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Pamela Miller

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phone: 612-673-4290
Pam Miller grew up on U.S. Army forts and moved to Lake City, Minn., in youth. She worked at the Duluth News Tribune and the Anchorage Daily News before coming to the Star Tribune, the paper I wanted to work for since I was a kid, in 1988. She has worked here as a copy editor, reporter and editor.
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Charges: Hired painter, cohort killed 90-year-old Carver County man

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

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…
Review: 'Shame and the Captives,' by 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.
Review: '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…
Review: '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.
REVIEW: 'Ripper,' by Isabel Allende

REVIEW: 'Ripper,' by Isabel Allende

FICTION: “Ripper” features a cast of eccentrics, one of whom is a psychopath. Guessing who makes for creepy fun.
Obituary: Wendy Cammins, travel agent, generous spirit

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…
Obituary: Ian Barbour, pioneer in integrating faith and science

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.
REVIEW: "Men We Reaped,” by Jesmyn Ward

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' a spellbinding story of wayward family

'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.
Second teen in Minnesota dies of flu in 10 days

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.
REVIEW: '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.
3 Minnesotans find needles in sandwiches on Delta flights

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

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

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.
Obituary: Lawyer Paul Bergstrom driven by curiosity, caring

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

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

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

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

Obituary: Dorothy "Dotty" Burns, 71, of Minneapolis.
FICTION: "Flight Behavior," by 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.
Obituary: R.K. Anderson was 'gentle giant' in animal medicine

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

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.
Like its namesake, "Butter" is rich and heavy

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.
Obituary: Lisa Breecher worked hard, always with a smile

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

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

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

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.
Intelligence and wit were Vera Schletzer's forte

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

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

The Rev. James Lavin nurtured generations of students with peanut butter and prayer.
Army sergeant who attended college in Mankato killed in Afghanistan

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 was pioneer in skin research

Richard Winkelmann was pioneer in skin research

With his ever-present microscope, he did pioneering research on skin diseases.
Obituary: Harry Drake's generosity to the arts bloomed over lifetime

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

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

Michael Baynes, 55, was much loved on the university's Minneapolis campus.
Samuil Zabezhinsky: Music was valued thread in long life

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.
Criminal profiler was tough as nails

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.: 'Music was his love and his life'

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.
Obituary: Lawyer Melvin Mooty devoted life to firm, family

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

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 was a businessman and a gentleman

Ron Burton was a businessman and a gentleman

The longtime Twin Cities businessman was friendly, hard-working and tenacious, family and friends said.
Relic from tomb of apostle St. Paul is coming to namesake cathedral

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.
Lesser-known treasures 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.
Obituary: Jennifer Engh was a passionate fighter for fairness

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 dies: Newspaper columnist and Snickerdoodle Lady

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

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

His social activism was fueled by his deep Christian faith, friends said.
MEMOIR: "My Mother is Now Earth," by Mark Anthony Rolo

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.
Arlene Anderson was a pillar of Minnehaha Academy

Arlene Anderson was a pillar of Minnehaha Academy

Arlene E. Anderson, a formidable but beloved educator who helped shape a culture of academic excellence at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, died March 4 at her Minneapolis home. She was 92.
4 Minnesota women die in I-94 crash on trip back to NDSU

4 Minnesota women die in I-94 crash on trip back to NDSU

They were among six people who died within hours of each other on western Minnesota roads made treacherous by heavy snow and fog.
NONFICTION: "Rez Life," by David Treuer

NONFICTION: "Rez Life," by David Treuer

Minnesotan David Treuer examines Indian history and culture from solid if sometimes troubled ground - the modern Indian reservation.

Dec. 27: Moving melee causes chaos at packed Mall of America

Some stores shut down Monday night as panicked shoppers fled. At least 10 youths were arrested.
Obituary: War ordeals didn't dim Kenneth Newcomb's kind ways

Obituary: War ordeals didn't dim Kenneth Newcomb's kind ways

On Aug. 27 of last year, he was honored before a Twins game at Target Field, where he raised the American flag.
SHORT STORIES: "Time Between Trains," by Anthony Bukoski

SHORT STORIES: "Time Between Trains," by Anthony Bukoski

Duluth's Holy Cow! Press has reprinted a 2003 collection set in the town across the bay, which Anthony Bukoski knows down to his very bones.
Obituary: Physician, teacher Eugene Ott served the poor

