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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
Friday night's cold and possible frost were just the start of a weekend full of unseasonable weather.

Despite weekend cold, rain and snow, fire danger high across much of Minnesota

The driest area is from the Twin Cities north to the Canadian border.
Joan Frank

Review: 'Where You're All Going' by Joan Frank

FICTION: Characters in four novellas are compelling, but rarely likable.
Marcus R. Johnson

3 teens arrested in shooting death of St. Paul man

Marcus Rashon Johnson died late Saturday on the city's East Side.
Waseca police officer Arik Matson with his daughters, Audrina and Maklynn, before his injury.

Wounded Waseca officer sitting up, but faces more surgery, family says

The outpouring of support continues for Arik Matson, who was shot in the head Jan. 6 while pursuing a suspect.
Isabel Allende

Review: 'A Long Petal of the Sea,' by Isabel Allende

FICTION: A family's flight from the bloody Spanish Civil War to a new life in Chile forms the arc of this powerful novel.
Barry ZeVan, the flamboyant retired Twin Cities weatherman, in the studio after a taping of his Retro Weather show.

Old-school forecaster 'Barry ZeVan the Weather Man' dies at 82

The Minnesota forecasting and broadcasting star worked at KSTP and KARE in the 1970s and '80s.
Louis Jenkins during a poetry reading at St. Paul's University Club in 2014.

Poetry master who took inspiration from Minnesota winter, Louis Jenkins dies at 77

Often associated with Duluth, Jenkins had worked as a librarian, truck driver and commercial fisherman while publishing.
Minnesota state Rep. Diane Loeffler, who has died at age 66, had represented northeast Minneapolis in the Legislature since 2004.

Minnesota DFL Rep. Diane Loeffler dies of cancer at 66

She had represented northeast Minneapolis in the Legislature since 2004.
Cowboy looking at his land.

Review: 'Wyoming,' by J.P. Gritton

FICTION: This debut novel's genius lies in its humanization of a man with serious flaws.
Dan Goff of Woodbury was out boating with his family on Wednesday when they spotted this eagle in the St. Croix River.

Seen on the St. Croix: The eagle has landed ... on something big

Dan and Andie Goff of Woodbury had just motored their boat from the Afton Marina when they spotted something startling.
A home in Barron, Wis., and the surrounding trees were damaged after a strong afternoon thunderstorm moved through the area Friday.

Heavy rain, high wind from storm lash western Wisconsin

The worst damage occurred around Turtle Lake, Wis. No injuries were reported, but trees were downed and roofs were shredded. The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake complex was evacuated, according to witnesses and the Barron County sheriff.
Isak Aden was killed during a standoff with police in Eagan on July 2.

Minnesota BCA identifies officers who fired at man in fatal Eagan standoff

Isak Aden threatened a woman with a handgun and refused to drop his weapon in a four-hour encounter, the agency said.
A cedar waxwing provides a lesson in “Late Migrations.” Jim Williams • Special to the Star Tribune

Review: 'Late Migrations,' by Margaret Renkl

NONFICTION: Observations from the natural world help a thoughtful writer navigate grief.
Joyce Carol Oates

Review: 'My Life as a Rat,' by Joyce Carol Oates

FICTION: After telling police that her brothers killed a black teenager, Violet Kerrigan is cast alone into a bewildering life.
Molly DektarPhoto by Julian Gewirtz

Review: 'The Ash Family' by Molly Dektar

Fiction: A young woman finds danger at a commune in North Carolina's mountains.
People in Anoka walked through the whiteout conditions as the storm arrived Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities. The winds will be whipping more this

From drizzle to blizzard: Another Minnesota winter weekend roars in

The metro area is sandwiched in a slightly less dire weather zone between blizzard and winter storm warning zones.

Inmate dies after falling ill at St. Louis County jail

Authorities are investigating the death of a 32-year-old man this week in the St. Louis County jail in Duluth. Kenneth Kyle Beaupre collapsed in the…
Keaton Larson

Stillwater officer who fatally shot 22-year-old man won't be charged

Keaton Larson was suicidal and charged the officer with a knife, investigators found.
Collin McCullough spilled just a few drops of his coffee when he slipped on the ice while checking out one of the pond hockey rinks with Nick Lazenby,

1-2 winter punch is coming: Up to 8" of snow, then extreme cold

For once, the Twin Cities is right smack in the middle of the winter storm warning zone, starting Sunday afternoon and running into Monday.
Warm weather brought a ice kiter to Bde Maka Ska as temp soared into the 40s Friday in MInneapolis.

Friday's metro high plows through old record of 41 to 47

A January thaw gave Minnesota the strange luster of spring, and the mild weather is expected to continue through the weekend.
Cast Iron Skillets pans on Rustic Wood Table

Review: 'All the Wild Hungers,' by Karen Babine

NONFICTION: Minnesotan Karen Babine meditates on cancer, cooking and family in this unusual memoir.
Northern Minnesota gets more than foot of snow; metro mostly spared

Northern Minnesota gets more than foot of snow; metro mostly spared

Rain closes ski resorts, causes crashes, including one that killed 1 and injured 9.
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.

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.

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.