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

What Gov. Mark Dayton can crib from former Gov. Rudy Perpich

The former governor's second and third terms both offer valuable lessons.

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 06:27 PM

Panel discussion: A wrinkle in the Minnesota workforce

We tend to think of the state’s population as consistently growing, but here’s the catch (and what thought leaders say we should do about it).

Updated: December 26, 2014, - 06:49 PM

Kurt Daudt — the legislative doctor in the House?

The incoming speaker is hinting at better procedures.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 07:07 PM

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

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