Obituary: Physician, teacher Eugene Ott served the poor

Dr. Eugene Ott, who during and after a distinguished medical career gave generously of his time and talents to help the poor from Minneapolis' Phillips neighborhood to the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, died of natural causes Jan. 12 at his home in Edina. He was 82.
Obituary: George Grim, a wide-ranging journalist and Santa Anonymous

Obituary: George Grim, a wide-ranging journalist and Santa Anonymous

In addition to extensive foreign correspondence, he wrote the Minneapolis Tribune's "I Like It Here" column and was all over local radio and television.
Obituary: Alice Grant, pioneering mentor to authors

Obituary: Alice Grant, pioneering mentor to authors

Alice May Grant, an educator in African and African-American studies who taught several years at the University of Minnesota, died Dec. 3 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 88, and had lived in Richfield.
ESSAYS REVIEW: "The Least Cricket of Evening"

ESSAYS REVIEW: "The Least Cricket of Evening"

Robert Vivian meditates on unexpected subjects and presents surprising epiphanies.
FICTION REVIEW: "Salvage the Bones"

FICTION REVIEW: "Salvage the Bones"

A pregnant 14-year-old Mississippian narrates this fierce, fine novel, winner of the 2011 National Book Award.
Obituary: Paula Berg, beloved Catholic schoolteacher

Obituary: Paula Berg, beloved Catholic schoolteacher

At Carondelet School in south Minneapolis, she was known for making math and other subjects a joy to learn.
Obituary: Kwame McDonald, 80, educator, activist

Obituary: Kwame McDonald, 80, educator, activist

Those whose lives he touched came away as better, happier people, family and friends say.
Obituary: Donald Sears, 85, longtime auto dealer

Obituary: Donald Sears, 85, longtime auto dealer

Hard work and business savvy led to his success and fed his generosity, family and friends say.
Jeannette Ludcke, 97, home economist

Jeannette Ludcke, 97, home economist

The pioneering professional woman also helped lead the Minneapolis Woman's Club into the modern era.
Prof. Janet Spector, pioneering scholar at U

Prof. Janet Spector, pioneering scholar at U

As an archaeologist, she worked to illuminate women's pasts and improve their future.

Name of Crookston crash victim released

Police in Crookston, Minn., on Sunday released the name of a man killed Saturday when his pickup was hit by a suspect who'd stolen a squad car after being shot with a stun gun and pepper-sprayed to no avail.

Man dead, woman hurt when their pickup is hit by suspect fleeing in Crookston squad car

A man was killed and a woman injured Saturday afternoon in Crookston, Minn., when their pickup was struck by a suspect who'd stolen a Crookston police car after a confrontation with police in which he'd been shot with a stun gun and pepper-sprayed to no avail, authorities said Saturday night.
Krystyna Skrowaczewski, maestro's 'right hand'

Krystyna Skrowaczewski, maestro's 'right hand'

A refugee more than once, she became, for family and friends, the epitome of elegance and compassion.

John B. Davis, who led Minneapolis schools through tumult, dies

As superintendent in Minneapolis, he brought the district through the social upheaval of the 1960s and '70s.
Sheldon Kaplan, 96, dies; was Vikings attorney

Sheldon Kaplan, 96, dies; was Vikings attorney

Widely respected, he had a hand in Minnesota Vikings' history. And he never retired.
Tornado touches down in Medina

Tornado touches down in Medina

A tornado touchdown was reported in Medina and a number of subsequent warnings sent residents bolting for their basements in the northern metro area on a storm-raked Saturday night.
Quick trip home to let out dog leads to lethal encounter

Quick trip home to let out dog leads to lethal encounter

Woman was killed when she walked in on a burglary.
'Bird Sisters' explores a family's disintegration

'Bird Sisters' explores a family's disintegration

In this accomplished debut novel, teen siblings bear witness to, and suffer damage from, their parents' failings.
Duluthian's debut novel is grand ode to a great lake

Duluthian's debut novel is grand ode to a great lake

The waves of Lake Superior are backdrop and soundtrack in the alternating stories of three strong but severely tested northern women.
William Mueller, legendary race car driver

William Mueller, legendary race car driver

For 30 years, he was fearless, ruthless and wildly popular - except occasionally with fellow drivers.

La Crescent man dies in Welch ski accident

The 65-year-old man lost control and hit a lift tower post. It was Minnesota's second ski death this year.
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