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

Lori Sturdevant: In recognition of history, a move to the future

An important exhibit marks the anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War.

Updated: July 07, 2012, - 05:01 PM

Voter ID as written is just not our style

Minnesota native Norm Ornstein, who has a new book out, weighs in.

Updated: June 30, 2012, - 05:13 PM

In charter schools, a lesson in compromise

Is that a time long gone? Well, consider the stadium legislation.

Updated: June 23, 2012, - 06:40 PM

Lori Sturdevant: Common Cause is a worthy cause

The national citizens' network is back in action, promoting reform in a cynical era.

Updated: June 16, 2012, - 09:58 PM

Wisconsin reinforces a trend already in progress

The public-sector tilt to organized labor today is not sustainable, one observer says. But where then will workers look for hope?

Updated: June 09, 2012, - 06:35 PM

Lori Sturdevant: Will the DFL capitalize on opportunity?

It should be the party's year, for many reasons -- but uncertainty exists.

Updated: June 01, 2012, - 11:30 PM

Lori Sturdevant: Sales tax bill becomes a litmus test

I take offense at sales tax policies that put today's Main Streeters at a disadvantage to online sellers with no stores or warehouses in Minnesota.

Updated: May 26, 2012, - 10:23 PM

Lori Sturdevant: In Senate race, a preview of GOP strategy

House Speaker Kurt Zellers hopes to reinforce the message of a positive statehouse record for legislative candidates.

Updated: May 18, 2012, - 11:02 AM

Lori Sturdevant: How do you take your Tea?

Republicans leave the Capitol more divided than many realize, including their funders.

Updated: May 12, 2012, - 05:10 PM

Under siege, sponsors of stadium bill act like pros

Republicans Julie Rosen and Morrie Lanning had every reason to fly off the handle last week, but they didn't.

Updated: May 05, 2012, - 06:11 PM

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