Lori Sturdevant

Editorial writer and columnist
Phone: 612-673-4505
Lori Sturdevant writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 30 years, state government and politics. She joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a member of that institution’s Board of Trustees. She has been the editor or co-author of nine books, including “A Man’s Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen,” “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” and “The Pillsburys of Minnesota.” Her latest book is “Citizen Swain: Tales of a Minnesota Life,” by Tom H. Swain, to be released in April 2015 by University of Minnesota Press. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

Recent content from Lori Sturdevant

Funding for disabled and long-term care? It's personal

That’s true for those it affects, and it’s true for a legislator with a proposal.

Updated: March 27, 2015, - 07:12 PM

An ailing paid-leave bill and the ripples of good health

This legislation matters for all Minnesotans, not just those lacking employer empathy.

Updated: March 20, 2015, - 06:50 PM

The State GOP on the surplus: A blunt, mixed message

It depended on whether you were hearing from legislators or the party chair. So, about that …

Updated: March 13, 2015, - 06:46 PM

Minnesota's road needs will continue after its wallet thins out

Do legislators rejoicing in a budget surplus have a plan if a gas tax increase is dead?

Updated: March 07, 2015, - 10:55 PM

Minnesota budget surplus and the 'good old days'

Veteran legislators who watched the bubble burst are less likely to favor tax cuts today.

Updated: March 06, 2015, - 07:23 PM

Could there be a raise even more overdue? Why, yes.

For what we call welfare. That one hasn't happened this century and then some.

Updated: February 27, 2015, - 07:28 PM

Strengthening Minnesota's classrooms, with nary a punitive thought

Proposals aplenty this year, but one legislator is working to bridge the GOP-teachers union divide.

Updated: February 13, 2015, - 06:49 PM

Dayton vs. Bakk: It's more than a sideshow

Public spat between DFL governor, Senate leader could set back legislative efforts in 2015.

Updated: February 12, 2015, - 06:55 PM

The bias against vocational education

It needs to stop. Students and businesses can be well-served by -year degrees, apprenticeships.

Updated: February 11, 2015, - 06:34 PM

Is Minnesota ready to go all in on early education?

The futures of young learners and of the state are intertwined on this issue.

Updated: February 06, 2015, - 06:42 PM

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