial translation of the Schaghen Letter, the earliest document of the so-called purchase of Manhattan from the Lenape, reads, "They have purchase

Review: 'The Turtle's Beating Heart,' by Denise Low

NONFICTION: An American Indian grandfather's melancholy silence hid personal and broader stories.
“Dog Years,” by Melissa Yancy

REVIEW: 'Dog Years,' by Melissa Yancy

FICTION: In "Dog Years," defenses grow high against foreshortened lives and dreams.
Anne Raeff Photo by Dennis Hearne

Review: 'The Jungle Around Us,' by Anne Raeff

FICTION: This prizewinning collection features stories that are complex and tough.
October 6, 1973: DFL mayoral candidate Al Hofstede campaigned on W. Broadway in north Minneapolis.

Albert Hofstede, former mayor of Minneapolis, dies at 75

He served as the city's youngest mayor in the 1970s.
A walleye is netted, caught on the Twin Pines Resort boat at sunset Wednesday, July 29, 2015, during an evening excursion on Lake Mille Lacs.

Lake Mille Lacs catch-and-release walleye season will end Sept. 6

Local Ojibwe bands had expressed displeasure with Dayton's decision earlier this month to allow the season to continue even though a quota had been surpassed.
Lori Ostlund and the hardcover edition of "After the Parade."

Review: 'After the Parade,' by Lori Ostlund

FICTION: The secrets to almost everything about this intense novel's protagonist lie in his Minnesota origins.
Hill

St. Paul man charged in shooting death at house party

Brandon Alexander is accused of killing a 19-year-old man after a fight.
"Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube," by Blair Braverman

Review: 'Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube,' by Blair Braverman

NONFICTION: A young adventurer finds cold and deprivation easier to bear than misogyny.
The Rev. Bradley Baldwin, priest of the Church of St. Gerard, accepted a request Tuesday to take the leave from his order, the Franciscan Friars, acco

Brooklyn Park priest on leave pending Pennsylvania investigation

The Rev. Bradley Baldwin of St. Gerard's questioned, but has not been charged.
Olivia Laing

Review: 'The Lonely City,' by Olivia Laing

NONFICTION: Olivia Laing's genre-bending "The Lonely City" explores the links between loneliness and art.
Book review: 'The Japanese Lover,' by Isabel Allende: Sweet, but insubstantial

Book review: 'The Japanese Lover,' by Isabel Allende: Sweet, but insubstantial

FICTION: The sentimental story of a California woman's lifelong passion reads more like a soap opera than grand drama.

Suspect arrested in Brooklyn Park death investigation

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a suspicious death in Brooklyn Park, police said Friday. The 19-year-old woman taken into custody has not…
Joyce Carol Oates

Review: 'The Lost Landscape'; Joyce Carol Oates memoir illuminates her work

NONFICTION: Prolific writer applies as sharp a pen and intellect to her own life as she does to those of her fictional characters.
Earl Olander, 90, who was killed in his rural Carver County home, was a close friend of the Boecker family. In this 1995 photo, he appears with the fo

Charges: Hired painter, cohort killed 90-year-old Carver County man

A tip from a citizen led to the arrests of the two men in the death of Earl Olander, found bound and beaten in his ransacked farmhouse.
Guzman

Life sentence in slaying of Brooklyn Center man whose burned body was found near Mpls. dumpster

A 24-year-old Minneapolis man received an automatic life sentence Friday after a Hennepin County District Court jury found him guilty of killing a Brooklyn Center…
Thomas Keneally

Review: 'Shame and the Captives,' by Thomas Keneally

FICTION: Australian novelist Keneally's work of historical fiction explores the bloody absurdity of fanaticism.
"Prudence," by David Treuer

Review: 'Prudence,' by David Treuer

FICTION: David Treuer's melancholy novel is set in northern Minnesota.

Coon Rapids man dies in 3-car crash in Rice County

A 39-year-old Coon Rapids man died late Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 35 in Rice County. Mach B. Kuel was killed in…
"Carthage," by Joyce Carol Oates

Review: 'Carthage,' by Joyce Carol Oates

FICTION: "Carthage" is about the damage individuals inflict on one another and the repercussions of war in a small American town.
Isabel Allende Photo by Lori Barra

REVIEW: 'Ripper,' by Isabel Allende

FICTION: "Ripper" features a cast of eccentrics, one of whom is a psychopath. Guessing who makes for creepy fun.
Wendy Cammins

Obituary: Wendy Cammins, travel agent, generous spirit

  Wendy Cammins, who shared her passion for seeing the far corners of the world with countless clients during a 42-year career as a travel…
Ian Barbour

