Pam Dowell

Pam Dowell

Pam Dowell lives Up North in Grand Rapids. She is a freelance writer with an interest in politics, police, social justice, health and wellness, entertainment and the arts. You can find her writing at The Itascan Monitor.


Gun lobby flexing in greater Minnesota

By: - March 8, 2023

GRAND RAPIDS, ITASCA COUNTY — Here’s how the gun rights lobby is shrewdly working to shore up local opposition to gun control bills making their way through the DFL-majority Legislature.  Last month, newly elected Itasca County Board member John Johnson requested that a pro-Second Amendment resolution be added to the consent agenda. That was on […]


What about my right to life? | Opinion

By: - May 28, 2022

In 1983, I was 22, with an unexpected pregnancy, residing in Texas. A government-forced birth would have traumatically altered the course of my life, physically and mentally. Roe v Wade was my safeguard. The recent leak of a draft of Supreme Court Judge Alito’s opinion overturning Roe is sure to seal the fate of a […]


Among the CRT panicked — Column

By: - August 6, 2021

The Raise Our Standards tour chugged its way through 17 different locations in Minnesota, including a whistle-stop in Hibbing earlier this summer.  The tour, which was coordinated by the right wing Center of the American Experiment (CAE), claims that the Minnesota public school educational system is being besieged with radical indoctrination centered on critical race […]


Letter from Grand Rapids: Trump retains his grip | Opinion

By: - March 4, 2021

Editor’s note: QAnon adherants and subscribers to various other Trumpist conspiracy theories believe Donald Trump will again take office March 4. Capitol Police warned of another attack on the Capitol, and Thursday’s House session was canceled.  My hometown, Grand Rapids, population 11,000, sits in the upper third of Minnesota, the county seat of Itasca. The […]