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 eight books, including “A Man’s Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen.” Her latest book is “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” released by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2014. She is also the author of “The Pillsburys of Minnesota,” Nodin Press, 2011. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

Recent content from Lori Sturdevant

The lieutenant governship: A role ripe for a remaking

It's been a few decades since a Minnesota lieutenant governor had a clear role or obvious influence. Tina Smith, incoming, may be in a better position than most.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 06:46 PM

Will GOP find a way to repay voters in rural Minnesota?

Republicans control Minnesota House because of new outstate lawmakers.

Updated: December 07, 2014, - 10:38 AM

How to get out the vote? (Keith Ellison demonstrates.)

The Fifth District representative has always done the hard work, door to door and more, and it shows.

Updated: November 26, 2014, - 08:25 PM

A new kind of chaos takes hold at the Capitol

Major renovation project will displace legislators and others for two years.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 06:00 PM

Presidential unpopularity trickles down to state races

And not just for Obama, but almost every midterm. That's an important thing for Minnesota parties to know.

Updated: November 14, 2014, - 06:36 PM

Minnesota's political divide: Urban, rural

Tuesday's vote was a tilt toward rural, but let's not overcorrect.

Updated: November 07, 2014, - 05:37 PM

Divided government is rather like a winter's day

One can hope the gears will turn, but the reality is things are pretty frozen.

Updated: November 03, 2014, - 12:15 PM

Incumbents Peterson, Nolan learn from Oberstar's defeat

Collin Peterson (in the Seventh Congressional District) and Rick Nolan (in the Eighth) believe they’ll work through any headwinds to retain their seats.

Updated: October 25, 2014, - 07:07 PM

As election years go, this is a rather quiet one

Why? Here’s a theory: Old issues have been resolved, and new ones are still being shaped.

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 07:23 PM

In Edina, the politics realign with the people

This year's legislative race there is about moderates — the tried-and-true.

Updated: October 10, 2014, - 07:16 PM

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