Obituary: Ian Barbour, pioneer in integrating faith and science

Ian Barbour, a theologian and physicist who was an internationally revered pioneer in inspiring dialogue between scientists and people of faith, died Dec. 24 at…

Coon Rapids woman pleads guilty in drug death of ex-husband

Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley also issued her a fine, ordered her to continue drug treatment and subjected her to random drug testing.
Jesmyn Ward Tony Cook

REVIEW: "Men We Reaped," by Jesmyn Ward

NONFICTION: Memories of an impoverished childhood in Mississippi are interspersed with eulogies for five young men who died long before their time.
“Pilgrim’s Wilderness,” by Tom Kizzia

'Pilgrim's Wilderness' a spellbinding story of wayward family

NONFICTION: At first, the rustic newcomer charmed his neighbors. But soon they sensed that something was off. And then things got chilling.
Carly Christenson

Second teen in Minnesota dies of flu in 10 days

Carly Christenson, a ninth-grader at St. Louis Park High School, had been hospitalized since Dec. 24. The virus has killed five people and hospitalized at least 600 in the state since October.
"Maya's Notebook," by Isabel Allende.

REVIEW: 'Maya's Notebook,' by Isabel Allende

A wayward American teenager regains her health and soul on a remote Chilean island.
Jack Drogt

3 Minnesotans find needles in sandwiches on Delta flights

Three Minnesotans aboard two Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam on Sunday bit into turkey sandwiches that contained inch-long needles, prompting an international investigation led by the FBI.
Jorgen Viltoft

Obituary: Jorgen Viltoft, Danish resistance fighter who became prominent Minnesota businessman

  Jorgen Viltoft, who as a teenager fought the Nazis with the Danish resistance and as an adult emigrated to America and became a successful…
Robert T. Smith

Obituary: Robert T. Smith was an old-fashioned storyteller

During the 21 years Robert T. Smith wrote columns for the Minneapolis Tribune, the paper received many letters about him.
Paul Bergstrom

Obituary: Lawyer Paul Bergstrom driven by curiosity, caring

Paul Bergstrom, whose tenacity, compassion and broad curiosity about the world were partly shaped by a year as combat medic in Vietnam, died of complications from cancer and other ailments Friday at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. The longtime St. Paul resident was 64.
In the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis, 18-year veteran mail carrier Greg Wallin was trudging through the snow finishing up his mail deli

Winter drops in to snarl Minnesota traffic, delight skiers, snowmobilers

Two deaths were attributed to storm, which led to hundreds of crashes and towed cars and quite a few happy outdoor enthusiasts.
More than a foot of snow fell in the Twin Cities Sunday producing instant weather-copeing conditions. Andy Perez forgot his snow brush at home and had

Welcome back, winter! Minnesota clobbered by 16 inches of snow

The storm brought beauty, but also many accidents, including one fatal crash. Snow emergencies declared.
Dorothy Burns

Obituary: 'Dotty' Burns loved the hunt for old treasure

Obituary: Dorothy "Dotty" Burns, 71, of Minneapolis.
Barbara Kingsolver

FICTION: "Flight Behavior," by Barbara Kingsolver.

A Tennessee family struggles to comprehend a butterfly invasion that some see as a blessing, others as a warning and still others as a chance to make some money.
Dr. Robert K. (R.K.) Anderson, passed away October 18, 2012, at the age of 90.

Obituary: R.K. Anderson was 'gentle giant' in animal medicine

R.K. Anderson's innovations and inventions made the world better for both animals and people, say those who knew him.
Austin R. Conley

Man killed in hit-and-run was student at Augsburg

Minneapolis police are seeking public's help in finding driver and vehicle in incident early Saturday.
Anne Panning

Like its namesake, "Butter" is rich and heavy

This finely wrought coming-of-age novel is set in a beautifully imagined Minnesota town in the 1970s.
Lisa Breecher

Obituary: Lisa Breecher worked hard, always with a smile

Lisa Breecher, whose wide smile and fervent work ethic endeared her to shoppers at the Apple Valley Wal-Mart and the former Dayton's in Burnsville, died of abdominal cancer Oct. 19 at her group home in Rosemount. She was 52.
Rev. James Habiger

Obituary: Rev. James Habiger was a voice of wisdom and compassion

The Rev. James Habiger advocated on behalf of the poor and marginalized both as a priest and lobbyist.
ISLAND OF BONES by Joy Castro

NONFICTION: "Island of Bones," by Joy Castro.

