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

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

Sen. Tomassoni should think again

Even if his new job isn't technically a conflict of interest, he may be recusing himself often.

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 06:49 PM

The equalizing work of the 1970s is back on the agenda

These used to be called “women's issues” and were partly addressed starting in the 1970s. Today, the lingering needs are getting attention.

Updated: January 30, 2015, - 06:48 PM

State GOP on transportation: Why hurry?

Early signals are that Dayton's $9 billion, 10-year funding proposal will face delaying tactics.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 06:28 PM

K-12 as we know it is on the move

The Legislature is quickly warming to ways to meld high school and higher education.

Updated: January 16, 2015, - 07:07 PM

A space conundrum at the Capitol

While the occupants squabble over space, they should remember it belongs to all Minnesotans.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 06:12 PM

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