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

Robert Reich: 'Government is the spender of last resort'

What did you hope to hear from the president, vs. what you did hear?

Updated: September 12, 2011, - 09:22 PM

Lori Sturdevant: A generation of Americans came of age

From 9/11 to the Great Recession, young adults have seen a nation under challenge. Their lives could be permanently altered.

Updated: September 10, 2011, - 02:13 PM

Lori Sturdevant: Pawlenty's compromises

What would have happened if instead he had stayed true to the direction he set earlier in his career?

Updated: August 15, 2011, - 10:10 PM

Lori Sturdevant: This showdown is familiar

Is the debt-ceiling debate a replay of our shutdown, or did nationalization creep up on Minnesota?

Updated: July 30, 2011, - 07:11 PM

Short take: How Minnesotans would have fixed the budget

When given the chance to play legislator and balance the 2012-13 state budget, citizens overwhelmingly chose to do so with both tax increases and spending cuts.

Updated: July 26, 2011, - 08:38 PM

The people beg to differ

Judging from what I heard at a forum in Bloomington a few hours after the new budget became law, I'd advise Republican legislators and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to keep a low profile this weekend.

Updated: July 23, 2011, - 09:33 PM

Lori Sturdevant: Government redesign

I'd say that with a 2011 budget deal that guarantees a big deficit in 2013, even closer collaboration between legislators and Dayton's commissioners is in order in the next six months. Redesign efforts launched this year should bear legislative fruit beginning in 2012.

Updated: July 17, 2011, - 06:51 PM

Lori Sturdevant: How can we swallow this bitter pill?

It's time for the 'redesigners' to start thinking hard about the future.

Updated: July 16, 2011, - 09:50 PM

A negotiation expert's view of the state shutdown

What would he advise the two parties as to the political impasse?

Updated: July 12, 2011, - 02:15 PM

When shutdown ends, will lawmakers mend fences?

They must. The state's leaders will need to work together to foster the innovation necessary for the next 20 years and beyond.

Updated: July 09, 2011, - 08:53 PM

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