Those who don't fit anywhere are freer to shape their own destinies, says a writer who has spent her life doing just that.
Kelly Lund in 2010 after he climbed Mount Whitney in California.

Obituary: Runner Kelly Lund loved life, even as it ebbed

Kelly Lund, who loved running so much that he finished the 2011 Twin Cities Marathon despite terminal brain cancer, died Oct. 4 at his Eden Prairie home. He was 54, and before his diagnosis two years ago had worked as chief anesthetist at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
Chun-Jo Liu

Obituary: Chun-Jo Liu nurtured ties between China, U.S.

Chun-Jo "CJ" Liu, a longtime professor at the University of Minnesota who spent much of her life building bridges between China and the United States, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 24 at a Minneapolis care facility. She was 90, and had lived in Minneapolis for decades.
Vera Schletzer

Intelligence and wit were Vera Schletzer's forte

Vera Schletzer was a professor and activist on behalf of women's rights well before the movement was widespread.
The Rev. James Lavin worked tirelessly for St. Thomas.

Obituary: St. Thomas loses Rev. James Lavin, mentor and booster

The Rev. James Lavin nurtured generations of students with peanut butter and prayer.
Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn

Army sergeant who attended college in Mankato killed in Afghanistan

The Indiana native had studied civil engineering before enlisting in 2008. He was based in Italy.
Richard Winkelmann

Richard Winkelmann was pioneer in skin research

With his ever-present microscope, he did pioneering research on skin diseases.
Harry Drake

Obituary: Harry Drake's generosity to the arts bloomed over lifetime

Despite lifelong deafness, St. Paul native was highly social, and used his privilege and talents to benefit many people and institutions.
Michael Baynes

Obituary: Michael Baynes of St. Kate's challenged students

Michael Baynes, 55, was much loved on the university's Minneapolis campus.
Samuil Zabezhinsky

Samuil Zabezhinsky: Music was valued thread in long life

Child prodigy Samuil Zabezhinsky survived World War II and turmoil in the Soviet Union to spend his final years in Minnesota.
Joel Kohout

Criminal profiler was tough as nails

An expert in criminal-behavior profiling, she was tough enough to deal with cops and criminals and compassionate enough to set young crime victims at ease, coworkers said.
Alphonse Bolden Sr.

Alphonse Bolden Sr.: 'Music was his love and his life'

As "One Man, One Band," Alphonse Bolden Sr. brightened the Minneapolis Farmers Market and other urban venues.
Melvin Mooty

Obituary: Lawyer Melvin Mooty devoted life to firm, family

Melvin Mooty brought wisdom and class to the Minneapolis law office he helped build, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett.
John G. “Smokey” Ordway Jr.

Obituary: John G. Ordway Jr.'s first love was St. Paul

He never lost his strong love for his hometown, St. Paul, and did much to improve its economic and cultural life.
Ron Burton

Ron Burton was a businessman and a gentleman

The longtime Twin Cities businessman was friendly, hard-working and tenacious, family and friends said.
A stone from the sarcophagus of St. Paul in Rome.

Relic from tomb of apostle St. Paul is coming to namesake cathedral

A stone from the Roman sarcophagus venerated as that of the early missionary will go on display May 20.
Chesterman Beach near Tofino on the Pacific side of Vancouver Island.

Lesser-known treasures of Vancouver Island

Beyond Victoria, our correspondent discovers the lesser-known treasures and remote wilderness of British Columbia's most celebrated island.
Jennifer Engh

Obituary: Jennifer Engh was a passionate fighter for fairness

In a career characterized by rare skills and strong ethics, she helped shape tax and other policies in Minnesota and sought to improve the state's quality of life for all.
Patricia Anfinson

Patricia Anfinson dies: Newspaper columnist and Snickerdoodle Lady

Patricia Roth Anfinson, matriarch of a western Minnesota newspaper family and originator of the snickerdoodle cookie, died Wednesday at the Swift County-Benson Hospital in Benson, Minn. She was 89.
The Rev. Curtis Herron led Zion Baptist Church in Minneapolis for four decades.

Obituary: Faith moved the Rev. Curtis Herron to social action

His social activism was fueled by his deep Christian faith, friends said.
Larry and Linda Faillace holds hands as they take a long cold walk home through a heavy morning snow 22 March 2001 on Roxbury Gap Road in East Warren,

MEMOIR: "My Mother is Now Earth," by Mark Anthony Rolo

Ojibwe writer Mark Rolo explores his gritty childhood with an unsparing but wise eye, and in doing so greatly honors his family, and readers.
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